3 Modes: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable
The modes express the way the native channels his or her behavior. There are three modes: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Each mode consists of four signs of the zodiac. Therefore, the modes are also known as the quadruplicities.
Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are forceful and pushy. They seek to start things and forge ahead. They are active, restless and are ready to take advantage of new opportunities. The cardinal signs correspond to the beginning of the seasons. Aries brings in Spring, Cancer brings in Summer, Libra brings in Autumn, and Capricorn brings in Winter.
People with a strong cardinal emphasis in their natal chart are like a new born baby experiencing the beginning of life. They seek out new experiences. However, the cardinal signs do not have much staying power, they tend to get bored easily. As a result, they often leave things unfinished as they keep going on to start something new.
People who have a lack of cardinal influence in their natal chart tend to lack drive. They are happy just observing or just “being”.
Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are steadfast. They stick with a task until it is completed to their satisfaction. They are focused and have tremendous staying power. The fixed signs correspond to the middle of the seasons. Taurus represents the height if Spring, Leo represents the height of summer, Scorpio represents the height of Autumn, and Aquarius represents the height of Winter.
People with a strong fixed emphasis in their natal chart tend to be set in their ways. They are unlikely to change their opinion on things and show strong determination. With such strong and focused energy, they may be seen as being very powerful.
People with a lack of fixed emphasis in their natal chart tend to have a hard time maintaining stability and structure in their lives. They may lack focus and have difficulty finishing what they have started.
Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) are adaptable. They adapt to changing circumstances easily. The mutable signs correspond to the end of the seasons. They mark the end of things when we are preparing to move on to the next stage in our lives. Gemini marks the end of Spring, Virgo marks the end of Summer, Sagittarius marks the end of Autumn, and Pisces marks the end of Winter.
People with a strong mutable emphasis in their natal chart adapt easily to changing circumstances. Because of their adaptability, they may appear to be unstable and easily influenced by factors in their environment. These people like variety and may work on multiple tasks. Unlike the cardinal signs, they usually finish what they start. However, they may put it aside for a while as they jump around from one activity to the next.
People with a lack of mutable influence in their natal chart know their goals. However, they may be uncooperative and insist that others conform to their way of thinking. They may be seen as controlling and coercive.
The cardinal modality consists of the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The fixed modality consists of the signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
The mutable modality consists of the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.