Commonly, Rising, or Ascendant, Sign is known to be a mask we show to the world. I am not satisfied with that interpretation alone; there is more to the Rising/Ascendant Sign than just being a facade. For those who do not know: Rising Sign is the Zodiac Sign that was rising at the Eastern horizon during your birth. Rising Sign changes quickly, so minutes of the birth time matters. Planet Earth's Sign is not considered in astrology, but I believe Rising Sign is the Sign that Earth occupied at the time of our birth.
The Rising Sign marks the First House and the First House corresponds with Aries/Mars. Therefore, having a certain Sign at that point is similar to having Mars in that Sign. In fact, Rising Sign is such a deep part of who we are that we have a difficult time getting an objective perspective on it. Your Ascendant Sign can be obvious to others while you can be completely oblivious to it. It can take time, experience and knowledge to become aware of your Rising Sign. Now, let's take a look at each Rising Sign and what it says about us.
Rising Sign in Aries (Aries Ascendant): This is the most well-fitted Rising Sign, because it's all about self-initiated action. Having Aries here makes you driven and assertive. Dark side: you tend to be unbalanced, uncooperative and uncompromising.
Rising Sign in Taurus (Taurus Ascendant): You are slow and steady. You do not like to rash in anything you do. Dark side: you can be insincere and lazy.
Rising Sign in Gemini (Gemini Ascendant): You are a scattered person, figuratively and/or literally. Making decisions is almost impossible for you. Good side: you can be funny and intelligent.
Rising Sign in Cancer (Cancer Ascendant): You are shy, nurturing and emotional. Family, foundation and home are extremely important things for you. Dark side: you can be constantly grumpy and indirect.
Rising Sign in Leo (Leo Ascendant): You are confident and expressive. You always seek attention, whether you are aware of it or not. Dark side: you can be excessively theatrical and arrogant.
Rising Sign in Virgo (Virgo Ascendant): You are sensitive, intellectual and sensible. Details are your forte. Dark side: you are never satisfied and can be too critical.
Rising Sign in Libra (Libra Ascendant): You are charming and pleasant to be around. You enjoy beautiful things. Dark side: you can be passive-aggressive and a perfectionist.
Rising Sign in Scorpio (Scorpio Ascendant): You are observant, analytical and serious. You like to look beyond surfaces. Dark side: you can be manipulative, volatile and impractical.
Rising Sign in Sagittarius (Sagittarius Ascendant): You are philosophical, optimistic and curious. You like to keep moving towards a better future. Dark side: you can be dogmatic, flighty and verbally insensitive.
Rising Sign in Capricorn (Capricorn Ascendant): You you reliable, stable and mature. You take everything seriously. Dark side: you can be rigid, insensitive and pessimistic.
Rising Sign in Aquarius (Aquarius Ascendant): You are curious, adventurous and intellectual. You are usually concerned with global issues. Dark side: you can be detached, unemotional and unrealistic.
Rising Sign in Pisces (Pisces Ascendant): You are delicate, creative and sympathetic. You like to find meaning in everything. Dark side: you can be flaky, undisciplined and chaotic.
Copyright 2015 Simon Benjamin