The (Major) Feminine Asteroids.

*Photo Credit to Mystic Mama (above)

It”s taken me a while to even begin to understand the feminine asteroids: Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno + Vesta. I’ve been practicing, studying, refining and evolving my beliefs through the astrological lens for more than 15 years now. Yet, I did not begin to take the feminine asteroid archetypes into account until about 4 years ago. Perfect timing, though, since these asteroids all take about 3.5 – 4.5 years to move through your whole chart.

What can I say about these archetypes? First of all, I do treat them as archetypes – as I do with all of the astrological symbols + concepts. I am a Jungian in this way, and I learn through my own unconscious/conscious filtering before I can see universality and apply any potential themes to the collective (or at least the collective clients that come my way).

Let’s begin with Ceres.

C E R E S :: W A T E R . E N E R G Y :: As a disclaimer, I will say my natal Ceres is on my Descendant at 24 degrees Cancer. That kind of placement has offered me a multitude of opportunities to understand this energy – and to OWN my projections (7th House cusp). The story goes that Ceres is a “harvest” archetype. This energy can be equated with nurturing, and thus motherhood since harvesting is about planting seeds for renewal and growth. Not surprisingly, Ceres is often considered to co-rule Cancer (alongside The Moon). I’ve come to agree with this depiction of the Ceres archetype through my own lens, particularly when coupled with The Moon’s transits. They seem to “talk” together.

Natal Ceres energy nearly always takes precedent in my mind. So a transiting Ceres is like saying, “your natal energy is showing up in this area of your life now.” For example, for the New Moon on September 19th, 2017 @ 11:30pm Mountain Time, Ceres will be at approximately 28 degrees Cancer – it just passed a conjunction to my own natal Ceres. The Moon will be at approximately 27 degrees Virgo – which, for me, resides in my 8th House; my natal Moon is at 4 degrees Leo, and these energies are, indeed, “talking” together! In fact, I’ve felt EXTREMELY pulled into creating 4 mass meditations posted through Instagram @maieutic.arts + @vanessalamorte and right here on this blog. How does your Ceres energy show up? How is your moon “talking” with her? Feel free to contact me for mentoring services on this energy if you are interested in your personal astrology!

How about that Pallas Athene? Some say Pallas Athena… either way, let’s go with Pallas for short.

P A L L A S :: F I R E . E N E R G Y :: You know that movie, Hidden Figures? The one with the three African-American women who offer us a behind-the-scenes rendition of all that it took for John Glenn (astronaut) to make to space and back? Yea. That movie is like the Pallas archetype in action. Pallas is about fierce independence, grace + ageless feminine wisdom. I tend to equate Pallas with owls – and so does her archetypal story. Anyhow, let’s dig into it a bit more.

Pallas is the feminine warrior, usually represented as the female “assistant” to great male warriors. She offers invaluable advice + counsel to her male counterparts in her story. As an example to guide you, Pallas will be at 14 degrees Taurus EXACTLY on the New Moon, September 19th, 2017 @ 11:30pm Mountain Time. Where does her energy hit you? What is your natal Pallas energy like? Do you identify with her energy on some level? I know I do. My Pallas is conjunct my Chiron in Gemini in the 5th House, which is EXACTLY opposite my Uranus in Sagittarius in the 11th House. The New Moon this time around hits my North Node in Taurus. I think I may actually over-identify with Pallas’ energy as a stellium Leo – not even knowing about it until recently. Now that I’ve watched her move through my life, I can absolutely see how this energy plays out. And, it is still moving me to heal both myself and others along the way.

V E S T A :: A I R . E N E R G Y :: Oh, dear Vesta. The “vestal virgin” is so on point with Virgo energy as the goddess of the hearth fire. While her symbol is the flame, she is more like the feminine Saturnine energy + the idea of air for a fire… she keeps the flame going. If you think about Saturn (earth) + air (Mercury), it really makes perfect sense that she is equated with Virgo.

Vesta’s story is about keeping the feminine energy flowing. In her time, that meant making zero commitment to another person. The expression of the energy could (and can) range from purity and abstinence to many sexual partners with no intimacy. Why? The idea was to keep from being “touched” by anything that didn’t serve goddess energy. A variant of the fierce independence that, say, Pallas’ archetype denotes.

This archetype may seem out of sorts in some ways by todays various cultural progressions, but the energy lingers as a conscious construct to this day. In fact, in many cultures and religions, her archetype is still “the norm.” My Vesta is fairly prominent in my chart in a way as it conjuncts my South Node and opposes my Black Moon Lilith. I have swung in all sorts of different directions when it comes to relationships! From two long-term relationships, a turned-down proposal, and a hyper-sexualized + transformative relationship with a karmic twin brother…yea. I get Vesta. Do you? How does it show up for you? The New Moon on September 19th at 11:30pm Mountain Time shows Vesta at almost 1 degree of Libra. The sign of balance + relationships (among other qualities, of course). Hmm… how might that play out? Feel free to reach out for mentoring on this energy if you so desire.

Last, but certainly not least, Juno!

J U N O :: E A R T H . E N E R G Y :: In some kind of contrast to Vesta, Juno is pretty much focused on the partnering energy in any intimate relationship. It is typically associated with or named the “marriage” asteroid, meaning that wherever/however the energy shows up in your chart may symbolize your views on marriage + partnership.

In her story, her archetype holds a lot. From jealousy and bitterness to authority + control stuff all the way to bliss and pure monogamy. From my perspective and understanding of this energy, Juno is associated mostly with Capricorn energy. While Vesta is like the feminine Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler), there is an edge of airiness about her energy. The air keeps the fire going in a different direction, shall we say. Juno on the other hand seems to be more fully Capricorn in my mind. Very, very earthy. In fact, she tended to be seen as a woman armed with a goatskin cloak – goat is the symbol for Capricorn.

Anyhow, the easiest way to understand your own Juno energy is to look at BOTH the sign and the house it is located in. I will use my own Juno energy as an example. I was born with Juno in my 9th House at roughly 13.5 degrees into Libra. As I mentioned before, I’ve had alllllll sorts of relationships – intimate and romantic, intimate and non-romantic. I have never felt like I was going to be the marriage type, but if I meet a true partner/soulmate to spend as many days as possible in my life with…then yes. I am not only open to that, I am actually ONLY open to that. In other words, my Juno energy (coupled with all my other feminine asteroid energy + my chart as a whole) does reflect my own beliefs/story back to me. I ultimately can and will only settle for a fully EQUAL partnership. A balanced one on all levels, but with an emphasis on the mental plane. That’s Juno in Libra in the 9th. Plus Pallas in Gemini in the 5th House…and a stellium in Leo in the 7th. Makes sense. Do you want to make sense of your energy? Contact me for donation-based mentoring services!

 

**F O U R . M A S S . M E D I T A T I O N S . B E G I N . N O W!**

Interestingly, and totally unplanned, these four feminine asteroids seem to line up with the mass meditations myself and my dear friend Vanessa Lamorte put together to kick off a dream class offering… the first mass meditation call is September 20th @ 12pm Eastern Time, and it is on the element, W A T E R . The next one will be F I R E; the third one will be A I R; the last one will be E A R T H. In respective order, these archetypes seem to want to join us!!

CHECK OUT MY EVENTS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION + GUIDED MEDITATIONS OR FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM @MAIEUTIC.ARTS.

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Mars.

Mars says “I act.”

MARS IN ARIES

Mars in Aries is at home! Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio, so whenever it shows up in its “home,” the energy flows more naturally. Of course, that is not to say that things will be smooth; rather, it just means that the energy moves with a certain ease or freedom. Mars (no matter what sign) caters to the Sun, so this energy is about enabling the individual Will to act on its intentions and to create movement. The Mars in Aries native, specifically, may be more likely to attack, to be aggressive, to be a go-getter, to move quickly, and, in general, to behave like a firecracker! If their Sun is in a certain placement, it shifts the focus – still, it adds fuel to a fire. The energy here simply wants to release fire energy – and fast! 

MARS IN TAURUS

Mars in Taurus can be likened to the image of a bull chasing a red cloth. It’s like an instinctual desire to go after something that the eye + brain know to “catch.” Mars is a consort to the Sun, so the individual Will energy (the sign/house an individual Sun is located in) plays a key role in understanding how this energy is showing up for any native with Mars in Taurus. What can be said, without that type of focus, is that Mars in Taurus describes a drive for stability and self-sufficiency. The Mars in Taurus person may be more likely to go after material or monetary investments, to have values that cater to the need for stability, and, in general, have a passion for the “good life.” The ideas of the “good life” may be different for each native: the “good life” may range from a vision for living off the grid and on the land…or it may be feeling comfortable in a luxury condo in the middle of Manhattan. Comfort is key and sought after!

MARS IN GEMINI

Mars in Gemini is like the quick-moving Mercury…on speed! The individual with Mars in Gemini will most likely have a fast mind, a fired-up intellect, and/or a need for constant mental stimulation. As with all Mars energy, the Mars in Gemini native will better understand this part of their make-up when they understand their Sun sign energy first and foremost. Their minds are quick to learn, though, so any and all information taken in will lead to other paths in need of further stimulation. The Mars in Gemini person may be more likely to gossip and stir up mental constructs of reality. The motive is not necessarily some kind of attempt to create psychological warfare; however, this type of energy may be more prone to unleashing random mind-reality constructs (whether conscious of it or not)! At its best, this energy is highly charged to move current collective informational trends forward. Marketing, advertising, and political columnists or cartoonists may be likely to carry this type of energy somehow. The natal chart is imperative to reading this energy well, but given here are some tidbits of information for those with Mars in Gemini!

MARS IN CANCER

Mars in Cancer is the crab – moving sideways – with intent! Mars is not exactly comfortable in Cancer, but that does not mean that those with Mars in Cancer have trouble finding comfort. In fact, quite the contrary – Mars in Cancer natives tend to be highly emotional and highly sensitive…which leads them towards seeking what makes them comfortable on the instinctive + emotional levels. These types will be more likely to find environments that allow them to survive, to thrive, and to be emotionally comfortable in their well-protected shells. Moreover – and as with all Mars signs – the individual Sun sign/house is important to understand as well. Basically, the Sun acts as the Will; Mars brings/offers energy and action to implement the individual Will. If the natal Sun is in Libra in the 9th and the natal Mars is in Cancer in the 6th, the energy may be reflected through health or work environment, as the Will desires spiritual balance. That’s just an example; the energy can really vary here. Mentoring and readings are available for further insight into your unique energetic makeup!

MARS IN LEO

Mars in Leo is a lovely placement for Mars energy because it is comfortable in the fire element as well as the inherent creativity-oriented realm! There are always going to be perceived “negative” and “positive” placements for anything; however, this energy is generally experienced more positively. Mars in Leo natives tend to be highly attuned to their own desires and Will. This tendency is partially due to the fact that Leo is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun acts as the symbolic Will that Mars energy enacts. The individual with Mars in Leo may tend to come off as reckless, child-like or childish, and/or highly creative somehow. Regardless, they also tend to bring people together in joy, love, and fire-y light! The house placement for Mars as well as the Sun sign + house information is needed to more fully understand how the overall amalgamation of energy is playing out. However, the natal chart is truly the best way to understand this energy and how the interplay of energies manifests for any given individual. RAWWWWRRRR to the Mars in Leo native no matter what!

MARS IN VIRGO

Mars in Virgo is an interesting placement for Mars, energetically. Mars rules both Scorpio and Aries; so, when one thinks of how this energy shows up in Virgo based on that information alone…well, everything becomes quite particular. No surprise since Virgo is all about details! With that said, the Mars in Virgo native may be highly skilled in editorial work, philanthropic investments, surgical or medical research work, and more. These individuals tend to discern well, to dissect well, and to see how the smaller parts cater to the “whole” in whatever field or environment they find themselves in. Generally, the energy tends to be of service to others; however, there are many other manifestations that occur with this energy. Again, and as with all of Mars’ possible placements, the native Sun energy helps to paint a clearer picture: the Sun’s Will is only propelled in a direction that Mars energy offers.

MARS IN LIBRA

Mars in Libra can be extreme! It can also be highly balanced – it simply depends on how one uses this energy. Libra is about balance, but it also holds its own duality in extremes. The Mars in Libra native may be extremely attracted to and motivated by partnership at the same time that it nearly demolishes relations at the same time. Or, perhaps, the Mars in Libra individual brings a tornado to any already existing balance…in order to propel it forward in a new direction! The Sun sign/house placement is just as important to understand if this energy is to be intermingled well. Mentoring, readings, and natal chart services are offered for those interested in further integration. Regardless, I diplomatically salute the skills of the Mars in Libra native!

MARS IN SCORPIO

Mars in Scorpio is at home! Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio, and – like mentioned above (Mars in Aries section) – whenever Mars shows up in its “home,” the energy flows more naturally. Still, that does not mean that the energy will be a smooth, utopian river. In fact, with Mars in Scorpio, the energy becomes extremely powerful and is often felt as rather turbulent! The turbulent, crisis energy that comes naturally to the Mars in Scorpio blend may not be exactly delightful to those who are not native to or familiar with its movement. The highest potential of this placement is a strong catalyst – almost regardless of the Sun sign/house. In other words, no matter the individual Will, this energy will carry transformation because it is so extremely potent. The Mars in Scorpio native will have some part of themselves that comes off as a powerful mover-and-shaker…highly sexual, highly probing, highly forceful, or otherwise intensely transformative in some way. Depending on the individual, this energy can be used “positively” or “negatively.” A closer look into the natal chart can offer insight about utilization of this energy – for both the individual Will as well as for the collective.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS

Mars in Sagittarius is quite agreeable energy, and it tends to act as a type of ambition towards capital T “Truth(s). Mars energy is often easier to navigate when involved with a fire sign, like Sagittarius. The house placement will add a flavor to the “where” the energy is showing up, but regardless, the Mars in Sagittarius native may be more motivated to find freedom in and through belief. How the thoughts/reflections on belief and freedom show up are totally unique; in fact, in an extreme of this energy, the native may somehow become attached to a form of fundamentalism in their ever-unfolding path. The mutability to this placement often allows the individual a plethora of options for the concept of ‘freedom.’ The more stubborn and strict fundamentalist energy will generally cater to certain types with certain links to the word ‘freedom.’ Overall, the Sun sign and house energy is highly connected to understanding one’s focus, as it is with all Mars placements. I definitely recommend checking out information on your house placement for Mars! If you are still more curious, check out options of individual readings here!

MARS IN CAPRICORN

Mars in Capricorn is activated ambitious energy! More than likely, the Mars in Capricorn native will exhibit a natal chart with strong ambition in some portion(s) of life activity. Of course, it takes a lot of “big picture” weaving and dissemination to understand exactly how this energy may be patterning. Regardless, there are key ideas and keywords to take in here: the energy tends to point towards a focused drive in the areas of control, work, performance, ambition, public image, parenting, discipline, and the like. The house placement is pivotal for understanding this energy, as much as (if not more so than) all other potential Mars sign energy (see below). Plus, as mentioned in all of these Mars’ descriptions, the Sun sign and house energy are important to understand fully. Mars is the apparent action energy to the individual Will; without Mars energy, the Will would sit idyll…waiting for something to propel or force the creative energy in some direction. Mars in Capricorn natives are patient enough (even for supposed “fated” events)…yet, the idea here is to use action-oriented energy to progress in some worldly form!

MARS IN AQUARIUS

Mars in Aquarius is the warrior for individuality! This placement of energy tends to depict those that are not only prone to eccentricity, innovation, and future-minded trends, but also distinctive freshness, revolutionary style, and large-scale social change. The specifically aware Mars in Aquarius native may have other components to further amp up what this energy already holds. As with all Mars energy, the Sun sign and house energy collectively blend to create a larger picture for how and where this flow of drive and action manifests. It is already difficult to generalize natal chart placements in this form, but the Mars in Aquarius energy makes this difficulty quite poignant: one never knows how the energy will truly show up without further insight and connection. If you’re really interested in learning more specific information, I recommend Mentoring Services!

MARS IN PISCES

Mars in Pisces appears to be the most gentle placement there is for Mars energy. In fact, regardless of Sun sign/house energy and/or other detailed natal chart configurations, this Mars placement brings a subtle, compassionate blend for clarity and change. Natives with this placement tend to have a fire-y rage watered down to some part of a spectrum of two major extremes: vision for a particular type of humanitarian paradise and connective Oneness; or, a dream of perpetual simplicity and letting go. Pisces is a sign opposite to Virgo, but the duality inherent in the energy actually becomes quite vague…there is awareness of the illusory nature of whatever we call “reality.” Judgements and critical notes of what it means to be “perfect” are noted – and then dropped off with any anger or rage that arises. In other words, the Mars in Pisces native may be very aware of conflict and pain, but the energy generally gets diluted and distilled into what the essence of Being truly is.

Black Moon Lilith.

What the fuck is Black Moon Lilith? Or…shall I say who??

Black Moon Lilith is one of the feminine archetypes that uses the word ‘fuck’ regularly, doesn’t give a fuck regularly, and says, “yep, I am who I am, and you are sure as hell not going to stop me from continuing on my own way.” As the story goes, this lovely woman was Adam’s first wife. Too unruly and bent on being treated and respected as an equal (rather than a subordinate to a male), Lilith rebelled and/or was self-exiled from the world of Adam. Adam’s Eve came along and things were much more peaceful for him. But Lilith still lives…

As an archetype, at least. Whether the story was ever “real” or not makes no difference when talking about Black Moon Lilith in this way. The energy of the story essentially points out part(s) of our consciousness(es) that demand(s) respect and equality. Specifically, it leans toward our feminine aspects – regardless of race, sexuality, gender, or what have you. You know, all those things we read about in the EOE clause from “Equal Opportunity Employers.” How do we understand our “feminine” nature, though? That’s what Black Moon Lilith urges everyone to ask themselves.

What part of you feels exiled? What part of you feels repressed somehow? What part of yourself does your culture or society attach words like shame, degenerate, outcast, or taboo to? These are Black Moon Lilith energies crying to be recognized as valid and equal. She is an archetype that we can all relate to. In astrology, she is one of the feminine asteroids that represents our most feared and yet most desired parts wanting to be bridged into wholeness. She takes 9 years and 9 months to return to her original position, each cycle.

Where is your Black Moon Lilith patterning? How does her energy show up in your life? If you want to look more deeply into this archetype, I recommend two sources:

Thanks for reading!

Mercury.

MERCURY says “I think.”

MERCURY IN ARIES

The Mercury in Aries native has the mind of a racehorse! An individual with their Mercury in Aries may express their intellect through competitiveness, impulsive mental activity, aggressive or assertive speech and body language, or quick thinking in general. Mercury’s motto may be “I think,” but mercurial energy shows up in a number of ways (e.g., the hands, gesturing). The desire for movement is not lacking for the Mercury in Aries native – their thinking tends to be self-oriented, but other-engaged. In other words, the mind wants to keep moving things forward in this energy field. If you’re on board, great; if not, this type will keep moving mentally regardless!

MERCURY IN TAURUS

The Mercury in Taurus native has the mind of a practical builder. To build something, and to build it well, takes careful thought processes (step one; step two; step three…). An individual with their Mercury in Taurus may appear to be lazy with their thinking, but generally it is not laziness – it is the underlying desire to arrive at the “right” decision. In fact, once they do make up their minds about anything, the Taurean fixed energy tends to come off as quite stubborn! Mercury in Taurus is kind of like the common-sense mind…it is the mind that knows what’s “right” through sensual and practical thinking.

MERCURY IN GEMINI

The Mercury in Gemini native has the mind of a collector! Mercury is at home in Gemini (and Virgo), and when it shows up in its home, its energy moves swiftly like its orbit (88 earth days for a full orbit cycle). An individual with their Mercury in Gemini may appear to be quite mentally scattered, but this type of energy is really about picking up bits and pieces of information at a quick pace. And, as quickly as those pieces are gathered, they are equally disseminated into the world – perhaps to make room for new and exciting information! Mercury is considered to be the “messenger,” and when in Gemini, the energy certainly caters to that role. 

MERCURY IN CANCER

The Mercury in Cancer native has an emotional mind, centered around finding balance. Individuals born with this placement tend to come across as emotionally sensitive and caring – a “motherly” type of energy. Of course, this emotionally-centered energy is channeled through that avenue of “I think,” which can make it difficult to discern what they really think about anything! The energy is not fixed, nor mutable; it is a cardinal energy of balance. In general, the Mercury in Cancer native is in tune with the emotional undertones and patterns to thought processes – their own and others. Depending on who they are relating to and how they find balance, their energy may appear quite variable…but with a sensitivity at the core of it all.

MERCURY IN LEO

The Mercury in Leo native has an aura of confidence in their intellect. They may come across as arrogant, bossy, or know-it-alls, but this energy is really about expressing an individual mind with confidence! Leo energy desires to be truly seen, and with Mercury in Leo, the mind and intellect wants to be seen. There is a pride (think LION) with this energy, and the individual born with Mercury in Leo will exert this pride through a unique flair – sometimes dramatic. There is a poignant vibrancy here that takes center stage. As it is with most mercurial energy, the “I think” from a Mercury in Leo native is highly personal and highly opinionated. And, as a fixed sign, the mutable Mercury energy gets an extra boost of creativity coupled with stubbornness…how else would a lion let you know where they truly stand?

MERCURY IN VIRGO

The Mercury in Virgo native has the mind of a grounded and detailed thinker. Mercury is at “home” in Virgo (as well as Gemini), and in Virgo, the mercurial energy lands on the ground. It is practical and methodical and scrupulous in its thinking. The individual with Mercury in Virgo will tend to be quite routine-oriented as anything “out of control” feels like details are missing along the way. Without routine and/or grounding in some way, this energy tends to mimic its twin home of Gemini. Generally, however, the Mercury in Virgo native won’t go there – they are too logical and earth-oriented to find themselves in a mental airspace like that of Gemini. 

MERCURY IN LIBRA

The Mercury in Libra native has a fair, just, and balance-seeking mind. Mercury in Libra basically amps up what Mercury in Gemini begins: it collects and gathers information. Still, at a certain point, it desires the “middle-ground” perspective. As this energy sifts through all the information it is given, it seeks a type of fair-and-just perspective. It is neither open nor closed to any perspective; rather, it acts as a type of mediator or judge energy overall. As a kind of middle-ground energy in general (halfway through the zodiac), Mercury in Libra propels towards leading into the next air sign in the zodiac: Aquarius. The aim from there is to become more purely objective like the Aquarian. Overall, the individual born with Mercury in Libra may tend to be quite diplomatic, charming, and/or indecisive somehow. 

MERCURY IN SCORPIO

The Mercury in Scorpio native has a mind that is extremely in-tune with what is “underneath” various forms of communication. This energy is like that of a therapist, a detective, or anyone else who may be adept at sensing what is truly happening in the mind of any individual. While they may not be totally aligned in seeing the “big picture” (that’s the next water sign’s job, Pisces), they are quite skilled at venturing into the depths of any matter at hand. It may be helpful to understand Scorpio as the opposite to Taurus – the master builder. Scorpio energy tends to be more like the master destroyer – a type of “transformer” energy. In short, the Mercury in Scorpio native desires to get to the bottom of things, which may destroy and/or transform things along the way. Naturally strategic + a highly instinctive (not to be confused with intuitive) nature, the individual with Mercury in Scorpio will certainly leave a mark on thinking itself!

MERCURY IN SAGITTARIUS

The Mercury in Sagittarius native is likely to have a seeker-oriented and freedom-oriented mindset. An individual with their Mercury in Sagittarius may express their intellect through philosophical conversation, spiritual, cultural, metaphysical, or “higher-minded” pursuits. Mercury’s motto is “I think,” but when mercurial energy shows up in an opposite sign, Sagittarius, the thinking becomes less trivial and more broad. Since Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the energy becomes both expansive and all-is-possible optimistic at the same time that it becomes highly purpose-of-life serious. The desire for space is significant for the Mercury in Sagittarius native – their thinking tends to seek higher ground where the air is flowing and their thoughts can roam free. In other words, the mind wants to engage with others’ minds for the main purpose of gaining vast wisdom.

MERCURY IN CAPRICORN

The Mercury in Capricorn native tends to behave like a mountain goat – sometimes slow, but certainly with purpose and a goal or two in mind along the way. These individuals are very structured in their thought. They have the wisdom of both Taurus and Virgo on their heels, and they take that wisdom quite seriously. Mercury in Capricorn highlights an authoritative energy – these are the CEO mindsets. Doubt may appear to be prominent in these thinkers, but ultimately it is the careful, thoughtful, and cautious energy inherent in Capricorn that gives this mercurial energy its edge. No doubt, the future-minded Mercury in Capricorn native will have the most practical and attentively weighed “best” path(s) to a goal laid out before it even gets there!

MERCURY IN AQUARIUS

The Mercury in Aquarius native may surprise you…but it just likes to break out of the rut, the rules, and the conventional boxes that appear to exist all together! Aquarius energy is about progress, and the individual with Mercury in Aquarius will think about things through that funnel. The mind can come off as quite contrarian or intellectually superior in a way; however, and again, Mercury in Aquarius is really future-minded and on another density level. It harbors the energy of the two previous air signs – Gemini and Libra – and it expresses itself as quite objective and detached mentally. What any other sign may take as personal, Aquarius does too…but with such objectivity that the personal becomes conflated with the transpersonal quite easily. 

MERCURY IN PISCES

The Mercury in Pisces native will most likely express their mercurial energy through a type of universality. These are the messengers of “spirit.” As the opposite sign to Virgo, a home for Mercury, the Mercury in Pisces individual is fairly dismissive of those Virgoan details – it is “oneness” that they are attuned to and with. Stemming from the other two previous water signs in the cycle (Cancer, Scorpio), the Mercury in Pisces person will exhibit an emotional sensitivity in, with, and through all forms of communication. Their mind is like a sponge, and they tend to absorb each and every facet of whatever they relate to. Everything is a mirror because all is One for these folks. A bird singing may have just as much emotional relevance as their friend’s unexpected death…and their mind relates to it similarly since they equate the mind with Pisces energetically.

The Moon.

The MOOn says “I FEEL + I NEED.”

MOON IN ARIES

The Moon in Aries tends to denote a rather emotionally impulsive individual! The person with their Moon in Aries may express their access to the emotional sphere with certain tools: action-before-thought; an apparent baby-like neediness on the emotional level; a certain spark with direct confrontation emotionally; emotional assertiveness; and the like. People with their Moon in Aries may appear to have anger “issues;” however, and of course, this appearance of energy is not necessarily the case for the individual. Underneath it all, the Moon in Aries is really about a certain learning phase with emotional expression. It’s about turning water into fire – an alchemical process that wants to burn off the emotions as quickly as possible. The need for speedy movement in the emotional realm may show up as “fireworks” for some – think of a shooting star! Regardless, this type of energy is heavily dependent upon the overall amalgamation of energies in the unique chart.

MOON IN TAURUS

The Moon in Taurus tends to depict someone with the need for stability and security. The emotional realm is tied into the physical realm as this individual finds comfort emotionally when their physical world is in “order.” The Moon in Taurus individual needs to experience a lot of earthly pleasures (using their basic senses – particularly touch). They need to know they are safe, secure, and comfortable – and their emotions tend to be expressed harmoniously when they feel they “know” these things. Underneath all of that, though, the Moon in Taurus individual truly needs to experience and express love. They love material comforts – yet, money, stability and security are really rooted in the desire for self-love and love-of-others. Of course, the overall energetic expression of any individual with their Moon in Taurus is needed to fully understand their emotional needs – the general here is just that: general. 

MOON IN GEMINI

The Moon in Gemini generally expresses its emotion through communication, duality and paradox. The emotions tend to get filtered through the intellect, monkey mind + gossip, and other mental states and processes. An individual with their Moon in Gemini will need to talk, think, talk, and then think and talk some more. Gemini is the first of the air triangle, and with the Moon there, the mind and emotion are linked in a certain form. Essentially, the Moon in Gemini individual will be in the beginning stages of uniting mind and emotion. Moreover, the mental function is connected to both Libra (balancing perspectives) and Virgo (second sign ruled by Mercury). What makes Gemini distinct is its focus on the duality of experience(s) – this is the “twins” sign. The next air sign, Libra, will tend to be more focused on peace and mediation after already intuitively gathering duality/paradox. Virgo will tend to be more focused on grounding the emotion – making it “practical.” The Moon in Gemini will simply be in the gathering-of-information stage; this energy lends itself to clear communication of emotion on a highly individualized level. Get your unique reading here!

MOON IN CANCER

The Moon in Cancer is at home! The Moon rules Cancer, so whenever the Moon actually shows up in Cancer for any individual, the energy flows without certain layers that other signs possess. The easiest way to understand the Moon in Cancer individual is to look to and understand a woman’s menstrual cycle. The Moon is linked with this cycle (28.5 days), and there is a certain ebb and flow for how emotions come up for expression. Each woman’s cycle is different, just as each individuals’ cycle of life is different; however, there is an underlying connection to the Moon and the tides for those born with this placement. Regardless of sex or gender, this energy tends to tell that the emotional needs are in aim of stabilization, peace, and inner harmony. Moon in Cancer natives want to feel free to express their emotions, but they also do so with an intent for internal calm. A particularly useful tool for these folks is to notice the cycles of the moon as it correlates to life/emotion in general. For women in particular, I recommend checking out this site! 

MOON IN LEO

The Moon in Leo individual tends to hold dramatic energy! Drama, though, ought not be boxed into any “positive” or “negative” connotations whatsoever. Moon in Leo energy is about the next step in the cycle for fire energy: childlike enthusiasm, capturing individual light, performing and the arts, and creative self expression in general. This energy can show up in any actor/actress, musician/singer, poet, dancer, artist – whatever. It can also show up in the adult who has a strong child-centered mentality or Being. Some feel there is a difference between being childish and child-like…the Moon in Leo native may tend to express themselves in either or both forms. Regardless, the underlying energy to the Moon in Leo native is one of fun, play, and exuberance. It takes the emotional realm and expresses it at a highly personalized level – most often for others to notice and relate to somehow. It is not about recognition, generally; it is simply about being seen. There are always varying motives and needs to any individual, which can be further explored through individual chart reading. Ultimately, though, Moon in Leo energy wants to express its feelings on life to the fullest!

MOON IN VIRGO

The Moon in Virgo energy lends itself to grounding of both the mental and emotional realms. The Moon in Virgo native will tend to be highly “logical” with their emotional intake and output. The energy does not necessarily show up as aloof, but to the emotionally-oriented individual, a Moon in Virgo native may come across as highly analytical in their holding for emotional space. That is not to say that these types cannot hold the space for emotion – in fact, quite often, they are of service to self/others on any and all levels. They just seem to be oriented towards “fixing” things, so they may tend to jump to potential solutions without processing the actual emotional undercurrents first and foremost. Regardless, the person born with their Moon in Virgo will likely have other Mercurial energy lending aid to how they process and express emotion.

MOON IN LIBRA

The Moon in Libra tends to seek balance in their emotional expression. These natives will likely possess great mediator qualities, particularly when it comes to emotional disputes/battles. The individual with their Moon in Libra may express their access to the emotional realm with use of the mind/intellect and “proper” perspective. These types are quite charming since their emotional atmosphere caters to any and all expression of emotion; they simply want to talk shop and find equilibrium with whatever is brought forth. The Moon in Libra native can do this dance both internally and externally; however, they tend to seek engagement on this level through another person – particularly, and generally, some “special” someone. Ruled by Venus, these folks desire harmony, balance, and love in their emotional interactions. As an opposite sign to Aries (which can be more fire-y and combative), the Libra Moon energy tends to find its way out of fighting and into some sort of mutually beneficial compromise. 

MOON IN SCORPIO

The Moon in Scorpio tends to desire intense interactions. The Moon in this water sign (outside of its natural home, Cancer), basically exacerbates that initial “home” of emotional expression. In other words, the Moon in Scorpio native might be indicative of someone that finds comfort in the intense, the transformative, the sexual, and the overall depth(s) to emotional exploration. While the Moon in Cancer individual seeks emotional equilibrium and peace, the Moon in Scorpio native tends to seek transformation of that supposed stability. This person may seem emotionally destructive in some form or another; however, the underlying intent is to totally exonerate the old and bond deeply with that something “new.” These individuals are quite emotionally-centered regardless. They want to get to the root of things for many particular reasons. Ultimately, the best way to understand and explore this type of energy is through a natal chart reading.

MOON IN SAGITTARIUS

The Moon in Sagittarius tends to portray the individual in need of space and freedom! The Moon in Sagittarius native may likely express their emotions through higher truths and ideals, through spirituality, through long-distance travel, and more. This energy is like a collaboration of Pisces, Leo, and Cancer energy in vision. How? Well, like Pisces, this energy is highly spiritual; the difference is that it is not necessarily centered in the realm of “oneness.” Instead, the Moon in Sagittarius person may need to be constantly stimulated with various possibilities and paths – it is the seeker (with the emotional realm driving things forward) of meaning and “higher source.” This energy is also like that of Leo in certain ways as they are both fire signs. The difference is that Sagittarius is the last fire sign of the zodiac; it has integrated and culminated how to alchemize fire and water (spirit and emotion) quite well. Interestingly, this energy holds a bit of those Cancer qualities in some ways too – while it does not necessarily seek the quiet solitude of “home,” it does tend to find its “home” in new cultural experiences, retreats and/or monasteries, and the like. The native with Moon in Sagittarius tends to be an ambivert emotionally; in other words, they will be with you, but they may need to take off and be elsewhere too!

MOON IN CAPRICORN

The Moon in Capricorn tends to be quite responsible with emotion. Many, many people outside of this energetic quality know that they are ultimately responsible for their emotional well-being; however, the Moon in Capricorn tends to live in this space. In fact, often times, these natives tend to take on others’ emotional worlds with some sense of responsibility there as well. Of course, this example is not always the case! While this emotional energy tends to lend itself to sacrifice and martyrdom, many individuals with placement in their natal chart simply know how to explore and build their emotional interactions with caution, discernment, and grace. The Moon in Capricorn native will certainly be a “rock” when it comes to emotion; at the same time, they may appear to be stoic, serious, or emotionally-void all together. Overall, this Moon energy depends on other components to the individual’s blueprint and Being. Ruthlessness and a lack of “big-picture” energy can show us Capricorn’s detriments. Still, these types understand the emotional qualities and undercurrents that come with a steady climb to any and all peaks.

MOON IN AQUARIUS

The Moon in Aquarius individual is definitely that: an individual! In a specific type of paradox to its opposite sign (Leo), the Moon in Aquarius native may be prone to aloofness, detachment, and a type of scientific-like emotional expression. Yet, there seems to be an identifiable uniqueness of emotional expression as well. While the individual with their Moon in Leo may appear to collect drama somehow, the individual with their Moon in Aquarius may experience drama more objectively. This energy is connected with archetypes like the loner, the outcast, the alien, and the eccentric. In relationship, this energy tends to show up in similarly unconventional (yet quite progressive) forms: long-distance relationships, open marriages, polyamorous relationships, etc. Regardless, and for the Moon in Aquarius native, there is an emotional desire for something “out-of-the-norm” – whether in relationship to Self and/or Other.

MOON IN PISCES

The Moon in Pisces native is highly sensitive to the emotional realm. Pisces energy, in general, tends to absorb its environment; the Moon in Pisces tends to absorb its emotional environment more acutely. Individuals with their Moon in Pisces are generally highly intuitive; if there are other energies that shift that in their natal chart, they tend to be (at the very least) around others or seeking others with that same type of energy. They NEED this energy – it is not only part of their emotional make-up, but also it is apart of their spiritual path somehow. Well, at least that’s how it tends to get funneled into their Being. The individual with their Moon in Pisces will certainly understand your emotional world. They tend to feel like “all is One,” and in their emotional expression, they may appear to play mirror to you somehow. Take note: these types may see “all as One,” but at the same time, they may or may not be capable of truly connecting with you on a purely individual level! Still, somehow, this is truly an empathetic and sympathetic placement for the Moon to express its energies.

The Sun.

The Sun says “I will.”

SUN IN ARIES

The Sun in Aries marks a will that desires action all the time! The person with their Sun in Aries may express qualities like that of impulsivity, or action-before-thought, aggressiveness, assertiveness, and the like. Think RAM qualities here as well. The desire for action and “fireworks” depends upon the overall amalgamation of energies otherwise suggested by the unique chart; regardless, the person with their Sun in Aries may easily become bored when things are not moving along (often at a quick pace).

SUN IN TAURUS

The Sun in Taurus marks a will that desires stability and rootedness. The person with their Sun in Taurus may express qualities like that of the slow and methodical builder, the fiscal conservative, the self-sufficient, and the like. Think BULL qualities here as well. The desire for stability and safety may or may not come “at any cost” to the person with the Sun in Taurus; however, it takes a keen eye and awareness of other overall energy patterns to understand how this will manifest individually and uniquely. 

SUN IN GEMINI

The Sun in Gemini marks a will that desires a constant array of mental activities. The person with their Sun in Gemini may express qualities like that of the trivia fanatic, or the one who knows random tidbits of information on any topic around. This sign carries with it a strong desire to learn something new everyday – from the way a car works to whom his or her neighbor is having over for dinner. Gemini is the sign of “the twins” and may switch expression often. The desire for constant mental stimulation and change may appear scattered, but in general, this appearance is simply part of an energetic quality stemming from its fast-moving ruling planet: Mercury. 

SUN IN CANCER

The Sun in Cancer marks a will that desires peace, particularly internally and emotionally. The person with their Sun in Cancer may express qualities like that of the homebody, the quiet one, the maternal protector, and the like. Think CRAB qualities here as well (e.g., sideways movement, shelled, etc.). The desire for peace may or may not come off as passive-aggressive; still, and often times, this type of description is one that the Cancer Sun person may hear or internalize. The whole and individual chart needs to be understood in order to fully describe the uniqueness of each Cancer Sun person – often times what appears to be “passive-aggressive” is actually rooted in not wanting to hurt others so as to maintain equilibrium and peace.

SUN IN LEO

The Sun in Leo marks a strong will – and that makes sense since the Sun itself rules the sign of Leo. The person with their Sun in Leo may be quite expressive, in general! Qualities associated with the Leo Sun native include keywords like creative, expressive, the celebrity, the gamer, the lover, the fun one, and the like. Think LION qualities here as well. Ascertaining how these types of qualities manifest certainly takes a keen eye; in fact, those with a Leo Sun are often times quite shy underneath it all. The desire to will the wholly unique identity into being takes courage, and the person with their Sun in Leo will often rise to the occasion (think: pride). 

SUN IN VIRGO

The Sun in Virgo marks a will that desires to be of service to others. The person with their Sun in Virgo may express qualities like that of Mother Theresa (a Virgo Sun person, by the way): grounded, logical, caring, service-oriented, humble, and with a mind and eye for overall health and well-being. Virgo is represented by the virgin. Like Gemini, Virgo is also ruled by Mercury, but the energy is grounded in the earth element. In effect, and to be clear, “the virgin” symbol is really just a symbol for that of purity: if anyone can rid the earth of toxins and impurities, the person with the Virgo Sun may just be your guy or gal to do it! The Virgo Sun native cannot be fully understood simply by their Sun’s energy, though. In fact, the detailed quality inherent to Virgoan energy may not like this generic description in the slightest! 

SUN IN LIBRA

The Sun in Libra marks a will that desires to be in harmony and balance. The person with their Sun in Libra may express qualities like that of the mediator, the perspectivist, the fair-minded, the neutral, or the one who seeks justice. Think of the SCALES of balance here – the Libra Sun desires equality through diplomacy. How the Libra Sun native goes about enacting this will takes more discernment than this simple and general explanation of the Will itself. 

SUN IN SCORPIO

The Sun in Scorpio marks a will that desires intense transformation. The person with their Sun in Scorpio may express qualities like that of passion, power or empowerment, emotional intensity, reactivity (and sometimes over-reaction), and the like. Think SCORPION qualities here as well. The desire for transformation often means complete and total destruction of something “old” so that room for the “new” is offered space to (re)build and thrive. This type of energy and its use does not necessarily just happen for the Sun in Scorpio individual. In fact, it takes a lot of other factors (particularly Mars for this sign, as it is with all Sun signs) to determine how this energy may be felt or expressed. 

SUN IN SAGITTARIUS

The Sun in Sagittarius marks a will that desires expansiveness in all its glory! The person with their Sun in Sagittarius may express a certain quality of wisdom, which is often sought after and through expansive experience. Archetypes like the seeker, the gypsy, the adventurer or traveller, the non-committal type, and the like all fall within the realm of possibility for the Sun in Sagittarius native. This desire for wisdom and freedom can be understood as the will to connect to the “higher mind.” Think of a CENTAUR for this energy as well. 

SUN IN CAPRICORN

The Sun in Capricorn marks a will that desires recognition. The person with their Sun in Capricorn may express qualities like that of a teacher, a judge, a businessman or woman, a paternal or fatherly type, and the like. Think MOUNTAIN GOAT qualities here as well (e.g., climbing to the top of a metaphorical mountain). The desire for recognition can be understood through the word ‘recognition’ itself: re-cognition. As the sign that follows Sagittarius, it is in the Capricorn Sun that we find the will to ground all the Sagittarian “higher mind” learning (re-cognition) into a career, a worldly ambition or goal, or otherwise. 

SUN IN AQUARIUS

The Sun in Aquarius marks a will that desires progressiveness. The person with their Sun in Aquarius (an air sign, contrary to what many want to believe is a water sign) may express qualities like that of eccentricity, future-mindedness, the appearance of not being grounded, otherworldly, and the like. Think ELECTRIC qualities here as well. The symbol for Aquarius is “the water-bearer,” and yet its image is really in line with pouring new energy into something already there or “old.” I personally think of the fact that Aquarius is ruled by Uranus – the previous sign’s ruler, Saturn, turned on its side. It is the movement from the “old order” (horizontal rings, Saturn) to a “new order” (vertical rings, Uranus). The desire for progressiveness – and the ‘where’ and ‘how’ that may show up for an individual with Sun in Aquarius – can really only be understood through further inspection…whether in the individual natal chart or in interaction and engagement with the energy somehow. 

SUN IN PISCES

The Sun in Pisces marks a will that desires unity or Oneness. The person with their Sun in Pisces may express qualities such as nebulousness, ambiguity, a lack in boundaries, psychic sensitivity, in-tune spirituality, and the like. Think of FISH qualities here as well (e.g., “schools” of fish as collective organisms, etc.). The symbol for Pisces is essentially two fish swimming in opposite directions, and yet they are united at their centers. This is Pisces energy, where oppositions and paradox and the duality that many of us experience are seamlessly connected and united into One. 

EARTH: The Element + Signs

Earth can be just as unsettled as the other three elements (water, air, and fire), but it actually represents quite the opposite: stability. It is solid, foundational – sometimes to the point of rigidity – and it aligns with what is practical, traditional, and secure. Earth is structural. And, while we can use our senses to touch water, smell air, and see fire, earth is unique in that it truly requires the sensual part of our nature. It may be one of the easiest elements to understand because we can see it, feel it, touch it, mold it, walk on it everyday.

Simply put, earth is tangible. It corresponds to the material and the sensual planes of existence. Sensing this earthly quality is key to understanding the three earth signs in Astrology: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. If you recall in the Air: The element & its signs article, there are three modes for every element: mutable, cardinal, and fixed. Taurus is the fixed earth sign; Virgo is the mutable earth sign; Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign. To imagine a tree from root to tip is to really understand the growth of these three earth signs, Taurus to Capricorn.

Taurus comes at the beginning of the Astrological archetype (the second sign in the zodiac), and it corresponds to the very base of our Being – think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid (food, shelter, clothing, monetary stability, our security). It is the root of the metaphorical tree. However, it does not simply master subsistence – its ruling planet Venus brings beauty to our sustenance so that we can truly taste, appreciate, and enjoy our foods; design, mend, and create fashionable clothing; win the lottery yet still keep our old savings account.

Next is the lovely Virgo. Now that the metaphorical tree is rooted, logically, analytical and practical Virgo ought to step in and help. Literally. Virgo is the service and health-oriented sign, which rests on analysis and practicality. In order to keep Taurus’ Venus energy under control (earth is about keeping things grounded, remember), humble Virgo makes sure we keep the foundation strong and secure by staying healthy and making rational, practical choices. Virgo is the trunk to that metaphorical tree. When all is fundamentally secure, and since Taurus is more about self-security, it only makes sense (at least to a Virgo) that Virgo would have the reserve resources to extend help and service to others.

Finally, Capricorn ends the earth cycle – no surprise it’s the cardinal earth sign of stability rounding out the earth signs. It’s fitting for the earth element start with fixed Taurus, leave room for growth and movement in the middle with mutable Virgo, and end with constant, cardinal Capricorn. Capricorn is the mirror to the root of the metaphorical tree, branching out and up instead of down and deep; no longer hidden, the roots are flourishing. Capricorn is akin to one’s career and long-term goals – it is our ambition, our struggle to rise to our peak. The animal symbol for Capricorn is the mountain goat – here we are at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid, the top of the mountain.

Now that you understand the earth element, go outside and enjoy it! Build a sand castle, volunteer to teach rock-climbing, hike up a mountain or just get some grub. Exemplify the earthly element any way you can!

WATER: The Element + Signs

It’s 70% of you, and it’s 70% of the earth. It can be fresh, salty, stale, flow as a liquid, harden into a solid, and even linger in the air. Water. Water is an element that can take on all of these various forms, and this quality reflects what it symbolizes in Astrology: our emotions, our instincts, and our sensitivities.

If you think about all of the ways we can see water in daily life – from a placid lake, to our running tap water, to a crashing waterfall – you can start to sense how emotion and sensitivity emulate this element. Pivotal is the fact that water is a reactive element. The water in the lake isn’t going to move unless something else moves it. The running tap water is (hopefully) in our control, from the gentle drip to the gushing jet flow. The water before a precipice, which gravity controls, ironically appears to move quicker and more out of control before it crashes onto itself. In any case, water responds to whatever environment it finds itself in.

And so the water signs in Astrology do the same: they epitomize emotion, sensitivity, and instinctual reaction to the perceived environment; they are constantly moved by their realities. Of course, cardinal Cancer, fixed Scorpio, and mutable Pisces can certainly move us with their sensitive features too. Cancer, for instance: this sign is the protective mother in the zodiac (and whether we like or not, we are moved by our mothers even if only through birth). Traditionally, the mother is linked to the home – and that’s just what Cancer is about: protecting and maintaining the home. The Moon, which controls the tides like clockwork, is the ruler of this water sign, and this constantly moving display of immovability and permanence in nature exemplifies Cancer’s acute awareness of balance (it is a cardinal sign, after all). Cancer partners its perspective of the environment with the past – an unsurprising perspective as the tides’ perpetual patterning of movement, the somehow changing constancy of water succinctly echoes such a view.

Fixed Scorpio is next in the water trilogy. A scorpion represents this sign, and powerful Pluto (it’s still a powerful symbol in Astrology whether you want to define it as a planet or not) is its ruler; before Pluto was discovered, Mars was Scorpio’s ruling planet, which if you recall in Fire: the element & its signs, Mars is a planet designated to represent war and assertion. No matter how you look at it, Scorpio is the all-powerful! Or so it reacts. Scorpio energy is, ironically, powerfully reactive – that means it must be affected by something, which means something else must have the power to move it. It’s a Catch-22 (or a power struggle created by Scorpio’s perspective on its outside environment): at the very least, Scorpio is effectively overpowered by its own emotional power. You never know what will move a Scorpio, for better or worse – this passionate water sign may sting you like a scorpion when you least expect it!

Pisces, the mutable water sign, finishes the earth water cycle and the Astrological archetype, as it is the last sign in the zodiac. Ruled by elusive Neptune, Pisces has a sort of otherworldly, illusory quality about it. It is reactive, but it tends to engage its surroundings in the reactive process as well. So when a swimmer dives into a pool, and we think he has gone to the left, we are baffled and amazed that he has actually gone to the right. Pisces elucidates this puzzling, shifty nature of water – and you can trust that that’s all Pisces will make clear because the point of Pisces is to blur the details so as to see the full picture: all is One. Of course we had to go through 11 categorical signs before reaching this realization. Thanks a lot Pisces. Oops! Just reacting with misdirected blame there! Sorry Pisces.

AIR: The Element + Signs

Of the four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – air is the only one we cannot see directly. We can feel it, we can see its effects, but not even in the instance of a tornado can we see more than one possible form or shape of air (thanks to the debris such strong winds can pick up). This detail echoes what air symbolizes: air correlates to the intellect, the mind, and the exchange of information and ideas. It is an abstract element, and it deals with abstract things. Even writing an article like this one doesn’t offer a concrete, tangible expression of air because words and letters are inert symbols in themselves. It is the mind, the intellect, the element of air that breathes life into these otherwise dead symbols.

Appreciating this ethereal quality to air is significant if one wants to get a real feel for the three air signs in the Astrological archetype: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. All three of these signs tend to the mental plane of existence but in different ways. What first distinguishes them is their mode: the manner, form or pattern in which something exists. There are three modes for every element: mutable, cardinal, and fixed. What further sets these air signs apart are their planetary rulers: Mercury for Gemini, Venus for Libra, and Uranus (Saturn traditionally) for Aquarius.

Without getting into detail on the planets for now, it might be easiest to first understand the modes as they correlate to the progression of seasons. For example, Gemini lands itself in the middle of spring, which makes sense because that’s when the air is changing, that’s when the air is mutable – Gemini is the mutable air sign. Conversely, Aquarius stands rather rigidly in the dead of winter, when the air feels stale, flat, and fixed – Aquarius is the fixed air sign. Libra is in the middle of these two, and it lands itself in the fall when the air is stable yet changing; it feels balanced (Libra’s keyword) in its cardinal position– Libra is the cardinal air sign.

There is so much more that goes into understanding each air sign – there is so much more to communicate! Understanding the planetary rulers to these signs is an important aspect to understanding each sign itself; however, that information will be shared in later posts. Plus, even writers need fresh air.

**A Gemini-like tidbit – Virgo, an earth sign also ruled by Mercury, creates an interesting fractal to the element of air: it is the only other sign that crosses over into the mental plane of existence.

FIRE: The Element + Signs

Fire burns earth, consumes air, and can blaze on and in water. Fire appears to destroy, and yet its destruction is itself destroyed by creation. It can be unpredictable, though it can also be controlled and contained. Fire is the only element that produces its own light as it burns through any and all potential energy. All of these qualities of this element correspond to how fire is understood in Astrology: fire is the intuitive, the passionate and the creative or expressive.

While all four elements deal with our feeling nature in some way (sensual earth, emotional water, and thoughtful air), fire points to our “gut” feelings. Not to be confused with instinctual feeling, fire is more precisely aligned with intuition. It’s that voice in the back of your head or in the middle of your heart telling you what you ought and ought not do – that part of you that just knows. Instinct is of a more watery nature; linked more to survival, instinct tends to breed action without thought whereas intuition allows for thought to precede, surge through, and follow action.

This detail is noteworthy because it helps to shape the first of the three fire signs: Aries. Aries is the cardinal fire sign, and its planetary ruler is Mars. Mars is a raw, power planet and it is traditionally associated with war and assertiveness. Aries’ energy expresses itself as such, which can sometimes come off as aggressive or offensive – there is the perception that thought doesn’t occur until after action with this energy. At any rate though, Aries is still not instinctual – it is raw intuition, primal passion, and impulsive drive. Aries is definitely a go-getter; racing through life, this fire sign is that first big blaze, that initial spark.

Leo follows Aries, and this fixed fire sign is situated dead center in that brilliant heat of summer. That intense scorching, searing sun that we see and feel at the end of July through the end of August succinctly typifies Leo’s fire. Leo is, in fact, ruled by the Sun – a light so bright that it damages our eyes if we stare into it for too long. Leo is all about the Self and the Will – it is the light inside of us that will be seen and heard, and it will shine when it wants, how it wants, and where it wants. (It is no wonder a lion represents this dramatic display of fire). This type of fire is usually contained (remember, regal lion is Leo’s animal symbol), but it most certainly must be self-contained. If pride is hurt or loyalty betrayed (if you rub a lion’s mane the wrong way), this type of fire may raze (and raise) some eyebrows!

Finally, freedom-loving, philosophical Sagittarius finishes out the fire element. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign, and it is most definitely not contained fire. Sagittarius scatters its energy in a big way – it is ruled by jovial Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. You never know where ever-changing Sagittarius will be from one day to the next, but you can bet fun will not be lacking! In fact, intuition suggests you get out there and travel with a Sagittarius right now! Stop reading, start packing – no, don’t even pack, just go!