Qualities is a term used in astrology for one of the divisions of the signs, planets and houses. It is more often known as “Quadruplicities” (groups of four) and other divisions are Modalities (or Modes and also groups of four) and Triplicities (or Elements, a grouping of three).
There are several groupings that form the backbone of astrology and different astrologers may use different but interchangeable terms. The links will provide more information on each quality.
Cardinal Signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
These signs are self- and goal-oriented.
Fixed Signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
These signs are people- and group-oriented.
Mutable Signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
These signs are group- and community-oriented.
Fire – House – 1, 5, 9. Sign – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
These signs are energizing, active, passionate and spiritual.
Earth – House – 2, 6, 10. Sign – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
These signs are receptive, resourceful and earthly as in material.
Air – House – 3, 7, 11. Sign – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
These signs are intelligent, communicative, expedient and ethereal.
Water – House – 4, 8 & 12. Sign – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
These signs are emotional, sensitive, caring and conceptual.
Although many astrologers do not put a lot of emphasis to these house and sign partitions they can be helpful in understanding a native’s behaviour and also indicate strengths and weaknesses in the horoscope horoscope.
The modalities for the houses are important as they bring together multiple areas that present challenges or solutions. Generally, only the houses are considered to be angular, succedent or cadent but they dovetail with the sign quadruplicities so astrologers may refer to angular signs occasionally instead of cardinal for example.
Angular – House – 1, 4, 7 & 10. Sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
Planets and signs located in angular houses tend to often have more meaning in the chart as a whole and deal with the most personal situations that most personally affect you. These houses are considered to have the most influence in a horoscope and a planet located in an angular house often has more power or a strengthening affect within the house. It also appears to allow the planetary energies to be manifested more easily. E.g. Mars located in any of these houses can indicate personal aggression or an aggressive atmosphere. Venus would soften the house’s influences or make things more kind or creative. The angular houses deal with situations, people and events but also personal activities. Therefore, planets and signs located in these houses are seen more often to indicate the native’s behaviour or which may personally affect the native, depending on the personal planets of course.
Succedent – House – 2, 5, 8 & 11. Sign – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
Planets/signs in succedent houses have a bit less influence and deal with resources and activities involving others and their resources. Planets located in these houses have their energy “dissolved” or weakened slightly unless bolstered by aspects and other planets. E.g. Venus in one of these houses with only one major aspect may be nice but not extraordinarily positive or negative. Venus in one of these houses involved in a grand trine or t-square will probably have an extraordinary effect on the resources associated with the house or sign. Planets in these houses may serve the native well in adding skills and abilities relating to the house or sign, but if afflicted may indicate problem areas regarding lack of resources or problem relationships.
Cadent – House – 3, 6, 9 & 12. Sign – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Planets/signs in cadent houses are supposedly the weakest areas for them to be located and may not have as strong an affect when compared to angular and succedent houses. Sometimes, with weaker placements or influences the qualities of the sign or planet is less-pronounced and sometimes even blocked in these houses. Signs and planets in cadent houses may not fully develop due to this weakening influence or take longer to manifest. The situations involving these houses may pertain more to the native’s involvement in the community or the general public for good or for bad. These houses may be more often involved with miscommunications, mishaps and accidental situations when populated by potentially troubling planets or signs.