Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a double Scorpio, so you know I tell it like it is!”?
What exactly does it mean to have a double sign?
Can you be a triple sign?
How do you find out if you are?
We all know about our Zodiac signs, where, based on your day of birth, you fall into one of 12 astrological signs. This is really just the tip of the iceberg of the wide world of astrology – learning about your individual astrological personality is kind of like those Russian matryoshka dolls, where one doll opens up to reveal another, then another, then another.
Let’s dive in!
What is a Double Zodiac Sign?
A double zodiac sign is when you have the same Moon sign or Rising sign as your Sun sign. These 3 signs are also known as your Primal Triad.
This means that when you were born, the Moon or rising planet in your birth chart was in the same sign that the Sun was in – making the traits of that sign extra influential. For example, if you were born in Aries season during an Aries Moon, you would be a double Aries. If all 3 of your primal triad are the same zodiac sign – yep, you guessed it – you are a triple sign!
The traits of your double sign are stronger within your life, and will often rule the way you read your chart.
After you understand your Sun sign, the next step is to get your birth chart or natal chart done, which will take into account the time and location of your birth. This will determine the planetary alignment of the stars at the exact moment you were born, a map of the sky.
Don’t have a birth chart handy? Just head to our free Birth Chart Reading page and fire one up!
Today we’re going to look at the primal triad of Ascendant, Moon, and Sun signs and how double signs are possible.
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What Will My Natal Chart tell Me?
When your astrologer knows where the planets were when you came into the world, they can determine what these planetary influences say about you. Astrologers often look first to the primal triad; your Sun sign, Moon sign, and Ascendant (or Rising) sign to deliver a more well-rounded description of your personality.
Have you ever wondered how it’s possible that the entire world is divided into 12 personality types? Have you ever met a person who shares your sign and thought, “we couldn’t be more different, how does that work?” Well, if you look at their Ascendant or Moon sign, the puzzle pieces might start to fit together!
The truth is, we are much more complex than just our Sun sign. It’s important to remember as you learn about astrology that none of us are one-sided! It would be rare for anyone to identify 100% with the description of their Sun sign.
So how do you fill in the blanks?
How Do I Know If I’m a Double Sign?
When you have your birth chart, you’ll want to look at your Ascendant or Rising sign and your Moon sign to determine if you are a double sign.
- Our Sun sign is our core personality.
- Our Ascendant or Rising sign is the face we show the world, our mask or shield that guards our true nature.
- Our Moon sign is our emotional self, and speaks to the way we feel about or react to situations.
If you find after your birth chart reading that you have 2 or even 3 signs that are the same in each of these primal triad indicators, you are a double or triple sign. So,
- If the Sun and Moon are in the same sign in your chart, you likely connect with regular horoscopes.
- If your Sun and Ascendant are the same sign, people can probably guess your Zodiac sign on sight, because you wear that personality for everyone to see.
The easiest way to keep track of this is to read about the traits of each sign, but apply them to your Moon or Ascendant sign.
Let’s look at an example. Melissa was born May 14th and knows she’s a Taurus, but she doesn’t quite sync up with a lot of her readings on what Taurus portrays. Inwardly, she connects with the Taurus traits of pragmatism, being down-to-earth, and enjoying creature comforts.
Outwardly though, she can be very emotional and unable to control her reactions, especially when she senses someone else is in pain. This does not match up with what she reads about Taurus, who tend to be more controlled and less emotionally expressive. When people meet her, they always guess that she’s a Water sign, because she’s so open and caring.
Melissa decides to get her natal chart read. Turns out she has a Taurus Sun, a Taurus Moon, and a Pisces Ascendant. Her core personality and inner, emotional core are both Taurus, but her outward personality reflects Pisces.
Having a Pisces Ascendant means Melissa should research Pisces traits to add to the information she gets from her Taurus characteristics. Pisces is known for being intensely concerned for other people, and their empathy can make them seem a little crazy, because they are always absorbing the energy of those around them.
Some people might look at Melissa’s reading and wonder, “Isn’t it conflicting for her to have a double Taurus, a grounded Earth sign, mixed with super sensitive Water sign Pisces?” It might seem that way, but actually, having seemingly opposite signs in your chart can help you balance out areas you may be lacking in.
If you don’t identify completely with your Sun sign, read about the signs of your Moon and Ascending sign.
Think of it like a big ol’ hamburger. If you just have the meat, it’s pretty boring. You need the bun, the condiments, and the cheese to make it a whole experience! Your primal triad will paint a clearer picture and fill in some blanks for you.
Being a double sign doesn’t mean you have a superpower, but it does mean that of the 3 major indicators, 2 being the same likely makes you much stronger in that sign’s characteristics. Melissa the double Taurus exhibits most Taurus traits in her personal life, but her Pisces Ascendant explains many of the parts of herself that don’t fit the Taurus script.
Astrology is much more complex once you start peeling away the layers! Hopefully, this information will help you dive deeper into your chart to better understand your unique and dynamic personality. I know when I had my chart done, I was intrigued that the parts of my personality that never really synced together suddenly made sense.
If your interest is piqued, look into the astrological houses next. As there are 12 zodiac signs, so are there 12 houses, each speaking to a different part of our lives, such as how we handle money, what we’re like in a relationship and how we should make our money!
Do you wonder, as a Gemini, why you have such a hard time communicating when it’s supposed to come easy to you? You might have shy Cancer or intense Scorpio in your 3rd house. If you’re a Taurus or Capricorn with money troubles, you might have spontaneous Gemini or indecisive Pisces in your 2nd house.
Your birth chart really is the key to opening up a whole world of self-discovery!
* Editor’s note: This article was previously published June 6th, 2018 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.
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