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is a "mutable, fire sign," anyway?
(or Sagittarius is the "Missed me, missed me, now you gotta kiss me!"
my word for it! While it may seem more than a wee bit boring to you...
the Modes and Elements are at the very "heart and soul" of the
12 different Zodiac signs.
Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable
Elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water
a typical, boring chart to look at:
so mastering (or - at least - starting to master) the concept of the Modes
and Elements can "potentially" be an invaluable resource for
gaining a firmer grip on the general characteristics for each of the 12
different Zodiac signs (without resorting to boring rote memorization).
I must have had the concept of "Modes and Elements" explained (and re-explained)
to me in at least a dozen different ways over the passage of time.
here's my humble version of the Modes and Elements (that utilizes just
a wee bit of visual imagery to get the point across).
it helps out, use it. If it confuses you even more, dump it...
are 3 different "modes" of reaction:
(active) - adapts to external demands
- Fixed (steadfast)
- adapts to internal demands
(flexible) - adapts back and forth to both external
and internal demands
Fixed and Mutable?.... Huh? Chances
are.... what I've said so far means less than zero to you?
So let's back
up and try a more visual image....
Imagine that there's someone standing in front of you.
imagine, this person is holding a rock in their hand.
imagine this person has just thrown the rock at you....
- A Cardinal
(active) reaction would be to throw a rock back at the jerk.
- A Fixed
(steadfast) reaction would be to stand there unaffected by the
rock, and then taunt them with something like: "Hey, go ahead and
hit me again! That didn't hurt at all, you little wuss!
- A Mutable
(flexible) reaction would be to cleverly dodge the rock, and then
"thumb your nose" at their lousy aim.
remember, all I'm saying here is that these are different kinds of reactions.
Not every person with a mutable sign - if actually faced with this situation
- would have this particular "mutable reaction."
guess what, gang? Since there are 12 astrological signs - then
- 4 are Cardinal
or active (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
- 4 are Fixed
or steadfast (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
- 4 are Mutable
or flexible (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)
at a zodiac wheel, you'll notice the 4 members of each Mode
form a square in the circle. The individual members of these
Mode groups have an "uncomfortable" connection with each other.)
We've already talked about the 3 Modes of reactions:
- Fixed (steadfast)
let's talk about the 4 Elements
- Fire - outgoing,
action oriented, impulsive, and "fiery"
- Earth -
physical, practical, sensual, and material
- Air - mental
perceptions, thought, communication, and abstract ideas
- Water -
sensitive, feeling, empathic, and healing
guess what, gang? Since there are 12 astrological signs - then:
- 3 are Fire
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) outgoing, action oriented, impulsive, and
- 3 are Earth
(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) physical, practical, sensual, and material
- 3 are Air
(Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) mental perceptions, thought, communication,
and abstract ideas
- 3 are Water
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) sensitive, feeling, empathic, and healing
at a Zodiac wheel, you'll notice the three members of each Element
form an equilateral triangle in the circle. Individual members
of these Element groups have a "comfortable" connection with
Fire is outgoing, action oriented, impulsive, and (of course) "fiery."
And since the
above imagined "action scenario" of rock throwing (primarily) belongs
to the element of "fire":
- The Cardinal
(active) + Fire reaction is a typical Aries reaction.
- The Fixed
(steadfast) + Fire reaction is a typical Leo reaction.
- The Mutable
(flexible) + Fire reaction is a typical Sagittarius reaction. (And
again, not every Sagittarian would dodge the rock!)
it so far?
= Cardinal (Active) + Fire = "Here's a bigger rock for you, jerk!"
- Leo =
Fixed (Steadfast) + Fire = "Hit me with your best shot, sucker! That
= Mutable (Flexible) + Fire = "Missed me, missed me, now you gotta
by the way - we've ALL got Aries energy, when (and if) we really, really
need to muster it up. It's just that some folks tend to act and react
more typically "Aries" than other folks.
One More Example?
about the water signs?
element of water is sensitive, feeling, empathic, and healing.
So try throwing
a "feeling" at a water sign:
= Cardinal (Active) + Water = They'll throw another bigger, more
powerful feeling back at you = Flowing Rivers.
= Fixed (Steadfast) + Water = They'll take you deeper into your
own feeling = Bottomless Lakes.
= Mutable (Flexible) + Water = They'll take over the feeling,
adapt it, and make it a part of themselves = Vast Oceans.
that boring chart again:
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