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The Elements & The 3/4 Rhythm of the Zodiac Signs
by Julene Packer-Louis

There are 3 qualities or modalities of the signs: cardinal, fixed and mutable. There are 4 elements of the signs: fire, earth, air and water. As each quality and element is placed in the aforementioned order around the zodiac, a unique combination emerges for each sign.

The Qualities of the Signs
Cardinal signs initiate: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
Fixed signs follow through: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
Mutable signs adapt: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

The Elements of the Signs
Fire signs are impulsive: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth signs are stabilizing: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air signs are conceptual: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water signs are feeling: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

How Rulership Was Assigned

The Sun was given to the hottest sign, Leo. The Moon was given to the preceding seasonal ingress, Cancer. The planets were then placed around the wheel in both directions by proximity to the Sun.

From the Sun forward through the signs....
Leo: Sun
Virgo: Mercury
Libra: Venus
Scorpio: Mars (Pluto)
Sagittarius: Jupiter
Capricorn: Saturn

From the Moon backwards through the signs...
Cancer: Moon
Gemini: Mercury
Taurus: Venus
Aries: Mars
Pisces: Jupiter (Neptune)
Aquarius: Saturn (Uranus)

A Significance of Polarities

Each sign has an opposite. This indicates a polarity to balance for each axis. The same planetary oppositions occur twice by ancient sign rulership.

Mars - Venus Oppositions: Aries-Libra & Taurus-Scorpio
Aries-Libra: me vs. you, autonomy vs. partnership, will power vs. diplomacy
Taurus-Scorpio: mine vs. ours, attachment vs. transformation

Mercury - Jupiter Oppositions: Gemini-Sagittarius & Virgo-Pisces
Gemini-Sagittarius: information vs. wisdom, conceptualizing vs. philosophizing
Virgo-Pisces: detail vs. vision, categories vs. unity, precision vs. nebulous

Luminary - Saturn Oppositions: Cancer-Capricorn & Leo-Aquarius
Cancer-Capricorn: mother vs. father, emotional security vs. financial security
Leo-Aquarius: ego vs. humanity, leader vs. reformist, creativity vs. innovation

A Look at the Elements

Masculine/Yang/Active/Projective: Fire & Air
Feminine/Yin/Passive/Receptive: Earth & Water

Fire: puts us in touch with the will to be and to create. Impulsive, spontaneous, self-motivated energy that begins the 3 processes of development. Energy is enthusiastic, excitable, impatient, honest, freedom loving, inspirational
Relation to other elements: air fans fire and increases its light, earth smothers fire and puts it out, water douses fire and puts it out

Earth: puts us in touch with our physical senses and the material world. Patient, practical, self-disciplined energy that grounds each process of development in material reality. Energy is stabilizing, solidifying, judgmental, cautious, efficient, dependable
Relation to other elements: air dries and reshapes earth, fire scorches earth, water nourishes earth and provides fertility.

Air: puts us in tough with our intellectual faculty and fields of information. Thought powered energy that shapes our material reality through our perceptions and ideas. Energy is intellectual, conceptual, perceptual, objective, detached, social, freedom-loving
Relation to other elements: water humidifies air making it heavy, earth confines air and limits it, fire heats air providing stimulation

Water: puts us in touch with our emotions and subtle nuances beyond the physical realm. Feeling energy that synthesizes our life experiences into emotional patterned responses that help us to "tune in" to our souls deepest yearnings. Energy is emotional, sympathetic, empathetic, responsive, psychically sensitive, attuned to unconscious motivations, fluid, self-contained, protective, yielding yet all conquering
Relation to other elements: fire boils water, air evaporates water, earth gives water with shape and form

A Look at the Qualities

Cardinal: initiates things, dives right in and gets things started. This is evident in that the cardinal signs begin our seasons. However cardinal lacks the follow through to finish what it starts, which is why fixed follows cardinal.

Fixed: follows through, it sticks to things long after other signs have given up. However this factor can get it stuck in a rut unable to change, which is why mutable follows fixed.

Mutable: adapts, changes, and re-shapes things. Mutable energy is followed by cardinal, so it has a sense of a new beginning and begins to reshape what fixed as set in place to prepare for the next cycle.

Audio cassettes and CD's of this mini-class taught at LCAA are availalbe through AC Tapes.