You are dealing with three basic factors; the Planets, which are the energy. The Signs, which are the filter through which the energy is expressed. And the Houses, which are the 12 areas of life.
Planets = Energy, drive
Signs = Filter, how the energy is expressed
Houses = Where in your life
If you wish to learn and study more about astrology, some basic information follows.
A first step on the path to understanding yourself is to learn your Sun sign, your Moon sign and your Rising sign (also known as your Ascendant).
The Sun sign is just based on the day and month you were born; most of you know your “sign” already. But that is only one layer of information; you are much more complex than that single sign! You have all 12 energies in your chart; the question is how much emphasis is placed in each area.
Your Moon sign is how you approach the world emotionally. Have you ever felt misunderstood? Like your heart and your head were in conflict? Yes … this is because of the different signs ruling your Sun (your essence), your Moon (your emotions) and your Mercury (your mind)…. If you do not have an accurate birth time it is more difficult to pinpoint the Moon sign because it moves so quickly in the sky.
And finally we come to the Rising sign or Ascendant. This one is a little tricky because it is simply the constellation that was on the horizon at the moment of your birth. And, if you move to another area (out of the time zone of your birth), then the sign changes. In fact, many things change. But now we’re getting into the depths of more complex understandings … so let’s keep it simple. The Rising sign or Ascendant is important because you are growing into that sign; it heavily influences your physical body and outlook on life. And, if you’re reading a general monthly or daily horoscope, you must read your rising sign; because those readings are given based on that sign being at the very beginning of the chart.
Confusing; I know. It’s all mathematical. And math is confusing. So is learning a new language. If you feel pulled to understand, keep reading …