Breathing. It's an unconscious part of our existence. However, without the ability to breathe in air we wouldn't be here. Air is the energy element that we inhale. Astrologically speaking, the element of Air is focused on inhaling mental energy. Air signs are gifted with the ability to concentrate their dynamism on ideas that have not yet come into the material world so that eventually ... they do.
The element of Air has an intellectual idealism attached to it of course -- and sometimes also a highbrow superiority complex. Regardless, this is the element that is able to achieve a mental sharpness like no other.
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When you think about air you immediately realize a few things. Air is invisible, it cannot be enclosed and it is changeable. Air can be a calm balmy breeze or a ferocious wind storm, but either way, there's a sense of detachment about it along with an ability to cover extensive ground. Again, let's apply this astrologically...
Air signs are known for being more detached and cerebral than others. Air signs aren't overly emotional, which gives them the ability to think logically and to achieve a broad overview of their idea. Air signs also require extensive freedom of movement in order to express their ideas and individuality. You can never contain an Air sign!
The element of Air is detached from the immediate experience of daily life -- never quite touching it -- but always flowing around it. This detachment gives air its hallmark ability to be objective and to use its gifts to benefit many.
Ironically, although the element of Air has little emotion or sensitivity, it is the most social element. How is this possible? Air has the ability to objectively appreciate anyone or any group's thoughts whether or not they agree with them.
The downside of Air is that occasionally, if air remains all "in their head" there's a chance that it can become mentally imbalanced. That's when you'll see an eccentric Air side. If Air overvalues intellect it can become difficult to live in our physical world.
Broken down by sign...
Although the three Air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, share many of these traits in common, each will express the element's qualities in a unique way.
Gemini will manifest the element of Air as an acute ability to instantly notice and communicate about everything in its environment.
Libra will apply the element of Air as a drive to use its intellect in a way that promotes social harmony.
Aquarius will utilize the element of air to achieve the most remarkably detached ability to connect all people and every concept.