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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms




Cardinal / moveable Signs

- Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

These are so named because the Sun's entry into these signs marks the beginning of the new seasons. In the northern hemisphere: the Sun into Aries marks the beginning of spring; the sun into Cancer marks the beginning of Summer; the Sun into Libra marks the beginning of Autumn; and the Sun into Capricorn marks the beginning of Winter.

These signs are associated with action, movement and change - they are opposed to the stable quality of the fixed signs. Traditionally they are termed the moveable signs because they bring change and create inconstant conditions. In electional astrology they are chosen for matters which require a burst of energy and a swift completion, but they are avoided for matters which require endurance and resistance to external pressures.

In modern texts they are usually referred to as the cardinal signs - a term used to highlight their seasonal importance, the word itself meaning 'something of primary significance'.



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