The Signs

A Brief Introduction to Astrology

Each of the 12 astrological signs belongs to a certain element in one of its states. This gives us twelve quite different basic types. These varying qualities provide the “backdrop” to the planetary positions. As each horoscope has different planets in different signs, there can never be a “pure” Aries or a “pure” Gemini. Each horoscope is a highly individual, very complex and usually also very varied combination of parts.

In order to understand the signs, we must take into account the typical expressions of the elements, as well as the characteristics belonging to the planets associated with the signs.


Cardinal fire; ruled by Mars 
Willpower, impulsive, initiative, courage, energy, activity 
Often rushes headlong into things


Fixed earth; ruled by Venus 
Sensual, pleasure-seeker, steadfast, strives for security 
Sees red when provoked for a long time


Mutable air; ruled by Mercury 
Mental type, witty, communicative, mobile, takes pleasure in learning. Rarely touches down


Cardinal water; ruled by the Moon 
Emotional type, stubborn, seeks safety and closeness 
Very much a family person


Fixed fire; ruled by the Sun 
Glamour, generosity, organizer, the center of attention 
Likes to take the lion's part


Mutable earth; ruled by Mercury 
Precise, differentiates, does what is necessary, utilitarian 
A critical point of view


Cardinal air; ruled by Venus 
A sense of beauty and proportion, tactful, seeks balance and harmony. Sometimes hovers between the scales


Fixed water; ruled by Pluto 
Corrosive, passionate, piercing, extreme situations 
Frequently quarrels with the spirits he called


Mutable  fire; ruled by Jupiter 
Free spirit, carefree, love of movement, cheerful 
Wanderlust, often seems to be elsewhere


Cardinal earth; ruled by Saturn 
Enduring, has a sense of purpose, proud, ambitious 
Can get stuck in craggy heights


Fixed air; ruled by Uranus 
Communicative, humanitarian, progressive, fraternal 
Universal spirit with occasional astonishing obstinacy


Mutable water; ruled by Neptune 
Sensitive, compassionate, helpful, sociable 
Very adaptable, hard to get a hold on

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