basics

signs

aries

  • characteristics: optimistic, energetic, aggressive
  • element: fire
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: libra
  • ruled by: mars
  • rules: first house

taurus

  • characteristics: sensual, stubborn, realistic
  • element: earth
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: scorpio
  • ruled by: venus
  • rules: second house

gemini

  • characteristics: talkative, witty, adaptable
  • element: air
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: sagittarius
  • ruled by: mercury
  • rules: third house

cancer

  • characteristics: nurturing, intuitive, emotional
  • element: water
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: capricorn
  • ruled by: the moon
  • rules: fourth house

leo

  • characteristics: protective, generous, prideful
  • element: fire
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: aquarius
  • ruled by: the sun
  • rules: fifth house

virgo

  • characteristics: critical, organized, shy
  • element: earth
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: pisces
  • ruled by: mercury
  • rules: sixth house

libra

  • characteristics: polite, oblivious, fair
  • element: air
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: aries
  • ruled by: venus
  • rules: seventh house

scorpio

  • characteristics: powerful, secretive, jealous
  • element: water
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: taurus
  • ruled by: pluto
  • rules: eighth house

sagittarius

  • characteristics: adventurous, funny, impatient
  • element: fire
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: gemini
  • ruled by: jupiter
  • rules: ninth house

capricorn

  • characteristics: responsible, independent, unimaginative
  • element: earth
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: cancer
  • ruled by: saturn
  • rules: tenth house

aquarius

  • characteristics: creative, rebellious, eccentric
  • element: air
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: leo
  • ruled by: uranus
  • rules: eleventh house

pisces

  • characteristics: imaginative, selfless, sensitive
  • element: water
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: virgo
  • ruled by: neptune
  • rules: twelfth house


modalities

cardinal

  • characteristic: initiating 
  • signs: aries, cancer, libra, capricorn

fixed

  • characteristic: sustaining
  • signs: taurus, leo, scorpio, aquarius

mutable

  • characteristic: changing
  • signs: gemini, virgo, sagittarius, pisces


elements

fire

  • characteristics: action-oriented, creative
  • signs: aries, leo, sagittarius

earth

  • characteristics: stable, practicle
  • signs: taurus, virgo, capricorn

air

  • characteristics: intellectual, unpredictable
  • signs: gemini, libra, aquarius

water

  • characteristics: psychic, sensitive
  • signs: cancer, scorpio, pisces


planets

sun: personality, ego

moon: emotions, behavior patterns

mercury: communication, thoughts

venus: beauty, love, female

mars: aggression, vitality, male

jupiter: growth, luck, charity

saturn: boundaries, responsibilities

uranus: rebellion, change

neptune: dreams, imagination

pluto: obsession, power


houses

first house: self, individual (rising/ascendant)

second house: possessions

third house: communication

fourth house: home

fifth house: creativity, fun

sixth house: schedules, health

seventh house: partnerships

eighth house: transformation, death

ninth house: adventure, growth

tenth house: public image, career (midheaven)

eleventh house: friends, social justice

twelfth house: imagination, endings


major aspects

sextile

  • degree: 60°
  • polarity: positive
  • indicates: harmony, natural talents 

trine

  • degree: 120°
  • polarity: positive
  • indicates: luck, oppurtunity, creativity

conjunct

  • degree:
  • polarity: neutral
  • indicates: blend, two energies working as one

opposition

  • degree: 180°
  • polarity: negative
  • indicates: tension, energies compete for center stage

square

  • degree: 90°
  • polarity: negative
  • indicates: conflict, challenges


asteroids

chiron

  • keywords: healing, wounds

ceres

  • keywords: cooking, nuturing, parenting

pallas athena

  • keywords: creativity, justice, talents

juno

  • keywords: soulmates, marriage, commitment

vesta

  • keywords: pure, perfection, insecurities

anonymous asked:

What is the difference between the INTJ and the INTP? I've taken several of the personality tests, and have always gotten INTJ, but then I took a test on whether I was an INTJ or INTP, and got INTP.

INTJ vs INTP

Some Key Differences:

  • INTJs may not be neat freaks, but they have a system for finding/sorting everything. INTPs just…don’t.
  • INTJs are more conventional and “purposeful” than INTPs–INTPs do things to just do them, INTJs generally have distinct reasons
  • INTJs tend to be less creative than INTPs
  • INTJs tend to be more satisfied with work than INTPs
  • INTJs are found in far more leadership roles than INTPs
  • Twice as many INTJs are atheistic than INTPs. INTPs are more likely to be agnostic rather than atheistic (Myers, McCaulley, Quenk & Hammer, 1998)
  • INTJs sound more confident in their tone of voice than INTPs. INTJs’ statements are also straightforward and certain, whereas INTPs usually sound speculative and questioning/doubtful in their sentences
  • INTJs are less playful than INTPs 
  • INTJs are “on-time” people, while INTPs are not
  • INTJs are more arrogant and confrontational, INTPs are more laidback and open minded
  • INTJs appreciate clear structure, INTPs are the least loving of structure of all the types 
  • INTJs do not typically find writing to be a fun pastime, INTPs do 
  • INTJs tend to enjoy specific types of exercise, INTPs are ambivalent towards nearly all exercise
  • INTJs like achievement a lot, INTPs like autonomy a lot 
  • Both aren’t typically dressed very fashionably, but INTJs do tend to be more neat with their dress than INTPs
    • Example: INTP I know wears the same shirt several times a week (Mario shirt), often with a clashing jacket. INTJ I know wears a conventional sweatshirt and jeans every day. Every. Single. Day. 
  • INTJs are usually better debaters–they’re very confident and passionate about their arguments, while INTPs are better at brainstorming and theorizing about arguments 
  • INTJs are more likely to be called uptight and mean, INTPs are more likely to be called lazy and sarcastic 
  • INTJs are more likely to be called “put-together” and driven, INTPs are more likely to be called “oblivious but somehow super smart” (I’ve heard that several times lol) and fun to be around
  • INTJs aren’t as interested in relationships as INTPs most times–INTPs idealize romance like a child would. INTJs try to not be involved with too many people, but when they do, they’re incredibly serious about it

Remember, these are generalizations based on my own experience! (and the book The Secret Life of INTJs by Anna Moss ;))

Mercury

In astrology Mercury represents the logical mind, the communicative ability, and how we learn skills. Its placement in the chart can tell our patterns of communication and learning (sign), the areas of life that we focus our mind to most often (house) and even the style of communication and what we find important in our interactions with others (aspect). Obviously this is a huge part of who we consider ourselves to be. So beyond the Moon, Mercury is one of the first places to look if the native doesn’t resonate with their Sun Sign.

Aries Mercury – The communicative ability is bright and passionate, the native learns things quickly, but may become bored with a subject after a while.

Taurus Mercury – The communicative ability is steady and gradual, the native learns slowly, but what is learned is retained well into old age.

Gemini Mercury – The communicative ability is well-formed and in constant use, the native learns voraciously but may have a hard time focusing on just one thing.

Cancer Mercury – The communicative ability is sensitive and thoughtful, the native learns intuitively, and thus can absorb information that is not immediately apparent.

Leo Mercury – The communicative ability is eloquent and magnetic, the native learns most easily when the information pertains to the self.

Virgo Mercury – The communicative ability is precise and careful, the native learns quickly and meticulously, though they may miss the forest for the trees at times.

Libra Mercury – The communicative ability is rational and charming, the native learns easily through the use of opposition, finding a middle ground for extremist ideologies.

Scorpio Mercury – The communicative ability is sharp and probing, the native has great powers of detection and easily sees beneath the surface of an issue.

Sagittarius Mercury – The communicative ability is bright and inquisitive, the native grasps large concepts with ease, though they may miss the trees for the forest.

Capricorn Mercury – The communicative ability is and slow and methodical, the native learns through compartmentalization, and may get flustered when too much information is thrown at them too quickly.

Aquarius Mercury – The communicative ability is progressive and holistic, the native easily grasps new issues and is adept at synthesizing ideas.

Pisces Mercury – The communicative ability is sympathetic and insightful, the native learns intuitively like Cancer, but may suffer issues of retention.

the 1st House
The physical birth into the world.  Where the world comes to see someone, the mask worn or the authentic self (depending on what placements project outward in the horoscope.)

the 2nd house
We exist physically (1st house) now “groundwork” is needed.  The resources compiled, how it is spent, what becomes possessed, what is actually valued.  

the 3rd house
Conscious thought and understanding beyond the physical inception (1st house) and planting feet (2nd house.)  The immediate environment and how one interacts, responds and comes to think about things.  Early education and interactions with people immediately around.

the 4th house
How someone comes to know themselves internally.  What feels like home, makes one feel secure and what the basis someone draws from before they go out into the world (To Midheaven.)  Can be seen as “i think (3rd house) therefore I am. It is the gateway to beginning to establish a real identify for oneself.

the 5th House
How we create with what we have.  Taking personal values (2nd house), mental thought and stimulation (3rd house) and how one perceives them and putting them into action.  Creating art, children, love and risks based on perception of what is important.

the 6th house
The routine that is created out of what is valued (2nd house), how we see ourselves (4th house) and getting to work and making service out of creations (5th house).  Gravitation is towards employment that suits how one views themselves internally.

the 7th house
The gateway to others and opening oneself up outside of themselves (1st house).  The important relationships that are formed that complete the "self.”  It is the beginning of understanding how to balance the opposite side of oneself.  Some say “The shadow self.”

the 8th house
Taking resources (2n house) and “breaking them” to make something better of them. Taking comfort and finding more to life.  The house of transforming and renewing; finding intense experience or interaction outside of the comfort zone. Where others resources are allowed to merge with their own.

the 9th house
Taking one’s thought and basic interactions (3rd house) and opening up the possibility of higher thought.  Taking thoughts and putting them into philosophy; morals and belief systems.  Understanding basic ideas and wanting to learn more about them.

the 10th house
How someone wants to come to be known (or conversely becomes known) in the world.  The interactions with the public and ways in which someone becomes widely known.  How one becomes recognized, achieves and “anchors” themselves in the world.  Structure created. More then likely supports the need to feel emotionally secure from the 4th house.  What we learn from the 9th house of greater expanded ideas can be applies to career.  

the 11th house
Where we take the sense of individuality gained in the 5th house and apply to society and others.  Understanding one’s creative self and finding like minded friends and groups.  Taking one’s sense of who they are developing and developing hopes and aspirations to achieve in the world.

the 12th house
The house where everything comes to end (Experience of house 1-11.)  It is the house of karmic understanding, that death is not physical, rather “dissolving” into everything.  How a soul comes to realize it’s greater place among everything.  It is the house someone accepts the greater collective, or wallows in a sense of loss of themselves.  When acceptance of something greater exists it is how one give themselves away for the betterment of all.  If rejected it how someone may “due themselves in.”  May be contributed to fear and personal sorrows.  Surrendering the ego.

Construction of the Planetary Symbols

The planetary symbols are an important part of many esoteric studies, and they play an integral role in the understanding of astrology. Their construction is no haphazard matter though, and there is deep meaning inherently built in to them that can give you greater insight into the planetary energies themselves.

The symbols are largely constructed from 3 basic pieces.

The circle – the circle represents the spirit, it is the divine will and our connection to that higher energy.

The crescent – the crescent represents the mind and the soul, it is the conduit through which matter is connected to the spirit.

The cross – the cross represents matter, the physical plane that exists within the intersection of time and space.


The Sun – the circle of spirit and a singular dot within, representing divine spirit radiating outward, the will and desire to shine as an individual that seeks recognition solely for its essence.

The Moon – two crescents directed backward towards the past, seeking comfort and familiarity. They are tied to our deepest selves, and show us the way to nourish our soul.

Mercury – the crescent of the mind over the cross of matter and the circle of spirit, an attempt to reach outside of ourselves to seek understanding about our place in the world around us.

Venus – the circle of spirit over the cross of matter, finding value and worth that has deeper meaning than physical attributes, and using this connection as the power of artistic creation.

Mars – the cross of matter over the circle of spirit, which is realizing the needs of the divine spirit within the physical realm. It is the power of energy put to the use of reshaping the world around you.

Jupiter – the crescent of the mind over the cross of matter, seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible in space and time and searching for connection to a higher purpose.

Saturn – the cross of matter over the crescent of the mind, the realization that the limitations of the physical world are inescapable, and learning to work within that framework to forge something of meaning and substance.

Uranus – two crescents in opposition surround the cross of matter over the circle of spirit, the sublimation of the personal will (circle) in order to create something worthwhile to society (cross) by thinking forward into the future (right crescent) and addressing the needs of the masses (left crescent).

Neptune – the crescent of the soul impaled upon the cross of matter, which shows us the yearning for all matter to return to the divine, and the power of dissolution to become one with the all.

Pluto – the circle of spirit separate from the crescent of the mind above the cross of matter, the power of indomitable spirit to radically transform the inner and outer world for the purposes of transcendence into the divine will.

Dualities, Elements, and Modalities: How to Classify the Zodiac Signs

There are three simple ways the zodiac signs are classified and grouped together: the dualities, the elements, and the modalities. Each zodiac sign is a unique combination of an duality, element, and modality.

The Dualities

There are two dualities: masculine and feminine. These aren’t to be confused with the society’s definition of “masculine” and “feminine.” The two dualities simply show us the direction of the signs’ energy.

  • The masculine signs are Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. The masculine duality is also called the extroverted, active, or yang duality. The signs all direct their energy outwards. They tend to be more extroverted and assertive.
  • The feminine signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. The feminine duality is also called the introverted, passive, or yin duality. The signs all direct their energy inwards. They tend to be more introverted and less direct.

The Elements

There are four elements or triplicities: fire, earth, air, and water. The four elements simply show us basic personality traits associated with the signs’ archetypes. Note that the masculine signs above comprise of the fire and air signs, while the feminine signs comprise of the earth and water signs.

  • The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Fire signs are enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing, passionate, and brave. The fire signs also rule the Houses of Life (the 1st, 5th, and 9th houses).
  • The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Earth signs are hardworking, sensual, and practical. The earth signs also rule the Houses of Wealth (the 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses).
  • The air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Air signs are intellectual, social, and idealistic. The air signs also rule the Houses of Relationships (the 3rd, 7th, and 11th houses).
  • The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Water signs are emotional, intuitive, and moody. The water signs also rule the Houses of Endings (the 4th, 8th, and 12th houses).

The Modalities

There are three modalities or quadruplicities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The three modalities show us how the signs interact with the world around them.

  • The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are dynamic, enterprising, with strong leadership qualities. The cardinal signs also rule the Angular Houses (the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses).
  • The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Fixed signs are stubborn, determined, and relentless. The fixed signs also rule the Succedent Houses (the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th houses).
  • The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Mutable signs are easy-going, flexible, and adaptable. The mutable signs also rule the Cadent Houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th houses).

Summary

So look at the zodiac wheel below. Here is the key to the colors used:

  • Orange: Cardinal sign
  • Purple: Fixed sign
  • Pink: Mutable sign
  • Red: Fire sign
  • Green: Earth sign
  • Darker blue: Water sign
  • Sky blue: Air sign
  • White dot: Masculine
  • Black dot: Feminine

So you can see how much pattern exists within the zodiac wheel.

Below is the unique combination of duality, element, and modality for each zodiac sign:

ARIES: Masculine, Fire, Cardinal

TAURUS: Feminine, Earth, Fixed

GEMINI: Masculine: Air, Mutable

CANCER: Feminine, Water, Cardinal

LEO: Masculine, Fire, Fixed

VIRGO: Feminine, Earth, Mutable

LIBRA: Masculine, Air, Cardinal

SCORPIO: Feminine, Water, Fixed

SAGITTARIUS: Masculine, Fire, Mutable

CAPRICORN: Feminine, Earth, Cardinal

AQUARIUS: Masculine, Air, Fixed

PISCES: Feminine, Water, Mutable

Planets and Houses

Luminaries:
The Sun rules the sign of ♌ Leo and is associated with the ego, its wants, and creativity
The Moon rules the sign of ♋ Cancer and is associated with the emotions, the subconscious needs, and the memory

Personal Planets:
Mercury rules the signs ♊ Gemini and ♍ Virgo and is associated with communication and intellect
Venus rules the signs ♉ Taurus and ♎ Libra and is associated with love and relationships
Mars rules the signs ♈ Aries and ♏ Scorpio(Sub) and is associated with passion, aggression, and vitality

Social Planets:
Jupiter rules the signs ♐ Sagittarius and ♓ Pisces(Co) and is associated with expansion and grace
Saturn rules the signs ♑ Capricorn and ♒ Aquarius(Co) and is associated with restriction and discipline

Transpersonal Planets:
Uranus rules the sign ♒ Aquarius and is associated with change and upheaval
Neptune rules the sign ♓ Pisces and is associated with illusion and spirituality
Pluto rules the sign ♏ Scorpio and is associated with transformation and control

Houses:
The 1st House represents the self, self-image, and body
The 2nd House represents the value system, finances, and security
The 3rd House represents the communicative ability, skills, and learning
The 4th House represents the home, family, and connection to the past
The 5th House represents the creative ability, amusement, romance, and children
The 6th House represents health, routines, and analytical ability
The 7th House represents one-to-one relationships, the law, and marriage
The 8th House represents collective finances, depth relationships, and the transformative ability
The 9th House represents travel, higher education, philosophy, and religion
The 10th House represents career, public persona, and aspirations
The 11th House represents social networks, dreams, and rewards
The 12th House represents isolation, the subconscious, spirituality, and undoing

Ne vs Ni - Typing Tool
  • Here are some examples of how each function plays a role in DREAMS (examples taken from an ENTP, me, and an INFJ; meaning DOMINANT intuition, so it MAY seem less related to you if it's not your dominant function). Which type of dream do you resonate with most (I.e. have had the most/feel it relates to you)?
  • Ne: Dreams about various, seemingly unconnected things wrapped up in one dream. A story may unfold, but it is disconnected from reality. Example is a dream where an Ne user creates a character based off of an image they had seen that day or an idea they had heard and creates a backstory or new environment or purpose for that character. Another common example is dreaming of, say, school and the Super Bowl in one setting. The dream seems dreamlike.
  • Ni: Dreams that may seem random BUT also seem very REAL. They are very plausible TO the dreamer, and the feelings, sensations, and thoughts from the dream impact the dreamer as if the dream had actually happened. May dream of monotonous or menial tasks often. Nightmares affect the dreamer for days or longer. The dreams affect the consciousness in such a way that it is unforgettable to the dreamer.
  • Note--INFPs may also have very EMOTIONAL dreams that impact their feelings for awhile and maybe even their thoughts, but the INFP recognizes that the dream was a showcase of an irrational fear or was too weird or crazy to be real. INFJs, contrastingly, may logically recognize that the dream wasn't real, but their Ni is left with the impression that it actually happened/will happen --usually forever, even if the significance of the dream is slowly forgotten over time.
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1. Title

Choose what subject you’re focusing the mindmap on and write the title in a bubble at the centre of the page. If the subject is very broad, make sure to use large A3 paper to fit all the information you need on!

2. Split up your subject

Work out what sub-sections there are within the subject- I chose the mindmap above because the sections are very clear. Working this out before you start writing will help you plan how much space your writing can take up, as well as making you less likely to repeat information in other parts of the mind map. I usually make these sub-sections related to exam questions that can be asked on the subject. Draw an arrow from the centre bubble and write the title of your first section.

3. Elaborate

Now write down the important facts within each section, using arrows coming from the sub-titles. Keep writing brief and highlight important information in a bright colour so that you can easily scan the mind map later to see the key facts. Use bullet points if you find it hard to write concisely. I also like to use illustrations to make my mindmaps stand out (although there aren’t any on the mindmap above because I was trying to keep it qite minimal) I find that if I add funny pictures to the information, I remember it better.

4. Extras

If there is anything else important that doesn’t fit your categories, put it around the edges of the mindmap. In the map above, I’ve added some examples of past exam questions in a space at the top right of the mindmap. Sometimes I even staple down flashcards or important handouts that are related to the subject! Try adding your own little touches and see what you find most useful.

I hope this helps you to study in a more creative way! x

another style of mindmap that I often make

my post on how to take good notes