Traditional astrologers name three sign qualities (triplicities): Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable, and four elements (quadriplicities): Fire, Air, Earth, Water. Why these? The simple answer is these two groups in permutation describe all twelve signs:

Cardinal Fire = Aries

Cardinal Earth = Capricorn

Cardinal Air = Libra

Cardinal Water = Cancer

Fixed Fire = Leo

Fixed Earth = Taurus

Fixed Air = Aquarius

Fixed Water = Scorpio

Mutable Fire = Sagittarius

Mutable Earth = Virgo

Mutable Air = Gemini

Mutable Water = Pisces

I bet you can easily see how just knowing this makes it easy to get a handle on any sign. What’s a Virgo like? The mutable (changeable) earth. What kind of earth (land) is mutable? Shifting sands, dust, dirt, mud, cooled lava rock perhaps. What’s a Virgo like? Hard to pin down (shifting sands), into cleanliness (dirt and mud), and picky as hell, down to earth but fickle. I should know. Having the Moon and Pluto in Virgo makes me at least as strong in Virgo as in Pisces.

What’s a Scorpio like? Fixed water: stagnant pools, ponds, lakes, etc. And aren’t they just? Tell a Scorpio a secret and they will drown it in one their deep ponds. Think of the scorpion, and other arachnids – like spiders and ticks, and other arthropods like centipedes and insects. The scorpion is just the representative of the form, but a Scorpio person may manifest the characteristics of any of these or similar creatures – night-dwelling, corner-loving types. The Pluto in Scorpio generation (born 1984 – 1996) exemplifies this with their maxed-out piercings, tattoos and even the occasional branding. And like most arthropods, these fierce-looking Scorpios are all soft and gooey on the inside.

Understanding these simple concepts will help you sound like a professional astrologer just by linking a few key words together.

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