Two orientations on the world
When Astrologers speak of masculine signs and feminine signs, it's not the sexually charged meaning of our gender-sensitive politically-correct culture, but the yin and yang in Chinese philosophy. Basically, it's a way of dividing the Zodiac using the conventional characteristics of gender -- male and female, masculine and feminine.
In Astrology and metaphysics, Masculine and Feminine refers not to physical gender or personal manner, but to one's basic orientation on the world -- also shown by the Elements in Astrology and one's preferred strategies for dealing with problems -- the Qualities in Astrology.
Essentially, "masculine" signs prefer to seize the moment, make things happen and change what doesn't suit them with their actions and choices. Feminine signs take a more subtle, passive approach when dealing with challenge or working for change.
Masculine and feminine signs alternate through the Zodiac in a predictable pattern. Starting with Aries (masculine), then Taurus (feminine), then Gemini (masculine), etc. The Fire Signs -- Aries, Leo, Sagittarius -- and the Air Signs -- Gemini, Libra, Aquarius -- are masculine. The Earth and Water Signs -- Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn -- and the Water Signs -- Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces -- are feminine.
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