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

Updated on June 26, 2020
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Read on to learn how to determine a person's astrological sun sign using physical and personality traits.
Read on to learn how to determine a person's astrological sun sign using physical and personality traits. | Source

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

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.

Does this sound like you?

Do these personality profiles describe your sun or ascendant sign?

See results

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.

© 2013 Rebecca


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      8 months ago

      Actually... Lions4Eva, I'm a Leo who doesn't have every little description you described for a Leo. I'm a Leo sun. Fire signs can be atheltic in general, but I'm the creative Leo type who is and never has been athletic.

      And to add on every Leo being athletic, either from appearance or personality. I'm actually a chubby Leo, I'm not muscular or sinewy in any way at all. I've had a few traits that came from my three primary signs but not every trait.

      That includes someone's personality too. Just because someone has certain signs, from any sign or element, not everyone is going to have every trait you described for a specific sign. You would probably have multiple traits from specific signs depending on your entire chart.

      Next time, if you feel the need to correct someone for some reason, regardless if they were right or wrong.. Don't be a cunt about it.

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      11 months ago from USA

      Thanks for your thoughts. Not sure why you seem offended but that's ok.

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      11 months ago

      You short-changed Leos a lot here. Our traits are: powerful, courageous, determined, aggressive, protective, strong-willed, dominant, athletic and fiery.

      And our bodies are usually MUSCULAR and sinewy since we too are a physically active fire sign and a strong and determined fixed sign ruled by the almighty Sun which bestows strength, courage, energy, vitality, willpower, and health. So please get it straight.

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      15 months ago

      Libras are often easiest to pick once you practice enough. Imo

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      16 months ago

      I just learned that I was Pisces this week, and I was wondering if it really matches me. And it did! But sadly I am not popular.

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      18 months ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment Nai

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      18 months ago

      this helped in discerning a lot of signs, but as a virgo i find no resemblance at all with either me or my friends in terms of physique. most virgos i know tend to actually be petite or average in height. it is true that sharp features are prominent. overall, this was a well-written article.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from USA

      Thanks for taking the time to read this and share your input :) I appreciate the comments.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from USA

      It's still general unless you view someones entire natal chart. Thanks for your input :)

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      22 months ago

      Aquarius to me,the once I know,have all the same cute goofy face the famous nose that's weirdly bigger. And an air of electricity. I could spot an Aquarius just by him standing next to me,it was his nervous energy I guess. And when I looked at his face I was so sure.And a couple times I was able to spot the mars in Aquarius position,scary sometimes.

      How about the,sorry for my English,is it the raised eyebrow of virgos,they do greet people like this I've noticed.

      And even I grew up with Scorpios,I'm not able to spot one immediately.

      Having a hard time with spotting a Libra and Capricorn too. But your article motivated me to keep trying.

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      22 months ago

      You forgot a lot about Taurus,the famous doe eyes,that's how I quickly spot any Taurus. And the movement of a Taurus is what spots my eye.

      Oh and what sort of Taurus Personality did you pick.

      How lame.

      Sad that astrologers confuse food and snacks with pleasures in general. I'm a Taurus and I could care less of the food that's coming from a dying earth. My Gemini and Aries friend who got no personal planets in Taurus are more of a food friend. I think it's just slow to connect our love for pleasures with food. :-)

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      2 years 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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      3 years ago

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

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      Dr Pandula 

      6 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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      6 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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      6 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 

      6 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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