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Astrological Ascendants or Rising Signs

Jean teaches astrology, tarot & metaphysics. She is an author, ordained nondenominational minister, & member of the NJ Metaphysical Ctr.

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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 two hours). You also need to include the location of birth (City, State, or Country) for time zone purposes.

I have researched links to various tables so you may look up your Ascendant with ease, and found this one to be the most accurate. Most sites use Greenwich Mean Time—the time in London, England—but normally make the time correction for you. Make sure you check. I hope this works out for you so you can enjoy my Ascendant article more! You may also use descriptions in my Sun and Moon signs, and ask someone who knows you well which one 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. Another common error is to forget to put whether the time of birth was AM or PM. This results in a "backwards" chart, with the Ascendant being the opposite sign. So then all the planets are in the wrong houses, and it has to be fixed.

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. When you order a horoscope from many "New Age"or Metaphysical stores, you are getting a computerized layout of the planets based on your birth info. That part is usually correct.

But the aspects (the distance the planets have between each other) have a meaning, and each planet is in a zodiac sign, not only your Sun. That's a lot of information right there. There are twelve houses that any of your planets can fall into, and each house has four or five meanings. So all of this, plus clusters of planets in one house or close together, are the whole interpretation of the horoscope. Computer generated horoscopes skip many points of interests in interpretation, and add a lot of information that is filler, so may not be worth the cost.

I do it the old way, and have attended astrology classes and countless workshops. It takes me about 10-12 hours to interpret a chart. And some astrologers don't even give you the chart! They want to make sure you have to call them and pay more if you have more questions. 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 puts 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 and birth sign may be more accurate. But many people think the location of the Sun at your birth is all astrology is about. Those newspaper horoscopes were made a feature during World War Two, to cheer people up who had loved ones away fighting. So 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 Glyphs or Symbols for Planets

You can't read an astrology chart or even information about the topic until you memorize the symbols. You will always need them.

You can't read an astrology chart or even information about the topic until you memorize the symbols. You will always need them.

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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 among people and are usually likable 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)! They prefer to do things in partnerships.

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.

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 traveling 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.

Planetary Glyphs or Symbols

You must memorize the Planet Glyphs or symbols if you ever intend to interpret a chart, or even try to understand what it means

You must memorize the Planet Glyphs or symbols if you ever intend to interpret a chart, or even try to understand what it means

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do you determine the rising sign?

Answer: You determine the rising sign by using a mathematical formula. I wrote an article with instructions on how to draw up as an astrology chart, let me see if I can find it for you. If you use that URL, the instructions are there.

You can also use an astrology site, but many of them are wrong. If you read the article, you will see that astrology is more complicated then people believe. It's really only a 5 step math formula. If you don't have the books, there are sites which have tables that can give you the figures you need.

And all that work is just to get the chart. It takes hours to interpret it. Then people baulk when astrologers expect to be paid for their work.

© 2011 Jean Bakula


Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on September 10, 2019:

Hello Pagan Sun,

It's sad how so many misunderstand astrology, and think Sun signs are all that matter. I've written series on Moon signs, Mercury signs, and Venus signs to help with that.

ThePaganSun on September 09, 2019:

Thanks for your response! Sorry if I came across as rude in the past with some of your other articles.

But yes, both modern astrologers and modern readers need to integrate more aspects of astrology than just the superficial side of the Sun signs (which while Sun signs are important, there are also missing significant factors as well sich as the other planets, the Houses, and the aspects).

I'm again glad that our athletic side was remembered this time (most modern astrologers remember the artistic and performance aspects of the 5th House, but they firget about the financial risk and athletic aspects of it). Thanks again!

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 05, 2019:

No. I never heard of a "weak" ascendant? Where did you hear or read of this? And it would be in relation to the whole Natal Birth chart anyway, which nobody on this site seems to want.

Nabeel Masood on January 05, 2019:

I have leo ascendant at 27.37 degrees . Is my ascendant weak ?

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 24, 2018:

Hello Dylan,

Your Sun is in 9 degrees of Taurus, Moon in 8 degrees of Pisces, and Ascendant in 12 degrees Aquarius. I have articles on Sun and Moon signs on, and also an article on Ascendants or Rising signs as well which may help you. Best Wishes, Jean

Dylan Mckay on November 23, 2018:

What is my rising sign? Here are my details:

DOB: 04-29-2000

Time: 02:27 am

Place: Santa Clara, California

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on November 06, 2017:

I couldn't say it better myself! Computer astrology totally ignores the houses, and you obviously see how important they are. They all have at least 3 or 4 areas of importance, more if you dig deep. It's fun for me, now in these years my audience knows so much more about astrology. Cafe is a good site for a computer one. Take care.

ThePaganSun on November 03, 2017:

Yes! Very true with Leo Rising being involved in sports! It's a shame that some astrologers often forget about Leo's athletic side which is weird because we rule the 5th House of Hobbies and Sports.

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on August 30, 2017:

March 23 is a little late for Aries, it's usually the 21st at the Spring Equinox or the 22nd. I'd take a guess you are probably Taurus. If you email your B-day and the year you were born, I can tell the Sun Sign for sure. Later in the year sometimes the Sun stays in signs a bit longer, such as the 23rd. Best, Jea

Jatina on August 27, 2017:

Everytime I read my zodiac Aries rising, March 23, whether daily weekly or yearly it does not resonate. Should I be reading another sign for 2017

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on July 23, 2014:

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.

S T Alvyn from New England on July 23, 2014:

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!

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on July 26, 2012:

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 on July 26, 2012:

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?


Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on February 26, 2012:

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 on February 26, 2012:

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?

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 28, 2012:

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 on January 28, 2012:

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.

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 28, 2012:

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 on January 28, 2012:

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!

Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on May 15, 2011:

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

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on May 11, 2011:

Hi Jean,

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


Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on March 11, 2011:

Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed it.

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Informative hub that is well shared.

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