We can look to astrology for an exploration of our child’s elements. In astrology, each sign is associated with one of four elements: Air, Water, Earth or Fire. If you look at your child’s entire chart you can gather if they are balanced or more heavily weighted in one element or another. A child who has a lot of Air in their chart may have more a tendency to be daydreaming, flighty, or very much in their head thinking about every little detail. A child who has a lot of fire will have a fiery temperament. A child with a lot of water in their chart will be emotional and sensitive and a child with a lot of earth will be very grounded and possibly willful. If you know your child is heavily waited in one element over the other, you can learn to support them by providing foods and activities that will provide balance. For example if your child is all Air, having him help you in the garden will provided a natural way to be grounded. Or if your child has a lot of fire, taking Epsom salt baths will help to take the fiery edge off. To gather an overview of your child’s chart visit Astro.com for a free chart.
We can also look to Traditional Chinese Medicine to explore our child’s element. In TCM there are 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal , Water. For me, this information is a little more complicated – drawing in information about Chi, organs, tastes, colors, seasons and emotions, all very helpful information, but not as easy to assess on your own. If you are interested in exploring the Traditional Chinese Medicine elements a great book is Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide To Chinese Medicine by Beinfeld and Korngold. In it you will find sections that describe each element.