Astrology 101: What Does Your Ascendant Sign Say About You?

So far we've talked about sun signs and moon signs, but do you know what your ascendant (or rising) sign is? Read on to find out what it says about you!

When people ask you for your “big three,” they are asking for your sun, moon, and rising signs. We have already discussed sun and moon signs, so today we are exploring rising signs! So what does it mean when someone says they are a Pisces rising or a Scorpio rising? Let’s dive deeper!

Our sun signs represent our energy and our moon signs represent our inner self, but our ascendant sign represents how the rest of the world sees us. This is commonly referred to as the “first impression” placement. This is the vibe that we put out. Our rising sign speaks to the traits that we are proud of and want people to notice first. Our rising sign also determines which planet rules our charts. So if you are an Aries ascendant, Mars is your chart ruler.

But how do you find your ascendant sign? It is a bit trickier than finding your sun and moon sign. There are plenty of websites that can help you calculate your rising sign but you have to plug in your birthplace and your exact time of birth. A lot of these sights will give you insight into your other celestial placements as well. But we will discuss that in other articles.

Read on to find out how the world sees you!

Aries Rising

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If your ascendant sign is in passionate Aries, you are seen as a live wire and a busy bee. And to be honest, you perceive yourself that way as well. You like to be the leader of the pack and you are not afraid of a little competition. Your instinctive and adventurous nature makes you dive headfirst into situations without much planning. 

Your chart ruler is Mars.

Taurus Rising

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If you are a Taurus ascendant, you are known for your love of creature comforts. You fancy a more luxurious lifestyle. You love good food and good company. But the people around you don’t think of you as some highfalutin snob. They see you as the host with the most. They know you are always happy to share a meal and a kind word. 

Your chart ruler is Venus.

Gemini Rising


If Gemini is your rising sign, you have the gift of gab and people love hearing your stories. You have a sharp wit, a playful attitude, and legendary dad jokes. You are happy when you are able to make other people happy. Gemini ascendants are also known for their indecisive nature and their chronic compulsion to take on more tasks than they are able to handle. 

Your chart ruler is Mercury.

Cancer Rising


If your ascendant sign is in Cancer, your loved ones definitely see you as the “mom-friend.” You are quite the homebody and you like your living quarters to be a safe space for all who dwell and visit there. You are a sensitive soul and your family and friends know that you will always be there when they need you. 

Your chart ruler is the moon.

Leo Rising

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If you are a Leo ascendant, you are seen as high-spirited and fearless. You bring the party with you wherever you go and you love having all eyes on you. Leo is a fire sign, so you are naturally warm-hearted and altruistic. Because of this, you enjoy expressing your love and generosity through grand gestures. Some people may question your sincerity, but your friends and family know you are genuine. 

Your chart ruler is the sun.

Virgo Rising

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If Virgo is your rising sign, then you come across as no-nonsense to others. You are incredibly detail-oriented and others rely on you — maybe a bit too heavily. Sometimes people perceive you as a stick-in-the-mud, but they know that you will always lend a hand to a friend in need. Virgo is an earth sign, so you are also quite eco-conscious. 

Your chart ruler is Mercury.

Libra Rising


If your ascendant sign is in Libra, your friends and family see you as a social butterfly. You are incredibly diplomatic and like to be seen as the peace-keeper amongst your peers. You strive to garner an atmosphere of harmony around you. In your quest to make everyone else happy, you sometimes forget to set boundaries. 

Your chart ruler is Venus.

Scorpio Rising

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If you are a Scorpio ascendant, you come off as quiet and broody to people who do not know you very well. Others find you mysterious and maybe just a little intimidating. But once people get to know you, they realize that your still waters run deep. Just under the surface, you are bursting with intense passion. 

Your chart rulers are Pluto and Mars.

Sagittarius Rising

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If you are a rising Sagittarian, people find you energetic and entertaining. Your friends and family are captivated by your fun stories and interesting factoids. You are loved for your positive attitude and outspoken nature, but your friends probably wish that you censored yourself from time to time. 

Your chart ruler is Jupiter.

Capricorn Rising

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If your ascendant sign is Capricorn, you are perceived as the most mature one in the zodiac. People think you understand everything and have it all figured out. Like Virgo, you have a no-nonsense attitude and are extremely confident. But underneath that tough exterior lies a sweet and loyal friend. 

Your chart ruler is Saturn.

Aquarius Rising


If you are an Aquarian ascendant, people perceive you as scholarly and intelligent, but they might not see you as particularly emotional when they first meet you. Though you may not give off a warm and fuzzy vibe, people admire your radical dedication to humanitarian efforts. You prefer to express your individualism through your wild aesthetic. 

Your chart rulers are Uranus and Saturn.

Pisces Rising

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If your rising sign is in Pisces, those around you may see you as over-emotional and hyper-sensitive. But don’t let anyone gaslight you into thinking that is a bad thing. You are highly empathetic and care so much about your loved ones. Your preoccupation with being liked can put you at risk of being taken advantage of. 

Your chart rulers are Neptune and Jupiter.

Ophiuchus Rising

If your rising sign is in Ophiuchus, people don’t perceive you… because you are not real!

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