There are many different types of astrology. We have traditional Western astrology which focuses on astrology at a personal level, most notably taking into account the Sun Sign, Moon Sign and Rising Sign.
So how about Soul astrology?
Soul astrology is also known as Esoteric astrology. It focuses primarily on the Rising Sign – also known as the Ascendant – and centres around the belief that the Rising Sign determines your soul purpose.
It is a very deep branch of astrology that goes far beneath the surface, beyond our day-to-day habits and needs, and deeper even than the human personality.
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Explaining Soul Astrology
Soul astrology is not as well-known as other branches of astrology, but it is beginning to gain interest as we move into the Age of Aquarius and esoteric topics start to become popular.
In Soul astrology, we have the twelve signs as we do in Traditional astrology. The ‘Big Three’ as they are known – Sun, Moon and Rising – each play a crucial role in the development of the soul:
The Rising Sign represents the Soul’s purpose on Earth
The Sun Sign represents the personality of the individual
The Moon Sign represents obstacles that prevent the Rising Sign from expressing itself fully.
In Soul astrology, it is important to have a full understanding of the Moon Sign so that these obstacles can be overcome.
Likewise, the Sun Sign’s positive qualities must be tamed, and its negative qualities must be nurtured in order to assist the Rising Sign in fully expressing itself.
All three of them play a crucial role in the soul’s development and ascendance.
Let’s take an example. Let’s say we have a Capricorn Sun, Libra Rising, and Aquarius Moon. The Soul purpose is to find harmony and balance with oneself and the world (Libra Rising) by being responsible and considerate (Capricorn Sun) while overcoming a detached and aloof emotional nature (Aquarius Moon).
Of course, it is more complex than it sounds, but that is the general gist of the way the three signs work together to help the Soul evolve.
The Second Rulers & Seven Rays of Manifestation
As with Traditional astrology, each sign has a ruling planet. But the ruling planets in Soul astrology vary a little. In Soul astrology, the following applies:
Mercury rules Aries
Vulcan rules Taurus
Venus rules Gemini
Neptune rules Cancer
The Sun rules Leo
The Moon rules Virgo
Uranus rules Libra
Mars rules Scorpio
The Earth rules Sagittarius
Saturn rules Capricorn
Jupiter rules Aquarius
Pluto rules Pisces
There is also something called the Seven Rays of Manifestation. In Soul astrology, one basic principle is that all creation is formed from seven streams of energy.
Each stream has its own unique purpose, and they affect each zodiac sign, influencing them on their soul journey. Some signs have more than one ray.
The Seven Rays are:
- The Ray of Divine Will & Power which streams through Aries, Leo and Capricorn.
- The Ray of Love & Wisdom which streams through Gemini, Virgo and Pisces.
- The Ray of Abstract Intelligence & Activity which streams through Cancer, Libra & Capricorn.
- The Ray of Harmony Through Conflict which streams through Taurus, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
- The Ray of Concrete Knowledge & Science which streams through Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.
- The Ray of Idealism & Devotion which streams through Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
- The Ray of Ceremonial Order & Magic which streams through Aries, Cancer and Capricorn.
What is Your Soul Purpose?
Are you wondering what your Soul purpose is? The Soul is a beautiful, phenomenal and complex entity which exists within all of us. Each Soul is unique and original and each life journey is different.
It’s so easy to feel lost in this world and as we journey through life it can be challenging at times knowing why we are here and what we are here for.
Soul astrology can give us some insight into our purpose on Earth. Delving more into the purpose of your soul naturally brings a stronger sense of determination and many ‘A-ha!’ moments as you realize why things happened the way they did or why things are panning out the way they are.
So what does your Rising Sign tell you about your Soul purpose? If you don’t know your Rising Sign, here is a calculator to help you find it. Then scroll on and find yours.
If your Rising Sign is Aries, your Soul purpose is all about inspiration and leadership. As an Aries Soul, you are called to inspire others with your ideas and develop your own sense of independence, which remains strong and powerful, irrespective of outside influence.
If your Rising Sign is Taurus, your Soul purpose is learning how to successfully merge the physical world with the spiritual world. Taurus Rising’s job is to bring these two worlds together in harmony with one another, enabling them to work together, rather than be in conflict with each other.
If your Rising Sign is Gemini, your Soul purpose is to convey the truth with your own special voice and bring all opposing sides together. As a result, it is likely you can see many sides of the spectrum and have an innate curiosity about you. You are here to help others see the light through communicating what you know is true and just.
If your Rising Sign is Cancer, your Soul purpose is learning to nurture and care for others in a responsible manner. When this Rising sign is out of sync or spiritually stunted, it becomes overbearing and motherly to an extreme, projecting its desire to nurture others with such force that it forgets to nurture itself. As Cancer Rising, you are here to take care of others with strength and purpose and understanding when boundaries are necessary.
If your Rising Sign is Leo, your Soul purpose is learning to love and appreciate yourself without needing the approval of others. In Soul astrology, it is believed that the Soul does battle in two signs: Leo and Scorpio. In Scorpio, the battle is for the Soul itself, while in Leo the battle is for the personality. As a Leo Rising, you have great power and charisma, but the spiritual goal is to use this power for the higher good and not to allow it to fall victim to the Ego.
If your Rising Sign is Virgo, your Soul purpose is to heal both yourself and others without being too critical. This is a difficult balance to attain but at the highest level, Virgo Rising is a tremendous healer who can move mountains for their loved ones and the world. This sign’s spiritual goal is to be accepting of others’ flaws and their own, while helping them to work through them.
If your Rising Sign is Libra, your Soul purpose is learning to balance relationships without losing your own sense of individuality. Libra Rising must find the balance between pleasing others and maintaining a strong sense of Self. You can sometimes fall into ‘people-pleasing’ tendencies that can be difficult to break out of, so the spiritual goal of this sign is to find the strength within to be your true, authentic Self.
If your Rising Sign is Scorpio, your Soul purpose is to transform darkness into light. This is one of two signs that the Soul does battle in. The Higher Self and Lower Self must fight one another until the Lower submits to the Higher. Through this great struggle and internal conflict, Scorpio Rising becomes a beacon of light for others, helping them to face their own dark side.
If your Rising Sign is Sagittarius, your Soul purpose is to help humanity ascend through spiritual growth and teaching. This Rising Sign, when operating at its best, is a light for many, bestowing their wisdom and teaching to others and enabling them to find their true purpose. The challenge for Sagittarius Rising is to release what is man-made and to find the difference between the Soul and the Ego.
If your Rising Sign is Capricorn, your Soul purpose is to direct your ambitions to the greater good. At its highest level, Capricorn Rising uses its worldly success to make a difference and help the world become a better place. You have phenomenal tenacious abilities that enable you to keep going until you reach your goals. When your ambition is directed to the higher good, you can make profound difference in the lives of yourself, those around you and the wider world.
If your Rising Sign is Aquarius, your soul purpose is to use your energy for the service of humanity. Aquarius Rising is a great humanitarian and at its best, it is able to think of ingenious ideas to uplift the world and provide hope to mankind. The challenge for Aquarius Rising is to have a positive balance between their rational mind and their intuitive mind. When the two become conflicted, Aquarius Rising can struggle to see its Soul path. This is why esoteric practices, such as working with crystals and the lunar phases, are very helpful for you. If this resonates, we work alongside Soul and the Moon Cycles inside of our Flow with the Moon Membership here.
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If your Rising Sign is Pisces, your Soul purpose is to sacrifice the Self in the heroic act of compassion. This is the last and final sign, and it is believed that this is all of the previous signs merged into one. Pisces Rising is one of the rarest Rising Signs and if you are a Pisces Rising, your Soul purpose is to harness the highest beauty of your nature, your selflessness and compassion, and dedicate it to the betterment of mankind. This can manifest in many different ways. The more you accept and appreciate your compassionate nature while maintaining compassion for yourself, the more you will unlock the secrets of your soul.
The branch of Soul astrology is mysterious and wondrous. After all, our Souls are mysterious and wondrous things.
Finding our true purpose is rarely an easy thing. But the fact that you are reading this article now and have made it to the end shows that your Soul is keen to show you the way. Everything happens for a reason. Don’t think that you reading this article is a coincidence or a random act. Your Soul guided you here for a reason.
Delving into Soul astrology can unlock many doors that were previously closed to us. Our Soul only asks that we go in with an open mind. Then, having a soul-check-in with ourselves can be a great way of digging deeper into the mysteries of this world.
Your Soul is precious. The most precious thing you possess. Protect it, guard it, keep it safe –in return, it will show you the way.
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