We all do it, we read our sun sign horoscope in the newspaper, on the back of magazines or online. Sometimes it seems relevant (if we were born at sunrise there's a better chance), but if it doesn't directly concern something we're going through, we'll forget about it a few minutes after reading it.
Sun sign columns are NOT MEANING to give a comprehensive picture of your life because your sun sign is something you share with millions of other people. Nevertheless, it is fun to spend a few minutes exploring the divine dimension of our life using a horoscope prediction.
Although we know that sun sign astrology is "lite", we continue to read our horoscopes. Even I do it and I am a professional, traditional Western and Vedic astrologer (sun columns are typically modern Western astrology). Whether we're reading it seriously or just for fun, there's a way to do a lot more.
The secret to getting more out of horoscope columns
When you read your favorite horoscope, you will not only read your SUN sign, but also your MOON sign and your ASCENDANT sign (I will give you simple instructions on how to find your Ascendant and Moon signs for free later in this article) . Here's why:
Your ascendant sign
From the position of your ascendant sign, the constant cycles of the transit planets are in the right "houses" of your PERSONAL birth chart and bring out the right areas of life that you can focus on.
The ascendant's forecast information is still much more general than a personal reading (you are not always affected by the transits of the planets for various reasons), but your ascendant sign is much more personal than just the sun sign information.
If it turns out that your ascendant sign is identical to your sun sign, it means that your sun is in the FIRST "house" and you were born in your part of the world at some point around sunrise. For example, if your sun sign is Taurus, this would make you a "double Taurus" and you would only need to read the prediction for Taurus and your moon sign.
Determined by the TIME and the place where you were born, the ascendant or the first house is the most important house because it represents YOU in general, your body, your temperament and how you appear to others. The sign of the ascendant is a big part of your true life path, and the current transits of the planets are more likely to affect you from this point on.
What your moon represents
The moon is the emotional part of you, how you feel about everything in your life, where your "heart" is. The moon is your senses, your memory and the part of you that "only knows" the truth about situations. The moon is naturally adaptable. So if you read the prediction for your moon sign, you can see where you are ready to adapt to what the environment presents to have what your heart REALLY wants (which is often very different from what we do are think we want).
From the moon position you can see where all the "drama" is in your life and where you are not ready to adapt or do all the work that is necessary to have something or someone in your life. That's okay, because we can't constantly juggle EVERYTHING our heart desires anyway, and some things we don't really want that we reluctantly tried to let go of.
What your sun represents
The sun is the part of you that is only very generally connected to the universal soul, your physical vitality and your career (unless the sun is at the highest level compared to the other planets in your birth chart, but that's it another topic), your basic purpose and your ambitions. Your main purpose is your innate ability or the aspect of the divine as described by the properties of your sun sign that you learn to understand and express in the world.
Your sun represents what you are willing to sacrifice to maintain a consistent and steadfast effort to follow your inspiration and / or ambition. You might reorganize your desk at work, add a new service to your company, get a promotion, or go back to school to change your career.
All of this may require priorities to change, resulting in something having to be sacrificed for your inspirations or ambitions to be fully realized.
To find out what your ascendant and moon signs are
First you need this data from your birth certificate. It's worth finding it because once you've done this, you'll know your ascendant, moon, and sun signs for the rest of your life (plus you'll know where your birth certificate is if you want to run for president). ::
TIME and LOCATION (a must to find out your ascendant sign).
Then you will receive a free printout of your birth certificate using the card calculator on my website. There are several other places on the Internet where you can also get a free copy of your birth chart. Only Google "free birth certificate" and various options are available.
If your birth certificate does not indicate when you were born, simply enter 12:00:00 (noon) in the time section of the chart calculator. You will still be able to find out what your moon sign is (and the signs that the other planets are in), but you won't have an exact ascendant sign (unless you were born at noon).
In this case, just read your sun sign and the moon sign in your favorite horoscope column, and you'll still get a lot more of it than if you just read your sun sign.
A few fun places online to read your horoscope
Here are a couple of links to some really fun sites to read your horoscope (I'm not paid for it or anything):
Michael Lutin - He can be pretty outrageous (he makes me laugh), but he always has something relevant to say. Check out the video on the Horoscope Alley page, it's fun! http://www.michaellutin.com/fish.html
Rob Brezsny - You've probably read his astrological predictions in the newspaper before, he's a pretty famous astrologer. If you haven't, you probably want his completely unique predictions, which often include poems or excerpts from books he read or wrote. http://freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/
May the stars bring you hope, healing and happiness!