You know your zodiac sign. But did you know that that is just one of MANY zodiac placements you have in your personal birth chart? When a person talks about their “sign,” they’re really talking about their Sun sign — the zodiac sign the Sun was in at the moment of their birth. Yet while the Sun is absolutely key in your Astrology chart, there’s another sign that’s arguably even more important — this is called your “Rising sign.”
Technically, your Rising sign — also known as the “Ascendant” — is the sign that was rising over the horizon at the exact time you were born. In Astrology though, your Rising sign is also the sign around which your entire birth chart is oriented. It determines the cusp of your 1st House of Self — the point where your birth chart begins — and therefore all the other houses in your Astrology chart, too.
Knowing your time of birth is necessary to determine your Rising sign. That’s because there are 12 signs, and 24 hours in a day — so the Ascendant moves to a new sign every 2 hours. It’s possible to guess your Rising sign based on an approximate birth time, but to be accurate it helps to know the exact time to the hour and minute.
What’s the difference between Sun and Rising signs?
Because your Rising sign is associated with the 1st house of a chart, it’s really all about you. It represents the surface of your personality — what you show to the world on a day-to-day basis, like how an acquaintance might see you. Think of it like the cover of your book — it’s just the first impression. It’s enough to get an idea of who you are … but not your whole story.
While your Sun sign is very intimately connected to the big picture of you, your Rising sign is much more about the “you” people see on the surface, about how you behave around others. If you’ve ever been confused by the fact that people perceive you very differently from how you see yourself, it’s because what people see can be dominated by Rising sign traits rather than the Sun sign traits you understand yourself to have.
It may come as a surprise that nearly all western horoscopes — daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly horoscopes — are actually written based on the house system. This means astrologers use houses to explain how the current cosmic energy will impact an individual. Long story short, this means: You should be reading your horoscope for your Rising sign, not your Sun sign! The horoscope for your Sun sign is still important, because the Sun is so important, but you’ll likely find more accuracy if you read the horoscope for your Rising sign instead — or both your Rising AND Sun signs — because it is, in fact, much more specific to your personal Astrology chart.
You are more than one (or two!) signs…
Remember: Your Astrology is not based on one specific sign — you are made up of MANY signs! Together, your Rising sign, Sun sign, and Moon sign (the sign the Moon was in at the time you were born) represent your outer self (Rising), your inner self (Moon), and your core (Sun). Just the same, you have planets and signs in your personal birth chart that represent your love life, your dreams, your health, family, and more — this is how your Astrology chart represents YOU so specifically!
There can be some feelings that you need to rush through things early today, dear Aries, with your ruler, Mars, in minor challenging aspect to Uranus. Take the space you need and allow moods to settle before taking on important work. Consider allowing a partner or good friend to help you out now, even though your first instinct tends to be to rely on only yourself. Watch for abruptness in speech and movement. The Moon moves into your communications sector this afternoon, and while the pace is unlikely to let up, you may be feeling a little more on top of things.
Watch for hastiness in the morning, dear Taurus, when you might feel some pressure to get something done quickly. This is especially important with people in your life. Watch for misunderstandings. The Moon continues to transit your sign until late afternoon, and emotions are intensified and hard to ignore, after which feelings tend to settle. Even so, there can be a sense that you’re on your own on a matter or there can be some money concerns. Good counsel may be available, however, in the latter part of the day about work or health and habits.
The Moon continues to move in the background of your solar chart until late afternoon, dear Gemini, after which you tend to come alive emotionally, craving more stimulation and recognition. Watch for impatience this morning, when the temptation to push something is premature. You could feel rushed or pressured, and could feel conflicted between tending to personal or family needs and dealing with social needs. Try to listen to your own rhythms and natural energy levels. The month ahead may begin a little slowly, but is likely to draw many opportunities to you, particularly on personal and emotional levels.
The month ahead is filled with opportunities, dear Cancer, but is most fortunate for your own motivation levels. It’s a fabulous time for cultivating mental interests, learning, and connecting. This morning, watch for impatience in movement and speech. You may want to answer to your own natural rhythms and pace, but you could be pressured into feeling you need to force an issue or move more quickly on something you’re not yet prepared for. The Moon’s move into your privacy sector late afternoon can stimulate a real need for more time to yourself.
October is set to put any feeling of stagnation behind you, dear Leo. Opportunities on business and creative levels are likely to emerge now, and enthusiasm levels skyrocket. This morning, watch for impatience. If you’re feeling restless, listen to any signals that you need a change of pace and make it happen. It can be difficult to deal with anything that feels especially restrictive or stodgy now. The Moon’s move into your social sector late afternoon is a happy one, although you may feel a little guilty initially if you’re no longer as interested in putting effort into your work or current projects.
Mars in your sign these days, continuing throughout October and into November, can certainly give you a shot of energy, dear Virgo. Today, Mars is challenged by a minor aspect with Uranus, and you can feel this as restlessness. This morning you have low tolerance for situations that feel restrictive. Others may be introducing changes that don’t sit well with you, as you’re intent on following your own personal rhythms and don’t much like answering to others’ demands just for now. Avoid taking on too much, too quickly now. The Moon’s move into Gemini late afternoon brings on a stronger need to buckle down and get things done.
It can be easy for others to hit a nerve with you this morning, dear Libra, with a Mars-Uranus aspect affecting your privacy and partnership sectors. Past frustrations can be triggered by someone’s behavior, an issue of inequality, or outside pressures to get something done more quickly than there is reasonable time for. The Moon’s move into your adventure and spirit sector late afternoon is a helpful one, even if your desire for a change of scenery is delayed. Avoid scattering your forces and, as much as possible, answer to your own instincts and rhythms.
The morning’s pace can feel a little rushed, dear Scorpio, as Mars and Uranus clash in your social and work sectors. You could have a difficult time taking directions, preferring to answer to your own authority. Avoid shortcuts which can be costly. Find ways to set your own pace, as you can be feeling temporarily out of sync with others’ energy levels. The month ahead is powerful for opportunities, particularly on social and communications levels, and in centered moments today, you are likely to feel rising enthusiasm about upcoming projects.
You are at your happiest and most adjusted today if you are able to do something creative, interesting, and perhaps a little bold, dear Sagittarius. However, you’re also feeling a little “under watch” and some pressure to follow some rules. Try not to let this discrepancy drive your behavior or keep you in a state of restlessness. Focus on what needs doing, and resolve to spend more time doing your own thing when it’s truly possible. Centering yourself can in fact bring you to inventive places. The Moon’s move into your partnership sector late afternoon can pull you out of a state of mind that pushes productivity. You may be seeking out social stimulation or companionship now.
This morning, watch that emotional restlessness doesn’t drive your behavior, dear Capricorn. Mars and Uranus are in minor conflict, and this can stir up feelings of frustration with restrictive circumstances and people. Haste truly makes waste right now. Aim to take things easy and remind yourself that you have time! Give others space and do the same for yourself, if it’s possible. The month ahead can be a breakthrough one with Pluto, a long-time visitor of your sign, moving into beautiful aspect with lucky Jupiter, creative and loving Venus, and energetic Mars. You are likely to be feeling a growing sense of excitement and invigoration.
You are likely to be craving mental stimulation today, dear Aquarius, and this morning, could be feeling a little underwhelmed in this department. Watch that inner restlessness doesn’t lead to impatience or the taking of shortcuts that may eventually cost you time and energy. As well, be a little more guarded with what you say or how you express yourself, as impatience with things can be translated as impatience with people. As well, it can trip you up, either physically or figuratively. As the day advances, you’re likely to feel less sensitive to what you can and cannot do, and more in tune with your own desires. The Moon moves into your sector of play and creativity late afternoon, and your mood tends to lighten.
The month ahead can be a breakthrough one when it comes to motivation and a sense of really moving forward with a purpose, dear Pisces, particularly in the relationship department. This morning, however, there can be some nagging feelings that you’re not stimulated enough. Watch that restlessness doesn’t lead to wastefulness, particularly with money. The Moon’s move into your sector of home and family late afternoon can certainly bring on a craving for more familiarity and cure any tendency to wanderlust. This is a time of the lunar month for reconnecting with places, people, and situations or feelings that are comfortable and familiar.
Emotionally spontaneous and a romantic at heart, you are imaginative, generous, and good-humored. You tend to avoid the more difficult aspects of life and people. At times, you may be impractical and lazy, as you are especially fond of comfort and ease. In love, you are restless and impulsive, and perhaps a little too quick to jump into a relationship. Your emotions are strong and changeable – you’re very hard to read! Famous people born today: Deborah Kerr, Truman Capote, Angie Dickinson, Johnny Mathis, Marc Bolan, Marion Cotillard, Lacey Chabert.
(should read “do not read any Celtic Tree Astrology Charts given to you by a crazy Celtic Witch, lol)
This can be the beginning of new thinking on a relationship, or on partnerships and your needs for one-on-one relating in general, dear Aries. You have an uncommon ability to see the dysfunctional elements of the past and have a strong sense for what you are heading towards and want for the future. There can be significant thinking on a past relationship matter or a significant conversation with a partner. Later today, you can have a distinct feeling that you’re missing something or that you’ve forgotten to take care of your needs for rest, replenishment of spirit, and spirituality, particularly as this lack relates to your partnerships. The Moon is in your solar second house all day, and it’s important to seek out grounding activities that help you connect with your body’s needs and with the here and now.
You can get a strong sense of what you want – and don’t want – from your work and daily routines today, dear Taurus, and thinking you do on the matter can be the start of a new modus operandi. This is a turning point of sorts, moving you from a state of indecision to increasing clarity. Even if you are not in agreement with a friend today, their opinion can nevertheless be useful for jumpstarting your own thinking, leading to a new take on a situation. The Moon’s presence in your sign, all day, can get you into stronger touch with your emotions. Doing something special for yourself is appropriate now.
Conversations and ideas today can be the start of brand new thinking along romantic or creative lines, dear Gemini. There could be a reconnection with an old friend that gets you thinking or seeing a past relationship in a new way. The Moon in your privacy sector all day can stimulate a reflective, introspective mood. You could be feeling a little confused about where you’re headed in a larger sense, with your career or general life path, and this can distract you from the tasks at hand. Hunches can be a little difficult to trust later today, and it may be better to remain on the fence until you feel clearer.
New light may be shed on a past matter today, dear Cancer, from your childhood or related to home and family matters. In the coming weeks, you’ll discover what this means for you. Ideas coming out of the thinking and conversing you’re doing now can be significant in the long term. Later today, there can be a tendency to feel a little restless if you’ve been ignoring your need for more stimulation or adventure in your life. The Moon is transiting your solar eleventh house all day, bringing you into tune with your needs for friends, networks, and a sense of community.
New light may be shed on matters related to communications today and this week, dear Leo. You might re-discover an old interest or come to the conclusion that something you’ve been pursuing is no longer up your alley. This can be the beginning of new thinking on learning pursuits and projects. Ideas not can spark a long-term project. You are likely to see recent decisions in a new light now. Later today, there could be difficulty concentrating. There could be vague feelings that you’re lacking something in your life, which could stimulate some restlessness. This could be a signal that you need to take into better account your need to escape or take a detour from the usual routine.
New information about a past matter, or new thinking on an old problem, can emerge today, dear Virgo, particularly on financial or business levels. This can be the start of a new direction, but for now, take note of ideas coming to you. You could be focusing on recycling old ideas or discovering that a particular attitude or project may no longer be motivating you. For some of you, there could be the discovery a lost item or even a forgotten possible source of income. Later today, there is a tendency to become distracted easily. Relationships can be slightly out of sync, and differences in values or wavelengths especially prominent.
The Sun and retrograde Mercury align in your sign today, dear Libra, making it an important time to see recent decisions or plans in a new light. There is good energy with you for drawing upon the past for ideas and recycling them in improved ways going forward. While your communications have more impact than usual, don’t necessarily count on being fully understood just for now. Later today, the Sun in your sign forms an awkward angle with Neptune, and you could feel a little put upon or dissatisfied with your current projects or work. Feeling a little under the weather may be a signal that you’re not listening to your needs for more imagination in your life. It may be time for some rest and reflection.
There can be new insight into an old problem today, dear Scorpio, and a lot of attention may be directed to past events and relationships. However, there is a turning point occurring now that sets you on a new path. You are coming to a new understanding of a past problem that allows you to move forward with less baggage. An important blank might be filled in through the events to today, and this helps you to see things with new eyes. Later today, you can easily become distracted from routine matters and should probably indulge a need for fantasy, entertainment, or healthy escapism if you can manage it.
Important thinking or conversations can occur today that give you new insight into recent events, decisions, or problems, dear Sagittarius, particularly related to friends and relationships. For some, this can be about a significant plan or dream. The insight you gain now may be a little new or raw, but can eventually lead to new beginnings and attitudes. This may come as a result of a meeting with someone from your past for some of you. Whether it’s direct feedback from a friend or simply your observations and recognition of your relationship needs, you’re going forward with a stronger sense of what you want from your connections. Later today, consider ways to feed the need for imaginative or creative activities and give your mind a rest.
Today and this week, new insight into your life path, direction, or career is significant, dear Capricorn. This is a time for seeing recent decisions, projects, and events in a new light, and having a stronger sense of what you want from life moving forward. Pay special attention to conversations or information coming in related to long-term goals, work, and responsibilities. While this is not yet the time for making sweeping decisions in this regard, it’s an important time for gaining a better understanding of your goals and for redefining your expectations to match them. The Moon continues to transit your creative sector all day today, so be sure to make time for playful, expressive activities.
With the Sun and retrograde Mercury in alignment today, dear Aquarius, it’s an important time for putting old attitudes that no longer serve you well behind you. You can have new insights into recent decisions that serve to change your perspective in significant ways, particularly related to learning and exploratory pursuits. This can be the start of a new way of approaching your life. Later today, it’s important to honor your needs for imagination, daydreaming, and spiritual sustenance. Ignoring them may lead to a state of being easily distracted or restless. With the Moon in your home and family sector all day, be sure to take extra time to spend with loved ones or in a comfortable setting.
There may be new thinking on financial matters that is significant today, dear Pisces, or you could gain a new perspective about recent decisions with money that steers you on an improved course. Intimate relationships might also be in focus, particularly as you examine the past and come up with a new perspective on it. This can set you on a brand new path that comes with an empowered attitude. Perhaps you’re seeing that you’ve been dwelling too much on a past relationship or problem and this has been unnecessarily weighing you down. You are now feeling the need to move past it and move on. It can be difficult to focus on practical tasks today, as much as you’d like to, and it’s important to take time out for extra rest and reflection.
This is a revised Celtic Tree calendar, the other one had a whole month missing on it. See I told you those people were quick. Now there trying to wipe out a whole month for us, gee what next? But seriously check this one out, if you would anything wrong with it, I will find another. Heck, before the day is over with, we will have all sorts of tree calendars on here, lol!
With an inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun, this is an important time for new ideas, although they’re very new and raw at this “birthing” stage. There is an awakening happening at this time as we release old patterns and begin anew. It marks the halfway point in Mercury’s retrograde cycle. This is also a time when we are reminded of our need to feed our spirits with imagination and spirituality, but it may not be clear how to do so with the Sun (and Mercury) forming a quincunx with Neptune.
•The Moon is in Taurus all day (until Thursday, October 1st, at 4:03 PM)
•The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase.
•A Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurred in the sign of Aries on September 27th, and a Last Quarter Moon will occur on October 4th.
•Venus turned direct on September 6th and is in its post-retrograde shadow until October 9th.
•Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from September 17-October 9 in Libra).
It’s Day 2 of our pre-October energy work and today’s exercise is about energy expansion. In it you will learn how to expand your energy field — to a size you may not think was possible. The benefit of expanding our energy field is we create more space to receive more energy. You can find the link to this energy exercise below.
Exercise 2: Energy Expansion Exercise
In this energy exercise you will learn how to expand your energy field because with an expanded energy field you can receive more energy, at higher frequencies. The bigger you can make your energy container, by learning how to expand your energy field, the easier it is to receive energy, and to manifest greater aspects of your potential because you can access the energetic frequencies and vibrations that make new opportunities possible for your reality.
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Phase: Waning Gibbous Illumination: 92% Moon Age: 17.53 days Moon Angle: 0.54 Moon Distance: 366,994.41 km Sun Angle: 0.53 Sun Distance: 149,800,276.18 km
I know we have done this many a time, but we have a large number of new members who may have not. It just hit me, the way they are always screwing our Sabbats’ dates around, maybe you want to check to see if you are still the same tree sign!
Whenever you do a spell, record all the details in your book of shadows. That way, you can perform the spell again at a later date, adjust it, or adapt it to other circumstances. Following is a list of the basic information you should include about any spell or ritual you perform:
Name and type of spell. Write this at the top of the page.
and time you did the spell. If it’s an original spell, you may also wish to add the date and time you composed it.
Who else was present, if anyone.
Moon phase. Add the moon sign if you know it, as well as other pertinent astrological information.
Weather. This is more important than you might think, as weather can affect your feelings as well as the place where you choose to perform your spell.
Location. Did you do the spell in the living room, backyard, etc.?
Your health. Your energy level and overall health can impact your spells. If you are female, also note where you are in your menstrual cycle.
Purpose of the spell. This may be obvious from the name of the spell, but a heading such as “Simple Cauldron Spell” might require a little more information about why you did the spell.
A complete list of the tools and ingredients used. This is vital for future reference and if you choose to repeat the spell.
Deities invoked, if any.
The entire text of the spell or ritual. You can write this down before the ritual, and just work from your text, if necessary.
How long it took to complete the spell.
The immediate reaction you felt to the ritual.
Short-term results. What did you notice over the first few days or weeks following the ritual?
Long-term results. What sort of changes have you observed over the following months or years?
You may choose to add other information you consider relevant, interesting, etc. Add drawings, poems, or other jottings if you like. Of course, you can always come back later and put in notations about things you thought of afterwards, dreams, discussions you may have had with fellow witches, and so on. It’s your book to work with however seems best for you.
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