In astrology, a negative, receptive, dispassive, yin, nocturnal or feminine sign refers to any of the six even-numbered signs of the zodiac: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces. There is no value judgment attached to the terms negative or positive. They may be likened to polarities in electrical charge: some charges are positive and some are negative. Neither side is "good" nor "bad"—they are merely different.

These signs constitute the earth and water triplicities.

Introduction to signsEdit

In astrology there are two groups: positive and negative. These two groups also include six individual signs that are called zodiac signs. The negative signs associated with the zodiac are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. The positive signs associated with the zodiac are Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.[1] The twelve signs are divided into two groups based upon one's exact time and place of birth. The negative and positive signs alternate, starting with Aries as positive and Taurus as negative and continuing this pattern through the list of zodiac signs.[2]

Different types of sign terminologyEdit

The signs negative and positive are referred to as a negative-sunsign or a positive-sunsign. There are many terms used in astrology to differentiate the two groups. In Chinese astrology, the two groups are categorized as yin and yang, corresponding respectively to negative and positive. Standen explains that different astrologers may refer to signs by different names. For example, an astrologer may refer to positive signs as masculine and negative signs as feminine. Each sign is divided into two main types: active and passive. As a general rule, the active type will be called masculine and the passive type will be called feminine.[3]

The “Sunsign Effect”Edit

The sunsign effect is a pattern of alternating high and low extraversion-scores for the 12 signs.[4] Jan J.F. van Rooij did an experiment on Introversion-Extraversion: astrology versus psychology, to see if those in the negative sunsign were introverted and those in the positive sunsign were extroverted. Van Rooijs did this experiment on those with astrological knowledge and on those with no astrological knowledge. The trend was only confirmed in those with astrological knowledge.

Element Associated with negative signsEdit

Earth and Water are the elements attached to those who are in the negative sign. Earth is the element of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Water is the element of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Elements are the basic traits of the signs. They reveal the fundamental aspects of the personality.

Hall explains that water signs are more in tune with their emotions and are comfortable showing them. Water signs bring a certain presence to a situation; they seek out the problem and fix it.

Earth signs are described by Hall as earthy people. These signs focus on the things that connect us to the earth: things which bring peace, as opposed to focusing on the material world.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ van Rooij, Jan J. F. (1993). "Introversion-Extraversion: astrology versus psychology". Department of Psychology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. 16 (6): 985–988. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(94)90243-7.
  2. ^ Emerson, Michael. "History of Astrology-Origins and Beginnings". Astrology insight. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Standen, Anthony (1975). "Is There An Astrological Effect On Personality". The Journal of Psychology. 89 (2): 259–260. doi:10.1080/00223980.1975.9915759. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. ^ van Rooij, Jan J. F. (1993). "Introversion-Extraversion: astrology versus psychology". Department of Psychology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. 16 (6): 985–988. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(94)90243-7.
  5. ^ Hall, Molly. "The Water Element". About.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Hall, Molly. "The Water Element". About.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.