Soft and Hard, The Wet/Dry Polarity and Its Relationship to Astrological Aspects

The concept of sect, or the division between day and night, is a primary consideration in Traditional/Classical Astrology, and it corresponds to the hot/cold polarity in temperament. This consideration carries over to Essentialist Astrology. The day/night division has been tied to gender since at least the Hellenistic Era, with day being associated with masculine and … Continue reading Soft and Hard, The Wet/Dry Polarity and Its Relationship to Astrological Aspects

Signs of Letting Go, the Mutable Signs

As I have previously discussed, the tropical zodiac is based on the seasons. Each season begins with a cardinal sign and deepens with a fixed sign. Yet, all good things must end, and so must every season. Spring gives way to summer, summer gives way to fall, fall gives way to winter, and winter gives … Continue reading Signs of Letting Go, the Mutable Signs

Signs of Stability, the Fixed Signs

As I have discussed before, in Western Astrology, the zodiac is based on the seasons rather than on the constellations. Each season begins with a cardinal sign. In the Northern Hemisphere*, Spring begins with the sign of Aries, Summer begins with the sign of Cancer, Fall begins with the sign of Libra, and Winter begins … Continue reading Signs of Stability, the Fixed Signs

Signs of Change, the Cardinal Signs

Western Astrology is based as much upon the seasons as it is upon the movement of the celestial bodies. This is because the zodiac that is used in most Western astrology is the tropical zodiac. The tropical zodiac is not based on the actual constellations along the ecliptic but upon the four seasonal turning points, … Continue reading Signs of Change, the Cardinal Signs