by Robert Wilkinson
Though I gave this to you a year ago, there are many new visitors to the site that may not have read this. It’s very important in our understanding of why the signs show the qualities they do, and offers a few hints about how to transmute the negatives in our charts to positives. Since we all have all the signs in our charts, we’ll be learning this throughout our lives. That said, let’s take a journey or two around the zodiac!
As I told you in the original article, years ago I saw that the positive qualities of each sign are a direct reaction to the negative qualities of the sign preceding it. For instance, positive Libra traits are a direct reaction to the negatives of Virgo, and positive Pisces traits arise from the negatives of Aquarius. This is a profound concept and shows the way to antidote negative responses without struggling with the qualities of 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 (for example, using positive Scorpio energy to transform negative Scorpio traits), or b) use the positive qualities of the sign opposing the one we're trying to deal with (in the example, using positive Taurus traits to antidote negative Scorpio traits).
The former method is self-evident (think fighting a fever by burning it out), while the latter involves the principle that since any sign externalizes through its opposing sign, then using the "tension of opposites" antidotes the negative quality (think fighting a fever by cooling it). In Astrology, we can see that Fire and Air antidote each other, or Earth and Water. However, 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 and these qualities are easily found in any basic textbook or astrology internet site. 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!)
Enjoy moving and grooving through the qualities of the various signs and extrapolating how the next sign’s positive traits antidote the negatives of the sign preceding it. The concept of the positive qualities of each sign being the reaction to the negatives of the sign preceding it yields 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 inertia, 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, demonstrativeness, 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 all-embracing feelings of Scorpio is a reaction to the superficiality and indecision of Libra.
The wide scope and humor of Sagittarius is a reaction to the discontent and focused intensity of Scorpio.
The responsibility, discipline, 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: Overconfident. 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....
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