In both Vedic and Western astrology, the astrological signs are classified as cardinal, fixed or changeable. For each element, fire, earth, air and water, a sign is cardinal, one fixed and one changeable. Regardless of the element and the special character of these astrological signs, they essentially have either a cardinal or a fixed or changeable character. Let's look at the fixed signs of the zodiac. What is so "fixed" about them and how do they influence our everyday life?
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius channel their respective elements in a stable, steady, lasting way, one could say "firm". When planets are in these signs, the areas of life that govern them will be characterized by this immutable nature. We want stability, reliability and security. Of course, this does not mean that a person with planets in solid signs cannot be adventurous and exciting. It simply means that the areas of life ruled by these planets are all about safety, and that person's brave, innovative, crazy side will show up in other aspects.
For example, people who have fixed signs in their seventh house are usually loyal to their spouses and expect the same from them, since the seventh house is the house of marriage and partnerships. This is how the fixed nature of these signs of the zodiac manifests itself. At the same time, the same person could have the warrior planet Mars in a cardinal sign, which makes them very sociable, adventurous, and active.
The interesting thing is that depending on which houses Mars rules, this willingness to take risks is expressed in these areas, while the firm nature of the 7th house is preserved. Since each of the planets influences us differently, this usually means stability, steadfastness, but possibly also stagnation if they are in one of the fixed signs.
Sometimes it's good news, but in some cases it can be uncomfortable. The fast moving Mercury, the planet of communication, trade and cash flow, is extremely unfortunate in solid signs. Because all of Mercury's functions require speed for success, we often notice in fixed signs during Mercury's transits that our business negotiations take longer than expected, sales are down, official applications run into obstacles, and even our personal communications are less smooth and simple appears as usual.
The ultimate teaching of astrology is that no matter how hard we try, we cannot detach ourselves from planetary orientations. Some people believe that astrology is harmful because it promotes fatalism, but nothing could be further from the truth. We have to accept that certain planetary positions have a certain influence, but the power to do this for our own benefit is within us.
Astrology can help us build confidence by identifying the particular needs, talents, and opportunities that we have in different areas of our lives. Knowing and understanding planetary transits in solid signs can really provide an advantage for careful planning ahead in our business and profession, offering life, investments, and even private family matters.