Star Sign Qualities
Just like there are four elements that speak of general characteristics of signs that belong to them, there are three qualities (also called modalities) to the signs of the zodiacal circle. There are four signs for each quality, each one from a separate quadrant of the zodiac. This characterization is of great help when we try to understand one’s character and interpret a certain planet in someone’s chart. Still, to this day, their most important and specific role is tied to horary astrology and timelines needed as an answer to a question.
Qualities and Elements
Each of the three qualities has its speed and characteristic, and combines with only one sign from each element. This means that there are no two signs of the same element with the same quality. If we understand the nature of the element, it will be even easier to understand each specific sign through its combination with the quality.
Opposite signs share the same quality and this is their gateway to mend differences and discover how to incorporate each other’s philosophy into their own life. In a way, this means they share a similar pace in life, even though their element brings a difference in their speed. Each couple in the zodiac is presented by a connection of two close elements, Water and Earth, Fire and Air, and qualities represent a bridge between their worlds that helps them build mutual understanding.
The Power of Three
Number three is a truly special entity that we should always see as important. All good things do come in threes, but regular things do to. If you think about it, you will see that there is the Earth, the Fire and the Sea, the Underground, the Heaven and our World, and the Core, the Surface and the Atmosphere of planet Earth. It is important that we don’t forget the fact that there are three qualities in the zodiac, just like there are three types of houses in each quadrant of the zodiacal circle.
Number three is ruled by Jupiter, the most beneficent planet of all, and the king of all gods. This serves well to say that each opposition in the zodiac has been given and secret benefactor, something to connect it and give it purpose. Qualities seem to be here to give us faith in a positive outcome of any conflict, misunderstanding or a difference that seems too big to be overcome.