The Mutable Quality is one of the three Quadruplicities or Modes that is part of the Zodiac Qualities. The Mutable quality represents the ability to adapt and adjust to change without any convictions and hesitations and to be able to face the unplanned and unexpected headstrong. Apart from the four astrological elements, being water, air, earth, and fire, the twelve signs of the zodiac are also split up between the three Qualities. These Qualities indicate how a native interacts with their immediate environment and the style of action they have when they deal with situations in life.
Apart from the four elements in astrology that have a significant effect on an individual’s personality, the Qualities also add depth to the personality profile of an individual. There is only one sign of each element for each quality; thus, meaning, there is only be one Mutable sign of each element. The Mutable Quality encompasses a desire to end one thing and to start something new. The Mutable signs are all located at the end of a season, thus representing ending off something in order to embark on the next project and to start the new season. The Mutable Quality allows an individual to be flexible, adaptable, and resourceful.
The Mutable Quality: Changeability in the Zodiac Qualities
There is a significant contrasting difference between the Mutable quality and the Fixed quality. The Fixed quality represents stability and unchangeableness, for the sake of remaining grounded, structured, and reliable. The Mutable Quality is representative of an ease to adapt and change. Due to this quality, Mutable signs are often jacks of all trades, and they can embark on any endeavor they are faced with as they have an inherent ability to change themselves and their mindsets to match their environment. The Mutable signs are the ones that finish off the work, put on the finishing touches, and then clear the way for the Cardinal signs (the initiators) to come and initiate a new project all over again.
The Mutable Quality in Astrology centers on change, change in actions, change in ideas, change in learning, change in direction, change from the status quo, etc. Without Mutable signs, there would not be much change and versatility in the world, and the Mutable signs are the ones that add color and variety to the human experience. One can always count on a Mutable sign to liven things up and to make life more fascinating and exciting for everyone else. Mutable signs remain open and flexible toward the various ways of living life.
The Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are ruled by the Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Twelfth Planetary Houses of the Zodiac. These signs have a chameleon-like quality where they can adapt themselves to suit the person they are interacting with and also to display the appropriate behaviors and reactions where needed. Beyond embracing change, the Mutable signs also adapt well to their changing environment.
The Mutable Zodiac Signs
Quality: Mutable – Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Zodiac Symbol: The Twins
Planetary Ruler: Third
Gemini is a prime example of the Mutable quality, as Gemini’s strength lies in their ability to look forward to new experiences without concerning and worrying too much about the changes that will take place. Gemini loves change, and they get uncomfortable when the dynamic in their life is repetitive. Gemini is assigned to the Air Element, which makes them the most changeable and “airy” of the Mutable signs. Gemini’s endless pursuit of knowledge and information allows them the open mind to welcome anything unexpected into their lives.
Gemini is the Mutable Air sign. The Zodiac sign Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, named for the Messenger God. Communication is a key factor for Gemini’s, and they are known for their intelligence and quick wit. They have extremely fast minds that are adaptable to new information, and Gemini’s tend to see all sides to a story, which can result in them see-sawing between two different sides, which is representative of their dual nature. They process information faster than any other sign. In general, their “wheels are continuously turning” with new thoughts and ideas that are often expressive via the creative arts, as in writing, dancing, painting, singing, or acting.
Gemini sits in the third Planetary House in the zodiac wheel. The third House governs communication, accessible information, and the written and spoken word. The air element allows them to adapt their style of communication to be suitable for who they are interacting with. Other than Sagittarius, Gemini prefers skimming information rather than going deep. Gemini avoids situations in which they could become stuck, thereby slowing them from making forward progress. Gemini is the happiest when in perpetual motion, which makes the air element a perfect match with their Mutable Quality. Just watch how quickly a Gemini can spread information! You can tell them something now, and an hour later, it would’ve spread to the whole community, or possibly hundreds of people! They have a knack for taking in new ideas and concepts and then applying it onto whatever it is they are involved with, allowing them to bring an element of uniqueness to everything they touch.
Quality: Mutable – Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Zodiac Symbol: Virgin Maiden
Planetary Ruler: Sixth
All Zodiac signs with the Mutable Quality are directly impacted by their environment, none more so than the Mutable sign Virgo. Virgo’s tend to have direct control over their surroundings, and heightened awareness of their environment helps them to make the right decisions when applying the necessary changes around them. Virgo’s have a knack for identifying what needs to be changed for things to function more efficiently, and this is where the Mutable quality comes through in Virgo.
Virgo is the Mutable earth sign. As with the Zodiac sign Gemini, the Mutable sign Virgo is co-ruled by the planet Mercury, which represents the Messenger God. Virgo and Gemini share the ability to adapt to different kinds of information, however, other than with Gemini, who externalizes the information they learn, with Virgo, the data is internalized, analyzed, processed, and then applied to the practical world. Virgo is ruled by the sixth Planetary House of service, health, and duty to others. Out of all the earth signs, Virgos are the most adaptable to versatility. They can immerse themselves in whatever work or project they are involved with, and can finalize and finish it off and move on to the next job with ease. The earth element allows them the stability to remain focused, yet the Mutable quality allows them to be open to new methods. They are incredibly flexible in the workplace and can complete many different tasks, which makes them incredibly useful employees.
Virgo’s put a lot of pride in their work and will always ensure their work is perfected with ample attention placed onto detail. As projects change, Virgos become entirely immersed, sometimes obsessed with the task at hand. They are versatile in being able to handle whatever job comes their way, yet grounded in the process they employ to reach a conclusion.
Virgo’s cannot stand stagnant, still energy, and they need to see things are always progressing, changing, and improving. Just watch how quickly a Virgo will instill a change in their environment as soon as things become dull and repetitive! They do approach this change through a very logical, calculating approach.
Quality: Mutable – Sagittarius (September 22-October 21)
Zodiac Symbol: The Archer/Centaur
Planetary Ruler: Ninth
The Mutable Quality in the Zodiac sign Sagittarius lies within their ability to continuously adapt to new methods of learning and taking in information which ends an old train of thought and starts a new one, most likely in a different direction than before. They can change their entire mindset according to new information that they learn, which makes the Mutable quality predominant in this sign. Sagittarians are often engaged in the pursuit of seeking knowledge, and they do not hesitate to change their values and viewpoints as they experience new things. They are influenced by the Fire Element, which “lights” the way for seeking adventure and higher purposes in life.
Sagittarius is the Mutable Fire sign. Sagittarius are ruled by the ninth House of the Zodiac, which represents the higher mind, philosophy, and higher learning. Other than Gemini, who takes in the information from their immediate surroundings, Sagittarius searches for a higher truth through avenues such as traveling, research, and life experiences, upon which they change their outlook on life as they gain new information. Sagittarius does not take anything at face value and looks for the deeper truth in everything. Sagittarians do not seek the truth from others, such as the case with Gemini, but their life mission is centered around the intention to discover the ultimately unknowable truth, which in essence cannot be obtained from other people, but mainly through experiences. They want to get to the bottom of everything and are willing to change themselves to do so, and through gaining new information, their old outlooks and perceptions fall away.
Sagittarians are ruled by the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, named for the Roman King of the Gods. As a fire sign, they search for enlightenment through learning and knowledge, continually expanding and progressing themselves through the information they learn. Sagittarians are wonderful teachers, and they also possess the ability to change the view of others through the information they can spread. The Mutable Quality in Sagittarius goes hand in hand with the fire element. Fire grows and spreads, and fire can become big and powerful, just like how Sagittarius will enter the unchartered territory to grow and expand themselves.
Quality: Mutable – Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Zodiac Symbol: The Fish
Planetary House: Twelfth
The Mutable Quality in the Zodiac sign Pisces is found in their ability to adapt to their environment, even as it “ebbs and flows” as a result of being influenced by their Water Element. Pisces can adapt to the person they are interacting with, or with any given environment, and they do not face internal struggles when faced with diversity. Their Mutable quality is also present in their empathy for others, as they can see the good in any situation and adapt their judgment to another person’s point of view.
Pisces is the Mutable water sign, and Pisces is ruled by the twelfth House of the Zodiac. They are ruled by the planet Neptune, named for the God of the Sea, which seems appropriate since the Zodiac symbol for Pisces is a fish. The twelfth House of the zodiac represents spirituality, endings, the afterlife, and the ability to just “go with the flow,” which is an inherent Mutable quality. Committed to those they love and care about, Pisces has the ability to adapt and change themselves to suit the ones they love or just to make the people around them feel more comfortable. This contributes to their overall sensitivity and compassion for others.
The Mutable sign Pisces is influenced by the Water Element. The Water Element comes into play as submerged thoughts that are directly related to the subconscious. Pisces are known to be deep thinkers, as well as being deeply committed to their loved ones. Pisceans possess the ability to be changeable toward their interest and needs, adapting themselves to suit the needs of others, which makes the Mutable quality shine through in them.
Pisces rules over endings, and Pisces finds it more accessible than most to let go of things in their life, and to welcome the new and unexpected. Pisces knows deep down inside that nothing is permanent and forever, as they are incredibly aware of the spiritual currents around them, more so than what they are aware of the physical reality. Pisces’ ability to be somewhat detached from reality allows them not to take things too personally, and they can find themselves in many weird and wonderful situations due to their mutable, open, and compassionate nature. The water element allows them to just flow through life, making use of their intuition to guide them to where they need to be.