SIGNS, RISING SIGNS AND MOON SIGNS
The three most important elements in the
fully-calculated birth-chart are the Rising-sign,
Sun-sign and Moon-sign — in that order.
all know our Sun-sign, because we know the date on which
we were born. The Sun-sign is, in the opinion of many
astrologers, second in importance to our Rising-sign,
which relies implicitly on the precise time and
geographical location of our birth. Generally speaking,
it is necessary for the layman either to learn how to
calculate the Rising-sign by mathematical calculation
(not too difficult), or to ask a competent
astrologer to calculate it.
you were born at or near sunrise, your Sun- and
Rising-sign will be the same. This will double the
emphasis of the characteristics of that sign on your
personality, but do not forget that those
characteristics will still work on two distinct levels
of your personality.
Similarly, if you were born at the time of the new Moon,
your Sun- and Moon-signs will be the same, but again
working on two levels. In both cases you will be known
as a "double" Aries, Aquarius, or whatever.
The Sun-sign denotes our self-expression, and its
characteristics relate to the way in which we present
ourselves to the world. It can also have a very strong
bearing on the way we look — our overall image.
The sign the Moon was in when we were born is also very
individual to us, and like the Rising-sign it is not
easy to discover unless one has an ephemeris (a book
of tables showing the planets' positions for every day
of the year). Once more, however, we have been able
to surmount this difficulty.
This is a beginning. But there are some very important
things to remember when building up an interpretation of
these three factors. For instance, if your Sun-sign is
Gemini, your Rising-sign Capricorn, and you have the
Moon in Cancer, you are not just an amorphous
combination of the characteristics of these three signs.
Certain elements of their characteristics will be
present in your personality, but it is vitally important
that you learn how the three signs work for you as an
The Sun-sign represents the "you" people experience when
they first meet you. Your Rising-sign works at a
different level, and represents the "real" you — the
"you" known to your lover, or your closest friend. When
he or she hears other people talking about you, the
chances are they will be describing your Sun-sign
characteristics, but your lover will be able to add, "Yes,
that is true, but ..." and go on to describe your
Put this to the test yourself: read the section on image
which relates to your Sun-sign. You will probably agree
with a great deal that is said there. Then read the
relevant piece on your Rising-sign, and note the
difference. Soon the various levels will be clear to
the Sun- and Rising-signs we can now add the Moon sign,
and its group of characteristics. Traditional astrology
asserts that the characteristics of the Moon-sign are
those we inherit from our parents, and in many ways
modern astrologers agree; but equally, your Moon-sign
will show the way in which you instinctively respond to
situations in life — your reactions to them.
For instance, there is a possessive tendency in all Sun
and Rising-sign Taureans. If you have the Moon in
Taurus, you will probably respond to certain situations
in a possessive way, but because of other elements in
your birth-chart you may loathe that reaction, and do
everything you can to fight it.
You could be very intuitive indeed if Cancer or Scorpio
was a prominent sign in your birth-chart — and if one of
those is your Moon-sign, your immediate response to
situations will be entirely intuitive and instinctive;
logic and reason may play a part later, and this will
relate to the prominence of other signs.
These points are crucial as you discover more about your
birth-chart and the way to interpret it. It is a subtle
business to get all the planetary positions into a
coherent perspective, but with care you can certainly
learn a great deal about yourself and your motivations,
and hopefully this article will start you on a trail
which will prove to be an unendingly fascinating study.
Aries Sun-sign: March 21 - April 20
Aries is known as the pioneer of the Zodiac, and Ariens
like to be first. Those who have this as their Sun-sign
are generally uncomplicated in their attitude to life.
They plan straightforwardly, and convince the rest of us
that there are no complications in what they suggest.
They come straight to the point, and do not allow
themselves to be held up by details or by boring or
niggling problems. In this way they can achieve a great
deal, provided they get plenty of back-up from others,
assisting them to fill in the detail of their plans,
while they themselves move on to achieve further
objectives and become more involved with new and yet
more fascinating plans.
The basic motivation of an Arien is to push ahead, and
while it is not vital to them to be "top dog", they hate
to lag behind their opponents. The out-in-front position
is the truly rewarding one for them, and theirs is a
very individual type of expression of ambition. They
have plenty of determination which immediately comes to
their aid once they have decided just what they want to
do. An Arien who drifts mindlessly from one subject,
job, or relationship, to the next (perhaps attempting
to satisfy a need for a lively and varied sex-life)
will be unfulfilled, and will feel restless and bored.
Ariens have to make a tremendous effort to learn to be
patient, and some may have to accept the fact that they
will never succeed, and will have to call on other
levels of their personality to help counter this
failing. (Having Mercury or Venus in Taurus will
help, if Aries is the Sun-sign.)
The dominant Arien fault, selfishness, must be
recognized as early in life as possible, and it is
essential to govern it. Guilt, often coupled with some
kind gesture such as a small but attractive gift, will
be the result when an Arien has behaved selfishly to
friend or lover. Ariens are passionate by nature, and
their enthusiasm for sex and the sheer enjoyment of it
is communicated to their partners, who, if sympathetic
to Arien needs, will get a great deal of pleasure from
Ariens have a considerable reserve of emotion which
surfaces readily, and in a very positive way. They make
really lively parents, and as their children get older
do not generally have too much difficulty in coping with
the generation gap. Physical exercise is extremely
important to them, and sport, or any activity which
makes demands on their physical energy, is excellent for
them. Like their emotional level, their physical energy
level is high, and needs plenty of positive expression.
Ariens will spare nothing in expressing their natural
enthusiasm, and at least once in their lives will take
some action which would prove extremely daunting to
other less assertive people, hence their reputation for
bravery. They are motivated to achieve a great deal.
Because Aries is a Fire sign, they have enormous warmth,
which is endearing to those who like lively, positive,
Ariens cope extremely well with working in a busy and
even noisy environment. The solitude and quiet of an
office away from easy contact with colleagues is not
very satisfactory for them, so even those in superior
positions will compromise in order not to become remote
or out of touch with what is going on in their business
or at work.
Aries and the
Arien children will often feign laziness at school,
because they are bored, and simply will not get involved
in any subject that really does not interest them. They
will cut out, drift off and think about their real
interests, while the teacher fights a losing battle. It
is therefore important for the parents of Sun or
Rising-sign Ariens to nurture any interest that the
young Arien expresses, and to make a special effort to
keep his or her initial enthusiasm stirring, perhaps by
gradually encouraging the child to take up ever more
The competitive spirit is powerful in them, even from an
early age, and you can appeal to this. If young Aries
does not "win" — come out on top — he or she will not
have an easy time; but any setback will definitely
encourage greater concentration next time round.
Provided Ariens have plenty of opportunity to burn up
energy and keep to a busy, lively schedule, they usually
remain healthy. They have good physical resources.
The Arien body-area is the head. Ariens either get an
above-average number of headaches, or none at all; and
the cause of such headaches is usually either eye-strain
or a minor kidney disorder. Their tendency to cut and
burn themselves is considerable, because they are often
unduly hasty and rather careless when handling sharp
tools or hot dishes. Knocks and cuts to the head are
often common. The influence of Mars, the ruling planet
of Aries, in that sign is of well above-average
importance when Aries is the Sun- or Rising-sign, and
will color the basic motivation and have a psychological
and personal influence on the individual concerned.
April 21 -May 21
Taureans, to function properly, need to live their lives
in the knowledge that they have the security of a
regular income and a stable emotional relationship. When
this is achieved they are in the right position to
achieve a great deal. Their most outstanding virtue is
patience, they will plod very steadily onwards, and soon
learn that short cuts are usually disastrous for them.
Taureans need a steady, predictable routine, but the
sort of rut in which they may get themselves will
increase their sense of much-needed security and, within
its confines, they will achieve much. But Taureans must
also make something of an effort to break new ground, do
new and different things, and be open to the opinions of
others in order to move with the times and to make sure
that they are not missing out on life as it is actually
being lived by other people.
Visit a Taurean's home and you will relax on comfortable
cushions, find the colors used in decoration pleasing,
and the place not lacking in beautiful things which will
have cost the Taurean rather more than he or she can
actually afford. This might seem superficial, but these
outward expressions form an important part of the whole
Possessions to the Taurean are very important. In fact,
possessiveness is the major Taurean fault. The two go
together. Taureans love to own beautiful things, and
they really do need to be aware that their partner is
not an extension of this basic urge. The realization
that no one can actually be possessed by another can be
a cause of real heartache to Taureans. The sooner they
learn to adopt a self-analytical and critical attitude
in their expression of love the better, as this can help
them to express themselves in a less claustrophobic way
towards their partners.
Most Taureans have a happy knack either of making money
or doing a great deal with what they have. They combine
this with the ability to build up their own businesses
and — often with the aid of a more adventurous partner —
will achieve much. They also do extremely well in
banking or working for large multinational companies, as
their need for financial security is then taken care of,
and they can express themselves in the knowledge that
the regular pay-check will arrive when expected.
The Taurean body-area is the throat; colds often begin
here, with a sore throat or loss of voice. Taureans have
the reputation of being the best looking people in the
Zodiac, due partly to their ruling planet which is
Venus. But because most Taureans love rich food, with
heavy sweet things being particular favorites, they have
a tendency to put on weight. Also, they are often slow
movers and so do not burn up their additional calories
very quickly, so a conscious and continual check on the
amount of food and wine they consume is essential if
they are going to keep the good looks they so often have
when they are young.
Taureans make kind and loving parents, but tend to spoil
their children with too many expensive presents. They
can be on the strict side when disciplining their
children, which may or may not be a good thing according
to the individual child. Taurean children are
delightful, but it is important for their parents not to
rush them. Slow, steady progress is their way, and no
sudden bursts should be expected. But once a Taurean has
learned something, excellent powers of retention come
Many Taureans are extremely musical and it can become an
important form of self-expression for them if they study
singing or a musical instrument. To others the
appreciation of music is important. Some will get great
satisfaction from embroidery, sewing, pottery, and
sculpture. Basically artistic and appreciative of the
arts, they sometimes need encouragement to get a round
to spending time and energy in this direction. It is
good when involvement along these lines occurs, since it
is one way of preventing any tendency towards being
marginally sybaritic at times.
May 22- June 21
Perhaps the most dominant Geminian characteristic is
versatility. Gemini will never only be involved in one
specialist area of one subject and will never get stuck
in a rut. If, of necessity, he or she is forced into
that position, they will suffer considerably not only
from boredom — something which they come near to fearing
— but more deeply psychologically, too.
The ruling planet of Gemini, which is Mercury, gives
them a powerful need to communicate at all levels, and
more often than not it will be Gemini who will speak up
when something is wrong, will write to the newspapers,
or contribute to a "phone-in" on radio or television.
a more personal level, the need to communicate works
well for Geminians because they have the ability to
build up an excellent rapport with their partners, so
that brooding and discontent are kept at a minimum. An
air of activity surrounds most Geminians — they tend
always to be in a hurry — illustrated by their very
distinctive, springy, fast walk.
is absolutely vital that from an early age Geminians
should be helped to develop consistency of effort,
because there is a strong tendency to be always moving
on to some new interest or project, leaving a trail of
unfinished tasks. While in many cases a little knowledge
of a great many subjects can be of advantage to
Geminians, it is good for them to have some kind of
structured framework in their interests, in order that
superficiality does not mar real progress.
Basically, Gemini is rational and logical, and when
their emotions surface they sometimes mistrust them.
However, the position of Mercury should be considered
here. Its influence on Gemini is not entirely
intellectual — for this sign it has a personal and
psychological significance. If the planet is in Taurus
or Cancer a greater balance is achieved, while if in
Gemini with the Sun the tendency will be to suppress or
at least question the emotions and intuitions, which
will be thought of as irrational and illogical.
The worst Geminian fault is superficiality, and if this
can be mitigated by the development of deeper
understanding and experience, the individual will have
much to offer.
Many Geminians carve successful careers in all branches
of the media: they make excellent interviewers, and the
breadth of their interests allows them plenty of scope
for expression and satisfaction. Careers in
telecommunications and the travel industry are rewarding
and suitable, and Geminians also make superb salesmen
and women. Advertising is another field in which this
lively Zodiac type will find fulfillment and success.
They are also excellent in argument and debate, and very
often, for sheer pleasure, provoke what they call
"discussion" which usually turns into quite a verbal
battle, with Gemini swearing that he never ever changes
Gemini has very special needs in emotional
relationships. Intellectual rapport and a high level of
lively friendship is vital, and a partner who enjoys a
varied sex-life which has scope for experiment. This
Zodiac sign is flirtatious by nature, which makes
Geminians great fun. They are usually fortunate enough
to keep a youthful appearance, and on the whole tend to
be slim, which puts them at a considerable advantage in
Gemini and the
ability to keep up-to-date with new developments and the
younger generation makes Geminians splendid parents — no
generation-gap problems here, indeed often the reverse
is true, and some children seem older than their
Geminian parents. The Gemini child should be encouraged
to develop consistency of effort but never told to do
"one thing at a time" — they simply cannot function that
The Geminian body-area covers the shoulders, arms and
hands — which are accident-prone. The lungs too are
Gemini ruled, so coughs should not be ignored. There is
also an accent on the nervous system, and it is up to
Gemini to find a satisfactory cut-out to counter tension
June 22 - July 22
Challenge a Cancerian and at once you will see his or
her natural self-defensive system come into play. The
need to protect themselves and their loved ones is an
extremely basic instinct with people of this Sun-sign.
Used positively it is marvelously helpful, but sometimes
it can result in their becoming too easily annoyed, so
that a slight "huffiness" is displayed at the mildest
opposition. The need to protect and look after others is
second nature, and indeed usually emerges at an early
age; children of this sign are good at looking after
wild birds or any creature that has been injured, and it
is an excellent thing for them to do.
Cancerians are extremely tenacious and hard working once
they have decided on a course of action, whether it
relates to a life-long career or interest, or to some
minor domestic task or project. The tendency to hoard is
very strong, so much so that it is very easy for
Cancerians to fill their homes with clutter, of which it
is almost impossible to rid themselves.
The instinct and intuition of the Cancerian is second to
none, and is something that should be developed and used
to the full. When a Cancerian "feels" that something is
going to happen, or instinctively "knows" what decision
to make, the chances of their being right are very high
indeed. Cancerians are unfortunately terribly prone to
worry, and it is no good whatsoever to tell them to stop
it. To counter this, they should follow their instinct
and learn to put no psychological barriers between
whatever is bothering them and this marvelous source of
The Cancerian emotional level is very high, and needs
constructive channeling. Much emotion will be spent on
lovers and children — no generalization where Cancer is
concerned. They also have an extremely powerful
imagination, and this too needs careful consideration
and control. The Cancerian with no creative or positive
outlet for these resources will find that they tend to
become dominant. If any member of the family is late
home, for instance, imagination will insist that
disaster has struck, and there will be irrational worry
— the children's train has plummeted over a cliff, the
car has crashed....
Cancerians should use their imaginations, but in a
creative way, perhaps by making beautiful things,
telling bedtime stories to the children (and maybe
going on to write them down), or becoming involved
in some aspect of history or collecting — the past is
very much alive for most Cancerians.
Career-wise, they do well in any of the caring
professions. The hotel and catering trades are good
areas, as is the Navy. Teaching is also a rewarding
career for them, and there is many a Cancerian antique
dealer or historian.
Cancerians make marvelous parents, though they can
become too easily upset when the children leave home,
and in general may be rather too clinging. They do,
however, provide a marvelous home life and background in
which children develop naturally and well, and those
children will always feel that they and their own
offspring will be welcome at home.
Cancerians make marvelously sensuous lovers, but must
try not to be oversensitive. Their natural tendency to
say rather harsh things can cause friction, and they in
their turn become very easily upset if criticized. But
their tenderness and warmth do a lot to stimulate good
rapport between themselves and their lovers.
The Cancerian body-area is the chest. This can be a
vulnerable area, but as most Cancerians are prone to
worry this too can affect their health — mostly causing
digestive problems, which may in themselves be a signal
of worry, before the subject consciously realizes that
this is creeping up on him or her.
Leo Sun-sign: July
Leo, the lion, the king of the jungle, must of necessity
have his or her own individual kingdom — whether it is
large or small. The ability of people with this Sun-sign
to organize their own lives and the lives of others is
paramount, as is their ability to lead. There is no
doubt about it, a really flourishing Leo will make the
most of this potential, sometimes stretching ability too
far. There will be great satisfaction in inspiring
others to make more of themselves, too, and in trying to
impress upon them that the development of, and
concentration on, talent is the best way to ensure a
fulfilled and rewarding life.
Leos get as much out of life as possible, and will
always do things in as big a way as possible — spending
more money than they should — sometimes simply to show
off. When the individual is truly developed and has
gained more experience of life, money will be spent
freely because he or she really appreciates quality. As
for those Leos who are not well off, they will much
prefer a coffee in a five-star hotel to a meal in a
There is creative potential in all Leos, and the more it
is expressed the better it is for them, psychologically.
This does not necessarily mean that they will all be
involved in the fine arts in some way, but that
creativity, in the broadest sense of the word, must come
into their personal scheme of things. They are ambitious
— perhaps for a better lifestyle than one suggested by
the mere accumulation of money; a good lifestyle, for
them, need by no means cost a great deal, though Leo
will probably have to achieve quite a good financial
backing in order to cope with what he or she finally
wants to do.
While magnanimous, Leos are often accused of bossiness —
and not without reason. Inwardly they know that they are
capable of organizing other people's lives far better
than those others themselves, and find it quite
difficult not to interfere. While there is a certain
enjoyment in being "boss", it is also true to say that
Leos will be willing slaves to someone whom they admire
and respect. They need to be in a position of prominence
themselves, however, if they are really to shine.
There is a natural sense of drama in every Sun-sign Leo,
and they revel in it. They should not, however, just go
in for making a fuss, creating scenes in public, but
should use their dramatic sense to bring inspiration,
light, and color into other people's lives. They should
use this sense to set an example to those they come into
contact with, and if they see that someone has improved
their lifestyle, attitude, or any sphere of their life,
then this will make Leo very happy, for every Leo
believes that life is for the living, and to be enjoyed
to the full. And they will work hard to achieve their
ambitions, too, whether personal or career orientated.
Enthusiasm and a positive, fiery emotion are very much
part of the Leo personality, and are expressed vividly
in the attitude towards sex and emotional relationships.
Leos can inspire their partners to greater achievement,
and will do much to make marriage and permanent
relationships work well, but must certainly be careful
not to dominate their partners too determinedly. Their
real strength lies in positive support and the
continuing development of their own and their loved
ones' individual interests.
Leos and the
Leos make lively enthusiastic parents, encouraging their
children to keep busy both in and out of school. They
tend to expect too much from them, and must be very
careful indeed to allow them to develop along their own
individual lines and not to over influence them,
especially where the choice of career is concerned.
The Leo body-area is the back. Many Leos have long
straight backs and walk very well, but do tend to suffer
from backache from time to time. Leo also rules the
heart, so the circulation should be watched — especially
during cold weather, which most Leos do not like at all.
It is quite common for Leos to have a real lion's mane
of hair, and, also rather lion-like, they usually have
August 24-September 22
all 12 signs, Virgo is the busiest. Those who have it as
their Sun- or Rising-sign will surround themselves with
a great many tasks, so that their day is full of
activity. It is very difficult indeed for them to relax
totally — putting their feet up and doing nothing has no
great appeal, so the best way for them to cut out is to
move from work which is intellectually demanding to
something that makes greater demands on their physical
Virgoan organizing ability is not very strong, and
sometimes a fair amount of time and energy is wasted
because they do not allow themselves enough time to get
tasks sorted out or executed in an orderly way.
Here we have the critic of the Zodiac, and it is usual
for Virgoans to work in a very analytical way on small
details. They give marvelous support to "front" men and
women, making excellent secretaries and personal
assistants, and usually enjoying that kind of role
rather than one which carries heavy responsibility. It
is, alas, far too often the case that Virgoans are
imposed upon. They have by nature a very strong sense of
duty, and this can sometimes be carried to extremes, so
that a young Virgoan woman will sacrifice her career to
look after an aging or sick mother, who will become more
and more demanding of her and her time and energy.
you want something done, ask a busy person to do it, or
ask a Virgoan — the chances are that you will get a
quick response, and full value. And how difficult it can
be to try to repay any good turn that Virgoans do for
Because they have such a high level of nervous energy
there is always a danger of tension getting the upper
hand, and as a result many Virgoans suffer from bad
headaches or migraine. While they are basically very
logical and tremendously practical people, worry
frequently gets the better of them. This will have a
negative effect on their digestion (Virgo's
body-areas are the stomach and bowels), and very
often this symptom emerges before the individual
actually realizes that he or she is over concerned about
some tricky problem.
There are marvelous ways in which this Zodiac type can
counter worry, and it is by using their practical and
analytical approach to life that they will best overcome
it. When faced with problems, they should take pencil
and paper and make careful notes of every aspect of the
situation; this will help clarify in their minds what
line of positive action will eventually be necessary.
Because Virgoans like to live active and busy lives,
they enjoy filling their out-of-work hours with a great
many hobbies and interests. If they are at all
artistically inclined, craft-work using natural
materials — wool, clay, wood and so on — is particularly
rewarding. They often have green fingers, and love
tending gardens and potted plants. To ward off tension,
demanding physical exercise is excellent for them, with
walking, cycling, and jogging, being especially
beneficial. Many Virgoans are attracted to
vegetarianism, and even more enjoy whole foods; they
make good practitioners of fringe medicine, and are
often enthusiastic about it.
Virgo and the
Just as Virgoans are discriminating and critical in
other areas of life, so are they in personal
relationships. They choose partners very carefully.
There is a natural modesty about any Virgo in love:
"He/she will never take any notice of me" tends to
be the cry when Virgo is attracted to a new partner.
They make good parents, and are especially keen to
develop their children's intellects. Sometimes they tend
to carp or nag their children (and their partners)
a little too much, but usually only when they are tense
or under strain caused by other problems. Virgoan
children are popular at school, willing to help with
small tasks, which make the teacher's job easier.
September 23 - October 23
Perhaps more than with any of the other signs of the
Zodiac, the symbol for this sign — the balance — sums up
very accurately the basic motivation and needs of the
individual who has it emphasized in his or her
birth-chart. Balance and harmony are crucial if Libra is
going to function at all well, and it is the vital
factor if they are going to live a fulfilled and
Librans are not loners. They need to relate to other
people in a well above average way and in all spheres of
their lives, most importantly of course with a permanent
partner. They have a great deal of love and affection to
give to their lovers, and it is only when a stable
relationship is cemented that Librans become
psychologically whole and function to the full.
Sometimes, however, this need is so great that they will
commit themselves prematurely, and as a result suffer
very considerably when things go wrong.
peaceful existence is also an important priority and the
theme of "anything for a quiet life" is a recurring one.
Interestingly, however, Librans need a great deal of
reassurance that they are being loved, and it is not
uncommon for them to go in for "rocking the boat"
tactics to get that particular reassurance. They will
sometimes aggravate their partners and provoke a row —
because it is so nice when they make up afterwards. They
may not care to admit that this happens, but it does,
and it is all part of Libra's interesting but not
uncomplicated set-up. But it is keeping the peace that
they care most about, and this leads us to consider the
possibility of their inherent indecisiveness.
"Wait and see" is a constant cry. They will not commit
themselves, and if the possible outcome of a firm
decision might be marginally unpleasant or — even more
importantly — unpopular with their partners, then the
chances are that they will simply wait until the
situation does not exist any more. It seems that the
reason for this is that they do not want to upset their
partners, and the whole thing is rooted in their
inherent need for harmony. But Libra has great charm,
and can achieve a great deal "all in good time". They
are not to be rushed but are seldom late. Some
astrologers consider them lazy, but I have not found
this to be so.
Libra and the
Librans make easy-going parents, but will often pass the
buck. A Libra mother will say "See what Daddy says,
dear" rather than come up with a straight answer,
which can be more than annoying to anxious, enthusiastic
children. Libra children will break down even the
toughest adult defenses, and will wind the strictest
teachers round their little fingers.
Libra rules the kidneys and those strongly influenced by
this sign could be prone to slight kidney disorders. If
they suffer from headaches this could be the cause. But
their well balanced lives — and the balance is so
important to them — will usually ensure that they keep
When it comes to choosing careers, Librans do well as
agents or in any role in which they have to negotiate
between two people or groups of people. They should aim
always to work in partnership, and could do splendidly
in the diplomatic corps.
Spare-time interests most likely to appeal are those
aligned to beauty, and which have in a sense a relaxing
air to them. Music is often important; many Librans make
excellent accompanists, for instance. Dress-making and
all kinds of sewing are rewarding, while golf and bridge
also come high on the list. Social dancing and tennis
are also popular.
October 24-November 22
This, the eighth sign of the Zodiac, is the strongest,
offering the greatest resources of both emotional and
physical energy. Those born with Scorpio prominently
placed in their birth chart must find ways of using
these resources positively and in a fulfilling way. This
is best achieved by expression in a career.
mere "job" is good enough for a high-powered Scorpio —
they should spend their working hours doing something
they consider worthwhile as well as engrossing. It does
not matter whether this calls for some highly developed
skill or extended study, as long as it is meaningful to
the individual. When it is, then all is well, and energy
will be directly channeled through this vital
is to be remembered, then, that Scorpios are capable of
a great deal, and the more they have to do, the better
it is for them. The worst thing possible for them is
when their abundant resources stagnate; then, a lot can
go wrong — they will be bored, and waste their talents;
worse still, Scorpio faults of jealousy and to a certain
extent envy — usually of those who are making the grade
— will emerge.
Scorpio emotional intensity is terrific and this, too,
needs positive direction and expression through a
rewarding sex-life. However, the sexy element of this
sign is often somewhat overstressed. It is vitally
important to most Scorpios, and probably in an
above-average way, but there are many other ways in
which their energy can be directed, and as I have
hinted, it is very often through the achievement of
is also true that this drive and determination can
sometimes become obsessive, and it is important that the
individual realizes that he or she may tend to become
too involved. If this happens, other factors in life may
be neglected, which might eventually lead to a kind of
imbalance which is not healthy, either physically or
psychologically. However, this in itself is probably
preferable to the reverse situation — inactivity caused
by unemployment or some other reason not directly
connected with the Scorpio himself. Restlessness,
stagnation, and discontent are the greater evils.
Scorpios are the natural detectives of the Zodiac. They
make superb researchers, working scientifically or in
libraries. Many engineers are Scorpios, as are prominent
members of the armed services. The wine and oil trades
are also attractive to Scorpios. From a purely physical
point of view, this Zodiac type needs a lot of exercise,
and many will enjoy demanding sports. Boxing, the
martial arts in general, diving, and underwater swimming
are all rewarding and popular.
The Scorpio body-area is the genitals, and it may well
be this connection that has given Scorpio the sexiest
image of all the 12 signs. There is a vulnerability to
throat infections due to the influence of the Scorpio
polar sign, Taurus.
Scorpios make demanding but exciting partners. They have
a great love of life and never do things by half. They
need partners with a similar attitude to life. Although
many are of a wiry build, more tend to put on weight,
usually due to good living, and this is something that
needs conscious controlling. Alas, Scorpios do not find
it easy to cut down — in any way.
Scorpios want their children to be as energetic and as
fulfilled as they are themselves, and will be demanding
but inspiring parents. If the Scorpio child is the
eldest, great care must be taken and attention paid so
that when a younger brother or sister is born there is
no cause for jealousy — the worst Scorpio fault. But the
children of this sign will achieve a great deal once
they have become dedicated to some specific interest or
subject, and such interests must be allowed to blossom.
Sun-sign: November 23 -December 21
Challenge, and a need to feel free to express themselves
in their own individual way, are the two most important
requisites for those who have this sign emphasized in
their birth-charts. They cannot function satisfactorily
Put a lively Sagittarian in a situation where he or she
has work that is repetitive, or makes no demands on
them, and they will crumble. But many, of course, have
to cope with such dreary circumstances, and then it is
important that they should work out ways to divert their
attention from what is basically an unrewarding set-up.
Usually Sagittarius is resilient enough to find
interesting alternatives, and it is vital that they do
so, otherwise the psychological suffering they will have
to endure will be nearly intolerable.
Sagittarius is a Fire sign, and this element makes its
presence felt through a high level of enthusiasm for
life and individual interests. To this it is possible to
add that Sagittarians are keen to enjoy all aspects of
life in a very positive way, and as they do so they will
also inspire others to get as much out of life and their
abilities as they do themselves. But challenge must be
there; if it is not, then Sagittarians must create it by
presenting ideas to those who matter, and by showing
others precisely what they are made of.
is important though, that in the pursuit of many varied
and diverse interests, they do not lose out on the full
development of what they can do best. It is also a good
thing for those of this sign to express their
versatility in a controlled way — by doing many
different things, but making quite sure that one project
is completed before another is started, so that when a
year's work is assessed there will be a feeling that a
great deal has been achieved in a variety of fields.
lot is said about sport and the Sagittarian. I tend to
think this is overstressed, having found no greater
number of sportspeople born under this sign than any
other. They do most certainly need exercise, and often
enjoy it more than many Zodiac types, and it is true
that a young Sagittarian will be "coltish"; hopefully,
however, as time passes they will develop fine, somewhat
philosophically orientated qualities which will be a
source of inspiration to others. Restlessness is a major
fault, but can be overcome once the individual has
sorted out his or her real objectives, and decided that
the grass is not always greener on the other side of the
There is plenty of scope where careers are concerned.
The intellectual Sagittarian will enjoy publishing or
may work well in the fields of higher education, and
working abroad often appeals, since many of this sign
have a fine flair for languages. The veterinary
profession can also be rewarding. Tradition suggests
that the Law and the Church are quintessentially
Claustrophobic conditions of any kind cannot be
tolerated by this Zodiac group, especially when it comes
to emotional relationships, chiefly because of their
need for freedom of expression. Obviously, if they want
a meaningful relationship to last, they have to
compromise to a certain extent, but it is important that
they are not constrained by a partner who is jealous, or
does not fully understand the way they function.
Rather less importantly, Sagittarians hate a room with
no view — it makes them feel closed in. Their sense of
fun is infectious and their positive, extrovert
enthusiasm second to none. This is the sign of the
hunter, but that does not mean that they enjoy the
pursuit of wild animals; interestingly they do enjoy
hunting for bargains in junk shops.
Sagittarians make exhilarating partners in spite of
their need for freedom, and will always encourage their
lovers to develop their individual interests. They need
an energetic, lively sex life and will get very bored
indeed with a partner who has no sense of fun or who is
too pessimistic in outlook.
they keep busy and active they are usually very healthy,
but the hips and thighs — the Sagittarian body-areas —
are vulnerable, and it is here that most Sagittarians
(Sun- and Rising-sign types) put on weight very
easily. The liver is also Sagittarian ruled, hence
slight "liverishness" and hangovers can be a problem.
and the Family
Sagittarians also make extremely lively and somewhat
demanding parents — no bad thing, as they will certainly
get a great deal out of their children because of their
ability to encourage them in just the right way.
Children of this sign must be given a lot of positive
encouragement, but may need controlling in a gentle but
firm way so that their exuberance does not become too
December 22 - January 20
Capricorn is the sign of the Goat. Here we have someone
who is sure-footed and negotiates every obstacle with
care but with a lively step. Only getting to the top
will do, and a great deal of determination will be
present in the character to help Capricorns every step
of the way.
People with this Sun-sign will not stride upwards
without reflection, we must not forget that here is an
Earth sign, and the influence of that element is
ever-present. Every decision will be carefully taken,
every challenge and opportunity carefully assessed, so
that risks are minimal. The free-ranging mountain goat
will then be able to use every bit of potential to the
full, and feel that life is worth living.
But what of the other half of Capricorn? Remember that
the creature of the sign is only half goat. It has a
fish's tail. Is this the "wet fish" side of Capricorn?
Or the poor domestic goat, forever tethered to a post in
the valley, and in no position to scale the mountain
top? Both, I think, for in essence they are similar. A
negative, hopeless attitude can make its presence felt
with those of this sign. Many feel that they will never
"get on" in life because there is so much against them.
When this is the case, their friends and lovers must do
their best to reassure them.
I have said, there are two distinct types of Capricorn.
Our lively "giddy" mountain goat, and our "wet fish", or
if you prefer it, our "domestic animal". Basically it is
not difficult to decide which category our Capricorn
friends fall into, but what is interesting is the fact
that they will from time to time reverse their roles, so
that unexpectedly we will find the lively, positive,
aspiring mountain goat making its presence felt in
someone who tends in general to be negative in outlook,
and we can get more than the odd grumble and moan from
our surefooted, ambitious Capricorn friends.
One of this sign's most endearing qualities is its
off-beat sense of humor. We find the most dour,
serious-minded Capricorn suddenly making the most
unusual and witty remark — natural to them and a delight
to others. Very often at such times they themselves will
smile a grimacing kind of smile — the corners of their
mouths turned down rather than up — an instantly
is often the case that those born under this sign do not
have a ready gushing flow of emotion. There is a
tendency to coolness in love, for instance, and
enthusiasm for new ideas may be somewhat muted by their
typical matter-of-fact attitude. However, once committed
in love they have tremendous loyalty, and while most
young Capricorns will to a certain extent "play the
field", on a more serious level they are usually
Capricorns have on the whole very good powers of
concentration, and long arduous study will pay off.
Short cuts do not. There is, too a considerable sense of
pride, and their inherent ambition will encourage them
to aspire to move up the social scale. A desire to
impress other people is also characteristic.
The Capricorn body-areas are the knees and shins, these
are vulnerable, as are the teeth, skin, and bones.
Capricorns make good athletes, and long-distance running
and rock-climbing are sports that could well appeal.
Individual effort can be more fulfilling than
participation in team games; Capricorns do well on their
own and can cope with loneliness far better than many
Capricorn parents are eager for their children's
progress and so will make considerable demands on them.
Sometimes they can become somewhat remote from their
children. They are very keen to carve a better life for
them than they themselves had, and as a result they may
become preoccupied with their own careers, and have less
fun with their children than they might. Parents of
Capricorn children should help them to develop warmth
January 21-February 18
Aquarius is the individualist of the Zodiac. Show two
people with this sign prominent in their birth-charts a
list of characteristics of the sign, and the only thing
they will agree on is the fact that they share none of
them. This sign bestows a great need for independence,
which very often emerges in the building of a rather
special and somewhat different lifestyle.
Aquarians are some of the kindest, most helpful and
friendly people of the Zodiac. They have a happy knack
of knowing when help is needed and will give it freely
without ulterior motives. However, although we may know
them extremely well, if we think seriously about it,
they are in many ways extremely private people. This
could well be because of their need to be independent,
and while having the capacity to give much of themselves
to others, they do not want to get too emotionally
involved or find themselves in a situation which is at
all cloying or heavy.
Unfortunately it is often the case that a great many
people with this sign stressed in their birth-charts
have considerable psychological difficulty in relating
intensely and in depth to other people. The reason for
this is very complex, and does of course vary
considerably from individual to individual, but
basically it may well come back to the very powerful
inherent need for independence. To live with someone, or
to marry them, must of necessity mean that considerable
independence is relinquished, and when it comes to a
total commitment, many Aquarians do not feel they can
make what to them is a considerable sacrifice.
But let it be stressed that there are obviously a great
many who have Aquarius as Sun-, Rising-, or Moon-sign,
yet are settled and fulfilled in their permanent
relationship. These will understand my comments, but
other planets will have given them support where it is
most needed, and the problem has been solved.
Aquarians have great originality and real flair, which
can be used in a variety of fields, and should be
allowed full expression. They often do well in the
so-called glamour professions — theatre, television, the
beauty trades, or anywhere where their originality can
be expressed freely and rewardingly. Many carve
successful careers in science, and interestingly it is
very often the case that Aquarians are fascinated by the
remote past and the equally remote and distant future —
archaeology and geology at one end of the scale, and
space fact and fiction at the other. This too can color
the choice of spare-time interests.
Aquarians make excellent forward-looking parents, and
will sympathize with their children when they become
involved with the concerns and crazes of their
generation. But, surprisingly, Aquarians can be very
stubborn and extremely unpredictable, and it is their
children, as much as their friends and partners, who
will become aware of these particular, and to all
intents and purposes, somewhat unexpected traits.
Parents of Aquarian children must respect their
tremendous need for independence, and learn to accept it
and the fact that while they may appear somewhat zany
there is probably more common sense in their
personalities than may appear on the surface. Interests
that are way out or wild must not be discouraged — here
is young Aquarius expressing his or her originality.
The Aquarian body-area is the ankles. These are
vulnerable. The circulation is also ruled by Aquarius,
and it is necessary to keep it moving well. Skiing is
often enjoyed, and is good exercise. Dance, aerobics,
and athletics are all excellent.
February 1 9-March 20
Pisces is the poet of the Zodiac. With signs of the
Water element, emotion is plentifully expressed at a
moment's notice: the dilating pupils of the Piscean eyes
will at once tell us when the individual is moved.
Pisces is, of course, the sign of the fishes. But look
at the symbol — two fishes swimming in opposite
directions, with a cord in their mouths connecting them.
This sums up Pisces beautifully, for along with Gemini
and Sagittarius, this is the third of the "dual" signs
of the Zodiac, giving the usual versatility, but also in
this case a tendency to oppose the self.
know what they want to do, for reasons best known or
possibly unknown to themselves, they often tend to take
a totally different line of action, and in doing so can
cause chaos and confusion for themselves. This kind of
action seems a psychological necessity for many
Pisceans, and it may have its roots in their highly
developed sensitivity to other people's feelings, for
they put their own feelings very low on their list of
priorities. This can certainly make life extremely
But there are other reasons, too, for in their Piscean
confusion they often deceive themselves (tending to
drift up on to cloud nine) and will also tell the odd
white lie to get themselves out of any mildly tricky
situation. However, it does not end there for they then
have to go in for ever-increasing cover-ups, and all too
soon the situation has got out of hand and Pisces is in
dead trouble — either at work, or with their parents or
lovers. It is hard for them to learn that this is not
the way to a truly rewarding and fulfilling life; but
once they realize this crucial fact they develop in a
very positive and rewarding way.
Here we have the kindest and most charitable of all the
signs. Pisceans will make many sacrifices for other
people, a trait they share with their polar or opposite
sign, Virgo. Sometimes this tendency will get out of
hand, and the marvelous potential present in most
Pisceans is frittered away, or comes to nothing, because
Pisces is otherwise occupied.
But it might just be that Pisces will divert time and
energy in some "sacrificial" way because of an inherent
lack of self-confidence. If they are busy caring for
others, or fulfilling a supportive role, then they do
not have to fight to keep up with opponents in their
field or cope with the rat race. Opting out, they find
that a cloistered life gives them a sense of security,
and this in a subtle way is a modern expression of the
religious aspects of this sign, the "monk-like" or
"nun-like" aspirations of the past, in essence very
Piscean. They do particularly well in the caring or
But what of the Pisces poet? Of course, not all Pisceans
go dreamily around with notebook in hand composing
verses, though when they do, they do it very well. There
is, however, creative ability in most Pisceans. It needs
tremendous support and encouragement from partners, as
do all practical aspects of their lives. When this is
available, their talent emerges strongly. They make
excellent dancers and ice-skaters and enjoy swimming,
and all these activities are physically good for them.
But above all it is involvement in the fine arts that is
particularly satisfying on all levels.
Pisceans make excellent, warm lovers, and their abundant
emotion is expressed well and positively in this sphere
of their lives. They should be careful not to allow
their feelings to get out of perspective, or their ample
imaginations to run away with them.
Pisces and the
Pisces need a sound, sensible, but sensitive partner.
They tend, as parents, to be too kind, and may perhaps
let their children get away with "murder". This is
something their partners should look out for, and if
necessary intervene if children seem to be getting out
The Pisces body-area is the feet. Pisceans either have
marvelously neat ones, and no trouble, or are in
constant difficulty. Shoes will either be a perennial
problem, or a continual source of delight. There is a
tendency to worry, which may cause stomach upsets. When
troubled in this way, Pisceans should fall back on their
ample intuition and natural instincts.
Those with Aries rising will make a considerable impact
on others. They will instigate large, successful
projects, and will devote much of their time and energy
to the achievement of horrendously ambitious
Their powerful motivation is not so much downright
ambition for success in the usual worldly sense of the
word — indeed, it is often the case that such things as
a huge house and expensive possessions do not mean a
very great deal to them — but they are prompted to ever
greater efforts by the steady advancement of opponents
or rivals who seem to be overtaking them.
The tendency to selfishness can show itself in what
seems to be ruthlessness, for if they were to give
consideration to others, they would of necessity have to
interrupt the flow of their own energy and concentration
on main objectives.
There is in the Rising-sign Arien an element of their
personality which will emerge in their attitude to their
partners — kindness, lovingness, and the search for a
well-balanced, harmonious life. In other words, where
the most important man or woman in their life is
concerned, they express themselves in the manner of
their polar or opposite sign across the Zodiac, which is
Libra. This is something that will almost certainly go
unnoticed by even close friends; it is reserved for
The drive and sense of urgency in life is overwhelmingly
powerful when Aries rises; it is of prime importance to
them. They need to set themselves objectives which will
motivate and reward them. It is only in this way that
they will achieve a sense of fulfillment, and burn up
all their energy — emotional and physical — in a really
rewarding way, quelling restlessness, impatience and
Although the individual with Taurus rising may not give
the impression that he or she needs to feel more than
usually secure, the underlying need will be very much
present, and, as is the case with Sun-sign Taureans,
will relate to both financial and emotional security.
The tendency will be gradually to build towards their
important objectives in life and Taurean patience will
see to it that nothing is rushed.
There is a strong sense of ambition, and a need for and
love of beautiful things is also in evidence. But the
main emphasis is on material progress; the individual
may well become over concerned with the amount of money
he or she makes, and the amount of property owned,
rather than with the development of true aesthetic
values. If works of art are bought they will be
appreciated, but the excitement of investment potential
cannot be denied.
emotional relationships there is a high level of
intensity and passion. This Taurean could make
considerable demands on a partner, but in return the
partner would know that the relationship is very deep,
sincere, and meaningful. The Taurean ability to enjoy
life and get a great deal of pleasure from all aspects
of it would definitely add a marvelous dimension to the
However, Taurean possessiveness will certainly emerge,
as will a strong element of jealousy, which could be
totally unfounded. It is simply something that someone
sharing the life of a Taurus-rising type will have to
come to terms with, trying to get their partner to
understand the weakness — not an easy thing to do. It is
here that the emphasis of the Taurean polar sign,
Scorpio, will be in evidence, but it will only affect
the attitude to the partner.
Someone with Gemini rising will find that the Geminian
characteristics will marry in an interesting way with
their Sun-sign characteristics. Should you, for
instance, have Gemini rising but a "strong silent"
Sun-sign such as Scorpio, there will be a very lively,
talkative, perhaps adventurous person, with a liking for
everything that is new and different inside you
somewhere, "trying to get out".
individual with Gemini rising may be quieter in company
than at home or with close friends.
many cases, objectives will be clear cut, and there will
be singleness of purpose matched with great versatility
and variety of interest in any chosen field of study or
career. Geminian duality will work in a rather different
way, when Gemini rises.
is often the case that while this type is as versatile
as someone with a Gemini Sun-sign, they can be more
attracted to working through a great variety of projects
in turn, rather than having many different jobs on the
go at the same time. This is, in essence, a good thing
for them, for restlessness can be a more deep-rooted
problem than they may care to admit to, or accept.
When Gemini rises, the need for challenge and a tendency
to enjoy taking risks can emerge, and the need for
freedom of expression within a permanent relationship is
something that must not be ignored, and indeed will have
to be accepted by a partner.
The powerful Cancerian characteristics will be primarily
directed towards the partner and family, and apart from
the strong self-defensive system, may well not be at all
obvious to those who come into contact with the
individual on a day-today or casual basis. There will be
considerable inner strength and determination, and
certainly tenacity of purpose, with the attainment of
objectives high on the list of priorities.
These Cancerians will tend to do even more than is
strictly necessary for their families, sometimes to the
point where they will even neglect their loved ones to
work intensively in an attempt to build a better life
for them. Care is needed in this respect, for it can
cause a certain amount of conflict.
Perhaps one of the most powerful characteristics when
Cancer rises is a shrewdness, which can be used in
various ways. This is often apparent when it comes to
business or finance, or may be applied to anything
important to the individual.
The tendency to worry, and perhaps to keep problems to
themselves, can cause difficulty; those close to someone
with Cancer rising should try to pick up signals and to
get them to "open up" and talk when something causes
them deep concern. Again, this can affect general health
in much the same way as with Sun-sign Cancerians. It is
also often the case when Cancer rises that the skin is
particularly sensitive, and if it is fair it does not
respond at all well to the sun.
The underlying attitude towards the partner may,
surprisingly, become a little cool and distant. People
with Cancer rising like to feel proud of their partners,
and will sometimes go for relationships with those who
are of a higher "class" or are better off than
themselves — status can be quite important to them.
Sexually, however, we get the same sensual expression as
with those who have Cancer as their Sun-sign.
The well-known British astrologer Margaret Hone (who
had Leo rising) used to say that the only thing to
do when Leo rises is to keep it down. There does seem to
be quite an element of truth in this statement, for Leo
rising can, at times, make the individual autocratic — a
big fish in a small pond, and sometimes, too, someone
who really will show off a great deal. But this usually
happens when the person is unfulfilled, or perhaps
lacking in confidence. The true light of the individual
Leo Sun is then not shining properly, and it really
needs to, if he or she is to function properly and
fully, and to feel that life is at all worthwhile. This
is also true of someone who has a Leo Sun-sign, but
there self-expression seems to come alive rather more
easily and readily; when Leo rises, a more complicated
process must take place if the individual is to come to
terms with his or her potential and personality.
emotional relationships, Leo rising needs a partner who
is "different" in some way — someone who has achieved or
will achieve something out of the ordinary, someone whom
the Leo rising personality considers really striking.
Sometimes they expect too much from their partners, and
will often go through some traumatic experiences, and
maybe an above-average number of broken romances, before
finally coming to terms with this sphere of their lives.
The Mercurial need to communicate will be particularly
important to people with Virgo rising, and although
because of their Sun-sign they may not be especially
talkative, once a good relationship has been established
a pleasant liveliness will blossom.
The practical, logical elements of Virgo are strong, but
are only expressed after serious deliberation and
constructive thought and always in relation to the
characteristics of the Sun-sign.
is particularly good for this group to go in for a
little self-analysis from time to time, because in
turning these natural qualities towards the self, a
great deal can be learned about basic motivation — far
more than is usually the case when other signs are
There is a lovely, soft kindheartedness and a tender
expression of emotion which will emerge in permanent
relationships. This is due to the influence of the polar
or opposite sign, Pisces, which has a strong bearing on
partnership for those with Virgo rising. This is unique,
and will bring out traits that the individual may not be
aware of until he or she settles into a relationship. It
is also totally private to the couple themselves.
The need for a good, rewarding, and permanent
relationship is paramount when Libra rises, and
achieving this becomes an important part of the Libran's
psychological motivation. But the need to express
affection in an outward and immediate way is less in
Decisiveness — or lack of it — will be modified by the
Sun- and Moon-signs, so that someone who has a powerful,
rational, or very practical Sun-sign will be in a good
position to bring those qualities into play at times of
decision making, though it may well be that the
individual, once having made up his or her mind, will
often have second thoughts.
There is a natural kindness and sympathy when Libra
rises, but this does not necessarily weaken the
individual. However, one interesting and unique factor
is worth consideration. Between 1941 and 1957 Neptune
made a long, slow journey through Libra. Those born with
Libra rising at that time will have this planet very
powerfully placed in their individual charts, so due
attention must be given to it when assessing the
characteristics of their Rising-sign. It could encourage
them to take the line of least resistance, or if it
works well, then these individuals will have
considerable resources of inspiration and intuition to
draw on. This factor is much stronger when Libra rises,
than for those with Libra as their Sun-sign.
There is an additional influence, which works in
relation to partnerships, when Libra rises. This centers
on the Libran polar sign, Aries. There will be a
forthright enthusiasm for, and energetic and
particularly lively attitude towards sex, a keenness to
make a go of permanent relationships, and a terrific
will to work hard for and with the partner. The fire of
Aries will sparkle indeed, and will be a delightful
surprise to the subject and his or her partner once the
relationship has got off the ground. Resentfulness is
less likely to be a problem too.
Scorpio as Rising-sign
When Scorpio rises, drive, energy and dedication are
still very much present and energy resources will give
terrific force to the individual's mode of expression,
whatever that might be.
Someone with, for example, a Leo Sun-sign and Scorpio
rising will express their creativity with force and
energy. Someone with a Gemini Sun might well become an
investigative journalist. Scorpio, then, will provide
the all-important backup, and the need to be emotionally
involved with the chosen profession will be
strengthened. The intensity of Scorpio will be present,
while Scorpio rising may not necessarily show it. It
will do a great deal to help strengthen powers of
matter what Sun-sign this person may have, the Scorpio
characteristics will perhaps tend to overlay other
characteristics, rather than to work at the deepest
level of the personality. This is partly due to the very
nature of the sign itself. These characteristics might
show in the person's eyes — which would be penetrating —
although he or she may well fight hard not to give the
appearance of "looking right through people", which they
are almost bound to do.
Someone with Scorpio rising will be an even more
demanding partner than those with a Scorpio Sun-sign.
Passion and intensity of feeling will almost pour out,
and those on the receiving end will need considerable
inner strength if they are going to get as much out of
the relationship as Scorpio rising hopes they will. It
is important for their joint well-being that each
partner plays a part in building up a good rapport. It
is only in this way that the energetic, demanding, but
exciting qualities of Scorpio rising will be positively
expressed, recognized, and reciprocated.
When Scorpio rises possessiveness towards the partner is
something which needs to be controlled, otherwise
jealous scenes are likely to occur. The sooner the
individual realizes that jealousy is a negative emotion
Sagittarius as Rising-sign
Many Sagittarian qualities complement and enhance the
characteristics of the individual's Sun-sign. They will,
for instance, counter the somewhat heavier, practical
side of the Earth signs, and give a longer-lasting
enthusiasm and strength of will to those who have an Air
Those who have Aries or Leo as their Sun-signs fare
particularly well, since here we have a sympathy which
is automatically present when two Fire signs come
together, and provided there is enough to "anchor" the
personality, there should be little reason for serious
But as always, the tendency to spread time and energy
over too wide a field must be controlled. Care should be
taken, too, that the inherent need for freedom does not
get out of hand.
Love of challenge, which may not be taken up immediately
but which will after due consideration be met with
excitement and even joy, is very common, and it's as
necessary for those with Sagittarius rising to have to
stretch themselves intellectually and often physically —
through making their bodies function well, and keeping
fit — as it is for someone with a Sagittarian Sun-sign.
Basically, then, there is usually good potential when
Sagittarius rises, and a keenness constantly to move
forward in all spheres of life. If the individual feels
thwarted, he or she has the ability to work out
precisely why, and determination and the expenditure of
excellent resources of emotion and energy will stand
them in good stead.
The attitude towards partners and relationships is a
lively, rather light one. Sagittarius rising will not
allow themselves to be constrained by marriage or family
commitments, and young mothers who have this placing
must be sure to set aside some time for interests
totally unconnected with the children.
Capricorn as Rising-sign
Capricorn rising gives considerable stability, and
practical common sense second to none. According to the
Sun-sign, however, there is often conflict between the
positive expression of emotion, and its suppression. If
other planets' placings indicate a high emotional
intensity, it is up to the individual to learn to
channel and control it, using Capricornian elements, and
not simply to stop its flow at source, otherwise there
will be quite serious complications.
Here is someone who will almost inevitably be in a
superb position to shape his or her life, and to plan it
in an extremely careful and practical way, so that
self-expression, through the utilization of potential
from the individual's Sun-sign, will really blossom.
Capricorn rising must not underestimate himself. This
can all too often occur and it is usually due to lack of
self-confidence, or to genuine shyness, which can be
Anyone with Capricorn rising should develop an interest
in music. If they are creative, this might well be their
individual art form, for in many latitudes when
Capricorn rises the sign Taurus is "on the Midheaven" ,
and both these signs have affinity with music. Sculpture
and architecture may also be of interest.
emotional relationships, Capricorn rising will develop
an extremely tender, sensitive, and caring quality once
committed to a long-term emotional relationship, picking
up here the influence of its polar or opposite sign in
the Zodiac, Cancer. Thus the loyalty of Capricorn is
enhanced, and the emotional level increased in the best
Aquarius as Rising-sign
The inherent need for independence, and the Aquarius
flair and originality, will be present but may not be
immediately apparent. As far as general impressions are
concerned, the qualities that make the Sun-sign Aquarian
"different" and individual may not strike those who only
know people with Aquarius rising, and only know them
There is less likely to be the unpredictability that
occurs when Aquarius is the Sun-sign. There can also be
a tendency to be dogmatic, and a dislike of admitting
that one is wrong. But liveliness will not be lacking,
and there will be a great willingness to try new and
interesting things. There will also be a sympathy with
the younger generation, and much less huffy disapproval
than is often the case when other signs rise.
Organizational abilities will be very good, and the
powerful humanitarian qualities of Aquarius will emerge,
especially when others need help. Here is someone who
will take over and cope extremely well under difficult
Reactions to emotional relationships are particularly
interesting. This is anyway a somewhat complex area for
the Aquarius type, but it takes on interesting and
different dimensions when Aquarius rises, because of the
influence of the polar or opposite sign, Leo. Here we
have someone who at best will give terrific
encouragement and support to their partners, while at
the same time making sure there is time for them to
continue to develop their own individual interests.
Here too is a tendency to be bossy, and to "take over"
rather than share. Care is needed that this possibly
negative trait is controlled. When Aquarius is rising,
the emotional and sex-life should be extremely rewarding
and fulfilling, though we must not forget that this too
needs to be spiced with plenty of variety and
originality, as is the case with the Sun-sign Aquarian,
whether he or she is independent or committed to a
When Pisces rises, there seems to be no question that
the characteristics of the sign will work at the deepest
level of the personality. Here, perhaps more than in any
other case, the Sun-sign will dominate, but underlying
that particular set of characteristics will be the
sensitivity and emotion, and every other quality that is
quintessentially Piscean, working both positively and
Those who get to know well someone with Pisces rising
will develop their astrological technique considerably,
because of the very clear-cut way in which the two
elements of the chart emerge in this particular
combination, irrespective of the Sun-sign.
Pisces rising does not make for a wishy-washy kind of
person, for there is a powerfully critical edge which
will chiefly surface in the individual's reaction to a
partner, and will hardly ever be expressed to colleagues
They do not suffer fools gladly, even if they seem to
when in argument or in direct personal contact. Their
critical attitudes and complaints about other people's
stupidity will emerge in conversation with the wife or
husband at the end of the day, and encouragement will
have to be given them to take defensive action as and
This placing will take the harsh edge off most Sun-sign
types and add a delightful gentle quality; but Piscean
faults must be recognized and countered.
The instinctive reaction to all situations when the Moon
is in Aries will be a fast one, leading to immediate
action. This may or may not be a good thing, and it is
very much up to the Moon-in-Aries type to channel this
excellent decisive response in such a way that it will
work for and not against him. Only experience of life
and the making of many mistakes enable him to do this.
But quick decisions will in the end prove right for this
The tendency to succumb to impulsive and premature
action will in due course be controlled, usually by the
utilization of the characteristics of the Rising- or
Sun-sign, when the directness and forthright,
uncomplicated qualities of Aries will come into their
own in an extremely positive way.
Because the tendency is to respond to situations in a
selfish way, care is needed to ensure that this aspect
of the sign does not mar all kinds of relationships; not
giving enough consideration to others, for example,
could be hurtful.
Other than that, the fire and enthusiasm of Moon in
Aries does a great deal for them, and they inspire and
motivate action in other people in a very special,
individual and positive way.
When the Moon is in Taurus, its influence is of even
greater strength and importance than in most other
cases. Immediate reactions to situations will be slow,
but once an opinion is formed the individual will speak
up with determination and authority, making opinions
known in a few impressive sentences.
Yet again the need for security is present, but it is an
immediate reaction rather than an essential factor. Moon
in Taurus could easily take calculated risks for
instance, once having thought out the situation with
Taurean possessiveness will be a very basic reaction
when emotional security is challenged, and a tendency
towards a rather old-fashioned outlook is
characteristic, though — according to other prominent
signs in the chart — the individual may well loathe such
a reaction and do everything to fight it.
This placing gives a lot of basic common sense and
determination. Stubbornness may have to be negated, as
with Sun- and Rising-sign Taureans, but again it will
appear as a first reaction, or when the individual is
young and hasn't yet learned that there are other,
better ways in which to carve one's progress.
This placing lays some excellent sound "foundations" to
the personality, but any slowness of response may have
to be countered.
Reactions to situations will be remarkably quick. Short,
relevant answers to questions, witty responses, and a
straight-to-the-point directness will do much to put the
Moon-in-Gemini type way out in front. But it will be
left to other planetary placings to help him or her to
get the most from this excellent initial advantage.
Restlessness, and the need for constant change, might
become a problem, and the instinctive response will in
no way be an intuitive or emotional one. On the
contrary, it will spring straight from the most logical,
intellectually orientated reasoning, and in a flash the
individual will not only instantly grasp the situation,
but be in a very strong position to use knowledge and
experience, almost as if that in itself is instinctive
rather than any deep-rooted intuition.
tendency to appear lacking in real interest and concern
for other people is something that the Moon-in-Gemini
type should be aware of and should watch. To do this,
they should make a conscious effort to get involved in
other people's projects and to listen to what they have
to say, thereby adopting a more caring and sensitive
attitude. They probably have that already, in reality,
but could easily give the impression that this is not
so, lively and positive though their responses will be.
Deep concentration will not come easily or naturally,
and this too is something that may need conscious
development, using other planetary influences and that
of the individual's Rising-sign.
There may be some lack of real depth of feeling, though
this may well be countered by other planets' placings.
Moon in Gemini contributes a lot that is positive simply
because it is such a rational and logical influence.
Because the Moon rules Cancer and has such a powerful
bearing on our instincts, intuition, and emotions, the
Cancerian characteristics will be very strong indeed in
someone with the Moon in this sign.
Instincts and intuition are such an integral part of
this individual's personality that he or she must be
consciously aware of the forces working within them, and
on such an important part of their being.
Cancerian tenacity is perhaps even stronger when the
Moon is in this sign, and persistence of effort and
strength of will will make themselves felt. But
Moon-in-Cancer types are not usually stubborn, and
because of the need to respond kindly and in a caring
way, they will at once attempt to bring other
characteristics into play to counter any seemingly harsh
This is essentially a placing that augurs well for
parenthood; but mothers who have these immensely
powerful protective and caring instincts must make an
effort not to become like clucking hens with their
Sweeping and very quick changes of mood are often
individuals feel that they are psychic or have a "sixth
sense", they should not smother this instinct, but allow
it to develop in its own way. Then, if so inclined, they
should seek proper training to enable them to get the
best from it.
However, controlling a near torrent of emotion and not
allowing small problems to get out of perspective, is
also extremely important to their physical and
The immediate response of anyone with the Moon in Leo
will be to take situations into their own hands, and to
cope very well, becoming a good source of inspiration to
others. This ability is really a very natural one, and
one which cannot usually be quashed. Provided that there
is conscious awareness that these extremely powerful
responses and instincts should be controlled, those who
have the Moon in this sign are capable of achieving a
great deal. The taking of action, the immediate release
of enthusiasm and emotion are really characteristic,
because this placing causes others to "sit up and take
There is an above-average number of famous people with
the Moon in Leo and most of them are capable, in one way
or another, of swaying the masses.
Because the immediate response to most situations can be
likened to the lyric "Anything you can do, I can do
better", the Moon-sign Leo gives the impression that
he or she wants to come out on top, and indeed to "top"
anybody else's actions or abilities. The bossiness of
the sign at once emerges, hence this rather daunting
tendency to be autocratic and dogmatic must be
controlled, as must the use of the big, sweeping
statement (or indeed gesture), which other less
self-assured and extrovert people may find unpleasant,
or at the least somewhat embarrassing.
Moon-in-Leo people may well have to learn the hard way,
for when they are young, the need to "make the right
impression" has tremendous appeal. In reality, the
"right impression" may simply appear as big-headedness,
and be quite the wrong impression, lacking humility.
The ability to cope in tricky situations and to do so
with determination and immediacy is also a strong
characteristic, and will no doubt be a considerable
The Moon works well from Virgo, since it intensifies the
speed at which the individual reacts to all situations.
That reaction is practical, helpful, and extremely
logical. This makes them sharp in debate and argument,
and they will accept nothing as fact until they have
crosschecked the source of the information or questioned
whoever first made it.
This placing often encourages an attraction to the
medical or caring professions, because the need to help
others is strong, but it can cool, or at least
over-rationalize the emotions, and it is up to the
individual to realize that this may be so, and to make
quite sure that the process has no adverse effect on
psychological development or well-being.
This also makes for an extremely down-to-earth and
sensible, reliable person, who will help anyone solve
their difficulties, but equally will not allow slacking
or put up with lackadaisical behavior.
is the case with Sun- and Rising-sign Virgoans, there is
often literary talent, and writing can become an
important and rewarding occupation.
There will also be a strong tendency to curb
extravagance — a conflict indeed for those whose Sun- or
Rising-signs veer towards luxury and expense. Remember,
however, that the tendency will, as with all Moon
characteristics, be the initial response.
While worry will also be something to cope with, the
Rising- and Sun-signs will in most cases help the
individual to come to terms with that problem. Should
they not get enough support from Sun- or Rising-signs,
it will be as well for them to follow the advice given
under the Sun-sign heading.
The immediate response could well appear to be
lackadaisical. There will be no rushing into sudden
action, and the appearance of calm will be notable.
People with the Moon in Libra are excellent in a crisis,
since they do not panic; they will wait calmly until
told what to do, then take action. They can also under
such circumstances calm others who are scared or
There is in such cases an element of bravery when the
Moon is in Libra — again something which probably
relates to the Aries polar sign — and it is useful.
Kindness and a sympathetic response are also paramount:
here is a good listener, someone who will at once try to
make life easier for other people, a peacemaker at a
moment's notice. This is the right person to calm two
warring factors and to do a great deal indeed to ease
any kind of strain.
The most dominant factor is the air of peace that
surrounds them. Maybe even more than a Sun-sign Libra,
those with the Moon in that sign will speak in rather a
drawling fashion, and steer a right-down-the-middle
course in argument and debate.
Scorpio as Moon-sign
Sudden outbursts of emotion and the expression of
powerful feelings occur when the Moon is in Scorpio.
Certainly this creates an immediate impression, but it
is one that can be very different indeed from the real
person, who may have another set of characteristics
totally different to the intensity and strength of
Nevertheless such people will achieve a great deal, and
if making others sit up and take notice has anything to
do with it, they score very high indeed.
Here we have people of action who will respond with all
their strength and energy. They can also inspire others
to take action and get things moving, but they will do
this by degrees in many circumstances, gradually adding
the weight of their opinions and taking time to
influence others or to get the better of opponents.
Emotions will be powerful, and those close to them will
soon learn when and under what kind of circumstances
they will surface.
Any situation which might provoke jealousy will
certainly provide an opportunity for an emotional
outburst. However, if these powerful sources of energy
are controlled and positively directed, here is real
inner strength indeed.
Sagittarius as Moon-sign
There will be a quick, enthusiastic response to all
situations; here is someone who will never "beat about
the bush", and will come up with a ready and
understandable answer. If suggestions are needed the
chances are that they will be practical and sensible,
and backed up by wisdom.
There are considerable resources of emotion, but the way
in which these will be channeled will be very much
related to other dominating factors of the chart, and to
how the planets work for the individual concerned.
Hopefully these resources will flourish and help the
Moon-in-Sagittarius type to flourish too; but if that is
not the case, astrology could be of enormous help to the
person concerned, since he or she may be able to use
other strengths and areas of their personalities to
achieve a more positive expression.
lot will depend on how other people react to them;
youngsters in this group who come up with some lively
imaginative scheme which is either ignored or over
criticized by parents will feel deflated.
a result when grown up they may well display a tendency
to express an extremely off-hand manner — "see if I
care" or "so what, what does it matter anyway"
— a clear signal that Moon in Sagittarius is not
responding well to present situations, and is also far
from fully integrated into the personality as a whole.
But here too is splendid potential, and the will to make
much of what talent is present.
Capricorn as Moon-sign
Those with the Moon in Capricorn will react to
situations and people very coolly and calmly indeed,
perhaps to the point where an element of remoteness
addition, they will want to come out on top, and may at
times have a tendency to look down their noses at other
Here, however, the Capricornian off-beat sense of humor
will assert itself, with a shrewd degree of truth, and
an amusing turn of phrase.
But there will also be the Capricorn tendency to grumble
about anything that goes unexpectedly wrong: the
lateness of the bus, the lack of certain items in the
supermarket, and so on. Then, having had their moan,
Moon in Capricorn will give way to their Sun- and
Rising-sign characteristics, and will probably hate
themselves for their instant, impatient reaction.
is important for those with this placing to understand
fully all the characteristics of Capricorn, and to
discover just how these work for them on the instinctive
level. Because so many are strong and powerful, they can
get a great deal that is really practical and helpful
from their Moon-sign, since here, as in the case when
Capricorn rises, is a good foundation to the
Their immediate reaction, for instance, will be an
ambitious one. They will want to think and plan big. Let
them go on from there.
But if Moon in Capricorn is making them fearful and
apprehensive when someone puts an idea to them, then
they should consciously try to overcome their lack of
self-confidence, and to help them do so they must really
convince themselves of the truth — that they have many
fine, aspiring qualities.
Aquarius as Moon-sign
Here the Moon shines with a clear brilliance, as on a
frosty winter's night. There is real glamour and dynamic
power of attraction, and those coming into contact with
a Moon-in-Aquarius type will at once get the impression
of someone who is different in some way that they
probably cannot quite pin down. This gives such people
an intriguing appeal.
The expression of emotion is filtered, in the first
instance, and it may take quite a while, according to
the sort of situation being encountered, for the full
expression of the individual's Sun-sign to emerge. The
immediate response will be quick, certainly, and there
will be absolutely no lack of kindness and help
(given very freely if it is needed).
Likewise, Moon in Aquarius will also be moved by human
suffering, and will do everything possible to help
eliminate it; the true Aquarian spirit will emerge here
just as much as when Aquarius is the Sun- or
The unpredictability of the sign will make its presence
felt in the need to take immediate action, so we must be
ready for the unexpected from those with this placing,
especially at times of decision-making. With experience,
it will work well for them, but they may have had to
learn from a whole cluster of stupid mistakes along the
There is no doubt that the Moon in Aquarius gives some
splendid potential, and as back-up for the development
of talent instilled by the Sun- and Rising-signs, it is
excellent. This is because of the unique originality
which is so much a part of the whole Aquarian principle.
Warmth, passion, and the expression of true feelings
will have to be taken care of by other planets. They are
not, on the whole, strong features of the Moon in
Aquarius; though those of this sign can be surprisingly
romantic and sentimental in an interesting way when they
let their hair down.
Because the Moon has a powerful effect on our emotions
and intuitions, and because Pisces is a sign denoting a
high level of both, the sign and the planet complement
each other very well.
Anyone with Pisces as Moon-sign will have a high level
of emotion and intuition, and both qualities will
surface readily, especially when the individual comes
into contact with suffering, cruelty, or poor living
or she will want to help, but to do so in a constructive
and practical way will need to call upon the
characteristics of the Sun- and Rising-sign. Yet again,
the Moon can be seen to be the source of immediate
When Pisces is the Moon-sign the tendency to deceive —
to take the easy way out of difficult situations — will
be a constant temptation. The quick answer which is not
precisely true, or a total untruth in some small,
insignificant circumstance will be easiest, or so Moon
in Pisces will think.
This is a "Moon fault" other levels of the personality
will probably dislike. Conscious awareness of it is the
way to grow out of it, as is of course the knowledge
that it can lead to endless confusion in the long run —
but that has to be learned the hard way.
The imagination should be recognized, and used
creatively in some way, and the individual will then get
a great deal that is truly positive from it.