Air Signs of the Zodiac




The Air Signs of the zodiac are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra, whose symbols are on the right.

These are 3 of the 12 signs of the zodiac, the 12 sun signs being divided into the 4 groups of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. (The groups are sometimes called 'triplicities' because each group contains 3 sun signs.) The air signs, together with the fire signs, are the yang, positive, extrovert, i.e. self-expressive masculine signs.

Characteristics of the Air Signs


Words used to describe those born under air signs typically include:

  • Aloof - can seem detached from others
  • Analytical, incl. detail-oriented
  • Communicative / Communication, incl. in written form
  • Cooperative
  • Curious
  • Ideas, full of ideas!!!
  • Intellectual, i.e. 'intellect over emotion'
  • Sociable, make connections easily - sometimes described as 'social butterflies'

What do the astrological air signs have in common ?

People born under the air signs of aquarius, gemini and libra are often described as life's 'thinkers' due to their tendency to analyze information. They are also highly idealistic.

It isn't surprising that air sign people often seem to have many ideas and new and interesting perspectives about situations that others might take a 'face value'. In some cases this can lead to successful careers in journalism of various kinds, including as commentators about fields of human activity ranging from fashion to sports, politics, economics and so on. In general, the air signs of the zodiac are also associated with excellent communication skills.

Challenges / Potential 'negative side' of Air Signs

While air signs are associated with abstract and original ideas, in some cases accompanied by an idealistic passion for perfection, they also sometimes seem to 'have their heads in the clouds', as if detached from practical matters that others consider barriers to the implementation of some ideas or projects. In extreme cases, air signs can seem 'out of touch' with the 'real world' in terms of physical, cultural or financial situations.

Differences between the 3 Air Signs

Table to compare the 3 air signs at a glance:


  • Particularly independent
  • Can be subborn
  • Optimistic despite challenges


  • Talkative
  • Empathetic
  • Excellent imitators - for social lubrication; not to mock or deceive
  • Highly original creative ideas


  • Balance passion and intellect, hence ...
  • Diplomatic
  • Reluctant to enter into confrontations, yet strong-willed

More aquarius characteristics

More gemini characteristics

More libra characteristics

There are so many similarities between the three air signs that the differences between them can seem quite subtle.

Different sources (articles, books, websites etc.) emphasize different characteristics, e.g. depending on the situation being described e.g. astrology signs for love and romance readings, career forecasts, business characteristics or tendencies and so on.

In can be helpful to consider the differences between the air signs in terms of the three modalities of astrology, namely cardinal, fixed and mutable.

Aquarius is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac. Fixed signs in general are associated with ...

Gemini is one of the mutable signs of the zodiac. Mutable signs in general are associated with ...

Libra is one of the cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs in general are associated with ...

  • considerable willpower, yet
  • resistance to change (sometimes even if the change is for the better)
  • adaptability
  • action, vitality
  • initiative (able to surprise & delight, as well as work unsupervised)

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