Feminine and Masculine Energy in Astrology

Among the many ways to categorize astrological concepts, the Zodiac signs can be broadly categorized into one of two sections – feminine signs (yin) and masculine signs (yang). Each category holds two elements and all duos in the elements. So, the true opposite of each sign shares a duality. But the difference is the expression of duality, which is then categorized by the sign’s individual element, modality, planetary associations, and House association.

The feminine signs reverberate on calm, passive energy. These six signs are known for the receptive magnetism that draws energy in. The feminine signs like to observe, to take in, to strategize. These six signs are the ones to think before acting or speaking. After all, the natural feminine intuition that is innate with all six signs allows them to gauge their immediate surroundings with introverted passivity. The inactivity acts as means to reflect on all that encumbers their immediate situation. From there, these signs are able to formulate an accurate perception and plan of action to allow them to move forward. These signs have a charming, elegant grace to them that allows them to encapsulate their surroundings without trying. Feminine signs include Cancer & Capricorn, Taurus & Scorpio, and Pisces & Virgo. In essence, all water and earth sign duos.

The masculine signs resound with active, assertive energy. These six signs are projective, unafraid to stand their ground. Masculine signs are known for their action and acceleration. These six signs are likely to pioneer in any social standing or setting. As a result, these may be the signs who are more likely to begin without a formal game plan in place. Masculine signs lead with instinct, usually with loud extroversion. As masculine signs are pioneers, these are the signs who may appear aggressive with their style of enactment. Whether or not they are actually aggressive may depend on the expression of the individual signs. However, each sign has a signature style of aggression when it comes to taking a stance. Masculine signs include Aries & Libra, Leo & Aquarius, and Sagittarius & Gemini. In essence, all fire and air sign duos. 

The majority of charts will be a blend of both feminine and masculine signs in the planetary placements. Ideally, one’s chart would be as close to 50/50 as possible as it would create harmonic duality. However, this usually isn’t the case as most charts have a strong leaning towards one duality over another. Let’s look at a few examples of planetary placements in three individual charts.

Example A: True Neutral

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Here is an example of a true neutral. Let’s focus on all planetary placements. This individual has an even divide of feminine and masculine planets. The feminine placements include the Taurus Moon, Capricorn Venus, Pisces Saturn, Capricorn Uranus, and Capricorn Neptune. The masculine placements include the Aquarius Sun, Aquarius Mercury (Rx), Leo Mars (Rx), Sagittarius Jupiter, and Sagittarius Pluto. All in all, the planetary placements equally divided between the dualities, which would infer a neutral chart. Considering this individual has a masculine Sun placement and feminine Moon placement, this individual is likely to be naturally in touch with aspects of either duality. All in all, the division of duality is supposedly harmonic in this chart. The expression of such may differ, as it would depend on how the individual taps into each placement, and how each placement is expressed.

Example B: True Masculine

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This chart is a wonderful example of a true masculine chart. The majority of the planetary placements are in masculine signs, creating an imbalanced chart. The masculine placements include the Leo Sun, Gemini Moon, Libra Mars, Aquarius Jupiter (Rx), Aries Saturn, Aquarius Uranus (Rx), and Sagittarius Pluto (Rx). Now, this chart does feature some feminine planetary placements, such as the Virgo Mercury, Virgo Venus, and Capricorn Neptune (Rx). However, this individual is likely to consistently present as a more masculine person, especially considering their Sun and Moon placements are in masculine signs as well. This chart would produce an assertive, bold individual who would appear more outspoken and extroverted. However, this individual would exemplify feminine energy in moments dealing with relationships (Virgo Venus), when productively channeling their energy (Virgo Mars), and/or with their dreams and delusions (Capricorn Neptune). But, this individual is likely someone who comes with a consistently masculine persona.

Example C: True Feminine

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Finally, this is a chart that is considered a true feminine chart because it heavily displays planetary placements in feminine signs. The feminine placements include the Capricorn Sun, Virgo Moon, Pisces Mars, Virgo Jupiter (Rx), Virgo Uranus (Rx), Scorpio Neptune, and Virgo Pluto (Rx). Granted, this person also has some masculine planetary placements, such as the Aquarius Mercury, Sagittarius Venus, and Aries Saturn. But the overall chart heavily presents feminine energy, inferring this person to display feminine qualities, especially since the Sun and Moon placements are also in feminine signs. Now, this person will come across as masculine in energy with aspects like speech (Aquarius Mercury), in relationships (Sagittarius Venus), and karmic lessons (Aries Saturn). With that being stated, the masculine placements may have fleeting energy given the chart is heavily dominated by feminine placements.

Which Energy is Dominant in My Chart?

If your planetary placements are equally divided, then the chart presents as more neutral. If there are more masculine placements than feminine, then it’s a more masculine dominant chart. If there are more feminine placements than masculine, then it’s a more feminine chart.

If you’d like to see your karmic trajectory of what energy to tap into, look at the sign placement in the Nodes. Example A is a neutral chart with a Scorpio North Node, indicating that this is an individual who ought to tap into their feminine placements more so than their masculine placements. This also applies with Example B, as this person has a Virgo North Node. However, Example C has an Aries North Node, indicating that this individual ought to tap into their masculine placements.

Keep in mind that all placements in one’s birth chart can be tapped into at any point in time. So, the three individual charts all have the potential to tap into neutral, feminine, and/or masculine energy. It truly depends on the individual and what their current situation calls for.

Cheat Sheet

Masculine (Yang)Feminine (Yin)
SignsAries, Libra, Leo, Aquarius, Gemini, SagittariusCancer, Capricorn, Taurus, Scorpio, Virgo, Pisces
KeywordsActive, assertive, projective, idealistic, pioneering, aggressive, extrovertedPassive, receptive, reflective, strategic, dormant, perceptive, introverted

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