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Sun, Moon, & Rising: What they mean and how to find your big three!

"You are not just your sun sign—or any other planetary sign, You are a sum of all of those parts. By synthesizing your sun, moon, and rising signs, you gain a more cohesive, complete, and nuanced portrait of who you are, how you feel, and what gifts you've been given to navigate your life." - Maria Sofia Marmanides.

(Not sure what your sun, moon, and rising signs are? Input your birthdate, time, and location information into an online natal chart generator like this one.)

Sun sign: your soul and mission in life

The sun sign is our personality. It is the essence that you shine out into the world. We are always trying to improve whatever talents our sun sign is naturally endowed with, making us very conscious of our sun sign. Your sun sign is how you answer the question “I am” and how you experience life and express your individuality. When looking at others, you will see the sun sign as the person's style and general demeanor. 

If your sun is an air sign:
- Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius: express intellectually & recharge by thinking and talking
 
If your sun is a fire sign:
- Aries, Leo, or Sagittariusexpress through goals and aspirations & recharge with physical activity
 
If your sun is an earth sign:
- Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn: express through the material world & recharge through the physical senses  
 
If your sun is a water sign: 
- Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces: express through emotions & recharge through emotional experiences

 

Often when we meet someone with the same Sun sign as us, we find that we have a lot in common with them. This is because your Sun sign establishes some outwardly obvious preferences in terms of what you do and don’t like, both within your own life and from other people’s behavior. But some Sun signs are said to be “incompatible” with each other because our preferences can clash with someone too similar or too different.

  

Moon sign: emotional experience and sense of security

The moon is the soul behind your identity. It is the sign that represents who we truly are on the deepest level. It is the subconscious side of yourself that you typically keep hidden. It's how we experience ourselves because it shows our most fundamental needs in life and how we find security in the world. We actively seek out the things that satisfy our moons, because our moon sign is how we feel pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, and gives insight into how you nurture and restore yourself. If the needs of our moon aren't met, we feel unsatisfied and empty. 

If your moon is in an air sign:
- Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius: emotional response to events in your life usually includes trying to understand them mentally
 
If your moon is in a fire sign:
- Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius: emotional response to events in your life usually includes finding strength, confidence and taking action
 
If your moon is in an earth sign:
- Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn: emotional response to events in your life usually includes maintaining stability and taking a practical approach
 
If your moon is a water sign:
- Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces: emotional response to events in your life usually includes feeling through them deeply and sensitively 
 

Your Moon sign can also change the tone at which you express your Sun sign by either amplifying it or muting it.

Rising sign: The key to your chart

Your Rising Sign, also called the Ascendant, is the Zodiac Sign that was on the Eastern Horizon in the sky at the moment you were born. While the sun and moon signs are attached to planets, the rising sign is only attached to a point. It means that it is less a part of who we are and more a way we see and experience the world. It colors a person's world like a lens and represents the person's way of interacting with the world. 

If your rising is in an air sign:
- Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius: you have a tendency to want to understand the meaning behind your encounters
 
If your rising is in a fire sign:
- Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius: you have a lot of energy and come across as confident; sometimes even blunt
 
If your rising is in an earth sign:
- Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn: you are seen as a stable influence by others and you may find that people tend to rely on you
 
If your rising is in a water sign:
- Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces: you are sensitive and empathetic with people, and you may even take on the emotions of others

 

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So, I’m curious to know – what’s your Sun, Moon and Rising sign? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 comments

Gemini 🌞 Gemini 🌙 Sagittarius ♐ rising

Leslie

I’m a Taurus- Sun, Virgo- Moon and Virgo- Rising! So I’m VERY stubborn, loyal and grounded.

Angela Thompson

My sun is Libra ♎
My moon is Cancer ♋
My ascending is Sagittarius ♐

And this definitely describes me lol

Stephanie Jones

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