Understanding your 'Sun Sign'
There are a total of twelve different zodiac signs, each of which divide the sky into roughly 30 degree segments. Each one of the twelve signs holds unique and fascinating properties which influence on our lives in different ways. While people typically refer to each one of these signs as their "sign", the correct term is "sun sign" -- which is the constellation through which our sun was moving on the day we were born. While our sun signs are indeed very important parts of our astrological profile, one should remember that they are only generalizations. For a vastly more accurate astrological profile, a full astrology birth chart is recommended.
Why A Full Chart Reading:
In a full astrological chart, the position of the sun (our "sun sign") is influencedd by the position of the moon and planets -- each of which carry additional and sometimes opposing information. Why is this important? Because people will sometimes read the description of their sign and wonder why the description doesn't provide an exact match to their unique personality. This is because "sun sign" descriptions can only ever be broad astrological outlines. For some, they may provide an exact match. For others, there will be profound differences between their sign description and their specific personality. In those cases a full astrological birth chart will be necessary to render an accurate interpretation. (For a free full chart reading, click here)
In any case, understanding the primary influences of our sun sign is important to develop an understanding of what our basic profile looks like without the additional influences of the moon and planets. Take special note of any places where your sun sign description differs from your personality. Remember these differences when you draw your full astrology birth chart in order to better understand what planets in particular are influencing you and creating those differences.