WTF is sun, moon, and rising?

Still trying to figure out when everyone started learning their Sun, Moon, and Rising signs? Yeah… us too.

By: Iman Josey
By: Iman Josey

Read Time: 3 Minutes

I don’t know about you but we went from seeing everyday astrology post to people sharing their ‘moon sign’ practically overnight. It’s as if everyone all the sudden started exploring deeper into astrology while I was still learning which signs I’m most likely to marry. Learning “all things astrology” can take years. So while this post only covers the tip of the iceberg, we hope it can guide you to a better understanding of your signs and the roles they play  

The Sun, Moon, and Rising (also known as the ascendant) is the holy trinity of our astrological makeup. They are what the “I don’t believe in astrology” population are missing out on when it comes to knowing a more in-depth version of themselves.


Your Sun sign is what we are most familiar with. It is what we so confidently share when asked what our start (zodiac) sign is. It’s the one we self identify as when reading our weekly horoscope. Our sun sign is determined by which of the 12 signs the Sun was in during the month you were born. Our Sun signs represent the basic you-ness when it comes to your self-expression, identity, and power.


Just as gentle and shadowed as the beautiful Moon, your moon sign reflects your more private emotions and how you react to joy and heartache. So when you are all about the feels, it’s your Moon sign in full effect. To accurately calculate your Moon sign you’ll need your full birth date, year, and exact time/time zone.

Don’t know the time? You should be able to find it on your birth certificate.

Rising (Ascending)

Your rising sign is the sign that represents your outward personality. It reflects how other view you and why they may sometimes guess that you are a different sign than your actual Sun sign. Your rising represents the energy you release when people first see you. The ascendant is the point where the sky meets the Earth, better known as the horizon, which is where this sign was rising when you were born. So to find out your rising sign, you will definitely need to know the time and place you were born.

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