Ascendant (Rising) Sign in Astrology: Explained!

Your ascendant sign, or rising sign, is the zodiac sign that was ascending the eastern horizon at the time you were born. It sets up your birth chart. 

The birth chart is divided into 12 sections of life, and the rising sign is where the first section of your birth chart begins. This part of the birth chart represents your health, your personality, vitality, and even your appearance. 

What Is the Ascendant Sign?

The ascendant sign is the zodiac sign that your ascendant or rising sign is in. Astrologically, the ascendant is the constellation that was rising (or ascending) on the Eastern horizon at the time and location of your birth. 

Energetically, the sign of the ascendant or rising sign is imbued into your energy and therefore, is how you outwardly project to the world in your physical form.

The rising or ascendant sign can also speak to your physical appearance and traits. If the sun is the self or ego and the moon is the heart, the ascendant is the outfit and hairstyle or appearance.


The ascendant depicts your personality and themes related to your sense of self. The ascendant plays a significant role in first impressions and greatly defines the innate energy that one exudes.

Basically, it can speak to your essence or spark. Planets that are located within the first house of your birth chart also add colour and descriptions of your personality and recurring themes you may encounter in your life.

Furthermore, the rising sign can be representative of the physical body. Your ascendant will also give clues about your physical appearance and what gives and depletes your energy.

Learning as much as possible about the ruler of your ascendant can tell you more about yourself. It’s especially important to take into consideration the sign, House position, and other planets that aspect it.