In the following post, I will explore the astrological archetypes in a holistic manner:
Concerning the polarity existing between the opposite signs, the 12 signs of the zodiac can be divided into 2 groups, displaying 6 types of polarity: the first group deals with “I” Vs. “the other” and the second group describes how “I” connects to “others” (i.e. the collective).
Hence we will have a two-fold trinity:
Aries/Libra: “I am” vs. “the other is” (Existence)
Taurus / Scorpio: “I have” vs. “the other has” (Possession)
Gemini / Sagittarius: “I know” vs. “the other knows” (Knowledge)
Cancer / Capricorn: “I build for myself” vs. “I build for others” (Society)
Leo / Aquarius: “I love myself” vs. “I love others” (Philanthropy)
Virgo / Pisces: “I take care of myself” vs. “I take care of others” (Charity)
The 12 Houses are also numbered in association with the 12 Signs, therefore:
1 (Aries) / 4 (Cancer) / 7 (Libra) / 10 (Capricorn) = Angular Houses
2 (Taurus) / 5 (Leo) / 8 (Scorpio) / 11 (Aquarius) = Succedent Houses
3 (Gemini) / 6 (Virgo) / 9 (Sagittarius) / 12 (Pisces) = Cadent Houses
When we get to “Cadent” Houses, all numbers are multiples of 3, hence the trinity is beautifully completed.
Another way of understanding astrological archetypes in relation to one another would be understanding the “modality” of each sign-pair:
Aries/Libra & Cancer / Capricorn = Cardinal (Initiation / Birth)
Taurus / Scorpio & Leo / Aquarius = Fixed (Preservation / Life)
Gemini / Sagittarius & Virgo / Pisces = Mutable (Culmination / Death)
Symmetry in Astrological Archetypes:
Traditional Planetary Rulers of each sign can also be understood based on the natural symmetry of the zodiac. Starting with Sun and Moon as the archetypal King and Queen, the signs associated with these two heavenly bodies are Leo (Sun) and Cancer (Moon).
Right next door to these two signs, we have the witty-clown Mercury ruling two signs Virgo and Gemini. Then next door to Mercury, we have the beautiful princess Venus and her signs, Libra and Taurus. Next door to Venus lives the soldier Mars with his two feisty signs, Scorpio and Aries.
As the circle around the King and Queen expands, we get to the priest Jupiter who lives next door to Mars, ruling Sagittarius and Pisces. Afterwards, comes the Prime Minister Saturn, next door to the priest, and standing as far as possible from King Leo and Queen Cancer (in astrological terms, in “opposition” to them), ruling Aquarius and Capricorn.
Thus the court circle seems to be complete with all the players involved. Considering the natural sequence of the zodiac in a circular fashion:
Aries (Mars), Taurus (Venus), Gemini (Mercury), Cancer (Moon Queen), Leo (Sun King), Virgo (Mercury), Libra (Venus), Scorpio (Mars), Sagittarius (Jupiter), Capricorn (Saturn), Aquarius (Saturn), Pisces (Jupiter) [and back to Aries (Mars)].
Cancer = Moon Queen Leo = Sun King
[To her left] Gemini = Mercury [his right] Virgo = Mercury
[To Mercury’s left] Taurus = Venus [Mercury’s right] Libra = Venus
[To Venus’ left] Aries = Mars [Venus’ right] Scorpio = Mars
[To Mars’ left] Pisces = Jupiter [Mars’ right] Sagittarius = Jupiter
[To Jupiter’s left] Aquarius = Saturn [Jupiter’s right] Capricorn = Saturn
The symbology of number 12 can also be seen repeated in many cultures and religions, possibly parallel to the natural symmetry of the zodiac, including the 12 tribes of Israel in Jewish tradition, 12 Apostles of Christ in Christianity, and the 12 Imams of Shia Islam.
In the next post, I will address the Modern Planetary Rulers and their significance in evolutionary astrology.