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. The ascendant is the first point of the zodiac constellation that was visible on the night you were born.
The ascendant determines what traits you are thought to have. It also affects what professions you are drawn to. If you were born between midnight and 0600 UTC, then your ascendant is said to be in Aries. People with Aries ascendants are described as being courageous and strong-willed, but can be impetuous. They often lead from the front and love a fight.
If you were born between 0600 and 1200 UTC, then your ascendant is said to be in Capricorn. People with Capricorns ascendants are believed to be practical and down-to-earth, but can be hardworking and dedicated. They like to take things slowly and easily get stressed out. They dislike sudden changes in plans or schedules.
People with Aquarius ascendants are considered free-thinking individuals who enjoy making new friends. They are known for their unique sense of style and tend to be early adopters of new technology. Born between 1200 and 1800 UTC, your ascendant is said to be in Pisces.
Your rising sign represents your personality and persona—the aspects of yourself that you display to the outside world. As a result, you may identify with your ascendant more than your sun or moon sign, and others will undoubtedly associate you with your rising sign. For example, someone who is an Aries might say they are "born under the sign of Aries," meaning that they possess all of the traits associated with this zodiac sign.
Rising signs are important because they reveal much about your character. An Aquarius rising sign might see themselves as free-thinking individuals who are unconventional by society's standards. So even though they were born in the same sign as Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, they would not necessarily associate themselves with these people. Instead, they might see themselves as their own person who is different from them.
A Cancer rising to earthy Taurus feels like the right thing to do is coming from within himself/herself. Even though Cancers are known for being loyal and loving, this trait comes from within them and has nothing to do with other people. Taureans on the other hand, want to be seen as reasonable and understanding, so they try hard not to offend others by being disloyal or unkind.
Gemini's are known for being twins, but that doesn't mean they are identical.
Your rising sign is the zodiac sign that was climbing on the horizon when you were born. It is not the same as your sun sign, which is determined by a random selection of dates. It controls over fresh beginnings, appearance, style, independence, and our sense of self-identity as the first house cusp. It is also known as your "new beginning" sign.
The rising sign affects how we feel about ourselves and what makes us happy. It can also influence what type of person we are when we are young and how we are seen by others. There are two main aspects to consider with regard to your rising sign: its physical aspect and its emotional aspect.
In terms of its physical aspect, your rising sign determines what kind of start you make in life. If you were born under the sign Aries, for example, you will be given a new head start every time you rise from bed. The moment you open your eyes, there will be another day ahead of you filled with new opportunities. This constant change of energy is where your sense of independence originates from. You like to think for yourself and be able to decide what role you want to play in life.
Your rising sign also influences what type of person you are when you are young. If you were born under the sign Taurus, for example, you will be shown great kindness and support as you begin to explore the world outside your home.
Because your rising sign is related with the first house of your horoscope, it's all about you. It symbolizes the surface of your personality—what you display the world on a daily basis, such as how an acquaintance would see you. Consider it similar to the cover of your book: it's only the initial impression. Behind this image lies a multitude of thoughts and feelings that make up your character.
Your rising sign also tells us something about where you were born and what part of the world you are from. It is determined by looking at your astrological chart and finding the zodiacal constellation that is closest to the exact time of your birth. For example, if you were born at 3 a.m., the zodiacal constellation Aries would be your rising sign.
Rising signs are important because they reveal much about your core values. For example, an Aries person might believe in taking charge and being aggressive when needed. They might also like to push others away when they need space or time alone. Your rising sign also reveals certain strengths and weaknesses. If you were born with the sun in Aries, for example, you would probably find it easy to talk yourself into or out of things. But because Mars is the rousing planet associated with Aries, you might also have some trouble controlling yourself when angry.
In short, your rising sign tells us about yourself, where you're from, and your core values.