The Sun, Moon and Rising Sign in Astrology
Unconscious actions can be attributed to the Moon as well as feelings and needs. Instinct, emotions, nurturing and the feminine qualities are also represented by this point in the birth chart. The Moon shows us how we instinctively respond on a feeling level when we are being creatures of habit.
While the Sun strives to be different, the Moon symbolizes relationship and merging of identity.
Usually a woman will associate with her Moon sign because it is a feminine energy.
Men may experience the symbolism represented by the Moon through their relationship with the mother or nurturing figure while growing up. When it comes to relationships a man usually seeks out the themes represented by the Moon's placement within his birth chart.
Rising Sign (Also Known as the Ascendant)
Since the Rising Sign is calculated using the exact time of birth, e.g, the moment a person entered the world, then this point in the birth chart symbolizes the environment a person is born into. It can also describe the birthing process itself!
I use this point in the chart as an indication of not only what type of environment a person is born into, but also as a guide to how others first experience the individual.