Astrology is the study of how the stars affect the events in our lives. It’s based on the idea that all of us are made up of a number of physical, mental and spiritual parts, and that all these parts have an influence on our actions.
Astrology is based on the belief that we are born with a set of essential characteristics, or ‘natal chart’. These include your birthday, time of birth and place. Together they form a unique chart which contains all your personal characteristics. There are other important factors that can be incorporated into your chart. These include your parents’ zodiac signs, your geographical location, and aspects between planets.
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The Zodiac Signs
The zodiac signs have been important since ancient times, when they were used to mark the division of the year into 12 months. They are also used in many modern times to mark the passage of time, and in astrology to divide up the various ages of a person’s life.
The zodiac signs are not a list of actual constellations, but rather a way of categorizing people based on their traits and personalities. The constellations that make up the zodiac signs were all thought to have an influence on the earth, and thus on human beings. For example, Virgo is said to be associated with justice and order, while Scorpio is said to be associated with desire and passion.
Modality in Astrology
There are three basic types of signs that are considered as modalities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Cardinal signs are those that are ruled by the zodiac signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Fixed signs are those that are ruled by the constellations of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces control all aspects of the mutable modality.
Fixed signs are called the ‘stabilizer’ signs. The influence of these signs is stronger than that of the cardinal signs. They are in charge of the basic processes that occur in nature. Fixed signs are also known as ‘earthy’ signs.
Fixed signs fall in the middle of a season: they come to work in springtime, they arrive in summertime, they arrive in wintertime, and they do everything to finish what they start. So it makes sense that fixed signs are what keeps the zodiac stable. Fixed signs are the people you can count on to help you get around, and they always bring you ice cream after a breakup. They are very creative, and if they have an idea, they will see it through until the end.
The cardinal signs are ruled by the planets of the zodiac. The planets themselves have the power to either increase or decrease the effects of other planets in our natal chart. For example, if Venus is strong in your chart, then you are more likely to be sensitive and artistic. If Venus is weak, then you will be less inclined to display these qualities.
The mutable sign is more on the ’emotional’ side of the modality. They are more responsive to other people’s feelings and are therefore more prone to having psychological problems. Mutable signs are also the most likely to be superstitious.