The cardinal qualities are basically your born entrepreneurs, the doers. They are able to recognize favourable situations and good opportunities and to take advantage of these. They need to feel that they have an immediate effect on everything. Because they initiate many things, they are most comfortable in positions of leadership or at least ones in which they can act independently.
Detail is not necessarily their strength; rather they need people who pick up on their initiatives and implement them. Because they have a natural talent for organisation or acquire this over time, the delegation and supervision of the executed activities often becomes their main task. One can imagine here the head of a company who stimulates his colleagues to work. A cardinal type always feels driven to be active, often making him a less than pleasant individual. Patience and perseverance are not his greatest strengths unless the fixed qualities are accordingly well endowed (as is the case with our example here). The lack of flexibility in the depicted horoscope causes the horoscope’s owner to encounter resistance frequently. It can be difficult for him or her to adapt to life’s circumstances.
The task of the fixed qualities is to implement the potential of the preceding quality, to manifest it in real life and to give it form and expression. What counts here is the result, the realization in and of itself. The fixed qualities are the height of the energy that is set in motion by the cardinal qualities. In keeping with the image of our company, the employee who executes tasks, for instance the buyer of a company, comes to mind here. These people are characterized by their perseverance and their desire to realize things.
They are interested in the materialization, grasping and preservation of a dynamic condition. If the dominance of this quality exists, life goals are pursued with perseverance. Energy is concentrated inward, towards the centre and, because of this, outsiders often regard such people as sluggish or lazy. This impression, however, is deceptive! When these people implement their energy for a creative activity, for a project or for their intellectual development they are capable of great concentration and perseverance. Their success results from their steadfastness and their dependability.