Introduction to Astrology - Qualities
Astrology uses two general classifications to describe the signs of the zodiac. The first classification, known as Elements, divides the twelve signs into four groups: Fire signs, Earth signs, Air signs and Water signs.
The other classification, known as Qualities, divides the twelve signs into three groups: Cardinal signs, Fixed signs, and Mutable signs.
Defining characteristics in terms of Qualities is based on three basic attitudes toward life:
Cardinal - Does a person want to get things done?
Fixed - Is a person too stubborn or fearful of changing the status quo?
Mutable - Is a person likely to go along with the prevailing situation by adjusting to change?
The Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
People born in these signs are strong-willed and have a desire for accomplishment. They are the doers, the movers and shakers in the world.
The Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
Because these personalities are cautious and tend to be extremely stubborn, their opinions and habits are not readily altered, and they do not appreciate unexpected, sudden, or imposed changes.
The Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
These individuals have the remarkable ability to adapt to all kinds of situations, making it easy for others to live and work with them. Their adaptability makes Mutable sign people survivors.