The following descriptions deal with the basics behind each sign principle and are only intended to give general information.
I strongly advise you to read the introduction about the Zodiac, which will be an interesting reading. And take this article just as basic information.
The Universal Signs: Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
To finish our ride through the signs, we will end with the Universal Signs. These are the four last signs of the zodiac wheel.
These last signs are universal because they represent the last quarter of the life journey of higher vision, growth, achievement and the so called ultimate universal love.
Their archetypes have to do with the maturity of the self, a more evolved person who has already learnt and passed the lessons from the personal signs and the social signs.
The problem though, is that universal signs might be so immersed in their current life stage that they might miss the magic of the personal contact and the thrill of the social contact.
Nevertheless, all signs are stages of one journey. As stated before, a person is not delimited to be just one sign (their sign, or as we should already know, their Sun Sign).
Signs archetypes are about parts of life evolution, which some can be more prominent in some people (not necessarily by the Sun position, but also by the other planets, aspects and houses).
After having gone through the underworld, the depths and darkness from Scorpio, it comes the light again. It comes vision.
Sagittarius in one word is vision. The centaur. The lower part is animal and the higher part is human. Its arch pointing towards somewhere, sharpening its vision, focusing it, and reaching to a larger scale. Sagittarius then sees what others cannot see. It sees clearly and it is sure about what it is seeing. It is true. And then, it feels ready, it feels loaded with passion and thrill, with devotion, with faith to release it arrow.
Mutable fire. It represents the energetic transition from the depths and the dark waters of Scorpio into the cold and dry earth of Capricorn. The transition between autumn and winter. Those last days of light before the real coldness hits. Although what changes in Sagittarius is not their approach or their true substance, but their passion is like a whirl, of fire.
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of optimism and expansion, Sagittarius is constantly expanding the scope of vision. It is constantly trying to reach somewhere that can bring to him or her the ecstasy of seeing what the universe actually means. The meaning of life. Always thinking bigger, larger and stronger.
Sagittarius indeed, has a thirst for life meaning and for higher drives. In general, their passion is represented through optimism and enjoyment. They possess a positive vibe that is noticed by those around. Sagittarius can embody a very funny and cheerful person.
Their need for something larger pushes them to explore. To learn and keep learning. In some cases this learning can take the form of literal travel explorations.
Sagittarius and Jupiter can take the person to explore other cultures, countries and lands. It can take them to try on different ideologies and even traditions. The Traveller. All of this with the aim of finding their truth. That which feels good with their own constitution. That which resonates with their own creativity and potential. That which aligns in harmony with their mind views. A belief system that fits with their individual needs.
They will know when they reach to that level. They will just know it. Because as different from its polarity sign Gemini, Sagittarius does not operate in reason mind level. Sagittarius operates through fiery intuition.
And they won’t stop learning even if they ever found this particular truth or system.
In a different scenario, the Sagittarius quality can embody somebody with a different approach. Not the explorer, but maybe the Priest. This is a more passive Sagittarian quality. It is the person who aligns itself with a standard belief or view. Makes of it his or her truth.
In other case, it can be the Philosopher or the Intellectual. That person who does not explore physically the world, but who explores the knowledge world. Always studying more and more. Learning philosophies, adapting them into his or her own. Discussing with others about different points of views. Engaging into new skills.
And again, this is basically the Sagittarian passion for needing to get into somewhere beyond here. The need to understand the world and life as a simple higher truth or belief. They need to see.
And then, the latter archetype is what many astrologers attribute as the Teacher. Why the teacher? Because let us not forget, that Sagittarius element is fire. Once this person has found that particular belief that resonates with him or her the next step is to spread it.
To help others learning about it. To benefit from it. To help them reach higher too. They want others to align with this particular belief, knowledge or notion, because it is what they consider as the true vision.
So they go out and teach, debate, discuss and spread the word. In fact, because of this fire, Sagittarius can become pushy. The passion can distort into the need of making others follow what they consider absolute. Debates can be heavier, arguments about opinions can take stronger form and in the worst scenario, it can turn aggressive.
When a person’s chart shows a strong Sagittarian imprint, and the person channels it positively, it will typically reflect someone who has a natural strong will to reach his or her goals. It will be an optimistic and charming person who emanates passion for life and for knowledge. A person who feels the thrill of life, either through physically travelling and exploring or through intellectual studies and learning. Trying different cultures or through sticking to a particular belief or religion. It will be a generous person who will always be there to share and teach what they know. It will be a person with vision.
However, if this person has a conflicting Sagittarian imprint, or if by environment circumstances the person cannot channel this energy in a positive way that promotes growth, the fire can become a strong bustle. The person might become too attached to his or her particular views, beliefs or traditions. As a result, the broad vision can become narrow, and the person might stick to this so hardly, creating conflict with other people. Trying to convert others to his or her ideas. In worst cases, it might end in violence or injustice.
As an example, think collectively about religious conflicts. Think about Inquisition. Think about persecution.
Another negative or not-so-negative way that Sagittarius manifests is through confusion. It is mutable, so it has the potential to release confusion. Confusion of ideas, confusion of needs, confusion of plans and confusion of visions. Then we can be left with a demotivated individual.
One of my favourite signs. Apologies, but this will be long.
Continuing our journey through the zodiac, we finally reached it: winter. The strongest challenge that natural phenomena presents us. How to make it out alive and preserve ourselves through winter?
Imagine life in the Neolithic. Let’s be worse: imagine it in the Palaeolithic. How life could be preserved when the deadly winter arrived? Stirring all forms of life at its way.
That is Capricorn: survival and preservation of life.
The beginning of winter. Ruled by the lord of karma and time. Ruled by Saturn. In astrology, there is always so much buzzing about Saturn. It does sound a little frightening no? “The lord of Karma”, “The lord of Time”.
As Capricorn would like, let’s get down to business. The prime need of Capricorn is reflected by the action of its ruling planet Saturn, the need to keep themselves up. To preserve, to perpetuate, to survive, to make it out alive in this jungle of life.
Cardinal earth. We discussed the need for security of fixed earth Taurus, and the exploitation and use of resources from mutable earth Virgo.
But Capricorn is in another level. Capricorn needs to strive and succeed. Their unconscious engine operating behind is the need to make it out alive in this world. Not just alive, but also in good status! In good conditions, in good reputation and with a higher rank. To be strong.
It is needed a great deal of skills, strength, practicality and logical thinking to make it out alive in winter (if we were of course, alone in the forest). But that is Capricorn.
How does Capricorn will gain this universal sense of security and safeguard? Easy: through work. Normally, the Capricornian quality will make the individual to set a goal in life. This goal is usually associated with their instinct to preserve or to position themselves. And a strong quality of Capricorn is pure perseverance.
Even though it is a cardinal sign, it is not that impatient when it comes to steadily work towards a goal. Reaching steps that take them every moment closer to their final ambition.
They know their skills and they will use them. They will keep responsible and committed to this goal. And there we hit another word associated with Capricorn: responsibility.
Duty, order and structure. It is all about the planning! Saturn, the lord of time. They will use their practical skills to design a plan which will also cover all possible risks, and which will take them to finally reach their goal.
Everything that messes up with the plan, with the order, and the structure of the project will for sure make Capricorn get annoyed and this will trigger the cardinal quality of intolerance.
They just don’t need to preserve themselves but also their families. And that is when society, organisations and laws come to hit the Capricornian landscape. Capricorn, in a collective sense, is the law. Capricorn is society norms and structure. Capricorn is politics. Order.
Why? Because only through structure, through organisations that promote the well-being of the community, laws that restrict evil and misbehaviour and laws that promote integrity of humanity shall order be preserved.
So all these things that annoy our pure self: laws, regulations, organisations, politics, the boss or the parents, are indeed a collective form of the Capricorn archetype.
Capricorn loves order and regulation. They love everything on time and neat. Usually they will have a natural tuning with time itself.
Just as they love order and structure in work, this also applies to their daily domestic and relationship lives.
Typically, Capricorn is associated with the father or the providing mother. Capricorn will represent a model for the family. A providing and integral figure. Capricorn will teach their family, loved ones, colleagues and friends, about life lessons. About learning and persevering. About not giving up. About always give a little bit more, and about what integrity means.
Capricorn knows and will teach lessons about maturing and becoming an adult that is ready and equipped to be somebody in this life.
This somebody in life, however, is not restricted to just be someone. Usually, Capricorn will have high expectations on what to become and what to have. Capricorn will look for status and rank, as well as for all other possessions that can reflect the status that he or she has gained. Capricorn likes the good life and has a special eye to detect anything that is good.
Of course, all of this in excess can be corrupted, and this is the negative side of Capricorn, its darkness.
Repression and distortion of repression. Whatever we suppress, whatever we deny, whatever we bury, it can deform. This distortion can be harmless and very mild in some cases. But in other cases it can become severe and quite toxic.
The nature of repression is the need for order and structure in order to attain the necessary integrity to preserve the self or the community. In order to attain a planned solid system which eliminates all natural (evil) desires and feelings that can get in the way of attaining this goal.
Think of a person who represses his or her natural desires, wishes, feelings and behaviour. What happens then? Bitter, cold and heartless attitude towards life and others. Heartless is the word. A person that seems to be angry or grumpy all the time. A person who is way too much mature, way too much adult, and who has forgotten what joy and play is. A person who has forgotten that it is good to be a kid sometimes. That it is good to have feelings, and to be weak, and to be emotional (Cancer, the polarity of Capricorn is the inner child, while Capricorn is the mature adult).
A person who has denied its desires and sexuality. A person who has forgotten that the real goal in life is to do what our truth is. In cases, the person can block this unique truth in order to follow the collective Capricornian principle of the elders, the parents, the society.
Once it is repressed, it has all the potential to become distorted. And when it distorts, it can be negative, toxic and very harmful in some extreme cases. As a result, a very negative attitude towards life and even illness (colon, or bone or spine type) can appear.
Think of the lion. The Leo quality from the lion is his need to be the centre of attention, to be the bountiful and playful animal that irradiates sunny energy. But, we can also associate the lion with the Capricorn side. In this case, it would be the need of the lion to position himself as the king, as the most powerful animal, the one that can beat any obstacle, the strongest, the one who will survive, the one that has dominion and control of the zone and the king of the jungle. This is Capricorn.
In its most negative expression, Capricorn can take the form of the dictator or the oppressor. Of course, these are all names of archetypes, and let us remember that each sign quality can manifest at its most negative or at its most positive expression.
And here we go to the positive side of Capricorn. A person with a strong Capricorn, and who has a proper use of this quality, will take the form of a being who is extremely organised and extremely smart. Smart is the key. They have outstanding logical a practical skills, as well as excellent planning.
They are going to persevere at anything they choose as a goal, because they have structure and the notion that things can take time and each step is another step closer to the goal. They will definitely not be bothered about what others think of them or of their actions. In fact, they will only care about what is important for them (their goals or their loved ones). For the rest, they absolutely don’t care about. But, that doesn’t mean they will be mean. In fact, Capricorn can be very social and fun. But well, they are also good at diplomacy.
They will have a solid strong heart, which protects their integrity from becoming emotional or soft at other events. They have perspective and strong ideals and beliefs. They normally won’t be let moulded or changed, on the opposite, they stick to their traditions.
Their views are quite unbreakable. So as their decisions. Capricorn will analyse (normally quick and effectively) every decision they are faced with, and once they decide, they will stick to it as part of their solid integrity and loyalty.
Capricorn will protect everything and everyone they love. Typically, they will not demonstrate too much affection or love, but that doesn’t mean it is not there. Because of their strength, once they love, you can be sure it will be strong and even though they don’t always show it, they do feel it. In some cases, they will demonstrate affection and a playful side with those they choose to be members of their “trust circle” (it can be even just one person!)
Capricorn will be precise, exact and punctual, just like Saturn, the lord of time.
Finally, they will be figures of maturity. This goes back to their own life lessons. Things they have learnt on the way to their objectives, things they have passed through and sacrifices they have had to make. They will be agents of growth and teach you what life is about.
It is not just butterflies, fun and childish tears (the Cancer polarity). It will teach you that if you have a goal, you need to persevere, to work hard, to fall and get up. Like Saturn, the lord of karma.
After Capricorn’s ideals and ambitions there comes something even higher. Something that surpasses this material world, this physical world and need of survival. The need to attain goals (in order to preserve, as Capricorn would want), is not anymore the main objective, but something paramount.
The need to attain a goal now is a superlative unique goal. A unique purpose, a different purpose that can create a change. It is that moment of instant vision, instant feeling, and instant idea, in which we just know why we are here, our distinctive purpose, our eccentricity, and we will go and do it in the world. No matter what, and if there is the need for rebellion, it will happen.
Aquarius, is related to the middle of winter. The shocking part when winter first arrived has already past. The survivors have adapted and learnt the new environment and what they need to do in order to stay up. Now what? They need to have a strong position, a strong quality that can enable them to pass this time and get to the next higher level. They need not to be taken over by collective forces. They need attitude.
Humans always want more. Something distinctive that can represent what they are with value and impetus. Aquarius is that quality.
Fixed air, Aquarius is very secure and strong. Being of air element, this strength takes the form of intellectual, mind and artistic skills.
Aquarius is the sign ruled by the first planet not visible to the human eye from Earth, Uranus, so then it is a transcending quality that has a deeper meaning which might not be visible to humans.
Something only people with a strong Aquarian imprint know. If you know your Sun sign is Aquarius, or you are rising in Aquarius, or your Moon is in Aquarius, or you have a strong eleventh house, or you simply have a very strong Aquarian position in your birth chart by aspects, then you might understand this very easily.
Aquarius needs to have a higher purpose on life. Higher, in this case, will be associated with two main ideas.
First, the idea of distinctiveness. Let us go back to Aquarius polarity, Leo. With Leo we learnt that each of us has an individual identity fire (our creativity) that is burning in our hearts. That which makes us unique individuals, with different views, different ideas, different thoughts and different skills (not everyone can be an engineer or a lawyer or a doctor or a corporate business man, for example).
And unfortunately, only some people will get to know this fire and use it. Some people might know it and use it for themselves. And then, we have some people will know it, use it for themselves and for the world, community or organisation.
Then we move to the next idea: creating a shift or change in man or in the world. Aquarius moves from the Leo polarity and he or she will attempt to thoughtfully use (air element) their individual creative fire (from Leo) in order to make something out for the world.
Aquarius will typically rebel against the mainstream because they know they are different and special. Aquarius will normally have a different way of thinking and a very active mind. Their ideas are clever, exceptional and inventive. Typical of a genius.
And it is common to know strong Aquarian individuals with a different life view. The musician, the artist, the community worker, the fighter for human (or women) rights, the fighter for animal protection, the crazy genius, the entrepreneur, the alternative healer, the vegan, the so called hippie, the designer and the strategist. These are just examples.
A properly used Aquarian quality will reflect an individual with a distinctive personality and a strong self-confidence. A person who will stick to their higher ideals without letting be affected by other waves of thinking. A person who will have the widest and unbiased perspective ever. A non-attached person who does not operate on the earthly level of physical attachment to things or people. Literally somebody with strong emotional impermeability who does not understand the personal or romantic drama.
This person will typically have a masterful mind with a strongly developed unique creativity, and who will know, by a superior transcending mean, what they have to do in life. And thanks to their impermeability, they will persevere against all blockages (family, society, people or circumstances).
But of course, this can take a negative form: a person whose impermeability is so strong, that becomes disconnected from what personal emotional level means. A person who lacks the ability to feel the other, to understand the other and who will run away from personal dramas. Somebody with lack of affection demonstrations. Someone who will sometimes be absent minded (because they are operating inwards in their own ideas and inventions). Someone dedicated to their superior goals and sometimes they forget their present lives. Their loved ones.
In a different negative scenario, what can become affected is their pure Aquarian essence. The person might not learn how to undertake their Aquarian journey. The environment or family in which the person has grown can create such a strong collective pressure, in which the uniqueness of the individual can be repressed and shut down in order to attain what the mainstream demands as proper. As a result, life can become silently frustrated because no matter what, the Aquarian need for achieving something unique, special and higher will always be present and will become toxic if the individual does not follow his individuality. Repression is always a reason for future karmic issues.
The end of the journey, and the beginning of a new cycle. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac before we start again the journey of life. Therefore, Pisces deals with endings and the convergence of emotions, thoughts and ideas which can be a little difficult to fully comprehend.
The change from winter into spring again. The change of this cycle into a new life cycle.
When something is about to finish we always go through a conclusion time. A closing time which deals with this confluence of deep things that have gone and are going inside every bit of soul substance that is in all of our cells.
Final and mutable water. We know water is the element of emotions. And emotions are difficult to put into words. Imagine an ocean with its tides and its depths. Pure blueness, pure unknown realms. We dive in and then waves and whirls start moving us fast. We lose track of where we are, we lose our grip, and the all-encompassing power of the ocean water takes over. It can be chaotic.
Pisces represents that stage of our soul evolution in which we make our life conclusions, statements and actions that sum up our evolution journey through this time and what is the real meaning of all we’ve been through. Sometimes this can be too much for a regular human soul.
Pisces by nature deals in watery subtle unformed and bizarre realms. Dreams are associated with Pisces, because by essence, Pisces is itself the subconscious. That stratum beneath the surface, where all our feelings are moving in whirls carrying with them fast images, thoughts and ideas. Things from the past, from ancient karma brought in through our birth. These can produce the state of confusion and sensitivity to anything that happens around.
As a result, Pisces is highly sensitive to his or her personal feelings, environment and to other people. Everything that happens around Pisces takes it inwards to their twirl of emotions and all of a sudden, tears start coming out from the eyes like “I don’t know what happens but I just feel really sad”.
Pisces is ruled by the second transcendental planet invisible to human eye, Neptune. Therefore, Pisces quality is indeed very invisible to the human eye. Neptune planet was discovered in a 1846, a period of this Earth life cycle evolution in which humans started to develop a more compassionate and spiritual attitude. A time in which spiritualism, religion, philosophies, imagination and dreams, as mentioned by Richard Tarnas (2009) in Archaii: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology Vol 1 No 1, elevated.
And these attributes are associated with Pisces itself: compassion, all-encompassing love, spiritualism, unconsciousness and consciousness, awakenings, life philosophies, creativity, dreams and embrace for the collective.
Now, going back to the end of the cycle, people in closing time need to make final conclusions. What is all this life about? What is my ultimate purpose or my ultimate lesson? After all these experiences, what is the most valuable lesson? Love.
This love is a different type of love than the Venusian one. This is a love for the collective, for the world, for everyone and everything. This of course does not mean that all people with a strong Pisces will love everything. But it does mean that they will have an inclination for compassion and for kind service.
Virgo, the polarity, is service and work. Virgo is analytical and employs his or her skills to bring fruits from working the land (the world) and from helping other people. For Pisces, however, this service takes an absolute outwardly level. In Pisces, service is not just about helping or working to make the world fertile.
For Pisces, service is about merciful loving kindness. It is about literally feeling our service in our hearts. It is about feeling this life, this love, this universality and the supreme bonding that ties everything and everyone we know together. They just feel it and believe it.
In common life, we might associate Pisces with few well know archetypes (again, these are just general associations). The hippie of one love one heart, who feels this love and this one heart in all life on Earth, and who loves nature, animals, people, and smiles.
The surfer who is connected with the unequalled supreme force of the ocean when he or she rides the wave. Connected with the water, and with that particular feeling that is sensed at that very moment. Something they cannot explain, it is too much to put into words.
The artist who feels the confluence of all living yearnings from history in their art when passing the pencil or the brush. The musician, who not just listens the music he or she creates, but has also the power of alchemy to transform the pure universal essence of every note sound into a melody that carries the one source with it.
The designer, who brings his or her own magical watery realm into their creations by pure sensitivity to their inner and ancestral creative fire.
The therapist or holistic therapist, who empathises with the clients’ emotional field and connects at a higher level bringing his or her powerful healing energy.
The psychic clairvoyant, who is connected to another higher realm in another energy field. The dancer who feels that blissful connection wave in every move. The kind friend, the kind colleague, who is always there to provide the hand to the other. The writer whose hands are taken over by the source to translate in words the unspeakable feelings.
There are so many ways in which the Pisces energy can manifest.
A positive Piscean quality, will take over an individual who has the ability to merge with the source and to surrender to it. A person who has broken the boundaries between earth and what is above. This person will be kind by nature, empathetic with his or her environment and other people.
Will naturally understand through feeling, the feeling of other people, and give their hand of support. Will have passed the dramas of the personal and social signs, the earthly preoccupation of the earth signs and the logical boundaries of air signs. In some cases, this person will have absolutely no worries about things of the material world and about being different. This is part of their resolution to what really matters in this world for them.
In addition, they will be possessors of exceptional creativity (hopefully discovered), and a strong connection with that which is not in this plane (dreams, visions, feelings). They will have a thirst to feel stronger connection to the universe either through spiritualism or religion.
In the negative side, Pisces energy can become a chaos. The nature of this chaos is that emotions, thoughts and fears can be very strong, and painful. The individual in many cases is not able to deal with these forces, fears or pain.
The sensitivity is too much, and they cannot bear it. So then another facet of Pisces comes: avoidance. The negative side of Pisces can bring the individual to avoid reality. The avoidance of reality, as we know, can take place through external agents: drugs, alcohol or other vices.
In fact, if we talk about drugs, they might not only be used to avoid reality by Pisces, but also to reinforce a feeling of bliss. In some cases, to bring the individual to connect with the source in a fast way (like with the so called aya-huasca herb, for example). There are, however, other good vices to avoid reality, such as yoga or exercise.
So the pain for Pisces can be too much for them, the anxiety, the worry and the sadness. They might recur to other type of external helpers which, of course, will not amend the pain nor change reality.
The key for Pisces is to surrender to life, to love, to hope and to compassion. Not just for others, but for themselves.
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