THE SIGNS (1)

CLASSIFICATIONS

FRUITFUL (FERTILE) SIGNS:  Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

BARREN (STERILE) SIGNS:  Aries, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, Aquarius

 

SEMI-FRUITFUL SIGNS:  Taurus, Libra, Capricorn

Each sign represents a particular psychological needs.  Each sign is “built” of three things:  An element, a quality, and a polarity.

THE ELEMENTS:   Fire, Earth, Air, Water

THE QUALITIES:  Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable

THE POLARITIES:  Masculine (Fire and Air Signs)

Feminine (Earth and Water Signs)

ELEMENTS

FIRE SIGNS:  Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

EARTH SIGNS:  Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

AIR SIGNS:  Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

WATER SIGNS:  Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.

 

QUALITIES

CARDINAL SIGNS: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn

FIXED SIGNS:  Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius

MUTABLE SIGNS:  Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

 

POLARITIES

MASCULINE SIGNS:  Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and  Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius).

FEMININE SIGNS:  Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces).

                             

The following images of 12 symbols are my painting similar to the art form of Chinese paper-cutting.  To view the larger pictures, please click the images.

     

       

   

ARIES – The Ram (March 21 – April 20)

Key Word: Action;  Key Phrase: I Am;  Element: Fire; Quality: Cardinal

Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, is ruled by the planet Mars which rules the natural first house, and is associated with the beginning of a cycle.  When a planet or house cusp is in Aries, the planet or house will describe how or where you strive alone and want to be the first.

Planets in Aries are brave, courageous and direct.  They are not known for their patience.  They ignore obstacles.  Exercise, hard work, and competition are food for Aries energy.

Aries makes great efforts to turn ideas into actions, and is competitive and enthusiastic.  Aries likes to act alone and often shows the qualities of natural impulsiveness, selfishness and aggresiveness.

A person born under the sign of Aries will tend to be a natural leader with great passion.  They like to start activities or projects for other people to follow and finish because they easily become bored, lose interests, and want to move on to new challenges.

Aries rules the head and face.

Positive Traits:  Initiative, activity, enterprise, pioneering, eager, courageous, independent, dynamic, self-confident, free, to lead.

Negative Traits:  Quick-tempered, violent, impatient, egotistical and intolerant.

Special StrengthsYour gift is being willing to take a chance and go for it — your ability not to let fear prevent you from doing something meaningful.  You can teach us all that if you want to make a difference, you have to be willing to make noise and be noticed.  You know that making a mistake is definitely not the worst thing you could do — not trying at all is!

 

TAURUS – The Bull (April 21 – May 21)

Key Word: Stability;  Key Phrase: I Have;  Element: Earth; Quality: Fixed

Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by the planet Venus which rules the natural second house.  When a planet or house cusp is in Taurus, it will describe how and where you will seek the stablity and security.

People born under the sign of Taurus are usually stable, steady and practical.  They possess common senses and  do not like to make changes.  Any major changes or risks are taken only if it is forced, absolutely necessary, or after much consideration.  This is the sign that is slow to change and would prefer  the same and steady routine in life.

They have endless patience and never quit. They are not afraid of any hard work because they need the emotional and material security. Nothing is more important than security on both emotional and financial levels.   They need peace and quiet,  and do not like their schedules to be disrupted. They  are sensual and make emotional decisions cautiously. Taurus can be very caring and compassionate.

They want money in the bank for later, and also have an appreciation of the finer things in life. They have a tendency to be very possessive and be extremely stubborn, and once they make up their mind, little can be done to change it.  They like to keep a routine and resist having that routine interruped.

Taurus rules the neck, throat, and ears.

Positive Traits:  Possession, determination, Stable, dependable, practical, conventional, determined, resourceful, productive, honest and patient.

Negative Traits:  Possessive, stubborn, materialistic, lazy.

Special Strengths:  Your gift is your connection to the stillness that lies somewhere in each of us and in the trees, animals, and very earth on which we live.  You can teach us all that life is not one big to-do list, but that there is a great deal of beauty to be seen if one will settle down and simply inhale.  You understand the wisdom of cooperating with the rhythm of life.

 

GEMINI:  The Twins (May 22 – June 21)

Key Word: Versatility;  Key Phrase: I Think; Element: Air; Quality: Mutable

Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by Mercury which rules the natural third house.  When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Gemini, the planet or house will describe how or where you communicate the most.  It also represents the conscious mind and the thinking process.

Gemini is mutable air which means changing mind.  It is ruled by Mercury, so, it is a communication specialist.  They like talking, writing and gesturing.  Planets in Gemini are usually entertaining and versatile.

People born under the sign of Gemini will tend to need constant change and variety in their lives, and need to communicate on all levels.  They are eager to participate in group activities and feel alive in engaging all kinds of talking.  They are happiest when they have more than one interest to pursue.  Sometimes, this can lead to irresponsibility because they fail to complete what they start.   They have excellent memory, quick minds and can be very logical.

They know a little bit about everything and land like a butterfly on new source of information. They act with their mind, not with their heart.  Sometimes, it seems that they do not show much feeling. They try to intellectualize their emotion and want to think rather than feel.  It can be difficult for them to understand the feelings of others.

They are quick paced, changeable and do not like routine.  They see variety as the spice of life and is not satisfied without it.  They always have a quest for information and a craving for intellectual stimulation.  When having an interesting conversation, it can appear as if  they are flirting.  In truth, they may leave such interesting conversation behind and do not remember it because they have other new things going on.

They choose  different and interesting things, and always want to go to some new places to explore.  They like to go to a new restaurant to see who is there, rather than what is the food.  They do not like to handle the financial matter and do not want to worry about the future.  They want to enjoy themselves now.  They believe that it is brains that count, not finance.

Gemini rules the hands, arms, shoulders, lungs, and nervous system.

Positive Traits:  Mentality,  nonconformism, Communication, versatile, curisous, sociable, adaptable, inquisitive, intelligent, quick to learn.

Negative Traits:  Duality, changable, superficial, short attention span, restless, nervous, lacks concentration.

Special Strengths:  Your gift is your willingness to question.  You can teach us all not to accept what we are fed because “everyone knows that’s how it is.”  You understand that knowledge empowers us to come to our own conclusions and discoveries, and that it is our curiosity that has led, and can lead, to amazing discoveries.  If only we dare to think we might, we could…why not?

 

CANCER – The Crab (June 22 – July 22)

Key Word: Devotion; Key Phrase: I Feel;  Element: Water;  Quality: Cardinal

Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by the Moon which rules the natural fourth house.  When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Cancer, it will describe how or where you will be affected by the influences of extreme sensitivity and intuition.

People born under the sign of Cancer like to give and receive emotional warmth and security.  They have a strong attachment to their homes and families, and will do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones and domestic values.  But, sometimes, they become needy, dependent, or unable to function unless they feel someone or something is dependent on them.

Cancers are intelligent and have great foresight, but their doubts and uncertainty can hold them back.  They are emotionally vulnerable, sensitive and easily hurt. They can be very moody and are prone to depression  that often drives them to isolation.

Cancers are usually shy and timid, and they have a tendency to react more from intuition or emotion rather than from reasons.  Sometimes, they appear to be very strong, and at other times, they are extremely vulnerable.  They need to learn to improve their self-esteem and self-confidence.  They can be directed through kindness, but if forced, they become immovable.

Cancers rules the breasts and stomach.

Positive Traits:  Domesticity, Nuturing, protective, traditional, sensitive, understanding, caring, intuitive, tenacious.

Negative Traits:  Self-pity, moody, clinging, manipulative, overly-emotional, needy, dependent, and insecure.

Special Strengths:  Your gift is kindness and compassion.  You can teach us all that by taking care of each other we are taking care of ourselves.  You understand what the phrase “it is what’s inside that counts most” truly means.  The world needs more gentleness, the kind you understand.  

 

LEO – The Lion (July 23 – August 22)

Key Word: Power; Key Phrase: I Will;  Element: Fire;  Quality: Fixed

Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by the Sun which rules the natural fifth house.  When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Leo, it will describe how and where you will be affected by the influences of optimism, capacity for enjoyment and self-expression.

Leos have powerful personalities.  They are usually ambitious and enthusiastic people.  They will attract attention even when they don’t necessarily want it.  They are natural performers and  have great talent in performing arts.  They want to shine, be noticed,  and express themselves.

They want to be loved and appreciated.  Their specialties are having fun and  entertaining. They are courageous when needed, and they are loyal and generous and will defend their loved ones with surprising force.

Leos can be overly confident and outspoken.  They are very sensitive to personal criticism.  When their ego or dominance is threatened, they can go into a sudden rage.

Leo rules the heart, sides and the upper back.

Positive Traits:  Vitality, authority, power, Dignity, will-power, generosity, loyalty, confidence, ambitious, pride, ego, creativity, expression.

Negative Traits:  Conceited, arrogant, laziness.

Special Strengths:  Your gift is your playfulness.  You can teach us all that a life without joy is no life at all, and, if we let that joy out, it spreads and multiplies.  You understand that showing yourself off and laughing out loud are what keep us alive, and that our human nature is to be celebrated, not something to overcome.

 

VIRGO:  The Virgin (August 23 – September 23)

Key Word: Practicality; Key Phrase: I Analyze; Element: Earth; Quality: Mutable

Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by the planet Mercury which rules the natural sixth house.  When a planet or house cusp is in sign of Virgo, that planet or house will be influenced by the qualities of seeking perfection, discrimination and attention to the details.

People born under the sign of Virgo have the qualities of being very detail oriented, practical and efficient. They have the keenest eyes for details.   Sometimes, they are so involved with the details that they lose sight of the “big picture”.  They are picky, critical, but are delight in helping people.  They need to exercise discrimination because that’s their job to analyze, criticize, and suggest solutions to potential problems.

They like to provide services and make themselves useful to others.   They are trouble-shooter specialists because they are very good  in fixing things.  They are happiest when they are helping people or busy fixing things.

When facing with obstacles, they will stay calm and working hard on finding a solution rather than being panic and losing their cool.   Their calmness is sometimes seen as being cold, calculating and lacks of feeling.  Virgos are friendly and outgoing.  However, when dealing with other’s interests or with their own personal interests, they often are shy or inhibited.

Virgo rules the solar plexus and the bowels.

Positive Traits:  Discrimination,  practical, analytical, neat, industrious, detailed, helping, service, fixing things, perfectionist.

Negative Traits:  Fault-finding, picky, critique, critical, too shy,  worrying, cynical.

Special Strengths:  Your gift is the desire to leave the world a better place than it was when you came into it, starting with yourself.  You can teach us all that we have a gift to give if we are willing to roll up our sleeves and make an effort.  You have a true desire to be of meaningful service to others, and your understanding of how not to stop at well-meaning intentions but to really make things manifest can inspire us all.