Why Seasons phenomena should not be related to the Signs of the Zodiac specifically but as an integration of rules translated by Astrology and set by proper qualities, modes and temperaments
by Astrologer Rafael VR
Here we are folks. Almost in cardinal seasons, no matter the hemisphere. Due to the atmosphere phenomenon caused by the Earth’s inclination of its axis, each hemisphere has opposite seasons, the extreme temperatures of each winter and summer invite us to hide or to expose, to burn or to freeze and finally we are forced to experience the most extremes of nature’s polarities.
Tell me, are you going into the dark cold and wet winter of Cancer season if living in the southern hemisphere or waiting to relish a new backup plan under the Sun entering Cancer and summer time awaits affably?
It matters. The existence of the expenditure of the Sun is what let us create and manifest fire, therefore things get the chance to live, under the shadow things die or rest instead of creating. The obvious and contrasting opening seasons remarks well characteristics of the zodiac signs in its cardinal quality, but does not the sign itself. Although, Northern and Southern astrologers usually consider the North’s direction to be the significant real indicator of the zodiacal meaning sign introduced to its traits, but when changed seasons to the South hemisphere, people experience the opposite of its astrological seasonal sign meaning, yet not the sign itself, never the case. The temperatures either drops or rises, we either get to be more reserved or excited. Under the influence of the seasons, the temperature rules the environment and its conditions, we only have but to adapt to it under circumstances where we aren’t able to control such as shelters.
Although I am a tropical Zodiac system user, I don’t trust the seasons to have a considerable amount of influence for the signs of the Zodiac, but I recognize its utility back the time it was firstly and essentially conceived or first revealed to humanity in its intellectual content, it was that time where astrology was firstly consistently conscious in the mind of some genialities at specific moments in history. It was a coincidental truth that such system was eruditely refined when the Sun was pointing to Aries constellation whenever they had their spring season, indicating the right timing for them to associate Aries with the zero point in the Zodiac belt, which has nothing to do with the constellations themselves.
It is said that Capricorn is mainly associated with winter because it is a cold sign in traits (despite the tropical Zodiac system being created out of the seasons), and because as said, by the time the tropical zodiac was established, even our ancestors of that time didn’t know the background of stars would have been moved about many degrees in such long drastic measurement of time, thus its association was a mere coincidence and an interesting trickery of the cosmos, which served its purposed in the past. In mythology, spiritual, esoteric, well every study that has Capricorn as subject usually perceive the beautiful goat as evil, demoniac, father of death and time. While Cancer symbolizes the emotional introspective kind of person that eventful show its feeling only to those who deserves most, they will only be with people with whom they are familiar with. Both descriptions above define well the characteristics of a winter season.
But in Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun enters Cancer in tropical astrology, it is summer solstice, people are celebrating on beaches, are more outgoing, the heat of the Sun makes people more excited yet lazy but motivates us to be more strong-willed while daily witnessing and sensing the Sun’s power even more vividly than winter season, the habitants from this direction are ready to explode in emotions and to lead. Here, the sunlit part of the moon moves from right to left.
In Southern Hemisphere, when the Sun enters Cancer in tropical astrology, it is winter solstice, people become usually more introspective, less outgoing, people are more apt to drink alcohol such as wine in order to keep up warmly body temperature. The Sun is fewer hours visible and the dark rules the sky, fire is needed to increase heat. The seasons belt that prevent falling rains or snows to moist earth is now unfastened. Here, the sunlit part moves from the left to the right, we see the Moon upside down as much as all the Moon phases get be seen backwards.
Having the necessary basic terrain to sustain the fact that Capricorn is not necessarily ‘cold’ because it rules the winter season in the North Hemisphere, nor is the sign of Cancer related to beach time because it initiates the summer solstice in one hemisphere of the globe where crabs make its summer apparently obvious. If it was like that, Aquarius and Pisces would have the exact same traits all them together as they follow the coldest season alongside gradually turning into spring, although a deeper study in astrological houses as quadrants one could find more ground to establish a greater connection and explanation thence, and still it wouldn’t be enough as an ideal pattern to predispose a more logical and rational access to better explain the reasons of astrology and its meanings, rather than random thoughts and subjective relativity. Africa, South America, Oceania, Asia and others territories, people are flood with oceans more than those in the North latitudes and also have less land yet an exotic and milder seasons except for the Antarctic, therefore adhering a cleaner environment because of its low population compared to the opposite latitude. When people experience a Cancer winter season, they become reserved and you see fewer people on the street, people go into shell, people go inwards to accumulate and initiate energy into something that requires less physical or hard mental stimulation but rather a logical, rational, slow and emotional approach. With no heat enough to fire up minds and physical conditions, human experience family gathering more often and we feel our body heavier as our body does it best to keep the vitals organs warm, we tend to eat more and our blood flow is reduced. The same happens for those living in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun enters Capricorn and the winter comes. It is really helpful to understand the principle of polarity to really grasp the essence of the seasons and why each has opposites to the other despite the reaction from the environment. Then how can we simulate a similarity among the extremes? The axis have definitive and contrasting traits to each other, that’s why it is considered an opposition, therefore what is left to me to think from all this parallel of information against each, is the word ‘integration’.
The same is applied to any Zodiac sign, for example Taurus. When the Sun enters Taurus in the tropical Zodiac from April 21 to May 21, people globally experience a middle-season of either Autumn (SH) or Spring (NH), actually any middle-season is represented by fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), thus it is comprehensible the fact fixed signs are Zodiac governors of resistance, continuity, support, maintenance and intransigence, the same qualities of middle-seasons and the correspondent climates. Now, when the Sun reaches Taurus in the Southern Hemisphere, whenever I am at those regions specially going Southernmost, it is middle Autumn and many regions already experience temperatures in the morning under -1 ° Celsius (30,2 fahrenheit), the days are shorter and Taurus energy which sometimes forms Stellium by the closest planets, and if Venus enters Taurus, the need for comfort is even more valued in such colder days getting ahead of us, we get to see the plants beautifully dying only to see them resurrecting back under the light of the Sun in Scorpio (the sign of death and rebirth) 6 months later while Spring in South Hemisphere. Taurus-Autumn season people enjoy they hot cup of coffee or chocolate with sensuality and much more pleasure than would have in spring season, yet, seeing flowers emerging from nature while such configuration happening in the skies, makes people witness nature in awe as our earthly sensations are highlighted.
Do you realize how wonderfully one can put the signs of the Zodiac perfectly in tuned with the seasons? But the secret that it is not the sign itself, but its quality and modality.
Now, can we really interpret the signs as being the essence characteristics compared to the seasons? Perhaps the most certain ways to investigate even deeper for the correlation in between is examining the proper qualities of the signs and planets to start distinguishing the parts, since they are a mix of study that involves 2 qualities for each element, for example:
- Traditionally, the winter season is related to the older age of man, as the season dries out the skin and can result in cracking, similar to the skin of an older person, very Capricorn indeed which among Saturn rules the ancient one. But the emotional introspection as a result delivered from the extreme cold make people more Cancerian than Capricorn.
- Traditionally, the summer season is related to the young adult age, as the season inspired us by the heat of the Sun to keep things strong and recklessness, which is very temperament of Cancer although soft and gentle. But no matter what hemisphere, the Sun is at its highest pick in the sky, denoting the public image that Capricorn sign concentrates.
- Winter is cold and wet and is related to the Earth signs
- Summer is hot and dry and is related to the Fire signs
- Winter corresponds to the Phlegm temperament, which is cold and wet
- Summer corresponds to the Choler temperament, which is hot and dry
- Capricorn has Earth as element, which is cold and dry
- Cancer has Water as element, which is cold and wet
- Cancer and Capricorn are Cardinal signs, which initiates both mainly extreme solstices
- Capricorn is ruled by Saturn which is cold and dry
- Cancer is ruled by the Moon which is cold and wet
- Cancer has a crab as animal symbol, crabs have rigid shells to protect themselves from the outer world; they are found in abundance in summer time and live under water
- Capricorn has a goat as animal symbol, goats have strong capacity to adapt to extreme temperatures and prefers higher altitudes, and their natural habitat are the mountains
From now, things get to make more sense. Gathering enough information about the zodiac in essence is a get way to truth understanding as we realize that the information opposes each other or contradicts the meanings. Now we can see a chain of information forming a concept that Cancer/Capricorn axis itself doesn’t rule the full essence but their cardinal mode/quality. Both extreme seasons share characteristics of both signs, the same happens with all the other signs and the respective autumn and spring seasons. If we take main attention to the fact Capricorn rules winter because it is the coldest sign, we find ourselves inaccurate in which doesn’t provide much as when at the same time Capricorn in the South represents an opening season for the hot and dry weather, when Capricorn sign itself is cold and dry.
Now, to say that a person is colder or melancholic in temperament is totally another subject. For that, the studying of the elements and temperaments according to the planets, signs and angular points would show more precisely the individual’s needs foundation, yet that won’t be because a person was born on winter or summer but because of the interaction from the singularity of each zodiacal element in the sky to the whole sphere, independently of the season. A person born under the coldest day in a Capricorn winter could have Stellium in Sagittarius for example, resulting in a more choleric chart than melancholic, thus acquiring a more ‘summertime’ seasonal traits into the equation, hence the other planetary movements that alter, diminish or add influences.
Although western astrologers usually base the zodiac signs on the seasonal influences specifically, I usually come across this aversion of values as I think it comes to be. Thus, the article above is a perfect model of integrated polarities in astrology and how that could be clarified, not relevant whatsoever in natal charts, it will only add but confusion to the client’s mind at this instance, the intent here is to open up the discussion among professionals or interested people.