Cardinal Sign Traits: Let’s get things rolling!

Aries, Capricorn, Libra, and Cancer are all referred to as the cardinal signs of the Zodiac. These don’t seem like very similar signs, and they do have a lot of differences, but they all share the cardinal modality and have a similar way of taking action and adapting to what life throws at them. But what are the characteristics of cardinal mode?

Traits of the cardinal signs, Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and Cancer, are a drive to start new things and to take initiative with ambition. They can be restless and inspired to take action in fresh, constructive ways. Cardinal signs are quick to understand and react to situations that arise in life.

girl jumping for joy on a mountain ridge, illustrating cardinal sign traits

How might the cardinal modality influence you in your life? Read on to learn more!

Importance of the cardinal modality

The cardinal, fixed, and mutable modes make up the quadruplicities in astrology and refer to three different ways of concentrating one’s energy when taking action or reacting to circumstances. The signs of the Zodiac are divided evenly into those three groups and each mode has a different approach to taking action in life. For the cardinal mode, this is to initiate new beginnings.

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We all have some cardinal energy in us. If it weren’t for cardinal energy, ideas, projects, and even relationships would stagnate and die off. With no initiative and drive to start something new, we would never grow. Just like all planets are represented in us, just at different levels of intensity, we all come with a touch of cardinal mode. Depending on their birth charts, it is simply more prominent for some more than others.

Cardinal traits in action in the signs

For the cardinal signs, Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and Cancer, this drive to start new things pushes them to be ambitious, constructive, and active in their lives. But, because the four signs are also influenced by an element and a ruling planet, this desire to set things in motion is expressed in a different way in each one.

The cardinal mode in Aries

Aries’ cardinal modality combines with the fire element and is influenced by the sign’s ruling planet, Mars. Fire is passionate and full of life and Mars propels them into life with courage. For Aries, cardinal mode inspires them to want to be the first to take action. With intensity, Aries wants to do something new, like new adventures, a new sport, or new positions at work. They don’t want to sit back and think about these endeavors, Aries wants to act and act now.

The cardinal mode in Cancer

Cancer’s cardinal modality mixes with the water element and is shaped by Cancer’s ruling planet, the Moon. Water is nurturing and full of emotion. The Moon is the land of our unconscious, what drives us without us even realizing it. For Cancer, the cardinal energy encourages them to add emotion into situations where there was none before. Cancer introduces feelings to its environment. With a nurturing spirit, Cancer creates places where people can express their emotions and give themselves permission to feel.

The cardinal mode in Libra

Libra’s cardinal modality combines with the air element and is inspired by the sign’s ruling planet, Venus. Air is intellectual and great at clever conversation. Venus asks us to think about taking care of our relationships and to find beauty in the world. For Libra, the cardinal modality urges them to start new relationships and meet new people. With diplomacy and fairness, Libra wants to create compromises in those relationships and honor those they are with.

The cardinal mode in Capricorn

Capricorn’s cardinal mode mixes with the earth element and is shaped by Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn. The earth element is stable, reliable, and practical. Saturn asks us to find a challenge in life and work at it until we see it through. For Capricorn, the cardinal mode inspires them to aim high in life. With self-discipline and patience, Capricorn wants to succeed at the goals they have set for themselves. Saturn’s influence helps Capricorn to be good at actually finishing what the cardinal modality urges them to begin.

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