Reading the personality description of one’s Sun sign is flattering and entertaining. The downright descriptions boosts our confidence because we possess this positive trait just exclusive to our own Sun sign (just so we think). The awareness sun_and_moon_for_het_whatsit_mediumof the not so good traits also helps in controlling it and making it productive.

However, no matter how entertaining and enlightening Sun sign is. Sun sign is not Astrology. If one goes to study Astrology, it will be known that Sun sign is just a part of the picture but it barely scratches the surface of what Astrology really is.

Both Medieval and Modern Astrologers use the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in delineating charts. Their difference lies in how the terminologies are defined and how it’s being used. Below is an exploration on how Modern and Medieval Astrologers define and employ the Luminaries (Sun and Moon) and the Ascendant.

Modern Natal Astrology 

My observation is that Modern Natal Astrology approaches the chart in psychological fashion. It focuses on the potentialities and a problem is seen as an opportunity.

Modern Astrology points out the three major indicators of personality in the chart are the Sun, Ascendant AKA Rising sign, and the Moon. Among the three, Modern Astrologers put a high regard on the Sun sign and its interaction with the planets. Next would be the Ascendant, and the Moon.

The sign the Sun is in and its ruler describes the personality of the person and the House the Sun and its dispositor rules shows the interests of the native. Likewise, the House it is in is where the personality and interests are expressed. It shows the direction to which the native is going. The Sun tells what the native knows about himself which may or may not be known to others. The Sun is associated with the Father. Its position and interaction in the natal chart offers how the Father is to
the native.

Modern Astrologers view the Ascendant as the mask that others see. Any planet posited in the Ascendant alters how we appear and perceived by others. However, the traits that the Ascendant sign and the planets posited endows to its natives will only be apparent to the observes but may or may not be known to its chart holders.

Lastly, the Moon sign shows what’s the emotional need of the native. It also describes the emotional reaction of the native in certain circumstances. Our Moon sign tells us of the traits that both native and observers is not aware of. The Moon is associated with the Mother. Its position and interaction in the natal chart offers how the Mother is to the native.

Medieval and Hellenistic Natal Astrology

Medieval and Hellenistic Natal Astrology operate on the concept of Fate. It discusses what part of our chart we should be better doing and best avoiding.

There’s a lot of technique that Medieval and Hellenistic Astrologers employ to delineate the natal chart.

They places a high regard on the Ascendant and its Lord/Lady. The Ascendant, its Lord/Lady and its interaction with the planets will tell the status of the native’s health and length of life, his or her physical appearance, his or her happiness, success, and the native’s vices and virtues.

The Luminaries (The Sun and The Moon) are employed to predict the status of the native’s life through out the life time. Like the Ascendant and its Lord, depending on whether one is born during the day or at night, the Sun or Moon can be attributed as the Life giver to the native.

Medieval and Hellenistic Natal Astrology in short is predictive.

Astrology is very broad. No matter which side one’s practicing the wisdom and help it offers is worth doing. Both sides are worth exploring and studying.

I think that it’s only a matter of time that there will be a full integration of modern and medieval techniques can be utilized .