Your rising sign, also known as the ascendant, is decided not only by the day, month, and year of your birth, but also by the exact hour of your birth. The rising sign denotes the beginning of a horoscope. At the time of your birth, it is located on the eastern horizon (dawn). Because the earth's axis tilts at an angle of 23.5 degrees away from the vertical, there are 24 hours in a day, but only 12 of them are dark. During a part of this period we call "daylight saving time", people will be able to see into the night sky for some time after midnight. This is when they can observe the rising of their planet Earth above the tree line.
The hour of your birth determines which half of the sky will be light vs. which half will be dark. If you were born during daylight savings time, then one hour of your birth would be equal to two hours during standard time. So if you were born at 4:00 am, then your rising sign would be Virgo because it sits between Gemini and Sagittarius. If you were born at 3:00 am, then your rising sign would be Capricorn because it sits between Aquarius and Pisces.
In order to figure out your rising sign, first determine the hour of birth. Do this by looking at the clock or using a digital clock that displays the date as well as time. Then count back three hours from the actual time of birth.
Your ascendant, also known as your rising sign, is always the sign that controls the first house of your zodiac chart (which is where your chart begins). The ascendant is determined by which part of the sky you see when you look up at the night sky. It can be either the east or the west.
The sun is currently in the constellation Taurus which is located to the east of Gemini (your ascendant). So your ascendant is the east.
Ascendants change over time as you go through life. At birth, you have what's called a "Western Ascendant." This means that when you look up at the night sky, it appears that the Ascendant is pointing west. As you become more familiar with the heavens, however, you will notice that your Ascendant always points toward the east, even if you are looking up at the night sky from the west. This is because the Earth itself is rotating around its axis every day, so regardless of where you are on Earth, you are still seeing everything that rises over the eastern horizon from below the horizon over six hours later.
In terms of astrology, your ascendant determines many things about yourself and your life.
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 "a proud Aries," while someone who is connected to their Moon would say they are "a shy Moon."
The signs of the Zodiac are not the only ones used in astrology. There are also planets that rise above the horizon at dawn and set at dusk, such as Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter. These planets are known as "wandering" or "stationary" stars because they don't stay fixed in one place but rather wander across the sky from west to east following Earth's rotation. The reason these planets are considered important in astrology is because when they appear in each person's chart it can reveal information about that person's character, motivation, and ability to interact with other people and circumstances in their lives.
Each planet has its own unique qualities and traits which influence how it interacts with other things in our solar system and in turn how it affects us. For example, Mars is known for being the "red planet" and being the leading planet in terms of size between Earth and Uranus. It is also said to be the planet of war and violence.
You may identify your rising sign (or ascendant) without a birth time if you are willing to perform some detective work. The Rising Sign or Ascendant defines what others know the most about you—what truly jumps out—even if it isn't the true you! Your rising sign is determined by which of the twelve signs of the Zodiac is in the highest position when you were born. The Moon, Sun, Mars, and Jupiter all have an impact on who rises when, but they aren't the only factors involved. Your rising sign also depends on when you were born within the range of January 1 to December 31. For example, someone born on February 29 in a year that has an Leo rising sign will have Leo as their rising sign.
Your rising sign never changes throughout your life. It remains the same sign that was rising at your birth, even if you move between planets during your lifetime. For example, if you were born with the Sun in the first house and become fixed to the Earth later in life, your Sun sign will still be Leos despite being attached to the ground for many years.
Your rising sign is one piece of the chart that everyone sees at a glance, so it's useful for identifying traits such as behaviors, preferences, and areas of interest. You can use this information to better understand yourself and other people. A person with the same rising sign as you would share many of your interests and problems.
The area of appearance is best understood through our rising (also known as ascending) signs. Your rising sign is the zodiac sign that was ascending on the horizon when you were born. However, in the context of astrology, appearance is best understood through the ascendant or rising sign. So, although your rising sign affects where you are born, it is the ascendant which determines how you appear.
Here are some generalizations about rising signs and their influence on appearance:
Those with rousing signs (Aquarians, Air-breathing animals, and Angels) tend to be visionary and creative. They also have a strong sense of self-expression and like to take charge of situations. On the other hand, those with wanning signs (Cancerians, Scorpions, and Tails) are more emotional and sensitive than their daily signs would suggest. They also need time alone sometimes. Rising signs are known for their ambition and desire to succeed, while descending signs are known for their humility and love for others.
As you can see, your rising sign influences your personality but not your essence. Your essence is who you truly are deep down inside no matter what sign you were born under. Your personality is shaped by the energies of the planets as well as your own personal karma.