A majority of people think about sun signs when they hear the term -zodiac sign. But not all people know that both of these are not one and the same. Sun sign of a person is the particular zodiac sign corresponding to the position of the sun on the date of birth of that person. To get a clear understanding, consider this. There are over 40 zodiac signs; but there are only 12 sun signs. On the other hand, moon sign of a person corresponds to the zodiac sign related to the position of the moon at the time of birth of the person. This definition is based on the principles of Western astrology. But the principles of some other forms of astrology, for example, the Indian system of astrology, depend on the position of moon as well as that of planets on the exact second a person is born, for predicting the future of the person.
In the Western system of astrology, the same set of Zodiac symbols is used for representing both sun signs and moon signs. With respect to the position of the earth, the position of the sun changes from one zodiac position to another roughly in one month. So, we have 12 sun signs, under which people who were born on a 30-day period are put together. These signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Each sun sign has a particular, pre-defined set of personal traits and character.
A majority of the character traits those are associated with sun signs, deal with ego, creativity, and romantic and sexual preferences. Also, unlike other forms of astrology, these are very easy to understand and one does not need the help of an expert astrologer or an astrological software package to interpret the personality attributes associated with each sun sign. As a result, the astrology of sun signs became extremely popular with people, especially those looking for relationship compatibility.
Moon signs have the same set of zodiac signs. A person may have the sun sign of Libra and the moon sign of Aquarius. Moon sign specifies the position of the moon with respect to the position of the earth at the time of birth of a person. The main difference here is that unlike the sun signs, which correspond to position of the sun on the date of birth, moon signs are determined based on the exact time of birth. As a result, one cannot calculate the moon sign easily. You need to consult a qualified astrologer or an astrology software package for finding out the moon sign.
There is a specific set of pre-defined character sets and behavioral aspects for each moon sign also. It is common that people may find a particular set of moon sign predictions matching their general character and personality more than what is predicted using sun signs. An explanation given for this phenomenon is that the moon has more influence on the person than the sun.
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