Twelve signs compose the Zodiac cycle, each one symbolizing a different form of energy. All signs, from Aries to Pisces, are equal, integral components of the circle of the human evolution that is the Zodiac. Each of the twelve zodiac signs has a different set of characteristics. The Sun in astrology is seen as the purest form of self and our end goal in life. It is the position of the Sun at the time of our birth that determines our star sign. Our personality is shaped by and through our efforts to get to our Sun which in astrology translates to: being in sync with the traits of our sign. However, our ascendant (or rising star) is equally important as it symbolizes the conditioning we received during our upbringing and the events that shaped us when we were still children.