Since I have all the time in the world again, why not dive back into the muddy, OCD-triggering waters of astrology?
I may have used to screen potential partners based on their sun signs. ("Aries? Eww! Another Gemini, I think not!") And I may have frightened a friend or two over obsessively comparing different celebrity couples' (sun) signs.
It all became so maddening that I would eventually just block out birth dates altogether and invoke the all-powerful hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil monkey emoji god.
Anyhoo, I've definitely exhausted myself with the sun signs. But there's more to astrology than that, of course. You have the rising/ascendant, the moon, the different houses, etc.
I actually used some software to create my complete chart and it was startingly accurate -- I'm not talking about some universal personality traits that could arguably be applied to the general public. I'm talking specific, downright traumatic events.
I'm not saying I completely buy into astrology 100%, but it does pique my interest and I want to study it a bit more before writing it off entirely.
MoonCat's Astrology has some great info on the difference between the sun, moon and rising signs:
The Sun Sign is what most people know without a doubt. It is also (usually) the most obvious part of the personality. The Sun is the conscious self. It is the behavior one is most comfortable with. It is the every day, fair-weather self. But there is much more to you than your Sun Sign.... when emotions run high....My...
That's when the Moon Sign comes out. We generally react in emotional situations according to the Moon Sign. This is the primal, subconscious self. You may even fantasize about behaving more like that sign, but it may not feel natural to you unless you're filled with happiness or sadness or anger. The Moon Sign also comes out when you feel very safe - either by yourself or with people you trust. But what about...
The Rising Sign - This is the most difficult element of the chart to explain, but may be even more important than the Sun Sign. In a nutshell, it is the Higher Self. You came into this life with one of the 12 signs of the zodiac on the horizon. This sign represents your horizon - your aspirations, what you look for in the world, and what you want to reflect. It is not surprising that much of your outward appearance, or the way you present yourself to others is determined by the Rising Sign, (and also by any planets that were rising when you were born - the Sun, Moon and planets rule the Zodiac - so a person with Venus rising is much like a Libra or Taurus rising, and Moon rising is just like Cancer rising, etc.) We want to attract and bring into our lives that which we aspire to. A Libra rising person looks for beauty, equality and comfort - and his/her natural beauty and charm are helpful in bringing it. An Aries rising individual looks for excitement and new challenges. Her/his look of bold determination and fearlessness is conducive to finding it! The Rising Sign changes continually throughout the day - so Birth Time and Place are essential pieces of information in determining the Rising Sign.
Why is the Rising Sign so important? Once you discover why you have the particular Rising Sign you do, you will be on the road to realizing and sharing one of your most powerful gifts. It represents an important aspect of what you were born to work on perfecting in this life (it could take several lifetimes.) So, why does Scorpio Rising look for power, secrets and extreme emotions? Why does Aquarius Rising look for equality and brotherhood? Why does Sagittarius Rising look at the world with a wise, philosophical viewpoint?
Sun sign: Cancer
Moon sign: Sagittarius
Rising sign: Taurus