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FAQ’s answered in my column to date.
“Dear Nadiya, The Cardinal Cross sounds scary. Should we find a cave to hide in? Eric”
Dear Eric, Most of us run from what we don’t know. Times are changing, but it is truly for the better. There are inspiring alterations on the horizon. Welcome it with open arms.
Interchangeably called the Cardinal Cross, The Grand Cross, or the Great Cardinal Cross. All sound very ominous, but ultimately what it means is “action”. There may be tension, but that is only to provide us the fuel, personally and collectively, to create meaningful change over the coming 3 years.
“Dear Nadiya, What is the difference between my sun sign and moon sign? P.”
The horoscopes you find in print are usually based on the sign the Sun was in when you were born. The Sun represents where we find our center, our core, our light, and also the major lessons we are meant to develop in our lifetime. I will talk about the Moon tomorrow.
The Moon was also in a specific sign at the time of your birth. It represents the place where you feel comfortable. The sign that feel most like home. It’s a default position, representing behavior we tend to fall to when we need to feel secure. Since the Moon changes signs every 2 ½ days, 2 people of the same Sun sign can have very different emotional needs.
“Dear Nadiya, I hear people mention their rising sign. What does this mean and what’s mine? T.S.”
Your rising sign was the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. It symbolizes many things, including how you appear to others, among other things. It is not an exact thing, like a planet. Rather, it is a chart point used in interpretation. An astrologer or computer program can calculate the placements in your unique chart.
“Hi, I was wondering if you could help me to figure out my correct rising and moon sign. Thanks in advance! Veronica”
There are literally thousands upon thousands of websites that can provide that information. A simple google search, followed by inserting your exact date, time, and place of birth should give you a result. Now, interpreting that information is another matter…
“Dear Nadiya, why do astrologers have different horoscopes for the same day? Best, Kathy.”
The sky is vast. Like life, there are always a lot of things happening. Consider each horoscope an omen, giving you a perspective to consider.
“Dear Nadiya. Can I read your horoscopes for my rising sign as well as my sun sign? Thanks, Amit.”
I use a variety of techniques to write the daily horoscopes, most of which are specific to your sun sign only. For the Monthly and yearly videos, I stick to techniques that can be applied to both Sun sign and Rising sign.
“Dear Nadiya, I am a Virgo. Are their particular signs that are just not ‘healthy’ for me? Regards, Nayomi.”
Dear Nayomi, All people enter our lives to help us grow. Try not to judge or avoid certain signs. Instead, look to why you attract certain ‘types’. It will give you the quickest clues as to where your learning is.
“What is the difference between Vedic/ Indian astrology and Western Astrology”?
There are many systems of astrology, each arising as a reflection of that culture’s world view. As each society understood what it means to be human differently, so too did their systems of astrology evolve, and within that, several schools emerged. As long as humans contemplate the sky, more will continue to. Western astrology calculates the position of the planets based on the seasons. This technique is known as tropical. It is based largely on the position of the Sun (this is an oversimplification, I recognize) The Sun represents the individual and our ego development, speaking to a more monotheistic, individualism based culture. So with Vedic astrology, arising from the East, consider the philosophical approach of that culture. They use a primary calculation method known as sidereal. Also the Moon, as a symbol of family and community, plays primary importance.
I don’t think either is right or wrong. It is about which philosophical approach suits your worldview and which speaks to you most. For me, what I was taught and how I was raised, the Western system makes more sense for my practice. But I would encourage you to look into Vedic astrology as well, see if the forecasts speak to you. Its interesting how these different systems sometimes coalesce towards similar conclusions and continue to influence each other, especially as we move into an increasingly global village.
Hi Nadiya… How do your horoscopes apply to the Sun sign, rising sign (and moon sign)… do I just watch and they apply in the same way?? Much love, Kris
The horoscopes you find in print are usually based on the sign the Sun was in when you were born. However, because each of us all have Ascendants and Moon signs in our personal charts as well, if you know what the sign your ascendant and moon resides in, you can also read or watch those horoscope signs to get a fuller picture of what’s happening for you.
The Sun is a symbol of where we find our center, our core, and more fully step into “our self”. It is what you develop into over the course of your life as you own your light and shine brighter and brighter. Sun Sign horoscopes (also known as Solar horoscopes) tend to be a part of revealing this process. The Sun is also a symbol of our will. Solar Horoscopes tend to be more proactive, revealing specific strategies forward.
Your rising sign (also known as the ascendant) was the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. It symbolizes many things, including how you appear to others, It is not a physical object, like a planet, star or asteroid. Rather, it is a calculated chart point used in interpretation. An astrologer or computer program can calculate the placements in your unique chart.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of websites that can tell you what your rising sign is. A simple google search, followed by inserting your exact date, time, and place of birth should give you a result.
The rising sign is a much more personal symbol than the sun sign. It represents how you may appear to others when they first meet you personally, the mask you learned to wear early in life, the matters closest to your identity, and what matters to you most. Lets say your Rising sign is Aries. The horoscope video for Aires can add another layer of understanding to the period ahead. It will speak to tapping into some of the more innate things you came into this life with and life lessons you are evolving at this point in your life. There is a stronger element of ‘fated-ness’ to events and feelings that are reflected in the natal chart.
There are of course interpretations based on Moon signs as well. The Moon was also in a specific sign at the time of your birth. It represents the place where you feel comfortable. The sign that feel most like home. It’s a default position, representing behavior we tend to fall to when we need to feel secure. Since the Moon changes signs every 2 ½ days, two people of the same Sun sign can have very different emotional needs.
The Moon is a much more receptive symbol, speaking to emotional comfort and how we define and prioritize family. Horoscopes read or watched based on the perspective of your Moon sign will speak more to what you attract and where you will feel “at home”.
Again, take each as layers, providing you with a more complete, personalized interpretation of the period ahead.
I am in the Uk and two or three of my favourite astrology sites are in the USA. Is Jupiter still affecting me the same way it affects people on the other side of the Atlantic? Does the time zone make a difference? – Cait
The exact moment celestial phenomenon takes place is the same, but the time you look for it will adjust to your time zone. It is said that if you can actually see the phenomenon, it will have a more meaningful impact, but I have found, considering the rise of global consciousness, more of us are able to tap into an energy more often than ever. So, when an astrologer remarks about something in the USA, chances are you are experiencing it simultaneously but at an earlier time that day for you because of the time zone difference. I would say, play with your daily horoscopes and see if they are relevant to you the day before, but I do emphasize, horoscopes are an omen. I believe you get them exactly when you are supposed to.
Do omens or “signs” exist if we can’t (or shouldn’t) interpret their meanings? I’ve been experiencing lots of – how should I call them – synchronicities since I moved to a new country a little more than a month ago, but I hesitate from imbuing them with my own subjective meaning because I could read them as being indicative of something, when maybe they are pointing to something else entirely! Is it appropriate to read forward, or can we only do it looking back? - Natasha
Thank you for your questions. Carl Jung coined the phrase ‘Synchronicity”, which means ‘meaningful coincidence’. I think that it is the meaning you subscribe that is more significant. A part of any spiritual path is gaining experience so that you increasingly are able to read the symbols with greater precision. Reading symbols and omens is a relationship you are having with your environment, and therefore the Universe. I think you should be subjective. The Universe will want to speak to you in a way that you will understand. Your experiences and interpretation / feelings about your experiences, as well as where you are right now in your growth form the foundation to the ‘language’ of your heart. of course, it’s awesome that you are practicing awareness so that you know you are subjective, and are being honest with yourself in that the symbol can mean multiple things. That’s great. Ultimately, the more you practice interacting, the more quickly you can be confident in what you feel.
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