Your guide to mutable signs

If you’re known for being the friend of the move, the one who embraces change and doesn’t let the little things ruin your day, chances are you’re a mutable zodiac sign. As astrologer Theresa Reed tells Bustle, mutable signs come at the end of each season, so they represent change. You understand the need to let go and you accept the challenges that come with a fresh start. This guide to mutable signs has everything you need to know about your modality.

In astrology, there are several ways to break down the signs. One is by element (fire, earth, air, and water), which is the foundation of each zodiac sign’s personality. The other way is modality, which is how each sign approaches life.

“The best way to think about modalities is in a group project,” astrologer Jacquelyn Son told Bustle. “Cardinal signs launch the seasons and are excellent at initiating and directing the project. The fixed signs are in the middle of the seasons and are excellent for carrying out the tasks initiated by the cardinal signs. Finally, mutable signs are at the end of the seasons and are perfect for transitioning into the next necessary tasks.

Mutable signs are considered the most adaptable signs of the zodiac. Instead of getting things done or preserving what has already been set, changeable signs can go in any direction. “No matter what happens, mutable signs can do the trick,” says Reed. “They’re also laid back and have a laid back attitude which makes them fun to be around.”

Although Mutable signs share the same basic traits, they express their Mutable energy in different ways. Here’s what you need to know about the mutable signs, according to astrologers.

What are the four mutable signs?

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Mercury-ruled Gemini are the social butterflies of the zodiac and are great at connecting with new people. According to Son, their mutable nature is expressed through their flexibility and ideas. “They are constantly open to learning new things and can discuss almost any topic of conversation,” she says. “They have to be careful not to overwhelm themselves and others with their many ideas. It’s important for them to remember that while, yes, you can do it all, you don’t have to do it all at once.

Virgo (August 23 to September 22): Virgos are known to be the perfectionists of the zodiac. In true mutable sign form, earth signs are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves and their life circumstances. According to Son, Virgos are continually editing their work and changing things up in order to find their version of “perfect.” As they are the sign of service ruled by Mercury, they do their best to help others grow and achieve perfection, which can get them in some trouble when others view their advice as criticism.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Sagittarians are free spirits who don’t like to be tied down and value their independence and freedom above all else. “Their mutable nature is very adaptable,” Son says. “They are known to be adventurous and can adapt to almost any place or environment they find themselves in. However, a shadow tendency is that they can be too direct and judgmental. It is important for them to learn to be tactful when sharing their opinions with others.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Pisces is a compassionate and sensitive water sign. Their mutable energy makes them very quick to forgive and ignore negative traits in others, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing. “They have to be careful not to ‘merge’ too much with other people, as they can sometimes take other people’s interests for their own,” Son says. “It’s important for them to learn boundaries and not get lost when interacting with others.”

Mutable Sign Traits

Mutable signs are open-minded

All four mutable signs are open-minded to a fault, Tara Bennet, astrologer and spiritual coach, tells Bustle. “They embrace change wholeheartedly, are incredibly flexible, and are never fazed by new encounters or life changes,” she says. They welcome all ideas, and due to their flexibility, they tend to be motivators in a group. However, being open to all ideas means that they can be indecisive and jump between two or three paths before choosing the one that seems right to them.

Mutable signs are easy going

Mutable signs tend to be liked by many due to their easy-going nature. “They can adapt to virtually any situation because they thrive on change,” Son says. “They are down for any type of activity suggested.” If things don’t go as planned, mutable signs have the ability to come up with a new idea that mostly works. They don’t let things beyond their control get them down.

Mutable signs are highly adaptable

Mutable signs live life knowing that things are never set in stone. Even if they already have an idea in mind, that can easily change once new information comes to light. According to Bennet, they are able to “foresee change” and help others through it.

Mutable signs are restless

Since mutable signs thrive on change, they tend to be very restless. According to Reed, every sign has a bit of wanderlust in them. “They always have their eyes on a new horizon,” she says. This restlessness can translate into character flaws for each sign. For example, Geminis need constant mental stimulation which can make them seem fickle to their partners, Virgos like to keep busy and are therefore often involved in many projects, Sagittarians like to roam around letting everyone handle responsibilities , and Pisces are creative people who tend to have their heads in the clouds. Keeping their restlessness under control is something every sign needs to work on constantly.

Mutable sign compatibility

Are mutable signs compatible with mutable signs?

Two mutable signs in a relationship can go either way. “Their angles are either opposite or square, which can be tricky if the ground rules aren’t laid down from day one,” says Bennett. Mutable signs tend to be the thinkers and philosophers of the zodiac, which means they’re great talkers. However, this also means that they are “formidable adversaries” when the going gets tough. If a fight happens between two mutable signs, Bennet says it can get pretty ugly.

Are mutable signs compatible with fixed signs?

A mutable and fixed sign relation is not exactly a match made in heaven. By nature, fixed signs hate change. They prefer to stay in their comfort zone and do their best when their days are planned. Mutable signs, on the other hand, live for change and are indecisive in the face of a fault. “Fixed signs will become frustrated with their ever-changing life landscape and indecision, much as a mutable sign will easily become bored with what they perceive to be a mundane life,” Bennet says. “That said, the light of love can shine if both embrace the qualities of the other.” If they are able to work through the frustration and truly understand how the other works, Fixed signs can ground their mutable partner, while a Mutable sign can help push the Fixed sign to achieve their goals.

Are mutable signs compatible with cardinal signs?

Of all the pairings, mutable signs best match cardinal signs. According to Bennett, they tend to complement each other very well because Mutable signs know how to go with the flow, while Cardinal signs are always looking for their next adventure. “Mutable signs are less likely to challenge a cardinal sign, which makes a power struggle in a relationship less likely,” Bennet says.


Tara Bennet, astrologer and spiritual coach

Jacquelyn Son, astrologer

Theresa Reed, astrologer

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