Here's what your rising - or ascendant - sign is, and why it matters

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Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK

Most of us know our own and our friends’ star signs aka sun signs. It’s how we all make passive aggressive judgments, while bigging ourselves up, via zodiac memes on Instagram, right? We also know what our moon signs are. But did you realise you also have an equally important RISING SIGN?

Your rising sign is the planetary influence which was rising, i.e. on the Eastern horizon, when you were born. It typically reflects how others see you IRL, and can predict your gut, spontaneous reactions to stuff. It is, also, alas, another potential personality malfunction to consider.

Rising sign calculator

Look at the left of the below chart to find the time you were born, and trace along to the column for your star sign (signs are shown along the top). Then use the key at the bottom to work out what your rising sign is.

Photo credit: Kerry Ward
Photo credit: Kerry Ward

What does it mean if your rising sign is…

ARIES

You’re pathologically competitive. You will argue about anything, even about whether you are actually arguing or not. Your friends avoid playing any type of game with you, but still love hanging out, because you can also be warm and funny.

TAURUS

You come off like a swan - all calm and even a bit snoozy on the surface, but it’s ALL going off underneath. You love snacking, shopping, napping and staying in (eating takeaway whilst online shopping in bed is a dream combo).

GEMINI

People say they can’t tell if you like them or hate them. It’s real hard to decipher, and the answer will probably surprise them (maybe you too, because you change your mind so often). You are also super sarcastic, but damned funny.

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CANCER

People are always telling you their life story and airing all kinds of hidden secrets. It’s a gift, really. You’ve just got a therapist-way about you that makes you feel safe and knowing. Yup, that empath vibe is a Cancer rising thing.

LEO

This is how your circle might experience you: hugs all round, decides what the squad is doing and when, buys everyone dinner, shouts at people who have been mean to squad members, disappears, calls in the middle of the night with major drama, cries, disappears, returns with a gift, hugs all round… REPEAT.

VIRGO

You are precise, punctual, organised and sophisticated, and people like being in your soothing, predictable and calm company. You get invited to everything because you’re an ideal guest or companion. You avoid conflict and promote the benefits of a well-run plan of action.

LIBRA

Everyone knows NEVER EVER to ask you to make a decision quickly. You are the Olympic Champion of procrastination. Ever wondered why people just seem to TELL you what’s going to happen, vs asking? Yup.

SCORPIO

You project a kinda’ scary ~do not mess with me~ vibe, but your Scorpio rising sign is actually like wearing your own psychic cloak of protection. Those that get through find out you’re all warm and cuddly underneath. But they’d better not mess.

SAGITTARIUS

Sometimes you run your mouth. In fact, replace ‘sometimes’ with ‘often’. You have zero filter when it comes to blurting out what you’re thinking, or what everyone else is thinking (but not saying). You get away with it because none of your outbursts are malicious (just ill-timed).

CAPRICORN

Appearances matter enormously to you, and you take great care over what you wear, say, do and project. You’re the squad analyst and sounding board. You are earnest and serious, but you have a secret wickedly dark and devilish sense of humour.

AQUARIUS

You’re like the wild eccentric of the squad, away with the fairies, flying in outer space, drifting through the cosmos on a vibe of imagination and blue sky thinking. You’re unpredictable and interesting, and you always stick up for others.

PISCES

You are empathetic and kind, taking on the woes and troubles of everyone around you. So much so, you’re often to be found crying quietly in a corner. The world can be a cruel place for a compassionate Pisces rising. Protect yourself, my friend.

* For more professional tarot readings, visit Kerry's TarotBella page



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