Micro-Lesson #5: Understanding the Signs of the Zodiac as a Combination of an Element and a Quality
What I would like you to learn today is to understand the basic characteristics of each of the signs of the zodiac by combining the sign's Element and Quality. My point is that you don't need books to give you a description of the signs; by knowing just the Element and the Quality, you can create a decent description yourself, and this description will be the most appropriate for the situation or problem you are dealing with.
Notice that each sign represents a unique combination of the Element and the Quality. For example, the Air signs are interested in information and communication. Of them, Libra is Cardinal, so makes the first step, initiates a contact, reaches out to meet another person. For Libra, the most valuable source of information is a particular person, a partner.
Aquarius is a Fixed sign, and so typically has an intense interest in some subject, tends to be an expert in that particular area. The preferred source of information for Aquarius is either another expert, or a book. Many aquarians love books, and this is understandable: first, books are typically written by experts, second, they represent a fixed and concentrated kind of knowledge you can rely on, and also you can spend plenty of time reading a book, without being distracted to anything else.
Gemini is a Mutable Air, and so is open to all sources of information, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant they are. Gemini collects information from everyone and everywhere, and then shares it with everybody in the world.
See how I was able to put together little stories about the Air signs, simply combining their Element and Quality? That's just an example, to get you started.
What I want you to do is to choose a sign of the zodiac -- perhaps your or your partner's Sun Sign or Moon Sign -- and write about it a little story, explaining how its Element and Quality work together. Please take your time and actually write that story. To develop your understanding of astrology, it is very important to keep doing things practically rather than thinking about them theoretically.
If you need an inspiration, have a look at my Moon Sign Book. It has chapters about each of the signs of the zodiac, with plenty of examples of people having their Moon in that sign. Some examples are quite surprising and revealing, others might challenge your understanding of a particular sign. For example, how about a number of prominent mystics having their Moon in Taurus?