Gemini and Sagittarius: Skepticism

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A trait that is shared between Sagittarius and Gemini as sister signs is being simultaneously open and skeptical. Where the openness and skepticism comes from for the two signs are different.

With Gemini, it is an air sign that naturally rules over the 3rd House. The 3rd House shows objective thinking and primary education. Your neighborhood, a small, confined “world” is also shown in the 3rd House. Gemini itself represents youthfulness and the exciting exchange of communication that sparks learning due to being exposed to new concepts and ideas. Gemini, as a logical air sign, will ask, “Where are the facts? How do these facts logically tie altogether?” They will put their preconceptions and the new concept side by side. Their preconceptions often comes from what they’ve formulated themselves in their mind, what they’ve heard from others, and what they’ve learned in school – all of these spaces are limited spaces. From a confined, limited space, Gemini can learn to expand their mind. As an air sign, Gemini is able to channel their skepticism in a rational way, for their way of thinking is often logical and objective.

With Sagittarius, it is a fire sign that naturally rules over the 9th House. The 9th House shows subjective thinking and secondary education. The world itself is also shown in the 9th House. Sagittarius itself represents wisdom and the exciting thrill of exploration that sparks learning due to seeing the grandeur of all concepts and ideas on a grand scale. Sagittarius, as a passionate fire sign, will ask, “I’ve already seen so many things in the world, why should I believe in this?” They, like Gemini, will also put their preconceptions and the new concept side by side. Their preconceptions often comes from what they’ve found to believe in due to a lot of exposure and various life experiences – all of these origins are from open spaces. From a wide, grand space, Sagittarius can learn to mentally take root. As a fire sign, Sagittarius is able to channel their skepticism in a passionate way, for their way of thinking is often energetic and subjective.

The Difference Between Oppositions and Squares

You can find the difference between aspects in how the signs work with each other. It can be really hard to solidly tell a difference between an opposition and a square, since they can bring similar, disharmonious effects. However, this does not mean their effects are exactly the same.

An opposition is composed of two sister signs… but what is the actual composition of an opposition? In order to have an opposition, you need two signs that share the same polarity and mode, but are different in their elements. For a square, you need to have two signs that differ in polarity and element, but share the same mode.

The effects of oppositions and squares are quite different. For an opposition, there is often an emphasis of two sides. Instead of functioning like a single, powerful unit, like a conjunction, the two planets involved in an opposition will often go into opposite directions to achieve the same motive. You can see that the signs involved in an opposition have the same motive because they have the same polarity and mode. With the same polarity, opposing signs will have their motive take place in the same environment, which can either be external (masculine) or internal (feminine.) With the same mode, the two opposing planets will go at the motive with the same energetic method. This does not mean the actual method will be the same, but the framework of the method will be. The actual method will differ through the elements and the rulerships of the signs involved. Many of the signs that are opposing each other are also ruled by planets that have massive archetypal differences, which drives the disharmonious differences in an opposition. For example, Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of conflict while Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of harmony.

It’s also important to note that the two opposing planets will also take place in opposing Houses in the natal chart since the planets must be 180 degrees away. The reason why there is such a polarizing pull from an opposition is because the planets involved in an opposition are involved in two Houses that are focused on seemingly “opposite” subjects. A good example is the 1st and the 7th House. The 1st House is focused on the self, while the 7th House is focused on the other – both are tied to relations and identity.

For a square, there is the feeling of a “block” between two planets in two different signs. One planet will try to express itself, only to be blocked by the other planet and vice versa. There can be a lot of tension with a square aspect, for the native can often feel restricted from doing what they seek to do. Often, for planets involved in a square, there is often a feeling of knowing how to channel your energy (due to the same mode) into a certain task, only to find that the actual energy required to get to the task are in two completely different environments, which is why a square feels very tense. For example, Scorpio is square to Aquarius. Both signs would like to remain stable, yet persistent in a certain subject (since they’re both fixed,) but Aquarius would like to gain this stability through rationality (air) in the outside environment (masculine,) but Scorpio would rather gain this stability through emotions (water) in an inside environment (feminine.) Due to the different polarities and environments involved, there’s a conflict. It’s hard to accomplish a task involving two different environments and methods. It’s important to note that the squares take place in Houses that are 90 degrees away from each other, since a square is 90 degrees between two planets.

Often, you’ll find that the Houses involved are often subjects that strive for the same goal, but through different ways. A good example is the 1st and 4th House. The 1st House represents your identity, while your 4th House represents your family. Both you and your family strive to invest in your success, but you can find that your family will want something different from you, even though the end goal is success. This is why people can sometimes feel that the family is a threat to their identity.

The Modalities Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable

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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.