First, a Little Backstory!
A long time ago, the stars and planets were a big deal. The skies served as calendar, lighting, world map, and communication from the gods.
What *Is* a Sun Sign?
Your sun sign (Aquarius, Pisces, etc.) is based on the sun's position at the moment you were born. This determines your personality.
You actually have other signs, too, based on the moon and other planets.
What's a Rising Sign?
While your sun sign represents your inner self, your rising sign is how you appear on the outside. It's your style of interacting with the world.
Who Are You, Then?
There are lots of other astrology systems, like Hindu and Chinese, that are even more complex. In some places they're even used to arrange marriages.
Speaking of Which…
What Your Sign Says About Compatibility
It's good to keep an open mind: sun signs, after all, are just a small part of the picture. But there are some theories!
These signs often have balanced and harmonious relationships.
For long-term relationships, people of signs that are the same element often do well together.
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Those with charts that are elementally very different (say, a person who is all water signs with a person who is all fire) can have intense chemistry.
Your crew is a different story. You want to be welcoming to all signs. Here's why.
What Does "Mercury In Retrograde" Really Mean?
A few times a year, the planet appears to move backwards, messing with our communications, travels, conscious thought, and powers of reasoning. You can lie low and avoid any big moves or... you can take the high road, aka science: the planet only appears to go backward because of the earth's rotation.
Look out for your Saturn Return, too. Each time the planet comes back to where it was when you were born, expect a new life chapter. When you're 28 or so, returning Saturn might shake things up to get you on track.