Key Themes and Experiences of the 12 Zodiac
© 2002 by Melanie Lichtinger
All the signs are indicated by
their element: Fire, Earth,
^ Aries Independent activist, individual fighter, courageous hero, absolute beginner, daring pioneer, fresh spring energy, hunter, fast and furious, impatiently urging, assertion of own will, impulsive and direct, youthful and open for the new, entrepreneurial.
first!” or “Just do it!”
_ Taurus Settler and gatherer, holding on and possessing, territorial, endurance and resistance, perseverance and tenacity, steady and patient, “slow food”, patient, conservative, appreciating beauty and value, sensually enjoying Mother Earth’s pleasures.
` Gemini Interested learner and communicator, lighthearted explorer, versatile and adaptable, curious and restless, scattering energy, checking out new and modern trends, picking up and transmitting information and ideas, making contact, social butterfly.
“That’s interesting!” or “I doubt it!”
a Cancer Sensitive protector, emotionally receptive and fluctuating, crusty with soft interior, homemaker and nurturer, occupation with the past, intuitive, indirect approach, “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” (C.G. Jung’s autobiography), romantic and dreamy.
makes me feel better.”
b Leo Self-assured entertainer, center of attention, creative self-expression, ‘special’ and ‘privileged’, artist and actor, ‘bigger than life’ drama, flamboyant and radiating, generous and warm, openhearted, playful and sunny, ‘joie de vivre’.
Appreciation oriented: “Look at me!”
c Virgo Diligent organizer, working and serving, assimilation, analyzing and synthesizing, precision and clarity, logic and reason, discriminating and critical approach, budgeting and planning, healing, problem solving and repairing, differentiated and complicated.
me the facts!”
d Libra Charming diplomat, peace and aesthetics, art and style, balance and serenity, fairness and justice, figuring in all angles, weighing all points, indecisively pleasing many people and facets, avoiding conflict, compromising, non-involvement.
“Everything in moderation” or “I cannot decide yet!”
e Scorpio Magnetic extremist, deeply passionate emotions, relentless drive for purpose, intuition and penetration of human nature, keen on understanding secrets, mysteries and taboos, researcher and magician, loyal and controlling, vengeance and obsession, radically changing self and others, ‘phoenix out of the ashes’.
Intensity oriented: “All or nothing at all!”
f Sagittarius Enthusiastic philosopher, expanding horizon (geographically and mentally), desire to find truth and meaning, traveling in the world and mind, versatile, fun and humor, gregarious and generous, honest and straightforward, opinionated, ‘forever young’.
Truth and freedom oriented:
“Too much of a good thing is wonderful!” (Mae West)
g Capricorn Ambitious achiever, self sufficient, pragmatic, outcome and completion, success and status, authority and recognition, the law and societal institutions, time management, schedules and organization, heavy duty and load (Atlas), responsibility, perseverance and discipline.
Goal and structure oriented:
“Time is on my side!”
h Aquarius Eccentric vanguard, unconventional and unorthodox, liberal and progressive, independent thinker, intellectual and open minded, rebel and revolutionary, crazy inventor, experimental and unpredictable, humanitarian and political, detached yet friendly.
Freedom oriented: “I’m different” or “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!”
i Pisces Impressionable visionary, ‘not of this world’, higher consciousness and ‘getting high’, spirits (of all kinds), ideals and illusions, escapism, drugs and drifting, openness and (co-)dependency, imaginative and artistic, path of least resistance, absorption, vulnerability and victim hood, priests and prophets, eternity and redemption.
Surrender oriented: “Go with the flow!”
The Celtic Wheel of the Year shows
Holidays related to the cardinal signs (Aries: Ostara / Spring Equinox, Cancer: Litha / Summer Solstice, Libra: Mabon / Fall Equinox, and Capricorn: Yule / Winter Solstice) at the beginning of each season, and
Holidays related to
the fixed signs (Taurus:
Samhain / Halloween,
at the center of each season:
way of describing the cycle of Zodiac is by a cycle of on-going themes of life:
followed by Aries: New Beginnings...
can see that signs in the same element trinity have related themes, and
signs in the modality quadrinity have dynamically conflicting themes.
Referring to the table of 'dignities' (rulership, exaltation, fall and exile of planets in signs), you can see how some players are 'natural' at acting out certain themes, like Pluto the magician, just loves Scorpionic transformation. Love goddess Venus loves Taurean pleasure and Libran balance - their favorite 'costumes' and 'scripts'
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