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Astrology: Elements, Modalities & Zodiac Signs



Astrology is defined as ‘the art or practice of determining the supposed influences of the planets and their motions on human affairs and human disposition’. From this practice a horoscope can be produced which is a diagram (or chart) of the relative positions of planets and signs of the Zodiac at a specific time, usually the time of birth.


Western Astrology originated around 500 BC, with a concept called the Zodiac. This consisted of an imaginary sphere surrounding the earth, which followed the path of the Sun through the constellations during the year. The Zodiac was split into twelve sections, each named after the specific constellation noted in that area.


Many ancient philosophies used a set of classical elements to explain the way nature behaved. Each sign was connected to one of the classical elements (fire, earth, air, or water) and was also related to a region of focus; social, personal or universal.


  • Water signs are related to growth processes, identification and emotion. In tandem with the other elements, water feels that fire will make it boil, air will evaporate it, but earth will shape and channel it.

  • Fire signs are related to action, passion, and energy. In tandem with the other elements, fire feels that earth will smother it, water will drown it, but air will fan and enliven it.

  • Air signs are related to thought, perspective and communication. In tandem with the other elements, air feels that water will obscure it, earth will suffocate it, but fire will inspire and uplift it.

  • Earth signs are related to sensation, stability, and practicality. In tandem with the other elements, earth feels that air will dry it, fire will dry it, but water will refresh and nourish it.


Each sign is connected to one of three modalities; cardinal (sometimes referred to as movable), fixed, and mutable. There are four quadrants following the order of the zodiac signs, with three signs in each. Each quadrant describes a season, beginning with a cardinal sign, continuing to a fixed sign, and ending with a mutable sign.


  • Mutable signs are related to adaptability, resourcefulness and holism. They are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

  • Fixed signs are related to determination, focus and individuality. They are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

  • Cardinal signs are related to creativity and initiation. They are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.


Finally, here is a quick summary of Zodiac Sign Characteristics:


  • Aries (cardinal, fire, personal): defensive, energetic, head down, assertive, impulsive.

  • Taurus (fixed, earth, personal): patient, indulgent, resourceful, thorough, devoted.

  • Gemini (mutable, air, personal): quick, logical, inquisitive.

  • Cancer (cardinal, water, personal): clinging, protective, sensitive.

  • Leo (fixed, fire, social): theatrical, generous, proud.

  • Virgo (mutable, earth, social): critically, practical, efficient.

  • Libra (cardinal, air, social): lazy, co-operative, fair.

  • Scorpio (fixed, water, social): anxious, passionate, sensitive.

  • Sagittarius (mutable, fire, universal): careless, free, straightforward.

  • Capricorn (cardinal, earth, universal): suspicious, prudent, cautious.

  • Aquarius (fixed, air, universal): detached, democratic, unconventional.

  • Pisces (mutable, water, universal): distracted, imaginative, sensitive.



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