Astrological Ascendants or Rising Signs

Finding an Ascendant Takes Work

Sometimes it is difficult to determine a person's Ascendant or Rising sign without the correct information. You need the Month, Day, Year and TIME of Birth, within 2 hours, and the location (State or Country, for time zone purposes). I have researched links to various tables so you may try to look up your Ascendant with ease, and found these links to be the most accurate. Most of them use Greenwich Mean Time, the time in London, England, so you must make the time/correct number of hours based on where you were born on your own. I hope this works out for you so you can enjoy my Ascendant hub more! You may also use descriptions in my Sun and Moon signs, and ask someone who knows you well which describes you best to people who do not know you. If you appear a certain way to others on the outside, you picked the right Ascendant! If it seems wrong, it is very likely the sign before or after is the correct one. Astrologically yours, Jean


Definition of Astrology

Astrology is the study of the way our lives are affected by the exact planetary positions in the sky at the time of our birth. You can pay an Astrologer to cast and interpret a horoscope for you., or learn to do it yourself. It is great that we have so much computerized information at our fingertips in these times. But when you order a horoscope from many "New Age" stores, you are getting a computerized layout of the planets based on your birth info. That's correct.

But the aspects (the distance the planets have between each other) have a meaning, and that, plus the whole interpretation of the horoscope, is computer generated. I do it the old way, although right now my interest is in other Metaphysical topics. My point is that you are not getting a good explanation of yourself or what may occur in your future if some storekeeper just reads you the pages printed out on a laptop and put no thought into it. Make sure you go to someone who knows how to read the info because they have studied Astrology themselves.

Astrologers can often learn quite a bit of information from a chart just by examining what is known as “The Trinity.” Your Trinity is made up of your Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Ascendant, which is also known as a Rising Sign. It is actually a very good starting point for a beginner in interpretation, but is vital information for anyone who reads the horoscope.

The Ascendant or Rising sign is the degree of the Astrology sign that was on the horizon within a two hour window of your birth. Your Ascendant is the façade that you hide behind, the face you show the world, or the way you seem to people when they first meet you, but do not know you very well.

If you know what your Ascendant is, and cannot resist a peek at your horoscope in an article in a newspaper or magazine, you may find reading the information meant for your Rising Sign may be more accurate than what is said about your Sun Sign. But I hope you will learn not to rely on substandard information, as my goal is to teach you the real facts about Astrology. There are also legitimate Astrologers who write columns, you just have to research them to find out who they are.

Since the Ascendant is located on the cusp of the first house of your horoscope, it can give information about your appearance. It will reveal anything that really stands out about you, such as your kind of complexion, whether you are tall and thin, or if you have a physical handicap. The general attitude or stronger personality traits that people feel when they first meet you is the Ascendant at work. Let us take this opportunity to understand what an Ascendant in each Astrology sign may tell us.

Aries Rising—A person with Aries rising is generally outgoing and friendly, someone who will begin a conversation before you do. They are temperamental, but forgive and forget very quickly. They are very generous in giving compliments. They often put their foot in their mouth without meaning to, as they are blunt and do not think a lot before they speak. They are impulsive and will act swiftly in most situations. Aries Rising people are restless and like to be the leaders in any endeavor. They normally have ruddy or rosy complexions and may have a scar on the face.

Taurus Rising—A person with a Taurus Ascendant is one who always seems calm no matter what is going on. If they are upset or worried about what is happening, they do not show it at all. They are gentle and kindhearted, always dispensing sensible advice. They are people who give you all their attention when you speak. They do not talk just to chit-chat, reserving words for when there is something worthwhile to say. They are sincere, trustworthy, and reliable. They give off a vibration that everything is under control. They are usually short or middle in stature, and many of them have really nice lips!

Gemini Rising—You will find this to be a very curious person always investigating or experimenting with something. They can concentrate on two or more things at one time, though this can make them excitable and impatient with others who cannot keep up with them mentally. They have nervous dispositions, and like to be constantly busy. They are intelligent with great verbal skills. This is someone who cannot stay still for long, who must keep moving. This person tends to be tall and thin, and will move or walk quickly. They have long fingers and nice looking hands.

Cancer Rising—These people are the Mothers of the Zodiac, so they are caring people who will try to take care of you or to resolve whatever the problem is at the time. They are changeable and can easily adapt to different environments, so they love to travel. They tend to end up in the public eye in some way, although they seem to have retiring personalities. They have psychic abilities and an interest in the occult, strong emotions, and can read others well. They are gentle and pleasant, and act much shyer than they really are. These are family oriented people, who like history and rarely forget anything. They often have round faces (Moon faces) and like all water signs, must watch their weight. They can easily charm their way into your affections.

Astrology Affects Our Bodies


Leo Rising—Those with a Leo Ascendant are forceful, frank, good natured and generous people. They like to be independent and carry themselves with a noble air. They inspire hope and good will amongst people and are usually likeable leaders. They are philosophical and have high ideals, often getting involved in philanthropic work when their sympathies are aroused. They have sunny and passionate natures, and are very demonstrative when interacting with others. They carry themselves with grace and normally are active in some kind of sport. People with a Leo Ascendant normally wear expensive clothes and jewelry.

Virgo Rising—A person with Virgo Rising is normally a brainy, intelligent one who is rather chatty and can communicate very well with others. They love to learn and have active minds. They are worriers who try to take good care of their health, putting much care into hygiene and seriously researching the kind of diet they eat. They are hard working and give great attention to details, approaching any project in a very methodical and orderly manner. They are also very modest and thoughtful people. They are cautious and prudent in their own affairs. They are diplomatic, reliable and frugal with money. They put a great amount of forethought into whatever they do. People with this ascendant are usually of medium height, with curious eyes that do not miss much, perhaps wearing glasses.

Libra Rising—A Libra Ascendant is a dramatic person who loves to be the center of attention. They are normally easy to get along with, and well liked by others. They show fondness for beauty, art, music, literature, makeup, fashion design, or interior decorating. These people like harmony and peace, and feel more comfortable if surrounded by neatness and order. They are ambitious and like to lead, but do not like to get their hands dirty. They are usually busy social butterflies that love to go out often and be with other people. These people generally have a dimple somewhere (not always on the face)!

Scorpio Rising—These people are hard to read, and may seem like they do not really want to be bothered when you first make an attempt to get to know them. They are really sensitive, psychic and serious people, and if they decide to be your friend, will be a very loyal and sentimental one.

They tend to be suspicious and have a sarcastic streak, which can come out as a warped or gallows sense of humor. They are high achievers because they have very strong wills, much determination, and do not like to lose. They love mysteries and make good detectives. Their talents in science and their mechanical abilities make them good doctors, chemists, or contractors. They usually have dark hair, but if they are blond, they will have lots of hair, wearing it long or having facial hair.

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Sagittarius Rising—Sag Rising people are independent spirits who are jovial and tend to get along with everyone, as they do not judge people. They are impulsive, outspoken, blunt, and always say what is on their mind. They are interested in learning, and like to study all kinds of religions and other cultures, often travelling to do so. They have good minds and think in a progressive way, normally aspiring to high places in the business and professional world. These people have a finely tuned sense of justice and are often found as lawyers or judges. They love outdoor sports, and the women are not “Girly girls.” When they speak they like to get to the point, and when they set out to accomplish a goal, usually hit the mark. Normally they are tall and thin. They have a tendency to be a bit klutzy, and hurt themselves, so need to be careful.

Capricorn Rising—These are people who come across as very serious, mature, contemplative and dignified. They are cautious and put much thought into anything before they do it. They are very ambitious and will work hard to reach their lofty goals. People of this Ascendant are normally successful in the business world, as they are organized, persistent, calculating, and have the patience to work on a plan that may take years to accomplish. They finish what they start. They are not demonstrative but care more than you think they do. They are very self-reliant and strong willed. Those of this Rising sign often experience many delays and disappointments in life, but have deep inner strength. Science and religion both interest them. They must get enough calcium in their diets, and frequent exercise, as they often have problems with their knees and bones.

Aqurius Rising—These people are the philosophers and philanthropists who always try to think of ways to make the world a better place. They are very intelligent, have strong reasoning abilities, and want to know the true facts when something interests them. They are sympathetic, active in making reforms in their own lives and others, and have pleasant and generous natures. They have very strong likes and dislikes. Aquarius Rising people often are viewed as eccentrics, but usually have ideas that are ahead of their times. They are the “universal friends” of everyone. We are now beginning to usher in the Age of Aquarius, where everyone will need to take an honest look at the way they live and see that outmoded ideas are no longer working. All people will need to work together in peace and harmony if our Earth is going to survive, so the next thousand years will be a time of great changes. These people normally have beautiful, unblemished skin, and like to dress in a unique way.

Pisces Rising—These lovely souls are the dreamers and idealists, the ones who imagine wonderful scenarios that others cannot. They are psychic and telepathic, love occult subjects, and are highly sensitive to other’s moods. They are modest and a bit timid or shy, so will hesitate before they will approach you. They like art and music, so you can often find them playing in a band or off painting a nature scene. Whatever they see makes a big impression on them. They do not have a high energy level, so need lots of rest. They can rejuvenate themselves near the water, and like to go swimming, boating or fishing. They like careers where they feel they are helping others. Pisces rising people often have soulful blue or sea green eyes, and like to be secretive and mysterious. They are great storytellers and make good authors.

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thanks for your kind words, I always get along with Virgos! I have Cancer Sun, Capricorn Moon, and Scorpio rising. Sometimes I'm sociable because I have planets in Gemini, other times I retire. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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S T Alvyn 2 years ago from New England

I knew I made a good choice following you.. am taking my time to read through your hubs. BTW Virgo, with Taurus Moon and Sagittarius ascendent!

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Dante,

Thanks so much for reading my hubs, and I am glad you are enjoying them! I think Ophiuchus is BS. I don't doubt it's there, but Astrology has been used farther back than Babylonian times, and the constellations and signs don't change. This came up last Fall when it was decided (not sure by who) that Scorpios could only be Scorpios if born on about 15 days. Astrology isn't even set up like that, it's a cycle of 30 or 31 days to a sign. A May 4th B-day definitely puts you well into a Taurus Sunsign. My hubby actually has an Aries moon and Mercury, but so far things have been working out OK, the aspects between our planets are good. I'm glad he doesn't have more Aries planets, as it would clash with my Capricorn moon. Take care and stop by my blog if you have time, it has lots of Astrology on it.

Dante 4 years ago

Hi Jean

I love reading your articles.They are sublime and coherent.So what are your thoughts on the new sign Ophiuchus?I'm a Taurus but now it seems as if May 4 has been branded as Aries but I certainly do not have any Aries traits.Astrology can be a bit convoluted for us novices.Anyway,wish you and your wonderful Taurus hubby many more years of love and romance.I don't think you would want him to change into an Aries,would you?


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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Javed,

Well, you will always have the same rising sign, so wherever you go, Pisces will be your rising sign. There are horoscopes called Progressed charts. Pretend you are 25. You would look in an ephemeris to see what signs the planets were in on your birthday. For a Progressed, count down the days to 25 more, or whatever your current age. They do change a little, but you still have the same basic birth chart all your life. If your Rising is in the late degrees of Pisces, say 28, by the time you were 25 it would be in 23 degrees of Aries. So you would outwardly appear more assertive and independent. But the Pisces is always stronger. Progressed charts show important occasions. My husband and I have them, and you can see exact degrees to Venus at our wedding time. But it's a lot of work, for basically one day.

Javed 4 years ago

Hi Jean, Very nice reading. I enjoyed it. By birth, I am a Pisces rising but due to relocation, I have now Aquarius rising. So how does it go? What changes should I expect?

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

I am not too computer literate. If you just type in, you need to get on the beginning page. There's a hub of the day each day too, it's around there. I think you would do well comparing different decks. I haven't seen much. I'm reading about Edgar Cayce, Atlantis and Lemuria, so want to mix it up with my Venus in the signs series. I get bored writing 12 hubs about the same planet!

PWalker281 4 years ago

In addition to Scorp rising, my Gemini moon is in the 8th house and Pluto is at the top of my chart so, yes, I know exactly what you mean about that desire to know what makes people tick. My daughter also has Scorpio rising but it's very late Scorpio (something like 28 degrees), and she has a Mars/Pluto conjunction in Libra, of all signs! So you can imagine we butt heads from time to time, but have found a way to work through our differences and have a really good relationship. And while she has a 9th house Sun in Leo, she too went through that "I'm only wearing black" phase, and black still dominates her wardrobe.

That's what I like about astrology and tarot - they are excellent tools for helping us understand other people as well as ourselves.

I'm going to definitely look into doing deck reviews (and different spreads too). I have so many decks, I thought of selling some of them on eBay, but haven't had the heart to part with them. And I'll have to check out that topic list. I don't think I've seen it.

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

I and my husband both have Scorpio rising, so I get it. Our only son is a sunsign Scorpio and has a Scorpio moon. He went thru that stage where he wore all black, but was not goth. Thankfully he has 3 planets in Sag, and Virgo rising, so he seems downright sunny for a double Scorp! I feel bad when somebody takes my warped humor the wrong way too. I have Venus in Gemini too, so often just blurt things out the wrong way. Both the Jupiter in Pisces and Taurus sun would make you sensitive and feel bad. I, too, have thought if I had this life to do over, I would be a psychologist or psycho therapist. If you think about it, we are really just trying to figure out what makes other people tick with astrology, and the tarot, to some extent. The romance suspense novelist sounds nice. When I read I like fiction and lighthearted stuff like that. I have to read more of your work. Did you think about comparing or showcasing different tarot decks more? I haven't seen anyone do that here. There's a long list in front of Hubpages which lists every single topic covered in HP, and how many hubs. I was shocked to find some of my book reviews featured there, as only some do well. But not many people write about tarot, or just the Rider-Waite. You still have lots of room there, with so many kinds of readings.

PWalker281 4 years ago

Yup, you've describe my Scorpio Rising personality to a tee. I have to be careful with my "warped" sense of humor at times. Some people just don't get it or get their feelings hurt which my Jupiter in Pisces (or maybe Taurus Sun) immediately regrets. If I had my life to do over, I would be either a detective (police, psychic, or private), psychologist, or a romantic suspense novelist (still might do that).

Great hub! Rated up, useful, and interesting!

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi John,

Nice to see you. Your piano hub is very nice. As far as Astrology goes, it takes one to know one! I'm Cancer too! Take care, Jean

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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Jean,

I'm a Cancer and have never been read so well before - great hub


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed it.

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Informative hub that is well shared.

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