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what is a "fixed, water sign," anyway?
must have had the concept of "Modes and Elements" explained and re-explained
to me in at least a hundred different ways over the passing of time.
The methods of teaching that invariably "speak" to me most clearly
are those using "images" and/or "stories." So here goes my meager
There are 3 different "modes" of reaction:
(active) - adapts to external demands
(steadfast) - adapts to internal demands
(flexible) - adapts back and forth to both external and internal
Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable?... Huh? Boring, eh?... Chances are...
what I've said so far means less than zero to you? Okay! Let's back
up and try a more visual explanation...
someone standing in front of you. Now imagine, this person is holding
a rock in their hand. Finally, imagine this person has just thrown
the rock at you....
"cardinal reaction" (active) would be to throw a rock back
at the jerk.
"fixed reaction" (steadfast) would be to stand there unaffected
and taunt them with something like: "Hey, go ahead and hit me again!
That didn't hurt at all, you little wuss!"
a "mutable reaction" (flexible) would be to cleverly dodge
the rock and then "thumb your nose" at their lousy aim.
remember, all I'm saying here is that these are different kinds of
reactions. Not every person with a mutable sign -- if actually faced
with this situation -- would have this particular "mutable reaction."
guess what, gang? Since there are 12 astrological signs -- then
are Cardinal or "active" (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
are Fixed or "steadfast" (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
are Mutable or "flexible" ( Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)
at a zodiac wheel, you'll notice the 4 members of each Mode form a
square in the circle. The individual members of these Mode groups
have an "uncomfortable" connection with each other.)
already talked about the "3" reactions (cardinal, fixed, and mutable).
let's talk about the "4" elements which are at the heart and soul
element of Fire is outgoing, action oriented, impulsive, and "fiery"
element of Earth is physical, practical, sensual, and material
element of Air is mental perceptions, thought, communication,
distance, and abstract ideas
element of Water is sensitive, feeling, empathic, and healing
guess what, gang? Since there are 12 astrological signs - then:
are Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) outgoing, action oriented,
impulsive, and "fiery"
are Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) physical, practical, sensual,
are Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) mental perceptions, thought,
communication, distance, and abstract ideas
are Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) sensitive, feeling, empathic,
at a Zodiac wheel, you'll notice the three members of each Element
form an equilateral triangle in the circle. Individual members of
these Element groups have a "comfortable" connection with each other.)
Fire is outgoing, impulsive and, of course, "fiery." And since the
above "imagined action scenario" with the rocki belonged to the action
oriented element of "fire":
"cardinal" (active) + "fire" reaction was a typical Aries reaction.
"fixed" (steadfast) + "fire" reaction was a typical Leo reaction.
"mutable" (flexible) + "fire" reaction was a typical Sagittarius
reaction. (And again, not every Sagittarian would dodge the rock!)
it so far?
= Cardinal (Active) + Fire = "Here's a bigger rock for you,
= Fixed (Steadfast) + Fire = "Hit me with your best shot,
sucker! That didn't hurt!"
= Mutable (Flexible) + Fire = "Missed me, missed me, now you
gotta kiss me!"
by the way - we've ALL got Aries energy, when and if we really, really
need it. It's just that some folks tend to act and react more typically
"Aries" than other folks.
So what about a fixed, water sign? (Which is how you got here in the
first place...) Try throwing a "feeling" at a water sign:
= Cardinal (Active) + Water = They'll throw another bigger,
more powerful feeling back at you = Flowing Rivers.
= Fixed (Steadfast) + Water = They'll take you deeper into
your own feeling = Bottomless Lakes.
= Mutable (Flexible) + Water = They'll take over the feeling,
adapt it, and make it a part of themselves = Vast Oceans.
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