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So Wait, What Does It Mean If My Big 3 Are All In The Same Element?


Hey everyone! I'm Syd, BuzzFeed's resident Blue-Haired Astrology Girl™. Recently, I invited you all to DM me your astro questions on Insta and Twitter and told you I'd answer them!!!

Well, this week's question comes from someone on Instagram — let's call her "Air Queen."

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She asks, "Would you be able to give an overview of traits related to triple signs?" Yes, Air Queen, ABSOLUTELY!

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So, what exactly does she mean by "triple signs"? While that's not really the exact term, Air Queen is talking about when all of your Big 3 placements (your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs) are all in the same element (either Fire, Water, Earth, or Air).

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Here's a little chart I drew!!!

For example, since all of Air Queen's Big 3 placements are in Air signs, this means she could have any combination of Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra.

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She could be a Gemini Sun, Aquarius Moon, Libra Rising, a Libra Sun, Libra Moon, Gemini rising, an Aquarius Sun, Moon, and Rising, and so on and so forth!

Now, dear reader, look at your own Big 3 placements. Are they in different elements, or are any of them in the same element?


Here's my Co—Star chart as an example — LOL! As you can see, both my Sun and Rising signs are Aries, so I have two Fire placements in my Big 3.

Basically, if you have all of your Big 3 (or honestly, even just two) in one element, then that's a pretty big indicator of the kind of energy you give off.

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Of course this all gets more complicated when planets and aspects come into play, but on basic terms, I feel like this is a pretty good way to put it.

Now, let's talk about the kind of energy each element brings to the table!!!

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius):

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Fire signs are all about passion, boldness, and adventure. They're confident, natural-born leaders who approach all things with excitement until they burn out or lose interest. Still, these guys always manage to rise again, and when they do, they tend to burn brighter than before.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn):


Earth signs are the most "grounded" people of the Zodiac. Reliable, wise, sensual, hardworking — these are some of the first words that come to mind with these guys. Sometimes, they can be a little too set in their ways, but at the end of the day, you know what you're gonna get with them, and so you'll always be able to depend on 'em!

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius):

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Air signs are known for their social skills, need for change, and creativity. When you think of Air signs, think "winds of change," as Air folks truly are the change-makers of our world. These folks march to the beat of their own drums, and in this way, they can always feel a bit out of reach. Still, they always manage to bring their own unique flair — a bit of ✨spice✨, if you will — to everything in life.

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces):


Water signs are sensitive and intuitive, and natural healers and light workers. They pick up on the emotions of others instinctively and tend to feel emotions more deeply than the average person. They usually have some sort of interest in the occult, as they feel as if they somehow exist between that world and this one.

Another important thing to note is which placement of your Big 3 (again, your Sun, Moon, and Rising) is in each element. So, quickly, let's go over what each member of your Big 3 indicates:

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The Sun sign


Your Sun sign is your ego; your broadest sense of character. In her book The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need — which I agree, you NEED — astrologer Joanna Martine Woolfolk describes your whole natal chart as "a painting of you," with the characteristics of your Sun sign being "the broad strokes that the artist first lays down on the canvas." I love this way of thinking of it!!!

The Moon sign


Your Moon sign is all about emotions, instincts, and your inner self. How do you react without thinking? What parts of yourself do you see but hope no one else does? These feelings all have to do with your Moon sign.

The Rising sign (aka Ascendant)

Your Rising sign, aka your Ascendant, is how you appear to, and are perceived by, others. Think of yourself as a house, and the Rising sign is your front door. Everyone sees it, but only a couple people get to come inside and visit all that is ✨you✨!

TL;DR: Overall, having two or more of your Big 3 placements in the same element simply means that energy is very prominent in your personality. Hope this helps, Air Queen!!!

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All you have to do is see which sign/element each placement falls into, and that should give you a little more insight into yourself, or anyone else's Big 3 you might be curious about. 😏

What are YOUR Big 3 and what elements are they? Tell me in the comments and let's discuss!!!


Oh, and if you'd like any more 💫astro advice💫, all you have to do is DM me on Instagram or Twitter for the chance to get your question answered!!!

Syd Robinson

The rules: All DMs sent to me are for publication on BuzzFeed. Because of the high volume of DMs I receive, I'm not able to respond to individual messages or provide any advice one-on-one. Also, please try to keep your DMs concise; the whole message must fit into a single screenshot or it will not be selected. Thanks!!!

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