Fire Signs of the Zodiac

The Fire Signs of the zodiac are Leo, Sagittarius and Aries.




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 fire signs, together with the air signs, are the yang, positive, extrovert, i.e. self-expressive masculine signs.

Characteristics of the Fire Signs

What do the astrological fire signs have in common?


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

  • Dramatic - in general, sometimes choosing careers in the performing arts
  • Enthusiastic, sometimes excessively so
  • Inspired, some might say 'fired-up"
  • Outgoing
  • Passionate
  • Self-focussed, self-centered, self-sufficient
  • Spontaneous , including spontaneous generosity
  • Visionary - can make good leaders

People born under the fire signs of leo, sagittarius and aries are often described as out-going, enthusiastic, and often dramatic. They frequently prefer to do things on a grand scale and/or may be described as having a 'larger than life' personalities.

In terms of right- vs left-brain (intuition vs intellect), fire signs are broadly considered to be intuitive, hence they make quick decisions based largely on 'gut-instinct' or sensitivity to their emotional guidance. That does not necessarily imply 'quiet, peaceful, intuitive' personality types. On the contrary, many fire sign people are impulsive in the sense of being given to sudden bursts of action-packed enthusiasm for pursuits or activities they enjoy or believe to be worthwhile. Periods of high-energy, sometimes to the point of 'burn-out' reflect the element of fire itself.

Challenges / Potential 'negative side' of Fire Signs

While fire signs have many positive attributes including being passionate determined and focussed, these can sometimes overflow into the forms of less attractive characteristics such as being occasionally over-determined, forceful, inflexible or bossy. In extreme situations they may even be considered selfish and egotistical, 'unable to back-down' when others would prefer them to, which may work-out well or otherwise.

Just like fire itself, people born under the fire signs are sometimes said to be at risk of 'igniting', that is suddenly reacting very strongly in ways that may surprise and overwhelm others. For this reason they may be considered emotionally volatile as well as impulsive. Such characteristics might affect individuals only in specific types of situations, or alternatively whenever they feel that their position and authority is being challenged or undermined.

Differences between the 3 Fire Signs

Table to compare the 3 fire signs at a glance:


  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Flamboyant, appreciate luxury
  • Show-people, love of attention
  • Can be stubborn, even intractable when resisting change


  • Independent, incl. okay being alone
  • Honest, incl. clear & straighforward
  • Can be both tactless and reckless


  • Concise, even to the extreme of being blunt
  • Can be out-spoken
  • 'Do-ers' who 'ram their way' through things

Different articles, books, websites etc. emphasize different characteristics 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 fire signs in terms of the three modalities of astrology, namely cardinal, fixed and mutable.

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

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

Aries 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)

Archangel Chamuel is associated with World Peace (among other interests). Rest easy, for it is fear that attracts that which you fear.

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