by Elbert Wade, PMAFA - Professional Certified Consultant Astrologer
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WHILE more often than not the individual's general appearance, overt characteristics and outward manner do tend to serve as guides to the ascendant (rising sign or ascending sign), it must be noted these same 'identifiers' can be changed, altered, or modified markedly from the sign-ascending 'type' by planets in the first house and strong aspects to that sector of the chart. Also to be considered are congenital and hereditary factors, and the possibility that the less-experienced astrologer may mistakenly base a judgment on only one or two outstanding characteristics or 'keys' and not accurately evaluate the entire outward 'persona' and other rising-sign indicators.
The following sign-ascending descriptions will be found to be accurate and a usable guide to aid you in determining which sign you/others have as the ascendant.
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ARIES ASCENDING: Since Aries rules the head, it is only natural that those with Aries ascending have a strong desire to 'head up' whatever is dealt with in life. Mars, the ruling planet of Aries, gives the individual drive, ambition, aggressiveness and often a bit of impulsiveness. Aries ascending should guard against lack of follow-through. They are very individualistic and impatient, and may have too many irons in the fire at the same time. The fire sign makes them rather quick-tempered. They may be inclined to blush easily or turn red in the face when angered. However, they tend to cool quickly. They are natural champions of independence and freedom, and are outspoken with most of their opinions. They are capable of quick action and getting things done in a hurry. Red may be a favorite color.
Appearance: Aries ascending tends to better-than-average height, spare body, rather elongated face and neck. The complexion is often ruddy; the hair may be red or 'sandy' in color. The frontal area of the head is usually pronounced. The eyebrows may be heavy and tend to bridge the nose. The forehead can be rather wide and the chin pointed. It is probable there may be scars or marks about the head. In the male, the Adam's apple may protrude more than normal.
TAURUS ASCENDING: Taurus rules the throat. Therefore, it is expected that Taurus ascending would place emphasis on this area of the individual. There may be some talent or at least more than a passing interest in singing and public speaking. The throat also has much to do with the appetites (Venus). There is likely to be an emphasis on satisfying the 'appetites' of the body. These individuals are endowed with great self-reliance, generally are easy-going, but possess a strongly persistent and rather determined nature. Taurus ascending is highly attuned to practical and material matters -- money and their possessions. They are basically kind and loving but inclined to frequent stubbornness, and jealousy. They greatly enjoy the seeking of pleasure. Tempers are not too easily aroused, but they can be violent if pushed too far. They are usually patient and willing to wait for their projects to succeed.
Appearance: Taurus ascending usually gives a solid, hard body of about average height. There is a tendency to plumpness of the torso. Usually, the face is square, the neck rather short and big. There is a general fullness to all the facial and bodily features. The eyes may be prominent or slightly protruding. The hair tends to the lighter shades of brown. The shoulders may be wide and square, chest thick. The nostrils may be flared, especially when they are angry. The hands may be somewhat 'pudgy.'
GEMINI ASCENDING: Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the god of speed. Consequently, Gemini ascending tends to make the native quick and quick-witted. Gemini controls the hands, arms, and nervous system generally; so the individual is likely to be interested in using the hands, as well as the mind. This ascendant gives a probing, curious mind which is constantly on the alert for anything new or different. There is a desire to acquire knowledge and to experiment. The person feels a great need to communicate with others both verbally and with the written word. The native is of a 'dual' nature and may have income from more than one source or pursue two careers at the same time. Gemini ascending should guard against being a "jack-of-all-trades" only and develop more persistence.
Appearance: Normally, Gemini ascending causes the native to be rather slender, erect, and of average or less-than-average height. The legs frequently are 'birdlike.' They seldom have an overweight problem because of their abundant nervous energy. The body is best described as wiry. The arms tend to be rather long and thin; fingers may be likewise. The face seems to be 'double"' -- there may be a cleft in the chin and even tip of the nose, which may be slightly hooked and sometimes reddish. Hair tends to dark brown.
CANCER ASCENDING: Cancer, whose ruler is the Moon, relates to the stomach--the holder and collector of that which sustains life (a point and source of pleasure and comfort). Emotions and inner feelings play a major role in this ascendant's mode of living. There is an acute sensitivity to all persons and conditions nearby. Usually, there is a fertile imagination, sentimentality, and a sympathetic and talkative nature. Typically there is great fondness for the home, mother, and sometimes the father. Cancer ascending tends to give a strongly-emotional nature and extreme sensivity to any criticism. They love the past, the fireside, a good cigar, mom, apple pie, the kitchen, and just about everything that is traditional. With this ascendant, the individual will make a practice of 'collecting' either material things, personalities, and/or emotion-related experiences.
Appearance: Cancer ascendants are often nicely curved. Adults frequently have rather broad hips and tend to put on a bit of weight in that area. Height is normally short to medium. The arms may have a crab-like motion; legs tend to be short and stocky. Feet and hands may be small and delicate. There may be a noticeable undulating gait to the walk. The face is usually round, Moon-shaped, and the profile may be inwardly curved as the Moon appears when not full.
LEO ASCENDING: Leo's ruler is the Sun. In Astrology, the Sun rules the heart and the basic individuality. Leo ascending usually makes for a bright and shining disposition and a strong character. Often there is a magnetic personal appeal that begets admiration, just what Leo wants most! The native is normally good-natured and generous -- sometimes overly so. They are inclined to speak frankly, loudly, and with a flair that stimulates listeners to buy or believe. This ascendant is demonstrative, energetic, and possessed of great energy. There is a strong desire and need to be the center of attention, to 'show off.' The individual is basically good-humored, popular, and of a rather regal disposition. There may be a tendency and desire to 'run' the lives of friends. Generally, these individuals are the 'hand shakers' and 'back slappers' of the zodiac.
Appearance: Leo ascending normally is tall, broad-shouldered, and large of frame. There is a tendency to put on weight after a streamlined youth. Often the hair appears 'sunshine bright.' The smile may be broad and beaming. The brisk walk and carriage is regal -- full of pride and dignity, and may be even pompous at times. On many, the hair grows low and thick on the neck, much as the lion's mane. Everything about the face seems to be 'generous' in size and proportion.
VIRGO ASCENDING: Virgo, like Gemini, is ruled by Mercury, which tends to make the Virgo ascendant also a 'mercurial' (mental) individual. Virgo rules the lower intestinal tract, which assimilates food for the body. Therefore, Virgo ascending is constantly assimilating, evaluating, criticizing 'food' for the mind. There is generally a liking for work but too much worry over any lack of perfection in the work that is done. This ascendant tends to endow the native with a self-critical attitude which tends to modesty and often a feeling of inferiority. The individual is basically conservative, diplomatic, tactful, and somewhat high-strung. There may be a good amount of shrewdness and a strong desire for money. Virgo ascending learns readily and quickly and has a deep desire to tell others how to improve themselves. They are often too inclined to 'tell it like it is.'
Appearance: Virgo ascending tends to average height, average weight, and an angular but solid build. Usually, the shoulders and hips are fairly wide. It may be easy to tack on a few pounds of extra weight. Facial features are typically small but nicely shaped. The nose may be slightly hooked at the end. Complexion tends to be fair and smooth. The bone structure of the face usually makes this ascendant-type quite photogenic. The walk is often smooth and graceful. Generally, the appearance might be described as 'clean-cut.'
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LIBRA ASCENDING: Venus (goddess of beauty) rules the sign Libra. Libra rules the kidneys and lower back. The kidneys, through their elimination of wastes and poisons from the body, tend to maintain balance and harmony. Libra ascending is concerned with 'maintaining balance' in the affairs of mankind. This ascendant typically is a lover of beauty and order, and seeks to bring harmony and balance into their lives and the lives of friends. There is a tendency to 'match-making,' party-giving and party-going. A believer in justice for all. Libra ascending prefers the 'good' life, surrounded with all that is beautiful in color, symmetry, and in proper taste. This ascendant makes for a courteous, pleasant and agreeable person. Sometimes there is a tendency to meddle too much in others' affairs. This person may be the champion of the underdog.
Appearance: Usually, the body is well-formed, inclined to be tall, slender, with a tendency toward stoutness in middle age. The hair is well kept and typically dark or black in color. Because of the Venus influence, many Libra ascendants can be termed 'beautiful' in appearance. Features usually are nicely shaped; teeth may be 'pearly,' lips generous and finely chiseled. Many have naturally curly hair. Usually, there is a pleasant roundness to all features.
SCORPIO ASCENDING: Mars (god of war) along with Pluto, rules Scorpio. Scorpio rules the 'secrets' or organs of reproduction -- and elimination. This rulership gives the Scorpio ascendant an intense drive and desire to produce results -- and do away with whatever stands in the way of this desire. A good ascendant for ultimate success because of the strength, intenseness, drive, determination, and aggressiveness it tends to give. The ambition to succeed is powerful -- sometimes too strong for the individual's own good. Scorpio ascending is tenacious, determined, secretive, penetrating, critical, suspicious, emotional, and often blunt in speech and actions. The native is alert, forceful, and seemingly fond of contest. Purposes and goals are realized if not by subtlety, then by strength of will -- or force if necessary. Luxury is appreciated, but they can be very frugal if it is required to achieve success.
Appearance: The height is usually above average. Scorpio ascending makes for a stout body generally and a face which may seem 'stuffed' or 'puffy.' The eyes may be large and penetrating; they may be the outstanding facial feature. Hair typically is black, thick, coarse -- often curly. The nose may be seen as 'Roman.' Skin might be sallow and somewhat oily. The walk may be quick and 'bouncy.'
SAGITTARIUS ASCENDING: Jupiter (the 'Great Benefic') rules Sagittarius. Sagittarius rules the thighs and hips, which are the prime movers in enabling man to travel afar, to stand, to sit, and to enjoy a full measure of life. This ascendant causes the native to be jovial and hearty, a witty and adept conversationalist -- capable of telling a 'tall' story now and then. These people have a somewhat uncanny ability to meet and become 'old friends' with total strangers quickly, mainly because of their ability to make others feel important. This ascendant likes to travel and likes the great out-of-doors in both a physical and mental sense. There is a strong desire both for freedom of thought and action. They tend to be frank and honest to the letter. They may be inclined to be somewhat impatient and impulsive, which may cause frequent changes of interests. They generally like things done on a grand scale.
Appearance: 'Distinguished looking' is a term which will describe many with Sagittarius ascending. The native may be rather tall and large but not overweight until well past middle age. The face, like Jupiter, tends to be roundish and jovial, somewhat elongated. The teeth may be large and can protrude. The hair is dark in youth but impressively white in later years. There often is a tendency to stamp or scrape the feet.
CAPRICORN ASCENDING: Saturn, the 'Taskmaster,' rules Capricorn. Capricorn rules the knees, which enable man to raise himself to his maximum height but which are also subject to bending quickly and are quite vulnerable to blows and injury. Capricorn ascending inclines the indidividual to a 'Saturnine' personality -- serious, heavy, even grave. There is much practicality, caution, and prudence in most actions. This ascendant is status-and success-oriented and never fails to use whatever/whoever is near as the attempt to climb higher is made. Capricorn ascending is basically an opportunist, constantly striving, frequently failing, but always persisting in the climb to higher levels of achievement. The native may seem cold, even snobbish at times. Sometimes a sense of humor may be so well concealed that very few ever see it in action. This ascendant typically is highly practical.
Appearance: The stature is normally average to slightly less than average. The chest area is usually rather flat; and, the body in general tends toward being lean, except for the legs, which more likely than not will be heavy. Ankles frequently are thick. The facial features may tend to be rather small and sharp or pointed in appearance. Oftentimes the skin and hair will be darker than other members of the same family not having Capricorn ascending. The hair is very dark, often black.
AQUARIUS ASCENDING: Uranus, the planet of 'sudden changes,' rules Aquarius. Aquarius rules the calves and ankles of the legs, which are subject to many changes as man progresses forward and walks -- even on the Moon. Basically, the Aquarius-ascending native is kind, sociable, original, tolerant, generally broadminded about most things, and intellectual. There is much curiosity about and even a delving into the occult and the 'off-beat' areas of life. This ascendant may cause the native to be regarded as eccentric in some ways. Aquarius rising wants attention and admiration from a wide circle of friends. The individual may smile a lot, even when not happy. The general manner is abrupt. There is usually more than a passing interest in a wide-scale reform for the benefit of all mankind.
Appearance: Aquarius ascending often gives what might be termed a 'striking' appearance. Height tends to be average to above. The build is full and square in most respects. The waist may be long. The facial features are usually rather even and might be called 'handsome.' This ascendant probably has an excellent profile. The walk may be sudden and eccentric -- like the thinking processes of this unpredictable native.
PISCES ASCENDING: Neptune, 'king of the deep,' rules Pisces. Pisces rules the feet. Just as the feet are sometimes uncertain which is the next step or which way to turn next, so is Pisces ascending. This ascendant gives the individual a high-voltage nature and a dreamy, imaginative, sensitive, and intellectually-creative personality. Pisces ascending tends to get along well with all types of people until let down or disappointed in one way or another. Secrets are enjoyed. There is generally subtlety and non-aggressiveness in the approach made to others, and to life in general. There may be a strong tendency toward indecisiveness, and they are hard to pin down when faced with the need to decide or to act. Pisces ascending is idealistic, impressionable, apt in detail, and orderly in manner. Feelings run very deep.
Appearance: Pisces ascending tends to be relatively small and well proportioned. They may put on extra weight later in life. Arms and legs usually are short; hands may be small and 'artistic.' This ascendant tends often to give the individual large, dreamy eyes and long, thick lashes. The mouth and lips may be soft and sensitive; the nose small and well formed. There is a tendency toward a double chin, even a triple chin if much overweight. The feet may be unusual in some way.
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