The Modalities –  Quadruplicity in Astrology

Cardinal – Fixed – Mutable Signs

Angular – Succedent – Cadent Houses

A fresh perspective on the archetypal meanings of the division of signs into Quadruplicities. Why do they matter? How to best apply them?

What are the Modes / Quadruplicities?

The Modalities are a division of the 12 signs into three groups, each containing four signs – hence the reference to the term Quadruplicity.

Each of the signs in each group are 90 degrees from each other, and form a cross.

The Modalities refer to a MODE of ACTION, and are critical to understand in astrology interpretation.

  • The first group are the CARDINAL signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
  • The second group are the FIXED signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
  • The third group are the MUTABLE signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

Each of the signs thematically relates to respective houses:

  • Cardinal Signs with ANGULAR houses: 1st house (Ascendant), 4th house (IC), 7th house (Descendant), 10th house (MC).
  • Fixed Signs with SUCCEEDENT houses: 2nd house, 5th house, 8th house, 11th house.
  • Mutable Signs with CADENT houses: 3rd house, 6th house, 9th house, 12th house.

Modalities in Astrology Quadruplicity

What are the Cardinal Signs about?

The Cardinal sign represent The Process of Becoming. The term Cardinal refer to something important and imperative. They represent the continual development of our identity and direction in life. Who we are, who we are becoming, where we are headed.
Through Cardinal signs we are setting new processes in motion.

The Cardinal mode represents new cycles of being and evolution, engendering cycles of transition between past and future. Under these influences, the person cyclically experiences new beginnings, new births. The sense of transition generates a need to define the new direction and recognize what was, what is, and what is now going to be.

Through the Cardinal signs, we experience rites of passage: for example, transitioning from adolescence to early adulthood, from celibacy to relationships, or from one profession to another. They activate the growth and change of our identity over time.

What is Common to the Cardinal Signs

  • Cycles of new identities – commonly every 7 years, 9 years.
  • Reinventing themselves, blank slates, starting anew.
  • Life crossroads and transitions. Rites of passage. New chapters.
  • Ongoing hesitation between the past and the next steps: Often sitting on the fence (not always by choice).
    • This can lead to going three steps forward, then two steps back. They hesitate between the past and the future; the past needs to be resolved before they can free themselves into the future.
  • Recurrent identity crises, redefining who they are, and what they want to do with their lives.

Cardinal signs

Cardinal Signs / Angular Houses: THE PROCESS OF BECOMING

  • Aries /1st House (Fire)
    • Ignition, the passion to start a new chapter. New projects, new experiments, start-ups in life.
    • Discovering what they CAN do, how able they are as they engage with new ventures.
    • The tendency to rush forward, can subsequently lead to a backlash and a need to take a few steps back. For example, they may feel passionate about a new relationship and completely devote themselves to it, until it becomes too intense, and they fear losing themselves in the other. They will pull back to revisit their choice, and then re-engage again.
  • Cancer/ 4th house (Water)
    • Processing, taking the time to digest and integrate who they are, what they want to become or engage with.
    • Time is important to let the new sense of self sink in. A gestation process, a cooking process, so when ready they can bloom with confidence.
    • Hesitation between the new and the past – needing to warm up to the new.
    • When ready, the new identity is strong and grounded, and there is no turning back.
  • Libra/ 7th house (Air)
    • Changing identity, and embracing the opposite. For example, being raised in a religious home and becoming an atheist. A farmer transitions to become a social media sensation.
    • A relationship can be a catalyst to the change of identity, to the new chapter. And then another.
    • An urge to completely reinvent themselves, or fate leads them to do so.
  • Capricorn / 10th house (Earth)
    • Ripening, maturing to a new sense of self.
    • Timing, the clock is ticking, readiness for a new role in life. Rites of passage.
    • Ascending to who they grow to become. The adult version materializes.
    • Risk of premature ascension. Ripening too fast, not truly fit for the new identity just yet.
    • Potential downfalls if rushing things or if overstaying their time, especially if abusing their position.
    • Serving as a role model for others to identify with.

What are the Fixed Signs about?

The Fixed signs represent the Way we Power our Lives. The term Fixed is misleading because it gives the false impression that these signs do not seek change, but even beginners in astrology know that the signs of Scorpio and Aquarius are change makers. A better explanation about this mode is that it represents the need to make our lives matter and meaningful. Through these signs and houses, we find the resources to support our lives and take charge of our own destiny.

Once we establish our identity and direction in life (Cardinal/Angular), Fixed signs and Succedent houses represent how we can manifest the purposes of our incarnation – how each person has a reason to be here, and what are the ways to power these goals and capacities.

We develop our will-power through the Fixed mode, giving us choice and agency in life.

What is Common to the Fixed Signs

  • Finding the fuel that allow them to manifest their destiny – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fuel.
  • Wealth – inner wealth of talents, outer wealth of skills and resources.
  • Concentration and focus – knowing what they want and determination to see things through.
  • Intensity because they bring power and focus.
  • Presence and personality. Strong individuality.
  • Sexual energy, representing the creative principle.
  • Kings and queens of their domains and life – bringing heavens down to earth.

Fixed Signs

Fixed signs / Succedent houses: POWERING our LIVES

  • Taurus/ 2nd house (Earth)
    • Material resources to power their lives – finding food to power the body, land to grow food, physical energy. Money to fund their lives and projects.
    • Sustainability, how to power our lives for the long run. How to have enough fuel for longer term stability and consistency.
    • Longevity: building things of lasting value for resilience.
  • Leo/ 5th house (Fire)
    • The meaning to their lives fuels their creative purpose. With personal meaning, they know what to do with their lives.
    • Creativity, manifestation of their purposes. Making this incarnation meaningful.
    • Legacy, powering other people’s lives by providing something people can use and grow from.
    • Continuation of life through pro-creation: Children and successors who will carry the torch once they are gone.
  • Scorpio/ 8th house (Water)
    • Increasing power by going deeper and finding new inspiration and sources of empowerment.
    • Facing the threat of running out of fuel (death), loss and crisis pushes them to find new solutions – change or die.
    • Crises engenders the need to make new alliances and find new resources/exchange. Having to trust others by necessity.
    • Shrewdness, reading between the lines. Finding the power to face the shadows when necessary.
    • From vulnerable positions to empowerment, influence, and magnetism.
  • Aquarius/ 11th house (Air)
    • Higher perspective provides a bird eye view, and the ability to see life from a vantage point is empowering.
    • Mental perception to prevent crisis. Seeing the future, creating the future, being ahead of the curve.
    • Mental creativity, innovation, upgrading standards – upgrading their resources and leverage.
    • Power through awareness and consciousness.
    • Community, alliances, and making friends make us stronger – An organization can empower the cause of an individual.

 

What are Mutable Signs about?

The Mutable signs represent the Distribution of our Individual Creations to the Whole. Mutability makes us aware of the bigger picture, global dynamics. It engenders adaptation, mobility, and flexibility to interact with and be part of the whole. The Mutable signs and respective Cadent houses represent the interconnecteness of everything in life – only by connecting the pieces can we see how the puzzle comes together to provide an all encompassing meaning.

The Mutable mode represents the need to find a greater meaning that underlies all that exists. It reminds us of what makes us the same. Despite our seeming differences, we all are built of the same materials and seek the ultimate same goals of health and happiness. These signs bring a global perspective, and therefore experience the multiplicity and simultaneousness of life.

What is Common to the Mutable Signs

  • Global perspective, the bigger picture that connects all the dots.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, because everything has meaning and purpose, so they are not focused on a single thing.
  • Multi-tasking, many things can happen at once.
  • Holistic approach – symptoms point to deeper realities. The solution to a headache can be rooted in the gut. One person’s happiness contribute to global happiness and vice versa.
  • The risk of being scattered and overwhelmed by too much stimulation at once.
  • Tendency to be more high-minded, philosophizing, exploring theories and larger concepts.
  • Ideas and resources that must be accessible to all.

Mutable Signs

Mutable signs /Cadent houses: The Interconnectedness and Interdependence in life

  • Gemini / 3rd house
    • Finding the pieces of life, and connecting them to build the greater puzzle.
    • The thread of logic and reason is found by connecting one thing to another. Making sense of the bits and pieces as they come together.
    • Building bridges between islands, neighbors talking to each other.
    • Appreciation of diversity, exploring, learning, and sharing through physical and mental mobility.
  • Virgo/ 6th house
    • Proper function relies on a network of services and functions. If one element in the chain is unhealthy or dysfunctional, everyone is affected.
    • Providing a good service relies on the good service of others. For example, the astrologer relies on internet providers, software developers, and many other services to perform adequately.
    • Being part of an interdependent network can engender anxiety about not delivering high enough quality of services. Possible self-consciousness about quality and performance.
  • Sagittarius/ 9th house
    • Finding a unified meaning to life that can provide guidance and direction.
    • The more authentic and natural we are, the more similar we realize we are.
    • Their subjective perception of truth is tied to a larger all encompassing truth. Transmuting the personal to the global.
  • Pisces/ 12th house
    • The realization that we all originate from the same source, and are made of the same components.
    • Despite our seeming differences, we are all motivated by the same needs for health, survival, and well-being. Homogeny.
    • The ability to tap into collective consciousness and touch the masses, or the sensitivity to feel what everyone else feels.
    • One for all. Individuality must serve a more global sense of well-being.
    • All for one: relying on help, community, government welfare to be supported.
    • Adaptability to improvise and go with the flow.
    • What we cannot own, because it belongs to everyone/the public: the sky, the stars, sidewalks.
    • The higher spiritual meanings and the forces of fate that govern us all.

Learn more about Modalities in Astrology with these resources:

Video expanding on the Modes with examples

 

Book: Astrology Fundamentals by Maurice Fernandez

Explore the Study of Astrology, including how to analyze: Cardinal – Fixed – Mutable  and the Elements.

What is Evolutionary Astrology

2024 copyright – all rights reserved.
For personal use only. No quoting or copying the contents without written permission of the author.

 

 

 

The Modalities –  Quadruplicity in Astrology

Cardinal – Fixed – Mutable Signs

Angular – Succedent – Cadent Houses

A fresh perspective on the archetypal meanings of the division of signs into Quadruplicities. Why do they matter? How to best apply them?

What are the Modes / Quadruplicities?

The Modalities are a division of the 12 signs into three groups, each containing four signs – hence the reference to the term Quadruplicity.

Each of the signs in each group are 90 degrees from each other, and form a cross.

The Modalities refer to a MODE of ACTION, and are critical to understand in astrology interpretation.

  • The first group are the CARDINAL signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
  • The second group are the FIXED signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
  • The third group are the MUTABLE signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

Each of the signs thematically relates to respective houses:

  • Cardinal Signs with ANGULAR houses: 1st house (Ascendant), 4th house (IC), 7th house (Descendant), 10th house (MC).
  • Fixed Signs with SUCCEEDENT houses: 2nd house, 5th house, 8th house, 11th house.
  • Mutable Signs with CADENT houses: 3rd house, 6th house, 9th house, 12th house.

Modalities in Astrology Quadruplicity

What are the Cardinal Signs about?

The Cardinal sign represent The Process of Becoming. The term Cardinal refer to something important and imperative. They represent the continual development of our identity and direction in life. Who we are, who we are becoming, where we are headed.
Through Cardinal signs we are setting new processes in motion.

The Cardinal mode represents new cycles of being and evolution, engendering cycles of transition between past and future. Under these influences, the person cyclically experiences new beginnings, new births. The sense of transition generates a need to define the new direction and recognize what was, what is, and what is now going to be.

Through the Cardinal signs, we experience rites of passage: for example, transitioning from adolescence to early adulthood, from celibacy to relationships, or from one profession to another. They activate the growth and change of our identity over time.

What is Common to the Cardinal Signs

  • Cycles of new identities – commonly every 7 years, 9 years.
  • Reinventing themselves, blank slates, starting anew.
  • Life crossroads and transitions. Rites of passage. New chapters.
  • Ongoing hesitation between the past and the next steps: Often sitting on the fence (not always by choice).
    • This can lead to going three steps forward, then two steps back. They hesitate between the past and the future; the past needs to be resolved before they can free themselves into the future.
  • Recurrent identity crises, redefining who they are, and what they want to do with their lives.

Cardinal signs

Cardinal Signs / Angular Houses: THE PROCESS OF BECOMING

  • Aries /1st House (Fire)
    • Ignition, the passion to start a new chapter. New projects, new experiments, start-ups in life.
    • Discovering what they CAN do, how able they are as they engage with new ventures.
    • The tendency to rush forward, can subsequently lead to a backlash and a need to take a few steps back. For example, they may feel passionate about a new relationship and completely devote themselves to it, until it becomes too intense, and they fear losing themselves in the other. They will pull back to revisit their choice, and then re-engage again.
  • Cancer/ 4th house (Water)
    • Processing, taking the time to digest and integrate who they are, what they want to become or engage with.
    • Time is important to let the new sense of self sink in. A gestation process, a cooking process, so when ready they can bloom with confidence.
    • Hesitation between the new and the past – needing to warm up to the new.
    • When ready, the new identity is strong and grounded, and there is no turning back.
  • Libra/ 7th house (Air)
    • Changing identity, and embracing the opposite. For example, being raised in a religious home and becoming an atheist. A farmer transitions to become a social media sensation.
    • A relationship can be a catalyst to the change of identity, to the new chapter. And then another.
    • An urge to completely reinvent themselves, or fate leads them to do so.
  • Capricorn / 10th house (Earth)
    • Ripening, maturing to a new sense of self.
    • Timing, the clock is ticking, readiness for a new role in life. Rites of passage.
    • Ascending to who they grow to become. The adult version materializes.
    • Risk of premature ascension. Ripening too fast, not truly fit for the new identity just yet.
    • Potential downfalls if rushing things or if overstaying their time, especially if abusing their position.
    • Serving as a role model for others to identify with.

What are the Fixed Signs about?

The Fixed signs represent the Way we Power our Lives. The term Fixed is misleading because it gives the false impression that these signs do not seek change, but even beginners in astrology know that the signs of Scorpio and Aquarius are change makers. A better explanation about this mode is that it represents the need to make our lives matter and meaningful. Through these signs and houses, we find the resources to support our lives and take charge of our own destiny.

Once we establish our identity and direction in life (Cardinal/Angular), Fixed signs and Succedent houses represent how we can manifest the purposes of our incarnation – how each person has a reason to be here, and what are the ways to power these goals and capacities.

We develop our will-power through the Fixed mode, giving us choice and agency in life.

What is Common to the Fixed Signs

  • Finding the fuel that allow them to manifest their destiny – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fuel.
  • Wealth – inner wealth of talents, outer wealth of skills and resources.
  • Concentration and focus – knowing what they want and determination to see things through.
  • Intensity because they bring power and focus.
  • Presence and personality. Strong individuality.
  • Sexual energy, representing the creative principle.
  • Kings and queens of their domains and life – bringing heavens down to earth.

Fixed Signs

Fixed signs / Succedent houses: POWERING our LIVES

  • Taurus/ 2nd house (Earth)
    • Material resources to power their lives – finding food to power the body, land to grow food, physical energy. Money to fund their lives and projects.
    • Sustainability, how to power our lives for the long run. How to have enough fuel for longer term stability and consistency.
    • Longevity: building things of lasting value for resilience.
  • Leo/ 5th house (Fire)
    • The meaning to their lives fuels their creative purpose. With personal meaning, they know what to do with their lives.
    • Creativity, manifestation of their purposes. Making this incarnation meaningful.
    • Legacy, powering other people’s lives by providing something people can use and grow from.
    • Continuation of life through pro-creation: Children and successors who will carry the torch once they are gone.
  • Scorpio/ 8th house (Water)
    • Increasing power by going deeper and finding new inspiration and sources of empowerment.
    • Facing the threat of running out of fuel (death), loss and crisis pushes them to find new solutions – change or die.
    • Crises engenders the need to make new alliances and find new resources/exchange. Having to trust others by necessity.
    • Shrewdness, reading between the lines. Finding the power to face the shadows when necessary.
    • From vulnerable positions to empowerment, influence, and magnetism.
  • Aquarius/ 11th house (Air)
    • Higher perspective provides a bird eye view, and the ability to see life from a vantage point is empowering.
    • Mental perception to prevent crisis. Seeing the future, creating the future, being ahead of the curve.
    • Mental creativity, innovation, upgrading standards – upgrading their resources and leverage.
    • Power through awareness and consciousness.
    • Community, alliances, and making friends make us stronger – An organization can empower the cause of an individual.

 

What are Mutable Signs about?

The Mutable signs represent the Distribution of our Individual Creations to the Whole. Mutability makes us aware of the bigger picture, global dynamics. It engenders adaptation, mobility, and flexibility to interact with and be part of the whole. The Mutable signs and respective Cadent houses represent the interconnecteness of everything in life – only by connecting the pieces can we see how the puzzle comes together to provide an all encompassing meaning.

The Mutable mode represents the need to find a greater meaning that underlies all that exists. It reminds us of what makes us the same. Despite our seeming differences, we all are built of the same materials and seek the ultimate same goals of health and happiness. These signs bring a global perspective, and therefore experience the multiplicity and simultaneousness of life.

What is Common to the Mutable Signs

  • Global perspective, the bigger picture that connects all the dots.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, because everything has meaning and purpose, so they are not focused on a single thing.
  • Multi-tasking, many things can happen at once.
  • Holistic approach – symptoms point to deeper realities. The solution to a headache can be rooted in the gut. One person’s happiness contribute to global happiness and vice versa.
  • The risk of being scattered and overwhelmed by too much stimulation at once.
  • Tendency to be more high-minded, philosophizing, exploring theories and larger concepts.
  • Ideas and resources that must be accessible to all.

Mutable Signs

Mutable signs /Cadent houses: The Interconnectedness and Interdependence in life

  • Gemini / 3rd house
    • Finding the pieces of life, and connecting them to build the greater puzzle.
    • The thread of logic and reason is found by connecting one thing to another. Making sense of the bits and pieces as they come together.
    • Building bridges between islands, neighbors talking to each other.
    • Appreciation of diversity, exploring, learning, and sharing through physical and mental mobility.
  • Virgo/ 6th house
    • Proper function relies on a network of services and functions. If one element in the chain is unhealthy or dysfunctional, everyone is affected.
    • Providing a good service relies on the good service of others. For example, the astrologer relies on internet providers, software developers, and many other services to perform adequately.
    • Being part of an interdependent network can engender anxiety about not delivering high enough quality of services. Possible self-consciousness about quality and performance.
  • Sagittarius/ 9th house
    • Finding a unified meaning to life that can provide guidance and direction.
    • The more authentic and natural we are, the more similar we realize we are.
    • Their subjective perception of truth is tied to a larger all encompassing truth. Transmuting the personal to the global.
  • Pisces/ 12th house
    • The realization that we all originate from the same source, and are made of the same components.
    • Despite our seeming differences, we are all motivated by the same needs for health, survival, and well-being. Homogeny.
    • The ability to tap into collective consciousness and touch the masses, or the sensitivity to feel what everyone else feels.
    • One for all. Individuality must serve a more global sense of well-being.
    • All for one: relying on help, community, government welfare to be supported.
    • Adaptability to improvise and go with the flow.
    • What we cannot own, because it belongs to everyone/the public: the sky, the stars, sidewalks.
    • The higher spiritual meanings and the forces of fate that govern us all.

Learn more about Modalities in Astrology with these resources:

Video expanding on the Modes with examples

 

Book: Astrology Fundamentals by Maurice Fernandez

Explore the Study of Astrology, including how to analyze: Cardinal – Fixed – Mutable  and the Elements.

What is Evolutionary Astrology

2024 copyright – all rights reserved.
For personal use only. No quoting or copying the contents without written permission of the author.

 

 

 

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