Everything in nature functions in accord with the 12 principles of the zodiac. Each sign represents an important principle of nature. The same principles represented by the signs of the zodiac are also represented by the planets, the Sun and the Moon.
Of the 12 principles involved, they can be divided up into 6 pairs, each representing opposite phases of the same principle. Carl Payne Tobey described these pairs and called them Mate Signs. Prior to 1781, we only knew of the Sun, Moon and 5 planets. While the Sun and the Moon were assigned to their own signs, Leo and Cancer, respectively, each of the 5 planets were assigned to two signs each. Mercury co-ruled Virgo and Gemini, Venus co-ruled Libra and Taurus, Mars co-ruled Scorpio and Aries, Jupiter co-ruled Sagittarius and Pisces, and Saturn co-ruled Capricorn and Aquarius.
As the three new planets have come along, modern astrologers have reassigned rulerships to the signs. However, the original design continues to provide a deep understanding of the underlying connectivity between these 6 pairs of Mate Signs.
CANCER: Introverted, insecure, moody, internal, feminine LEO: Extroverted, self-confidant, vital, external, masculine
MENTALITY, COMMUNICATION & NERVOUS SYSTEM:
VIRGO: Material plane, detailed, focused, follows routines GEMINI: Abstract plane, scattered, ignores rules & routines
FRIENDS, PLEASURES, LUXURIES & BEAUTY:
TAURUS: Natural, material, earthy, comfort-oriented, family LIBRA: Refined, abstract, intellectual, elegant, social, friends
AMBITION, AGGRESSION & SEXUALITY:
SCORPIO: Family loyalty, draws strength from others, controls ARIES: Independent, inner reliance, loner, own business, leads
BELIEFS, KNOWLEDGE, MORALITY & UNDERSTANDING
PISCES: Esoteric, spiritual, psychic, mystical, elusive, secretive SAGITTARIUS: Exoteric, religious, intuitive, direct, outspoken
TIME & ORDER:
CAPRICORN: Conservative, traditional, habitual, rule-follower AQUARIUS: Progressive, futuristic, spontaneous, rule-breaker
©2016 Diane Elizabeth Clarke