Rising Signs for the Chinese Zodiac

Updated on May 2, 2019
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An interest in God, meta-physics, and religion dominated Tessa's life for half a century. A decade ago she walked away to become an atheist.

The Chinese believe that there is a life force that enters the body at birth, and that the energy of the life force in a particular year influence the baby. They, therefore, choose the year of birth of their children.
The Chinese believe that there is a life force that enters the body at birth, and that the energy of the life force in a particular year influence the baby. They, therefore, choose the year of birth of their children.

Your Chinese Astrological Sign: Ascendant or Rising Sign

Did you know that your Chinese zodiac sign has a rising sign just like western astrology? And if so, have you ever wondered what it was and what it means?

In western astrology, your rising sign means the way you appear to other people. In Chinese astrology, it influences your animal sign so that you are a combination of both the month you were born and the time you were born. The rising sign is also called the hour sign, and it is indicative of who you wish to be. Should you wish to have a fairly accurate idea of the trends in the next year, you would need your rising sign (hour sign), your animal sign (monthly sign) and your inner animal (who you really are).

In the Chinese zodiac, your rising sign is determined by the time you were born. If you do not know the time you were born, unhappily, there is no way to establish what it is.

Your rising sign in Chinese astrology is dependent on the time of the day.
Your rising sign in Chinese astrology is dependent on the time of the day.

Your Time of Birth Determines Your Rising Sign

Find the time you were born on this list, and it will tell you what your rising sign is.

1am to 3 am – Ox

3 am to 5 am - Tiger

5 am to 7 am – Rabbit

7 am to 9 am – Dragon

9 am to 11am – Snake

11am to 1pm – Horse

1pm to 3pm – Sheep

3pm to 5pm – Monkey

5pm to 7pm - Rooster

7pm to 9pm – Dog

9pm to 11pm - Boar

11pm to 1am – Rat

Ted Talk on Chinese Astrology

How to Interpret Your Chinese Zodiac Ascendant or Rising Sign

The rising sign influences your birth sign. Take for example the fiery dragon who loves to gallivant and gamble. If your rising sign was the stay-at-home rabbit and your ascendant was the dragon, then the combination of these two influences would be who you are. As the dragon is lucky, and the rabbit looks after its money, it can safely be said that this little rabbit will always be lucky financially!

If your rising sign was the aggressive tiger and your year sign the cautious ox, then the influence they have on each other would result in an ox that wasn't quite as cautious! It wouldn't, however, have the full force of the tiger.

The rising sign influences the animal year sign so that it isn't quite as fixed as it could be. For instance, if someone was born in the month of the snake and had a snake rising sign, then that person would have almost completely snake characteristics.

Rising signs and year signs mix and mingle and produce characteristics of both signs.


If you had a super fast moving sign like the horse or the dragon, but your rising sign was the slow moving ox, then your pace might almost be normal when the two are combined.

The ox rising sign will always influence the year sign to be more cautious and more slow moving. This works well if the year sign is, perhaps, too active.

The Twelve Animals in Eastern Astrology

Rising signs in Chinese astrology depend on the time of your birth.
Rising signs in Chinese astrology depend on the time of your birth.

The Tiger

The tiger comes with an aggressive streak, and whatever your year sign is, that bit of extra passion is going to be added. Ambition and the love of things will color your character. Having a good time will be quite important to you as well. Add a dash of generosity and you’ve figured out what influence your rising sign adds to your year sign.

The Dragon

Dragons are the luckiest of all signs.

They are also the most highly regarded by the Chinese. There are great celebrations when a child is born in the month of the powerful dragon.

Generous to a fault, if this mysterious fire-breathing serpent is combined with a tiger, you’ll need to rein in some discipline, otherwise you’ll be giving your hearth and home away!


Rabbits are gentle, refined creatures, if a little eccentric. They love to stay at home and count their money. They love to decorate and to entertain—in a very glamorous way, of course. They’re career minded and often remain single for life. So if this tiny little creature is your rising sign, then you will be more artistic, refined, and careful about your money than the other animals of the Chinese zodiac.

The Chinese Determine Your Age by Your Animal Year Sign

When Chinese people ask for your astrological sign, it is a polite way of asking your age. They are also able to determine how prosperous you will be.

The Snake

The snake brings sensuality to your year sign and makes you mysterious and secretive. It can move you in unexpected ways so that other people might be a little weary and wonder what you're going to do next. Sometimes, it's nice to be surprising to others, but other times, it's just nice to be run-of-the-mill. It depends on the occasion, and the snake can adjust to situations with ease.

The Horse

Having the horse as your rising sign will add a large dash of energy to whoever you are. You will not tire as easily as most, but you might also take a gamble which a more cautious person would avoid.

This could work well when combined with the dragon, as the dragon is lucky. It could also work well with an ox which is very cautious.

The speed with which the horse undertakes all its tasks will be a benefit to all signs. It definitely adds a bit of adventure.

How the Chinese Zodiac Was Created

The Sheep

Whatever sign you are, the sheep will bring a softer, more sentimental side to it. It will make you more sensitive to criticism but more admired because you have good taste (like the rabbit). The sheep will also add the ability to take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

The Monkey

Think of an inquisitive monkey always examining everything and exploring everywhere. This is the energy that the monkey brings to your natural birth sign. This could be very useful as it will enable you to have a knack for creativity and bringing new insights into solving problems.

Should a snake have the monkey as a combination, then it will, indeed be a very wise snake! It will also, perhaps, not be as hidden as it normally is.

The Rooster

If you’re a slow mover like the snake, the ox, and the sheep, you’re going to love having the rooster as an ascendant. The rooster is wide awake early in the morning and is aware of everything that is happening around it. The rooster may add to your desire to become a bit of a spendthrift, so use your other zodiac influence to control that urge.

In 2012, the Year of the Dragon, Chinese Births Increased by 25%

One quarter of the world's population pay attention to which animal represents them. Chinese plan the birth month of their children to ensure prosperity, health, and happiness.

The Dog

The influence of the dog on your natural zodiac sign could make you a noble person. You will have a more sensitive conscience than some others, and you will gravitate to doing what is right rather than serving your own needs. The dog ascendant may lend a more moral or ethical perspective to a sign that is inclined to live hard and fast without regard for the well-being of others.

The Boar

The boar always does the right thing, and because it does, it has many friends. This energy will influence your sign, so you can count on being popular and being admired for having integrity and conscience.

Other Influences

In addition to the rising sign and the year sign, there are five elements. These are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each of them have certain characteristics which will influence who you are.

Wood brings goodness while water brings wisdom. Metal increases life span while earth invests in honesty and truth. Fire is pure power!

A final influence will be the current year. Whatever animal rules, that will work either with your characteristics or against them. By understanding the life force influences of a particular year, you can plan your year to be the best it can be.

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 Tessa Schlesinger

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  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    11 months ago

    Doesn't matter about time zone.

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    11 months ago from Earth

    What time zone though?

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    19 months ago

    Goat year ox ascendant native

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    Selena Kerr 

    22 months ago

    Im a Tiger/Monkey interesting ONE

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    2 years ago

    Love this reading I now need to figure out my hour.

  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    2 years ago

    Oh, dear. You are correct. Will get it done in the next 24 hours. I'm not sure what happened. I might have fixed something else and erased it by mistake. My apologies.

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    2 years ago

    You are missing the Rat in your descriptions

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    2 years ago

    Where is the description for Rat in the Rising Sign?

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    Kari Poulsen 

    2 years ago from Ohio

    I am a tiger. Now I need to find my birth certificate to check what time I was born, lol.

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    Mary Norton 

    4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I am a rabbit and your description feels right.


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