As a teenager, I loved skimming to the back pages of Seventeen magazine to the monthly horoscopes. I was always fascinated by how accurate the readings were. It wasn’t until my college years that I realized Astrology was so much deeper than our Sun signs (most often referred to in Pop culture). I always knew I was an Aries but never took the time to check out my natal chart in detail. But once I did, my whole perspective of Astrology broadened beyond my comprehension. I learned that all of the zodiac signs were a part of me, as goes for you, and that these signs interacted with various planets to create my own unique approach to life itself.
Astrology is defined as “the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects.” (Merriam-Webster) This ancient study of the celestials has guided the lives of millions of people and some of the great civilizations we’ve learned about in our history classes. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Babylonians were all avid students of Astrology. These civilizations, amongst others, used the study of Astrology for practical matters like predicting weather patterns for agricultural purposes. The study of the planets and stars has even been used to predict natural disasters, wars, and other events. Allegedly, the higher ups in our government also consult with astrologers for their advantage as well.
As beneficial as it is to connect the dots to what’s going on in the world around us, Astrology is ultimately a blueprint that can be used to empower your experience in this lifetime. Many of us are familiar with our Sun sign but I’d like to introduce Astrology-newbies to what one of my fav astrologers, Lada Duncheva, refers to as “the holy trinity” of our natal chart––the Sun, Moon, and Rising sign.
The Sun sign, determined by the month and day of your birth, represents your ego, will power and fundamental character. Your rising sign, determined by your birth time, describes your general impression on people and your spontaneous reactions. The Moon sign, calculated by the day and time of your birth, is the hidden part of yourself and your emotional nature. It is common for women to associate more with their Moon sign as this planet represents the feminine whereas the Sun is masculine.
The placement of the planets in your chart along with the various aspects result in a unique interaction amongst these entities. This is why a person can’t solely be defined by their Sun sign. The Sun, Moon, and Rising are important to the foundation of our life experience and even these placements only represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the intricacies of Astrology. However, with knowledge of these three important facets of your natal chart, you can learn to navigate your cosmic blueprint with more ease.
Check out the chart below to see what each planet represents and its transit time through each zodiac sign: