[just posted this on another thread. figure i'd put it here as well]
the 'personas' of the zodiac are related more to the influence of the seasons than to the influence of the stars. the stars / constellations
function as a sort of clock or celestial calendar that denoted the particular time of season... and yes, the clock might be off.
zodiac 101 (for those interested in and as of yet unawares):
the zodiac is based upon the combination of 2 seasonal principles:
the Elements: fire, earth, air, water
the Quadruplicities: cardinal, fixed, mutable
each Element has their own interpretations.
i.e. Water relates to the emotional self. Air - intellectual, etc.
(much of this elemental persona relations are also found in tarot suits, by the way).
the cycle of the Elements repeats itself 3 times in a year, so there are 3 fire signs in the zodiac, 3 earth signs, etc.
each season has a Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable quadrupility. these too, have their own personalities.
Cardinal is the first, the initiator of the season. Fixed is the season at its peek, and therefor represents a more resolved persona. mutable is the
season as it changes, and represents a more malleable persona.
these repeat 4 times (one for each season).
Cardinal / Fire = aries
Fixed / Earth= taurus
Mutable / Air =gemini
Fixed / Fire = Leo
Mutable / Earth = Virgo
Cardinal / Air = Libra
Fixed / Water = Scorpio
Mutable / Fire = Sagitarius
Cardinal / Earth = Capricorn
Fixed / Air = Aquarius
Mutable / Water = Pisces
sooo..... for Aries: the initiator, the rabble-rouser, the spark, leaping headfirst into any given situation.
Fire is the kinectic element. Cardinal is the initiatory quadruplicity. merge the two and we have the persona of the aries.... just like the energy of
the beginning of spring: blammo! new life in on the scene! not yet matured and stable, but certainly vibrant and alive!
leo is also a Fire sign... kinectic and dynamic, but it is a fixed sign... less "hyper" yet more resolved in its persona. hence the regal leader (or
actor). this relates to the peek of summer: proud in its growth and lushness. life at its full bloom.
the following web-page is not a bad summary of it all, though i first learned all of this in a blue satin book of antiquity called Q given to me by a
rather unique korean woman, so the experience left quite the impression!!
so, long story short, even after 2009, i don't think one needs to worry if their respective zodiac sign is off... at least until this global weather
phenomenon disrupts the very nature of the seasons!