Astrology can reveal a lot about your personality and the reasons that you act the way that you do. Most people will only be aware of their sun sign, this being your zodiac star sign. The sun sign is only one element of your natal birth chart. Other considerations are the placement of the planets at the time of your birth, the moon and you’re rising sign. These elements combined will give you a more in depth accurate astrology reading.

The Barnum Effect

Why don’t I act like my zodiac sign is a frequently asked question. There are many factors to consider. Firstly I will explain the psychological theory. This is called the Barnum Effect. This is where people look at the traits related to their sun sign and take them on due to their belief in astrology.

The descriptions are vague and relate to millions of people sharing the same sign. With the Barnum Effect, people take on these descriptions and find a way to fit them into their own lives, even though they are not reflective of who they are.

Equally so, when a person is aware of their sign in relation to Earth, Air, Fire or Water, they tend towards the description that astrology has dictated. For example, A Fire sign is said to be extroverted. Due to this description, those under the Barnum Effect would find a way to convince themselves that they were extroverted, even if it were not a true reflection of them self.

This effect on people come down to human nature. As humans, we lean towards popular beliefs. Every individual processes’ information in a different way. If you believe in coincidence and finding meanings in patterns or numbers, you are more likely to be swayed by the Barnum Effect. If you are a person who would rather see the facts or proof in front of your eyes, you are less likely to be affected by this.

Born on the cusp

Another reason for not feeling as though you act like your zodiac sign would be if you were born on the “cusp” of two sun signs. For example, if you were born on July 21st, you would be on the cusp of a Cancer and a Leo sign. In this instance you would more than likely show traits of both of these sun signs.


Natal Birth Chart

Your natal birth chart is an astrological.blueprint of your personality and your likely journey through life. This is dependent on the positioning of the planet’s in the sky at the time you were born.

It resembles a wheel. Decoding this can help you to understand yourself and live your life better.

General astrology bases readings upon just the sun sign, which is a very broad description of each zodiac sign. In order to get an accurate idea of your astrological sign, it is important to discover your correct natal chart. This involves providing your date of birth, correct time of birth, country and place of birth. Visit Free Chart – Astrodienst to get a free printable natal birth chart.

A Natal birth chart will tell you based upon the information that you provide, your sun sign, your moon sign and you’re rising/ascending sign. Equipped with this information, you will now be able to gain a much more in depth and accurate astrological reading.

Sun sign

The sun moves through 12 Constellations, one every month in a full year. These constellations are known as zodiac/sun signs. The 12 zodiac signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Each of these zodiac signs is represented by a specific element, Earth, Air, Water and Fire.

It represents your ego, your identity, your essence that you shine out to the world. Your sun sign reflects the vital force that drives you and how you experience life. Understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of your sun sign can help you to make better life choices for your personal growth.

Rising/Ascendant sign

You’re rising sign, also known as ascendant, is the zodiac sign that was rising up when you were born. It affects how other people see you. The Rising sign represents your physical body and outward style. When you are aware of you’re rising sign, you can begin to understand the effect that your energy has on other people and how you interact with them.

In order to calculate you’re rising sign, you need to know the exact time of your birth. If you are unsure about this then use 12 noon as the time. This won’t give quite the same accuracy, but enough to still be able to decipher your natal chart.

Moon sign

We all have a moon sign which we were born under. This represents the inner emotions and unconscious instincts. It is the part of ourselves that we often keep hidden from the world. Your moon sign is what defines how you feel pleasure or pain, sorrow or joy and gives you an insight into how to best nurture yourself.

Remember that the moon moves fast in the sky and into a new sign every 2 to 3 days. This means that although you may share the same sun sign as others, your moon sign will be completely different. Dependent on where the moon was at your time of birth can dramatically change the way that your sun sign is interpreted.

This is why people often feel that they don’t act as their zodiac sign suggests they should.


So, as you can see, there are several aspects which can affect the way that your individual zodiac sign is perceived.head over to to use their natal chart calculated and take a closer look at your astrology reading with the full aspects covered. You may be surprised at just how accurate it will now become in comparison to the daily horoscope s that you are used to reading.

I hope that this answers your questions about why you don’t act like your zodiac sign. Maybe you were born on a crisp of 2 different sun signs? Or were not sure of the importance of a full natal chart.

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