A Guide to Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius
Looking to learn more about astrology? A great place to start is understanding the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. While each of the 12 zodiac signs has their own M.O., signs that fall under the same element share similar perspectives and mirror one another in terms of what they value and how they move through the world. Knowing which element rules your sign can give you insight into your own personality and desires — and help you figure out which signs you'll be most compatible with.
So let's dive into the fire signs. From your knowledgeable, go-getter career mentor who's a total professional rock star to the hot date who has mesmerized you with their big dreams and global travel plans, the fire signs in your life inspire you to well, get fired up and take bold steps to fulfill your desires. People who have fire sign placements tend to be among the most dynamic, charismatic, and passionate in the zodiac.
Here, a primer on what it means to be a fire sign and what you need to know about each.
What You Need to Know About the Elements
- Aries, symbolized by the Ram
- Leo, symbolized by the Lion
- Sagittarius, symbolized by the Archer
Another layer to consider: Within each element, there's one of each quality, or quadruplicity: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The quality that a sign falls under speaks to the sign's basic energy. Cardinal signs are the initiators of the zodiac (but can struggle with follow-through), fixed signs tend to be the most resolute (but also stubborn), and mutable signs are the most adaptable (but also wishy-washy).
Fire Sign Traits
While earth signs are generally pragmatic, water signs are very much in their feelings, and air signs tend to be focused on interpersonal and intellectual pursuits, fire signs are action-oriented. At times hotheaded and impetuous, their inner light glows brightly, fueling their desire to move quickly and decisively toward achieving their goals. Passionate, assertive, and competitive, they tend to embrace the philosophy that bigger, brighter, louder, and more of just about anything is preferable. And each in their own way, the fire signs seek out and revel in the spotlight.
Aries (March 19-April 19)
Symbol: The Ram
Ruling House: First House of Self
Ruling Planet: Mars, the planet of action, energy, and sex
The first fire sign of the zodiac — and first sign overall — is Aries. They are known to be energetic, impulsive, curious, direct, and at times innocent. They're natural-born fighters who are innately athletic and wired to go into battle, whether that's to achieve social justice, to beat their own best time at that half-marathon, or to "win" their case in an argument over which Netflix show is most worthy of a binge session. They're the person most likely to broach a contentious subject at a party in an effort to stir debate. After all, Aries see argument as pure recreation — well, as long as they're declared the winner in the end.
Aries is also thought of as the "baby of the zodiac" — as the first sign, and as the ruler of the First House of Self, they tend to be slightly "me"-centric. And their ruler, Mars, colors their perspective as often impulsive and aggressive. They want what they want, which is to win and to be first, and they would prefer to move as fast as humanly possible toward that end whenever possible. Their rep as an initiator also stems from them being one of the four cardinal signs (the others being Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). Aries' dynamism, impulsivity, and appetite for victory make them exciting, fun, courageous, and fearless.
Compatibility: Aries often hits it off with a similarly adventurous Sagittarius, "see-and-be-seen"-loving Leo, or curious, on-the-go Gemini.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Symbol: The Lion
Ruling House: Fifth House of Romance & Self-Expression
Ruling Planet: The Sun, which oversees confidence, identity, and self-image
The second fire sign of the zodiac (and fifth sign overall), Leos are charismatic, self-assured, optimistic leaders who often radiate joie de vivre. As the fixed (aka most resolute) sign of the fire bunch, they can certainly be hard-headed but also rock-steady, tending to get set in their ways and requiring extra motivation to change course midstream. Ruled by the vitality-bringing sun, they adore opportunities to run whatever literal or figurative show they're most drawn to. They'll naturally slide into an executive position, decide they can make a real difference by running for local government, or aspire to see their name in lights as the headliner of a hit production. But just as readily as they might seek to lead and soak up attention and applause, they'll shine their blinding, perpetually warm inner light on those around them.
And as the ruler of the Fifth House of Romance & Self-Expression, Leos adore the flirtatious, lighthearted, playful side of love. Think having crushes, love notes, sexting, and showering the object of their affection in loads of luxurious gifts. They're also naturals at creative pursuits, whether that's painting, dancing, or writing, acting, and directing their own play.
Full of life, commanding the spotlight in a way that's sure to entertain, engage, and inspire others, independent-minded, and mesmerizingly fun to be around, you can rely on Leos in your circle to help you see the bright side of any situation and feel fired up and ready to take on the world. They are the positive self- and body image crusaders of the zodiac.
Compatibility: Leo often hits it off with a similarly big picture-loving Sagittarius, passionate Aries, or romance-loving Libra.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Symbol: The Archer
Ruling House: Ninth House of Adventure & Higher Learning
Ruling Planet: Jupiter, the planet of abundance
As the third fire sign — and ninth sign overall — Sagittarians are all about over-the-top self-expression, adventure, learning, a zest for philosophizing, a positive outlook, seemingly organic fortune, and strong, direct opinions. Informed by bigger-is-better, truth-seeking Jupiter, Sag harbors an insatiable wanderlust that ideally results in globetrotting adventures and lifelong learning about cultures apart from their own; an inner compass that guides them to seek truth and stand up for what they believe is right, speaking their mind no matter what; being able to step into the spotlight with ease and entertain crowds; a love of bold art and creative expression; and a natural exuberance and spiritedness that makes them the life of any party.
The mutable one of the fire group, Archer placements are flexible, open to going with the flow, and typically willing to hear all sides of an issue before making a decision, much like fellow mutables Virgo (earth), as well as Gemini (air) and Pisces (water).
Philosophical, curious, fun-loving, and determined to take life, love, and the world by storm, soaking up knowledge at every turn, Sagittarians will motivate you to embrace a YOLO-esque perspective. They are the multi-hyphenate entertainers of the zodiac, gifted and interested in everything from comedy to acting to songwriting. They generally strike those around them as gregarious, lively, dynamic, but, like everyone else, they have their dark moments. They just tend to cope by channeling their pain into their art. They're infatuated with soaking up all the knowledge they can, especially around other cultures, distant travel destinations, politics, and social justice.
Compatibility: Sag often hits it off with a similarly lively Aries, fun-loving Leo, or free-spirited Aquarius.