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Quadruplicities or Seasons in Astrology

The signs are subdivided into four categories called " elements," each of whose members are in harmony with each other, and three seasons or quadruplicities, each of whose members are in discord with each other. In other words, all signs of the same element are in harmony, and all signs of the same season are in discord with each other. Click here to go to a pictorial display of the elements, or continue here for the quadruplicities.

Signs in which planets inherently relate with difficulty, friction or obstruction fall into three groups known as the "quadruplicities," or the cardinal, fixed and mutable signs.

 

 

The Cardinal Signs begin each season:

 

large Aries glyph: cardinal quadruplicity

large Cancer glyph: cardinal quadruplicity

large Libra glyph: cardinal quadruplicity

large Capricorn glyph: cardinal quadruplicity

Aries

Cancer

Libra

     Capricorn

 

 

 

the Fixed Signs continue and deepen each season:

 

large Taurus glyph: fixed quadruplicity

large Leo glyph: fixed quadruplicity

large Scorpio glyph: fixed quadruplicity

large Aquarius glyph: fixed quadruplicity

Taurus

 Leo

Scorpio

 Aquarius

 

 

 

and the Mutable Signs end them and distribute their energy:

 

large Gemini glyph: mutable quadruplicity

large Virgo glyph: mutable quadruplicity

large Sagittarius glyph: mutable quadruplicity

large Pisces glyph: mutable quadruplicity

Gemini

Virgo

Sagittarius

Pisces

 

 

 

All cardinal signs are in discord with each other; and the same is true for all fixed and mutable signs.

Planets in the same quadruplicity that aspect each other are often either "conjunct" (close to each other, or near 0 apart, and in the same sign), "opposed" (in opposite signs, or near 180 apart), or "square" (about 90 apart). Notice that I just used the words "close," "near," and "about." This is because it is quite rare for two planets to be exactly 0, 180, or 90 apart. Those terms of approximation refer to the "orb" of an aspect; if you are not clear on this concept please click here and then return to this discussion.

Squares represent discord and present obstacles to which your trines and sextiles can be applied as tools or virtues. A planet at 15 of Gemini, for example, is square to any planet from 7 to 23 (15 8) of Pisces,  or similarly, to any planet from 7 to 23 (15 8) of Virgo. It is likewise opposed (oppositions have a 12 orb) to any planet from 3 to 27 (15 12) of Sagittarius. The square, opposition, semisquare, sesquiquadrate (135), semisextile (30 aspect) and quincunx (150 aspect) are known as the "hard" aspects.

If two planets are square or opposed, consider the quadruplicity (cardinal, fixed or mutable) the aspect is in. This is dealt with separately under the page for that corresponding quadruplicity. Below are links to the pages discussing each of the three quadruplicities (or seasons).

Cardinal signs

Fixed signs

Mutable signs


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