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Fundamental Differences Between Sun and Moon Signs

12 Constellations Around Earth
12 Constellations Around Earth
12 Constellations Around Earth

Astrology whether western or Vedic cannot work without sun and moon signs. But there is a major structural difference between the two because of the sign they follow. Western astrology follows the sun sign while Vedic astrology applies the moon sign. Hence, there will be a considerable amount of varsity in the interpretations of the two most widely known astrological formats. Let’s understand why.

What is Moon Sign?

Pagan Moon Signs
Pagan Moon Signs

Moon sign is the constellation on which the moon was shining the most at the time of your birth. For example, Gemini will be your moon sign if the moon was in the Gemini constellation when you were touching the surface of the earth. The moon sign gives an insight into an individual’s mental construction. It highlights your emotions and feelings. Moon sign changes every two and a half-day because the moon is also changing its positions while orbiting around the earth. Hence every two and a half, it is in a different zodiac sign. Though, Vedic astrology follows moon sign it does not make future interpretations merely on the basis of it, unlike western astrology, it studies planetary aspects and conjunctions as well as degrees of the moon for best results. Moon also represents mother so the moon’s placement can tell a lot about your relationship with your mother.

What Are Sun Signs?

Sun sign refers to the zodiac sign that the sun was standing at the time of your birth. There are 12 constellations forming a band around the earth. The one sign on which the sun was directly shining at the time of your birth becomes your zodiac or sun sign. It changes every 30 days.  Each sun sign is further ruled by a planet, which influences your personality and traits. For example, Virgo and Gemini are ruled by Mercury and are known for their intellect, curiosity and analytical properties. Aries is governed by Mars is attracted to challenge and excitement.

Differences Between Moon And Sun Sign

There are instances when a Gemini person never feels connected to the sign of the twins. Instead, they are emotional, family-oriented and get irritated at the drop of a hat when they become moody, like a Cancer moon. You can be born as an inward, mysterious Scorpio but fall in love with adventure, spontaneity, being blunt and calling a spade a spade. In short, have more Aries moon in you than Scorpio sun sign. 

Who Are You?
Who Are You According To Sun And Moon Signs?

The basic reason for this is that there is a wide difference between sun and moon signs. Firstly, the sun takes care of your basic personality, character, ego, and will. It gives the knowledge of your identity. While, the moon governs your subconscious, emotions and instinctive responses to the world around us.

Secondly, you can know your sun sign if you know your date of birth, while for the moon sign you need your date, year, time and place of birth. 

Thirdly, the sun takes 12 months to cover all 12-star signs, therefore astrological predictions are valid for one month. On the other hand, the moon moves quicker and stays in a sign for only 2 and a half days. 

Fourthly, the sun sign provides you a general overview of a person, whereas the moon sign gives you detailed information on your inner workings and untapped potential.

Further Reasons

Moon Signs Gives A Complete Picture
Moon Signs Gives A Complete Picture

Fifthly, an astrologer’s help would be pertinent for knowing your moon sign. The amount of details you need to have and calculation on that basis is possible only through expert help. While finding your sun sign is the easiest task on the earth. You match your birth date with the period each zodiac sign covers and know your sun sign.

Sixthly, western astrology considers the sun sign while Hindu Vedic astrology follows the moon sign. 

Seventhly, your feelings, and emotions are controlled by the moon, hence sun sign alone cannot give a complete picture of yourself. If you don’t know your moon sign, you will lose a big chunk of information which answers ‘why you are, what you are?’. 

Ninthly,  the moon does not stay in a zodiac sign for a fixed period of time. While, while the sun stays in a zodiac for a 30 day period. 

In Conclusion

However, it is best to see a person through both sun and moon signs because that will give the most clear knowledge of the person. For example, revolutionary and erratic Aquarians can become spiritual and submissive under a Scorpian moon.  Taurus, a pleasure-loving, dependable sign can show traits of discipline, willpower, and structure, if it has Capricorn moon.