this planet was only discovered in 1930 and its influence is mysterious and not yet fully understood; recently astronomers demoted it to a non-planet largest circle. Starting with the goat with a fish tail at the top, which is Capricorn, and continuing clockwise, they are: Sagittarius the archer, Scorpio the scorpion, Libra the scales, Virgo the virgin, Leo the lion, Cancer the crab, Gemini the twins, Taurus the bull, Aries the ram, Pisces the two fish, and Aquarius the figure pouring water. Each of the signs has one of three qualities:
1 Cardinal, which means it marks the change of one of the four seasons
2 Fixed, which means it is solidly in the middle of a season
3 Mutable, which means that it is starting to change seasons.
The signs are also each assigned one of the four ancient elements— earth, air, fire, or water—which relate to four aspects of personality as seen in this chart.
1 Earth: material concerns
2 Air: thinking
3 Fire: creative energy
4 Water: emotions
Besides this, each sign has certain planets that are more at home there. To learn more about the signs and to learn which planet is at home in each look at Table 5.2. The date under each name tells when the sun is in that sign. The sun is considered the most important planet for gathering information about one's personality. Another important aspect is the rising sign, which is the sign that is coming over the horizon in the east at the moment of someone's birth. Astrologers also pay attention to the sign on the opposite side descending in the west, called the descendent; to the sign at the top of the sky, called the midheaven; and again to the opposite sign called the nadir. Together these are called the four angles.
The last and largest ring on Schon's chart is the ring of the houses. Because the 12 signs keep moving through the sky, astrologers wanted
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table 5.2: Signs of the Zodiac (Illustrations by Robert M. Place)
March 21-April 20 Cardinal Fire the house of Mars
April 21-May 21
Fixed Earth the house of Venus
May 22-June21 Mutable Air the house of Mercury
June 22-July 22 Cardinal Water the house of the Moon
March 21-April 20 Cardinal Fire the house of Mars positive straightforward energetic determined temperamental crude impatient
April 21-May 21
Fixed Earth the house of Venus down-to-earth calm conservative practical sensual stubborn materialistic
May 22-June21 Mutable Air the house of Mercury jovial imaginative talkative persuasive versatile irresponsible superficial
June 22-July 22 Cardinal Water the house of the Moon emotional protective home-loving shrewd loyal shy lives in a shell
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