I remember reading somewhere on your blog that “we spend our childhood acting like our rising sign, later years like our Sun Sign and then the haute version of our…Moon(?) sign”. Anyway, the details escape me, but that “acting like your rising sign in childhood” rang true for me. I’m a Virgo with Pisces rising and I was the most out-of-it, dreamy, forgetful child on the planet, and then mysteriously morphed into a hyper-organised Virgo in my late teens.
Well recently an Aries friend– a staunchly practical, down to earth, completely non-occult person—and I got chatting.
Now this girl works in the medical field, is a dab hand in an emergency situation, is ridiculously wise and clever. Has absolutely no interest in the “arty, mystical side of life” whatsoever. If she reads books, they are on the latest burns treatments. If she goes to a modern art gallery, she scratches her head and says, “Why don’t they just get 2-year-olds to do this kind of thing with paint?”. Doesn’t believe in psychics, etc.
However…she revealed that when she was very young she used to…see people that weren’t there. Spirits. Ghosts. Other beings, whatever you want to call them. For example she saw a man in a doorway at night for about a month until her mother called a new-age type and had the space cleansed. Turned out the house had an negative past. She told me the ability to see these things disappeared spontaneously around age 4. No, she didn’t feel “repressed” by adults/society/school (she had a very nurturing, creative home) but thank-you for asking.
Maybe this could be a rising/sun/moon sign progression. Perhaps she had Aqua or Pisces or (insert mystical sign of choice here) as a rising sign, which then evolved into more grounded Ariean qualities.
I’m no astrologer, so Mystic, what do you think?
This is one of my fave astro-queries from the archives so I’ve updated it with an answer from Clarissa Dolphin as well as my original reply, below.
Dear Hyper-Organized Virgo,
I don’t think this has a definitive answer.
I am a Virgo Moon and I can’t spot variations on how this planetary energy has emitted across life eras. As a young’un, my room was precision-clean, and I hated other kids coming into it, shaking my Magic 8 Ball and messing it up by getting bubbles in it. I also suffered from a mild case of mysophobia as a small child.
A mini-germaphobe, little me hated receiving kisses from loved ones due to the implantation of saliva slime on my cheeks. The bacteria from slobber sludge festering on my face drove me insane.
As an adult, I love kisses, but to date, I am still very clean and can’t function in a funky house. My germaphobia has waned, but is that because of my Gemini Rising / Cancer Sun or because I’ve been around enough extremely disgusting environments in cities all my life to no longer be shaken by potential bacterial exposure?
Or other factors, like I’ve now made out a billion times and didn’t die? Could that be my Mars in Scorpio taking over? I’m not sure…I feel like it’s all of it.
Final thought: yes, the Moon is deep emotional, but it is also banal-habitual, meaning, it’s what you do / how you emote on a regular basis. The Moon is the only celestial body that transitions throughout the entire zodiac every four weeks.
It reaches the SAME points in your chart on schedule every single month of flesh-life. Can you ever grow out of it, or into it, or are you ALWAYS it?
Dear Hyper-Organized Virgo,
I don’t remember writing that about morphing from Rising Sign to Sun Sign and then doing Haute Moon but it is an interesting concept. I definitely think we do the Rising Sign a LOT more as children and then as we grow, other aspects are developed. I was way more Aqua Rising as a child then i was anything else.
I love how you describe Aries as “grounded” but i get what you mean. A lot of Aries, i’ve noticed, repress or deny anything they consider mumbo-jumbo, like it might detract from their more Mars qualities.
Your Aries medico friend could also have been having a powerful Neptune transit – when Neptune was on my Ascendant, i was having visions and lucidly dreamed all that time. It was shamanic. But sometimes a bit scary.
Do you think Aries Medico willed her 2nd sight to go away? Her family could have been completely supportive and lovely but childhood friends not so accepting of little Miss “I See Dead People” in their midst? Peer pressure can be crap.
What does everyone else think?