Virginia Mason Richardson is a Brooklyn-based healer, psychic, and coach who helps clients all over the world tune into their own magic.
Your sign, the sign you’ve come to know (and hopefully love), is also known as your sun sign. It’s the sign the sun was traveling through when you were born. And the sun has a tremendous impact on our lives and who we are. That’s because the sun is HUGE. It’s by far the largest body in our solar system. It has a powerful magnetic field that affects everything and everyone. That’s why, when it comes to astrology, the sun is king.
And you should totally read the horoscope for your sun sign! The sun is important. In astrology, the sun represents the Self, and your sun sign is a huge reflection of who you are and what shapes your identity as an individual human. The sun gives you the feeling that you are an “I” versus a “we” or a “them” or a nondescript set of floating particles. So reading your sun sign horoscope makes a whole lot of sense. It helps you understand how you’re going to feel and maybe what will happen to you, but it doesn’t give you a complete picture.
And the truth is, you are so much more than just your sun sign. All of the other planets in our solar system were traveling through a specific sign when you were born, and they contribute to who you are. But because we so regularly identify with just our sun signs and because the sun is so important, when we go to read our horoscopes, we typically just check out the scope that’s written for our sun sign. But you can give yourself a richer, more accurate horoscope experience by reading the horoscope for your rising sign. Find out your rising sign and moon sign using Astrology.com’s free birth chart calculator.
Your rising sign dictates who you are on the surface. It’s the outer layer of your energy. Because of this, if you just met someone and guessed their sign, chances are you would guess their rising before their sun. That’s because the rising sign is what you first see and what people see when they first look at you. And because our lives are greatly affected by how others relate to us, your rising sign has a huge impact on your daily experience.
And guess what? Your rising sign isn’t even a planet. It’s the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and unlike your sun sign (and all of the other planets), your rising sign is dependent on the precise time you were born. Because of this, reading your rising sign horoscope helps you tune into details that are particularly unique and special to you.
If you looked at your astrological birth chart in all of its beautiful, complex glory, then you would see that your rising sign (also known as the Ascendant angle) looks like a line. You would also see that it marks the beginning of the twelve astrological houses. These houses play a considerable role in how the planets and the zodiac signs affect you. So reading your rising sign along with your sun sign gives a better picture of your overall chart.
To put it simply: if you were an egg, your rising sign would be the eggshell, and the sun would be the yolk. All the other planets and asteroids are floating around in the egg whites. Not the prettiest analogy, I know. But hopefully, it helps you understand just how significant both your rising sign and the sun are in shaping who you are.
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And while reading these two horoscopes together still isn’t a 100% complete picture (remember, you’ve still got those egg whites), these additional reads will give you more insight into what’s going on in your life and around you. It helps gives you the big picture stuff. —By Virginia Mason Richardson
Virginia is a Brooklyn-based Reiki Master and psychic healer dedicated to expanding people’s understanding of what’s possible. She offers private readings, coaching, healing, and more through her company, Fleeting Connections. Follow her @fleetingconnections on IG!
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