You'll need your star sign and the hour you were born to determine your rising sign. Look down the left column of this useful table by Ask the Astrologers for your star sign, and then proceed through to the hour you were born. Once you've found your symbol, scroll down the left column to discover what it represents.
For example, if you're born under the sign Aries, you're a Ram. You can tell by looking at the picture of a ram on the left side of the Aries page. That's you!
Rising signs are important because they indicate a new beginning when something in your life is changing or has changed. For example, if you're a Ram and get married, your wife will be a Moon with whom you have many similarities. However, you also differ in certain ways from every other sign, so your marriage will be different than anyone else's. Rising signs are important because they show us how to navigate these differences. Your rising sign helps you understand why you and your spouse have the relationships you do.
It's also important to note that all stars signs belong to one of three groups: cardinal, fixed, or mutable. Your rising sign tells you which group you fall into, which determines how you interact with others as well as what changes you may experience throughout your life.
Your rising sign is always the sign on the cusp of the first house in your birth chart. This is why it's referred to as a "rising sign," since it was the sign rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. It's impossible to overlook. The Moon is always in this sign, and it lights up the night like no other planet does. Aries may be more excited by new experiences, but Taurus is more interested in material things. Geminis are dualists: they believe there is both mind and matter. Cancerians are sentimental; they feel deeply about those around them. Capricorns are disciplined; they like order and structure. Aquarians are free-thinking; they love diversity and alternative ideas. The point is that every sign has something going for it. It's not just that Aries is a rousing sign; it's also true of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. The whole list is long indeed.
As you can see, your rising sign affects many aspects of your life, from where you live (the first house) to your profession (the second house). It also determines what kind of signs appear in which houses during a natal chart reading. For example, if your Sun is in Aries and your Mars in Capricorn, we could say that you were born with a dominant axis of actionability and durability.
The Increasing Sign Your rising sign, also known as "the ascendant," is the zodiac constellation that falls into your first house. The ascendant determines many important factors about your personality, such as your nature, traits, and preferences. It can also have an impact on something as basic as your daily schedule - whether you are a morning or evening person, for example.
The ascendant constellates include the signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo. While most people have two planets in each of these constellations, others have more, such as three planets in Aries or less than four planets in any one constellation.
In terms of astrology, the ascendant is one of the most important points in a chart. It tells us about a person's general character, their drive and ambition, how self-sufficient they are, and even what kind of ruler they may be under if they have a planet in a major power position. The ascendant lies between the lines of the chart which show where the planets were located at the time of the birth. It is usually determined by where the Sun was located when it crossed the chart from south to north (or west to east) at sunrise on the day of the birth.
Your social personality is determined by your rising sign (also known as your Ascendant). It is the way you seem to people as it pertains to the zodiac sign that was visible on the eastern horizon when you were born. Your rising sign reflects your physical body as well as your external appearance. It is also one of the four main factors in determining your unique personality.
The signs are: Aries, Mars; Taurus, Mercury; Gemini, Venus; Cancer, Moon; Leo, Sun; Virgo, Earth; Libra, Air; Scorpio, Water; Sagittarius, Fire; Capricorn, Stone; Aquarius, Emotion; Pisces, Spirit.
Based on these traits, some astrologers say that your social nature is represented by your first house, which houses your rising sign. Other schools of thought suggest that your social nature is represented by your own planet, Saturn, who rules over Taurus (your rising sign) every year and always brings with him or her problems related to authority. Still others claim that your social nature is reflected in your own element, Earth, because people usually feel most comfortable around those they know best - their family members. Yet other experts say that your social nature is demonstrated by your ability to communicate with others, which is represented by your role as a driver of thoughts. The point is that there are many ways to interpret this factor in an individual's chart.