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Astrology: The Big Three

Believe it or not, I have been studying astrology for just about 16 YEARS now. People are often surprised with how much I know on the topic (but compared to some of my friends, I am surprised with how much I DON’T know on the topic).

Regardless, what I have become proficient in is my own natal chart placements and understanding how that affects my personality, goals, learning style, love life and more. I personally refer to my natal chart weekly to gain insight in any problem or obstacle life throws my way.

If you are like me and interested in self-development (which, you probably are if you’re reading Those High Vibes), then you may want to find and study your “Big Three.”

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The Big Three Breakdown

Your Big Three is what astrologers call the triad of placements that best capture the essence of who you really are. Forget what you know about your sun sign. Well, don’t forget it, but hold onto it and find your moon sign and your rising (ascendant) sign. These are your Big Three, and they all play off of each other.

I will walk you through a short summary of how I would interpret my big three, as an example.


Aries Energy: Fierce, loyal, kind-hearted, playful, stubborn, independent, assertive, confident, direct, athletic, passionate.

Sun Sign: This placement represents your ego aka your conscious mind.

Element: Fire

Most of us identify heavily with our sun sign energy, but some feel as though they don’t identify at all. You can read more about why that is here.

Those with sun signs in Aries can sometimes be intimidating with their assertive nature and unshakeable confidence. Because it is the first sign of the zodiac, these people are born with a very “me first” mentality and can strike others as selfish, at times.

If an Aries sun loves you, they will do anything for you and are extremely generous. They will stand by your side, through thick and thin and are always cheering for the underdog.


Capricorn Energy: Detail-oriented, responsible, ambitious, funny, practical, driven, cautious, prone to depression, insecure

Moon Sign: This placement tells you how you process your emotions

Element: Earth

With a Capricorn moon placement, a person may feel emotions with a greater depth than most others. This sign is prone to suffering from depression, so having your moon in that sign can be especially difficult.

These people tend to be extremely self-critical, but are the best person for the job when someone needs to stay calm in an incredibly difficult situation. They are great at holding emotions in, and can sometimes come off as cold because of this.

Capricorn moons are also extremely ambitious and their mood is greatly affected by their work. Nothing makes a Capricorn moon happier than when they achieve a goal. Alternatively, nothing hurts a Capricorn moon like the feeling of failure.


Cancer Energy: Maternal, emotionally driven, artistic, thoughtful, hospitable, guarded, intuitive, protective, loyal

Rising/Ascendant Sign: This placement represents the outermost layer of our personal identity. It is the first impression you give off and basically, your own “personal brand.”

Element: Water

People with the Cancer rising placement tend to be creative and/or artistic because they can easily get caught up in their big feelings that they need to express. Cancer risings give off very warm, loving vibes and flash sweet smiles. These people care a great deal about their family and friends and are very protective over their loved ones.

People with any Cancer placements in their “big three” (sun, moon or rising) can be extremely emotional and sensitive to someones opinion about them. They are intuitive and are probably trying to guess what you are thinking (and guessing correctly). They love people, but consider themselves homebodies – you are more likely to receive an invitation to their home for an intimate gathering than to see them show up at your Christmas party.

Putting it all together

As you can see, every person is a complicated combination of energies. This is what makes each of us so unique! And this is just the tip of the iceberg – there are many other placements in your chart that make you, wonderful YOU.

When you get a professional natal chart reading, an astrologer is able to put all of this together and make sense of it for you. This is an amazing tool to utilize to get to know your strengths and weaknesses and figure out ways to improve upon traits that may be holding you back living your most joyful life. Most importantly, it can teach you how to love yourself for who you are, flaws and all.

Have you ever had your natal chart interpreted? Let me know what your big three are in the comments! For a “Big Three Analysis”, get in touch with me.

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