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Essences for the Four Elements–Part Two (Air and Water Signs)

Posted by admin on Nov 1, 2010

©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

The signs of the zodiac are divided into four elements—fire, earth, air, and water. This is Part Two of a discussion of flower essences for the four elements. If your chart is overly strong in one element—or conversely, that element is largely absent—you may find that returning to the essences described in these two articles serves to center you.  The odd thing about essences is that they often serve to balance both ends of the spectrum–too much or too little.

For instance, I have seen Sunflower work wonders for people with overly strong Suns (and thus too insistent on being the center, too egotistical, etc) and also for people with challenged Suns such as a Saturn or Neptune conjunction who lack confidence and self-esteem. In either case, it seems to help people love themselves but also to recognize the strengths and contributions of others.

Last week we saw some possible essences for the Fire and Earth signs in Part One.  Below are essences for Air and Water.


The true air sign loves the interchange of ideas and communication with like-minded souls, and so this Communication Age has been tailor-made for them. Instant messaging, business networking, and other advantages of the computer revolution have been exciting for many air sign types. Yet there is always the danger of information overload, of wonderful-sounding but flawed theories, and of being spread too thin to be effective. If your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign is in air, there are many flower remedies to help contend with these distractions.

HANDLING INFORMATION OVERLOAD: When the mind is bombarded by too much information and other sensory overload, Dill by Flower Essence Services – Flower Essences (FES) can combat that spaced-out, almost dizzy feeling. (Again, we refer here to the flower remedy, not to the plant itself.) Another FES remedy, Filaree, helps process all that data and figure out what is really important and pertinent.

When the air sign has consulted too many different sources or experts and need to sort out and synthesize the information, FES’ Shasta Daisy is a wonderful catalyst. FES’s Peppermint is also useful when the mind is sluggish and a fresh, new perspective is needed.

The Bach remedy Hornbeam is well known for helping release mental fatigue, the weariness that causes so many to turn to caffeine to get through each morning. (Bach Remedies are available at many health food stores, but FES offers Healing Herbs, a variety that is of the highest quality.)

DEVELOPING FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION: For those whose thinking is scattered and who are easily distracted, FES’s Madia is useful in disciplining the mind. FES’ Blackberry helps air signs move from ideas—of which they have no lack—into action, so they can manifest their visions. When we need to juggle many details and demands at once, FES’s Rabbitbrush helps us maintain a strong focus.


If your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign is in the element of water, there are many flower remedies to help. In general, Pisces and Scorpio have been the more stressed-out of the water signs over the past several years. Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius squared many Scorpio placements, and Saturn in Virgo opposed planets in Pisces as well.

Water signs are so keenly sensitive to their environment that many of them have been as troubled by world events and by the crises their loved ones face as by their own personal challenges. Given this same sensitivity, however, I often find that water signs respond quickly and well to the liquid flower remedies. Adding them to a long, healing bath is especially calming and soothing.

EMOTIONAL BALANCE: Many water sign natives struggle to maintain an emotional balance, neither suppressing nor being undated by their feelings. FES has a pair of such remedies. Their Scarlet Monkeyflower helps process and release the kinds of emotions that we alternately bottle up and then explosively release. As its red color suggests, anger is one of the emotions it addresses.

People who repress certain emotions altogether and then develop more diffuse symptoms like psychosomatic illnesses might benefit from FES’s Fuchsia.

One of my favorites by Desert Alchemy Flower Essences is Violet Curls, in that it seems to dry out a “soggy” aura, the kind you might wind up with after long, strenuous crying or a bad night of stewing over resentments. For this sort of emotional hangover, I would suggest a few drops mixed in a glass of water and sipped slowly, but a mixture of the remedy used over time is also helpful after a period of prolonged emotional upset.

REDUCING EXCESSIVE SENSITIVITY: The exquisite sensitivity of a true water sign is a gift in many respects, for it helps these individuals empathize with others, respond to the beauty of the arts, and attune to their own needs and the needs of others. In times of stress, however, the water sign may turn into a psychic sponge, bombarded by the suffering of others and becoming worn down in the process.

FES has several remedies that can help. Their Yarrow is a time-tested general remedy for psychic shielding and for strengthening the aura, but Pink Yarrow is the version most effective when the person is too prone to absorb loved one’s turmoil psychically. Another of FES’ remedies, Red Clover, helps the person to remain calm and centered when surrounded by people in crisis and turmoil. Spraying a mixture of these remedies around the house or office and taking a bath with a dropperful of the mixture dispersed into the water are additional ways of clearing out the turbulence.

Learning More about the Essences

WANT PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF THAT THE ESSENCES WORK? See http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/blog/?p=979 by Deborah Bier, PhD. These photos of an experiment conducted by Deborah and her students were lost for several years. They show clearly the positive effect an essence mixture has on germinating and growing plants. These photos have never been published anywhere before!

For more information about using essences, download the introductory chapter of my ebook, Flower Remedies: How Plants Can Heal Us here flower essence information-ch1 and order the book at http://www.moonmavenpublications.com/mysteries.html. Bach Centre also has a free ebook to download at: http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/download/healers.pdf.

Vibration participated in the 2010 Astrology Blogathon by publishing A Collection of Articles about Combining Essences and Astrology and 30 Articles about Essences and Astrology from Vibration’s Archives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vibration co-editor, Donna Cunningham is an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at http://skywriter.wordpress.com. For the past 13 years, she has co-created Vibration Magazine and Blog with Dr. Deborah Bier.


Wonderful post Donna, as always! It is interesting that Filaree helps in sorting information, but I also know it is used to inspire joy at a deeper level – perhaps because one figures out that joy is indeed important? Love so many of these suggested here, and in fact I often use Yarrow for many people who have sensitive boundaries – which happens to both Air and Water types often! Thanks for a great article!!

November 2nd, 2010 | 12:23 am

Someone in my life incurred a TBI, traumatic brain injury from a car accident three years ago. Although his previous personality, (strong ADHD along with a rascally Aquarian sun)is back, there are memory loss, confusion, some OCD, mild paranoia and sensitivity to stimuli as a result of those damaged neurons. What remedies/essences would you recommend to help the above? Maybe Rescue Remedy to start?

November 2nd, 2010 | 10:06 pm

Hi, Jane — Rescue /Five Flower is ALWAYS indicated following an injury. Since flower essences aren’t intended to treat physical symptoms (and we here at Vibration certainly would not encourage a discussion where diagnosed conditions are “treated” with essences), and having been there myself with a TBI, I would recommend to give essences that support his underlying personality and those that reflect his current state of being. And the latter will change over time — maybe even quickly– and the former will generally be the same, though you may see different aspects of it peeking through more strongly at some times versus others. Good luck! — Deborah Bier

November 2nd, 2010 | 10:34 pm