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Did you know you can teach yourself an easy way to break down each zodiac sign so that each personality type is simple to understand?

 

As I decided to teach in a previous post entitled “Zodiac Myths to Stop Believing” the zodiac is seasonal, and the ancients added constellations as an observation after the fact. Essentially, when you match each zodiac sign to the nature of each northern hemisphere season, you can teach yourself to create a picture of each personality.

 

 

Astrology will teach you that the basic building blocks that define each zodiac sign are called the modalities. Furthermore, these basic concepts are the seeds from which each personality type blooms. Essentially, there are three types of primary modalities: masculine and feminine, the three qualities, and the four elements.

 

Duality: Masculine and Feminine

In astrology, we teach that each sign is traditionally considered either masculine or feminine. Now, this is not to get mixed up with sex! The ancients defined masculine as that which gives and feminine that which receives. Similarly, the ancients applied the concepts of masculine and feminine to humankind, and all other things, after the fact.

The ancients reasoned that man gives the sperm and the woman receives the sperm, to procreate. Ultimately, this is the core reasoning behind the masculine and feminine concepts when applied to the world.

Masculine

Masculine represents transmitting. Consequently, the masculine/transmitting signs are Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.

Feminine

Feminine represents receptive. Consequently, the feminine/receptive signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

 

Triplicity: The Three Qualities

In astrology, we teach that there are three core concepts involved in the quality of all things. These concepts are the initial idea, the fruition of the idea, and the ultimate consequence of the idea. Everything has a beginning, middle, and end. And of course, every ending leads to a new start. The cycle of life keeps turning.

Astrology will teach that these three qualities are traditionally called Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Each zodiac sign is either one of the three:

 

Cardinal

Cardinal signs are beginners, planners, and leaders. These people come up with fresh ideas and are motivated, at least in the beginning! Sometimes they find it hard to stick to a plan and bring things to completion.

They also signify the start of each season. The Cardinal signs are Aries, which begins spring, Cancer, which begins summer, Libra, which begins autumn, and Capricorn, which begins winter.

 

 

Fixed

Fixed signs are anchored, dedicated and sustained. These people prefer routine and will stubbornly stick to it! However, this stubbornness can sometimes make them shy away from change and new things. They also signify the middle of each season.

The Fixed signs are Taurus, which is the middle of spring, Leo, which is the middle of summer, Scorpio, which is the middle of autumn, and Aquarius, which is the middle of winter.

 

Mutable

Mutable signs are adaptable, changeable and unpredictable. These people can sometimes appear to have more than one personality! However, this is because they can see multiple points of view, and are experts at juggling paradox. They love change and get restless if made to stay in the same place for too long.

They also signify the end of each season, just as it begins to evolve into the next. The Mutable signs are Gemini, which is the end of spring, Virgo, which is the end of summer, Sagittarius, which is the end of autumn, and Pisces, which is the end of winter.

 

Quadruplicity: The Four Elements

The ancients have been using the concepts of the four elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water to describe different forces in the universe. These concepts teach the various dimensions that we move between: the spiritual, the physical, the mental and the emotional.

The spiritual is the intangible life force, the physical is the tangible world, the mental is perceptions of the mind, and the emotional is the weather of feelings.

 

Fire

Fire signs are energetic, luminous and active. These people exude warmth and passion in everything they do. They also can have quick and fierce tempers! An interesting thing to notice about all the fire signs is that they are also masculine signs. In other words, fire is something that transmits. The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

 

 

Earth

Earth signs are sensual, stable and physically orientated. These people are down to earth, naturally, and their perception exists mostly within the empirical three dimensions. They will not believe anything until they can see and feel that it is real. But this, in turn, makes them feel one with nature. The earth signs are all feminine, and they are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

 

Air

Air signs are cerebral, rational and ideological. These people thrive on mental stimulation and make all worldly connections through analysis and conceptualizing. The world is continually being processed intellectually, which means that occasionally they can fall into the habit of living mostly in their head. The air signs are all masculine, and they are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

 

Water

Water signs are emotional, subjective and reflective. These people are like the weather of the zodiac, and their moods are as vivid and kaleidoscopic as the rainbow. They are empathetic and respond to the world through instinct rather than intellect. They are intuitive and have spot-on gut instincts. The water signs are all feminine, and they are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

 

 

Unique zodiac personality equations

By drawing together each modality for each zodiac sign, a unique picture can be drawn up for each, so you can teach yourself what they are truly like:

 

Zodiac Sign Duality Triplicity Quadruplicity
Aries Masculine

Transmitting

Cardinal

Initiating

Fire

Spiritually

Taurus Feminine

Receiving

Fixed

Sustained

Earth

Physically

Gemini Masculine

Transmitting

Mutable

Changeable

Air

Mentally

Cancer Feminine

Receiving

Cardinal

Initiating

Water

Emotionally

Leo Masculine

Transmitting

Fixed

Sustained

Fire

Spiritually

Virgo Feminine

Receiving

Mutable

Changeable

Earth

Physically

Libra Masculine

Transmitting

Cardinal

Initiating

Air

Mentally

Scorpio Feminine

Receiving

Fixed

Sustained

Water

Emotionally

Sagittarius Masculine

Transmitting

Mutable

Changeable

Fire

Spiritually

Capricorn Feminine

Receiving

Cardinal

Initiating

Earth

Physically

Aquarius Masculine

Transmitting

Fixed

Sustained

Air

Mentally

Pisces Feminine

Receiving

Mutable

Changeable

Water

Emotionally

 

Let’s now look at how these zodiac modality equations describe each unique sign, so you can teach yourself what they mean! If you also know your rising sign and moon sign, please check the descriptions for those too.

In more advanced astrology, one may work out which energies are more predominant based on all the planets and angles in their natal charts:

 

Aries
born March 21 – April 19

Zodiac - Aries
Zodiac – Aries

Aries = Masculine + Cardinal + Fire

This means that Aries transmits an initiating life force into the world. Furthermore, as the first zodiac sign in the season of spring, it represents the first seeds springing forth with life force after the long winter. It brings promise that the long cold dark months are over.

Therefore, the Aries personality is catalytic. Essentially, Aries people are like the first strike of a match. They have an effect on the world and the people around them like the big bang that initiates an entire universe.

 

Taurus
born April 20 – May 20

Zodiac - Taurus
Zodiac – Taurus

Taurus = Feminine + Fixed + Earth

This means that Taurus receives sustained tangibility. Furthermore, as the second zodiac sign in the season of spring, it represents the full and sensual blooms bursting forth from the earth. It has received the life force from Aries and gave birth to its beauty.

Therefore, Taurus represents the sensual environment that receives gentle rains. Essentially, Taurus people have a deep appreciation for all that is beautiful and luscious. They are indeed nature herself.

 

 

Gemini
born May 21 – June 20

Zodiac - Gemini
Zodiac – Gemini

Gemini = Masculine + Mutable + Air

This means that Gemini transmits changeable ideas. Furthermore, as the third zodiac sign of the season of spring, it represents the harvest that transforms into multiple things. Like wheat that transforms to flour, Gemini can flexibly become health sustaining bread, or a delicious treat like chocolate cake.

Therefore, Gemini can represent mixed messages and fickle ideas. However, these are merely profound paradoxes which the Gemini juggles like a court jester doing magic tricks. Essentially, one can only understand Gemini between the lines, and even then, you have to be quick!

 

Cancer
born June 21 – July 22

Zodiac - Cancer
Zodiac – Cancer

Cancer = Feminine + Cardinal + Water

This means that Cancer receives initiating emotions. Furthermore, as the first zodiac sign of the season of summer, it represents the mother who leads in her ability to perceive the needs and wants of her children. She takes the produce of spring to feed, nurture and defend through her ability to read the moods surrounding her.

Therefore, Cancer represents the first reflex of emotion experienced after receiving a stimulus from the environment. Essentially, Cancer is an empathic satellite receiver; consequently, they must build up defenses so to not drown in the maelstrom. They are like a mother bear who will tear apart any who threatens those she protects.

 

Leo
born July 23 – August 22

Zodiac - Leo
Zodiac – Leo

Leo = Masculine + Fixed + Fire

This means that Leo transmits sustained life force. Furthermore, as the second zodiac sign of the season of summer, it represents the sun at its greatest strength. Leo shines the brightest, and their warmth is unalterable. He never fails to deliver a constant showering of energy and illumination into the world.

 

 

Therefore, Leo represents the epitome of leadership. It is a mistake to believe they are narcissistic, for this is just an observational projection. Essentially, Leo exudes a permanent magnetic aura that incites a form of worship from those desperately seeking warmth and light.

 

Virgo
born August 23 – September 22

Zodiac - Virgo
Zodiac – Virgo

Virgo = Feminine + Mutable + Earth

This means that Virgo receives changeable tangibility. Furthermore, as the third zodiac sign of the season of summer, it represents how the earth has received the sun’s light and how it will change the face of the planet. Virgo categorizes everything into black and white, and in this way, it stores for the cold and dark months ahead.

Therefore, Virgo represents an analysis of the believable that they have experienced and seen. Essentially, Virgo people flexibly serve the physical needs of others tirelessly.

They are not arrogant in their knowledge, as many assume; their intention is solely to lighten loads and smooth pathways. They perceive where help is needed and adapt the physical world to accommodate.

 

Libra
born September 23 – October 22

Zodiac - Llibra
Zodiac – Llibra

Libra = Masculine + Cardinal + Air

This means that Libra transmits initiating ideas. Furthermore, as the first zodiac sign of the season of autumn, it represents the nine months before the break of spring. Libra is the issue of seed into the womb of the other, the sowing of an idea spark within another’s mind that will silently grow from intention into reality.

Therefore, Libra represents the laying down of firm judgments. However, they carefully weigh these judgments, which is where the typical indecisive Libran reluctance seems to appear. However, indecisive is the wrong word.

Essentially, chattering in the mind of the Libran is a court in-session obsessing over the decision. The idea that they transmit must be precisely right, and Libra will only proceed when they settle upon a final judgment.

 

 

Scorpio
born October 23 – November 21

Zodiac - Scorpio
Zodiac – Scorpio

Scorpio = Feminine + Fixed + Water

This means that Scorpio receives sustained emotion. Furthermore, as the second zodiac sign of the season of Autumn, it represents the slow but beautiful decay that forms the nutritious foundation for future growth. As the leaves fall from the trees, it becomes like a placenta to nourish the Libran seed through the dark hidden months ahead.

Therefore, Scorpio represents the most in-depth emotions that take a submarine dive to perceive. Essentially, Scorpio is the darkest and most unexplored part of the ocean, where the pressure of the water would kill any other person. However, Scorpio easily navigates these mysteries, for they are one with them.

 

Sagittarius
born November 22 – December 21

Zodiac - Sagittarius
Zodiac – Sagittarius

Sagittarius = Masculine + Mutable + Fire

This means that Sagittarius transmits changeable life force. Furthermore, as the third zodiac sign of the season of Autumn, it represents the intermittent naturally warm days dispersed with days of needing to light the fire in the hearth. Around the hearth, the family gathers where the old transmit profound and life-altering wisdom to the young.

Therefore, Sagittarius represents unpredictable energy and unexpected inspiration. Essentially, they are the fire that runs wild, the fire required to perpetuate certain seeds that would otherwise never germinate. They are outside of the box, the wise old man with the glint of a small child in his eyes, exposing the truth that he is forever young.

 

Capricorn
born December 22 – January 19

Zodiac - Capricorn
Zodiac – Capricorn

Capricorn = Feminine + Cardinal + Earth

This means that Capricorn receives initial tangibility. Furthermore, as the first zodiac sign of the season of Winter, it represents the time when the earth solidifies with cold and darkness sets in. It is time to initiate practicality objectively by tuning into the environment. In this way, success through the frozen months can be guaranteed.

Therefore, Capricorn represents physcial evidence of successful leadership which is why they are most likely to accumulate wealth. Essentially, Capricorn dances effortlessly upon the dangerous ground that would make others slip and slide out of control.

Capricorn is married to the earth, and it offers her sure footing. Follow the Capricorn’s footsteps carefully, allow them to teach you if you wish to know similar success.

 

Aquarius
born January 20 – February 18

Zodiac - Aquarius
Zodiac – Aquarius

Aquarius = Masculine = Fixed = Air

This means that Aquarius transmits sustained ideas. Furthermore, as the second zodiac sign of the season of Winter, it represents the forward-thinking required when hope and light appear absent.

Aquarius is fortitude and is stubborn as it moves rationally through the frozen landscape. One could even visualize fixed air as the dragon-like frozen mist that one breathes out on a mid-winters day

Therefore, Aquarius represents the constant buzz of an electrical current. Artificial heating that defies the winter, innovative and bound to a stubborn ideology of how things are already better, even if only they can see it yet. Essentially, they are one with the higher consciousness itself.

 

Pisces
February 19 – March 20

Zodiac - Pisces
Zodiac – Pisces

Pisces = Feminine + Mutable + Water

This means that Pisces receives changeable emotions. Furthermore, as the third zodiac sign of the season of Winter, it represents the chameleon moods as the first hints of spring bring visions of promise one day, and a wild snow storm buries the earth the next.

The darkness of the long months is starting to wane, and there is the half-waking dream that comes just at the break of dawn.

Therefore, Pisces is a chameleon changing colors with the moods and weather that surrounds it. An empathetic sponge that leaks tears of joy in one moment and tears of despair the next – all for others. Essentially, Pisces is like the passivity of the dream world, the place that swirls all possibilities in a cauldron.

 

Image credit: Leo Reynolds via flickr.com

 

 

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