understanding your star sign and how to use it
Updated: Jan 1
It's been a wild few days for star signs, but have no fear - NASA confirmed our sign hasn't actually changed. But what can we do with that information?
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After Twitter went mad over the suspected discovery of a new star sign, Ophiuchus, which supposedly ran from November 29th - December 17th, news spread of the alteration of all star sign dates. Panicked tweets of zodiac tattoos, hate for 'new' signs and identity crisis flooded the timeline, while those who have never taken much interest took great pleasure in the 'I told you so's'. But alas, we were all wrong. The mystery of the new sign crops up every now and then, ever since NASA completed some experimental maths back in 2016, adding the star sign that time forgot back into the equation for fun.
But where did Ophiuchus come from? Well, the Babylonians are often credited with the first creation of organised astrology - having identified thirteen constellations, they decided to leave out the thirteenth star simply to fit into the twelve-month calendar.
As astronomers, NASA doesn't have the power to alter our signs, that's in the hands of the astrologers, so please don't panic - your personality has not drastically changed overnight.
So, now that's out of the way, how can we use astrology to our advantage? Often looking a little deeper than a cheesy weekly horoscope can give us an idea about certain personality traits and help us to look inward.
Let's begin with the basics. You may have heard of three different signs; sun, moon and rising.
Your sun sign is what most people refer to as your star sign, which correlates, of course, to the dates you were born. Essentially, the sun sign is your individual identity. It's how you like to express yourself, what makes you feel uniquely you and the parts of your personality you feel comfortable showing off to the world.
Your moon sign is calculated by the positioning of the moon at the time of your birth and relates to the more emotional, hidden side of your being. Its focus is on the subconscious emotions that you can't help but feel - the inner-most expressions that you likely feel more privately than those you put out to the world.
Your rising sign is, as the name suggests, the planet that was rising when you were born. This influences the way you blend the aspects of your moon and sun sign together to create your outer self; the first impression you give off, the way you interact socially, your style, etc.
Overall, the signs fall into four elemental categories; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. These all have similarities that can be grouped, making it a little easier to get an initial idea on the basic characteristics of each sign. Here's a little breakdown:
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn): It's no pun, Earth signs truly are the most grounded. They love solidity in anything and everything they do, whether that's their career, relationships or possessions (though this can lead to a materialistic streak). They are dependable, trustworthy and practical.
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): As you can guess, fire signs tend to be the most passionate. They are often seeking exciting or thrilling experiences as they are always able to make the most of an opportunity. Due to this, they can be extremely independent and find relaying emotions beyond strength quite difficult.
Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces): Water signs are usually incredibly deep thinkers and feelers. They can confidently trust their initial impressions, which are usually accurate due to their perceptive nature. This combined with their imagination can lead them to become great creatives and big dreamers.
Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius): Typically known for their intelligence, air signs are both philosophical and calculated. They can often seem detached due to their free-spirited nature and desire for adventure. They will often shy away from situations involving lots of rules or a need to act a certain way.
Now you know the very beginnings of astrology and how to calculate your three signs. From there, you are able to begin to create a more detailed map of your personality using the traits from the zodiac signs that fall into your chart. This can be used to identify anything from the best workouts for you, your worst habits or who you are likely to be compatible with.
Over the coming weeks, join us as we delve deeper into the world of astrology, learning more about each sign in turn. Let us know your sun, moon and rising signs in the comments below!