Feminine Signs


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Feminine Signs (Negative Signs)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The 12 signs of the zodiac are classified in a number of different ways, including a division into positive, masculine signs and negative, feminine signs (using negative and positive in the neutral sense of opposite polarities rather than as value judgments about “good” and “bad”). The feminine signs include all the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and all the water signs Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). The gender of the signs was originally determined by the Pythagorean notion that odd numbers are male and even numbers female. This caused the signs that came second (Taurus), fourth (Cancer), sixth (Virgo), etc., in the zodiac to be classified as feminine. By comparison with the masculine signs, the feminine signs tend to be more receptive and introverted. Vedic astrology uses the same classification of signs into feminine and masculine with essentially the same characterization.

Sources:

Leo, Alan. The Complete Dictionary of Astrology. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1989.
Sutton, Komilla. The Essentials of Vedic Astrology. Bournemouth, UK: Wessex Astrologer, 1999.
Tester, Jim. A History of Western Astrology. New York: Ballantine, 1987.