So, you’re well acquainted with your sun sign, you’re getting to know your moon sign, and your rising sign has bestowed some truly life changing revelations. Let’s take you a step further on your journey into the complexities of astrology, and introduce the modalities.
In Western astrology, there are three modalities – cardinal, mutable, and fixed. They serve to further divide up the 12 zodiac signs, describing whereabouts each sign falls in their season; the beginning, middle, or the end.
Getting to grips with modalities can help you understand each zodiac sign’s personality, general vibe, and compatibility with others, on a deeper and more complex level. In this article, we’re taking a dive into fixed signs, the grounding members of the zodiac!
What are the four fixed signs?
The four mutable signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. What they all have in common is that they mark the middle of their season, so it’s no wonder they’re considered the stabilisers of relationships communities! Taurus in the middle of spring, Leo in summer, Scorpio in fall, and Aquarius in winter.
What does being a fixed sign mean?
Being a fixed sign means you’re reliable, grounded, and dedicated. In a friendship, a fixed sign will be the one who’ll help you move house, or bring you back down to earth after a difficult time. The reliability and loyalty of these signs is the most powerful of any other sign in the zodiac.
Fixed signs are also very creative people, so they’re the perfect partner to strike up a creative collaboration with! Their dedication means they’ll take an idea and see it through to the very end, motivating you to push yourself further when you feel like giving up.
However, like any other modality, fixed-folk aren’t without their flaws. With their loyalty and dedication comes a stubbornness like you would not believe. They’ll fight for what they believe is right, but will be hard swayed to change their opinion, even when they’ve been proven wrong. Being in the centre of their season, fixed signs have trouble adapting to change, and navigating transitional periods.
For these hard workers, it’s important for them to remember that not everything can go their way all the time. The wisdom of a mutable sign could be a perfect aid, helping them to go with the flow of change, and ride the choppy waves of transition.
The four fixed signs, and their personalities
Although they share a modality, the fixed signs have their own unique personality traits that should be taken into account. Their positioning in the zodiac also sits them at a square, or opposite, from one another. In astrology, this kind of angle, or aspect, is associated with a tense kind of energy that can either draw them together or repel them.
Dates: 20th April to 20th May
Ruling Planet: Venus
Symbol: The Bull
Taurus (opposite Scorpio and at a square angle with Leo) is the second astrological sign in the zodiac, known for their reliable, practical, and patient nature. They possess a strong sense of determination and are often described as grounded, down-to-earth, and pragmatic.
Ultimately, they value stability and security, both in their personal and professional lives. They are notoriously hard-working and persistent, willing to put in the necessary effort to achieve their goals. And, with their practical mindset, they have a keen eye for detail and appreciate the finer things in life.
Taurus folk are also known for their loyalty and dependability. They make steadfast friends and dedicated partners, always ready to provide support and stability without a second thought. However, they can also be quite possessive and stubborn at times, finding it challenging to let go of things or change their viewpoints in the light of contradicting information. Ever heard of the term ‘bullish’?
While Taurus individuals may appear reserved and calm the majority of the time, Venus’ energy bestows a sensual side that appreciates indulging in pleasurable experiences. They have a deep love for the arts, aesthetics, nature, and creature comforts, often seeking a harmonious and balanced lifestyle.
Dates: 23rd July to 22nd August
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Symbol: The Lion
Leo (at an opposition with Aquarius and a square with Taurus) is the fifth astrological sign in the zodiac. Leos are known to exude confidence, passion, and are the most charismatic of the zodiac. They possess a natural leadership ability, and an air of vanity that means they love being the centre of attention.
Leos are simply magnetic, and shine brightest in social situations, with their outgoing nature, expressive communication style, and a flair for dramatics – they’re ruled by the Sun, after all. Their enthusiastic and optimistic approach to life often inspires others and draws people towards them. Plus, they have a strong sense of self and are unafraid to take risks and pursue their ambitions.
These individuals have a generous and warm-hearted nature, always willing to lend a helping hand and support their loved ones. They’re fiercely loyal and protective of their friends and family, in this respect, they’re not to be crossed. A Leo, much like their astrological symbol, the Lion, also has a strong sense of pride and seeks recognition and praise for their accomplishments. However, they’re easily hurt is they feel that satisfactory praise was not given where praise was due.
While Leos can be confident and self-assured, they can also be prone to arrogance and egoism. Their strong desire for admiration can make them temperamental if their ego is bruised. However, their natural charm and generosity often outweighs these tendencies, making them natural-born leaders and captivating individuals.
Dates: 23rd October to 21st November
Ruling Planet: Mars/Pluto
Symbol: The Scorpion
Scorpio (at an opposition to Taurus and a square with Leo and Aquarius) is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac. If you’re a Scorpio, you’ve likely been described as ‘intense’, and you’re well known for your passionate, and mysterious nature. A water sign through and through, Scorpios possess a depth of emotion and intuition, and a strong sense of determination thanks to their modality.
Scorpios are highly perceptive and intuitive, often able to read between the lines and understand the unspoken. They have a natural magnetism that draws others towards them, but they also have a tendency to keep their true selves guarded. Trust must be earned with a Scorpio, as they value loyalty and honesty above all else.
These individuals are known for their strong willpower and unwavering determination. Once they set their sights on a goal, they will stop at nothing to achieve it – they’re ruled by Mars, need we say more? Also, a product of Mars’ energy, Scorpios have a keen intellect, sharp wit, and are very skilled at strategic thinking, making them excellent problem solvers.
While Scorpios can be truly deeply loving and loyal, their intense and passionate nature can err on the side of possessive and controlling. They experience emotions at a heightened level and can be prone to jealousy, a sharp tongue, holding grudges. Scorpions don’t have a sting for nothing. However, their transformative nature allows them to evolve and rise above challenges, ultimately leading to personal growth and resilience.
Dates: 20th January to 18th February
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Symbol: The Water-Bearer
Aquarius (at an opposition with Leo and a square with Taurus and Scorpio) is the eleventh astrological sign in the zodiac, known for their independent, intellectual, and highly unconventional nature. They possess a wholly unique perspective and a strong desire for freedom that cannot, and will not, be quelled.
Aquarians are very intellectual being, and have a deep curiosity about the world around them. They’re progressive thinkers, and often challenge societal norms and conventions with unabashed vigour. Their innovative and visionary nature allows them to see beyond the present, and imagine a brighter, better future for all – they make great politicians.
These individuals value their independence and individuality, often marching to the beat of their own drum. Plus, they possess a strong sense of social justice, and are passionate about fighting for equality and humanitarian causes.
Aquarians are known for their friendly and open-minded nature. They cherish their friendships and value intellectual connections. They are often surrounded by a diverse group of individuals who share their love for intellectual conversations and thought-provoking discussions.
While Aquarians may appear detached at times, in reality, they have a deep empathy for others, and are always willing to lend a helping hand. They may struggle with emotional expression, but are fiercely loyal and endlessly reliable friends. Their unconventional thinking and desire for change make them true revolutionaries in their own right.
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