The Four Astrological Groupings



(Group1) Angular, Succedent and Cadent houses.
(Group 2) Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable.


The natal chart is a map of the heavens showing the exact position of the Sun, Moon and planets in the zodiac at the time, date and place of birth. The Earth is at the centre of the astrological chart around which the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac form a circle. Each of the twelve signs occupies an arc of 30 degrees and these arcs are divided into twelve equal houses starting from the ascendant. The ascendant is the degree on the ecliptic rising over the eastern horizon at the time of birth and it is the strongest point of chart interpretation. The effect of the ascendant has been described as that of dawn when the rising light of the Sun begins to energise the Earth; likewise the rising light of the Sun magnetises the ascendant and each house cusp according to its angular distance, or aspect to the ascendant.
The twelve houses relate to the magnetic fields of Earth which characterise the environment of each house.
The twelve house-cusp signs relate to the tropical zodiac and they are characterised by the magnetic fields of their ruling planets.
Around the fifth century BC, the Greek astrologers made use of their undoubted mathematical genius. In order to calculate the relationship between everything they saw in the heavens to the meaning of existence on Earth, they took all the interrelating factors into consideration and presented us with a complete astrological system. It was to this end that they divided the tropical zodiac into four groupings which are still being used by astrologers today.


(Group 1) The twelve houses are divided into groupings of three: Angular, Succedent and Cadent.

(Group 2) The twelve signs are divided into groupings of three quadruplicities or qualities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable.

(Group 3) The twelve signs are divided into groupings of four ELEMENTS- Fire, Earth, Air and Water.

(Group 4) The twelve signs are divided into two POLARITIES - Positive and Negative.

Positive polarities:- Aries/Libra, Gemini/Sagittarius, Leo/Aquarius.

Negative polarities:- Taurus/Scorpio, Cancer/Capricorn, Virgo/Pisces.


The four angular houses: first, fourth, seventh and tenth are ruled by the four cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
The four angular houses and cardinal signs traditionally correspond to the beginning of each season – spring, summer, autumn and winter and they are the four strongest houses in the natal chart.
Angular in Latin: “angularis” means “placed at an angle”.
Cardinal in Latin: “cardinalis” means “that on which something depends”.

Keywords: personal drive, self-assertive and active.

The first house and Aries represent your personal view, identity, will and action when dealing with immediate problems.

The fourth house and Cancer represent your attitude to family tradition, security, family values, roots and heredity

The seventh house and Libra represent your approach to other people. The way in which you reach out to other people determines their expectations of you.

The tenth house and Capricorn represent your standing, position and status in the outer world which determines your public recognition.

Cardinal signs - Grand Cross
When the four cardinal signs are within an eight degree orb of aspect to each other they form the Cardinal Grand Cross
If you have a Cardinal Grand Cross in your chart, then you will be strongly influenced by the cardinal signs.



You do not like others interfering with your activities and projects because you prefer to act independently. If others try to control you where your ambitions and goals are concerned, you can become irritated. This may result in ego-conflicts. It is difficult for you to cooperate with people when things are not going your way because you need to be in control and you find it difficult to operate under the dominance of others. You do not like subordinate positions and you do not like being patronised.
You tend to take a direct approach in most situations, with the exception of Cancer, who tends to withdraw from confrontation; otherwise you confront problems as they arise with a view to resolving them quickly.
You can get discouraged and blame yourself when things go wrong. If this happens, you will try to resolve the situation; if you fail you will seek the support of those who know you well.
When you are placed in situations outside your control, you can feel you are carrying responsibility with little recognition for the support you give.


The four succedent houses: second, fifth, eighth and eleventh are ruled by the four fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.Succedent in Latin: “succedere” means “come close after”.
The fixed signs by definition mean “resolute and yielding”.

The four succedent houses and fixed signs traditionally correspond to the middle of each season, and they are the four central houses in the natal chart.

Keywords: purposeful, determined, immovable and dependable.

The second house and Taurus represent your skills, talents and personal resources which determine your sense of self-worth.

The fifth house and Leo represent the honeymoon stage of love, romance and children. Speculation in the pleasure of life shapes your activities, pursuits and interests.

The eighth house and Scorpio represent your approach to changing fortunes, joint ventures and shared resources which determine mutual trust, evolvement and transformation.

The eleventh house and Aquarius represent your connections and participation in wider community interests and goals. Your participation and cooperation in wider community goals determine your social success and/or social failure.

When the four fixed signs are within an eight degree orb of aspect to each other they form the Fixed Grand Cross. If you have a Fixed Grand Cross in your chart, then you will be strongly influenced by the fixed signs.



Once you start on any project, you focus with great determination. You can be single minded and persistent in your objectives. You may include others in your aims but you can come up against brick walls where your trust can be challenged through other people’s values and objectives which you will strongly resist. You probably tread the path of power games, jealousy and possessiveness. This can be destructive and cause deep pain. You do not like being cornered and if pressurised, you will set up strong resistance which may not be obvious, but it will be effective. You are not adaptable, you prefer a stable environment where you feel secure enough to work at your own pace and concentrate on the task at hand. If others try to change you, you will dig your toes in and resist their demands. This can lock you into power games of the most destructive kind (with the exception of Aquarius who will detach and try to break the cycle of destruction). You can feel insecure and threatened if people interfere with your preconceived goals and ideals because it is hard for you to change direction once your mind is made up. People who break planned arrangements can affect your sense of trust which can make it difficult for you to trust them again. Should this happen, you will either detach and walk away or refuse to make any further arrangements with them.
Your desire for closeness and your independent spirit can destabilise relationships which can lead to controlling power games, loss of trust, detachment, estrangement and separations, and especially if you are made to feel trapped, dependent and obligated in any way.
Your desire for deep involvement, love and security is in conflict with your desire for independence and freedom.


The four cadent houses: third, sixth, ninth and twelfth are ruled by the four mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

Cadent in Latin:“cadens” means “falling away or descending”.
The mutable signs by definition mean “adaptable”.
The four cadent houses and mutable signs traditionally correspond to the old season falling away to the new one, and they are the four most flexible and adaptable houses in the natal chart.

Keywords: resilient, changeable, flexible and adaptable.

The third house and Gemini represent your day-to-day communications, ideas and opinions and the way you extract information to learn and inform others.

The sixth house and Virgo represent stress related health conditions, standards of work and service and your attitude to co-workers, work and service.

The ninth house and Sagittarius represent knowledge, higher education, intellectual expression and expansion. The information you receive from others broadens your intellect and widens your understanding.

The twelfth house and Pisces represent inner suffering and self-sacrifice. With transcending knowledge the spirituality of life is clear in the oneness of creation.

When the four mutable signs are within an eight degree orb of aspect to each other they form the Mutable Grand Cross. If you have a Mutable Grand Cross in your chart, then you will be strongly influenced by the mutable signs.



You are capable of chopping and changing your mind according to the weather. You are versatile and adaptable but you can waste time scattering your energy through constant overload, trying to do too much and running against the clock. This can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
You assume different roles to suit different situations, people and occasions, therefore you can be all things to all people, but you may not always be consistent in the duplicity of dialogue which can trip you up. You are curious and inquisitive and you learn through communication. The knowledge that you gain will be used to inform others; however you have a tendency to exaggerate, speak out of turn and jump to conclusions. This can lead to confusion of the facts, mind games and misjudgement of which you can be the loser.
Although you intend to take the angle of honesty and truth, you can twist the facts if it serves a purpose. On the other hand you can be the harbinger of great understanding and lift the spirits of those who have fallen on hard times.You enjoy stimulating and educational conversations with people who are witty, knowledgeable and inspiring. But on the flip side, you can analyse and criticise people with derogatory comments, false statements and exaggerated facts.
It is in the inconsistency of dialogue that the truth can trip you up.

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