The three most important signs in your natal chart

When I used to work in the corporate world, I often secretly found out my client's astrological chart to get a better understanding of who they were. It helped me understand their motives so I could use an approach that worked for them. Wild, right?

Our natal charts can be shockingly informative. A big misconception is that we each fall under one of 12 signs. But we're not each just one sign. We are a bunch of signs, in a bunch of different areas that represent different aspects of our personality.

On the day we are born, if we could take a snapshot of the universe's placement - the planets, stars, galaxies - that photo would act as the map to each of our astrological charts. What position was the sun in when you were born? What position was the moon in? Below are the three most important signs in your natal chart when beginning to learn about your astrological profile:


The planets, constellations and universe itself provide the mapped framework to dictate information about who we are as individuals. By using the exact time we were born, we can track where specific planets and stars were at that moment and how their position around us affects who we are.

You know how the Earth's moon affects the ocean tides? Well, think of yourself like an ocean, and all the moons, planets and stardust are factors in affecting you in the exact same way.

You can enter your birth information in this chart to find out every planet and sign in your chart, but zero in on the sun sign, moon sign and rising sign, for a great place to start.

It's important to know the exact birth time - and not an approximate (saying, "I think I was born around 6:00AM if you were actually born at 6:59AM could have wildly different results, and give you inaccurate information). So call your mom or dad to find out, or scan that baby book. If you aren't sure you're birth time, you won't be able to calculate your rising sign. Be as specific as you can for the best results.


Your sun sign is depicted on which day of the month you are born. There are twelve zodiac signs that are set with each month. A lot of babies born in December are the sign of Sagittarius, just like a lot of August babies are the sign of Leo the lion. Yes, these signs typically have specific traits, but our natal charts are comprised of multiple signs. Thats why not every Gemini you know is just like the other. Our varying signs shape who we are, and though we may have a lot of Taurus in our chart, we will undoubtedly have other signs mixed in there as well. Your sun sign is who you are as a person when you're just not thinking about it - when you're mindlessly being you. The sun sign is what you're here to learn; it the "driver" of the car.


This one might be new to you. It's a personal favourite of mine - I love learning a person's moon sign. Your moon sign is that secret part of yourself that only a couple people get to know. Instead of being the driver of the car, your moon sign is the ENGINE. You don't necessarily show this part of you to everyone. It is your undertone, your morals - that undercurrent of who you are and why you do things. Learning a person's moon sign is a huge advantage to understanding how they operate. I'm a Libra - I am always striving for peace, balance, and connection with others (Libra's are learning how to be in relation to others), but my moon sign is Aries, an incredibly motivated and driven fire sign that can often come off harsher or more intense than they seem. Aries moon signs can come off harsher if they're letting that moon sign drive the car. A harsh Libra? There's no such thing! But there is when you read a person's whole chart. These two signs are practically opposites, and learning that hugely helped me in my understanding of myself. Reading your sun sign and moon sign together is a great way to really discover how a person ticks and you might just have an epiphany about yourself. You never want to let your moon sign drive the car, because that's how you can get into trouble. You always want to let your sun sign be the driver, but use your moon sign energy as the secret super power; your secret skill in helping you learn the lesson of your sign sun.

So what's your moon sign super power? Fire moon signs usually have passion or drive/motivation on their side; water moon signs usually have emotions and intuitive abilities on their side; air moon signs are usually inquisitive, thoughtful and intelligent, and earth moon signs are usually nurturing, stable, and hardworking.


This is sometimes called your rising sign, and it's another important one to know because of what it doesn't show. Your ascendant sign is the mask you wear when you first meet someone. It is the impression you give and how you carry yourself - though it might not be who you really are. Do people ever misread you or say you come off differently? I have a friend who always leaves others with the impression that she is this mysterious creature who keeps to herself - with a wildly attractive sexual undertone to her nature. She has a Scorpio ascendant sign, but she's really just a bubbly Gemini! But in new situations and experiences, she is unsure, so she defaults to her ascendant sign, Scorpio. The ascendant/rising sign is the colour or make of the car; but it doesn't really tell you the personality of the driver or how the engine operates. I'm a Leo Ascendant, which means I charge into a room, ready to shake everyone's hand and introduce myself (fire sign). I come off confident even if I'm feeling a little insecure, busy wondering if everyone in the room is having a good time (Libra). Finding out your ascendant sign can help you understand the first impression you give off, how people respond to you, and help you become more aware of how those around you are continuously reacting to you.

While there are many aspects to your natal chart, each sign giving you valuable information about yourself and even the generation you were born in, learning these three signs can be a great first start to learning more about who you are. And how you tick! What are your three signs?