Sun, Moon and Rising Sign: True Meanings RevealedIf you are familiar with astrology then you probably already know what your zodiac sign is, yet there is so much more to learn! Digging a little deeper reveals that each of us also has a sun, moon and rising sign; but the question is, what do they mean and how do they impact us? Our in-house Astrologer Susan Taylor reveals exactly what these 3 essential factors mean and how they contribute to your personality.
The meaning sun, moon and rising signs explained
The sun, moon and rising sign each rule over a specific part of your character. Combined together, they reveal a much deeper interpretation of your personal astrology makeup. It can be tough to only relate to our zodiac signs and the traits allied with them. Having information on the other signs helps you discover who you really are. Calculate your signs here and discover what they mean for you.
Here are the literal interpretations of each component and their influences:
- Sun sign: Describes your basic nature.
- Moon sign: Rules your emotions, femininity and sensitivity.
- Rising sign: Impacts the way other people see you.
Sun sign: Outer 'you'
You sun sign/zodiac sign is what you put out into the world.
Your Sun sign refers to the position of the Sun in your birth chart. If at your time of birth, on January 13th for example, the Sun was in Capricorn, then your zodiac sign is Capricorn.
Most people only know their sun signs because our horoscopes are based on them. To calculate your this element, all you need to know is your date of birth. When we are born, it’s said that we instantly take on traits associated with this sign, which explains why this aspect influences how other people view us.
This sign represents the core of who you are and symbolizes your strength, attitude and understanding of things. It gives us an outline of your passions and what motivates you in life. Your unique personality is forged by your star sign depending on its location in your natal chart.
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If your sun sign is in:
|Strong and impulsive|
|Logical and stable|
|Wild and fickle|
|Sensitive and loving|
|Passionate and vain|
|Smart and sensible|
|Ethereal and kind|
|Brave and focused|
|Cheerful and funny|
|Caring and strong|
|Giving and fun|
|Creative and dreamy|
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Moon sign meaning and explanation: Darker you
Your Moon sign is associated with the position of the Moon in your birth chart.
This component refers to the deeper and more emotive sides of your personality. It's even said to be the key to unlocking your soul. Much like the dim moonlight, the characteristics associated with your moon sign aren’t immediately noticeable due to a lack of illumination. This astrological aspect is fairly understated and relates to the traits that people hold back on showing.
This element is more important for women than men, because it’s associated with sensuality and femininity. If your Moon sign is Leo for instance, you are likely to be dominant and very flamboyant. As for men, their signs are less obvious but still present nevertheless.
The Moon is linked to our emotions and profound feelings that we don’t always feel comfortable expressing to other people. Secretly people often identify more with their Moon sign than their sun sign because they are afraid to put their real selves out there.
If your moon sign is in:
|Impatient and independent|
|Organized and conservative|
|Charming and chatty|
|Calm and peaceful|
|Bossy and idealistic|
|Ambitious and dedicated|
|Fair and flirty|
|Faithful and individual|
|Helpful and pleasant|
|Sensitive and bold|
|Jealous and attentive|
|Loving and compassionate|
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Ascendant and rising sign meaning: Deeper you
Your ascendant is referred to as the ‘inner you’.
The rising sign is the sign on the Eastern horizon at your birth time. It’s related to the character traits that you put out there for the world to see and what your friends and family associate you with. This sign is equally important as the sun and moon and helps finish off the puzzle that is your personality.
Your ascendant influences your style, look and how you present yourself to other people. It refers to the parts of your personality that you proudly choose to show off and rock; those that make you unique and special.
Our rising signs are equally as important in men and women and compliment the zodiac signs. If our zodiac sign and ascendant both belong to the same element group, for example Earth, we can expect the serious, realistic and organized traits to be even more intense. If for instance our rising sign is starkly different to our zodiac sign, such as Aries sun Capricorn rising, lots of conflicts and contradictions can be foreseen.
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Can your rising sign change?
No, your rising sign will never change, not even when you get older. It can’t change because it is associated with your date, time and place of your birth. This sign is also part of your birth chart, making it a permanent astrology fixture.
If your rising sign is in:
|Loyal and committed|
|Smart and focused|
|Honest and spontaneous|
|Authentic and open|
|Passionate and wise|
|Humble and intelligent|
|Charismatic and welcoming|
|Avantgarde and courageous|
|Optimistic and inventive|
|Strong and resolute|
|Original and visionary|
|Gentle and tolerant|
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