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The Rising Sign

Posted on December 6, 2015 at 11:35 PM

The Rising Sign, also known as the Ascendant, is usually located on the left hand side of a natal chart like the one below:

In this chart, the Rising sign would be Cancer. This point is also known as the Ascendant. It may be symbolized like this: As or Asc.


Your Rising Sign is basically the portion of the Zodiac that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. This is why professional astrologers will ask you for your time of birth along with date and place. Because the Earth rotates once per day, the Rising Sign changes every two hours.


When it comes to interpretation of personality, the Rising Sign also has a fascinating influence, but in a slightly different way than the Sun sign. The Rising Sign is more like your approach to life. I’m sure you have met people whose personality gives one impression, but the way that they choose to go about living seems in conflict or at least to be slightly different than their way of being. This CAN be a function of the differences between Rising Sign and Sun Sign. Personality, the way you ‘shine’, is Sun Sign. Approach to life, ‘your way of being’, is Rising Sign.


The popularity of Sun Sign to identify with is a very recent phenomenon in ‘popular’ astrology. Before astrology fell out of favor, it was common for people to know what sign they were ‘born under’. This was actually the Rising Sign.


If you were not born at sunrise, then your Rising Sign is most likely different from your Sun Sign. Finding out your Rising Sign can lead to great insight into your own approach to life.


If you are curious about finding out the various planetary signs for your own birth information, you can check out free online programs such as For more in-depth questions and insight, please contact me for an introductory appointment.


Categories: Astrology, Ascendant, Rising Sign