In astrology, each of the 12 signs of the zodiac belongs to one of three astrological qualities, called modalities: cardinal, fixed and mutable. These modalities serve to reveal each sign of the unique personalities of the zodiac and go beyond your sun sign.
In each modality there are four signs of the zodiac, each sign representing one of the four elements seen in astrology: earth, fire, water and air.
The fixed signs are Taurus (earth), Leo (fire), Scorpio (water) and Aquarius (air) — each of which also belongs to a season: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Taurus is spring, Leo is summer, Scorpio is fall, and Aquarius is winter. The fixed panels fall in the middle of spring, summer, autumn and winter.
What does it mean to be a fixed sign?
Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn like to start new things and are known as the initiators of the Zodiac. Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are flexible, can go with the flow, and are associated with change.
Unlike other modalities, fixed signs are born traditionalists. Where the cardinal signs initiate and the mutable signs are the adjusters, the fixed signs are the stabilizers of the zodiac.
However, tradition does not make these signs conservative or boring. After all, a tradition is not just a routine; tradition is about the meaning of the things you are doing at any given time.
These traditionalists are known to be creative, perfectionists, loyal, and productive. But they can also be incredibly stubborn, although this tendency manifests differently depending on the influence of their associated astrological elements.
For example, Taurus values structure but also appreciates the finer things in life; Leo’s need to be the center of attention can make them seem stubborn; Scorpio’s ambition is sometimes smothered by their emotions; and Aquarius tends to be the leader despite their free-spirited nature.
Common Features Shared by Fixed Panels
Fixed signs are perfectionists who pay close attention to detail. They’re great at managing situations or even trips, controlling all the moving parts of an experience at once, and juggling multiple responsibilities.
Sometimes, however, their fixation on perfection and diligence can cause them to focus too much on the little things, missing the big picture entirely.
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are the friends you can count on when you need them most. They are so incredibly loyal, giving up everything to help their friends through tough times.
When a friend or family member asks for help, fixed signs will stay by their side and remain dedicated to those who are dear to them.
Because the fixed signs are secondary to the cardinal signs, which are the initiators of the zodiac, they constantly undertake projects with the intention of completing them completely. They enjoy success and will keep striving to achieve their goals.
These signs go after what they want, and they offer no excuses to those who try to get in their way. Where others would throw in the towel, fixed panels work well beyond that point.
Rather than accepting help or even pity from others, Fixed signs are incredibly independent and admirable at supporting themselves. They don’t need anyone or anything to change their situation; instead, they will hold their heads high and make the best of a situation.
Because of their determination, when they say they’re going to do something, they go all the way – and they got there on their own.
Fixed signs have a few negative qualities, and their stubborn nature is the most prevalent. In disputes, they will never back down; when they defend their point of view, they do not give in to contrary opinions. And forget to make them admit defeat.
Unfortunately, although they can be good at debating and defending themselves, Fixed signs tend to resist change due to their stubborn beliefs.
Differences between fixed signs
Each of the four fixed signs is associated with a different element and season. Although these signs have a lot in common, they also differ in specific areas.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Element: earth sign
As a fixed earth sign, Taurus represents a comfortable home, material possessions, and the value of family life. When it comes to celebrations or planning, Taurus likes to be in the middle of it all, running the show.
Speaking of tradition, especially during the holiday season, if Taurus isn’t cooking, they make sure everyone is there to partake in the annual festivities. What better time is there to spend with everyone you love?
Taurus may be slow and calculated, but that’s because they want everything to be built on foundations. These responsible zodiac signs value stability above all else and work hard to see their hard work come to fruition.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Element: Sign of fire
As for the tradition, Leo sees it as a special event for spending time with friends and loved ones outside of their busy schedules. Leos expect big fun times and their loved ones are very important to them.
Incredibly creative, they revel in what they’ll create next, sharing their ideas with everyone they know. And while it’s true that Leos want to be the center of attention, they see this as a positive path to success.
Of all the elements, the fire sign Leo shows exactly what it means to be confident and has no problem expressing boldness.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Element: Water sign
Season: To fall
As a fixed water sign, Scorpio is controlled by their emotions, which can cause their traditionalist nature to manifest as jealousy. Possession is also a cause of their emotional nature.
Scorpio is more than emotional; they have no problem expressing their opinions and being the loudest at expressing themselves. By their nature as a fixed sign, they are stubborn and do not change their minds easily.
But despite being emotional and stubborn, Scorpio is also incredibly loyal and makes a great friend. They are passionate, imaginative, and sexual creatures whose air of mystery makes them incredibly alluring.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Element: air sign
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Even though Aquarians are said to be rule breakers, they are actually traditional. They like the concept of people coming together and they find comfort in being around people who understand them.
Unlike Scorpio, Aquarius has a completely emotionless and clinical way of approaching certain situations. They are not idealists; on the contrary, their down-to-earth attitude allows them to move forward in accomplishing their tasks and achieving their goals.
Despite Aquarius’ sober and sober approach, they are loyal to a fault and take these bonds very seriously. When you befriend an Aquarius, you have an ally for life.
How Being a Fixed Sign Affects You
Being a fixed sign — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius — means you approach your love and personal life with determination, diligence, and perseverance. Fixed signs have a penchant for completing tasks and achieving goals, pushing even when they have doubts.
As a Fixed sign, while you feel most in control when charting your own course, you can be rigid and deprive yourself of easygoing pleasure. You are also hesitant to change, which can make it difficult to adapt to new situations.
To find true harmony in life, you need to keep that realistic mindset and know when it’s time to cut your losses. Things won’t always go as planned, so make sure you understand and move on.
Although the modalities of astrology are based on your sun sign, this is not the only aspect of birth charts.
Your full birth chart is a combination of where the planets were at the time of your birth. Consider getting an astrological reading for a more in-depth description of your personality.
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