Some of us are introverts, some extroverts. Some of us are very emotional, others not so much. Some of us love indoors, others outdoors. Like snowflakes, no two individuals are the same. Even people born on the same day are as different as night and day. So, what makes us unique? Some credit for this uniqueness goes to genetics. Then, of course, there is life experience. But there is also something more cosmic at work–zodiac signs.
The 12 zodiac signs (rashi in Sanskrit)–Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces–are known to be the archetypal representations of our personalities. The internet is rife with information about the zodiac. But to steer clear of any ambiguity or misrepresentation, let’s stick to the standard definition Oxford Dictionary offers: Zodiac is the imaginary area in the sky in which the sun, moon, and planets appear to lie, and which has been divided into 12 equal parts, each with a special name and symbol. These 12 parts are the zodiac signs named after constellations (group of stars that form patterns).
Whether or not we believe in astrology and how it reflects in our lives, many of us sure find horoscopes fascinating. Those of us who avidly read the horoscope section of newspapers and magazines are aware of our sun signs, as all it requires is our birth date and month. We read what the section has to say about our sun signs and assume that is what our day, week or month ahead has in store for us. However, prediction is merely one aspect of reading sun sign based horoscopes.
Zodiac signs have much more to offer us, if only we are willing to dig a little deeper. We can actually use them to understand ourselves better, and we will need to know our moon sign and rising or ascendant sign, along with the sun sign.
Most of us are familiar with sun signs. It is that particular sign in the zodiac belt where the sun was present at the moment you took your first breath. Similarly, the moon sign is deduced from knowing in which sign the moon was present when you were born.
“The moon can denote positive resources from the past, which we can operate within a greater stream-of-consciousness level in this life. Or it can denote negative influences from the past, which can bind us to regressive patterns of behaviour in this life.”