Beyond the Sun: Decoding your Astrological Chart

What’s your sign? When someone asks you that question, they probably expect a one-word answer. Your sign might be Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces – whatever position the sun happened to be in when you were born. But what if you’ve gone through life wondering why you’re not a “fit” with your astrological sign?

If you’ve ever had a reading of your full astrological chart, you know that understanding it goes way beyond knowing your sun sign. For example, I was born on August 23rd, which puts me right on the cusp between Leo and Virgo. And guess what?

That’s also means that I’m writing this on my birthday – that’s my Virgo work ethic in action!

Exactly what does it mean to be born on the cusp?
If you were born during the time (a period of about five days each month) when the sun transitioned from one astrological sign to the next, you’re considered to be “on the cusp.” This has special meaning from an astrological perspective. So, if you’ve questioned if your sign matches with your personality – one reason might be that your birthday falls on the cusp. If you’re born between two signs you will have elements of both.

Leo + Virgo = James
In my case, Leo and Virgo are two very different signs, but I can clearly see the influence of both on my personality, life and teachings – after all, no one familiar with my work would be surprised to learn that detail oriented Virgo is the “service sign,” while magnetic Leo is the “heart sign.” That’s a perfect fit – considering that my primary mission here on earth is to serve others by sharing unconditional love from the Spirit world!

Your rising sign – another piece of the astrological puzzle.
Another key to your astrological profile is your rising sign. Your “ascendent,” as it is often called, is the sign that was rising over the Eastern horizon at your time of birth. In general terms, it represents your outer self, the one that you reveal to others. In my case the influence of Capricorn rising adds more integrity, control and industriousness to my profile, and contributes to how others see me.

Deeply personal moon sign.
Your moon sign reveals your deepest inner self. It gives insight into the way you handle your emotions and moods, and influences love and relationships.

The moon sign often reveals itself when you are most comfortable – alone on your couch, or with close friends or partners who make you feel okay to be you! On the flip side, you’ll also see the moon’s influence when you’re under stress with emotions running high. If you look at your moon sign, you’ll likely recognize how you react in a crisis.

Personally, I’ve realized that when hiring team members, I love to see a moon in Libra. Those balanced individuals seek harmony and can be depended on to be objective when conflict arises.

Come over to my house…
Like a clock, the zodiac is divided into 12 segments, or houses, each one ruled by a different sign.

Each house is associated with a set of traits, beginning with the self, and expanding outward to cover all areas of life. At the moment you were born, the planets were all in specific signs and houses, and beyond your sun, moon and ascending signs, that placement further influences your life experience.

The more planets you have in one house, the larger role that house plays in your life. For example, if your chart shows a cluster of planets in the fourth house, family and home will be important to you.

Here’s a quick overview of the houses, and what they represent.

1ST HOUSE:
The first house covers ego and the self – including appearance, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts and beginnings.

2ND HOUSE:
The second house covers all matters related to the material and physical environment— including the senses, money, and self-esteem.

3RD HOUSE:
The third house rules communication —talking, thinking, technological gadgets and devices as well as community.

4TH HOUSE:
The fourth rules the “foundation” of all things. This includes home, family, security, parents, and your mothering or nurturing ability.

5TH HOUSE:
The fifth house governs self-expression, drama, creativity, color, attention, romance, fun and play.

6TH HOUSE:
The sixth house rules health and service. It rules schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others.

7TH HOUSE:
The seventh house is the sector of relationships and other people. It governs all partnerships, both business and personal.

8TH HOUSE:
The eighth house is a mysterious sector that rules birth, death, sex, and spiritual transformation.

9TH HOUSE:
The ninth house covers the higher mind, inspiration, optimism, luck, risk, adventure, gambling, religion, philosophy, morals and ethics.

10TH HOUSE:
The tenth house is at the very top and most public part of the chart. The tenth house governs career, public recognition, and status.

11TH HOUSE:
The eleventh house rules teams, friendships, groups, and society in general.

12TH HOUSE:
The zodiac completes with the twelfth and final house, which rules endings. It’s associated with secrets, addiction, and the shadow side.

Understanding your astrological chart is a good way to get to know yourself – it reveals your life path, what motivates you, the people and things you’re attracted to and how others perceive you. And, of course, truly knowing yourself is an important step on your Soul journey!

I’ll be talking about my astrological chart this week on Hay House Radio, join me and I’ll shed a little light on your own astrological profile! I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag – but there might just be an Astrology course available soon on the JVP School of Mystical Arts!

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