The word "cardinal" comes from the Latin "kardo" and means hinge. When we use the word "cardinal" in any context, we are always referring to something fundamental, essential, without which things would not be possible. The basic meaning of this word is actually quite misleading when it comes to understanding the nature of the signs of the zodiac, which we call "cardinal".
These signs and their respective energies are no more important or fundamental to the functioning of the universe than changeable or fixed signs. What makes these signs unique and special is their action-oriented and initiative energy.
The signs of the zodiac represent the 4 classic elements: fire, earth, air and water. Under each element there is a cardinal sign, a fixed and a variable one. The cardinal signs, while remaining true to their nature, express their elemental energies in a dynamic way. Cardinal signs bring initiation, linear energy and aggression. When planets are in cardinal signs, they behave that way and influence us in a way that encourages and urges us to act.
If all goes well, cardinal energies will lead us to great heights of success, but they can cause stupidity and misfortune. Since planets cannot make us do something (we have our own minds and determination to do so), their influence can be felt in tendencies. Depending on the type and modality, planetary energies support different types of actions.
To put it simply: Depending on their position on the birth card, planets in cardinal signs reinforce our own efforts or shortcomings in the area in which they rule. People with ascending cardinal signs are usually open and confident, but can sometimes be arrogant and downright aggressive. Planets in the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn give us explosive power to start and initiate something, but not the persistence necessary to complete the project.
If we are lucky enough to have a balanced birth chart, we will get supportive planetary energies for the endurance of planets in fixed signs and flexibility of planets in changing signs. Even if cardinal energies alone are not enough to be successful, it is still important where these houses fall into a person's horoscope in order to better understand the personality of the individual. Moon, ruler of the spirit, shows innovative thinking and a researching spirit in a cardinal sign. Mars, the warrior planet in cardinal signs, often shows athletic skills and competitiveness in sports. When Venus is infused with cardinal energies, a person is accessible and relaxed in friendships and relationships, while Mercury puts business and communication in the foreground.
When it comes to the transit of the planets through the zodiac, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn signal supportive and favorable times for new beginnings. Starting a new company, opening a business, starting a new project, launching a new product - these are the activities that can really benefit from the initiative energies. When planets cross these signs, it seems we have an additional engine to start our projects. There is also a general feeling of excitement and excitement, so that not only do our plans have a wonderful start, but we also feel this energy in our body and soul.