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The zodiac's feminine pole (green and blue signs).

Together with masculine, one of the pair of terms which expresses the basic polarity underlying the zodiac. The feminine principle stands for the receptive, passive and introvert aspects of being and is the basis from which all actions flow. It is the principle of order which upholds existing structures. If there is an overemphasis of the feminine, stagnation and lethargy can result.

The feminine complements and defines the masculine and vice versa - the one is unthinkable without the other. In the zodiac, the earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and the water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are associated with the feminine archetype, together with the Moon, Venus and Saturn among the classical planets.

The feminine principle is not only present in women. One of the greatest challenges facing every individual is to integrate both the feminine and masculine aspects of their personality. The horoscope indicates where (and how) these feminine or masculine aspects are likely to be expressed.

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