Masculine Signs


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Masculine Signs (Positive Signs)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The 12 signs of the zodiac are classified in several different ways, including a division into positive, masculine signs and negative, feminine signs (using negative and positive in the neutral sense of opposite poles rather than as value judgments). The masculine signs are all of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and all of the air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius). The gender of the signs was originally determined by the Pythagorean notion that odd numbers were male and even numbers female. This caused the signs that came first (Aries), third (Gemini), fifth (Leo), etc., in the zodiac to be classified as masculine. By comparison with the feminine signs, the masculine signs tend to be more active and extroverted.

Sources:

Leo, Alan. The Complete Dictionary of Astrology. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1989.
Tester, Jim. A History of Western Astrology. New York: Ballantine, 1987.