Modality In Astrology describes the way the energy of a sign moves.
By understanding a sign’s modality you get a clear picture on how a sign will express itself, how they will chase their goals or dreams, how they will interact with others and how they will meet challenges and obstacles as they move through life.
There are three modalities in astrology and every element will have a sign that responds to the energy of each modality.
Cardinal signs take life head on. They often know what they want and believe the best way to meet their needs is to move in a straight line toward their goal. They are often driven, direct and unapologetic. They’re not afraid of competition and often thrive on it.
But because of their direct energy, cardinal signs are often blunt, insensitive to the needs of others and can be ruthless or unscrupulous when chasing what they want.
The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Fixed signs possess fortitude and strength. They are reliable, grounded and given to deep reflection. Fixed signs are persistent, steady and possess great depth. Like the mountain, they have the ability to weather the storms of life and the steadiness to keep a strong sense of calm and self when everything around them is chaos.
However where you find stubbornness, resistance to change and over-opinion you will find fixed signs.
The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
Like a leaf on a river, Mutable signs are easy going and move around obstacles rather than take the head on. Mutable signs are changeable, adaptable and do not get bogged down in drama or conflict. They are the diplomats who look for middle ground rather than trying to fight or control everything around them.
Mutable signs however can also be unreliable, insincere and irresponsible. And sometimes – when you need them the most, they’ll leave you dead in the water.
The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Understanding sign modality goes a long way to understanding sign compatibility and can often be found at the root of why particular signs connect or clash.
This post is an excerpt from the course Astrology – An Introduction.