How Do I Find My Sun, Moon, And Rising Signs? - Calculate Them Here

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If you are familiar with astrology then you probably already know what your zodiac (sun) sign is, yet there is so much more to learn! Digging a little deeper into our birth charts reveals that each of us also has a moon and rising sign too; but the question is, what do they mean? Plus, what do they represent, and how do they impact us in our daily lives? Our in-house Astrologer Susan Taylor answers all of these questions and explains how each of these astrological components contributes to your personality. Use our sun, moon, and rising calculator here, and discover what they mean for you.

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What are my big 3 signs? The meaning of your sun, moon, and rising signs

The sun, moon, and rising sign, also known as your big 3 signs, each rule over a specific part of your character. When combined, they offer a much deeper interpretation of your personal astrology makeup. Now, it can indeed be tough to only relate to our zodiac signs and the traits allied with them, but having information on the other components of your natal chart will help you discover who you really are. Whether you believe in astrology or not, chances are you know the answer to the question, "What is your sign?" Although, it is likely that it is only your sun sign. However, you also have a moon sign and an ascendant sign. When you put them all together, they create a much more nuanced picture of each individual. Therefore, if you've ever felt different from the characteristics of your sign, this could explain why. All of this means that we can't be reduced to a single sign, nor to a simple horoscope.

Here are the literal interpretations of each astrological component and their influences:

  • Sun sign/Zodiac sign: Describes your basic nature.
  • Moon sign: Rules your emotions, femininity, and sensitivity.
  • Rising sign: Impacts the way other people see you and has an influence on your appearance.

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How do you find your Sun, Moon, and Rising sign, a.k.a. your big 3?

To discover your zodiac sign, lunar sign and ascendant, you can follow a few simple steps. 

  • To determine your zodiac sign, look up your date of birth and associate it with the corresponding sun sign. 
  • Your lunar sign is based on the Moon's position at the time of your birth. You can use online calculators to obtain this precise information. 
  • As for your ascendant, it's determined by the time and place of your birth, as well as your date of birth. 

By combining these three astrological aspects, you'll get a more complete picture of your personality, emotions and behavior.

What is my sun sign?: This is the outer 'you'

Your sun sign as known as your 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.

What does your sun sign influence?

Most people only know their sun signs because our horoscopes are based on them. In order to calculate this element, all you need to know is your date of birth. In fact, 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.

Your sun/zodiac sign represents the core of who you are and symbolizes your strengths, attitude, and understanding of things. It gives us an outline of your passions and what motivates you in life. In short, 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:

You are:

Aries sun sign

Strong and impulsive

Taurus

Logical and stable

Gemini

Wild and fickle

Cancer

Sensitive and loving

Leo

Passionate and vain

Virgo

Smart and sensible

Libra

Ethereal and kind

Scorpio

Brave and focused

Sagittarius

Cheerful and funny

Capricorn

Caring and strong

Aquarius

Giving and fun

Pisces

Creative and dreamy

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What is your moon sign?: This is known as the '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 this element aren’t immediately noticeable due to a lack of illumination. This aspect is fairly understated and relates to the traits that people are reluctant to show.

What does your Moon sign impact?

Indeed, Lunar signs are more important for women than men, because they are associated with sensuality and femininity. If your Moon is in 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 this component than their sun sign because they are afraid to put their real selves out there.

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If your moon sign is in:

Personality traits associated to each moon sign:

Aries moon sign

Impatient and independent

Taurus

Organized and conservative

Gemini

Charming and chatty

Cancer

Calm and peaceful

Leo

Bossy and idealistic

Virgo

Ambitious and dedicated

Libra

Fair and flirty

Scorpio

Faithful and individual

Sagittarius

Helpful and pleasant

Capricorn

Sensitive and bold

Aquarius

Jealous and attentive

Pisces

Loving and compassionate

How to figure out your rising sign, and what does it mean?: This is the 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 is therefore 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 segment of your character is equally important as the sun and moon, and helps finish off the puzzle that is your personality.

Calculate your rising sign here:

Calculate my rising sign

Your rising sign is determined by the time and place of your birth. To figure out your ascendant, fill in the form below:

What does your ascendant have an influence on?

It 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 influential 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, then, 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, it will never change, not even when you get older. It can’t be altered because it is associated with the 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:

Associated character traits:

Aries rising

Loyal and committed

Taurus

Smart and focused

Gemini

Honest and spontaneous

Cancer

Authentic and open

Leo

Passionate and wise

Virgo

Humble and intelligent

Libra

Charismatic and welcoming

Scorpio

Avant-garde and courageous

Sagittarius

Optimistic and inventive

Capricorn

Strong and resolute

Aquarius

Original and visionary

Pisces

Gentle and tolerant

Is your sun, moon, or rising sign more important?

In astrology, the sun, moon, and rising (or ascendant) signs are all important and work together to form a person's unique astrological profile. However, some astrologers believe that the rising sign is the most important because it represents the outer, visible self and the first impression that others have of you. The sun sign represents your core identity and is also significant in interpreting your personality and life path. The moon sign represents your emotional nature and is associated with your instincts, intuition, and inner world. In summary, all three signs are important and can provide valuable insights into different aspects of your personality and life. It's best to consult a professional astrologer for a more in-depth analysis and interpretation of your astrological chart.

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What does it mean if my sun, moon and rising sign are all the same?

Having the same sun, moon, and rising sign, also known as the same triple sign, is a powerful personality element, which ultimately uniformizes your personality. This means that your personality is harmonious and unified. In short, it means that your character traits are consistent and that you are easier to read than most people. However, that being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to identify with every single trait listed and associated with these particular signs either. Indeed, there are differences between a triple Scorpio female and male personality, for example.

What does it mean if my sun, moon and rising sign are all different?

In the instance that your big three signs are all different, there is absolutely nothing to worry about either. Rest assured that this element of difference only adds more spice and adventure to your personality. The distinct signs might make you a little more unpredictable than most, meaning that certain people might have a hard time keeping up with you and your decisions. Indeed, they'll have to watch you closely if they want to keep up.


Susan Taylor’s insights: The Universe speaks to us

To summarize, when you meet someone, you first discern the person’s ascendant. Once we get to know them better, we can then guess their zodiac sign. Then, finally, when we establish a friendly or loving relationship with this person, we will be able to distinguish, little by little, their lunar sign. Our personalities unravel themselves in this order.

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