SIGNS: PART ONE
THE VALUE OF FIXED VALUES by Boots Hart, CAP
signs are divided in several ways. The first is by Element
whether a sign is said to be fire, earth, air or water. Aries, Leo and
Sagittarius are fire. Fire imagines and envisions. Taurus, Virgo and
Capricorn are Earth. Earth signs sense through the reality of the issue:
what they can smell, touch, taste, hear or see. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
are air, signs which express themselves through ideas and theories.
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water. Water signs feel.
The second way to divide signs is by Quadrant where they fall
in the wheel of the natural horoscope, that being a zodiac wheel which
begins with Aries and ends with Pisces. Six signs lie below
the horizontal axis. These signs are personal and self oriented.
The six signs above this horizontal are worldly or interactive.
The left hemisphere is pro-active, and the right is re-active.
That give us four quarters of three signs each. The first quarter is
pro-active and self oriented (Aries, Taurus, Gemini). The
second is personal and re-active (Cancer, Leo, Virgo). The third which
is re-active, but worldly and interactive (Libra, Scorpio and
and the fourth (Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces) includes
signs which are pro-active and worldly.
Signs are also divided by the natural style of action. This stylistic
definition is known the Quadruplicity. There are three quadruplicities
of four signs each. Each of those quadruplicities includes one sign
from each element, and one sign from each quadrant.
The first quadruplicity is Cardinal. The first of every quadrant is
Cardinal. Cardinal signs act and learn from their actions. The Cardinal
signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
The second quadruplicity is Fixed. The second sign of every quadrant
is Fixed. Fixed signs would prefer to learn first, then choose whether
they want to act (or not) and how they want to act (or not). Fixed signs
are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
The third quadruplicity is Mutable. The third sign in every quadrant
is Mutable. Mutable sign planets undertake an action, learn a bit from
that, refine their activity in accordance with new information received,
go a bit father, learn something else, refine their aim yet again and
repeating this pattern over and over again. The Mutable
signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
because Fixed signs seem to be a sticking point in most lives
(and yes, all puns are intended!) I thought it might be useful to send
a little time discussing the Fixed process. And yes, it is a process.
Like everything in astrology, the progression of the Fixed signs (Taurus
_ Leo _ Scorpio _ Aquarius) is a lesson, one which, when mastered, brings
financial stability and personal security.
Are you a Fixed Sun sign? If so, the Fixed quadruplicity may explain
why you find it so hard to get into gear. Not a Fixed Sun
sign? Dont run away this discussion applies to you, too.
Every chart comes complete with every sign, so read and have a think
you may just discover where youre getting in your own way.
Being that the first Fixed signs is Taurus, this is where the
process begins and in a sense, aims to end up. Why? Because Taurus
is the sign of values, self worth, security and resources. Many astrology
books (especially those for beginners) refer to Taurus as my money.
The truth of this is that we earn money once we complete the
Fixed sign lesson (or to the degree that we do.) What we start with,
however, is resources and by resources, I mean native
talents, skills, abilities and self worth. Those are our real
resources. Financial status and security merely reflects how well weve
developed and utilized these assets.
Self worth and skills develop in tandem. A person with self worth recognizes
the value of their abilities, and a person who develops their native
skills develops a sense of self worth.
What about money, and people who inherit it or strike it rich? Money
doesnt create self worth. Nor does it endow anyone with personal
talent which is why that old saying money cant buy
you happiness is oh so true. Happiness is a function of security,
and security is earned. Trust fund babies have to earn too. What
do they earn? Self respect. Daddy and Mommy cant leave self-respect
to you in their will, no matter how wealthy they are. That, you have
to earn for yourself. How do you go about doing that? Upon the urging
of your self worth, you take your talent and go do something with it
which is the essence of Leo, the second Fixed sign.
Leo is the soul and essence of creativity. All things done in the name
of Leo should be fun and bring joy and self respect to the owner of
the particular Leo planet. That doesnt mean there isnt work
involved. Or responsibility. One might think that, but Leo mastery is
really all about the pleasure of a job well done -(if possible,
gloriously well done) and this requires work. Part of this Leo process
is learning to enjoy the effort as much as the success. Leo self respect
is all about how special something is, and special doesnt
come cheap. If it was easy, it wouldnt be special. One shouldnt
be able to just walk in and get crowned king in Leo you have
to earn that right. So dont let anyone tell you that Leo
doesnt believe in earning. Leo doesnt respect something
which isnt earned!
As for the process, that takes work, practice, and competition. Leo
loves a good competition because when they win, they know theyve
tried and measured up to the best. However with this comes the
occasional defeat, and part of Leo is learning how to take that occasional
critique or loss gracefully. Crawling under a stone because someone
rejected your latest bit of brilliance is negative Leo. Even worse is
refusing to try because youre so afraid of losing. What
kind of a king does that?
Lets be straight here: to try requires self worth. To win and
bounce back requires self worth. If you dont have that, you arent
ready to master Leo go back to Taurus (without $200). Real masters
of anything have enough self worth resiliency to deal constructively
with critique without getting defensive and huffy. Leo lessons require
placing worth in being a creative individual. Someone else may
not respect your talents yet. And thats okay, because
Leo is still a personal sign! Leo is all about you maturing your skills
and as a person. Its about learning how to live your life and
learning how to be a person you respect without requiring that
others agree with it, buy into it, pay for it or live up to some mythical
(fire sign) expectation about who you think they should be
without interrupting, delaying or otherwise preventing anyone else from
learning their Leo lessons. In Leo, we learn the difference between
parenting (mentoring, teaching) and demeaning the value of others
by interfering with their Leo lessons.
So okay. You have your self worth and have developed your unique skills
and respect yourself for doing that. Now that? Now you move into the
Scorpio phase. Being opposite to Taurus (my security,
my self worth, my talents) this is where we interact or invest
our talents in the values of a group. In this phase of development
you display your abilities and the group assesses their
value, suggests how your talents can work with their talents and make
the whole richer or what you would need to fit in or otherwise
live up to what they define as quality.
If youve learned your Leo lessons properly, the Scorpio phase
is one in which you refine your abilities through feedback. Yes,
your abilities may get examined closely (which may feel uncomfortable)
but it pays to bear in mind that this process is about enhancing
the value of your work through investment. Either
you are asked to invest your talents in a greater whole, or someone
with some sort of power evaluates the appeal (value) of your
creative expression. Scorpio being a water (emotional) sign is the sign
that this is an emotional process. It is, after all, the first time
you have really gone out into the Big World. As such, this is a time
to understand such fears as you feel, but to work through them without
surrendering your individuality or worth. And if you do face critique,
smile. Okay, so dont smile but dont explode. Volcanic
emotional activity doesnt generally work in Scorpio situations.
They arent wrong. What is wrong is your
volatile reaction. That sort of reaction suggests very strongly
that some part of your Taurus or Leo development is still undone (or
underdone, depending!) Work on it.
Dont want to go back to your personal drawing board? Think you
want a fight? Im warning you - Scorpio likes a fight. All Fixed
signs can be a little pig-headed, but when it comes to Scorpio situations,
the big guns all come out. And since most often these conflict involve
someone who has a deal of power and that person isnt
you be careful. While the positive side of Scorpio plays fair
and holds no grudges, Ive been an astrologer long enough to say
its a bad idea to test anyones Scorpio determination.
When you fight someone who holds superior power, what youre asking
is for them to prove they can squash you. And guess what? More
often than not, they will. Furthermore, Scorpio is where we begin creating
our reputation, so this is also a question of building or burning bridges.
In Scorpio, grace, intelligence and perseverance earns respect. Fear,
anger, retaliation and rebuttal labels you as immature and earns scorn.
So whenever you go out into the Big World and get told no, dont
get mad, and dont give up. Just polish your talents and try again.
Talent is talent forever. It can improve and be improved upon at every
step in the game.
And what happens once your work, presentation and polish gets the big
we value it stamp of approval? Then you begin operating
independently in the big air sign Aquarian marketplace. Worldly and
proactive, the Aquarius process isnt personal, its
about effectiveness. Success in the Aquarian sense is all about
getting the idea right, in other words. Its where your
self worth and talent, after having been seen as valuable
by others is accepted in a broader context as worthwhile
to a company, a community, to a group or in the marketplace. And when
that happens, the result is income.
And again, the good news is that if you dont succeed at first,
you can always try, try again.
So is money actually just an idea? Yes. Did you think that piece of
paper in your wallet is actually worth the denomination
assigned to it? Of course not - money is theoretical! That mansion on
the hill is earthy you can touch it. You get it by bartering
for it with pieces of paper youve earned (or theoretically
bartered for) through meeting the needs of, or inspiring the values
of the world. Yes, income is Aquarius, but the personal security
and happiness you derive from having earned that is Taurus.
Why? Because true happiness is all about being secure in the knowledge
that your values work.
So there you have it Part One of Fixed Signs.
Boots Hart, CAP
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