A Full Guide to Aligning Yourself with the Moon and the Stars.

Reading my daily horoscope is one thing, but decoding and learning about the beautiful intricacies of my birth chart is another. Astrology is a tool that keeps me yearning to learn more about my personality, desires, strengths, and even my weaknesses. There is nothing that satisfies me more than knowing that there is a tool purposed to create an alignment between my personal path and purpose. And while astrology can be mystifying for some, the study has helped me deepen my consciousness and awareness about myself the world around me. Beyond the moon and the eeriness of retrogrades, astrology has become a phenomenal practice of self-care. Through pouring a little bit of the Universe into myself, I am filled with an abundance of possibility. Here is your beginners guide to connecting with the cosmos and tapping into your innermost self.

The Zodiac Signs and Birth Dates

Aquarius: January 20th - February 18th

Pisces: February 19th - March 20th

Aries: March 21st - April 19th

Taurus: April 20th - May 20th

Gemini: May 21st - June 20th

Cancer: June 21st - July 22nd

Leo: July 23rd - August 22nd

Virgo: August 23rd - September 22nd

Libra: September 23rd - October 22nd

Scorpio: October 23rd - November 21st

Sagittarius: November 22nd - December 21st

Capricorn: December 22nd - January 19th

The Elements

Earth Element

Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Earth signs are typically your more grounded, practical and balanced signs of the zodiac— also known as the “down to earth” individuals. Moreover, earth signs are such logical thinkers, which is greatly appreciated, but on the flip side they can be so consumed with their tasks or objectives that they can overlook the feelings of others. This can also allude to earth signs being so invested in their work or goals, that they miss out on the beauty and the good in their journey. These individuals can also be reluctant to change and not the easiest to convince, if you don’t come with the facts or rational reasoning. This can in turn be the cause of their greatest weakness— stubbornness. Earth signs are also good for steering away from unnecessary risks and are sure to plan things out before making any final decisions. And although earth signs can be very by the books, they do appreciate the finer things in life as they work so hard to create a life of abundance and comfortability.

Water Element

Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Fluid, flowing and wavering are your water signs. These individuals are the ones that’ll keep in their feelings and are very in tuned with their emotional needs and desires. Because of their intuitiveness, water signs are often guided by their intuition or their “gut feelings”. Water signs are typically the most sensitive and feel more intensely than other elements. These individuals can fall in love easily and feel most inspired or moved by the struggles of others. Like air signs, water signs can also possess a creative niche. Secrets and mystery also represent water signs as they enjoy their privacy or alone time.

Fire Element

Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Fire signs ultimately represent energy, action and creativity. Also known as the life of the party. Seizing opportunities, following their intuition and making rather quick moves or decisions is in their nature. These individuals are very in tune with their appearance and noteworthy of their reputation from others. Fire also have a tendency to be passionate and temperamental. Think of it this way, as a fire can keep you warm, it can also do a great deal of destruction. Fire signs are also not the greatest at opening up and can at times shy away from being vulnerable. They are not your go-to’s that wear their hearts on their sleeves— it is the fear of their reputation being frowned upon as weak by showing emotion. The fire signs that tap into their sparkle and glow are the ones who are lively and boldly courageous. Fire signs are also often an inspiration to many, but on the flip side selfishness and their ego can bring out their shadows.

Air Element

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

Also known as the intellects or “winds of change”, air signs typically represent curiosity, and get a kick out of analyzing and probing into others’ brains. Often times, air signs are constantly in deep thought about one thing or another and can seem spacey or detached, which might ultimately make it difficult for someone to know what’s going on in their heads. On the bright side, like the wind, air signs truly know how to be adventurous and have a good time. Spontaneity is their second nature. In essence, air signs value their independence and crave emotional and expressive freedom to fly and move at their own beat.

Zodiac Signs and Modalities

Modalities are also known as the qualities of each sign and they also represent the varied mode of expression for all of the signs. Modalities are important in understanding both the universe and astrology as each of the modalities are centered around the four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall), which also aligns with each of the four elements (Earth, water, fire and air). Luckily, there are only three modalities to focus on: Cardinal, fixed and mutable. It’s also important to note that not all of the zodiac signs in one elemental group have the same modality— each are unique.


Zodiac Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn

Cardinal signs are at the start of each season. Aries signs start the summer, Cancer signs start the summer, Libra signs kick off fall and Capricorn signs are the first winter signs. Because these signs kick off the seasons, these individuals are typically the initiators or the leaders and the ones filled with ideas. These individuals are also the trendsetters and value originality. Cardinal signs are very energetic and possess great ambition to get projects started, but on the flip side, many projects may go unfinished as they are much fonder of starting projects rather than finishing them.


Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius

Fixed signs are at the middle of each season. Fixed signs are very stable and determined to get to the finish line. Because these signs are in the middle of the season, the energy often shifts to a more slow and steady one. When it comes to projects, these individuals are more likely to buckle down and make sure to get through the crux of the work. Fixed signs also have a tendency to be single-minded and have a difficult time taking criticism. One thing that fixed signs usually do not appreciate, is when things do not go their way. Because the energy is fixed for these individuals, they sometimes have a hard time changing their ways or their minds on things.


Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius

Mutable signs are at the end of each season. These individuals are a bit more loosened up as the intense and ambitious energies from both cardinal and fixed signs have faded. Mutable signs are more prone to change as these individuals are more adaptable, flexible and versatile.  In essence, these individuals are more like the go with the flow type. Sometimes mutable signs can seem inconsistent or “wishy-washy” as they are so much more open and likely to change than your cardinal and fixed signs.

Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

For starters, you can find out what your sun, moon and rising sign are by typing in your birth date here. Often times, people only mention their sun sign, when others ask “what’s your sign?” However, in order to fully understand the totality of your birth chart, you must also take into account both your moon and rising signs. All three of these signs are what make up the true essence of who we are. Be sure that when reading daily horoscopes, to read up on the horoscopes for your moon and rising signs too.

Sun Sign

Sun signs encompass our outermost nature, our attitudes and even describes your life’s expression. Think of your sun sign as the boss of your personality.

Moon Sign

The moon sign is based on where the moon was positioned during the time of your birth. This sign represents your inner emotions and intuitiveness. Your moon sign is what you might often to connect with the most, simply because no one knows your emotions better than you. Your moon sign will also expose the many way you are impacted by different experiences. Think of it this way, just as the moon is constantly changing and orbits the earth each month, so are your emotions and experiences.

Rising Sign (Ascendant)

Astrologically, the rising sign is considered the zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon or sun rise during the time you were born. Your rising sign is the surface of your personality. The rising sign is what people might often think is your sun sign based on how you initially come off to others. If someone says you remind them of your you act like a sign other than your sun sign, it may likely be your rising sign that they are referring to. In essence, it is who you seem to be on the outside.

“There can be no comprehensive self-care without comprehensive self-understanding, and this is exactly what Astrology provides.”

Jaliessa Sipress, Astrologer and founder of Obsidian Moon Astrology

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