What are the modalities, and why are they important?
Like polarities and elements, the modalities is a way of organizing the signs for a better understanding. While the polarities can tell you where and how a sign’s energy can manifest, and while the elements can tell you what the energy of a sign can look like, the modality of a sign can show how that energy is handled and moved by an individual. With three modes, cardinal, fixed, and mutable, a person with a balanced chart will tend to have approximately 33% of each modality in his chart. Having an overabundance of a mode can make someone unbalanced, and can either manifest negatively or positively, depending how the person handles his energy.
Here are a few, small descriptions of the modes.
Cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
The Cardinal signs are the signs that uses their energy as soon as they feel it. There’s a sense of impulsiveness and a sense of starting things when it comes to Cardinal signs. It would make sense, since these signs start the seasons. Aries starting spring, Cancer starting summer, and so on. However, when you’re dominant in the Cardinal mode, you can be quite impulsive, doing things before thinking about it. You can be overly aggressive and harsh to others at times, and there is a selfish side of you. Although you have great ideas to start projects, you tend not to finish them because the ideas will never stop forming in your head. There is a definite assertiveness in this mode.
Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
The Fixed signs are the signs that may be slow to start to using their energy, unlike Cardinal signs. However, unlike Cardinal signs, once a Fixed sign starts anything, they will finish anything with great sustainability and perseverance. These signs are in the middle of the season, so it symbolizes endurance. Taurus is in the middle of spring, Leo is in the middle of summer, and so on. They are also quite goal-oriented. However, if you’re dominant in the fixed mode, what could be determination and stability at first can turn into the negative qualities of stubbornness and resistance to change. Because of this, progress in whatever they do may stop.
Mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)
The Mutable signs are the signs that, unlike their Fixed signs, will be flexible and versatile in any given situation. However, unlike Fixed signs, Mutable signs can be easily influenced, and it can be quite hard for them to hold their ground. These signs will excel in whatever task they set themselves to do because they are so adaptable. These signs start at the end of the seasons, with Gemini ending the spring, Virgo ending summer, and so on. There is a lot of change at the end of the season because it’s transitioning to the next, symbolizing the Mutable signs. They can be quite good at multitasking, but they can be easily swayed.