The sun sign (AKA zodiac sign or star sign) is the sign that most people know since you only need your date of birth to find it. It’s what you tell people when they ask you what your sign is—”I’m a Taurus” or “I’m a Cancer.”
The sun represents your identity, sense of self, and ego. The sign your sun is in indicates what motivates and drives you, and it also can show how you express yourself.
It can take a while to grow into your sun sign, so if you don’t relate to yours, you may start to as you get older, the same way you become more confident in yourself as you mature.
Your moon sign represents the inner you—who you are when you’re alone and how you view yourself. It also indicates how you process and communicate your emotions and what you need to feel comfortable.
Your moon sign is an extremely important placement when looking at compatibility since it tells you how you can feel emotionally secure. If your moon sign is in the same element (Fire, Water, Earth, or Air) or is the same modality (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable) as your partner’s, it helps you understand each other.
The rising sign, also known as the ascendant, is how you project yourself. It’s your first impression, how others see you, and how you interact with and view the world.
The ascendant is super important because it sets up the whole birth chart. Your birth chart is a wheel that’s divided into 12 houses (or segments of the circle), one for each zodiac sign. The order of these houses is determined by the rising sign.
efore sun sign and pop astrology became popular, when someone asked, “What’s your sign?”, they were actually referring to your rising sign. That’s because it’s the sign that’s most indicative of how you’re different from other people born during your birth month (or even on the same day as you).
The rising sign changes frequently—every two hours (for reference, the moon changes signs around every two days). That’s why you need an exact birth time to accurately calculate your birth chart.
A sister sign is the zodiac sign that sits opposite yours on the astrological wheel. “The sister-sign pairings always sit six signs away from one another, or 180 degrees apart on the zodiac wheel, in an aspect known as an opposition,” explains Brittany Beringer, a mystic and astrology writer. “Because they’re directly across from one another, they share a similar outlook or attitude toward love, but differ in the way they express or experience it.”
Each sister-sign couple shares a complementary zodiac element (water and earth; fire and air), which causes the initial attraction. But these pairings also share the same zodiac polarity (cardinal, fixed, mutable), which is why the sister signs can frustrate each other as well.
There are six pairs of sister signs in astrology:
You are not placed on your Life Path without the talents and tools you need to realize your potential; it gives you a broad outline of the opportunities, challenges, and lessons you will encounter in this lifetime.
While there may be different methods showing how to calculate Life Path numbers, there is only one correct way to find your Life Path number. First you must reduce each of the three parts of your birthday to a single digit or Master Number, then add up THOSE digits to find your Life Path number. If you end up with a two-digit number that isn't one of the Master Numbers, keep reducing it until you get to a single digit. Let's try one:
Say your birthday is October 22, 1980, or 10-22-1980.
Step 1: Reduce the month
From the number 10, you add 1 + 0 and the result is 1.
Step 2: Reduce the date
22 is a Master Number, so we leave it as 22.
Step 3: Reduce the year
1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18, which is still double digits and is not a Master Number, so we reduce it further. 1 + 8 = 9.
Step 4: Add the three resulting numbers and reduce them to a single digit or Master Number
1 + 22 + 9 = 32.
3 + 2 = 5. The Life Path for this birth date is 5.
You insist on your right to make up your own mind; you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and determination. You don't let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are committed to your goal.
You are extremely sensitive, perceptive, and a bit shy. These qualities are both your strengths and weaknesses, for while you possess enormous sensitivity to your feelings and those of others, that same sensitivity can cause you to hold back and repress your considerable talents.
Your talent for the expressive arts is so abundant that you may well have felt drawn to becoming an artist while still very young. Your artistic abilities can only be developed, however, through discipline and commitment to the true development of your talent.
You are the Salt of the Earth. You are orderly and organized, systematic and controlled, you are decisive and methodical employing a step by step rational approach to problems solving. Once committed you do not give up easily!
You love travel, adventure, variety and meeting new people. You possess the curiosity of a cat and long to experience all of life. You like to be involved in several things at the same time as long as you are not tied down to any one area.
You have concern for the weak and the downtrodden. You are a healer and a helper to others. You are capable of giving comfort to those in need and will frequently offer a shoulder for others to cry on. Your task in life is to develop the tools necessary to be truly helpful to others, rather than to simply be a sympathetic ear.
You have a clear and compelling sense of yourself as a spiritual being. As a result, your life path is devoted to investigations into the unknown, and finding the answers to the mysteries of life.
You have great talent for management in all areas of life, especially in business and financial matters. You understand the material world; you intuitively know what makes virtually any enterprise work.
You are a utopian, and will spend your life trying to realize some aspect of your utopian dream, sacrificing money, time, and energy for a better world. It is in giving that you will find much satisfaction. You have a broad outlook on life. You tend to see the big picture, rather than the minute details.
You possess an inordinate amount of energy and intuition. There is so much going on in your psyche that you are often misunderstood early in life, making you shy and withdrawn. You have far more potential than you know.
This number offers the extremes of life's possibilities: on one hand, you have the potential to be the Master Builder, the person capable of perceiving something great in the archetypal world and manifesting it in the relative world; on the other hand, you can slip into the depths of obscurity, achieving little more than personal support.
You possess great compassion and seek to be of service to others. You have concern for the weak and the downtrodden. You are a healer and a helper to others. You are capable of giving comfort to those in need and will frequently offer a shoulder for others to cry on.
January 20–February 18
Aquarius - Gemini - Libra
Ophiuchans are seekers of knowledge. Like the Roman hero Asclepius, who discovered the secret of immortality and who is associated with the constellation, people ruled by Ophiuchus tend to be insatiably curious. They've always got another question, and they're always ready to get their hands dirty to find an answer.
Ophiuchus (/ˌɒfiˈjuːkəs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀφιοῦχος, 'Serpent-bearer'; astrological symbol) has sometimes been suggested in sidereal astrology as a 13th astrological sign in addition to the 12 signs of the tropical zodiac. The constellation Ophiuchus, as defined by the 1930 International Astronomical Union's constellation boundaries, is situated behind the Sun from November 29 to December 18.
The idea appears to have originated in 1970 with Steven Schmidt's suggestion of a 14-sign zodiac, also including Cetus as a sign. A 13-sign zodiac has been promulgated by Walter Berg and by Mark Yazaki in 1995, a suggestion that achieved some popularity in Japan, where Ophiuchus is known as Hebitsukai-za
However, in sidereal and tropical astrology (including sun sign astrology), a 12-sign zodiac is based on dividing the ecliptic into 12 equal parts rather than the IAU constellation boundaries. That is, astrological signs do not correspond to the constellations which are their namesakes, particularly not in the case of the tropical system where the divisions are fixed relative to the equinox, moving relative to the constellations
There's a lot more to astrology than Sun, Moon, and Rising signs.
If you’re even the slightest bit intrigued by astrology, you know there’s a lot more to it than just star signs, Mercury retrogrades and full moons.
The 12 zodiacs can be broken down into a myriad of different ways. You most definitely know your Sun sign - your “main” zodiac sign - which is determined by the month and date of your birth. Then, those who are a little more versed know your birth chart also contains your Moon sign (calculated based on the position of the moon at your time of birth and represents your emotional inner world) and Rising sign, also referred to as your Ascendant (this relates to the zodiac sign that was on the Eastern horizon when you were born and represents your social personality).
Each sign also belongs to one of four elements (also referred to as duplicates) - fire, water, earth and air. Knowing this can help you understand your nature and provide insight into who you get along with best. For example, Scorpio and Pisces might have their differences but they’re both inherently water signs, so they make exceptional romantic partners and friends because they can tolerate another’s emotional nature.
Another lesser-known way of breaking down the signs is by modalities (also known as quadruplicities since there are four zodiac signs in each group). In astrology, there are three modalities - cardinal, fixed and mutable. These represent the unique ways each group of signs express their energy, reacts to circumstances and navigates through life. Here’s how they’re broken down:
If you were putting together a dinner party, for example, it would work like this: Cardinal signs would be the ones who set the date, send out invites, organize the guest list and pick the menu. The fixed signs would be the workhorses who buy and cook the food, and set the table. Mutable signs would be the ones who bring it all together at the end, making final touches and ensuring the tablescape is just right.
So, look at your Sun sign - what’s its modality? Are most of your planets on your birth chart in cardinal, fixed or mutable signs? Here’s a breakdown of what each one means.
Cardinal signs are the signs that star every season. So, for those in the Southern Hemisphere, Aries marks the beginnings of autumn, Cancer kicks off winter, Libra begins spring and Capricorn is the start of summer. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, Aries marks the beginning of spring, Cancer kicks off summer, Libra begins fall and Capricorn is the start of winter. Because of this, they’re referred to as the leaders, trendsetters and “idea people” of the zodiac.
They’re visionaries - they’re able to tolerate new beginnings and change, and are able to make things happen out of thin air. While they might not have the easiest time completing every endeavor, you can count on them to initiate winning ideas and setting solid foundations.
If the cardinal signs are the ones who kick everything off, the fixed signs follow these plans through with their eye fixed on the prize. Known as the “doers” of the zodiac, they’re hardworking and are great at carrying out the plans manifested by the cardinal signs.
They love creating to-do lists, are trustworthy when it comes to actioning plans, thrive off momentum and they’re focused on dedication. Since they’re the stabilizers of the modalities, it’s no surprise fixed signs fall in the middle of every season.
As you may have guessed, mutable signs represent the end of each season. A plan can be created by a cardinal sign, built by a fixed sign and then perfected with a thoughtful eye by a mutable sign. Older and wiser, they known all things must come to an end and their role is to prepare everyone for the changing of seasons.
Regardless of whether these endings are good or bad, mutable signs have the power to enforce an intelligent and positive spin on any situation, bringing it to a sound conclusion. Often referred to as the “chameleon” of the modalities, they’re the most flexible and adaptable of the three signs.