There is most definitely a spectrum of astrology followers. Some people read their horoscopes every morning, know when their sign is in jeopardy of the negative effects of retrograde and can instantly tell what an acquaintance’s sign is based off of one conversation. Others think astrology has no basis of truth and couldn’t tell you anything about their own signs.
Regardless, it’s hard to come by someone who doesn’t even know their sign. It’s a common dating app question and easy to figure out: just find your birthday on a chart. But if you’re not an astrology junkie (or, like me, don’t know much more than that being a Taurus means I’m stubborn), you might not know too much about your moon or rising signs.
If you’ve found yourself not relating too much to typical descriptions of your zodiac sign, it might be because that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Which makes sense -- humans are multidimensional by definition. While your zodiac, or sun, sign is all about your core and what drives your spirit and goals, your moon sign is what represents your emotions and what you’re more likely to relate to when you’re reading a zodiac chart.
Your inner mood represented by your moon sign dictates how you respond emotionally to different situations or feelings. It’s an internal monologue of sorts that more so determines how you deal with your experiences individually than how you relate to the world as a whole. It’s typically the source of characteristics you may not be all too eager to show others.
Your moon sign acts as a nurturing agent as well; no matter if they’re rational or logical, you feel safe in your emotions and feelings. It can help you understand why you react to things a certain way or why your moods fluctuate the way they do.
If your moon sign is different from your sun sign, you’ll start to notice these intricacies and discrepancies in your character from what you read in a standard, one-sign chart. If your sun and moon signs coincide, however, you’ll basically get a double dose of specific personality traits. Your wants and needs will be more aligned, so decision-making and knowing what you’re doing in your life are easier and make more sense.
No matter how you appreciate the zodiac, you can’t begin to understand your astrological chart without an understanding of both your sun and moon signs.
Then there's your rising sign. To quickly get into it, the rising sign is what’s called your “mask” -- it’s the personality that we put out in public that gets displayed to the outside world, a first impression personality of sorts. For example, I may be a stubborn, stable Taurus when it comes to what motivates me, but as a Gemini rising, my outer persona can be a little more all over the place and flighty.
There are actually even more types and interpretations of the signs, but only real astro-heads need worry about those.
To find your moon sign, hit up a site like Cafe Astrology for a complete chart.