Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs – what are they?

Each zodiac sign is directly related to certain features of human personality, as each of them presents a combination of character-shaping components: a quality and an element. No two signs combine the same element and quality, so read about what your sign’s unique combination has endowed you with and get a better understanding of your own personality.

Published: May 05, 2021

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March 21 - April 19

Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs: Aries

Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign. Due to that, the sign is known as the Spark, since it combines the Cardinal quality of initiating new things and the ability to spread energy fast like forest Fire. This ambition, passion for new beginnings and ventures sometimes make others perceive Aries as a withdrawn personality, but it is not in the least so. Aries just prefers heading off to a new adventure to socializing.


April 20 - May 20

Taurus is a Fixed Earth sign. This combination of stability and natural pragmatism typical for Earth has earned them the nickname of the Stone. Steadiness and consistency help Taurus achieve every goal. However, some people perceive this diligence as stubbornness, and this is not completely untrue, as Taurus is known to dig their heels (or hooves?) in at times and stand their ground even if they are slightly wrong.


May 21 - June 20

Gemini is a Mutable Air sign. It has an unconventional perspective of things that opens due to the shift of consciousness driven by the Mutable quality. Moreover, it also gets genius insights brought in by the element of Air. These inborn talents have secured Gemini the nickname of the Cool Breeze. Some interpret it in a negative way, stating that Gemini is light-minded and has an insubstantial personality, but this is a huge mistake - Gemini is a whiff of fresh air.


June 21 - July 22

Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs: Cancer

Cancer is a Cardinal Water sign. It has an ability and desire to care, which is inherent to the element of Water, and knows how to invigorate a person or a seemingly hopeless situation, hence the nickname – the Rain. Some think that this sign is like annoying precipitation on a day one planned to spend in the open, but it is actually a caring, soothing, nurturing personality, just like the long-awaited shower in a scorched desert.


July 23 - August 22

Leo is a Fixed Fire sign. Its stable personality (due to the Fixed quality) enlightens and endows everyone around with warmth, just like its element of Fire. It also attracts enough attention. Some may think that Leos take too much pride in the place in the spotlight that they occupy. But they are actually very eager to share their energy with everyone who needs it and wants nothing in return but a little bit of attention.


August 23 - September 22

Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign. Due to its Mutable quality, it has the ability to change, move and adapt. It also has an understanding of how to apply this change to the material world effectively, thanks to the element of Earth. The combination of these abilities has earned Virgo the nickname of the Landslide. Some may think that Virgo can only bend to circumstance, but this misconception has nothing in common with the sign’s ability to make the best of what the circumstances give him/her.


September 23 - October 23

Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs: Libra

Libra is a Cardinal Air sign. It breathes in fresh energy into the world, thanks to the Cardinal quality, and is keen on sharing consciousness with others, which is a characteristic feature of the element of Air. The duo of qualities has secured Libra the nickname of Exhaling. There are people who think those born under the sign of Libra can only talk the talk, but never walk the walk, but in fact, the sign’s skillful expostulations, thoughtful arguments, and wise suggestions have helped even the most disbelieving of skeptics resolve painful conflicts.


October 24 - November 22

Scorpio is a Fixed Water sign. The Fixed quality is realized in the sign’s solidity and stability, and the element of Water has only one solid-state – frozen, hence the nickname – Ice. Many believe that Scorpios never falter because they are too cold and detached, but they are only consistent and true to their ideas.


November 23 - December 21

Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire sign. Its speaking nickname – the Wildfire – is justified by the combination of ranging energy (which the sign owes to its Mutable quality) and sudden overwhelming feelings brought about by the element of Fire. Some may think that the sign’s energy is out of control, but it just is strong enough to kindle everyone around with enthusiasm.


December 22 - January 19

Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs: Capricorn

Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign. Its beautiful nickname – the Meteor – results from the Cardinal quality that sets the sign off on frequent adventures to the new worlds and the solid nature of the element of Earth that helps Capricorn keep their feet on the ground. Many may think, observing the meteoric sign, that it is from outer space, meaning it the bad way, but it is actually a very positive quality, that very something which makes Capricorn so unique.


January 20 - February 19Aquarius is a Fixed Air sign. It’s been nicknamed the Deep Breath due to the fact that the Fixed quality helps it grasp and concentrate on the element of Air shares with the world. Others may view this as arrogance, unwillingness to associate himself/herself with others, but this is untrue. Aquarius knows how to look into the very depth of human thoughts and has very strong analytical skills.


February 20 - March 20

Pisces is a Mutable Water sign. Nicknamed the Flood, the sign can reach far and wide due to its Mutable quality. And the element of Water makes it leave deep marks wherever it passes, marks that will be remembered long after Pisces move to another place. Many may attribute this pattern of behavior to codependency, while in fact, Pisces is influencing the world around in a positive way, very similar to the impact produced by a flood on a cloven desert.

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