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2 articles for "Polarity"

Polarity [Astro*Index]

A condition where a body exhibits opposite qualities or properties in opposite directions. For example, a magnet is a polarized object. The opposite point or opposition to any body on a chart can be called its polarity; so can the sign opposite any other sign. For example, Cancer can be called the polarity of Capricorn, and vice versa.

See also: ♦ Opposition ♦ Sign
Polarity [DeVore]

Literally, that quality or condition in virtue of which a body exhibits opposite, or contrasted, properties or powers, in opposite or contrasted, parts or directions.

(1) The opposite point in the zodiac to the Sun position in any nativity may be spoken of as its Sun's polarity; usually employed in the harmonization of two maps.

(2) Since opposing signs are said to complement each other, any diameter can be termed a polarity. It is through this principle that Air and Fire signs are deemed more harmonious, since belonging to the same polarity. Similarly with the Water and Earth signs. This polarization of two groups through the polarization of one member of each group is illustrated in Solomon's Seal (q.v.) a six pointed star produced by the juxtaposition of two triangles.

(3) In any one nativity, polarity as used by Leo refers to a relationship between the Sun and Moon positions; viz., Sun in Leo, as polarized by the Moon in Libra. The basic thought is probably that a life revolves around an axis which has as one pole its Sun destiny, and the other pole its Moon desires, the character of the polarization dependent upon the degree of harmony or disharmony that exists between the signs positing the two luminaries.

Maurice Weymss classifies the polarities as follows:

Polarity:Sign PairRoot InstinctSimple Instinct
Electric:Aries and LibraFood obtainingAcquisitiveness
Crystalline:   Taurus and ScorpioReproductiveConstructiveness
Energy:Gemini and Sagittarius   ImitativeMimicry
Solid:Cancer and CapricornPrecautionaryAcquisitive
Gaseous:Leo and AquariusCommunicative  Sympathy
Liquid:Virgo and PiscesHerdService


See also: ♦ Opposition ♦ Sign


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