. . . definitely in the eye of the beholder.
It’s a habit of mine to think of Taurus as the most stubborn sign of the zodiac as it is the fixed earth sign. However, on the way to the gym today, I began thinking that maybe another fixed sign, Aquarius, is the most stubborn.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of stubborn is:
“Unreasonably obstinate, obstinately perverse, fixed or set in purpose or opinion, resolute.”
Notice the word “fixed.” In astrology there are four elements and three modes. Four times three makes the twelve signs. The modes are cardinal, mutable and fixed.
The four fixed signs are: Taurus (earth), Leo (fire), Scorpio (water) and Aquarius (air).
Fixed is, as the definition of stubborn suggests, set in purpose. It’s no wonder many world leaders and most American presidents have been born under a fixed sun sign. One needs set purpose to manage the crossfire of life in politics.
All of the fixed signs may at times appear stubborn in their energetic sphere. I think I understand why Aquarius seems to me even more stubborn than Taurus.
Taurus is an earth sign, practical and realistic. Taurus is an even-keeled sign only showing temper when pressed too hard from the outside.
I see Taurus as stubborn with regard to habit. Do not try to make a Taurus go faster or in a different direction. While you can’t make a Taurus change direction rapidly, the Taurus also won’t ask you to change directions either. Taurus may be stubborn with itself, but it won’t be stubborn toward you.
Aquarius is an air sign, intellectual and idealistic. Aquarius, to me, has a vision of “the perfect universe.” I think Aquarius appears to me most stubborn because it wants the ideal of the world to be followed by others. Taurus just does its own thing; Aquarius wants you to do its thing.
What about the other two fixed signs?
Leo to me is more forceful than stubborn. It is fixed fire, enthusiastic and intuitive. Maybe Leo doesn’t appear stubborn because the shining light of its personality is able to energize you enough to follow its lead.
Leo, like Aquarius, is extraverted so it does want others to share the fun. However, Leo is fire whereas Aquarius is air. Convincing others of an intellectual idea (Aquarius) such as buying rice in bulk to save the planet is much more difficult than convincing others of a fun idea (Leo) such as calling in sick and going to the zoo.
Scorpio is the fixed water sign, intense and emotional. This is the one water sign that hides its vulnerability. Cancer and Pisces are more open to their own fragility.
Scorpio is often viewed as controlling. The stubborn in Scorpio is emotional stubbornness. If you hurt me, I will never forget. Scorpio doesn’t always see that others are not conscious of their motives and hurt out of humanness, not maliciousness.
Scorpio is stubborn with regard to how it feels. And because how it feels is everything to a Scorpio, this sign is known to “bite its own tail” or poison itself. Like Taurus, the stubbornness often goes inward, not outward.
My vote for most stubborn, at this moment, is Aquarius.
What is your vote?