Zodiac

I have often wondered about the nature of the 12 zodiacal symbols as they appear today. I imagine them as pictographs, perhaps premonitions, of events, archetypal phenemonena, or ubiquitous experiences. I find them possibly representing the deepest primordial impressions of the universe upon the human psyche. Here are my personal interpretations of the glyphs themselves, along with their traditional associated elements and states.

The four elements correspond as follows:

Earth - physical world, resources, material things
Air - mind, ideas, communication
Fire - will, spirit, energy
Water - feelings, emotions, compassion

The quadruplicities (so named because the zodiac is divided into four quadrants,
3 x 4 = 12):

Cardinal - start, initiate, lead
Fixed - maintain, stabilize, continue
Mutable - adapt, stop, end


...perhaps a story, or a prophecy, in symbol...


Aries

creation, genesis, manifestation, bursting forth, outward, upward, the first idea

traditional: Tarot - Emperor IV
Fire, Cardinal


Taurus

differentiation, emanation, from the one come two, otherness

traditional: Tarot - Heirophant V
Earth, Fixed


Gemini

magnetism, electricity, attraction, two bodies interact

traditional: Tarot - Lovers VI
Air, Mutable


Cancer

the dance, the ritual, copulation, unity of opposites, conjunction

traditional: Tarot - Chariot VII
Water, Cardinal


Leo

the seed, the individual, the masculine

traditional: Tarot - Strength VIII (XI)
Fire, Fixed


Virgo

the womb, the virgin, the mother, the feminine

traditional: Tarot - Hermit IX
Earth, Mutable


Libra

equilibrium, equality, horizon, the sun, a great dawn or dusk

traditional: Tarot - Justice XI (VIII)
Air, Cardinal


Scorpio

sexuality, individuality and uniqueness, desire, creativity

traditional: Tarot - Death XIII
Water, Fixed


Sagittarius

spirituality, will seeking a larger will, will seeking itself

traditional: Tarot - Temperance/Art XIV
Fire, Mutable


Capricorn

shelter, retreat, struggle between ego and self

traditional: Tarot - Devil XV
Earth, Cardinal


Aquarius

a great flood, deluge, flux, transition

traditional: Tarot - Star XVI
Air, Fixed


Pisces

apocalypse, collision of two celestial bodies, rebirth

traditional: Tarot - Moon XVII
Water, Mutable


Here is a reproduction of my natal chart, for those of you who are interested:

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