Astrology Basics #1

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I've had an interest in astrology since a young age but, up until recently, I was probably no different to the average person in that I was fascinated to read my horoscope but only if it was correct/showed that good things were going to happen for me. I definitely identify a lot with the typical traits of my sign (Scorpio) but it wasn't until I started watching Cartia Mallan's Youtube channel about a year ago that I decided to look further into the world of astrology.

Now, disclaimer here, astrology is probably not for everyone. I understand there are a lot of people out there who believe it to be a load of nonsense: a pseudoscience with no evidence to prove its theories or effects. I'm not here to try to make anyone change their mind about the subject, only to share my experience with it, why I believe in it and some of the basic things to know about astrology. It's actually really fun to learn about!

Sun, Moon & Rising Star

So, as I mentioned, I'm a Scorpio. What I didn't know until about a year ago, however, is that alongside your Sun sign (the main zodiac symbol that you would probably know) you also have a Moon Sign and an Ascendant or Rising Star sign. There are a number of websites you can use to find out what Moon/Rising sign you have but I personally prefer's Personal Portrait feature, as it's very in depth but not too complicated to understand. You'll need to know the exact time of your birth in order for your Portrait to be correct. 

My Moon sign is Cancer. Your Moon sign is supposed to represent more of who you are internally, or deep down. Where your Sun sign could be described as the way that you most commonly externalise your personality/what your ego is like, your Moon sign says more about who you are underneath everything else or when you are alone. Finding out that my Moon sign is Cancer has explained a whoooole lot about who I am, as Cancer is typically known to be nurturing and contemplative, as well as being typified as an emotional individual who has a tendency to get deeply upset about things.

My Rising sign is Sagittarius which typifies me as being a strong lover of nature (true) and to seek out environments where I can develop fully as a person (also true). The Rising sign is said to define how others see you as well as your spontaneous reaction to things. I'll be honest, I don't personally pay a great deal of attention to my rising sign as I feel least connected to that sign's particular traits, but it does help to define your overall personal portrait.

Essentially, your Sun/Moon/Rising signs are determined by the position of those elements in the sky at the time of your birth. For astrologers, the sky is divided into twelve parts (one for each zodiac sign) so whichever section of the sky the sun/moon/rising star was in at the time of your birth will tell you which sign you have for each element. There are also other elements of what is known as your 'birth chart' but it can get a little complicated, so I'm just sticking with these three for now!

Elements and Modalities

The next thing I looked into was the different subgroups for the zodiac signs. There are four 'element categories that your signs (sun, moon etc.) can fall into. These are Water, Fire, Earth and Air. Water signs are known to be emotional, sensitive, intuitive and mysterious. The Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio (my moon and sun that explains a lot haha) and Pisces. Fire signs are known to be passionate, dynamic, temperamental and strong. The Fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Earth signs are known to be grounded, conservative, realistic and emotional. The Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Air signs are known to be rational social, communicative and thinkers. The Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

As well as the elements, the signs are also divided into another three sub-groups known as the Modalities, these are Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Cardinal signs are known to be pioneering and leaders and include Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Fixed signs are known to be determined and hold strong opinions and include Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Mutable signs are known to be adaptable and communicative and include Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

Having a combination of different element/modality traits within your sun/moon/rising signs can mean that you don't fully relate to one or the other, or can mean you fit into a combination of the three!

I hope you've enjoyed reading my interpretation of an introduction to Astrology - it really is such a fascinating subject and there are so many combinations and definitions related to the signs and planets...and don't even get me started on Houses!

If you want to do a little more reading on the subject, here are the websites that I use most frequently:

Are you interested in Astrology? Do you feel like you relate more to your Sun sign or your Moon sign? I'd love to have more conversations about this kind of thing!

Stay inspired,

[Image 1: Photo by Vincentiu Solomon on Unsplash]
[Image 2: Photo by Elliott Brennan on Unsplash]

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  1. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. Astrology is key of all type of problems solution.
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