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Sun Sign / Moon Sign
Sun Energy / Moon Energy in Your Horoscope
What's the difference?

by Serenity Chappell

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You have a Sun Sign

Your Sun sign is the Zodiac sign the Sun was traveling through at the time you were born. There are twelve signs in the Zodiac, starting with Aries and ending with Pisces. When you arrived in the world The Sun was in one of them.

The "signs" are pretty familiar to many people because "astrology" as presented by the mainstream ... the daily horoscope in the newspaper, the little scrolls you buy from vending machines, the paperback books on "your sign" you can buy at the drug store ... these are all built around the predictable placement of the Sun in the Zodiac during a certain time.

Lots of people, even those who say they don't believe in astrology, know their Sun Sign. The Sun spends about a month in each sign, and unless you were "born on the cusp" -- on a day very near the point when the Sun moved from one sign to another, it's pretty easy to place you in one of the categories based only on your birthday. That Zodiac sign -- the one you name when someone asks, "What's your sign?" is your Sun Sign.

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You have a Moon Sign

The Moon travels through all twelve signs of the Zodiac, too, but she moves a whole lot faster than The Sun. The Moon makes the complete circle of the Zodiac every month -- and spends only about 2 1/2 days in each sign. So for 2 1/2 days each month -- around the time of the New Moon -- the Sun and The Moon are in the same Zodiac sign.

If you were born during that small window of time, your Sun Sign and your Moon Sign will be the same Zodiac sign. Otherwise, your Moon Sign is completely different and completely independent of your Sun Sign. It is for most people. After all, there are 27 1/2 days in a month when the Sun is in one sign ... and the Moon is somewhere else.

It's impossible to know your Moon Sign without access to an astrological calendar for the year you were born ... or an emphemeris for that year ... or a computer program that will calculate your horoscope ... or a website that provides a chart service ... or an astrologer who can figure this all out for you and tell you what your Moon Sign is ... the sign The Moon was in at the time you were born.

Your Sun Sign (and other features involving your Sun's placement in your horoscope) gives information about one essential part of your personality -- your core identity, your self-image, your essential being. Your Moon Sign (and other features involving your Moon's placement in your horoscope) gives information about another essential part of your personality -- your inner self, your feelings and emotions, your memories and connections to the past.

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Even if they're in the same sign,
they're not the same thing

Both placements are important, but they are not the same. Together they begin to fill out a more complex and dimensional portrait of you than either provides on its own. Besides The Sun and The Moon, there are eight other planet placements in your horoscope ... and the same thing can be said of them.

Together they all provide a full-featured description of who you are as a unique spiritual being with talents to develop and challenges to work with in this life. Even more important, they give a priceless description of who you were designed to be ... and how you were designed to operate ... that can be extremely useful in helping you claim your rightful destiny ... or getting back on track if somehow you've lost your way.

See also ---> Sun Articles Index -- Articles on the Sun in Astrology

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* The Sun in General -- Your Essential Self of Power, Will, Vitality and Ambition ---> The essence of you -- In Astrology, The Sun represents your basic core identity. It gives information about the qualities of your ego, your individual self-expression, your self-image and your sense of personal identity. It depicts both the essence of who you are and how you define and reveal yourself to the rest of the world.

* The Sun -- Ruler of Leo -- Symbol of Your Essential Self ---> The Sun, without which life on Earth could not exist as we know it, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's basic personality, the underlying canvas upon which all the other colors and elements of his character are co-mingled and combined. The Sun and its meaning are the centerpiece in the structure of Astrology.

* What Does The Sun Represent in Your Natal Chart? -- What is it ... and why is it important? ---> The center of everything -- The Sun is the unmistakable center of our Solar System. Likewise, the Sun is your horoscope, with its sign placement and house position, describes the core essence of your character. It reveals the character traits you will use to express yourself, explore the world, have impact on your surroundings, learn what you need to know and accomplish the work you came here to do.

* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers -- The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope.

* The Sun in Astrology -- The Central Star in the Horoscope -- Its Meaning and Significance ---> The central player -- A simple and very general way of working with Astrology centers on the fact that the Sun is the central feature of a horoscope. -- There is a whole industry of mainstream astrology built around this idea, from the little three line "daily horoscopes" in newspapers and magazines to the little dime-store booklets that purport to "tell you more" about who you are, using your Sun sign characteristics as the basis of their information.

* The Moon in General -- Your Inner Self of Feelings, Emotions and Intuition ---> Welcome to your inner world -- In Astrology, The Moon represents our inner feelings, our emotions ... and our deep security needs. It reflects our basic habits, instincts and automatic reactions.

* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers -- The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope.

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