From Aries to Pisces

Ego - Outer Personality - Interior Self - The Triad of Understanding

Astrology can get complex. I personally have 3 yods. Do you even know what a yod is? Take all the planets, spin them around, thrown in major asteroids that have been out there for aeons. Don't forget the nodes and the part of fortune and then as they spin, you come up with how the spinning is affecting everyone, and also how the spinning of all the planets is affecting your natal horoscope. Man, it is one big endless reading! And that is why astrology is complex. That is also why astrology ends up being an endless, daily reading, but also why you tend to dismiss alot of it. Its just too complex for most people's ability to consume and comprehend. Check out Christofer's new website at:

The Rising Sign -

We are talking about the ability of the conscious consumer, the average person who does not know what a "quincunx" is, to be able to appreciate astro wisdom and derive a benefit in their daily lives from that wisdom. In the 1970's I first learned about the "rising sign". It related to the hour of birth - specifically, what sign was on the eastern horizon on the hour you were born. I learned that that particular sign indicated the outer personality - or the "public self". I quickly started determining "rising signs" in my family and my self. Of course, you have to know the hour of your birth or use the standard 6AM birth time. I saw how that affected a sun sign. The self that you don, like you don your daily clothes, is that personality that you choose to greet the outer world with. What a fascinating concept I thought. But there is the sun sign, looming so large, how does it really affect things? Then I learned about the Moon Sign.

The Moon Sign -

The internal self. Psychology, of course confirms the existence of our vast internal worlds, subconscious and below conscious activity that "burbles" away inside us, affecting how we think, what we manifest in our daily lives, and influencing how we see that world of ours. Our internal emotional state is often "what we hide" when we greet and interact with the world. If you have a Moon in Pisces and have a Gemini Sun, that makes a much different individual then, say, a Moon in Virgo with a Gemini Sun. Once I would be introduced to these two individuals, I would expect the first one to be be communicative, but reflective and philosophical - a talker who when they spoke had maybe an intuitive turn with lots of empathy. The second one I would excpect to be talkative, but critical. With a Virgo Moon, a person who was volunteering their helpful advice to their loved ones, but might be a little edgy in their help. Intuition would probably not be a feature of their emotional life, or at least, it would not be as visible. This person would have a naive internal nature, always in a kind of "head scratching" wonder about other people's lives, and wondering why things were happening to them. The Moon Sign is determined by the hour and day of your birth, but also the place on the planet - the town you were born in. That tells you where the moon was at that particular time.

The Sun Sign -

Now you can put the "Triad" together! The sun sign is the one that everyone knows. "I am a Scorpio". When people say that - they are saying - "My sun sign is Scorpio." To envision this in an easy and comprehensible image, put the sun sign in the middle, the rising sign on the outside, or around the sun sign, and the moon sign protected by the rising and the sun. Then, however you choose to envision that in your head, you can see the sun sign as the core self, around which the rising and moon work. That's why the sun sign is such a good basic handle to use in conversation and general apprehension of individual qualities. The rising and moon affect how the sun sign functions. All three of these constitute a triad of individuality.

The Triad of Self Understanding -

Unless you have a friend who knows their moon and rising sign, and chooses to reveal it to you, you are not likely to know these things for your friends and associates. You can choose to find out the triad with your loved ones. However, some do not know the hour of their births. In that case, astrologers make an assumption that a person was born at sun rise, and assign them a rising sign that is the same as the sun sign. SO, the triad is mainly useful for self understanding. As you go through your day, you can see how the rising sign, the sun sign and the moon operate in you, and show the personality that you call "Jim" or "Jane" or "Joe" or "Jolene". There is an old Scottish phrase that talks about this topic: "Oh the gift that God would gie us, to see oursilves as ithers see us." Oh the Gift that God would give us to see ourselves as others see us. Many are not aware of this dichotomy - how we see ourselves versus how others see us. Maybe this is a silent gift from the Psyche to keep us from going nuts trying to imagine how people do actually see us. And of course, this varies from individual to individual. If you grow in maturity and self understanding, you will most likely start seeing yourself in these three components and how they affect your life.

Once you determine from your mother, or your birth certificate the hour of your birth, (or we can choose the standard 6 AM birth time if unknown and most people know the place of their birth) then you can obtain from a chart these three elements. It is actually quite simple. You know your sun sign because you know your birthday. Your Moon sign you can get from a chart, and your rising sign too, from the specific or standard birth hour. For those of you who have had your chart done, often it just goes into a dusty drawer. Why? Its too complicated! Dust it off, go to someone, if you can't read it, and ask them: "Tell me my rising sign, and my moon sign." With the knowledge of these three, you can start to understand yourself in new ways. If you wish, you can do the same with your intimates and loved ones and relatives. As you do this kind of exercise, you will see how your Individuality expresses itself; and then you compare your partner's information with it.

This is the answer to why sun signs are different from one another. You hear people say: "I knew three Leos, and none of them were alike." Of course, the individual charts add the complexity of individuation, but if you want a place to start, just look at the Moon signs and the Rising Signs of those Leos. A close look at those would readily show much more distinctiveness and uniqueness and then would help explain the differences between those three Leos.

The Triad of Other Understanding Blended with Your Triad

Thrown in the Partner and You Have the 3 Key Elements plus their 3 Key Elements. Then the totality of the 3 blends with the other totality of the 3. This really consitutes the simplest way of comparing two individuals horoscopal differences without getting a super analysis of the individual charts.

The Dynamic of Your Unique Togetherness -

Your Sun, Moon and Rising and Your Partner's Sun Moon and Rising. Take all the possibilities: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces TIMES 3, and you get the potential combinations being multiplied. Then you put the Partners together and yours and your have The Dynamic of Your Unique Togetherness:

A For Instance: You can say you are a Gemini and a Sagittarius, or going deeper, your are: A Sun in Gemini, Cancer Rising and Moon in Scorpio getting along with a Sagittarius Sun, Aries Rising and Taurus Moon. That is the Dynamic of Your Togetherness. When this unique template is analyzed, you get a "drilled down" individuality blended with the Partner. This can go a long way toward really spelling out the nature of conflicts, similarities, shared values, and knotty disagreements. So these two, this Gemini and Sagittarius actually have a Scorpio Moon and a Taurean Moon. So when it comes to things of an inner nature, you look at those two difficult moons, thrown in with the high energy sun signs; and you can see why maybe when these two get together and have a "personal talk" things might get a little more testy than one might think. Then thrown in their Cancer Rising and their Aries Rising, you can see why these two might not easily get into a "close talk" because their high profile outer personalities might just slow that process down. Do you see how the Triad can shed so much light on individuals, and thus a partnership?

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Author's Bio: 

On Christofer French's website:, he has a special service and product for couples that can focus on just them as a unit. This service/product is so that when a couple really wants to compare themselves astrolgically, then can. Why do we fight like we do? Why do we get distracted with certain activitis? Why is it that each stops listening at certain times, and when certain topics come up? These particulars can be unearthed and exposed in the light of the astrological day. Chris has 30 years of astro experience, a Psy.D. and years of analyzing others horoscopes.