Sun, Moon, Rising...and Tarot

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Let me start this post by making a bit of a disclaimer: I am not, in any way, an expert in Astrology. I know more than the basics, enough to get by and infuse an element here or there into my readings. We're talking more than the average person who kinda-sorta understands their sun sign, but I am no match for those who have spent years studying this complex and fascinating field. So now that that's out of the way, I want to tell you a little story about an epiphany I recently had regarding my own chart. Before that though, I'll explain a little about what this post will discuss, which are the three core signs; Sun, Moon, and Rising.

Let's start with the Sun Sign. This is the aspect of our chart that we tend to talk about the most. It's probably how we mostly identify and the thing looked at when consulting a daily horoscope and for many, it starts and stops there. But, we know better, and Astrology is much more complicated than the Sun sign. So, let's now introduce the Moon sign. This is the sign that was present in the Moon at the time and date of our birth. It's associated with our inner selves, our emotional lives and reactions and how we process and filter our feelings. And finally, if discussing the core three, we also have our Rising sign. This is the sign that was on the horizon during our date and time of birth, also known as the ascendant sign. It is believed that the Rising Sign is how we project and reflect to the world. While the Sun sign is what you know to be true about yourself, and how you may experience yourself overall, the Rising Sign is often how you appear to others and the outside world.

So now that you have the long and short of it, I'll let you in on a little secret. I only just figured out what my Rising sign actually is. For years, I thought I was at 6:19pm, which would make my Rising sign Cancer. I have never resonated with that, but because I couldn't confirm my actual time of birth, it was all I had to go on. But, the other day I located my baby book and guess what, I am not a Cancer Rising! Big surprise. My ascendant is actually Leo and that sits far more comfortably with me. Because the Rising sign shifts position every two hours, knowing your time of birth is critical to unlocking this piece.

So then I thought, what does this mean as far as Tarot associations are concerned (because everything has to come back to Tarot)? Well, let's take a look at how it all shakes out.

My Sun is in Capricorn which is associated with The Devil
My Moon is in Pisces which is associated with The Moon and
My Rising is Leo which is associated with Strength

Using keywords, we can break it down even further. See below and then try it out for yourself!

Sun Sign - I AM
Moon Sign - I FEEL
Rising SIgn - I PROJECT

The Devil - CONTROL
Strength - STRENGTH


So, who are you, how do you feel and what do you project? And when I say, "how do you feel?" I don't mean, what emotion are you experiencing. I mean, how do you express, filter or experience emotion in general. Use the chart below to find out! You may need to flex the keywords to fit grammatically with the sentence, but I'm sure you'll figure it out :).

No idea how to determine your Moon or Rising sign? Check out this very helpful free resource!