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Lesson 2: Elements & Modes

ELEMENTS

The Zodiac signs are also divided into 3 groups of 4 zodiac signs. The Modalities each consist of 2 pairs of polarities. Or 2 pairs of opposing signs. The signs all contain a similar nature of expression. They also have an order of “over-writeability” when being combined with other signs. Fixed being the strongest, then Cardinal, and lastly Mutable. ie when blending a Fixed sign and a Mutable sign, the fixed sign will have stronger expression.

FIRE SIGNS

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the 3 Fire signs of the Zodiac.  Fire is symbolic of ACTION. These archetypes are marked by a fiery presence, a quickness to take action and bold personalities.

  • Vital
  • Dynamic
  • Outward
  • Passionate
  • Needs Fuel
  • Spontaneous
  • Aggressive
  • Willful
  • Crave newness
  • Seeking
  • Try anything
  • Good at starting
  • Activate others

EARTH SIGNS

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the 3 Earth signs of the Zodiac. Earth is symbolic of the PHYSICAL.  These archetypes are marked by a solid, practical presence.

  • Consistent
  • Practical
  • Reliable
  • Concrete
  • Status Quo Builders
  • Crystalizers
  • Follow a task through
  • Stuck in patterns/relationships
  • Security oriented
  • Seek sameness
  • Physical

AIR SIGNS

Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are the 3 Air signs.  Air is symbolic of the MIND. These types are social, communicative and enjoy the exchange of ideas.

  • Masculine
  • Cerebral
  • Social
  • Conversational
  • Surface
  • Flighty
  • All talk
  • Lack follow through
  • Problem solvers
  • Relationship builders

WATER SIGNS

Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the 3 Water signs of the Zodiac. Water is symbolic of the HEART. These types are emotive, intuitive and connected to others.

  • Compassionate
  • Relationship focused
  • Oneness minded
  • Feelings focused
  • Crave connection building
  • Need security
  • Can be martyrs
  • Can be passive aggressive
  • Intuitive
  • Soulful

Modalities or quadriplicities

The Zodiac signs are also divided into 3 groups of 4 zodiac signs. The Modalities each consist of 2 pairs of polarities. Or 2 pairs of opposing signs. The signs all contain a similar nature of expression. They also have an order of “over-writeability” when being combined with other signs. Fixed being the strongest, then Cardinal, and lastly Mutable. ie when blending a Fixed sign and a Mutable sign, the fixed sign will have stronger expression.

Fixed Signs

WHEN COMBINING SIGNS, FIXED ARE THE STRONGEST AND WILL BE EXPRESSED MORE STRONGLY THAN THE OTHER MODALITIES.

  • TAURUS
  • LEO
  • SCORPIO
  • AQUARIUS

    These signs are the immoveable, determined forces of the Zodiac. Using a metaphor, let’s imagine we have a group of 4 individuals helping a friend move. The Taurus would show up on time, move boxes slowly, but consistently and would work until the job was done. The Leo would be standing outside the moving van directing the minions. The Scorpio would have come over the night before to help pack, will probably be going with the friend over to their new home to make sure nothing gets broken. Even though the Aquarius organized the moving party, they will show up a little late, and will be spending more time broadcasting the move on an extended Snapchat story than actually moving boxes.

Cardinal Signs

WHEN COMBINING SIGNS CARDINAL ARE NEUTRAL WITH CAPRICORN BEING THE STRONGEST.

  • Aries
  • Cancer
  • Libra
  • Capricorn

These signs are the dynamic, ambitious, starters of the Zodiac. Using a metaphor, let’s imagine we have a group of 4 individuals working on a project. The Aries will be the one leading the charge, but the least apt to plan or follow-through. The Cancer will be focused on giving the new project the opportunity to grow, getting feedback from others and taking quiet time to massage the idea. The Libra would then reach out to colleagues (the rest of the Zodiac) to bring in help to spread the project. Finally, the Capricorn will make sure the project is brought to completion and that the group has accomplished their task.

Mutable Signs

WHEN COMBINING SIGNS MUTABLE ARE THE WEAKEST AND ARE USUALLY NOT EXPRESSED AS STRONGLY AS THE OTHER MODALITIES.

  • Gemini
  • Virgo
  • Sagittarius
  • Pisces

These signs share a desire to move out from the self and join with the collective.  Sacrifice or lack of ego is a hallmark of all 4 signs.  They’re go with the flow.  Gemini demonstrates this by a lack of seriousness or investment in worrying about their ego expression.  Virgo is focused on serving from behind the scenes by analyzing needs and taking care of them.  Sagittarius is about seeking wisdom through play, exploration and new experience. They also lack the gravitas seen in a person who has a strongly ego-centric personality.  Lastly, the Pisces is all about the merge of self and other through the collective Oneness.  Seen in escapism, romance, imagination, music, the arts, spirituality etc

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