Aries:Romantic, compassionate and sensitive. They prefer to hide their more gentle and reserved side with their fiery energy, but in reality, they've got a pronounced dreaminess, filled with fantasies, illusions, and vague emotions. They come across as far more aggressive and bold than they actually are. They have a tendency to internalize their sensitivity, which makes them feel isolated and lonely.
Taurus:Determined, energetic, and assured. Although at first they seem laid-back and relaxed, once they've set their minds to something, they are headstrong, full of verve and passion. They can easily take charge of a situation, but they doubt themselves and doubt their capabilities. Instead, they often use their courage for supporting the underdog, those with no voice. They have a tendency to internalize their anger, which results in short bursts of impulsiveness and agitation.
Gemini:Calming, grounded, and sensual. Gemini may at first come across as scatter-brained and disoriented, yet they're far more stable than they appear. Though subject to volatile mood swings, these are usually temporary. They have the ability to separate themselves from their emotions, making them more rational and level-headed. They have a deep desire for stability, but by internalizing it, they often end up clinging to the past or pursuing materialistic desires they don't truly want.
Cancer:Intelligent, clever, and quick-witted. Though Cancer is often portrayed as extremely emotional, they're much more logical than they appear. They can be very quick-witted and creative when they're by themselves, but they have a hard time expressing their ideas to others. Cancer has a tendency of concealing their thoughts and plans to others, but overemphasize their emotions instead. They can reveal too much personal, emotional information about themselves while not telling others what they're actually thinking.
Leo:Sensitive, generous, and loyal. Leo may first come across as open and confident, but they have a great deal of emotional depth which they find difficult to show. They form deep emotional attachments, resulting in integrity and loyalty to those they care for. They're generous and devoted, but have difficulty expressing their own emotions, despite their sensitivity. As a result, they may become guarded and hypersensitive, and therefore unable to share their empathy with others.
Virgo:Willful, self-sufficient, and powerful. A stereotypical Virgo comes across as quiet and analytical, but in reality, Virgo has a great deal of willpower. Behind the scenes, there's a strong leadership potential, a potency in personality that is influential and admirable. There's a great deal of pride in this position, but there's also inhibition. Despite feeling proud of their achievements, they feel uncomfortable in the spotlight- resulting in feeling torn between basking in the limelight and shying away from it.
Libra:Critical, devoted, and thoughtful. Very often, a Libra seems at best, friendly and charming, or at worst, superficial and unreliable. Libra actually is very thoughtful and eloquent, spending a great deal of time on formulating their thoughts and opinions, as spontaneous as they might act. There's a tendency to notice things here that others wouldn't- they have a sharp and keen eye for details that are usually missed. However, they tend to keep their thoughts and worries to themselves, increasing anxiety and feeling misunderstood.
Scorpio:Romantic, gentle, and idealistic. Surprisingly enough, Scorpio has a kindness and idealism that is hidden underneath a more heavy and secretive exterior. Scorpio has a strong belief in justice and is highly-principled, with a strong urge to protect the helpless and the innocent. In a more private sphere, Scorpio is compassionate and sweet to those who've shown understanding and care. By internalizing this aspect of themselves, they end up withdrawing and feeling isolated among others. They may secretly idealize their partners as a means of compensation, leaving them vulnerable to emotional disappointment.
Sagittarius:Profound, secretive and investigative. Happy-go-lucky Sagittarius has a great deal of depth, compared to what their appearance may suggest. They're interested in the taboo, the occult, the bizarre, though they don't tend to project this to others easily. Sagittarius can be very private and reserved, despite acting otherwise, as it's difficult for them to reveal emotional intensity. Instead, they prefer to push their feelings away or laugh them off. Yet, by hiding such a private part of themselves, they struggle with emotional intimacy.
Capricorn:Philosophical, wise, and witty. Capricorn is a naturally cautious sign. They tend to keep their ideals, personal beliefs, and thoughts to themselves. A natural behind-the-scenes planner, it’s a struggle for Capricorn to open up to others and to be spontaneous. However, when they do, they’re humorous and enthusiastic, with warmth and charisma. They use their ideals to fuel their inspiration and hopes for the future. By keeping their thoughts only to themselves, they put too much pressure and stress, worrying about their future and whether they’re doing things right.
Aquarius:Grounded, reliable, and realistic. Aquarius is typically shown as eccentric and bizarre, but don’t be fooled. They have a real knowledge of pain in life. They know how it feels to struggle with your own self-worth. They know what it feels like to feel overwhelmed with other's expectations. By themselves, they have a strong sense of discipline and responsibility. They can have very conservative beliefs, which you wouldn't expect from how they act. They try to obscure the heavier part of their personality, but by doing so, they worsen their feelings of inadequacy and struggle with realistic limitations.
Pisces:Aware, independent, and innovative. Most people view Pisces as dreamy and lost in their own world, yet Pisces has a keen intuition that enables them to read between the lines where others cannot. Though Pisces can be like a sponge, absorbing the information and emotions from others, they’re more detached and less influenced than they seem. They have an independence and a rebelliousness to them that others don’t expect. This sign is more objective, more logical than their starry-eyed appearance may suggest. Through concealing this more reasonable part of themselves, they struggle to appear as they genuinely are, isolating themselves from friends and companions.
aries rising: matchstick heart coloured in black and white. as young as the morning with creative vision ingresses into the future taurus rising: slow to love and sprout as daisies over the winter. but from a pure venus heart. affection is enduring. five key senses gemini rising: as bright and cheerful as the sun, as changeable as the moon, as mischievous as mercury, as curious as pluto, as logical as saturn, as hilarious as jupiter cancer rising: a cardinal inferno snowflake blowing in the winter winds, a warming embrace, a channel into pure creative essence, they peel the tapestry of life to reveal true beauty leo rising: eyes and heart are wide open, sensitive, and ready to be touched, cherished, and adored. mango swirls of naked sunshine, every corner is an alter, every star is a spotlight virgo rising: sacred geometry joins every scar and freckle like constellations of maths and magic. the mercury lamp, swift and sweet, humble and modest libra rising: wind blows through a dandelion, planting flowers in peoples hearts like strawberries and cream splendour, writing lyrics in every crevice scorpio rising: a gemstone carved in the underworld sparkling with esoteric wisdom and longings. a bound presence, like being tightly wrapped in infinity. she will blow the particles of your body away until the soul shrieks nakedly sagittarius rising: an ocean bathe, a mountain wind, a universe kiss, thread lovingly with woven laughter, glow, jupiter philosophy, and fortune cards capricorn rising: resplendent and quaint, a wavelength of ambition and inspiration, earth bound architect, a celestial CEO with the heart of an old soul aquarius rising: an electric blue dance, losing yourself in the sway of held hands and psychedelic beats, time traveling light years away to reunite you with your existence on many dimensions pisces rising: tear stoked and a heart coloured in idealism and spiritual worship, wind chimes of delicate soul paint and a vessel back to heaven
The Ascendant, or rising sign, is one of three predominant influences in an individual’s birth chart, along with the Sun and Moon. The position of the particular sign on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth determines the rising sign; the same way that the positions of the Sun and Moon determine your Sun and Moon signs, respectively.
The rising sign is determined by the sign rising in the East. Since it takes the Earth 24 hours to rotate around its own axis and there are twelve signs in the Zodiac, the rising period of one sign is roughly 2 hours. This means that a person born 5 hours after you on the same day in the same year would have a different rising sign. The more you discover the complexity of Astrology itself, the more you realize that your birth chart is supremely unique and individual.
The Ascendant (Rising Sign) and the Eastern horizon also marks the 1st house, the house of Aries. The sky is cut into 12 stationary “houses,” corresponding with the 12 zodiac signs, representing the thematic energy of each sign, respectively. Aries is the sign of identity and the self, so the 1st house and ascendant represent our image, style, and social persona. This is also why the rising sign governs our identity and the first impressions we make.
The descriptions below categorize each rising sign by: the mask they wear; the dispositions they demonstrate; the modes and qualities of their expression; their benefits and detriments; and the first impressions they make upon others. To discover your rising sign, click the link below:
Aries: A person born with Aries on the ascendant wears an energetic mask. These people have an impatient enthusiasm and youthful charm that resembles the spark of an infant flame. Demonstrably competitive, they are not easily intimidated if presented with a challenge; as they are natural combatants with an aggressive urge to win. On impulse, they will be the first to volunteer without much thought; presenting novel, innovative ideas to a group. Aries rising people are enterprising, quick to smile, and speak directly with no intent to harm. In order to catch up with their rapid-fire thinking; they get ready quickly, walk fast, and have little patience for a turtle’s pace. They possess a forceful vigor that dominates their decision-making, and that needs to be expressed in physical activity; though the value in this passion for them rests in the conquest rather than the prize and tends to be short-lived. As children, they were evidently independent and preferred to do things on their own; which may have translated to a stubborn self-reliance as an adult. They may seem harsh or antagonistic; but they are innovators that respect personal freedom and project a straight forward impression.
Taurus: A person born with Taurus on the ascendant wears a comfortable mask. These people have a fixed patience and quiet sensuality that resembles the repose of a verdant meadow. Demonstrably cautious, security and reliability are of foremost consideration; as they are resistant to change and comfortable with the familiar. Unyielding staying power and fixed persistence, they possess a single-minded determination that makes them both stubborn and loyal. Taurus rising people value material possessions, move slow, and project practical approaches to life. They have a serene appearance, dress for quality, and enjoy sensual indulgences. At least externally, they are practical and level-headed; choosing caution over risk, slow-approaches to rash decisions, and composure over restlessness. They know the value of reward, both in giving and receiving; and feel drawn to artistic expression and sensual pleasure. Outdoor environments, endowed with the beauty of Nature, provide inspiration and rejuvenation for them. As children, they were collectors, relying on each of their senses to understand the material world; which may have led to unjustified possessiveness as an adult. They are headstrong, but not inconsistent; and project a steady, strong impression.
Gemini: A person born with Gemini on the ascendant wears a changeable mask. These people have an inexhaustible, curious mind that resembles the restless play of unpredictable air flow. Demonstrably informed, communication is of foremost consideration; as they are always asking questions and providing answers, appearing as a human databank of trivial knowledge. Quick in physical expression and in thought, they appreciate fast-paced activities and intellectually-challenging games; and as a result, they tend to become quite bored in slow-moving, uninteresting, quiet, routines. Gemini rising people view the world as a place to learn new things, but only insofar as superficial intelligence. They tend to exhibit limited attention spans and lack the desire to move past surfaces; for this reason, they may seem shallow to some. They are the trickster, supremely clever and intimidating to some, lacking warmth and sensitivity in their presentation. As children, they were inconsistent and never stopped asking questions; which may have led to difficulty in making commitments as an adult. They may seem impatient or flighty; but they are very adaptable and project a humorous impression.
Cancer: A person born with Cancer on the ascendant wears a protective mask. These people have an emotional containment and nurturing care that resembles the force of ocean tides. Demonstrably sensitive, security and domesticity are of foremost consideration; as they have strong feelings and prefer the familiar to unknown foreign environments. Attuned and responsive to the needs of others, their innate perception and strong intuition makes them excellent caretakers; and they often exhibit motherly instincts. Cancer rising people are shy and prefer indirect, side-to-side movement as opposed to direct action. They are easily flustered around new people and have a tendency to retreat into themselves if they feel uncomfortable or threatened. Since they are extremely receptive to surrounding emotions, both tears and laughter come quickly, sometimes simultaneously. They are prone to procrastinate and tend to hoard sentimental items that hold no value to anyone but them. As children, they were cautious homebodies with impeccable memory; which may have translated to an inability to leave home or to let go of the past as an adult. They may seem moody and withdrawn; but they are excellent listeners and project a warmhearted impression.
Leo: A person born with Leo on the ascendant wears an self-confident mask. These people have a friendly, generous, proud nature that resembles the bright warmth of sunlight. Demonstrably courageous, dignity and pride are of foremost consideration; as they prefer grand, boastful gestures to meek, shy reservations. Brave and willing to take risks, their optimism and unbridled spirit makes it very difficult for them to be unnoticed; and makes them excellent promoters of their own interests. Leo rising people are prone to drama and may come off as bossy in their insatiable need to be admired by others. They are self-aware and walk with undeniable self-assurance, even if it is not matched on the inside. Despite their innate tendency to crowd the limelight, they also radiate a glow that generates light for everyone else; as they are skilled at making people smile and helping others feel confident about themselves. As children, they craved the spotlight and enjoyed causing a stir in social interactions; which may have translated as remaining childlike and dramatic well into their adulthood. They may seem self-involved and over-estimating; but they are extremely generous and project grand, regal impression.
Virgo: A person born with Virgo on the ascendant wears an reserved mask. These people possess a clear, critical, methodical perception that resembles the detailed pattern of a tree branches. Demonstrably hospitable, service and assistance is of foremost consideration; as they prefer to help others and to fix their problems, particularly in dealing with material matters. Willing to work until perfection is achieved, their sharp intelligence and practicality makes them masters at identifying what is broken and in offering solutions as to how it can be fixed. Virgo rising people often feel never quite good enough; and while they may seem standoffish or hypercritical, they are the most doubtful about themselves. They tend to be shy at first because they need to analyze situations and people before they warm up and feel comfortable. As children, they fell into hypochondriac worries and tended to be very picky about food; two qualities that may have carried into adulthood. They may seem harsh and insensitive to feeling; but they are more than willing to offer useful assistance, and project a modest impression.
Libra: A person born with Libra on the ascendant wears a mask of style. These people have a friendly, elegant, likable charm that resembles the soft touch of a gentle breeze. Demonstrably fair, balance and harmony are of foremost importance; as they feel most complete in partnership and among social, aesthetic, creative energy. Attracting others to them effortlessly, their natural diplomacy and skilled persuasion makes them effective mediators and playful socialites. Libra rising people enjoy all forms of art, personal luxuries, and anything pleasing to the senses; they are often blessed with artistic faculties themselves, even if it translates into only impeccable fashion. They tend to avoid disagreements and unpleasant situations, especially if they are unable to smooth over discord and cacophony. Their easygoing attitude and amiable approach to people gives provides them with a wide social circle of acquaintances, colleagues, and friends. As children, they were indecisive and had trouble being alone; which may have led to a slow process of learning to accept themselves as adults. They may seem emotionally detached and shallow; but they are always fair and project a charismatic impression.
Scorpio: A person born with Scorpio on the ascendant wears an intimidating mask. These people have an intense, magnetic command that resembles the quiet depth of a frozen lake. Demonstrably independent, privacy and self-reliance are of foremost importance; as they need to feel in control of their environment, which gives them opportunity to see through superficiality and to find answers reading between the lines. Quiet or loud, their presence rarely goes unnoticed; commanding respect, their disposition prevents them from being pushed around. Scorpio rising people are experts at strategy, planning execution carefully with precise deliberation; they rarely miss chances by being impatient. Their eyes are piercing and feel as though they are able to see straight through you, as though they have access to your soul. They are often confused when they get such defensive reactions from others. As children, they enjoyed solitude and tended to be possessive of emotions; which may have led to defensiveness and need a for alone time as an adult. They may seem shielded and unapologetic; but they are fiercely loyal and project a concentrated impression
Sagittarius: A person born with Sagittarius on the ascendant wears an adventurous mask. These people have a curious optimism and active drive that resembles that speed and spread of uncontrolled fire. Demonstrably restless, expansion and knowledge are of foremost importance; as they are in constant search of things just out of reach and then looking forward to the next. Blunt and opinionated, their sense of humor and playfulness excuses the willingness to speak their mind. Sagittarius rising people are travelers, either in the geographic sense or the intellectual sense; they are willing to explore both foreign lands and complicated philosophies. They may present exciting insights and encourage agreement among dissenting parties, but they tend to lack in powers of practical application and following-through with projects. As a children, they were very expressive and active, always willing to play but subject to quick temper-tantrums; which may have led to constancy or commitment problems as an adult. They may seem insensitive or pompous; but they go out of their way to help others and project a bright impression.
Capricorn: A person born with Capricorn on the ascendant wears a determined mask. These people have a determined, focused, stoic drive that resembles the sharp edifice of a mountain cliff. Demonstrably pragmatic, success and competence are of foremost importance; as they are hard-working, natural leaders that enjoy the result of conscious effort. Conservative and restrained, their seriousness and cool exterior allow them to deny short term wants in favor of long term goals, while at the same time concealing inner struggles and insecurities. Capricorn rising people wish to appear successful, and status is a predominant concern for them; both of which makes them very image-conscious. However, rather than being showy or boastful, they remain sturdy and enjoy the quiet air of success. They have a strong sense of tradition and often adopt a very dry sense of humor. As children, they were responsible and rational, assuming an adult role before growing up; which may have led to a perverted sense of duty as an adult. They may seem dark or devoid of emotion; but they excel at providing material support to others and project a paternal impression
Aquarius: A person born with Aquarius on the ascendant wears an non-conforming mask. These people have a radically-philanthropic force that resembles the environmental benefits bestowed by a large-scale cyclone. Demonstrably original, independence and the big picture are of foremost importance; as they are humanitarians with a purposeful eye on the future of mankind, even if their mode of expression seems a bit eccentric to others. Aquarius rising people refuse to conform to the ideas of others and tend to be rebellious; however, they have a keen interest in breaking stale order and in getting things to work, especially within groups of people. They are quirky, with idiosyncratic interests, and enjoy quietly provoking others in the interests of their own good. They are likeable and friendly; but their progressive idealism and drive to advance mankind may cause them to overlook the needs of others and may present them as inflexible, stubborn, or impersonal. As children, they felt special or different from other children; which may have led to a continued feeling of being misunderstood as an adult. They may seem standoffish or strange; but they are trend-setters and project a offbeat impression.
Pisces: A person born with Pisces on the ascendant wears an gentle mask. These people have a thoughtful, receptive sensitivity that resembles morning mist or the fluff of an abstract cloud. Demonstrably soft-hearted, compassion and peace are of foremost importance; as they possess empathy deep enough to feel and understand the suffering of others. Pisces rising people feel their way through life, trusting their own intuition and often simply going with the flow; at the same time, with difficulty discerning between fantasy and reality. They are blessed with a capacity for psychic communication and can find insight and direction in dreams. Impressionable and accommodating, they are chameleon-changeable and self-sacrificing; qualities that make it difficult for each to form his/her own identity. Restless escapists, they tend to see the world as they want to see it, rather than how it is; placing less value on objectivity in favor of emotional considerations. As children, they seemed vaguely directionless with their heads in the clouds; which may have led to vivid imagination, artistic skill, or charitable grace as an adult. They may seem hypersensitive or moody; but they are skilled caretakers and project a sympathetic impression.