How many times have you been asked: “what’s your zodiac sign?”
Did you know there is actually no one way to answer this question? In fact, every single one of us has several zodiac signs, and combined they make up our birth charts!
When people ask you this question, it is likely that they are referring to your “sun sign”; the zodiac sign assigned to you according to the day and month that you are born. Unless you’ve taken the time to really research the topic or have spoken to an astrologist, it is easy to assume your sun sign is the be-all-end-all to horoscopes. This however, is not the case.
While there are actually several different signs that make up your birth chart, the three most ‘popular’ or perhaps most ‘critical’ to know are your:
…particularly for anyone interested in astrology and understanding how it affects who you are. Again, these three signs are only just one small piece of the puzzle but combined, they do provide a more complete look at your personality - according to astrology - than just your sun sign alone.
Learning more about who you are based on your astrological signs can provide many positive benefits. For one, just like turning to God or Allah (or whatever you believe in), believing in cosmic power is yet another expression of faith. And faith - whatever that means to you - can positively influence your mental health, by decreasing depression and anxiety as well as increasing overall self-esteem. Plus, just like religion and spirituality comes from a deep, internal desire to understand better or to feel closer to something (or someone), so too does astrology. There is something quite powerful about learning more about who you are, why you react the way you do, and what tendencies you may have to things like stress and anxiety. To learn more about the relationship between astrology and stress, please read our article.
In the meantime, let's dive deeper into each of these three astrological signs.
As we mentioned, this is by far the most well-known sign of the birth chart. More often than not, horoscopes are based on these alone. This is understandable. If you think about it, the sun is the center of our solar system and the root of all life on Earth. It holds a significant place in astrology.
In astrological terms, the sun sign depicts the core of your being - the big picture representation of who you are. It speaks to what motivates you and what pushes you to success. It determines your passions and moulds your ego. It symbolizes your spirit, values and beliefs. To determine your sun sign, you must simply know the month and day you were born. With this information, you can determine your sun sign here.
Your moon sign represents the private, beneath-the-surface parts of your personality; the emotional, more vulnerable attributes of who we are. It’s the side of you only those closest to you often get to know. Even then, sometimes these are attributes we keep completely internalized – too scared to show others. Because it relates to how we process emotions, the moon sign often provides insight into how we handle highly stressful situations.
To determine your moon sign, you need to know not only your birth date, but also the exact time and time zone you were born in. Once you have this information, you are encouraged to consult an astrologer to determine your moon sign. In the meantime, you may use online moon sign calculators. As a reminder, this sign is likely going to differ from your sun and rising sign. Meaning, your sun sign may be Pisces, but your moon sign could be say, Sagittarius, for example.
Just like with all signs, your moon sign will fall into one of four categories:
In general terms, Water Moons are often very empathic and need emotional validation. Whereas Earth Moons typically find comfort through financial security. Fire and Air signs on the other hand, commonly feel the happiest when they can express their truest self and are free of responsibility.
Finally, your rising sign (sometimes referred to as ‘ascending sign’) is you at first glance. It’s the side of you that you portray initially to the world. For instance, the you that comes out during first introductions or when you are first adapting to a new surrounding. It is your surface-level personality.
Your rising sign is often working closely with your sun sign to create the person you project to new people, but in a way that protects your inner self until you feel more comfortable to show all that you are. Some people look at your rising sign as an indication of the mask you wear, something that remains on until you are comfortable enough to take it off.
Compared to the the sun sign, which represents the core of your personality (ie. ego and values), your rising sign governs your surface-level personality/demeanor – how you first come across to others and how you handle spontaneous events or encounters.
To determine your rising sign, similarly to the moon sign, you are going to need to know your exact date and time of birth (down to the minute), as well as your place of birth. Once again, we encourage you to speak to an astrologer, but can use an online rising sign calculator in the meantime.
In order to best equip yourself to handle whatever life throws at you, it is extremely important to have a good, comprehensive understanding of who you truly are. Not only is it comforting to learn why you act/react the way you do, but it provides a serious boost in your journey of self-discovery and strongly improves your overall self-awareness. Having this knowledge is instrumental to finding overall peace and happiness. Now this can be achieved in many different ways and with the help of many different professionals (ie. life coaches, psychotherapists, psychologists, astrologists etc.). Astrology is just one option. Just like any other resource, astrology may not suit everyone and that’s ok! You just have to find which path works best for you!
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