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The rising sign, also known as the ascendant, relates to the zodiac sign that rises on the eastern horizon at the time of our birth. The ascendant is one of the three fundamentals that determine a natal or a birth chart, and it makes up the foundation of an individual’s personality.

While the Moon Sign reflects the inner self, the Ascendant reveals more of the exterior or how people perceive us.

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Meaning of Rising Sign

The rising sign is the zodiac sign that was “rising” on the eastern horizon in the sky at the time of your birth.

Unlike your sun or moon signs, which are determined based on celestial bodies, the rising sign indicates a specific location in your birth chart. It's incredibly important because it sets up all the Houses in your chart. Without it, a birth chart reading would have much less potency.

What Does the Rising Sign Represent?

The rising sign reflects how you present yourself to the world as well as how you accept the world as it presents itself to you. Many people say that it is the “mask” we wear while in public. But it's more receptive than that.

Because the rising sign literally shapes our outer perspective, it speaks on the initial contact we have with our surroundings. It's about how we approach the world based on past experiences and firsthand knowledge.

This sign also dictates how others see you. It represents your personality, first impression on others and physical appearance. So, in this case, it's much less about “hiding” behind a mask and more about “authenticity.” It is the natural representation we give to others without trying. Some might argue that your rising sign symbolizes your truest, most raw self.

With respect to the other two in your “big 3” (sun, moon and rising signs), the rising sign is the upfront impression and outward appearance that others see. Your sun sign is your core identity and ego, and your moon sign is your deep emotional world. If you think about it this way, a stranger would meet your rising sign first, your sun sign second and your moon sign last.

Ascendant vs. Rising Sign

The ascendant and the rising sign are the same thing!

What Determines Your Rising Sign?

The sign that is rising on the horizon changes approximately every two hours. In order to get an accurate read on your rising sign, you need to know your exact birth time. The rising sign set up your entire birth chart.