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Each of the twelve astrological signs symbolizes unique ways that intuition can weave its magic through them. In my opinion, no one sign has a monopoly on making use of intuition. The universe filters its magnificent collective waves of intelligence through the signs, which act as filters to manifest this energy into meaningful reality. The signs point the way for each of us to express our intuition creatively and with clear sense of purpose.
When you get your astrological chart done based on your date, place, and time of birth, it becomes evident that your consciousness is a mixture of the twelve signs. Life is a twelve-step process! Each sign offers us a path to tune into our intuition and take us a step closer to greater evolutionary growth.
Each Sun sign belongs to an element: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are fast to act on intuitive impulses, making the world respond quickly to their goals. The Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) prefer to proceed with caution. It is as though intuition is a stabilizing force leading to pragmatic and focused planning. The Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) have a tendency to reflect with their intuition. Why? To ensure that their mental insights are filled with logic and polished with clarity. The Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) have a natural ability to tap into intuition but are not always fast to act on it (the reason being that they want to process what the energy means before putting it into action). My friend and Llewellyn author Sherrie Dillard has written a wonderful book on intuition, Discover your Psychic Type. In the book she identifies four Psychic types: The Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. I felt when reading the book that the Physical Psychic Type corresponds to the astrological Earth signs; the Emotional Psychic Type is linked to the astrological Fire signs; the Mental Psychic Type is associated with the astrological Air signs; and the Spiritual Psychic Type is related to the astrological Water signs. The psychic and intuitive forces of the universe are alive and well in all of us! It only takes a bit of awakening to our inner potential to get the gifts this miraculous energy can deliver to make our lives more fulfilling, healing, and enlightening. When we make use of intuition we can experience hat the great psychologist Carl Jung called Synchronicity, which symbolizes a meaningful coincidence. Synchronicity can confirm that we are tuning into the messages being sent to us by intuition.
In my book Sun Signs & Past Lives, I discuss how the four functions described by Carl Jung (Emotion, Intellect, Sensation, and Intuition) correspond to the four elements. Emotion is similar in nature to the Fire element; Intellect fits with the Air Element; Sensation is very much like the Earth element; Intuition is linked to the Water element. In my book, I describe how your day of birth (and therefore, your Sun sign) is an intuitive doorway back into your past life patterns and how you can transform these impulses into growth-promoting expression.
How might the sign Aries make use of intuition? This Fiery spirit is like a laser beam of enthusiasm. The warrior sign can be bold to put intuition to work while everyone else is still thinking about taking the first step! Creative power manifests like a bolt of lightning. However, there is another side of the coin to consider. There are times intuitive forces are asking this Mars-ruled fire sign to slow down (the reason being that Aries can actually get greater results when pausing for a moment to consider the consequences of actions). Also, long-range planning or adopting a little structure can empower the intended plan. The reward for taking the time to deepen an intuitive awareness is spending less energy to get the same result, maybe even a better one. The synchronicity that can manifest when Aries utilizes clear intuition is more balanced relationships, career success, and a clearer sense of identity.
Taurus is careful when using intuition. This Earthy spirit moves as though each step along the way must have solid ground underfoot. Intuitive forces are welcomed if they promise to lead to practical results. Stability is the lifeline of this sign. Creative power builds slowly and releases with a force that can knock any obstacle out of its way. On occasion, the universe asks Taurus to allow the intuition it sends greater spontaneity to roam more freely to point the way to new abundant turf. Intuition will entice Taurus to drop a resistance to trying alternative ways to happiness and seeking greater challenges. There are times when intuitive forces will encourage this Venus-ruled sign to have greater belief in ideals and not fear fighting for them. The synchronicity that might result when Taurus has faith in intuition is a life of balanced inner peace sitting along side an outer life that is aligned with creative potential.
Gemini is fast-thinking and mentally excited when using intuition. This Airy spirit moves briskly through life, skipping along with ideas that constantly pulsate through those electrifying brain synapses. Diversity and open options are as dear to Gemini as oxygen is to breathe. Intuitive flashes stimulate this sign to move quickly with mental objectivity and with laser-like perceptions that stay eager for new information. The universe sends intuitive clues to Gemini about networking with the right people and keeping abreast of the latest societal trends. Communication is what inspires this Mercury-ruled sign to make use of intuition and it is the gateway for it to manifest. There are instances when the universe asks Gemini to intuitively change course and pursue deeper knowledge that can take this curious sign to self-mastery. The synchronicity that can manifest when Gemini learns not to fear using emotional energy is a life filled with a clearer mental balance and less psychological burnout.
Cancer becomes emotional and intrigued by the use of intuition. Honest! This Watery spirit knows something magical is taking place and eventually becomes a witness to the intuitive process itself as events transpire connected to utilizing this energy. Intuition is more of a ritual for Cancer, and for some of this sign a deep spiritual/religious experience. Home, family, pets, and nature are allies. The universe at times asks Cancer to initiate a plan to act on but then suddenly sends a second wave of intuition that says pause. It is this rhythm of move and pause that allows Cancer to more clearly adopt a life script that fits its needs. Some perceive Cancer as complicated to understand for this reason, although this Moon-ruled sign simply sees this as business as usual. The Ocean’s tides have a similar pulse in that they come in and move out with predictable movement, and so does this lunar-ruled sign. The synchronicity that can find birth when Cancer consciously embraces intuition is a life aligned with emotional security, clear dependency needs, and rewarding creative accomplishments.
Leo engages intuition in a dramatic and lively manner (it is more like a roar with this solar-ruled Fiery spirit). Being the center of attention is sometimes a desire with this sign, but not always is this the case. The universe can send messages that tuning into intuition is a matter of self-confidence but can require a dose of humility. Leo has a strong pride in seeing its efforts bring results. Flexibility is the key to making use of intuition for Leo, and it may not come easy. The interesting thing about Leo is that sometimes it is well in the middle of a plan or creative process that intuitive instincts get clearer and stronger. It is crucial for Leo not to lose confidence or patience when an idea takes time to come to fruition. Why? Because this is when the intuitive process may be gaining greater strength and insight. The synchronicity that greets Leo when having faith in intuition is more fulfilling love shared with others and feeling the full intensity of creative exploration that can produce recognition from others.
Virgo screens intuition carefully, or perhaps it is more accurate to say listens to it as though it is auditioning it for a part in a play. When convinced an intuitive insight has merit, this Mercury-ruled Earthy spirit can put ideas to work in a hurry. Mental persistence and an analytical nature come standard with this sign. When the universe sends intuitive information in the form of thoughts, dreams, or ideals, it is key for Virgo not to too quickly write them off as unreal or impractical. In between the lines of a symbol could be the inspirational force needed to carry out a special project or pursue a fulfilling goal. Virgo is wise not to dwell on negative thinking. It is the talent to sense perfection from imperfection that separates this sign from the others. When transcending self-doubt life is more magical and opportunities come quicker. The synchronicity reward can suddenly become a reality when surrendering a relentless attention to detail to trusting an intuitive hunch and acting with faith in beliefs.
Libra weighs intuition thoughtfully on a scale of what would be the right choice to make to avoid conflict. This sign does like the feeling it can experience when finally resolving difficult decisions. This Venus-ruled Airy spirit has a knack in utilizing intuition in an artistic way. Social interacting and romance often launches intuitive intensity in this sign. Mental insights can guide Libra toward a deeper way of intuiting the right paths to self-growth and inner fulfillment. Indecision is what can throw a major curve ball into moving forward with assertiveness. Walking that delicate balance between satisfying personal goals with expectations of others is a constant need. The universe may send a strong intuitive signal to Libra that jumping off the fence of not making a decision is liberating. Becoming un-conflicted about making choices is freedom. People skills are usually highly developed in this sign. Synchronicity is a pleasant surprise achieved through not second-guessing a well-conceived plan and not overly trying to please others.
Scorpio has a strong tenacious emotional field surrounding its consciousness, and intuition has to knock extra hard to penetrate this very focused Watery spirit. It should be said that when this Pluto-ruled sign lets intuition guide its thinking and feelings, amazing creative power can manifest with great passion! This is a sign that often has an agenda that may remain hidden but eventually made visible to those they trust. When the universe comes calling with intuitive gifts Scorpio must decide, sooner or later, what to do with this energy. It is not so unusual for the universe to send a second and possibly a third wave of intuitive energy in a persistent manner to get the attention of this sign that prefers life on its own terms. Learning to convert negative tendencies into positive expression leads to self-mastery and success. Synchronicity surfaces in the form of a sense of rebirth, insights into marketing skills, and renewed personal empowerment when facing inner fears through embracing honest self-examination.
Sagittarius moves so fast that it appears actions and intuition occur simultaneously. It should be said that this Fiery spirit might not necessarily even be aware that intuition is leading the charge forward. This sign lit with a fuel-injected enthusiasm has really no rival in this department of feeling naturally optimistic. Occasionally a little slowing down allows this Jupiter-ruled sign a fast instant to grab the hand of intuition and make the right choice in the nick of time. Life is more rewarding when Sagittarius keeps an open mind and stays clear of dogmatism. The universe is more likely to send intuitive waves when this fireball maintains a broad perspective. Perceiving the cup as at least half full keeps options open and opportunities plentiful. When the mind is radiating a generous energy and hunger for learning, intuitive power is readily available. Travel on the mental and physical planes accelerates the pace that intuition works for this sign. Synchronicity manifests in the form of luck and sudden new adventures.
Capricorn puts intuition to the test. This "show-me" Earthy spirit has a very pragmatic mind. There is a protective guard around this sign similar to Saturn, its planetary ruler. The universe is attracted to the structure-orientation of Capricorn because it knows it has found a reliable vehicle to create through. The test for Capricorn is to relax enough into intuitive energy and really go with its flow. It can then sense the rewards that comes from having the faith to release this creative power into the world. Intuitive energy knows it will be well-utilized in this very grounded sign; there is no other sign as determined to finish what is started. Responsibility and ambition come naturally. Relinquishing fear releases endless opportunities. Synchronicity comes through not resisting change and balancing common sense with higher ideals.
Aquarius can run like the wind with intuition as though it has been hit by a bolt of sudden, lightning-like insight! The mind of this Uranus-ruled Airy spirit does not move in a linear fashion. Some would perceive this as erratic, but to Aquarius this is just an ordinary routine. This sign thinks very fast as a general rule and might not be aware it is following an intuitive impulse. Seeking new and interesting life pursuits is a constant drive. This is not a very emotional sign; feelings are stored within a logical framework. The inventive nature of Aquarius is in its DNA. A desire to rebel against a regular schedules is sometimes when intuition manifests almost by accident. When the universe blows waves of intuition toward this breezy soul it intrigues the intellect of Aquarius. It is the challenge that intuition presents in the form of a puzzle that entices this sign to move forward in unique ways. Synchronicity emerges when Aquarius is acting upbeat and excited about a future filled with unusual experiences.
Pisces drinks intuition as a regular diet, but may be doing this unconsciously. This Neptune-ruled Watery spirit walks a fine line between the conscious and subconscious mind. A strong idealism and emotional sensitivity colors the inner lining of Piscean thinking. The universe enjoys coming into the Pisces world through dreams and the arts. The test for Pisces is having faith in intuition. Creative power becomes a reality when Pisces merges its belief system with goals. Sound reality-testing keeps this sign more focused and balanced. Denial and excessive escapism dilute the potential of intuitive opportunities. Facing adversity in a direct manner unleashes inner clarity and attracts success. It helps to become aware that an extreme attachment to making things perfect could be the enemy of the good and inner peace. Synchronicity comes to greet Pisces vibrantly when walking the talk with confidence and keeping expectations of self and others reasonable.
Bernie Ashman is a highly respected professional astrologer who has been studying, practicing, and teaching for over thirty-five years. He is the author of several books and has contributed to the astrology magazines Dell ...