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All life is energy. Processes in Nature and all physical and psychological conditions of living organisms, including humans, are based on the specific, unique interplay of the same common energy patterns. In astrology these are known as FIRE, WATER, AIR and EARTH. Everything is made of a mixture (in different proportions) of all four. The symbols are universal, present in almost any culture and tradition of the past, under different names and sometimes with slight modifications, but with the same basic meaning.
The Zodiac is the embodiment of the principle of energy interaction. It is an imaginary band surrounding our planet and divided into 12 equal sectors. As the Earth travels on its course around the Sun in a year, it consecutively reveals to the observer on the surface the 12 sections of space (the Sun from our position on Earth appears to be located in one of the 12 signs every month, constantly moving to the next, counter-clockwise). The 12 signs are a manifestation of the 4 elements in 3 different styles of action (called MODES). There are 3 fire, 3 air, 3 earth and 3 water signs, making up a total of 12. In a certain way, we can speak of 3 zodiacs, as the 4-fold pattern which marks the start of each season (spring – Aries, summer – Cancer, fall – Libra and winter – Capricorn) is repeated twice more during the year in the periods between the Equinoxes and the Solstices.
The 3 MODES of Energy Expression:
The elements themselves are quite broad categories of 4 general styles of adjustment and perception, but each of them operates in one of 3 ways as what the Zodiac describes is in fact a cyclic process of growth – a new form is being born, it grows up, matures and dies. Everything has its beginning, mid-period and end and these 3 life phases require a different mode of activity if the cycle is to follow its natural path and all phases of transformation it includes. And this cycle may be of the lifetime of any form of organized activity, be it a person or a business organization. Anything which at some point appears, has its life span and then disappears or gets modified. Thus, we have the MODES:
Cardinal: motion is straightforward – initiates, leads to new territories, expands field of action
Fixed: motion in a circle – manages, controls and makes productive, sustains and develops over time
Mutable: motion in a spiral – combining the other two, brings change always at a higher level