Creativity and the 4 Elements – Air

Art and the 4 Astrological Elements

Continuing our series on Creativity and the 4 Elements, we will discuss today technique and its correlation with the Air element in your chart.

We started yesterday with the connection between materials and Earth.

What do you see?

Air and Technique: Definitions

In astrology, people with a predominance of the air element (preponderance of planets in Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) can be defined as analytical, intellectual, logical, objective, rational, theoretical, abstract.

In the simplest terms, one can define technique as the handling of the materials used as medium by the artist. As Franklin Einspruch states in his post The Four Elements of Art: ”Remove technique and the materials don’t do the bidding of the artist.”

If we combine the qualities of air with technique, what we have is an artist who is innovative in his technique, and whose artwork follows a logical and theoretical path of originality that can be explained intellectually.

Artwork and the Air Element

Artists with planets in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius master their technique

The artist with a strong airy chart would be at ease in the world of theories, thoughts, and abstractions. He can be described as the “Intellectual” in eternal pursuit of concepts or intellectuals challenges where he can put his mind into observing the ego.

His mind moves in leaps and bounds, skimming the surface of things, seeking inspiration that encompasses the characteristics of his element: open spaces, distance, and transparency.  His work probably has many symbols and images pertaining  to space, air and things with wings.

Techniques that emphasizes the linear qualities of the form, or that lightens, elongates those same forms would be preferred. Also, the handling of the medium would be done with the goal of accentuating a sense of detachment and objectivity, as to give the customer a chance to observe the artwork per se.

The future and utopia are favorite themes since this is where the airy artist can devise and invent new techniques to express the world of possibilities and idea and have leeway for creative experiments. Odd juxtaposition of elements or imagery (Aquarius), emphasis of polarities, the search for balance (Libra), the expression of duality, or variation on a same theme (Gemini) would be favored as artistic expressions.

Black, shades of white, beige would figure prominently in the palette. Neon colors or strange color combinations would also be included if Uranus was well placed in the chart.

M C Escher Self-portrait

Technique and Predominance of Air: The chart of M C Escher


To me, the perfect example of the usage of the qualities of the air element in the handling of new techniques is Dutch graphic artist, M C Escher. Escher was known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations.

A look at his chart confirms the above with a stellium in Gemini (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, and Pluto) in addition to having Jupiter in Libra.

What do you think? Am I right to equate technique with the air signs? What you would suggest? As an artist, do you have any experience with the correlation between how you express yourself and the distribution of the elements in your chart? Share your story!

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This post was inspired by notes taken from Claudia Bader’s lecture for the San Francisco Astrological Society, entitled Astrology, Art, and the Chart.

Photos Credits: M C Escher

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