Astrology - Elements and Modalities

Astrological Elements

There are 4 elements in astrology.

They are:

Astrological Modalities

There are 3 modalities also known as 'modes' and as 'qualities'.

Each sign of the zodiac is associated with ONE of the elements.

Each sign of the zodiac is associated with ONE of the modalities.

The following table shows the unique combination of elements and modalities associated with each of the 12 sunsigns (i.e. astrological signs of the zodiac). The table further down the page explains the characteristics associated with each sun sign as a result of the influences of its particular combination of element and modality.

Cardinal Signs

Fixed Signs

Mutable Signs

Earth Signs

Capricorn

Taurus

Virgo

Air Signs

Libra

Aquarius

Gemini

Fire Signs

Aries

Leo

Sagittarius

Water Signs

Cancer

Scorpio

Pisces

Above: Table (1) - Astrological elements and modalities associated with each sign of the zodiac

The table above shows the names and symbols of the 12 star signs for ease of finding any particular star sign, then noticing its element and modality from its position (row and column) in the table.

A more powerful use of such a table to learn about the signs of the zodiac includes the main characteristics associated with each element and modality and how they combine to suggest some of the main characteristics of the corresponding sun sign:

Cardinal Signs

  • action, vitality
  • initiative

Fixed Signs

  • considerable willpower
  • resistance to change

Mutable Signs

  • adaptability
  • versatility

Earth Signs

  • Conservative / Cautious
  • Grounded
  • Hard-working
  • Logical
  • Reliable
  • Follow rules & regulations

Capricorn

Taurus

Virgo

Air Signs

  • Aloof
  • Analytical
  • Communicative
  • Cooperative
  • Curious
  • Intellectual
  • Sociable

Libra

Aquarius

Gemini

Fire

  • Dramatic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Inspired
  • Outgoing
  • Passionate
  • Self-focussed
  • Self-sufficient
  • Spontaneous
  • Visionary

Aries

Leo

Sagittarius

Water Signs

  • Artistic
  • Emotional
  • Sentimental
  • Indecisive
  • Non-verbal communication

Cancer

Scorpio

Pisces

Above: Table (2) - How the elements and modalities affect each of the signs of the zodiac

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