Fire Signs

THE FIRE-SIGN CHILD is gifted with enthusiasm, spirit, energy and a strong drive for freedom and self-expression. There is a tremendous sense of play, exuberance, and spark in these children which makes them quite appealing to others. They are the risk-takers, the show-offs, very much given to heroics and high drama.

The fire-sign child has a strong sense of personal pride and will keenly resent the sort of indignities that children are often subjected to simply because they are smaller and less experienced. These children will respect their elders (often adoringly so) if their elders respect them! They crave freedom and independence at as early an age as possible and will rebel (sometimes cheerfully, sometimes angrily) against undue restrictions and restraints. Provide them with as much space as possible to release their abundant energy, and let them go! As long as they know there is a safe nest to return to on occasion, they want to be "out there" where the action is, joyfully exploring the world and probably conquering it as well.

Fire-sign children are often "addicted" to action and stimulation, and find it difficult to slow down and quiet themselves. As one fiery youngster once put it "Peace is boring". Occasionally, you will find a fire-sign person who is outwardly quiet and mild (usually because another element—earth or water—is a major factor in their chart), but inside there is still a strong sense of personal importance and pride, a desire to do something special, and a great sense of adventure and restlessness.

Problems that may arise with fiery children include: being highly temperamental, being domineering with their families and with other children, being overly competitive and attached to winning at games or any sort of personal confrontation, willfulness, overestimating themselves and their abilities, and obliviousness to other's feelings and needs.

In dealing with some of these issues, it is often helpful to appeal to the child's inner sense of greatness. (Would a real Nobleman or Noblewoman act this way?) Also let them make their own mistakes—plenty of them—for they resist learning any other way. Teach by example. Fire-sign children idealize and often idolize their parents or other adults who embody traits the child admires. Introduce them to positive role-models that can inspire them to be their best (whether through a real relationship with the person or through literature or some other means.)