In astrology compatibility, mode matters – that is, the mode of the sun signs concerned. In astrology, there are three modes (or methods of operating): cardinal, fixed and mutable. There are four cardinal signs, four fixed signs and four mutable signs, one from each element of fire, earth, air and water. Star sign compatibility suggests that signs sharing the same mode will get on well together romantically, but how does that work in practice? Find out by winning one of our free compatibility charts, or read on for a summary of how cardinal signs relate to one another.
The four cardinal signs of the zodiac are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. These dynamic individuals all take the initiative in life – these are go-getters, action orientated people, people who will take a leap of faith and just do something instead of wondering about it or planning it. They are dynamic people, the leaders of the zodiac. And when these signs fall in love? In astrological compatibility, mode tells us how the two sun signs interact with each other, so when two cardinal signs fall in love with each other, you know that it’s going to be a question of two leaders going head to head. Which could be a good thing. Or not.
The key to understanding cardinal sign compatibility is to understand how the cardinal need to lead expresses itself through each of the elements. Aries is a fire cardinal sign; here, Aries needs to lead in the way a spark leads – setting fire to the passion of others, inspiring and blazing a trail. Cancer is a water cardinal sign, and expresses this initiative taking through kindness, setting an example for mankind, and opening up new channels of imagination. Libra is an air cardinal sign, and leads through intellect, argument, innovation and ideas. Finally, Capricorn is the earth cardinal sign, and simply exudes authority and leadership through strong practical skills and a high level of wisdom and maturity. In compatibility, mode expressions like these are tinged with romance, and help to explain how two cardinal signs might function as partners.
You can see that when Aries falls in love with Libra, for instance, you have a blend of inspiration and new ideas – these two can change the world for the better, and will always find new, creative and ingenious ways of working through their problems. But what happens when Aries falls in love with Cancer? Here, the picture is slightly muddier. Arian inspiration can blend with Cancer’s imagination, but Cancer is more likely to try to resolve problems through dealing directly with emotions, while Aries will want to find an external solution. Aries and Capricorn, speaking purely about compatibility mode, will clash – Aries wants to find a new way of working things out, while Capricorn insists on maintaining the status quo or leading a traditional relationship.
When Cancer falls in love with Libra, these two cardinal signs can work well together. Cancer will bring an emotional depth to Libra’s intellectual approach and together they can find a good balance of heart and mind. Cancer in love with Capricorn works well because neither of these two leaders is threatened by the other’s approach to life. When Libra falls in love with Capricorn, however, their two cardinal natures can lead to problems for compatibility. Mode dictates here that Libra will try to get the intellectual upper hand, but solid, traditional Capricorn won’t stand for that, and will dig in his or her earthy, deep rooted heels.
When it comes to astrological compatibility with other signs, the four cardinal signs tend to relate best to mutable signs – the four mutable signs being Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. With the four fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it’s a definite clash of progress versus restraint, and of change versus status quo.
Although it’s only one small part of star sign compatibility, mode can give some insight into how and why certain quite unlikely star sign combinations do get on. For more insight, why not enter our competition to win one of our free compatibility reports? Alternatively, you can ask our astrology any of your compatibility questions, or invest in a full astrology compatibility report, based on your unique birth chart, not just your sun sign.
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