You know your Sun sign. (Right?) Everyone fits neatly into one of 12 pigeon-holes which define your entire personality and make it easy for newspapers to print perfectly accurate 3-line horoscopes that you can rely on to tell you exactly what your day will be like…
Because you’re so much more than your Sun sign. The Sun is important, sure: its position in your chart is a like a huge lens that collects all the other planets’ energy and focuses it in one place. It’s your conscious mind, your general outlook, the outline that you get to color in. But there are a lot of subtleties involved. 12 simple categories do not define everyone in the world. Your chart is as unique as a fingerprint.
So, do you know your Rising Sign? Also called the “Ascendant,” this is the zodiac constellation which was coming up over the eastern horizon at the moment you were born. This sign rules the 1st House, which is the segment of the chart that defines the “Self.” It’s like a filter between you and the outside world: it shapes your perspectives and the personality you project.
The Ascendant is just as important as the Sun sign when it comes to defining your personality, and when a powerful planet is transiting through this sign, your entire life is affected.
For example: I’m a Sagittarius. (Actually I’m an Ophiucus, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.) Sagittarius is all about adventure and travel and spiritual philosophy and new experiences. Wheeeeeeee!
However, I’ve got Virgo rising. This means that I want to be a pirate and an astronaut and a rock star and a messiah, but first I have to finish organizing my books according to the new and improved Dewey Decimal System that I invented.
Ooh! An adventure! I must create a new database to catalog each photo and journal entry so that I may easily cross-reference them with previous escapades.
And that’s just the 1st House. There are 12 Houses in a chart, defining everything from family to romance to money to careers to karma. Every sign influences every chart in one way or another, along with the planets and a peanut gallery of asteroids, Nodes, aspects, and ever-changing daily transits.
So when you say “I’m a (insert sign here), but I don’t FEEEEEL like a (insert sign here), and my free horoscopes are never right,” that doesn’t mean astrology is bunk.* It means that you should take a look at your whole chart in order to see where all that other energy is coming from.
*That, too, is a post for another time.