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Fundamentals of Astrology

The fundamentals of astrology is where you will discover the basics of astrology.  You can find astrology, astrology and more astrology from qualities, essential dignities, elements and more.

Ptolemy's Table of Essential Dignities of the Planets

Ptolemy essential dignities chart, terms, faces, day, night, exalted, ruler, dignified,  fall, detriment, peregrine,


These are the qualities of the signs.
Cardinal Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, 1st House, 4th House, 7th House, 10th House, angular, action

Angular equals Cardinal. Angular signs are cardinal in nature and these signs and houses are the strongest of the quadruplicites.  Angular or Cardinal houses are identified as the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses.  Cardinal signs are enterprising, action-oriented and initiators of all things.  These signs are active, movable and responsible for beginnings.  Cardinal signs or moveable signs initiate the beginning of a new season.  These zodiac signs are:  Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Fixed Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius,  2nd House, 5th House, 8th House, 11th House, succedent, steady, stubborn, long term

Succedent equals Fixed.  Succedent signs are fixed in nature and these signs and houses are the neutral quadruplicites.  Succedent or Fixed houses are identified as the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th houses.  Fixed signs are stable, stubborn and they continue what the Cardinals could or did not finish.  Fixed signs continually resist change and are responsible for maintaining.  These zodiac signs are:  Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
Mutable Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, 3rd House, 6th House, 9th House, 12th House, cadent, closure, endings, changeable

Cadent equals Mutable.  Cadent signs are of a mutable nature and these signs and houses are the weakest of the quadruplicites.  Cadent or Mutable signs are identified as the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th houses.  Mutable signs are adaptable, changeable and they bring to fruition what the Cardinals and Fixed could or did not.  They often signify instability.  Mutable signs or common or even dual signs, to which they are referred, destroy and are responsible for endings.  These zodiac signs are:  Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
elements, air, earth, fire, water


These are the elements of the signs.
Fire quadraplicities, elements, fire, choleric Aries, Leo, Sagittarius 1st House, 5th House, 9th House

The Fire element inspires and drives us.  It seeks truth.

Fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.  Fire-ruled people inspire and lead.  They are impractical dreamers, yet they are creative and daring.  They are represented by the male yang energy.
Water quadraplicities, elements, water, mute, emotional Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces 12th House, 4th House, 8th House

The Water element cleanses us.  It seeks equanimity.

Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.  Water-ruled people are reliable and intuitive.  They are emotionally sensitive.  They are represented by the female yin energy.
Air quadraplicities, elements, air Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, 3rd House, 7th House, 11th House

The Air element teaches and enlightens us and helps us understand.  It seeks knowledge.

Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.  Air-ruled people are thinkers, and they are mentally driven individuals.  They are unreliable, yet social.  They are represented by the male yang energy.
Earth quadraplicities, elements, earth Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, 2nd House, 6th House, 10th House

The Earth element grounds us and provides a foundation from which we can build.  It seeks wisdom.

Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.  Earth-ruled people are reliable and sturdy.  They are practical builders, and they are hard workers.  They are a grounding force.  They are represented by the female yin energy.
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces