The ascendant, or rising sign, is determined by the moment of birth. These two critical points move at breakneck speed, completing a full cycle across all 12 signs of the Zodiac every 24 hours. Thus, the moment of birth has a profound effect on a person's entire life.
The type of chart that we construct for each individual reveals much about our client's personality and character. A personal chart will show the planets located in each of the twelve houses as well as which house is dominant. From this we can determine what aspects of ourselves are being shown to us by examining which planets are involved in each relationship.
For example, if Saturn is involved, we can assume that this trait is one of discipline and responsibility that we must learn to live with. If Jupiter is involved, we can assume that this trait is one of good fortune and opportunity that we should try to make the most of. And so on. The Ascendant determines where we were born, so it is no surprise that this point also affects everything else about our charts. Birth time is important!
Here's an example of a person who was born at 11:00 AM: The Ascendant is located at 22 degrees Sagittarius in the 1st House. This means that the person will have traits of both Sagittarius and Scorpio.
The Ascendant, or the highest point in the chart, describes your most natural expression, outward projection, who you are in the world, your outward personality, or the mask you wear. The Midheaven, or the highest point in the chart, describes your most natural expression, outward projection, who you are in the world, your outward personality, or the mask you wear. It is the filter through which your life events are processed. The Imum Coeli, or the lowest point in the chart, describes your most hidden aspect, what is known as your "dark side", not always visible to the world. It is here that you will find all that is negative, weak, and untrustworthy in your nature. The IC is also where all things bad luck or misfortune may be found.
The planet that occupies this position is the Ascendant Planet. It is the planet that rules your birth chart's Ascendant constellation. This planet determines your unique expression of self, according to the role it plays with other planets in your chart. It is also the planet that filters the events that happen to you throughout your lifetime. The Ascendant Planet is always a major planet, but some planets may rise higher than the Midheaven while others may fall even further below the Imum Coeli. In addition to being a major planet, it must also be able to show up on your natal chart. All planets except for the Sun and Moon can be found in someone's chart, although some charts are more full of planets than others.
The ruler of the Ascendant constellation is called the Rising Sign.
All you need to know is your birth date, as well as the location and time of your birth. You can't get that last bit correctly since rising indicators change every two hours. (Yes, you'll have to call your parents to find out the precise hour you were born.) The next best thing is to consider your sun sign. Your sun sign is based on where you were born: If you were born during the midnight sky, you're a Virgo; if it was around 3 a.m., you're a Pisces.
Your sun sign remains the same throughout your life, except that it changes when you are born again. For example, if you were born on January 1st at 12:01 a.m., you would be a Capricorn (your sun sign based on where you were born). However, if you were born on December 31st at 11:59 p.m., you would still be a Capricorn (the previous year's sun sign becomes your new sun sign), but you would also be a Cancer (for the following year) as well.
Since your rising indicator changes every two hours, there are actually two different rising signs every day. So, which one is correct? It depends on what part of the world you are in. If you are living in the United States, then both your Capricorn rising sign and your Cancer rising sign are correct.
If you don't know the time you were born, use 12:00 p.m. (noon) and the place where you were born. The Rising Sign is the sign that falls on the cusp of the first house in your personal horoscope. This is your public face, how people perceive you, and your astrological mask. The Rising Sign is important because it reveals much about your character. For example, if you are a Taurus who finds Venus in Aries, you may be inclined to act before thinking through the consequences of your actions. You also have the habit of making hasty decisions without considering all the factors involved.
There are two methods for determining your rising sign. You can look at your chart using both methods or just one. They are called the natural method and the mathematical method. In either case, you will need your birth date, time, and location. If you were born after midnight, then add 12 hours to your birth time. All children born at the same time in the same place have the same rising sign, so there's no need to distinguish between them.
Using the Natural Method: Find the position of the sun at your birth time and place and note which sign rises with it. This is your rising sign according to the natural method. Note that this method is not accurate enough for professional astrology applications.
Your Zodiac Sign is determined by your birth date and time. The zodiac is a map of the heavens at the time of your birth. It shows where the planets were in relation to one another and how they affect you individually.
Your Zodiac Sign is the part of the chart that determines your personality traits, habits, and preferences. It outlines how the planets interact with your sun sign to shape who you are. Your Zodiac Sign remains constant throughout your life; it does not change no matter when you see it reflected in the stars.
The zodiac signs are: Aries, Ram; Taurus, Bull; Geminis, Twins; Cancer, Crab; Leo, Lion; Virgo, Virgin; Libra, Scales; Scorpio, Scorpion; Sagittarius, Archer; Capricorn, Goat; Aquarius, Water Bearer; Pisces, Fish.
Your birthday determines what planet is dominant in your chart. This planet influences you most like all the others because it's the only one fixed in position. It also has the greatest impact on your life.