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How To Determine Your Sun and Moon Signs

Spirituality | January 5th, 2009 6 Comments

There are twelve signs in the zodiac, but there are actually two components needed to get a basic grasp of your personality; your sun sign (which talks your essential self and is the easiest to find out…just takes your birth date), and your moon sign (which is about your emotional and inner self — that part of you that responds to habits, your psychic or instinctual feelings and your emotions). Finding out your Sun and Moon signs can shed a lot of light on how you work, what your strengths are and what you need to work on. It will also help you in relationships as you will be able to find out the compatibility issues between yourself, friends and lovers.

Sun Signs Aren’t All There Is

Sun signs are very popular (who doesn’t receive their horoscope every week in their e-mail?) they seem to tell us everything about our personalities, but no sun sign gives the full scope of your personality and no one’s sun sign fits them to a bill (unless both their ascending and sun signs are the same).

For example, I live with a Libra, and this sign is all about balance. They are known to be somewhat dramatic, and emotionally they keep themselves a little closed off and like to let other people take the reigns (although when called for they can take a leadership role). Now the Libra I know is very much a perfectionist and likes to be in control of their environment; they like to know absolutely everything that is going on. These traits are due to her Scorpio ascending sign. To determine your two signs you’re going to need to write down your date and time of birth.


A sun sign is literally as it sounds, it tell us what sign the sun was in when you were born. As the sun circles the earth the sign it sits in changes, the time it has in each sign is varied and can last anywhere from thirty-two to twenty-nine days.

As I said sun signs are easy to figure out:

Aries: March 21st – April 20th
Taurus: April 21st – May 22nd
Gemini: May 23rd – June 23rd
Cancer :June 23rd – July 22nd
Leo: July 23rd – August 23rd
Virgo: August 24th – September 23rd
Libra: September 24th – October 23rd
Scorpio: October 24th – November 22nd
Sagittarius: November 23rd – December 21st
Capricorn: December 22nd – January 20th
Aquarius: January 20th – February 19th
Pisces: February 20th – March 21st

What Is Your Moon Sign?

Moon signs are second only to sun signs — you need to determine exactly which sign the moon was in at the time of your birth. You may actually identify better with your moon sign than your sun sign, as it tells you exactly how your emotional and instinctual self works. The moon sign also dictates relationships and your subconscious thinking. Your moon sign will never override the sun sign, however, and will most likely only slightly affect it.

Sometimes, it’s possible for moon signs to contradict sun signs (if you have two signs in polarity or confliction) which would cause some internal struggles, and it is particularly important for women to understand their moon signs as it represents the Divine Feminine in many cultures and in fact may help bring to light some issues we may have been dealing with or help to empower us.

The moon is in constant movement just like the sun, but unlike the sun the moon waxes and wanes over a thirty day period which is why we need the time of your birth. There is a really good site called Lunarium that has a great Moon Sign calculator. You can also go the old fashioned way and really get into the spirit of things by grabbing a book on Astrology (pretty much all of them have some sort of charting for finding your moon signs).

The moon and the sun have traveled around the earth since the beginning of time, and since the Dark Ages we have been using them to chart our futures and learn to recognize our individual needs and paths. It is a practice that has evolved with us over the centuries and yet remains consistently on point when it comes to accuracy.

Give yourself some extra insight, take control, and have fun!

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