All of the signs of the Zodiac can be divided into Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs. AKA the Modalities. It refers to a mode of operating and is surprisingly apt.
How Cardinal Signs Operate And What Sabotages Them
Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are the Cardinal signs, but you can call them “Boss.” Their core competency is taking charge. If there is an initiative, they’ll seize it. They are utterly relaxed in management positions. Leadership is less stressful for them than following, no matter what the circumstances.
Their weak spot is control-tripping. Automatically assuming authority, they alienate people by telling them how to run their everything. Cardinal signs see everything and everyone as an issue to be managed, controlled or confronted.
How Fixed Signs Operate And What Sabotages Them
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius are the Fixed signs. Their word is their oath. Once set upon something; they will not budge. Such dependability and self-discipline rightly earn them success in anything demanding tenacity. Whether they’re training for a marathon, patiently hunting down the perp of a crime or making a movie, they will not stop. They endure.
But this attribute flipped can see them sticking to people and projects when they should have abandoned ship and swum on. It becomes stubbornness and rigidity that they rebrand as principles.
How Mutable Signs Operate And What Sabotages Them
The Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. They’re beyond just change-adept. They sense shifts in the Zeitgeist and incoming trends the way birds feel wind or storms. Mutable people are clearing their desk or throwing money at something nobody’s ever heard of while others wait for some memo or announcement.
However, their temperament also means that they find it hard to commit to anything. They set a big goal or standard at dawn, and adjust it by evening. Each policy shift is utterly logical, at the time. And because impulse is statistically their most successful ‘method,’ they can deploy it where a more robust strategy is needed. That causes loss of their most valued asset; time.
To make it more involved, you could be a Sun Sign with one mode (say, a Cardinal Aries) but your actual birth chart is predominantly – say – Mutable. On your Astral DNA chart, you can get your Modalities score.
Knowing other people’s dominant modality is super-handy. Why? Because if you try to impose Mutable values on a Cardinal sign or any other permutation of this, it backfires.
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