The twelve signs are classified according to the three humors. Air, fire and water signs generally represent the air, fire and water humors.
EARTH SIGNS are divided up among the three humors, though generally they are thought to possess all three. Fixed earth, Taurus, is more commonly water, as water is fixed in quality (the Moon, a watery planet, is exalted in this sign). Mutable earth, Virgo, is more commonly air, as air is mutable in quality (Mercury, an airy planet is exalted in this sign, which it also rules). Cardinal earth, Capricorn, is more commonly fire, as fire is cardinal in quality (Mars, a fiery planet is exalted in this sign). This gives us the following order:
The signs also have secondary characteristics and some are dual in nature.
ARIES: double fire (both primary and secondary fire)
TAURUS: double water (both primary and secondary water)
GEMINI: double air (both primary and secondary air)
CANCER: general water (represents water element in the body in general)
LEO: general fire (represents fire in the body in general)
VIRGO: general air (represents air in the body in general)
LIBRA: air and water
SCORPIO: water and fire
SAGITTARIUS: fire and water
CAPRICORN: fire and air
AQUARIUS: air and fire
PISCES: water and air
The nature of the first six signs is singular and fairly clear; that of the second six is dual and can often go either way.
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