The air element is a hard one to grasp, naturally. The air signs of the zodiac — Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius —make up the airy trio in astrology. The signature characteristic embodies a carefree, deep-thinking nature. Read on to get to the bottom of what it truly means to be an air sign. 

The Elements 

In astrology, the 12 signs each correspond to the four elements (fire, earth, air and water). When discussing the air element, it’s useful to associate these signs with breath, free-spiritedness, sweet breeze or gusty wind. If you or anyone you know is an air sign, then there will likely be an appreciation for the air element. 

A Break down of the Airy Trio


In astrology, Gemini is the first of the air signs, meaning it’s the ‘youngest’ of the three. Don’t be fooled, though. Geminis are knowledgeable and have a charisma that charms everyone in sight. Typical to the air element, Gemini is deeply curious and possibly the best communicator in the entire zodiac. Ruled by Mercury, Gemini thrives with thinking on their feet. They are natural wordsmiths, writers or speakers.


Symbolized by the scale, Libra is the air sign famous for bringing balance into every room they walk into. Since Libras are ruled by Venus, the planet of love, it makes sense that they know how to sweep you off your feet. They like to be surrounded by beautiful things, have good-quality relationships and be in harmony. The socialites of the zodiac also have a charm about them which means that making friends comes naturally. 


Insightful Aquarius is the ‘oldest’ of the air signs and carries a wisdom and vision that proves it. The original free-spirit, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of rebellion and originality. As an air sign, Aquarius is the water-bearer, which often causes confusion. All this means is that there is a strong need to share knowledge and offer progressive thought. Intellect defines this sign and open-minded, slightly eccentric conversation keeps them alive. 

Air Signs and Emotions 

Air signs are not known to be the most emotional (the water signs claim this spot). When unbalanced, air signs can be emotionally detached. Air signs have more mental energy than any of the other elements which sometimes overrides their emotional capabilities. Nonetheless, the intelligent air signs in your life do want to be better at communicating their feelings. Despite not being naturally openly emotional, they can be very generous and fast learners. 

Air Signs and Mental Energy 

If you’re an air sign, then you probably spend at least half your day in deep thought. Intelligent with an approachable personality, air signs make logic look cool. Often, air signs are considered to be skilled at looking at things objectively. At the same time, air signs are known to be big thinkers and innovators. Even though they’re jokingly labelled as ‘air heads’, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are usually very clear-minded on their goals, dreams and what excites them. This quick-mindedness means they will observe, analyze and make an informed, rational decision to satisfy the bigger vision. This 

Air Signs and Social Life

The air-sign urge to be everywhere and nowhere at once. Much like the undefined nature of air, air signs are the types to have a constantly shifting opinion of what it means to be social. While air sign folks are incredibly social, they are also very enchanting which means many people want their energy, which can be draining. Whether creative, intimate, political or familial settings, these signs are enviously adaptable. A bit of spontaneity and stimulating conversation might make them stay out longer than they planned. Otherwise, it’s a ‘catch me if you can’ sort of friendship, just like their easy, breezy nature.