Sun Sign vs Moon Sign: How they affect your personality?
How do the sun and the moon signs differ from each other? How do we calculate our sun and moon signs? What has a major impact on your personality: the sun, the moon or the rising? Let’s break the, down to understand how each affects our needs and compatibility with other zodiac signs of astrology.
What does your sun, moon and ascendant signs mean?
It is quite fascinating to learn that those born under particular sun signs share certain striking personality traits. Over time, believers in astrology have refined their understanding of people and characteristic traits to bring to the fore different dynamics associated with the sun, moon and ascendant signs in their birth charts.
The sun sign along with other planetary positions can can shed light on who you are and what your inclinations or motivation in life could be. Sun sign is the most common and general understanding of your birth chart. The basic traits that one exhibits and the natural tendencies that one has regardless of the crests and troughs of life that we undergo is described by sun sign. It is the outer self of yours that the world sees. The most real self that culminates into the whole exterior identity. This is the exterior side of you that shines out in your day to day life.
The moon takes approx of 27.5 days to orbit around the earth. With twelve zodiac signs on the horizon, it stays in each sign for not more than two and a half days. With the swiftest movement, the shape undergoes changes along with the luminosity. As the moon waxes and wanes, its proximity to the earth has tremendous influence on the life on earth. Your moon sign can play the balancing act as it may tone down or spike up your personality. For example, if you are a water sun sign Pisces and you have a water moon sign in Cancer you have a heightened sense of emotions as water governs our emotions. You are more reactive emotionally as opposed to a logical response to your surroundings.
The ascendant or the rising determines how the world sees you. It was the sign rising in the eastern horizon when you were born. It is the light that you shed on others when you are in a social setup and how people perceive you. Just like the sun and the moon, the rising sign plays a major role in shaping who you are. While the sun and the moon influence the deeper reality, the rising projects a superficial character of oneself to the world around us.
However, astronomers who read one’s birth chart are aware of the fact that the sun sign is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to a person than just their sun sign alone. The positions of the other planets and the moon are also to be considered in order to assess one’s personality traits accurately.
What are my sun and moon signs?
It is easier to find your sun sign based on the date and the month in which you were born. Here is a list of the twelve Zodiac signs of astrology along with the dates in which they fall:
- March 21st- April 19th
- April 20th- May 20th
- May 21st- June 20th
- June 21st- July 22nd
- July 23rd- August 22nd
- August 23rd- September 22nd
- September 23rd- October 22nd
- October 23rd- November 21st
- November 22nd- December 21st
- December 22nd- January 19th
- January 20th- February 18th
- February 19th- March 20th
To know your moon sign, you need to have the following information with yourself: Your birth date, month, time and location. You then need to use a calculator to find your moon sign.
How does your sun sign affect your personality?
Sun sign is what drives your exterior self, your outer drive. The sun is located at the center of our universe. Each Zodiac sign has a basic nature that is the truest to them. For example, Geminis are social people. They are excellent communicators and hence, they draw their life force from being in social settings and networking.
The sun sign actually shows what kind of setups make you feel alive or comfort you the most. Your sun sign reflects how you pursue your goals and the approach that you find the best. The position of the sun in your astronomical chart determines the decisions you make which creates your future.
How does your moon sign affect your sun sign?
The location of the moon during the time of your birth too has an impact on your character or behavior. Your subconscious, the softer side of your personality is influenced by your moon sign. It is your emotional reaction to everything. What’s below the outer self, the soul, the hidden desires, the deepest wants and passions are governed by the moon in one’s birth chart.
So, if you are a Sagittarius but don’t exhibit the core traits of the Zodiac, you need to check out your moon sign for your subtle behavioral changes and reactions to day-to-day activities may have a major influence of your moon sign more than your sun sign.
It is primarily associated with the feminine energy that nourishes and has a motherly role to play towards all life forms that exist on this planet. The moon is the closest to the earth and one cannot deny the effect it has on all water bodies and also the bodies of humans, animals and plants alike (that are mostly made up of water).
Are you more like your sun sign or moon sign?
The sun rules our birth chart. It is the life force. All planets follow a path around it and hence, its position is of great significance while understanding one’s actions and ability to logically find answers and respond to the good or the bad. The sun represents our ego. While we are all aware of how important the sun is in the sustenance of life on earth, the moon also plays a vital role in maintaining cycles. Your instant reaction to everyday life changes are governed by the moon. It basically tells you what gives you the greatest sense of comfort and makes you feel secure or protected.
It is difficult to separate logic from emotions as humans are driven by their deepest feelings even when they have to dig solutions that demand a rational understanding. This highlights how it is difficult to distinguish the sun sign personality from the moon sign for both reveal themselves in accordance with the circumstances one confronts through the highs and lows of life.
Author and Astrologer
For nearly 15 years now, I have been writing about the mysteries of the zodiac signs, their characteristics and personality traits, their compatibility, their relationships and their passionate loves, with all the beauty but also all the complexity this can entail.