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Sun, Moon and Rising Sign: Their True Meanings Revealed

If you are familiar with astrology then you probably already know what your zodiac (sun) sign is, yet the good news is; 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 them contribute to your personality. Read on to calculate your signs here and discover what they have to offer you.
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The meaning sun, moon and rising signs explained

The sun, moon and rising sign each rule over a specific part of your character. When combined, they offer a much deeper interpretation of your personal astrology makeup. 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. 

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 influences your appearance.

Sun, moon and rising signs

Sun sign: This is the outer 'you'

You 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 it 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.

- Read up on the 12 zodiac signs here! -


If your sun sign is in:

You are:

Aries

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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Moon sign meaning and explanation: 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 hold back on showing.

What does it 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:

Aries

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

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Ascendant or rising sign meaning: 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.

What does it 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 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, 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 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:

Character traits:

Aries

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

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* Literature Source: The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, Author; Joanna Martine Woolfolk, Published in 2012 and available here: Amazon - The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need


By Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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What about the "soul" sign?? It can be instrumental!!

your soul sign is your rising sign

Hallo Susan, Thank you for this interesting and informative article. I would disagree with you that moon signs are more important for women. It is equally important to all sexes. As Our World is shifting away from the masculine and becoming more feminine, it is very important that men start to embrace the feminine side of their being. Additionally, women should not become to masculine and loose their sensuality and femininity.

I'm a Taurus sun, Gemini rising and venus, and Scorpio moon. I'm very grounded\stable and faithful till the end. As for spontaneous not so much but I'm very outspoken. The thing I don't get about myself is that whatever I'm doing it's either all or nothing, doesn't matter if it's a job, relationship, etc. I've often wondered where this comes from.

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