What are my sun, moon, and rising signs, and what do they mean?
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. 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.
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.
- Read up on the 12 zodiac signs here! -
If your sun sign is in:
Aries sun sign
|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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What is my 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.
If your moon sign is in:
|Personality traits associated to each moon sign:|
Aries moon sign
|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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What's my 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: