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Lesson 3: The Zodiac Signs

The zodiac signs are the 12 archetypal images used in astrology to represent the 12 sections of the sky.  When a chart is created the planets will land somewhere around the 360 of the circle falling within the 30 degrees of one of the 12 zodiac signs or sections of the sky.  When someone asks, “What’s your sign?”, they’re referring to your sun, and which zodiac sign it falls into on your birth chart.

Understanding the zodiac and the journey through each sign, which also corresponds to the houses, will help you to memorize the symbolisms of the 12 archetypes.  You can use this metaphor to help you learn each house and corresponding zodiac sign:

  1. First House/Aries: THE SELF The Birth of the Individual or Protagonist in our metaphor
  2. Second House/Taurus: OBJECTS & POSSESSION Next the baby grows into a Toddler and learns about the permanence of objects, and how to say “MINE”
  3. Third House/Gemini: THE MIND & EARLY SCHOOLING The child begins moves out of the home into the neighborhood and school.
  4. Fourth House/Cancer: COMFORT & HOME After school, the child goes home to Mother after a long day.  Snacks and a hug.  What comfort feels like.
  5. Fifth House/Leo: SELF EXPRESSION & PLAY The child then runs outside to play or pulls out crayons to color.
  6. Sixth House/Virgo: DUTIES & DAILY HABITS Homework and then night time routine of taking a bath and brush teeth.
  7. Seventh House/Libra: ONE ON ONE PARTNERSHIP First Best friend and then first crush.
  8. Eighth House/Scorpio: SACRED COUPLING & EXCLUSIVITY First sacred sexual experience, first death experience & first loan.  These three areas seem very different on the surface but all deal with an understanding that all parties involved have agreed to the terms.
  9. Ninth House/Sagittarius: WISDOM FROM THE OUTER WORLD College, traveling to a foreign country, learning life lessons.  After the 7th & 8th houses of relating, our protagonist has gained wisdom and emerges as a teacher with a sense of optimism.  Knowing “what was empty will soon be full and what is full will soon be empty”.
  10. Tenth House/Capricorn: CAREER & PERSONAL INFLUENCE Starting on a career path and parenting.  Planning the work and working the plan.
  11. Eleventh House/Aquarius: COLLECTIVE & ASSOCIATIONS Coming to an understanding about everyone’s right to live life according to their own consciousness.
  12. Twelfth House/Pisces: THE ONENESS CONSCIOUSNESS Leaving this world and starting all over again at Aries. The house of “undoing”, the point at which ourobos is neither the head nor the tail, but both.

ARIES

Aries are the warriors and fighters of the zodiac.  They have no fear of leading from a solo position.  This can give them a self-centered posture at times, but we need their courage.

  1. The Individual “I am”
  2. Cardinal | Masculine | Fire Sign
  3. Planet: Mars
  4. House: 1st
  5. Traditional Symbol: Goat
  6. Modern Symbol: Lone Wolf
  7. Archetype: Warrior
  8. Body: Head, Muscles, Face, Lips, Rashes
  9. Color: Red
  10. Opposite Sign: Libra

High Functioning Aries:

  1. Brave
  2. Inspiring
  3. Natural leaders
  4. Protective of loved ones
  5. Direct, honest
  6. Vital, energetic
  7. Self-starters
  8. Innovative
  9. Bold
  10. Willing to go it alone

Low Functioning Aries:

  1. Self-centered
  2. Foolish
  3. Repeat the same mistakes
  4. Too quick to take action
  5. Egotistical
  6. Lack of tact
  7. Opportunists
  8. Baby out with the bathwater
  9. Stubborn, slow to apologize
  10. Difficult to teach

TAURUS

Ruled by Venus, the goddess of pleasure and beauty, Taurus types want to make proverbial love to life and then lay in the shade with a loved one to enjoy the view.

  1. “I possess”
  2. Fixed | Feminine | Earth Sign
  3. Planet: Venus
  4. House: 2nd
  5. Traditional Symbol: Bull
  6. Modern Symbol: Bull
  7. Archetype: Ferdinand
  8. Body: Throat
  9. Color: Green, earth tones
  10. Opposite Sign: Scorpio

High Functioning Taurus:

  1. Steadfast & loyal
  2. Artistic & creative
  3. Determined
  4. Grounded
  5. Understanding & affectionate
  6. Calm
  7. Hard working once started
  8. Practical
  9. Sensual
  10. Passionate

Low Functioning Taurus:

  1. Stubborn
  2. Hedonist
  3. Unmoveable
  4. Afraid of change
  5. Materialistic
  6. Possessive
  7. Strong need for security
  8. Vain
  9. Lazy
  10. Over stay in bad relationships

GEMINI

Like a group of birds singing in a tree or a group of women gossiping, Gemini’s are ruled by the need to communicate with others.  They usually can’t help but reach out.

  1. “I think”
  2. Mutable | Masculine | Air Sign
  3. Planet: Mercury
  4. House: 3rd
  5. Traditional Symbol: Twins
  6. Modern Symbol: Twins
  7. Archetype: Birds
  8. Body: Arms, hands, voice
  9. Color: Sky blue
  10. Opposite Sign: Sagittarius

High Functioning Gemini:

  1. Easy, Breezy Temperament
  2. Cheerful
  3. Versatile
  4. Good multi-tasker
  5. Rational thinkers
  6. Open to new experiences
  7. Spontaneous
  8. Social connecters
  9. Sense of humor
  10. Conversationalists

Low Functioning Gemini:

  1. Overly loquacious
  2. Silly and immature
  3. Emotionally shallow or detached
  4. Intellectualize emotional issues
  5. Anxious
  6. Flirty
  7. Hard to pin down
  8. Commitment-phobic
  9. Peter Pan-ism
  10. Childish

CANCER

Ruled by the Moon, the Mother, Cancer types are about creating space for a project or relationship to grow.  Love of family, home, pets, children or a pet project, is common.

  1. “I feel”
  2. Cardinal | Feminine | Water
  3. Planet: Moon
  4. House: 4th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Crab
  6. Modern Symbol: Turtle
  7. Archetype: Mother
  8. Body: Chest, breast, womb
  9. Color: Pearl
  10. Opposite Sign: Capricorn

High Functioning  Cancer:

  1. Sensitive to others
  2. Ambitious
  3. Nurturing & thoughtful
  4. Warm and affectionate
  5. Nostalgic and sentimental
  6. Enjoy caring for someone/thing
  7. Provide security for loved ones
  8. Soft, affectionate lover
  9. Recognize needs easily
  10. Motherly

Low Functioning Cancer:

  1. Aloof or cold to strangers
  2. Paranoid
  3. Withdraw from conflict
  4. Slippery
  5. Insecure with loved ones
  6. Need for validation
  7. “Turtle” when threatened
  8. Slow to open
  9. Passive-aggressive
  10. Moody

LEO

Like the royal king of the jungle, Leos are the boss, but at the same time, they rule from a place of warmth, generosity.  Loyal, dependable natures, and full of playfulness.

  1. “I will”
  2. Fixed | Masculine | Fire Sign
  3. Planet: Sun
  4. House: 5th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Lion
  6. Modern Symbol: Lion
  7. Archetype: King/Queen
  8. Body: Heart
  9. Color: Gold
  10. Opposite Sign: Aquarius

High Functioning Leo:

  1. Loyal & affectionate
  2. Protective of loved ones
  3. Natural leaders
  4. Confident
  5. Inspired by Love
  6. Romantic & passionate
  7. Inspiring to others
  8. Entertainers
  9. Warm
  10. Enthusiastic

Low Functioning Leo:

  1. Vain
  2. Name-droppers
  3. Lusty & hedonistic
  4. Bossy
  5. Egotistical
  6. Need to be seen as important
  7. Need for validation
  8. Need for praise and thank yous
  9. Loud
  10. Controlling

VIRGO

Earthy Virgos are devoted, genuine lovers and friends.  They appreciate people who have integrity and play by the rules, or at least by the rules they value.

  1. “I serve”
  2. Mutable | Feminine | Earth
  3. Planet: Mercury
  4. House: 6th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Virgin
  6. Modern Symbol: Virgin
  7. Archetype: The Craftsman
  8. Body: stomach, nerves
  9. Color: Quicksilver
  10. Opposite Sign: Pisces

High Functioning VIRGO

  1. Helpful & dependable
  2. Analytical, quick minds
  3. Authentic & genuine
  4. Devoted
  5. Good eye for detail
  6. Observant
  7. Dutiful, responsible
  8. No need for ego recognition
  9. Sensual with trusted people
  10. Hard-working

Low Functioning VIRGO

  1. Self-martyr
  2. Overly-critical
  3. Nervous, anxious
  4. Pessimistic
  5. Overly dependent
  6. “Debbie downer”
  7. Co-dependent relationships
  8. Need to be needed
  9. Picky, high standards
  10. Hard time letting go

LIBRA

Venusian Libras are all about creating harmony, beauty and sweetness in their worlds.  Natural peacemakers, they don’t enjoy conflict, and would rather talk it out than fight.

  1. “I harmonize”
  2. Cardinal | Masculine | Air Sign
  3. Planet: Venus
  4. House: 7th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Scales
  6. Modern Symbol: Scales
  7. Archetype: Lover
  8. Body: Back, kidney
  9. Color: Pastel
  10. Opposite Sign: Aries

High Functioning Libra:

  1. Diplomatic
  2. Artistic
  3. Peacemaker
  4. Level-headed
  5. Can get along with many types
  6. Androgynous
  7. Sweet & kind hearted
  8. Unifiers
  9. Lover
  10. Iron fist in a velvet glove

Low Functioning Libra:

  1. Vain
  2. Shallow connections
  3. Fair weather friend
  4. Indecisive
  5. Vacillating
  6. Heartbreaker
  7. Flirtatious
  8. Insincere
  9. Over-intellectualize emotion
  10. In love with love

SCORPIO

Intense, loyal and secretive.  Scorpios make some of the best friends, but they can demand a lot in return from their partnerships.  Infidelity by their partners is a huge no-no.

  1. “I transform”
  2. Fixed | Feminine | Water Sign
  3. Planet: Pluto/Mars
  4. House: 8rd
  5. Traditional Symbol: Scorpion
  6. Modern Symbol: Scorpion
  7. Archetype: Phoenix
  8. Body: Sexual and eliminative
  9. Color: Black
  10. Opposite Sign: Taurus

High Functioning Scorpio:

  1. Focused, driven, determined
  2. Healing
  3. Loyal friend and partner
  4. Desires intimacy with partner
  5. Good in times of crisis
  6. Problem solvers
  7. Deeply intuitive
  8. Trustworthy
  9. Secret-keepers
  10. Sensually expressive

Low Functioning Scorpio:

  1. Secretive
  2. Jealous, possessive, demanding
  3. Controlling, manipulative
  4. Destructive
  5. Seductive
  6. Egotistical
  7. Temperamental
  8. Feel things deeply
  9. Hard time letting go
  10. Hard time trusting

SAGITTARIUS

Like wild horses playing in a field, Sagittarius are care-free, wild and difficult to tame.  To keep them coming back, keep the fence gate wide open and know how to laugh.

  1. “I grow”
  2. Mutable | Masculine | Fire
  3. Planet: Jupiter
  4. House: 9th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Archer
  6. Modern Symbol: Archer
  7. Archetype: Guru or Gambler
  8. Body: Muscles & thighs
  9. Color: Green
  10. Opposite Sign: Gemini

High Functioning Sagittarius:

  1. Genuine, open
  2. Inspirational & growth oriented
  3. Generous
  4. Enjoy teaching & motivating
  5. Laid back & easy
  6. Open to conversation
  7. Flexible
  8. Good at play
  9. Sense of humor
  10. Freedom granting

Low Functioning Sagittarius:

  1. Over-promise/under-deliver
  2. Exaggerate
  3. Over-sharing & gossiping
  4. Too go with the flow
  5. Dreamers
  6. Risk taking
  7. Flirtatious
  8. Commitment-phobic
  9. Flaky
  10. Chasing too many ideas at once

CAPRICORN

The ultimate world builders of the Zodiac, Capricorns are highly present in the physical world. They’re the administrators and system builders. Very difficult to fool a goat.

  1. “I build”
  2. Cardinal | Masculine | Earth
  3. Planet: Saturn
  4. House: 10th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Goat
  6. Modern Symbol: Goat
  7. Archetype: Business Leader
  8. Body: Skin & bones
  9. Color: Gray
  10. Opposite Sign: Cancer

High Functioning Capricorn:

  1. Focused, driven, determined
  2. Discerning
  3. Loyal friend and partner
  4. Desires intimacy with partner
  5. Good in times of crisis
  6. Traditional & dutiful
  7. Conservationists
  8. Follow rules
  9. Solid, grounded
  10. Natural leaders

Low Functioning Capricorn:

  1. Capricious
  2. Picky, “snobby”
  3. Image conscious
  4. Unmoveable
  5. Cold & distant
  6. Workaholics
  7. Materialistic
  8. Letter of Law, not spirit
  9. Critical
  10. Struggle with emotional expression

AQUARIUS

Contrarian, unorthodox, weird, unusual, etc All of these adjectives will make a true Aquarius smile.  They’re not like anyone else, and they can’t be tied down by convention.

  1. “I revolutionize”
  2. Fixed | Masculine | Air Sign
  3. Planet: Uranus/Saturn
  4. House: 11th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Waterbear
  6. Modern Symbol: Hippy
  7. Archetype: Revolutionary
  8. Body: Calves, arteries
  9. Color: Iridescent colors
  10. Opposite Sign: Leo

High Functioning Aquarius:

  1. Unique, unorthodox
  2. Eccentric
  3. Freedom-loving & granting
  4. Innovative
  5. Logical
  6. Loyal in their own way
  7. Determined
  8. Emotionally controlled
  9. Critically minded
  10. Friendly & social

Low Functioning Aquarius:

  1. Commitment phobic
  2. Oblivious to other’s emotions
  3. Self-centered
  4. Flirtatious
  5. Poly-amorous
  6. Flighty
  7. Hard time with emotions
  8. Cynical
  9. Non-believing
  10. Rebellious

PISCES

Pisces types are compassionate, loving (sometimes to a fault) and many times play the role of rescuer or rescued.  Edges blur in their relationships.

  1. “I transcend”
  2. Mutable | Feminine | Water
  3. Planet: Neptune & Jupiter
  4. House: 12th
  5. Traditional Symbol: Fish
  6. Modern Symbol: Fish
  7. Archetype: Christ
  8. Body: Feet
  9. Color: Aquamarine
  10. Opposite Sign: Virgo

High Functioning Pisces:

  1. Compassionate & loving
  2. Self-sacrificing
  3. Imaginative
  4. Kind
  5. Ego-less
  6. Givers & caretakers
  7. Quietly devoted
  8. Intuitive
  9. Emotionally connected
  10. Flexible

Low Functioning Pisces:

  1. Martyrdom
  2. Too trusting
  3. Easily deceived or deceptive
  4. Slippery
  5. Illusive
  6. Shape-shifters
  7. Co-dependent
  8. Weak, needing validation
  9. Lack of sense of self
  10. Emotional sponges

 

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