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The Fixed Signs - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
Fixity Makes the Four of You Hard Cases
What are the Fixed signs?:
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius
What are the Cardinal signs?:
Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn
What are the Mutable signs?:
Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo
Fixity refers to Hard Reality. Fixed refers to Shape and Form. Think of all the planning, conceiving, action and fire that goes into bringing something into active hard existence. Cardinal references initiatory action, fixity references all of the action it takes NOT to change. Mutable brings on new forms and shapes and modulations. People don't tend to think about the fixed hardness and all that it takes to remain in that shape. Fixity is about that hardness, that stubbornness NOT to change.
Taurus - Fixed Earth
Spring is all new, the Taurus is the powerful substantial bull that munches on the spring time grass. Go up to a bull and slap it on its side. It may just turn and stare at you, but like as not, it does not even budge. Fixed Earth is like a mountain. That which we stand on in the spring is the place from which all will come. But in the spurting start of spring, it is like a cocked gun. Before the trigger is pulled, it is all potential. Just before the burst and the explosion, there is the moment of utter silence when potential just sits there. Taureans do not change just for the whim. Taureans can change, but it takes much to get that ox in motion, and when it does, it tends not to stop. The word stubborn comes to mind. You have to give a Taurus a reason to change. Many many human endeavors requires the commitment to stability. Ideas that remain for hundreds of years. Structures that span generations. Clubs and institutions that write their histories over the centuries. These all speak to the Fixed Earth nature of Taurus. In a jury, the Taurus is probably the last to change his mind. The conservative forces of fashion, industry, language, custom -- anything that does not tend to change is like the Fixed Taurus. This tends towards continuity and away from chaos. Without these kinds of forces the world and society could become unfixed, dissolute and too flexible.
Leo - Fixed Fire
Now, in Fire is where Fixed gets fascinating. Like a blow torch, or the blazing summer sun, Leo offers humanity and creation the melting, oppressive blast of the sun's focus. The Lion with it's will and it's complete dominance of its hunting field, declares that what it wants it will get. What it brings is utter confidence. Yes, you could say the confidence is overstated, but that is part of its glorious charm. For in the physical realm, (human and animal world), nothing is as valiant as bold and as ferocious as it wants to appear. But it can sure bring its sense of dominance to the party. And the fiery blast is so hot, it even impresses the bearer. "I'm too sexy for my shirt, and everything else". The Leo having these qualities can lead and others will believe him. After all before you can really lead, you must believe you can lead. And belief is a big big word. Leo offers self belief in spades, and even though Leo itself can be obnoxious and vainglorious and beam away floating on a shard from the Titanic, they are an example to everyone else of what pure blazing self belief can offer. You can check out how many Leos are leaders, pretenders, aspirants and "hoped fors". You must nod and salute at the pure manifestation of celestial power in the human realm. They are Fixed on Glory.
Scorpio - Fixed Water
Scorpio is even hard to come up with an analogy for. It's not a jacuzzi, because there is so much air in a jacuzzi. It's more like a deep, non-splashing hot tub without the bubbles. Fix a picture on that. When you spend a little time in a hot tub, it will cook you, stew you and turn you from a walking human into a two-legged pink creature. What people don't understand about Scorpio is there deep intensity. It is difficult to imagine what they can be caring about so deeply, and they won't tell you what it is anyway. So, the entire rest of the human sphere is in a state of wonder over Scorpio. What could they possibly be caring about so deeply and so intently? The long answer is a "thousand things". The short answer is their sense of themselves. If they are an unimportant Scorpio and you have just meant them and made the mistake of dismissing them; what happens? Well, with a Scorpio, they promptly sting you with that automatic "twanger". What they represent to the rest of us is how powerful concentration can be. The Lion focuses on its own glory, the Scorpio focuses upon its will and sense of ultimate conquest. While the Taurus gores, and the Leo roars and threatens to eat you, the Scorpio says, "Forget the gore. Forget the roar. Just come over hear and you will be mortified. And I will win." Part of what they rely on is their "inscrutability". Not disclosing who they are, not showing their intent. Keeping a steely look, they can accomplish about anything because no one knows what they are up to. And then when they do, it's too late. Scorpio's lesson is for all of us. If you really really concentrate your power, you can accomplish so much more than you think you can.
Aquarius - Fixed Air
Aquarius is your odd eccentric. Aquarius is your visionary genius. The "Fixed Air" is truly hard to make an analogy for Air is "unboxable". Hot air can be anywhere, but if you can box it, you have an Aquarius. And yet, the sign is the "waterbearer". There is much contradiction here. The average Aquarian. Hold it. It's hard to say that, because they don't consider themselves "average". Like the Scorpion, they are sure of their distinctive uniqueness. But unlike the Scorpion, they are FIxed on their Ideas, more than themselves. So, what they are "packaging" is their own style, their own way of carrying their special way of seeing the world. This is where the word "impersonal" comes from. They are impersonally ardent about the ideas that they hold in their head. But their head is not important, of course, their ideas are. The most ideal and comprehensible way of describing this is to describe Abraham Lincoln. Now you might say, won't that make the Aquarians "grandiose"? Maybe, but since describing Aquarius is always a challenge, using this image can help everybody who cares. Lincoln had his big humanistic ideas, and his "federalistic" ideas, and his own personal ideas. His whole idea was to keep the union together so the freedom for slaves issue had to fall inside his bigger goal. He was controlling and cold hearted. Why? To serve his larger goal. He infuriated people, but he cared about the wounded and the dying and practically died himself, just caring about the human load and tragedy that he was playing out in his role as President. But as the Aquarian with his one big goal, he ran for President in 1864. He had just won the Battle of Gettysburg and had Grant in the field. He won the Election, amazingly, because if he had not won the election, the North would have sought peace with the South. The point is, they tend to stay fixed on ideas, like Scorpio stays fixed on their goals, and Leo stays fixed on their glory, and Taurus stays fixed on its determination.
Where Is the Fixity in Your Chart?
After you have read these 4 examples, you can see how fixed stubborn hard-headedness can be in your sun sign, your moon sign, or a prominent house, or obscured by other forces. It is a good idea to figure out where your fixed forces are, if you you wish to know yourself better. If on of these four are you sun signs, then you have probably already identified where your hard head is focused.
Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable - Get the Big Picture and Find the Other Modes in articles devoted to the subject.
To understand the 3 modes think imaginatively about these natural forces: Beginning, Middle, End. That is terribly simple, but it serves. Another way is: Plan, Establish, Change. More poetically, think of these three forces as the plant, bursting (cardinal)through the ground, the Stems and Roots powerfully building the plant that is to come (fixed). And the blossom and leaves and seeds changing the nature of the old into the new next plant (mutable). To think about the natures of these signs, you must blend the sun sign with the modes.