3. Sign rulers

Combining the primary qualities modes and planetary rulers

In Zodiac Signs Part 1 the primary qualities and the modes were described, and their combination was used to show the unique interpretations for each sign.
In Zodiac Signs Part 2 the zodiac sign rulers were combined together with the primary qualities and modes, providing a fuller understanding for each zodiac sign.

In this Part 3, a brief description is provided for each sign, combining the primary qualities with the modes and together with the modifications added by the ruling planet.

MarsAries is a hot dry (fire) sign. Its heat shows its active creativity and its dryness its desire to act independently. Its cardinal mode adds a pro-active nature to its active pursuits.
Mars is the ruler of Aries and represents courage, the action of cutting and thrusting, sharp things, war, strife, divorce, rape and violence. Its positive action represents standing up to the bully, asserting one’s needs, having the courage to move forward and take the next step. Its glyph is phallic in appearance. See also Aries glyph

Taurus is a cold dry (earth) sign. Its coldness shows its passive nature and its dryness its desire to stand alone.  Its fixed mode adds endurance and determination to these qualities. Venus, the planet of pleasure and sensuality, rules Taurus, and describes some of its strongest motivations. See also Taurus glyph

Gemini is a hot moist (air) sign. The moisture component shows the need to connect with others, and the heat shows the outgoing interactive nature. Its mutable mode adds versatility and a capacity to adapt to circumstances. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is the planet of reasoning, mental dexterity, and communication. It is the perfect fit for Gemini and highlights the ability of planets in this sign to use reasoning and communication to fulfill their mission. See also Gemini glyph

Cancer is a cold wet (water) sign. Its coldness shows its passive receptiveness and its moisture the desire to connect with others. Its cardinal mode adds a pro-active nature in seeking connections with others. The Moon rules Cancer and its association with women, all things female, the home and children, as well as liquids shows that planets passing through this sign or placed in the natal chart in Cancer are concerned with protection and security, and emotional connection. See also Cancer glyph

Leo is a hot dry (fire) sign. Its heat show its active creativity and its dryness its desire to stand alone. Its fixed mode adds endurance to these qualities. The Sun, the major source of light in our lives, rules Leo. The Sun is king and sovereign in the celestial sphere, and planets in Leo draw attention to their qualities and shine in their own unique manner. See also Leo glyph

Virgo is a cold dry (earth) sign. Its coldness shows its passive nature and its dryness its desire to stand alone. Its mutable mode adds versatility and a capacity to blend with its surroundings. Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, is the planet of reasoning, logic, and communication. It is the perfect fit for Virgo and highlights the ability of planets in this sign to use reasoning, detail and mental clarity to fulfill their mission. See also Virgo glyph

Libra is a hot moist (air) sign. The moisture component shows the need to make connections with others and in the process consider their needs, and the heat shows the outgoing interactive nature. Its cardinal mode adds a pro-active nature to these qualities. Venus, the planet of diplomacy and pleasantness, further supports the ability to relate and get on well with others. See also Libra glyph

Scorpio is a cold wet (water) sign. Its coldness shows its passive receptiveness and its moisture its desire to connect with others. Its fixed mode adds retention and endurance to these qualities. Mars in Scorpio directs its aggressive energies in a manner that is hidden and calculated, bringing to mind the old saying that “revenge is best served cold”. Likewise planets in Scorpio act in ways that are not so obvious, but nevertheless direct potent and focused energy towards their goals. See also Scorpio glyph

Sagittarius  is a hot dry (fire) sign. Its heat shows its active creativity and its dryness its desire to act without needing to make emotional connections. Its mutable mode adds versatility and a capacity to adapt to circumstances. The rulership of expansive and optimistic Jupiter over this sign add to its adventurous expression; and planets in Sagittarius show less than normal restraint in expressing their nature. See also Sagittarius glyph

Capricorn is a cold dry (earth) sign. Its coldness shows its passive nature and its dryness its desire to stand alone.  Its cardinal mode adds a pro-active nature. Saturn s rulership over Capricorn explains the dour and minimalist approach shown by many born under the sign of the goat; and planets in Capricorn generally take on a more restrained expression, even if more they are more organized and ambitious. See also Capricorn glyph

Aquarius is a hot moist (air) sign. The moisture component shows the need to make connections with others, and its warmth shows its outgoing interactive nature. Its fixed mode adds persistence in exploring all possible ideas on a subject. Saturn‘s rulership over Aquarius shows why the constant outpouring of ideas does not always result in complete chaos, as it adds a sense of boundaries while at the same time directing its alternative ideas into productive social enterprises. See also Aquarius glyph

Pisces is a cold wet (water) sign. Its coldness shows its passive receptiveness and its moisture its desire to connect with others. Its mutable mode adds versatility and a capacity to blend with its surroundings. The rulership of idealistic Jupiter over Pisces explains the aspirations and idealism expressed by many who were born under the sign of the fish. Planets in Pisces take on this more idealistic expression, sometimes with less consideration for practical realities. See also Pisces glyph

Zodiac Signs Part 1

Zodiac Signs Part 2