There are three modes (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.
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.
A mode is considered 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.
A mode is weak when there are no planets in the mode.
For example, three planets in cardinal, four in fixed and no planets in a mutable sign makes the mutable mode weak.
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.
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.
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.
A shortage of fixed planets in the signs indicates the person has a certain wavering in life.
Strong mutable signs are flexible, adaptable and inclusive.
They are accommodating, adjustable, amenable to change and they can move things along.
When there are no planets in a mutable sign it imparts some rigidity to the individual.
Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Modes
In your astrology journal, and only counting the seven visible planets from the Sun to Saturn, do the following:
- Note which planets are in the cardinal mode.
- Note which planets are in the fixed mode.
- Note which planets are in the mutable mode.
- Decide if there is a modal emphasis or a lack of any mode.
- Write a brief interpretation of your chart’s mode strengths and weaknesses (50 words).
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