Astrology is composed of much more than where the Sun was when we were born. 

Each celestial body in our solar system is thought to have it’s own effect on us. These planets have certain signs that they are the ruler of, and the qualities of the Zodiac are reflective of that.

For example, Mercury is the planet of communication, logic, consciousness, and technology. So, if Mercury was in Scorpio when you were born, the way you communicate is transmitted in the ways of a Scorpio.

Extra Tip: Qualities of the planets are amplified, more or less, when they’re located in the astrological sign that they govern. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo. So if Mercury was in Gemini when you were born, these energies are most likely extremely prominent in your identity.

The celestial bodies that are most commonly known to have the greatest effect on us are called “The Big Three” – Sun sign, Moon sign, and the “Ascendant” or “Rising” sign. 

Sun: identity – essence – you at your core

Moon: emotion – subconscious – hidden expressions

Rising/AC: presence – style – conscious decisions

Find your big three with this free natal chart calculator.

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Now that you know your sun, moon, and rising signs, read on for a glimpse of all the ways in which you show up in this life of ours.

ARIES
powerful | strong | unique

The baby of the zodiac. Impulsive. Committed. Fearless. Unusually friendly. Ruled by Mars, the planet of action. Aries can be overtly indulgent and hasty in decision making, leading them to their major wins and major life lessons – ones that seem to stick with them throughout their lives. Aries always will continue forward with confidence, no matter the circumstance.

Element: Fire
Ruling Planet: Mars
Crystals: Clear Crystal, Aventurine, Turquoise.
Spirit Symbol: The Ram

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TAURUS
determined | sensual | loyal

A grounded, patient friend. Taurus acts deliberately and steadily. Moving with grace, they will rarely let their anger get the best of them. The Taurus energy is one that stays at a baseline mood of contentment, almost borderline stoicism. They take great pride in their home, and find it imperative to bring life into their space. A solid, stable energy.

Element: Earth
Ruling Planet: Venus
Crystals: Emerald, Sapphire, Rose Quartz
Spirit Symbol: The Bull

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GEMINI
versatile | communicative | inquisitive

A kaleidoscope of knowledge. They’ll try anything – twice. A shapeshifter. Charismatic and fun unlike any other. Mental stimulation is a must with Gemini, as they become bored very easily. They have a multitude of hobbies and interests, with their toes dipped in every genre of the arts, music, culture, literature, debate, history, and science. An indulgent energy.

Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Crystals: Pearl, Tiger’s Eye, Emerald
Spirit Symbol: The Twins

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CANCER
imaginative | faithful | protective

Cancer is an ever-changing energy. A cyclical personality, dependent upon the waning and waxing of the Moon – however their core values will always remain consistent. Deeply empathetic. Thrives being surrounded by family and loved ones. With a contagiously wonderful laugh, Cancers are warm beings whose company is often deeply cherished once you get them out of their shell.

Element: Water
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Crystals: Ruby, Rhodonite, Clear Crystal
Spirit Symbol: The Crab

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LEO
passionate | confident | optimistic

Cordial, regal, and enchanting are only a few of the adjectives we can use to describe the magnetic light of Leo. They exude an unmistakeable aura of superiority, whether they know it or not. Natural born educators who shine when sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others. A heartfelt romantic.

Element: Fire
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Crystals: Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Peridot
Spirit Symbol: The Lion

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VIRGO
intelligent | graceful | diligent

In their prime, you can trust that a virgo will always be profoundly sincere with you and will keep others’ best interests in mind. Virgo is always hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Anxious and antsy – they are always looking for what’s next. Strong appetite for cleanliness and order. Timid and soft. Methodical perfectionists.

Element: Earth
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Crystals: Amazonite, Moss Agate, Citrine
Spirit Symbol: The Maiden

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LIBRA
charming | fair | harmonious

Natural mediators. Well-rounded. Gentle and calming. Truth seekers. Dislikes making decisions, as they fear of making the wrong one. Innate passion for the beauty and harmony of art, music, colors, their senses, their environment, and words. Soft hearted. Easily pleased. Graceful, empathetic, and compassionate. Rich in emotion and intelligence.

Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Venus
Crystals: Emerald, Rose Quartz, Amethyst
Spirit Symbol: The Scales

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SCORPIO
passionate | instinctive | mysterious

Nocturnal. Unforgettable. Rises above limitations with ease and grace. Scorpio has an amazing intuition when they trust themselves enough to follow it. Fiercely protective of what is theirs and equally as generous. Devoted to who and what they love with an intensity only Scorpio is capable of. Will always forgive, but never forget.

Element: Water
Ruling Planet: Mars
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Malachite, Aquamarine
Spirit Symbol: The Scorpion

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SAGITTARIUS
loving | philosophical | restless

A goofy ball of energy. Sagittarius speaks before they think – bluntly, and without intentional harm most of the time, much like a child would. Attracted to danger. Has an affinity for travel and movement in all aspects of life. Will do their very best to cheer someone up who needs it. Lovable, likable, and educated.

Element: Fire
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Crystals: Sodalite, Amethyst, Obsidian
Spirit Symbol: The Archer

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CAPRICORN
ambitious | patient | humorous

A responsible and independent energy. Capricorn is incredibly motivated and has a strong work ethic. This energy is all about family, tradition, and quality. Natural leaders and guides. Realistic. Able to control themselves in ways most can’t. Capricorn is an admired, wise, cardinal being.

Element: Earth
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Crystals: Malachite, Ruby, Onyx
Spirit Symbol: The Goat

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AQUARIUS
humanitarian | individualistic | eclectic

Always one of a kind. A lighthearted, friendly energy who dislikes limitations and disagreements. Aquarius has an innate desire to help others – their wellbeing almost depends on it. They make great listeners, and genuinely enjoy doing so. Creative, original, and tenderly loving.

Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Crystals: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Emerald
Spirit Symbol: Water-Bearer

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PISCES
imaginative | compassionate | intuitive

A selfless, deeply intuitive energy. Pisces enjoys eclecticism and exploring different cultures of the world. Compassionate, peaceful, and artistic beings who strongly dislike being alone. They know exactly what to say to put anyone at ease, and are extremely trustworthy. Generous and faithful.

Element: Water
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Crystals: Turquoise, Amethyst, Aquamarine
Spirit Symbol: The Fish

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Share with your friends, family, or love to calculate their signs and gain a new insight to their inner workings.

Did you learn anything new?

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KT Morrison
Written by KT Morrison
KT is the Social Media Coordinator at ALEX AND ANI.