Here are some terms and frames of reference for your consideration… This will be an ongoing and growing page so check back periodically for updates. I will post dates above each entry so you can stay current.
January 2, 2013
Your Sun, Moon & Ascendant
- The trinity of astrologically significant* planets (or points) is your Sun, Moon & Ascendant. (Astrologically, we refer to the Sun & Moon as “planets” even though the Sun is actually a star and the Moon is, well, a moon.)
- When we say “your” we mean, at the moment of your birth and relative to where you were on this planet, the Sun and Moon were transitioning through particular constellations. So if your Sun is “in Libra” and your Moon is “in Aries”, for example, that means that the Sun was within the confines of the constellation of Libra and your Moon was within the confines of the constellation of Aries.
- Your “Ascendant” (aka “rising sign”) is the constellation that was on the point of the horizon at the moment of your birth.
- The Sun represents your “energy”, your motivation, your raison d’être and your father (along with Saturn). Some say it represents the energy you are mastering, moving towards or becoming. It deeply affects who you perceive yourself to be. It’s also what people refer to when they ask you for your “sign”.
- The Moon represents your emotional needs, your childhood foundation, your mother and possibly your most recent past life. The moon tends to be less consciously expressed and is that behavior you fall back on when you are on automatic pilot.
- Your Ascendant / Rising Sign is the face you feel most comfortable showing to the world; that aspect of you that people see first. Often, it’s what people tend to think you “are” if they were to guess your sign without knowing your birthdate.
*While every person’s chart has eight additionally powerful, unique and very significant planets, and a wide variety of points, aspects, asteroids and “parts” these can only be effectively determined in an astrological session. When doing broad types of chart analyses, these three points are the place to start.