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A Fascinating Journey into Astrology: Unveiling the Big Three

You may have noticed friends casually dropping astrology terms like "I'm such a Virgo" or "I could never date a Scorpio." But what does it all mean? Astrology, once considered quackery, is experiencing a renaissance,...

A scene from Georges Méliès‘s 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, the moon with a rocket in it

You may have noticed friends casually dropping astrology terms like "I'm such a Virgo" or "I could never date a Scorpio." But what does it all mean? Astrology, once considered quackery, is experiencing a renaissance, with a new generation of astrologers giving it a feminist and psychological twist. So, how do you dive into astrology? What are the essential aspects of the Zodiac you should know about? Fear not, the answer lies in what's known as the big three: your sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign.

Understanding Your Natal Chart

Before we delve into the big three, let's take a step back and talk about your natal chart. This chart is essentially a snapshot of the heavens at the moment of your birth. According to astrological beliefs, the positions of celestial bodies influence your personality, passions, strengths, and weaknesses. Modern astrology suggests that it's not the planets' direct impact at your birth that matters; rather, it views the universe holistically. Everything is interconnected in a beautiful web of relationships and affinities.

Your natal chart is divided into twelve sections, each representing a Zodiac sign. The sun, moon, and eight planets (excluding Earth) fall into specific signs. For instance, if the sun was in Capricorn when you were born, Capricorn becomes your sun sign.

Your sun sign is what most people are referring to when they say "I'm a Capricorn." However, your natal chart is much more profound than just your sun sign. Merely reading a few keywords about your sun sign barely scratches the surface. Your moon sign and rising sign hold equal importance.

Unveiling the Big Three

Your Sun Sign

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Your sun sign represents the sign that the sun was in at the moment of your birth, revealing your life's purpose or the role you were born to play. Imagine your life as a movie where you are the lead character, and your sun sign embodies the lines you've been given. For example, if you're a Libra, your core traits revolve around harmony, balance, and justice, symbolized by the scales. Embracing these traits allows you to embody your most authentic self.

However, just like an actor interpreting their lines, you have countless ways to express your sun sign's traits. A Libra might pursue a career as a judge or mediator, or their quest for harmony might manifest through art or personal relationships. If the description of your sun sign doesn't resonate with you, remember that it's only a piece of the puzzle. Your entire chart shapes your personality.

Your Moon Sign

The moon in different phases time lapse (Image: Pexels)

Your moon sign represents the position of the moon at the moment of your birth. It reveals aspects of your personality that may not be apparent to others, as it represents your subconscious self, emotions, and the heart-driven parts of your being. It's like the hidden face of the moon, concealed most of the time.

Imagine having a sun sign of Libra and a moon sign of Scorpio. Generally, you might be easy to get along with, thriving on harmony and fairness. However, there might be an intense emotional side to you due to Scorpio's tendency for moodiness. Recognizing this hidden aspect of yourself helps you navigate your emotions skillfully instead of being overwhelmed by them.

Your Rising Sign (or Ascendant)

Woman and man with baby Just a happy family learning about their demon child’s Big Three! (image: Vertigo Films)

Your rising sign represents the sign that was rising above the horizon at the moment of your birth. It reflects your outward demeanor, the image you project to the world, and the first impression you convey when you embrace your true self. Your rising sign also serves as your motivation for your actions. For example, if your rising sign is Taurus, you may be known for your stability and grounded nature, acting as a calming and supportive influence.

Unveiling Your Chart: A Journey of Self-Discovery

By now, you're probably eager to discover your signs. Generating your natal chart requires your birthdate, birth time, and city of birth. Websites like Chani Nicholas and Cafe Astrology offer chart generators. Simply input your information, and they will generate your chart. Each website also provides explanations to help you decipher what your chart truly reveals. Remember to look for your sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign.

But wait, there's more to your chart! The alignment of planets and the houses they fall into add further depth and influence. Each planet plays a supporting role in the play of your life, while each house represents an area susceptible to their impact.

If you're new to astrology, don't overwhelm yourself with all these details just yet. Begin by exploring your big three and take the time to reflect. You may discover aspects of your personality that you've never even considered!

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