How to Determine a Person's Astrological Sun Sign Using Physical & Personality Traits

Updated on April 5, 2018
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What Is a Sun and Ascendant Sign?

Many people familiar with astrology know that the sun sign, also known as a star sign, is the position within the Zodiac that the Sun resided at their time of birth. A sun sign will depict a generalized set of personality traits for people born under its influence. The traits assigned to each of the 12 Zodiac signs when in the sun position reveal the image you illuminate and show to the external world around you.

The sun sign is essentially the "core" of your unique personality. A sun sign reveals how your will and ego behave, as well as how you are likely to absorb new experiences. When combined with a view of a full natal chart however, things drastically change. An ascendant is the Zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon the moment you were born and is more likely to be linked to a person's physical build. Sometimes, an ascendant sign can be identified by a person's external appearance while a sun sign can easily be determined by their personality characteristics—if you know what to look for! Understanding the basics of a person's sun sign and ascendant can give you greater understanding of their character, as well as help spot them in a crowd. Being skilled in identifying these signs could give you an advantage when interacting with the people in your life.

Please understand that what I've written was primarily designed to help pick out someone's sun sign. Although I've mentioned a lot on the ascendants, the key is to look for physical features blended with personality. I've been able to spot the signs of many people in a matter of minutes when talking to them. Some people are not always pleased about this, but I ask to validate my assumptions. I've also been wrong many times. Astrology is a very old art form used for personality profiling, however, I've rarely seen it inaccurate!

If you use my tips and your initial thought is wrong, chances are you've picked up on the person's ascendant. Ask if they know it to see if you are correct.

An ascendant sign is more likely to reveal a person's physical build.

The Three Main Parts of a Natal Chart

  1. Sun sign: The sign the sun was in at the time of birth. Defines one's personality/how they show themselves to the world.
  2. Ascendant/Rising sign: The ascendant and the sun sign fuse together forming the personality, with the sun being primary, ascendant secondary. The ascendant also determines how the rest of a natal chart will look and better defines how a person physically looks.
  3. Moon sign: The position of the moon at the time of birth. Defines your hidden emotional nature and desires.

Aries Women

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Aries ascendantA woman with Sun in Aries.
Aries ascendant
Aries ascendant
A woman with Sun in Aries.
A woman with Sun in Aries. | Source

Aries

Personality Traits

  • Eccentric and quirky
  • Sporty and energetic
  • Pioneering
  • Blunt
  • Bold
  • Headstrong and independent
  • Adventurous daredevils
  • Childlike innocence and naïveté
  • Barbaric
  • Confident
  • Quick-witted
  • Selfish and impatient
  • Quick-tempered
  • Frugal
  • Argumentative
  • Selfless
  • Spontaneous

Physical Traits
Strong, angular bone structure
Well-defined jawline
Athletic/muscular build of average height
Thin, fair or auburn hair
Light to medium complexion
Protruding arch of the eyebrows

Megan Fox

Megan Fox, a famous celebrity with Taurus-Leo rising
Megan Fox, a famous celebrity with Taurus-Leo rising

Taurus

Personality Traits

  • Jealous and possessive
  • Inflexible
  • Determined
  • Warmhearted
  • Greedy and self-indulgent
  • Punctual
  • Productive
  • Scientific
  • Stubborn
  • Very appreciative of food and snacks

Physical Traits
Oval or square-shaped faces
Round, slightly turned-up noses
Well and evenly proportioned body
Fair complexion
Thick, shiny hair
Soft, but sturdy, build
Stylish classic dress style, good taste, and often well-refined

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, a well known Gemini
Angelina Jolie, a well known Gemini | Source

Gemini

Personality Traits

  • Witty
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Youthful
  • Nervous and tense
  • Inquisitive
  • Cunning
  • Cheerful
  • Kind
  • Savvy
  • Two-faced and gossipy
  • Nosy
  • Insecure

Physical Traits
Slim builds with long limbs
Average to tall in height
Arching eyebrows
Vibrant, sparkling, expressive eyes
Appear swift, yet controlled and laid back in style

Judy Garland

Judy Garland-famous Cancer ascendant
Judy Garland-famous Cancer ascendant | Source

Cancer

Personality Traits

  • Sensitive and intuitive
  • Affectionate
  • Cautious and protective
  • Moody
  • Clingy
  • Procrastinating
  • Introspective
  • Encouraging
  • Supportive
  • Values home and security
  • Sensual

Physical Traits
Rounded, soft facial features
Tend to become stalky, heavier/rounded in middle age
Dark hair, sometimes sparse or thin
Small noses
Rounded chins
Short to average in height

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson Leo ascendant
Kate Hudson Leo ascendant

Leo

Personality Traits

  • Warm and sunny disposition
  • Enjoy attention and being center stage
  • Creative
  • Generous
  • Faithful
  • Bossy and intolerant
  • Broad-minded
  • Fickle

Physical Traits
Strong features with wide foreheads
Tall bodies and long legs
Large, defined noses
Thick, fair-colored hair, often red or blonde
General appearance of class, harmony, pride, and nobility

Oprah Winfrey

Virgo ascendant
Virgo ascendant | Source

Virgo

Personality Traits

  • Serious disposition
  • Discreet
  • Worrywarts
  • Sympathetic and helpful
  • Industrious and diligent
  • Creative
  • Fussy
  • Shrewd
  • Overcritical
  • Perfectionists
  • Analytical
  • Silly and slapstick

Physical Traits
Average to tall in height
Slender builds—more prominent in males
Preppy and elegant in dress style, not overly adorned
Pointy or elongated facial features

Catherine Deneuve

Libra ascendant.
Libra ascendant. | Source

Libra

Personality Traits

  • Favor all shades of blues and reds
  • Diplomatic
  • Romantic and charming
  • Sociable
  • Idealistic
  • Indecisive
  • Gullible
  • Flirtatious
  • Manipulative and sulky
  • Artistic, creative, and poetic
  • Good mediator
  • Expressive

Physical Traits
Oval, pleasant facial features
Average to tall in height
Straightforward, charming, and sophisticated clothing and accessories

Tom Cruise

Famous Scorpio ascendant-Tom Cruise
Famous Scorpio ascendant-Tom Cruise | Source

Scorpio

Personality Traits

  • Charming and powerful
  • Emotional and intuitive
  • Determined and resourceful
  • Passionate
  • Exciting
  • Secretive
  • Obsessive and jealous
  • Good memory
  • Brooding and complex
  • Brave and loyal
  • Investigative and tenacious
  • Hot-tempered and intense

Physical Traits
Wide shoulders and sturdy strong builds
Well-defined, sensual lips
Thick brown to light brown hair
Square faces with clear-cut features
Penetrating eyes

Elvis Presley

Sage ascendant-Elvis Presley
Sage ascendant-Elvis Presley | Source

Sagittarius

Personality Traits

  • Free-spirited
  • Jovial
  • Honest
  • Philosophical
  • Careless
  • Irresponsible
  • Wreckless
  • Bold, blunt, and sometimes downright rude

Physical Traits
Thick, full hair
Strong builds, tall to above average in height
Bright open eyes, smiling, and radiating charm and energy
Casual and comfortable dress style

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie-sun in Capricorn
Rob Zombie-sun in Capricorn

Capricorn

Personality Traits

  • Ambitious
  • Disciplined and patient
  • Humorous
  • Reserved
  • Miserly and pessimistic
  • Hardworking and goal-oriented
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Strong-willed
  • Anxious and shy

Physical Traits
Small to average height
Well-defined, almost chiseled features
Slender, lean (to almost bony) build
Long noses
Wavy or frizzy hair
Deep set serious eyes
Their look is often neutral, ordinary, and sobering

Jim Morrison

Aquarius

Personality Traits

  • Sentimental
  • Have a taste for exotic and fine cuisine
  • Friendly humanitarians
  • Rebellious
  • Intellectual
  • Inventive
  • Loyal and generous
  • Unpredictable and perverse
  • Cranky, rude, aloof
  • Open-minded

Physical Traits
Dark, thick hair
Pleasant, yet serious, facial expressions
Sparkling eyes
Slim, lean and tall builds
Original, eccentric, or serious style of dress. Look for a unique piece of jewelry they will wear religiously.

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters, Pisces ascendant
Bernadette Peters, Pisces ascendant | Source

Pisces

Personality Traits

  • Emit an air of mystery, elusiveness, and quiet benevolence
  • Sentimental, poetic daydreamers
  • Make excellent business-people
  • Prone to addictions
  • Dependent and passive
  • Intuitive, sensitive, and compassionate
  • Secretive and vague
  • Gullible and easily seduced
  • Absent-minded and spacey
  • Wily
  • Popular and multi-talented
  • Wise
  • Romantic
  • Pisces can take on all traits of the Zodiac which makes them often the hardest to spot.

Physical Traits
Average to plump stature, although women tend to be more lean and fluid.
Large, expressive, attractive eyes that are often hypnotic.

Vincent Price

Ascendant in Pisces
Ascendant in Pisces | Source

Does this sound like you?

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        ThePaganSun 

        9 months ago

        In addition to adding more detail about Leo's muscular and powerful bodies, some other traits that should've been included were: determined, active, powerful, passionate, aggressive, temperamental, energetic and athletic, and confident.

        It's a bit upsetting that Leo's section was not as accurate or extensive as most of the other Zodiacs.

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        ThePaganSun 

        13 months ago

        Leo Risings have powerful, muscular builds too. And broad shoulders and a slimmer lower body.

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        Dr Pandula 

        4 years ago from Norway

        Thanks for the hub! I am not a big believer but it's always good to know about myself and other before hand!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Interesting hub. I don't know anything about astrology but liked reading. I'm a Leo/Virgo ascending and it seems to fit. Hope your holiday was a grand one.

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        Rebecca 

        4 years ago from USA

        I agree completely, you really do need the entire package. I wrote this in hopes people understand how I determine someones sun sign upon meeting them. Choosing the sun sign because it seems to me that unless someone is involved with astrology, they will not even know what their rising sign is, so...no point in trying to figure that out unless you draw up a chart. I think depending on how dominant the positions are, the easier it is to spot the sun sign. :) I'm Aries/Pisces/Sage Thanks for your comment.

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        4 years ago

        It's fun to try and figure out people's signs. So many people go straight for Sun signs, and don't even realize how much rising signs influence us as well. My Sun sign is Leo and people who learn this will often point out that it doesn't fit me. But my birthday is right on the cusp of Virgo and Scorpio is both my moon & rising sign, you have to see the whole package. Cool hub.

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