The Four Basic Human Temperaments
As illustrated, the twelve Sun signs divide into three groups containing four signs each as the quadrature (square): four formative forces, four affectional forces, and four dynamic forces. Each quadruple not only represents a class of power or mental function, but denotes a set of the four temperaments: sanguine (airy); melancholic (watery); choleric (fiery) and earth (earthy).
With all the gradations, we get twelve temperaments forming the the bridge to the various groups in which humans beings divide themselves. It is through this diversity lies unity among the different peoples, supplying the refreshing difference of the various human talents and behaviours.
Although it is the ultimate goal of every human spirit to develop all the radiations of the temperaments, in accordance with one’s blood composition, there will always be a type of temperament predominating in different people which is decisive for them. Such factors are further influenced by the characteristics of the different regions of origin and everything pertaining to them, i.e., climate, the radiation of the stars, the different kinds of nourishment, but most of all, the maturity of the particular soul. The more matured is the “ego” the more readily discernible in the personality is that predominant radiation.
Like the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter, the four principal temperaments form the basis of a person’s earth-life, both in character the aging process. As the body ages, the blood composition also changes and gives rise to different experiencing, similar to the changes of the seasons, resembling such changes in the temperate zones.
The designations sanguine, melancholic, choleric, and phlegmatic resemble the four blood groups: O, A, B, and AB. But more so with the radiation which develops through the type of blood composition in the four progressive age periods. Although human temperaments are basically the nature of the nervous system’s response to stimuli (impressions), it is in the four life cycles the operation prevails.
Each person’s lifespan is divided into four main stages or four age periods in which the four main temperaments are dominant and are marked by changes in the blood composition: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, and phlegmatic. A natural progression occurs only where there is an absolutely healthy blood condition, in that sickness causes confusion in the blood radiation. Only then does the blood composition change accordingly. As the body ages, the blood composition also changes and gives rise to different experiencing, similar to the changes of the seasons, resembling such changes in the temperate zones.