What is the Zodiac? The zodiac wheel encompasses 12 signs—beginning with Aries and ending in Pisces. . Zodiac Qualities Each zodiac sign correlates with one of three modalities: cardinal, fixed, or mutable. Cardinal signs are the pioneers and leaders of the zodiac. Fixed signs are the stabilizers of the zodiac, usually the ones who can steady the course of action. Finally, mutable signs are the editors of the zodiac, the ones who round out the finished product with fluidity. Each modality is associated with four zodiac signs. The cardinal signs are Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and Cancer. The fixed signs are Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius. Lastly, the mutable signs are Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces. The zodiac is split neatly down the middle by duality. There are six feminine signs and six masculine signs. The feminine signs are the earth and water signs, usually known for a more passive approach, deep intuition, and introverted energy. The masculine signs are the air and fire signs, typically known for an active approach, gut instinct, and extroverted energy.