The Astrological Signs — Keywords

The Astrological Signs Pt. 4

Welcome back to Astro 101.  We have already covered gender, modality, and elements.  Now we are going to put them all together, which will give us some information about all the astrological signs.

Let’s begin with the fire signs…

The Element of Fire:

The element of fire consists of three signs – Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.  Fire is concerned with potential and possibilities.  It is deeply intuitive and focused on what ‘could’ be rather than what is.  In fact, ‘what is’ is very mundane and boring for fiery types, and they attempt to avoid reality as much as possible.  This isn’t because the physical world is too much for them to deal with; it’s because the magical kingdom with dragons, prince and princesses, and a glamorous tomorrow is more palatable.   If positively expressed then fire is spontaneous, intuitive, creative, and magnanimous.  However, if fire is burning a bit too bright or is negatively expressed it can be egotistical, impatient, compulsive, and reckless.


Symbol:  The Ram
Natural House:  The First
Orientation:  Masculine
Modality:  Cardinal
Planetary Ruler:  Mars
Myth:  Jason and the Argonauts
Key Phrase: ‘I AM’

Positive Keywords:  initiating, daring, pioneering, energetic, enthusiastic, competitive
Challenging Keywords:  reckless, impulsive, irresponsible, impatient, combative, headstrong


Symbol:  The Lion
Natural House:  The Fifth
Orientation:  Masculine
Modality:  Fixed
Planetary Ruler:  The Sun
Myth:  Apollo
Key Phrase: ‘I WILL’

Positive Keywords:  self-confident, radiant, regal, self-expressive, creative, generous
Challenging Keywords:  prideful, vain, pompous, egocentric, melodramatic, spendthrift


Symbol:  The Archer
Natural House:  The Ninth
Orientation:  Masculine
Modality:  Mutable
Planetary Ruler:  Jupiter
Myth:  Zeus, Chiron
Key Phrase: ‘I UNDERSTAND’

Positive Keywords:  wise, aspiring, visionary, optimistic, exploring, adventurous
Challenging Keywords:  self-righteous, zealous, dogmatic, scattered, exaggerating, insensitive

The Element of Earth:

The element of earth consists of three signs – Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.  Earth is the element that is concerned with concrete reality; the things that you can see feel and touch.  Earth is deeply sensual and often enjoys the finer things in life.  So, they are more than willing to get out the checkbook and spend big if it is on something they find beautiful or gives them pleasure.  Since earth is based on the ‘real’ world (whatever that is), it is often annoyed by speculation and risk-taking.  It likes to take the tried and true road because it is safe and secure, and they deeply fear to risk everything for the sake of momentary adventures.  If positively express then earth is practical, dependable, serious, and enduring. However, if earth is too bound to material structures then it is stubborn, rigid, materialistic, and inflexible.


Symbol:  The Bull
Natural House:  The Second
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Fixed
Planetary Ruler:  Venus
Myth: Theseus and the Minotaur
Key Phrase: ‘I HAVE’

Positive Keywords:  earthy, practical, stable, reliable, patient, domestic
Challenging Keywords:  materialistic, possessive, stubborn, lazy, self-indulgent, uncontrolled appetites


Symbol:  The Virgin
Natural House:  The Sixth
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Mutable
Planetary Ruler: Mercury
Myth:  The Rape of Persephone
Key Phrase: ‘I ANALYZE’

Positive Keywords:  practical, discriminating, meticulous, organized, helpful, economical
Challenging Keywords: petty, picky, judgmental, nitpicking, obsessive-compulsive, neurotic


Symbol:  The Goat
Natural House:  The Tenth
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Cardinal
Planetary Ruler:  Saturn
Myth:  Chronos/Hera
Key Phrase: ‘I USE’

Positive Keywords:  cautious, responsible, conventional, perfectionist, hardworking, economical
Challenging Keywords:  domineering, fatalistic, stubborn, brooding, egotistic, status-seeking

The Element of Air:

The element of air consists of three signs:  Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.  Air is the element concerned with ideas. It rules the mind and everything that goes with it.  Air is concerned with putting things together into a strategic formula so that life is civilized, fair, and decent.  This element is the most connected to humans and its three signs are represented by symbols that are the most disconnected from the animal kingdom.  As a result, air finds emotions suspect and often used as a tool of manipulation and will detach themselves from these experiences if pushed.  This can lead to strained and difficult relationships.  If positively expressed air is mental, intellectual, communicative, and social.  However, if air flies up too high or is too detached from their emotions it can be wordy, gossipy, detached, and inconsistent.


Symbol:  The Twins
Natural House:  The Third
Orientation: Masculine.
Modality: Mutable
Planetary Ruler:  Mercury
Myth:  The Dioscuri
Key Phrase: ‘I THINK’

Positive Keywords:   intelligent, bright, rational, sociable, versatile, inventive
Challenging Keywords:  superficial, shallow, gossiping, nosy, inconsistent, high-strung


Symbol:  The Scales
Natural House:  The Seventh
Orientation:  Masculine
Modality:  Cardinal
Planetary Ruler:  Venus
Myth:  Judgment of Paris
Key Phrase: ‘I BALANCE’

Positive Keywords: relating, cooperative, balanced, fair, diplomatic, harmonious
Challenging Keywords:  dependent, indecisive, vacillating, overly delicate, gives away power to others, fence straddle


Symbol:  Water bearer
Natural House: The Eleventh
Orientation:  Masculine
Modality:  Fixed
Planetary Ruler:  Uranus (Saturn)
Myth:  Prometheus
Key Phrase: ‘I KNOW’

Positive Keywords:  reforming, independent, eccentric, unconventional, innovative, inventive
Challenging Keywords:  disorganized, anarchist, deviant, erratic, unpredictable

The Element of Water:

The Element of Water consists of three signs – Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.   Water signs are the most elusive of all the elements and they thrive on emotions.  This means that relationships and connection to other people are highly important, and isolation and loneliness can be quite overwhelming.  They deeply fear to be alone and will often compromise their personal happiness to keep others close.  Although ideas and concepts are important to water signs, they will often feel that talk is cheap and that actions trump words.  If water is expressed positively then it is nurturing, emotional, receptive, and protecting.   If it is expressed negatively it can be overprotective, fearful, insecure, and dependent.


Symbol:  The Crab
Natural House:  The Fourth
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Cardinal
Planetary Ruler:  The Moon
Myth:  Tethys and Achilles
Key Phrase: ‘I FEEL’

Positive Keywords:  emotional, sensitive, nurturing, domestic, patriotic, maternal
Challenging Keywords:  insecure, defensive, hypersensitive, smothering, overprotective, stuck in the past


Symbol:  The Scorpion
Natural House:  The Eighth
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Fixed
Planetary Ruler:  Pluto (Mars)
Myth:  Perseus and Medusa
Key Phrase: ‘I TRANSFORM’

Positive Keywords:  regenerating, transforming, penetrating, erotic, mysterious, magnetic
Challenging Keywords:  power-hungry, obsessive, extremist, vindictive, deceptive, paranoid


Symbol:  The Fish
Natural House:  The Twelfth
Orientation:  Feminine
Modality:  Mutable
Planetary Ruler:  Neptune (Jupiter)
Myth:  Atargatis and Icthys
Key Phrase: ‘I BELIEVE’

Positive Keywords:  imaginative, idealistic, visionary, compassionate, empathic, sacrificing
Challenging Keywords:  chaotic, impractical, delusional, self-destructive, addictive, misunderstood

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