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The Modes in Astrology

The Modes in Astrology


There are three modes (also known as modality, quadruplicities or qualities).

The three modes are cardinal, fixed, and mutable.

Each sign has one mode. Every mode has four signs associated with it.

The four Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.

The four Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

The four Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.


Cardinal Aries Cancer Libra Capricorn
Fixed Taurus Leo Scorpio Aquarius
Mutable Gemini Virgo Sagittarius Pisces


Modal Emphasis

Only count the seven visible planets of The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Balanced Mode

The modes are balanced when they are spread evenly (as much as you can evenly spread seven into three).

For example, three planets in cardinal signs, two in fixed signs and two in mutable signs are considered in balance.

Strong Mode

A mode is strong when there are at least two more planets in the mode than the next best mode.

For example, four planets in cardinal signs, two in air and one in a mutable sign makes the cardinal mode strong.

Weak Mode

A mode is weak when there are no planets in the mode.

For example, three planets in cardinal signs, four planets in fixed signs, and no planets in a mutable sign makes the mutable mode weak.

Cardinal Meaning

Strong cardinal

People with many planets in the cardinal signs usually start things.

They are self-motivated, have goals and are the leaders of the zodiac.

Cardinal signs initiate change.

Weak cardinal

A lack of planets in the cardinal signs suggests the individual is not one for starting things or getting things going.

For a weak cardinal person, procrastination may be an issue.

Fixed Meaning

Strong fixed

Those with many planets in fixed signs stick to things and can complete things.

They are tenacious, reliable, stubborn and steadfast.

They are resistant to change to the extent that they may have to overcome inertia.

Weak fixed

A shortage of fixed planets in the signs indicates the person has a certain wavering in life.

Mutable Meaning

Strong mutable

Strong mutable signs are flexible, adaptable and inclusive. They are accommodating, adjustable, amenable to change and they can move things along.

Weak mutable

When there are no planets in a mutable sign it imparts some rigidity to the individual.