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The Quality of the New

I like the Fire, Earth, Air and Water designations. They’re easy to understand and they’re clearly defined.

I don’t like the qualities. They’re confusing and vague. So I renamed them. Instead of Cardinal, I use Hierarchical. Instead of Fixed, I use Planar. Instead of Mutable, I use Matrix.

Oh, yeah, that’s much less confusing and vague. So what the hell do those mean?

Back off, now, and I’ll break it down.

Imagine a tower, like maybe Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

Hierarchical and Planar signs are both at home in this tower. The hierarchical signs like the linear or pyramidal nature of it. They like things to be put in order and they like someone in charge at the top. They built the elevators and the stairs. Planar signs will ride or climb to their favorite level and stay there, like your cat that climbs to the top of your refrigerator to plot your death from above – like certain Leos, the Planar Fire sign. My wife’s a Leo and she has a great Cheshire Cat face.

Matrix signs don’t care what level they’re on, how to get, or even that they’re in a tower at all. They flit about – Level 12, West! Level 29, South!

BASEMENT!

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The Quality of the Qualities

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.

Next: New Qualities

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