The double-bodied dilemma

My 11-year-old loves pop singer Katy Perry, so I’ve been hearing a lot of her songs lately.  In “Hot ‘n Cold,” Katy tells a boyfriend why he’s no good for her:


‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold

You’re yes then you’re no

You’re in then you’re out

You’re up then you’re down


You’re wrong when it’s right

It’s black and it’s white

We fight, we break up

We kiss, we make up


You! You don’t really wanna stay, no

You! But you don’t really wanna go-o


These lyrics really capture the back-and-forth quality that is a major problem for the double-bodied (aka mutable) signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.


These four are so named because each brings us to the end of one season and the beginning of the next.  As such, they comprise qualities of both seasons.  Pisces, for example, brings us through winter's end right up to the spring equinox, when Aries takes over.  This duality is also reflected in their symbols.  Gemini is the twins; Virgo, the virgin and her sheaf of wheat; Sagittarius, the centaur who is half-man, half-horse; and Pisces, the two fishes.


Having lots of mutable influence in the natal chart contributes to an experience of being or feeling two things, either at the same time or in alternating fashion.  There is also a difficulty making decisions and sticking to them.


I understand these problems all too well, having significant mutable influence in my own chart.  I’ve driven my poor cardinal-sign husband crazy with this! 


“So, when you said X, was that really how you felt?”


“Well, yes; at the time I said X, that’s how I felt. But today I feel Y.”


He likes to joke that the two of us should get together and let him know what we decide :)


Of course, the cardinal and fixed signs have their issues, too.  Cardinal likes to start things but not finish them.  Fixed is stubborn and has trouble letting go. 


Each of us has all three modes within us to some degree or another.  The art is in working towards a balance.


Photo By Ali Shaker/VOA -, Public Domain,


This post was first published April 16, 2012 on