BIRTH CHART BASICS: RISING SIGNS

BIRTH CHART BASICS: RISING SIGNS

Kate Belew Kate Belew
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Rising signs are one of the keys to unlocking the mysteries and magic of the birth chart

If the sun sign in astrology represents our identity, who we are, and how our outward energy is expressed, the moon sign represents where your emotional body lives, how you give and receive nourishment and care, and what drives you in your life and pursuits. 

The rising sign (also called The Ascendant) represents how you show up in the world, your appearance, and how you’re perceived. 

By studying your rising sign and understanding how it interacts with your other key placements in your birth chart, you can better understand yourself and how to best feel empowered and embodied in your life and relationships. 

Aries Rising

If you are an Aries Rising, your ascendant is a cardinal fire sign. People may perceive you as a “go-getter” who isn’t afraid to put themselves out there. You may have an easy time initiating connections with others or spearheading projects. You have an innate fire and confidence about you. 

Taurus Rising

If you are a Taurus Rising, your ascendant is a fixed earth sign. People may perceive you as a Venusian person. You may have a spaciousness or sensualness about you. You have an easy time connecting deeply with others, and other may see you as a grounded person. You have a centered way about you. 

Gemini Rising

If you are a Gemini Rising, your ascendant is a mutable air sign. People may perceive you as an intellectual person who isn’t afraid to communicate their thoughts and can process many opposing ideas. You might have an easy time in conversations with others, and debates don’t scare you. You have an innate curiosity to you, and others may connect with you for this reason. 

Cancer Rising

If you are a Cancer Rising, your ascendant is a cardinal water sign. People may perceive you as a nurturing or caring person. You can meet people on an emotional level, and they may feel seen and understood by you. You have a natural flow in how you show up in the world and luminous features. 

Leo Rising

If you are a Leo Rising, your ascendant is a fixed fire sign. People may perceive you as someone who doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. You may have lion-like features, and have a radiance about you. You can meet people confidently and with creativity in all you do. 

Virgo Rising

If you are a Virgo Rising, your ascendant is a mutable earth sign. People may perceive you as quiet and attentive. You are perceptive, and you meet people with a detail-oriented nature, which makes people feel seen and understood. Others may describe you as grounded and kind. 

Libra Rising

If you are a Libra Rising, your ascendant is a cardinal air sign. People may perceive you as a Venusian person skilled at the art of beauty. You have a balanced approach to life, and others trust you to build harmony in relationships. 

Scorpio Rising

If you are a Scorpio Rising, your ascendant is a fixed water sign. People may perceive you as mysterious and intense. You are intuitive in your connection with others and may shy away from the spotlight, preferring to connect with others on a one-to-one basis. 

Sagittarius Rising

If you are a Sagittarius Rising, your ascendant is a mutable fire sign. People may perceive you as someone who loves to experience the world. You have an outgoing nature, inquisitive and intense. Others come to you for your sense of adventure and appreciate your ability to hold a conversation. 

Capricorn Rising

If you are a Capricorn Rising, your ascendant is a cardinal earth sign. People may perceive you as hardworking and as someone who can get the job done. Your connections and friends come to you for your grounded energy, and you don’t shy away from the hard work of building relationships. You are focused on how you move through the world. 

Aquarius Rising

If you are an Aquarius Rising, your ascendant is a fixed air sign. People may perceive you as an innovator and a little on the eccentric side. You might enjoy experimenting with your appearance, and your connections come to you for your quirky side and willingness to think outside the box. 

Pisces Rising

If you are a Pisces Rising, your moon is a mutable water sign. People may perceive you as having a dream-like quality to you. You are creative and intuitive, and in your connections with others, you bring this sensibility. You might be described as wise or knowing in your relationships with others.


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