What Is Modality In Astrology?: They Are Cardinal, Fixed, And Mutable Signs

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In astrology, the three modalities are known as; cardinal, fixed and mutable. ๐ŸŒŒ Each modality encompasses 4-star signs and gifts them with certain energies and characteristics. The personalities grouped under the three astrology expressions all belong to different elements, which make their qualities even more diverse. Without further ado, itโ€™s time for us to look at the deeper workings of the zodiacal features; so which group are you associated with, and how is your personality influenced by this association?

What Is Modality In Astrology?: They Are Cardinal, Fixed, And Mutable Signs

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What does modality mean in astrology? 

Each zodiac mode; Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable, is defined by a point within each season. The cardinal signs start a new season, the fixed signs carry the weight of the season (in the middle), and the mutable signs conclude the season. The three vibratory zodiac modes are closely related to the rhythm of nature and the seasons. We also notice the different energies for people born at the beginning, middle or end of the season. Plus, each of them is associated with an element too.

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Each sign is influenced by one of three modes: Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable. Each mode is defined by a point within each season. Cardinal signs begin a new season, fixed signs carry the weight of the season, and mutable signs conclude the season.

Take spring, for example. The Spring Equinox falls on March 21, and on the same day, the Sun enters Aries. Aries at the start of spring is a Cardinal sign. Taurus takes over in mid-spring, making it a Fixed sign. Spring ends with the Sun in Gemini, making it a Mutable sign.
Elements and modalities

Main qualities;
Fire;
Water;
Air;
Earth;
Cardinal -
Leadership
Aries
Cancer
Libra
Capricorn
Fixed -
Sturdy
Leo
Scorpio
Aquarius
Taurus
Mutable -
Versatile
Sagittarius
Pisces
Gemini
Virgo

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What does the cardinal modality mean in astrology?

The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. They each mark the start of a new season, which means the main quality of their energy is full of initiative. The cardinal signs are impulsive, dynamic, and they always want to start new things. In general, people with cardinal signs in their birth charts come up with more new ideas and projects compared to the natives blessed with more passive energy.

What are the cons of cardinal signs?

One of the main cons of cardinal signs is their tendency towards impulsiveness and a certain sense of anger. Their strong desire to take charge and initiate action can sometimes lead to hasty decision-making and a lack of patience. Additionally, they can be prone to stubbornness and a need for control.

What does the fixed modality mean in astrology?

The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. These signs carry the weight of each season, which makes them robust. These personalities are capable of a lot of endurance, and in general natives with a lot of fixed energy in their birth charts are stable and focused. Whilst on the other hand, those who lack the energy of the fixed signs may lack perseverance.

What is the power of fixed signs?

These signs are stubborn, never letting go and rarely backing down. Sometimes intractable, with something fixed in their behavior. Fixed signs also possess great inner strength and can withstand intense emotions and experiences. They are known for their determination, tenacity, and ability to stay true to their values and convictions. In short, their inner strength is at the source of their power and might.

What does the mutable modality mean in astrology?

The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Since these signs fall at the end of each season, their energy anticipates movement and change. People with mutable signs in their natal charts tend to be more flexible and adaptable to the changing world around them. Those who lack mutable energy are often more stubborn and inflexible.

What are mutable signs known for?

The mutable signs; Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces end their respective seasons (June, September, December, and March) by preparing for the next. These signs are naturally willing to see their world change, to adapt to new living conditions, and to be particularly opportunistic.

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How do the astrology modalities impact our personalities?

Each individual represents a mixture of the different signs, elements, and modes in their birth chart. Once you understand the energy of each modality and combine this information with what you know about each zodiac sign and its elements, a more complete picture will begin to develop.

Zodiac signs

For example, Aries is the element of Fire and a cardinal sign. This Fire / Cardinal combination is very bold, meaning the more a person has the Aries energy in their natal chart, the more they will dare to do new things. On the other hand, Taurus, an Earth sign with a fixed quality, possess very slow and well grounded energies, meaning these natives reflect more.

The zodiac is a symbolic system composed of 12 signs, which can be seen as 12 versions of the same universal life energy, just like the colors of the prism which together form white. Each one of us possesses ALL the signs within us and the meanings attached to them.

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In astrology, it's the nuance that counts. To truly understand a sun sign, you need to explore its associated mode. So, now that you understand how modes are defined, let's take a look at each one and see what they mean and how they shape your personality.

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