Your front door — the rising sign and ascendant sign
The rising sign / ascendant sign meaning
Your rising sign, or ascendant sign can best be described as your front door. It’s the face and attitude that you present to others who you do not know or you’re unacquainted with. It’s akin to a mask.
Some people have bank vault door ascendant signs, like a Scorpio rising. But once you get inside (Sun, moon signs etc.) you are welcomed to a lavish and inviting environment (Libra Sun and moon as an example) . Some people have open and elaborate front doors (air sign ascendant), but have nothing in the house! (Scorpio Sun and moon, with an air ascendant). That’s not to disparage Scorpio or any other sign. My point is that some present an open personality, but then once you know them and are close to them things are different, and the opposite when the signs are reversed. So what you see is not always what you get with people.
Then we deal with the added caveat of planets occupying the first house or conjuncting the ascendant. So some people have pretty doors, open doors, and have a few beware of dog signs because they have Mars, Pluto, the moon in the first house or conjuncting the ascendant. I want to keep things simple here though so we will explore the rising signs only, and in this segment, the first half of the zodiac.
Aries rising / Aries ascendant
This is a very direct, quick to anger person. You might catch this person doing the most cursing at drivers on the way to work in rush hour traffic. Then once they arrive is cool as a fan and friendly with their coworkers. Remember, Aries ascendants have Libra on their descendant. Their Venus rules their house of interpersonal relationships. A Libra individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
The passion of this rising sign may throw folks off if their Sun sign and features reflect a Taurus, or Libra who have a softer, less intense, more amiable appearance and features.
Taurus rising / Taurus ascendant
This is a very calm and easy going rising sign. These people don’t come off as very intense or aggressive. They appear to have a slow boiling huffing and puffing anger, like a bull, from a distance. Their descendant is Scorpio so, this easy going nature really has an intensity and passion when dealing with loved ones. A Scorpio individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
A square jaw and wide grin with shiny white teeth could mislead folks if this person is a double Leo or double Sagittarius for example. They don’t know that this tamed bull is really a wild animal behind the veneer.
Gemini rising / Gemini ascendant
This is one inquisitive rising sign. This is the person who while riding the bus or the subway is talking to the person sitting or standing next to them making small talk. They want to understand other people to build their own understanding of themselves. Sagittarius is on their descendant, their relationships may appear to be odd to friends. Dating someone who appears to not be compatible. A Sagittarius individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
This can be a confusing ascendant for someone who is a double Pisces for instance. These mental exercises of human interaction can be exhausting and cause them to retreat into isolation. People who knew them as this chatterbox person has to learn to accept who this person is.
Cancer rising / Cancer ascendant
This is a cagey rising sign. Water signs are known as “mute” signs. This rising sign might go about its business without saying a single word. But if you look at their expressive eyes you will be able to read into what they’re thinking. Capricorn on their descendant shows an interest in older partners, partners who are established. A Capricorn individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
This person may be the quietest and then loudest person you’ll ever know if they have masculine signs as their Sun and/or moon and they know you well.
Leo rising / Leo ascendant
This rising sign wants to be seen and heard. They want you to know how they’re doing even if you don’t really want to know and tell them that. Their confidence and ego is worn on their sleeve. With Aquarius on their descendant they are actually very concerned with making and maintaining friendships. An Aquarius individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
Once you get to know them, that confident nature might prove to be a show if their Sun and/or Moon are feminine signs.
Virgo rising / Virgo ascendant
This is the person who tries to do everything, it may look like they are frantically moving around in a rush doing 10 things at once. Fidgeting with their phone, their coffee, their cigarette. They see everything wrong with the way the diner they grab breakfast from was remodeled. Virgo rising has Pisces on the descendant, so their really is a sympathetic side they have for loved ones. A Pisces individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
If you can make it past the barrage of questions , critiques and occasional meltdowns , and become a friend or more they may be very calm and easy going.
Libra rising / Libra ascendant
Libra risings will have a smile for everyone they come across moving to and from. This person is amiable and knows their manners and how to make others feel comfortable. They’re skilled at mirroring others so that even if you don’t really know them, it seems like you do. They’re actually pretty demanding in relationships with Aries on their descendant. An Aries individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
Their smile and soft features may be misleading if you find out they have more passionate, emotional signs like Scorpio or Cancer as luminaries.
Scorpio rising / Scorpio ascendant
This rising sign, like Cancer is quiet when facing unknown people. Scorpio’s defensive wall is very thick and everyone who isn’t in their sphere of trust will get a poker face. Their serious face that scrutinizes and observes is good at keeping people they don’t want to know, away. They have Taurus on the descendant so once you know them they are actually open and generous. A Taurus individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility .
This ascendant can really be confusing if you find out they are the most open and talkative person when their luminaries are in masculine signs.
Sagittarius rising / Sagittarius ascendant
Sagittarius risings are enthusiastic and expressive. These people will talk with their hands and like to laugh a lot when their guard is up. Hyperbole is a part of their personality, telling a grandiose story to the person they’re sitting next to on the bus. In relationships, with Gemini on their descendant they actually do have an attention to detail in their relationships. A Gemini individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
This expressive presentation might be very different from the more intimate version of them. With luminaries in earth signs you might find that they are actually very balanced and sober in their dealings.
Capricorn rising / Capricorn ascendant
About business. Even if you’re not in business, people see your straight face and calm demeanor and think you might be. You always appear to be headed somewhere purposefully. Capricorns have Cancer on their descendant and actually love their homes and spending time there with their loved one. A Cancer individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
The serious and rigid appearance melts away when they know you especially if they have lighthearted Sagittarius or Gemini planets as luminaries.
Aquarius rising / Aquarius ascendant
Aquarius rising looks at everyone and treats everyone as equals, and impersonally. Even still there is a lighthearted and friendly demeanor about them. Just don’t disagree with an opinion of theirs. They actually do love the attention from a significant other in a relationship having Leo on their descendant. A Leo individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
The lighthearted presentation might make way for a much more emotional personal life if they have water signs as luminaries.
Pisces rising / Pisces ascendant
This dreamy eyed and sensitive appearing person is rather quiet, drawing both sympathetic people but also predatory individuals. When Pisces risings move about they carry with them an aura of spirituality. They can convince people of many of things with an appealing emotional approach. They are actually more critical and detail oriented than they appear in their relationships with Virgo on the descendant. A Virgo individual may help balance you in relationships very well provided chart and personality compatibility.
Pisces ascendants may appear sensitive but might actually be a roaring beast beyond the appearance especially if they have signs like Aries or Sagittarius as luminaries.
Originally published at astro-chologist.com on April 10, 2016.