In recent years, the discussion of introversion and extraversion has become quite popular. First noted by the psychoanalyst Carl Jung, introversion and extraversion are energetic tendencies that determine how we interact with our environments.
Through astrology, we are able to determine if someone has a leaning towards more introverted or extroverted tendencies. By honoring our innate energies we are able to be and live our authentic selves. As we move forward, it is important to note that neither introverts nor extroverts are better or worse. They just are. This is an astrological perspective of introversion and extroversion.
It is important to define both introverts and extroverts in order to differentiate between these energetic patterns. Introversion and extroversion are energetic patterns related to how we experience ourselves and interact with our surroundings. It is important to note that no one individual is all extroverted or all introverted. We are usually a combination of the two with a preference for a specific energy pattern. There are some cases where there are individuals who are ambiverts. Such individuals display both introverted and extroverted qualities.
Understanding our energetic leanings or either introversion or extraversion is important so that we can know how to navigate our environment for our benefit. Too often people try to adjust themselves to circumstances and situations that simply drain them. This could be because the environment is either too stimulating or understimulating. Exploring the realm of introversion and extraversion is an attempt to help people align themselves with their natural energetic style.
Astrology & Natal Energy Leanings
Astrology offers an interesting perspective on inner and outer-directed energy based on sign placements as well as planetary movements and the positioning of planets in certain areas of the natal chart. The following is an overview of the various ways in which introversion and extraversion are noted via the natal chart.
Introverts & Extroverts by Elements and Signs
In astrology, there are particular elements and planets that are considered more extroverted or introverted. Elementally, air and fire signs are extroverted while the water and earth signs are introverted. Air sign energy is communicative and seeks to connect with individuals in order to share information and ideas. Thus, it directs its energy outside of itself in order to be replenished and fulfilled. The air signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius can be found connecting with others via an engaging conversation, harmonizing via relationships, or by forming a camaraderie with like-minded groups and associations.
Fire sign energy is also extroverted because it desires to take action in the physical realm similar to how a fire spreads itself. The fire signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius in their purest form are jubilant, courageous, optimistic, pioneering, and often possess a high level of self-interest.
Introverted earth energy shows up via the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Earth sign energy is usually directed toward building up itself through creating solid foundations, noticing the small details to improve life quality, and pursuing personal plans which help them to achieve success in the outer world.
Water sign energy is considered introverted as it resonates with the ebb and flow of the ocean. The signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces connect to their environment through the emotional realm by creating a secure home environment, seeking transformative relationships, and connecting to Universal energy. Water signs often take the path of least resistance when attempting to get what they want instead of being direct and forward. The energy signature here is marked by the desire to go deeper into the self.
How Planetary Movement & Placement Impacts Energy Expression
Just as there are specific signs that are more likely to be introverted or extroverted, there are also specific planetary movements and placements that suggest a particular energy pattern.
The retrograde motion of planets turns the energy of a particular planet inwards. For example, a person with Mercury in Gemini is characteristically classified as being loquacious and talkative. However, an individual with Mercury in Gemini retrograde in their birth chart may internalize their communication because the planet of communication (Mercury) was moving backward at the time of their birth. With Mercury Retrograde in Gemini, internal chatter is much more likely.
Likewise, individuals with numerous retrograde planets (four to five) in a birth chart are characteristically introverted. Similarly, a person with a few retrograde planets in the birth chart especially in the more active air and fire signs are more likely to be extraverted.
The positioning of the planets in a natal birth chart can also suggest introversion and extraversion. Individuals with numerous planets below the horizon in houses 1 through 6 are usually self-reflective and drawn to their inner worlds while those with many planets above the horizon are known for their desire to connect with other people. Numerous planets in the earth and water houses are more likely to possess an introverted nature.
The following are examples that showcase the interplay of expectations versus reality when experiencing planetary energy patterns among people.
The Introverted Leo
Despite how bold and courageous Leo is, it is possible for someone with Leo’s energy to be introverted. This is particularly true if the major Leo placements such as the sun and moon are placed in the earth and water houses.
The Extraverted Pisces
Pisces energy is typically laid back, chill, and considered to be quiet and unassuming due to their desire to be off in the clouds. However, there are Pisces people that possess an extroverted nature. Pisceans with an abundance of Aries personal planets are more likely to express the fiery drive to interact more frequently with their surrounding environment.
Ultimately, introversion and extraversion via astrology provide details on how individuals can make the most of their personal energy expressions. Learning more about introversion and extraversion offers us the opportunity to understand how our energetic signature works. While it is true that no one is completely introverted or extroverted. However, there is wisdom in understanding how our personal astrology impacts how we interact with the world.