|Aries (Ram) Mar. 21 - Apr.||Libra (Scales) Sep. 23 - Oct. 22|
|Taurus (Bull) Apr. 20 - May 20||Scorpio (Scorpion) Oct. 23 - Nov. 21|
|Gemini (Twins) May 21 - Jun. 20||Sagittarius (Archer) Nov. 22 - Dec. 21|
|Cancer (Crab) Jun. 21 - Jul. 22||Capricorn (Goat) Dec. 22 - Jan. 19|
|Leo (Lion) Jul. 23 - Aug. 22||Aquarius (Water Bearer) Jan. 20 - Feb. 18|
|Virgo (Maiden) Aug. 23 - Sep. 22||Pisces (Fish) Feb. 19 - Mar. 20|
Moon Rasi or the Birth-sign or the Janma Rashi
On your birthday all of the planets are in line with one or the other Zodiacal signs.
The Moon is also in line with a Zodiacal sign. This sign is called your birth sign or the Janma Rashi.
However, the motion of the Moon is such, that a standard lookup table can not be prepared. Astronomical calculations using your birth particulars ( date, time, place) are employed to find out the Zodiacal sign the Moon was in line with when you were born.
The Zodiacal sign that Moon occupies in your horoscope at the time of your birth ( calculated according to Indian system) is your Janma Rashi (birth sign).
A word of caution here : Both, Western and Indian system make use of astronomy to cast a horoscope, however, you will find that your Indian style horoscope differs from the one using Western method. Even the placement of Sun would not be the same in both the horoscopes. Your Sun sign per Indian system would be different from the Western one. Therefore to identify your Janma Rashi you should have your horoscope done according to Indian sytem.
Moon is given far more importance in Indian system of astrology.
Astrology in India never remained in its own watertight segregated sphere. You will find plenty of references to astrology in Vastu ( Celestial Architect), Ayurveda ( Medicine) , Yoga, Tantra and even Commerce. Most of these reference has something to do with the position of the Moon, and in an individual horoscope the position of the Moon has special name - Janma Rashi.
For example the Janma Rashi helps determine Vastu compatibility with a house or property.
On mundane level position of Moon helps determine auspicious time pertaining to buying/selling/renovating.
Yoga has a whole branch of Pranayam called Shiv Swarodaya which is directly related to the phases of the Moon.
Ayurveda has references to how medicinal properties of certain plants and herbs is related to phases of the Moon.
Moon has a very special place in Indian astrology. Therefore the sign it occupies in the horoscope ( and which now we know is called Janma Rashi) takes on a very special significance.
Janma rashi has mysterious connection with the individual soul entering the womb and initiating the process of life.
And when a child is born, the name of the child is determined with the help of his/her Janma Rashi .
When the child grows , his/her likes / dislikes, outlook on life, temperament and preferences are reckoned by his/her birth sign..
Janma Rashi can help reveal whether you are intellectual type and further investigation can reveal you are on the left, right or center.
It can reveal a great deal about your hidden potential, your strengths and weaknesses. .
Janma rashi (along with Janma Nakshatra - birth star) is used for match-making for the purpose of matrimony or companionship.
Janma rashi also determines what planetary periods ( Mahadasa) one would undergo in his/her life time.
Karma is a very profound concept in Indian philosophy. An individual's horoscope is used to fathom the course of karmic destiny.
The birth sign or the Janma Rashi plays a predominantly significant role in unlocking the patterns of karmic destiny.