If you've dabbled in astrology, then you know there's way more to this practice than just horoscopes alone. There are the 12 zodiac signs in astrology, each with unique energies, qualities, elements, and strengths attributed to them. And the modalities in astrology (which are comprised of cardinal signs, fixed signs, and mutable signs) are three major categories into which all zodiac signs are divided — and they can tell us a lot about how we express ourselves in the world.
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The three modalities in astrology (also known as quadruplicities, as there are four zodiac signs in each group) represent the unique ways each group of signs expresses their energy, reacts to circumstances, and operates in the world as they move through life. 'The modalities are another way to break down signs and elements,' astrologer Lisa Stardust, tells Bustle. 'They represent the sign and element’s ability to move and evolve with time.'
Duplicities are not to be confused with elements in astrology (which are fire, earth, air, and water), although these are both systems in which the 12 signs are categorized. Elements represent certain qualities and motivations attributed to a group of zodiac signs, while modalities represent the manner in which those particular qualities are expressed. That said, each modality contains one sign from each of the four elements and each element contains one sign from each modality — meaning that the energy is evenly distributed.
How can you spot a sign based on their modality? 'Cardinal signs are always moving on to the next project, fixed signs are usually stuck in completing projects, and mutable signs can be uncommitted as a result of their relationship to the modalities,' Stardust says. For example, while all four fire signs are known for being passionate and action-oriented, they'll each express that vibe differently based on their modality. For instance, cardinal fire sign Aries is a motivated self-starter, while fixed fire sign Leo channels its passion into hard work and loyalty.
So are you a cardinal sign, fixed sign, or mutable sign? Discovering the modality of your zodiac sign can help you dive a little deeper into your personal astrology and understand the complexities of your sign even more thoroughly.
When something is described as cardinal, it signifies that it's both fundamental and important — and that's the case when it comes to the four cardinal signs of the zodiac. 'Cardinal signs are the 'initiators' of the zodiac,' says Stardust. 'They represent a spark or idea. They also signify the beginning of the season.' All four of the cardinal signs could be described as the zodiac's 'ideas' people. While they may not have an easy time completing every endeavor they start, you can count on them to get things going and set a solid foundation. The cardinal signs are visionary — they're able to make things out of thin air, and swiftly embrace new beginnings and change.
That said, it's no surprise that the first day of each cardinal sign's sun season coincides with the first day of each meteorological season: Aries season kicks off spring and Libra season kicks off autumn, while Cancer season and Capricorn seasons mark the summer solstice and winter solstice, respectively.
If the cardinal sign energy kicks butt at kicking things off, then we could say that fixed signs of the zodiac come in with their eyes fixed on the prize. These signs are here for the follow-through. 'Fixed signs are the 'doers' of the zodiac,' explains Stardust. 'They carry out the ideas manifested by the cardinal signs [and] do all the work needed to complete the task at hand.' Each of the fixed signs are different, but they're all laser-focused, hardworking, and great at coming up with (and sticking to) a plan. These signs have a knack for identifying exactly what needs to be done, and then doing it.
Because the sun season of each of these signs falls right smack in the middle of each meteorological season, the energy of the fixed signs is focused on momentum and dedication. Fixed signs strengths come out when they're in the thick of something and fully submerged. Without a plan, some might drown in the intensity of this energy — but the fixed signs can be relied upon to push through with steadfast dedication and capitalize on the cardinal signs' ideas and make them reality.
Let's recap: Cardinal signs start things while fixed signs turn those ideas into solid plans — but the mutable signs of the zodiac swoop in to complete the endeavor and embrace change. 'Mutable signs represent the end of each season and the finality of a project or task at hand,' Stardust says. 'They are flexible due to their understanding of change.' Things don't always go according to plan, but mutable signs can handle the unexpected shifts. Their changeability and adaptability shines when faced with endings, challenges, or shifts. Whether things end the way we want them to or not, mutable signs have the power to put a thoughtful, intelligent, and positive spin on any situation, bringing it to a natural conclusion.
The sun season for each mutable sign takes place during the final month of each meteorological season — meaning that as the sun leaves each of these signs, a whole season ends, too. That energy is fully reflected in the mutable signs' ever-adaptable ability to change form and accept things as they are.
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Cancer Period: June 21 - July 22
Ruling Planet of Cancer: The Moon
House Ruled by Cancer: Fourth
Cancer Polarity: Negative
Most Compatible Zodiac Signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Virgo
Least Compatible Zodiac Signs: Aries, Libra, Aquarius, Sagittarius
Opposite Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Cancerians may be involved with the past in some way, because the sign of Cancer, the sign of nurturing, protecting and sustaining, is strongly tied to the past, and the principle of Karma. They tend to collect the residue of past experience and hold onto it, allowing it to color present activities and lead them to instinctual action.
Rather than allowing themselves to be driven by their changing moods, they benefit from shedding the light of conscious reason on their habitual patterns and focusing on their true goals.
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The element related to Cancer is Water.
The Water element is the feminine or yin energy of emotion. It corresponds to the Jungian typology of Feeling. Receptive and sensitive to subtle currents of interconnection, it flows through everything and connects at a deeper and more unconscious level than that provided by logical thought. Water people are tuned in to a deeper and subtler reality than other types around them. Their emotions range the gamut from fear and dislike to an unconditional acceptance and love of the world and the creatures they find within it. They can be security oriented and respond well to the solidity, direction and form provided by others. At their best they provide a powerful connection to the divine within themselves and each person in their surrounding milieu.
The mode of Cancer is Cardinal.
Cardinal signs are outgoing, creative rather than passive, representing self-starters who make their will power known.
The ruling planet of Cancer is The Moon.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the anima and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.