Our rising sign can be even more defining in the way our personality develops through time than our sun sign.
It is the Zodiac sign that is rising on the Eastern Horizon on our birth time and it calculated by the exact time and place of birth. If we were born on the cusp of a zodiac sign or if our sun sign is in a weak position (e.g. we were born during night time) the personality traits that are emphasized by our ascendant are more dominant than those that our sun sign highlights.
In this case, we are more defined by our rising sign rather than our actual zodiac sign. Our ascendant represents how our personality has been influenced by our immediate environment and our childhood experiences. All the aspects of our natal chart are affected by the qualities of our rising sign, so it can be like a shell that holds all the hidden aspects of our personality. For more details, read the following article.
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The Ascendant is said to be the mask one wears in public… it is the first impression we make when we meet new people. Often, if you are confused at how others have described you, it is because they are describing this aspect of your personality. The Ascendant takes part in your appearance and personality, going as far as influencing physical characteristics sometimes. The Sign becomes expressed in your image, style and mannerisms. It is also expressed in how you act. Some astrologists theorize that the Sign becomes weaker after a person reaches 30 years of age, as their confidence grows in who they are.
Your Rising Sign appears as the first personality traits you exhibit. It is your autopilot it responds to your environment. Your Sun Sign gradually becomes more noticeable over time. The two Signs will eventually blend, creating an outer layer and an inner layer, enclosing the Moon Sign deep inside.
Like other Signs of the Zodiac, Rising Signs fall into fire, earth, air or water categories. Fire Signs like Aries, Leo and Sagittarius appear energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic. They usually appear friendly and non-critical, and they generally do well with others in social gatherings. Earth Signs like Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo come off as practical and secure. They may appear a bit shy, or cautious and serious. Air Signs like Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are good at communication. They are perceived as sociable and friendly, if a little independent or detached. The Water Signs of Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer are seen as emotional, intuitive and feeling. These people will usually hide their true feelings and feel a need to protect themselves from the world. How they present themselves to the world is done for effect so they do not feel they are at risk…
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