There are three qualities: cardinal, fixed and mutable. Each of the four groupings of elements has a distinct quality. The quality groupings each have a unique way of engaging with the world. Each quality is linked to a particular point in the season-the cardinal signs initiate the season, fixed signs hold it in continuation, and the mutable signs wrap things up and prepare for the seasonal change ahead. Combining the four elements with these three qualities produces the twelve primary patterns of energy called the Signs of the Zodiac:
Cardinal Quality is attached to the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Cardinal Signs are the oldest in the family, and full of self- initatory spirit. They assert their particular style through their element. Cardinal Sigsn are the most assertive, the most interested in initiating change. Their mode of activity is to start new things. They easily begin new things. They easily begin things and respond well to new ideas. They are self-starters. Crisis motivates them. They achieve control by remaining one step ahead of others.
Fixed Quality is attached to the signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The Fixed Signs dig in, and are able to hold steady in their goals to achieve something solid. It’s hard for them to change, which gives them a reputation fore being stubborn . But they are respected for their self-containment and sense of purpose. Their mode of activity is sort of passive, yet determined and unwavering. Their strength is their consistency ad loyalty. They follow things through to the end, managing and sustaining what has been started by the Cardinal signs.
Mutable Quality is attached to the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Mutable Signs are flexible, adaptable and restless for movement, change. They are able to see life from many perspectives, making them great communicators. Mutable Signs are the most unstable and most open to influence by the environment. Their mode of activity is to make the transition from the old to the new, opening the way for the Cardinal Signs to begin a new cycle.