The Mask that is your Ascendant or Rising Sign
The rising sign or ascendant as it is a known astrologically as the mask you assume when dealing with the world around you. It is a thin veil that separates you from everything else. Nonetheless, it is based upon early childhood factors, environmental upbringing and to a large extent your genetic make-up. This projection of self to the world is woven into an intricate tapestry using all these different threads.
The Sun, Moon and rising sign all have a part to play in shaping your character. These three factors of the Sun, Moon and rising sign are the astrological tripod of your personality. The Sun is your willpower and essential character type according to your star sign at birth. The Moon represents the instinctive and often, hidden areas of your nature. This is why the unconscious attachment to the rising sign can be spiritually detrimental. Your level of awareness may be deduced from the position of the Moon, the Sun and the ruler of your rising sign. Harmonious or challenging aspects and planetary dignities are also studied to fine-tune the results.
The primary understanding is that the projection of yourself ( the mask ) in the world, on a day-to-day basis is a fabrication. This insight is the beginning of true self-understanding. For the most part, people are caricatures of themselves and believe they are the personality which inhabits a physical body. With the dawning of understanding and the use of astrological insights you are pointed in the direction of your spiritual nature. You will come to see the mask or rising sign as a limitation of who you really are.
The Zodiac sign which is rising at the time of your birth will reveal much about the mask and your interaction with the world around you. This rising sign also has a great deal of relevance to other areas of your life including your physical body, your luck and, according to some astrologers, your career and destiny.
The earth is spinning on its axis and every 2 hours or so if you take a look at the eastern horizon of any location one or other of the 12 signs of the zodiac will be rising. This precise point is known in astrological terms as the Ascendant or rising sign.
According to astrologers the rising sign is pivotal to an understanding of the horoscope and the personality of an individual because it reflects what an individual presents to the world around him. Many astrologers refer to this as “the mask” we assume.
The Sun is our basic willpower, the Moon our emotional or instinctive responses, however, the mask is what we prefer the world to see and what we project to our environment. And that is why it is so important to study this point in the horoscope because often we get caught up in the appearance rather than the reality of what is.
A person may have the rising sign of Aries which is considered energetic, full of self-confidence and impatience. Yet the Sun sign may be the sensitive Cancer. In this case we may completely overlook the true motivation or character of the person in favour of what is superficially presented to the world around them.
In this instance, the person may not necessarily be as outgoing and confident as we would assume but would be projecting this almost as a means of overcompensating for oversensitivity, past hurts which could be rooted in childhood mistrust or abandonment.
You would need to look at many other factors to draw that conclusion but I think you understand that what I am saying here is that the rising sign presents a very different picture about the person to what they may actually be.
The sign of the Zodiac which represents the rising sign is of course important but we must need to also look at other factors that colour this fact. What are those factors? Well, each rising sign has a ruling planet and its essential to study the placement of that planet.
In the instance that we are looking at here with the rising sign of Aries, Mars, the ruling planet, can be in any other side of the Zodiac. If it was located in Capricorn, this is considered the most powerful point or what is known as exaltation. Mars with function it is best and is Capricorn is the 10th house from Aries that would indicate a powerful professional drive and a desire to be well known and recognised for one’s talents.
On the other hand, if the same Mars for the rising sign of Aries was to be found in the sign of Cancer, this would weaken Mars as Cancer is the debilitation sign for it. As you can see would have diametrically opposing drives yet with the same rising sign.
As well is looking to the placement of the ruling planet of the rising sign one must look at the aspects to the rising sign and the ruler of the rising sign. Difficult aspects will challenge the person with an opposite result if favourable aspects predominated.
Then, of course, there is the issue of the nature of the planets involved in those aspects. Friendly planets will be supportive whereas on friendly ones will challenge and possibly produce failure. As you can see the typical year market Sun sign astrology is only scratching the surface and it is imperative that the rising sign be calculated for more accurate details about your personality, future and destiny.
Know more about the ASCENDANT OR RISING SIGN.
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ARIES ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Your zodiac birth sign of Aries represents new beginnings, the commencement of things, youth and exuberant energy, which is why Aries-born individuals are always so full of spirit and such high energy levels.
TAURUS ASCENDANT - Read HERE
You’re born with the earthy sign of Taurus rising in the east. This particular Venus ruled earth sign is considered fixed, which means that you persevere in anything you begin.
GEMINI ASCENDANT - Read HERE
If you’re born under Gemini you have a tendency to talk a lot but for the most part, I’ve found that people under your star sign are quite interesting, if not highly intelligent and always have something extremely interesting to say.
CANCER ASCENDANT - Read HERE
You were born under Cancer, the 4th sign of the zodiac, indicating sensitivity, motherhood and emotional warmth. Your sign is not an easy one to understand and this has much to do with the fact that the waxing and waning Moon is your ruling planet.
LEO ASCENDANT - Read HERE
The power of the Sun is at the heart of your personality Leo and as your ruling planet makes you shine so brightly in life. You therefore reflect these very traits of star which is at the core of our solar system.
VIRGO ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Being born under the sign of Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac endows you with a highly developed sense of perfection and coupled with an analytical mind can drive others in your orb absolutely crazy.
LIBRA ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Libra is a movable air sign, and this makes you a thinker, with above average intellect and you possess large amounts of creativity. You are quick to catch on to new ideas, grasp a concept that others are still struggling with, and can produce unusual or original things with your marvelous imagination.
SCORPIO ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Scorpio is a fixed water or icy sign, the eighth sign of the zodiac and is rising at your birth. You have received some pretty bad press Scorpio and are probably the most misunderstood sign.
SAGITTARIUS ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Sagittarius, the archer, is the ninth sign of the zodiac and a mutable fire sign, ruled by jovial Jupiter. Fire can alter substances, and similarly, Sagittarians can transform negative situations into positive ones with their optimism.
CAPRICORN ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to the oldest and most valuable tree in the forest. You are sure-footed and thoroughly practical and in the end, the Capricorn goat always reaches the heights, beating others who are faster but less determined.
AQUARIUS ASCENDANT - Read HERE
They say Aquarians are the individuals of the zodiac. They choose to think and sometimes even behave very differently to everyone else. Uranus, the dazzling and progressive planet, rules you.
PISCES ASCENDANT - Read HERE
Pisces is the mutable water sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to a warm, turquoise lagoon, twinkling in the sunshine or to a strong ocean current rising from the depth to break over a rocky shore.
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