Blood Temperament in Astrology




The Blood temperament combines the Hot and Humid qualities and is associated with the Air element.

The Bloodline is characterized by a lively, spontaneous, and enthusiastic personality, very communicative and pleasant; His interests span many topics. Like Choleric, it produces a dynamic and active personality, but the Wet quality makes it versatile and adaptable. When properly moderated, it makes room for curious people, academics, and researchers.

Emotionally, he is compassionate; he cries easily, so he is quickly released from his pain and anguish. For this reason, he does not hold a grudge, being naturally cheerful and personable.

Its extreme fluidity can lead to dispersion, loss of concentration, and a notable lack of perseverance.

Other negative aspects are disorganization and indiscipline since this temperament can be volatile and restless. In addition, their great sociability can degenerate into superficiality and futility.

If it presents negative traits, the dynamism and volatility of the typical Bloodline acquire more structure and consistency. The vivacity and cheerfulness of the temperament are more contained, and the individual becomes more sober and conservative.

It is a very balanced combination due to the contrast of the primitive qualities (Hot and Wet with Cold and Dry) and is particularly effective for study and research.

When the secondary temperament is Phlegmatic, there is a kind of “dilution” of the Blood temperament: the presence of the Cold makes it less exuberant and cheerful, timider, but it remains volatile and adaptable due to the emphasis on the Wet quality.

When combined with Choleric, heat predominates: the temperament becomes more intense and fierce, losing part of its natural flexibility. However, the Dried confers more incredible determination and perseverance to the actions of the Bloodline.

The Blood body tends to be fleshy and complete in physiognomic terms but without fat. He is of good stature, between medium and tall. The skin is smooth, warm, and moist to the touch, white and pink.

In medical terms, the Blood temperament is associated (as its name implies) with Blood. Carried by the veins and arteries, this humor has the function of feeding and transporting substances through the body.

Practical Application of Temperaments

Temperaments are the key to interpreting a horoscope.

Each planet or sign has affinities with one of the four temperaments, which serves as the basis for defining its characteristics.

The combination of the temperament of a planet with the sign where it is positioned is the basis of astrological interpretation.

In Natal Astrology, it is possible to determine each individual’s temperament (or combination of temperaments). This global temperament describes the essential characteristics which condition all behaviors, motivations, and personal dynamics.

The manifestation of the particularities indicated on the map is always subject to the dominant temperament.

For example, an astrological indicator of aggressiveness will have a different expression on an angry temperament map (which reinforces the aggressive tendency) or on a phlegmatic temperament map (which retracts it). Therefore, temperament is a background plane on which the personality is manifested.

The calculation for determining individual temperament has a degree of complexity, which considers the relative weight of the four primitive qualities of the horoscope.

In the weighting, the primitive qualities of the Ascendant and the Moon (as well as the planetary configurations associated with it) are considered. The temperament of the sun sign is added.

Source - Helena Avelar and Luis Ribeiro, in Treatise on the Spheres - A Practical Guide to the Astrological Tradition. Editorial Pergaminho. Cascais, Portugal, 2007, pp. 45-6.

Primordial Qualities - The Principle of Everything

In astrology, vital energy initially manifests through the Primordial Qualities (also designated as Primary Qualities or Primitive Qualities). These are present in nature and matter, subtly regulating cosmic energy.

All forms of life are expressed through the Primitive Qualities, and they are also the pieces that constitute the elements, signs, and planets. That is, they are the basic foundation of Astrology.

Each of these axes represents opposite attributes:

  • Hot and cold
  • Dry and Wet

Being that:

  • Hot - action, movement, impulsiveness
  • Cold - receptivity, passivity, melancholy, observation
  • Dry - permanence, stagnation, crystallization, concentration
  • Wet - flexibility, volatility, malleability

Primitive Qualities and the Energy of the Planets

Planet / Quality / Element / Temperament

  • Sun - Hot and Dry = Fire (Choleric)
  • Moon - Cold and Humid = Water (Phlegmatic)
  • Mercury - this planet does not have a defined quality, as it tends to absorb the qualities of what it comes into contact with. However, it is considered Cold and Dry when viewed in isolation without any other influence. (Melancholic)
  • Venus - Cold and Humid = Water (Phlegmatic)
  • Mars - Hot and Dry = Fire (Choleric)
  • Jupiter - Hot and Humid = Air (Blood)
  • Saturn - Cold and Dry = Earth (Melancholic)