by Robert Wilkinson
A long time ago I read something remarkable about the positive qualities of each sign being a direct reaction to the negative qualities of the sign preceding it. For instance, that means positive Libra traits are a direct reaction to the negatives of Virgo, and the positive Pisces traits arise from the negatives of Aquarius. This is a profound insight, and shows the way to antidoting negatives without resorting to the sign itself or its opposing sign.
Most astrologers know that if we want to work on negative qualities in a sign, we can use one of two equally valid methods. We can a) deal directly with those sign traits, turning them from the lower to the higher (using positive Scorpio energy to blunt negative Scorpio traits), or b) use the positive qualities of the sign opposing the one we're trying to deal with (using positive Taurus traits to antidote negative Scorpio traits).
The former method is self-evident (think fighting fire with fire), while the latter uses the principle of a sign externalizing through its opposing sign and using the "tension of opposites," antidotes the negative quality (think fighting fire with water). But there is a third method by which we can transmute a negative into a positive.
I won't go into an exhaustive list of the positive and negative qualities for each sign, since that would be a book-length piece. Instead, today I'll outline a general pattern, and let you fill in the inferential blanks (plus it will help students of the craft get clear about what signs demonstrate what qualities!)
The concept of the positive qualities of each sign being the reaction to the negatives of the sign before it can yield some intriguing associations. I'll begin the pattern of -/+, -/+ qualities to whet your appetites, and let you explore the signs from there.
The initiative and need for direct action of Aries is a reaction to the procrastination and ambivalence of Pisces.
The steadiness and calm of Taurus is a reaction to the impulsiveness and state of constant excitement of Aries.
The adaptability and willingness to experiment of Gemini is a reaction to the stubbornness and simplistic way of seeing things of Taurus.
The tenderness and personal caring of Cancer is a reaction to the impersonality and lack of attachment to any one view of Gemini.
The extroversion and grand style of Leo is a reaction to the introversion and insecurity of Cancer.
The humility and practical service of Virgo is a reaction to the bombast and egocentric dominance of Leo.
The balanced view and grace of style of Libra is a reaction to the critical narrowness of Virgo.
The depth of insight and relentless pursuit of deeper things of Scorpio is a reaction to the superficiality and indecision of Libra.
The wide scope and humor of Sagittarius is a reaction to the focused intensity of Scorpio.
The responsibility and persistence of Capricorn is a reaction to the insouciance and need to escape from limits of Sagittarius.
The idealism and dedication to a larger ideal of Aquarius is a reaction to the suspicion and self-interest of Capricorn.
The compassion and forgiveness of Pisces is a reaction to the fixed ideas and detachment of Aquarius.
More? Check out these quick keywords:
Aries: Quick temper. Taurus: Easygoing.
Taurus: Gets stuck easily. Gemini: Versatile.
Gemini: Inconsistent. Cancer: Reliable.
Cancer: Timid. Leo: Bold.
Leo: Subjective. Virgo: Discriminating.
Virgo: Nitpicky. Libra: Sees the beauty.
Libra: Insincere. Scorpio: Total commitment.
Scorpio: Secretive. Sagittarius: Wide open.
Sagittarius: Overconfidence. Capricorn: Pragmatic.
Capricorn: Pessimistic. Aquarius: Progressive.
Aquarius: Sees all as equal. Pisces: Sees shades of bad and good.
Pisces: Lacks confidence. Aries: Just do it!
and the beat goes on and on and on....
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson