The Modes By Jan Spiller




People with a preponderance of placements in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) have a natural impulse to take the lead. These are the folks that come up with totally new and innovative ideas or concepts. They are the LEADERS, and they are constantly seeking fresh and exciting realms of experience.These people initiate new ideas and plans, and when others follow them it generally leads to good results. They love physical activity and are very spontaneous and impulsive. They want to go out and keep the energy moving!

In a relationship with another Cardinal sign person, each needs to allow the other the independence to initiate and lead in their own areas. Many planets in CARDINAL signs depict the ability to initiate new pathways with potential substance but not necessarily the ability to see things through to completion.


Planets in Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) give the ability to follow-through and bring things to completion. Fixed people are the BUILDERS.

They are solid and stable, generally loyal and consistent, although their determined nature may lead to inflexibility. Five or more planets in Fixed signs can lead to stubbornness and serious difficulty in making changes. It can take time for these people to make new decisions, and sometimes they become impatient with themselves for being so slow to change.

However, this is their style their patterns of resistance are more deeply ingrained than in the other types. Once they DO decide on a new direction they are solid about it, and everything changes dramatically!

If lacking CARDINAL planets (0 1) a Fixed person may not have the impetus to initiate on their own, but are very adept at working under the direction of others and producing tangible results.


Planets in MUTABLE signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) give the gift of ADAPTATION. These folks spontaneously adjust to whatever is going on around them.

They can initiate projects like Cardinal signs, and bring projects to completion like Fixed folks. However, they feel neither driven by the impulse to activity, nor by the reaction of fixity.

Their most natural inclination is to simply adopt whichever role is required of them at the time. They are highly mental and change more easily than the other modes of expression; once their mind grasps the need for change, their behavior follows right along.

They are simply seeking to understand what is occurring in their environment inner and outer and then to adapt to it in a way that produces the results they want.