Astrology and Personality: Your Star Self

birth chartAstrology is often thought of as a prediction system (who you should marry, the best times to plan events, etc.), but it is also a very rich and complex system of personality information—much more than just your sun sign. Regardless of whether you “believe in” astrology, it provides a spiritual/metaphysical lens of exploring the different parts of your personality and how they relate to each other.

Your birth chart is a snapshot of the moment of your birth and your identity in the universe. The placement of the planets, signs, houses, and aspects (the relationship of the planets to each other) in it complete the puzzle of your universal identity.

Here is a brief guide to what the planets in your chart may tell you about yourself:

  • Sun—Your Core Self, your essence, the self you show to the public/others
  • Moon—Your Inner Self, your inner child, vulnerabilities, the self you keep hidden
  • ASC—Your Mask, the first impression you make
  • Mercury—Your Mind, intelligence, mindset, thoughts
  • Venus—Your Heart, emotions, feelings
  • Mars—Your Energy, passion, fire, actions
  • Jupiter—Your Development, horizon broadening, learning, growth, expansion
  • Saturn—Your Structure, discipline
  • Uranus—Your Originality, uniqueness
  • Neptune—Your Dreams, fantasies, ideals
  • Pluto—Your Evolutionary Self, rejuvenation, generation, regeneration
  • Nodes—Your Lessons, what you are here to learn and teach

Use these resources for more information:

Free birth chart website

*Reference Tables:

Planets—Your subpersonalities

Signs—The manner in which you use your subpersonalities

Houses—The areas of your life where your subpersonalities are most emphasized

Aspects—How your various subpersonalities interact with each other

*Two good websites for introductory Astrology lessons:

Bob Marks Astrology Lessons

The Mountain Astrologer Beginning Astrology Lessons


Personality Dimensions

Personality Dimensions logoPersonality Dimensions® is a personality typology system based on the work of Carl Jung, David Keirsey, and Linda Berens, with roots in ancient temperament theory. It was created by Lynda McKim from research in Canada over a 10-year period, and field-tested by 127 focus groups and over 800 people acrossCanada.

It incorporates four ways of determining type:

  • Picture cards of multicultural symbols
  • Dimension cards showing type in four areas of life: values, communication, work, and relationships
  • A Traits and Characteristics survey on personal values, traits, strengths, characteristics, and behaviors
  • A short questionnaire on introversion/extraversion preference (the first temperament assessment to incorporate this aspect of personality)

It uses four colors (and accompanying symbols) to represent the four temperament preferences:

  • Inquiring Green: Keirsey Rationals, Myers-Briggs “NT”
  • Organized Gold: Keirsey Guardians, Myers-Briggs “SJ”
  • Authentic Blue: Keirsey Idealists, Myers-Briggs “NF”
  • ResourcefulOrange: Keirsey Artisans, Myers-Briggs “SP”

Below is a table showing a summary of these four types:

  Green Gold Blue Orange
Quest for Knowledge Status Meaning of life Freedom of impulse
Characteristics Strive to better themselves, want logical answers, don’t access feelings easily, love to master things then move on, need to feel competent, respect competence,  fewest numbers in the population: males outnumber females 3:1 Stabilizers, family is very important, dependable, loyal, respect authority and institutions, expect to be accountable and responsible, practical, concerned about the physical needs of others, most numbers in the population (about 50%) Future-oriented, interested in people and new ideas, optimistic, rules are just guidelines, concerned that everyone can reach their full potential, authentic, want to be accepted for who they are, intuitive, ethical, honest, insightful, supportive, diplomatic Stand out the most, tools-oriented, high energy, spontaneous, exciting, lively, like living in the moment, confident, don’t like to plan, fun-loving, generous, adventurous, action-oriented, decisive, competitive,
Symbol Question mark Check mark Caring hands Exclamation point
Special Skill Strategy Logistics Intuition Tactics
Animal Owl Beaver Dolphin Fox
Core Needs Achievement, productivity, efficiency, accomplishment Belonging, security, order Purpose, harmony Spontaneity, recognition
As Children Studious, intellectual, eccentric Like group learning, want just the facts, need to feel grown up and have a place in society Interested in personal growth subjects, enjoy small group discussions, use metaphors in writing, like to please, creative/artistic, unconventional, need privacy Bored, restless, and stressed when restricted, can be extra rebellious
As Adults Justice issues important Like predictability and traditional roles Warm, caring, concerned about others’ development Need lots of activity and variety
As Lovers May be critical and aloof, don’t need as much emotional connectedness Value family life, may try to make their partner over in their image Caring, considerate, need a harmonious relationship Like and need much freedom

You can find a free online quiz related to Personality Dimensions here: