It occurred to me that many readers of this column may not know how the signs relate to each other in terms of the squares and oppositions I mentioned yesterday. So, for the expert astrologer, this information may be familiar, but for many, hopefully this will help you see how certain signs relate to each other in your chart and in the sky. The following table will be an easy reference for anyone wishing to understand the particularness and wholeness of the 12 sign system.
Taurus is lower squared by Leo, opposed by Scorpio, and upper squared by Aquarius
Gemini is lower squared by Virgo, opposed by Sagittarius, and upper squared by Pisces
Cancer is lower squared by Libra, opposed by Capricorn, and upper squared by Aries
Leo is lower squared by Scorpio, opposed by Aquarius, and upper squared by Taurus
Virgo is lower squared by Sagittarius, opposed by Pisces, and upper squared by Gemini
Libra is lower squared by Capricorn, opposed by Aries, and upper squared by Cancer
Scorpio is lower squared by Aquarius, opposed by Taurus, and upper squared by Leo
Sagittarius is lower squared by Pisces, opposed by Gemini, and upper squared by Virgo
Capricorn is lower squared by Aries, opposed by Cancer, and upper squared by Libra
Aquarius is lower squared by Taurus, opposed by Leo, and upper squared by Scorpio
Pisces is lower squared by Gemini, opposed by Virgo, and upper squared by Sagittarius
As you can see each sign bears a distinct relationship to each other. The sign that is lower square, though challenging, also shows the foundation of a sign that will bear fruit at the upper square. So Cancer is the foundation of Aries that will flower as Capricorn. In another example, Leo's foundation is Scorpio, and Taurus the culmination of its social process.
The sign that is opposite any other sign works in terms of how things exteriorize, or come to understand the "I-Thou" process of its own self-realization. So Aries is the exteriorization of Libra, and Virgo the exteriorization of Pisces. That's why it is useful to regard each sign as part of a distinct polarity, and each polarity holds another polarity in a state of tension, producing experiences that show us how to choose wisely what we will do and when we will do it. That is the highest use of the squares and oppositions that affect us throughout our lives.