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^ Contemplating Cancer ^ Observing Scorpio ^ Pondering Pisces f
■ have often wondered: If it were possible to choose my sign, what would I want to be? Rams have tons of energy, but they can be clueless. Geminis sparkle, but they try so hard, it's exhausting to contemplate. Capricorns have traits I wish I possessed, but they have a rough time loosening up. And so it goes around the zodiac, each sign in turn presenting its attractions and its liabilities. I don't know what I'd pick.
I do know this: I wouldn't choose to be a water sign. Don't get me wrong: I adore people who were born under water signs, and I treasure the (abundant) water in my own chart. I also know that water represents emotion, and those born under its influence tend to be swamped by their sentiments. Profoundly sensitive, they're vulnerable and reactive, first responders on the most human front of all. They're also hugely intuitive and occasionally psychic with what some commentators have suggested is a deep spiritual bent.
But is it easy to be a water sign? All things being equal, I'd rather be a Leo.
The water signs, which are known for their emotional responsiveness, include the following:
1 Cancer the Crab (June 21 to July 22), the sign of cardinal water. Cancer is famed for its emotional acuity, sympathetic nature, and love of home.
1 Scorpio the Scorpion (October 23 to November 21), the sign of fixed water. Scorpio is recognized for its intensity, magnetism, and ability to burrow deep, both psychologically and intellectually.
1 Pisces the Fish (February 19 to March 19), the sign of mutable water. Ruled by elusive Neptune, Pisces is compassionate, impressionable, gentle, and imaginative.
The water signs share an emotional sensitivity and a well-developed sense of intuition. If water is your element, this chapter describes you. In these pages, I present your most commendable traits and your most pitiful ones, along with information about relationships and work.
In addition to its element, each sign is assigned a polarity (positive or negative) and a quality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable). For more about these terms, flip to Chapter 1. Also, don't forget to check out Chapter 1 if you were born on the cusp of any of these signs — meaning the first or last day.
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