How to Determine Astrological Sun Sign Using Physical & Personality Traits

Updated on July 30, 2017

The Zodiac


Astrology-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 basic set of personality traits within a person, a generalization. The values assigned to each of the 12 Zodiac signs when in the sun position reveal the image you illuminate and show the world you interact with. The sun sign is essentially the "core" of your unique personality. A sun sign reveals how your will and ego behave and absorb new experiences, when combined with a view of a full natal chart, things drastically change. An ascendant sign is more likely to reveal a person's physical build. An ascendant is the Zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon the moment you were born. Sometimes, an ascendant sign and sun sign can easily be determined based on physical and personality characteristics when you know what to look for. Understanding the basics of one's sun sign and ascendant can give great revelations and understanding to their character, as well as help spot them in a you an advantage when interacting with the people in your life.

Please understand that what I've written was 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 many peoples signs 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, in my opinion, 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 persons ascendant. Ask if they know it? And see if you are correct.

An ascendant sign is more likely to reveal a persons physical build.

The 3 main parts to a natal chart

Each person has 3 main parts in their natal chart

  1. Sun sign-the sign the sun was in at the time of birth, defines ones 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 2nd. The ascendant also determines how the rest of a natal chart will look, and is more defining of how a person physically looks.
  3. Moon sign-position of the moon at the time of birth, defines your hidden emotional nature, and desires.

Susan St. James

Aries ascendant
Aries ascendant

Jessica Lange

A famous woman with the sun in Aries
A famous woman with the sun in Aries | Source


Physical and personality traits

  • Strong angular bone structure
  • Well defined jawline
  • Athletic muscular builds of average height
  • Fair colored or auburn hair, but often thin
  • Medium to light complexion
  • Protruding arch of the eyebrows, portraying the Arian glyph.
  • Eccentric
  • Sporty and energetic
  • Pioneering
  • Blunt
  • Bold
  • Head-strong
  • Independent
  • Quirky
  • Adventurous
  • Child-like innocence
  • Naive
  • Barbaric
  • Confident
  • The head of an Aries is often protruding forward, slightly ahead of their bodies
  • Quick-witted
  • Selfish
  • Impatient
  • Quick-tempered
  • Dare devils
  • Frugal
  • Argumentative
  • Selfless
  • Spontanious

Megan Fox

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

Adolf Hitler

Aries-Taurus cusp sun sign, and Scorpio ascendant, quite a powerful and ruthless combination.
Aries-Taurus cusp sun sign, and Scorpio ascendant, quite a powerful and ruthless combination. | Source


Physical and personality traits

  • Oval or square shaped faces
  • Round slightly turned up noses
  • Well and evenly proportioned body
  • Fair complexion
  • Thick shiny hair
  • Entire build appears soft but sturdy at the same time
  • Stylish classic dress style, good taste, and often well refined
  • Jealous
  • Possessive
  • Inflexible
  • Determined
  • Warmhearted
  • Greedy and self-indulgent
  • Punctual
  • Productive
  • Scientific
  • Stubborn
  • Very appreciative of food and snacks

Greta Garbo

Angelina Jolie

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


Physical and personality traits

  • Slim builds with long limbs
  • Average to tall in height
  • Arching eyebrows
  • Vibrant, sparkling expressive eyes
  • Over-all they appear swift, yet controlled and laid back in style
  • Witty
  • Quick thinking
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Youthful
  • Nervous and tense
  • Inquisitive
  • Cunning
  • Cheerful
  • Kind
  • Savvy
  • Two-faced
  • Nosy
  • Gossipy
  • Insecure

Judy Garland

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

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers-Sun in Cancer
Justin Chambers-Sun in Cancer


Physical and personality traits

  • Rounded soft facial features
  • Tend to become stalky, heavier and rounded in middle age
  • Big eaters with hearty appetites
  • Dark hair, sometimes sparse or thin
  • Small noses
  • Rounded chins
  • Small to average height
  • Sensitive
  • Affectionate
  • Intuitive
  • Cautious
  • Protective
  • Moody
  • Clingy
  • Procrastinating
  • Introspective
  • Encouraging
  • Supportive
  • Values home and security
  • Sensual

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson Leo ascendant
Kate Hudson Leo ascendant


Physical and personality traits

  • Strong features
  • Wide foreheads
  • Proportioned tall bodies and long legs
  • Warm and sunny disposition
  • Large defined noses
  • Thick fair colored hair, often red or blonde
  • General appearance of class, harmony, pride, and nobility
  • Enjoy attention and being center stage
  • Creative
  • Generous
  • Faithful
  • Bossy and intolerant
  • Broad-minded
  • Fickle

Oprah Winfrey

Virgo ascendant
Virgo ascendant | Source

Woody Allen

Virgo ascendant
Virgo ascendant | Source


Physical and personality traits

  • Serious disposition
  • Discreet
  • 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
  • Worry warts
  • Sympathetic
  • Helpful
  • Industrious
  • Creative
  • Bitchy
  • Fussy
  • Shrewd
  • Diligent
  • Anal retentive
  • Overcritical
  • Perfectionists
  • Analytical
  • Silly and slapstick

Catherine Deneuve

Libra ascendant
Libra ascendant


Physical and personality traits

  • Oval, pleasant facial features
  • Average to tall in height
  • Tendency for weight gain in the 2nd to 3rd part of life
  • Straightforward, charming sophisticated clothing and accessories
  • Libra's favor all shades of blues and reds
  • Diplomatic
  • Romantic and charming
  • Sociable
  • Idealistic
  • Indecisive
  • Gullible
  • Flirtatious
  • Manipulative
  • Sulky
  • Artistic
  • Good mediator
  • Expressive
  • Creative and poetic

Tom Cruise

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

Gemma Ward

Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio | Source


Physical and personality 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
  • Charming, and powerful
  • Emotional and intuitive
  • Determined
  • Passionate
  • Exciting
  • Resourceful
  • Secretive
  • Obsessive
  • Jealous
  • Good memory
  • Brooding
  • Brave and loyal
  • Complex
  • Investigative
  • Tenacious
  • Hot-tempered
  • Intense

Elvis Presley

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


Physical and personality traits

  • Thick full hair
  • Strong builds
  • Tall or or above average in height
  • Bright open eyes, smiling radiating charm and energy
  • Prone to weight gain often from over-indulgence
  • Casual and comfortable dress style
  • Free spirited
  • Jovial
  • Honest
  • Philosophical
  • Careless
  • Irresponsible
  • Wreck-less
  • Bold, blunt and sometimes downright rude

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth, ascendant in Capricorn
Queen Elizabeth, ascendant in Capricorn | Source

Rob Zombie

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


Physical and personality 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
  • Ambitious
  • Disciplined
  • Patient
  • Humorous
  • Reserved
  • Miserly
  • Pessimistic
  • Hardworking
  • Self-sacraficing
  • Goal oriented
  • Strong willed
  • Anxious
  • Shy

Kate Jackson


Jim Morrison


Physical & personality 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
  • Sentimental
  • Have a taste for exotic and fine cuisine
  • Friendly humanitarians
  • Rebellious
  • Intellectual
  • Inventive
  • Loyal
  • Unpredictable
  • Perverse
  • Cranky, rude, aloof
  • Generous
  • Open-minded

Bernadette Peters

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

Vincent Price

Ascendant in Pisces
Ascendant in Pisces | Source


Physical and personality traits

  • Average to plump stature, although women tend to be more lean and fluid
  • Large expressive attractive eyes that are often hypnotic
  • Pisces can take on all traits of the Zodiac which makes them often the hardest to spot
  • Emit an air of mystery, elusiveness and quiet benevolence
  • Sentimental
  • poetic daydreamers
  • Make excellent businessmen
  • Prone to addictions
  • Dependent and passive
  • Intuitive
  • Sensitive
  • Secretive
  • Vague
  • Compassionate
  • Gullible
  • Spaced out
  • Absent minded
  • Easily seduced
  • Wily
  • Popular
  • Multi-talented
  • Wise
  • Romantic

Does this sound like you?

Do these personality profiles describe your sun or ascendant sign?

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      ThePaganSun 3 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 7 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, 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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