The Basics of What Astrology Can Tell You about Yourself

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Astrology is more than daily horoscopes, and we need to an in-depth birth chart, this ancient art can provide insight into various aspects of your life, as well as bring you to a better understanding of self and what drives you.

How astrology informs you

A simple explanation of astrology is that it gleans information from astronomical alignments that provide a personal profile beginning from the exact moment of your birth. Using the exact date, time and location of your birth, an astrologer can build a variety of charts.

By tracking where the heavenly bodies and their relationships to one another at a given point in time, a general impression of your personality can be formed. Going further, insight on the challenges you will face in life can be brought to light. This knowledge can help give you direction, while informing you of what you need to work on and look out for.

In short, astrology not only informs us of who you are, but where you’re going.

Moon, sun, rising signs, planets and more

Here is a brief and simple overview of what certain signs and planets mean for you and astrology.

#1. Your Sun (zodiac) sign

This represents the sign of the month you were born in, called a Sun or zodiac sign. It is the most important sign and represents your outward personality, or ego, and the public face that you put forward.

#2. Your Moon sign

Your moon sign is your second-most important sign. It represents your core inner mood and your emotional nature. As also shapes your unconscious and subconscious mind. It reflects your hidden face in your most inner spirit and what drives your innermost nature.

#3. Your rising sign

This is also called your “ascendant” sign. It represents the zodiac sign that was rising over the eastern horizon at the specific time and geographic location where you were at the time of your birth. It represents your “social mass,” the outward self you project to the world. It is said that your rising sign acts as a “filter” by which your sun and moon signs are expressed.

#6. Ruling planets

Each Sun sign also has a ruling planet, as does each rising sign. Here is the ruling planet for each Sun sign.

Aries (March 21-April 19): Mars

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Venus

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Mercury

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Moon

Leo (July 23-August 22): Sun

Virgo (August 23-September 22): Mercury

Libra (September 23-October 22): Venus

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Pluto

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Jupiter

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Saturn

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Uranus

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Neptune

#5. Planetary influences

Here’s a brief overview of planetary influences. First, the “inner planets,” those closest to the Sun.

Mercury: Communication and travel.

Venus: Passions, beauty, romance, love, friendships, finances, material objects and possessions, likes and dislikes.

Mars: Passion, desire, motivation, ambition, determination and energy.

Next, the “outer planets.”

Jupiter: Optimism, positivity, faith, learning, growth and understanding.

Saturn: Structure, meaning, discipline, authority, restrictions, boundaries and limitations.

Uranus: Awakenings, breakthroughs, surprises, disruption, liberation, independence and rebellion.

Neptune: Imagination, dreams, visions, creativity, spirituality or mysticism.

Pluto: Revelations, hidden truths and powers, creation, destruction, rebirth.