The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant

You’ll need your chart to locate your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant signs. Don’t worry; it’s easy to have your chart calculated online these days.

You can tell a lot just by looking at the “big 3” most important points in the chart:

The Sun 

The Sun describes your essence, your character, what motivates you.

The Moon 

The Moon describes your feeling side. Your habit patterns, what makes you feel secure or insecure, how you react.

The Ascendant, or rising sign

Your rising sign is the sign on the left side of the horizontal line that divides the chart into top and bottom halves. (This line is the cusp of the first house.) The Ascendant describes your “style,” how you go about achieving your goals.

The sign on the Ascendant describes you on the job interview, and the Sun sign describes you on the job.

Read the descriptions of the signs of your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. How are they similar? How are they different? How do you relate to these descriptions? Do you relate better to one than the other?

These “big 3” signs are your astrological “handshake.” When you meet another astrologer or introduce yourself to a group of astrologers, it’s a polite gesture to offer this information. It tells astrologers who you are without revealing too much!

Doubles and Triples

You’ve probably heard someone described as a “double Pisces” or a “double Leo.” This generally means that two of the “big 3” are the same sign. When the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are all the same sign, that’s a triple. Being a double or triple makes you a “super” version of that sign.


Some of you are trying to take the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant signs and squish them together to come up with something more specific than this: you are all three. These three pieces represent different sides of your personality. Don’t over-complicate it. It really is that simple.

3 thoughts on “The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant”

  1. Hi Molly christine Boyd here born 22/08/1954, 10 pm Auckland, New Zealand. I have Sun Leo/ Moon Gemini/ Asc/ Aries. Love astrology.

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