The Signs of the Stars

By Frater V.

The sun signs within the zodiac start with Aries, which is a sign of Fire. They then continue in a pattern of signs: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. This also marks out the compass directions of the elements within many 'inner orders' or temples related to the stars. This pattern takes place three times, as each element has three signs assigned to it. The signs also follow the order of the major arcana keys, which are associated to zodiac signs by the simple Hebrew letters.

 

Sign

Name

Date

Meaning

1

^

Aries

March 21 – April 20

Ram

2

_

Taurus

April 21 – May 21

Bull

3

`

Gemini

May 22 – June 21

Twins

4

a

Cancer

June 22 – July 22

Crab

5

b

Leo

July 21 – August 22

Lion

6

c

Virgo

August 23 – September 22

Virgin

7

d

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Balance

8

e

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

Scorpion

9

f

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Archer

10

g

Capricorn

December 22 – January 20

Goat

11

h

Aquarius

January 21 – February 19

Waterbearer

12

i

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

Fishes

The Four Elements

The zodiac signs can be split out by the four elements, with each element having a cardinal, fixed and mutable sign.

 

 

Sign

Name

Mode

1

Fire

^

Aries

Cardinal

5

b

Leo

Fixed

9

f

Sagittarius

Mutable

 

2

Earth

_

Taurus

Fixed

6

c

Virgo

Mutable

10

g

Capricorn

Cardinal

 

3

Air

`

Gemini

Mutable

7

d

Libra

Cardinal

11

h

Aquarius

Fixed

 

4

Water

a

Cancer

Cardinal

8

e

Scorpio

Fixed

12

i

Pisces

Mutable

 

The Four Seasons

 

 

Sign

Name

Element

Mode

1

Spring

^

Aries

Fire

Cardinal

2

_

Taurus

Earth

Fixed

3

`

Gemini

Air

Mutable

 

4

Summer

a

Cancer

Water

Cardinal

5

b

Leo

Fire

Fixed

6

c

Virgo

Earth

Mutable

 

7

Autumn

d

Libra

Air

Cardinal

8

e

Scorpio

Water

Fixed

9

f

Sagittarius

Fire

Mutable

 

10

Winter

g

Capricorn

Earth

Cardinal

11

h

Aquarius

Air

Fixed

12

i

Pisces

Water

Mutable

 

The cardinal signs are also known as principal signs[1]. Fixed signs are also known as the 'Kerubic signs. The Mutable or changeable are also known as 'Passive'[2].



[1] Astrology and its practical application, E.Parker, p2

[2] The General Principles of Astrology, Crowley, p537