Cosmic Alignment

What’s my sign?

Most people in the western world know their “sign” as being the zodiac constellation where the Sun was when they were born. But that’s only part of the story. The “Sun sign” is indeed significant, but it’s not the only “defining” part of who we are astrologically. Two other main factors determine our sign:

The constellation where the Moon was at birth is equally influential in “who we are.” The Moon travels faster across the zodiac than the Sun the heavens (a month to go around, compared to a year), and is thus a “finer tuning” of our planetary makeup.

Even finer tuning comes when we know what time of day we were born. The Earth makes a full revolution around its access every 24 hours, so every 2 hours the horizon passes through one of the 12 zodiac signs. The sign where the horizon was rising at the time of our birth is known as our “Rising sign” or the Ascendant. The Ascendant is the most unique time-wise determinant of our astrological chart.

The combination of Sun, Moon, and Rising signs gives us the fuller picture of what our “sign” is. Each of these key factors reveal a complementary dimension of our being.

So…What’s My Sign?…Well, that depends on your orientation. It might not be what you think it is…

Cosmic Order

Everything in the universe is interconnected. There is an order to the universe, an organization of all phenomena and experiences. All of these factors and forces in the universe interact with and on each other. They all stem from the divine source of all being. The more directly we align ourselves with this source, the more harmonious our lives become.

From our limited perspective here on planet Earth however, things are not always what they seem…Because the Earth wobbles on its axis, there is an astronomical phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes, whereby the western astrological frame of reference of the position of Earth deviates from its actual position relative to the planets and stars. It takes approximately 26,000 years for the Earth to return to its “original” actual alignment.

Astrology is often called the Science of Time. Think of your horoscope as a complex cosmic clock, where the 12 signs of the zodiac are arranged around the clock, just like hours are on a typical clock. The planets of our astrological chart fall onto the clock at different places, depending on the the time of life in question – your life, the lives of other people, the life of events and other phenomena…

Because of the precession of the equinoxes, to get the actual position of the planets and stars relative to your situation – to see the actual alignment of your being with the forces of the cosmos, we must “turn the clock” (that is the astrological chart) counterclockwise by 23-24 degrees (depending on when you were born).

For westerners, what this means is that unless you were born in the last 6 days or so of your western Sun sign, your sign is one earlier – Pisces becomes Aquarius, Leo becomes Cancer, etc. Same goes for your Moon sign, your Ascendant (Rising sign), and all other planets in your chart. This can significantly affect the reading of one’s chart and change one’s ideas about how to navigate through this life.

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