By JJ Flizanes, Host of Spirit, Purpose and Energy Podcast
What do each one of the signs mean? When you go have you chart done or have somebody read it for me, what does it all mean? I’m here to make astrology a little more user-friendly and simple. I’m empowering you to use astrology for you on a regular basis. Maybe pick up a book or two. I’ve got several that I love and can recommend. The one I’m reading from right now is “Angel Astrology 101” by Doreen Virtue and Yasmin Boland.
We’re going to start with your sun sign. Your sun sign is dictated by which constellation the sun was in on the day you were born. You might call this your star sign. Astrologers call it your sun sign. Your sun sign is the essential you, the core you. In many ways, it’s the most important part of your chart. The sun is very yang, so it’s more male energy in your chart even if you’re female, while the moon is actually the yin. It’s the female energy, the feminine. The sun is all about will, power, and desire, but not usually in a sexual way. The sign of your sun colors how you express that will.
Important note for cusp babies: If you were born on the cusp of a sign, the day when the sun moves from one sign to the next, you are not “a bit of both signs.” You are one or the other. It’s that simple. Many people don’t realize that the sun doesn’t actually move from one sign into the next on the exact same day each year. There’s a variation of up to three days. The day that you read in a horoscope magazine and newspapers and also in this book is actually an arbitrary guide. That’s why they can vary from one publication to another, so just make sure to check a couple of different sites. I actually did, just to make sure that I had the same thing for all different places in my chart. And actually, one site did vary it and I found myself feeling like I was having a crisis of identity in that moment. I was like, “What? Wait a minute. I’ve never seen that before.” So I ended up going on like five different sites just to verify, and I took the majority of them and said, “I’m going to stick with that one.” So the sun sign is the essential you. It’s the core you.
Now, let’s move to the moon. The moon sign is dictated by which sign the moon was at, at the time of your birth. The moon spends about two and a half days in each sign, so even if you don’t know your exact time of birth, it’s still possible to work out your moon sign. Your moon is another of the main centers of interest in your chart. It tells an astrologer a lot about you, what you need, how you feel, and what you’re like emotionally. For example, stable or spontaneous, cautious or calculating. It also represents the most important women in your life: your mother, wife, sister, and so on. It has to do with what makes you feel comfortable, like the way you felt when your mother cared for you, hopefully. Now, I’m going to mention that the moon sign represents how you deal with emotion. And we did mention that the moon is the yin. It’s the feminine side of you and it’s how you handle emotion.
Your Mercury is next. Mercury is all about how you express yourself, the way you talk, write, and think. Mercury influences how you make decisions and whether you’re outspoken or quiet. It even influences which books you read, write, or enjoy. It’s about words, language, and where your ideas come from, where your attention is, and how well you communicate your thoughts. It’s about how you learn and how your brain works, and it determines if you’re likely to jump to conclusions or make considered responses. It’s about whether you’re stubborn, curious, or prefer to not analyze things at all. I believe that your Mercury is going to give you a huge indication. Now, each one of these ingredients makes up who you are, and I think the total sum of all of the pieces will give you some clarity about what you like and don’t like, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at.
And then we’ve got your Venus. Venus in your chart is about how you love, whom you love, and what you love. It’s about relating to others. Venus also shows what kind of romantic partner and friends you seek and how you attract people. The sign and state of your Venus guides whether you’re the detached or clingy type or someone who needs a gorgeous lover as well as whether you have high or low standards for partnership or are someone who is worried there’s not enough to go around. Venus is also about aesthetic taste and how you express yourself creatively. Venus guides other things like beauty, pleasure, and abundance.
Next, we have your Mars. Mars is the planet of anger, aggression, sexual intimacy, and determination. The sign and state of your Mars will describe how you chase after people, dreams, jobs, and anything else. Mars is the planet that you use when you argue or fight. It determines your conflict resolution style: whether you’re likely to fly into a rage or your temper has a slow burn, whether you’re a peaceful negotiator or you’re conflict-phobic. Because Mars is also about sexual intimacy, it speaks volumes about whether you’re an earthy lover, insecure, sensual, or romantic. Your Mars guides how you get things done and what motivates you.
We’ve also got your ascendant or your rising sign. Your ascendant, also known as your rising sign, is dictated by your time, date, and place of birth. It’s a record of the constellation that was coming up over the eastern horizon at the time of your birth, as seen from the place you were born. Your rising sign has been said that it’s your personality, what people think you are. Your rising sign is actually sort of in your later years, what you grow into. So that’s what we know about the rising sign is that it’s your personality, what people think you are, what you’re projecting, and then later in life, it’s what you grow into. And so some think it’s much more important than I have been led to believe in the past.
The last sign, which is your true node or north node, comes from “Astrology for the Soul” by Jan Spiller. This is one of my favorite books to look at because it’s so rich. I mean, the whole entire book is literally just about this position. The sign in which the north node falls denotes the psychological shift that needs to occur within the personality. The house containing the north node shows the experience that allows the person to access this new psychological awareness. For example, if your north node is in Aries, in the seventh house, you are learning to develop a new sense of self-identity ( north node in Aries ) through becoming aware of the identity of others (north node in the seventh house). Through working cooperatively with other people and supporting them in reaching their goals, you will discover your own true identity. However, when you turn that around and focus on yourself, you lose your identity in trying to please others and be the nice person they expect you to be. In this case, the key to self-identity would actually lie in helping others in the search for their identity.
So that’s just an example of how she uses north node. And in each section of the book, there are attributes to develop. There are tendencies to leave behind. There’s something called the bottom line. And then each chapter has sections that are different. They’re not the same in each explanation because there are different themes that come up for each sign. So if you’re curious, I will tell you that that book did help me make sense of many relationship conflicts when I could understand how someone was coming from a different point of view. For me, and I would guess for you, when you have someone who disagrees with you or something happens and you go, “How could they think like that?” that’s an indication that they don’t think like you and that the way they view the world is very different, which is why I use astrology to understand how are you looking at the world? What’s important to you? How are you seeing things that’s different from me so that I can communicate in a way to get both our needs met? That’s how astrology for me is most important.
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JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcasts including People’s Choice Awards nominee Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, a best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life and The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame. Named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine, JJ has been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW and KTLA. Grab a free copy of the Invisible Fitness Formula at http://jjflizanes.com/book
Note from Healing Christel:
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