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. 

Which Energy is Dominant in My Chart?

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.

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. For example, a Scorpio North Node indicates that this is an individual who ought to tap into their feminine placements more so than their masculine placements. But another example is someone who 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, anyone or any chart has 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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