Design • 8 July, 2021 • 6 min read

“Your Big Three” – The Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant

Do you feel like your zodiac sign fits you perfectly, or are you left thinking “that’s totally not me”? Read on as guest bloggers Mathilda and Amanda from the Swedish wellness and personal development podcast ‘Holy Crap’ share the secret to decoding your Zodiac sign, and the surprising meaning behind your big three... Article by the Holy Crap Podcast

By Edvin Brobeck

Your Big Three in Astrology

You were probably asked what your zodiac sign is a number of times growing up. Maybe you recognized yourself in its description, or maybe it didn’t feel so fitting at all. The reason is that your zodiac sign (actually called the sun sign) is only a small part of your horoscope, whereas each person has a whole map of planets that affected us when we were born. By learning about your entire horoscope and all its placements, you can get a way more accurate picture of your personality!

The first step to getting to know your horoscope is to find out what your “big three” placements are – the sun, the moon and the ascendant. These three planets describe different parts of you, and together they form a very truthful picture of your personality. Here is a brief description of these placements.

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The sun

The sun is always the first thing you usually look at in astrology. The sign that the sun is in at your birth is what you usually call your zodiac sign, and therefore you also refer to it as a sun sign. The sun sign describes your core, who you are fundamentally, and also your ego. You could say that your sun sign is the engine that drives you and describes your most basic personality traits


The moon

The moon is the second very important aspect to look at in the horoscope, in order to form as clear an idea of it as possible. The moon has a lot to do with our emotional life, and describes how we react in different contexts. If the sun is seen as more extroverted and passionate, the moon is your softer side, sincere and introverted. It is your emotional intelligence, and is about what you really think and feel deep down. The moon also describes your first response in different situations, such as what your first instinct is when pressure or drama arises.


The ascendant

The third piece of the puzzle in astrology is called the ascendant, and is neither a planet nor a celestial body, but instead it is the astrological sign that was on the horizon the second you were born. Depending on what sign your ascendant is in, it shows how you choose to portray yourself to the outside world, and in what way others perceive you. Many see the ascendant as the most important component of the horoscope, because it also determines where you strive to be in life. The ascendant can give clues about your highest path, and it is said that you will be at your happiest when you learn to embody your ascendant sign. It is believed that the ascendant is the sign your soul came here to be, and it shows you how you can positively influence your surroundings.

There is so much information online about the different placements, so as the next step we recommend that you take out your full horoscope and look at what zodiac signs you have as sun, moon and ascendant. Then you can start googling their meanings, and then feel free to search for a description of them together to get a more individual explanation for your particular combination. For example, if you have the sun in Gemini and the moon in Taurus, you can just google “Sun in Gemini and Moon in Taurus meaning”.

Good luck!

Words by Mathilda and Amandame

The Holy Crap Podcast

In the Swedish lifestyle ‘Holy Crap’ podcast, Amanda Miklin and Mathilda Ritzén talk about topics in spirituality and self-development. Through conversations with doctors, healers, mediums, experts and entrepreneurs, they want to inspire a conscious and healthy life. Check them out!