Rob Tillett has been an astrologer for more than three decades.
In previous incarnations a poet, musician, magician, healer, dramatist & composer, he is the editor and publisher of Astrology on the Web and has written many articles on this website.
Rob lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, on the east coast of Australia.
Introduction to Astrology and Relationships
Rob Tillett, astrologer and publisher of Astrology on the Web, takes a brief look at Astrology and Relationships. Understanding the astrological interaction of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant is the ideal way to discover and investigate the nature of relationships, and is also a very valuable way to explore the compatibility between two people. This article is part of a series that we have published on Astrology on the Web.
The Sun Sign
Your Sun Sign is where the Sun was placed in the Zodiac at the time of your birth. Sun signs have become the staple diet of popular astrology, because everyone knows their birthday and the Sun's position can be easily worked out.
Here's how: we divide the year into twelve months of around thirty days each and the Sun takes about thirty days to travel through each of the twelve astrological signs. Easy, huh!
The astrological info on our website looks at the deep, archetypal symbolism involved with each Sun sign, but each of us is a lot more than just our Sun sign. Everyone's personality is a unique combination of influences from the Sun, the Moon and all the planets of the Solar System at the time and place of our birth.
Only a detailed astrological analysis, as offered from our skilled astrologers can give you the full details. However, your Sun sign remains the fundamental core of your character, so visit our Star Guide and you'll get plenty of fun and entertainment, plus useful information about you and your relationships from our free online interpretations of the signs and their relationships.
Your Ascendant, or Rising Sign, is the sign of the Zodiac which was rising over the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. This changes approximately every two hours. Even twins born as little as five minutes apart could have different ascendants, which would make a real difference in their horoscopes and therefore their personalities.
Your Ascendant represents your self-image and, to a considerable extent, how others see you. If you find, for instance, that the gentle, caring man you've met doesn't seem to fit the personality profile of the typical Aries... well, perhaps it's because he has a Pisces Ascendant. Or, if you find that only about half of what you read on this website applies to your submissive Leo lady, perhaps accommodating Libra crossed the horizon at the time of her birth.
The Moon Sign
Your Moon Sign is the sign of the Zodiac occupied by the Moon when you were born. The Moon sign indicates your personality, reflecting the emotional development you underwent in your formative years. It can be thought of as an imprint or legacy from your early home environment and especially from the way your mother related to you when you were a child. As an adult, you experience the Moon sign as a bundle of deep-seated emotional needs that must be fulfilled. Under pressure, you may exhibit the emotional needs and characteristics of that sign more than the characteristics of your Sun sign.
So if you are puzzled as to why that otherwise self-effacing Virgo you're dating sometimes lashes you with a stinging tongue, it could be because she has Moon in Scorpio. Or if you can't understand why your otherwise home-loving Cancerian man is always planning a jaunt overseas, perhaps his Moon is in Sagittarius. Finding out your would-be lover's Ascendant and Moon signs will give you much greater understanding of how to handle them than you could obtain by researching their Sun sign alone.
To find your lover's Ascendant and Moon signs, you need to know the time of day and place of his or her birth. Then check out our Star Shop and birth chart services, for a deeper analysis of the way you relate together by the stars. We also have a free astrology calculator, which you can use at no charge at all!
Ultimately, there is no substitute for having a complete horoscope cast by a professional astrologer. If you are contemplating a serious relationship with someone, spare no effort to find out the exact location, date and time of their birth and rush the details to us for a complete explanation, interpretation and prognosis of your relationship. This could save you months of fruitless pursuit and years of frustration—not to mention helping you avoid the agony of a broken heart, countless hours of psychotherapy and the decimation of your bank account.
Born on the Cusp...
Which Sign Should I Read?
Should the object of your desire happen to have been born on a day when the Sun changes signs, it's possible they were not born under the sign they have been mistakenly reading for years in the magazines.
On March 20, for example, the Sun generally moves out of Pisces and into Aries. If the object of your desire was born on this day, send us the time of birth and we will make the calculation and tell you definitively into which sign their Sun falls. You can order an accurate horoscope from this website, with a compatibility reading for the two of you.
Hardly any people are actually born at the very moment the Sun moves from one sign to the next. Unless you are one of these rare people born right "on the cusp", you will be pretty much one sign or the other, although a person born just before the Sun changes sign will share characteristics of both signs. Remember, the Sun sign reveals the true nature of a person, the essence of his or her character. Getting it right once and for all could turn out to be a major factor in the progress of your love life.
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