Everything You Need To Know About Your Rising Sign

Updated 07/22/19

If you're anything like us, you've probably downloaded an astrology app (or two) by now. With a single click, you can find out your moon sign, rising sign, and more—but what does it all mean? 

Think of it like this: Your birth chart is like a snapshot of the cosmos at the exact moment you were born. Every planet and point has its own meaning that reveals something unique and special about yourself. The fact that it's personalized to you is the reason it's so accurate, not to mention why you feel so seen when you read the descriptions.

Have you ever tried to guess someone's zodiac sign? If so, odds are you may have picked out their rising instead of their sun! That's because the rising sign represents the face you present to the world. It shines through in your appearance and the first impression you make on others. You'll see echoes of your rising sign in your personal style, as well as the things you're naturally good at. It's more than just your comfort zone—it's your zone of genius.

Also called the ascendant, your rising sign is the most essential part of your birth chart, besides your sun sign. It's the constellation that was rising on the horizon at the moment you were born, hence the name. This sign also marks the beginning of your first house, one of the twelve sections of your star chart. Each house aligns with a different aspect of your life, from love to career and beyond. Since the rising sign sets the stage for how the rest of your chart is broken up, it's extra important.

Knowing your rising sign can give you a huge advantage at just about everything. When you know what unique skills and talents you bring to the table, you can leverage them and make yourself stand out! Whether it's the competitiveness of Aries rising or the kindhearted nature of Cancer rising, you have something special to offer the world. All you have to do is be yourself.

Our favorite rising sign hack? Try reading your horoscope for your rising sign as well as your sun sign! You might find that it's even more spot-on than your solar one. Not sure what your rising sign is? It's easy to find using an online chart calculator like this one or this one. Once you've found it, read on to find out what yours means!

Aries Rising

With hyper-motivated Mars as your ruler, you're always on the move. You have so much energy, you can hardly find enough outlets to channel it! A true champion, you thrive when you challenge yourself through exercise or entrepreneurship. You're at your best when you're the boss, especially when that means you're working for yourself. Independence means everything to you, and there's nothing quite like the freedom that comes with writing your own checks.

It might sound cliche, but nobody can wear red quite like Aries rising, especially a bright lip. Athleisure is your other wardrobe staple, perpetually looking like you're on your way to spin class. Your style is relaxed enough to accommodate your constant motion, but still leaves no doubt who's in charge whenever you walk into the room. 

Taurus Rising

Slow and steady might be your preferred pace, but that doesn't mean you're behind. Instead, you're methodical and deliberate in everything you do because you know quality takes time. With luxurious Venus as your ruler, you have great instincts for beauty and money, which is why so many Taurus-rising people work in art, fashion, or finance. It's all about knowing what things are worth—including your own worth—and you won't settle for less than the right value.

When it comes to style, you put comfort ahead of everything else. You look good when you feel good, adorned with soft fabrics and shapes that you know accentuate your best assets. Thanks to having Venus on your side, you look sensual even when you're not trying. Just be your beautiful self, and the rest will follow!

Gemini Rising

There's no one quite as clever as you, Gemini rising. Mercury, the planet of communication rules you, which makes you an exceptional storyteller no matter the medium. You speak the language of pop culture fluently and often act as a tastemaker for your social circle, and who could blame you? You're as comfortable on the cutting edge as others are on their couches. 

Your style is hard to pin down because you use it as another medium to tell your story. Like a mood ring (which you probably still wear), it reflects the way you feel, from romantic to grunge to buttoned up. But your secret weapon? You have a way with words and can be super persuasive when it suits you. You can use your powers to change people's minds or inspire them to act on causes that matter.

Cancer Rising

With the sensitive moon as your sign's ruler, you're innately tapped into the way other people feel. It's an amazing skill to have if you're in the caring professions, as so many Cancer risings are. Whether it's teaching, nursing, or even being a chef, you know exactly how to make those around you feel at ease. It's not enough for you to just go to work; at the end of the day, you've got to know you made a difference.

No matter how you're feeling on the inside, you want to project an air of serenity to the world. That's why you rely on classic silhouettes and neutral colors when it comes to your wardrobe. You want to wear the clothes, and not have them "wear" you. Simplicity is a priority for you, both in your wardrobe and in your life. Keeping your life running elegantly might not be easy, but you make it look like it is!

Leo Rising

There's no denying when a Leo rising walks into the room! You make everything a performance, whether it's giving a stellar presentation at work or throwing a surprise party for your best friend's birthday. You're comfortable with attention in a way that other people aspire to be, mostly because people always look to you to be the ringleader. Like the sun—your sign's ruler—they just gravitate to you. That's why you shine as much in the entertainment industry as you do in the executive suite.

You love to be seen, which is why your style tends towards bright colors and fresh-off-the-runway looks. Still, it's less about the clothes you wear and more about your overall aura, which is unmistakably bold. You're radiant, and people can't help but take notice. 

Virgo Rising

Thanks to brainy Mercury as your sign's ruler, you're always looking for a smarter way to do things. You're nothing if not efficient, turning your affinity for data analysis into practical advice that can launch you far ahead of your competitors. Even better, you know how to smooth out even the most unruly details, a gift that makes you a skilled editor and researcher. Whether it's predicting upcoming fashion trends or crafting a scientific hypothesis, you always seem to know what's coming up next.

Your style is carefully curated, mostly to keep your life running as seamlessly as possible. You love a capsule wardrobe or style uniform because it gives you more time and energy to pour into your intense passion projects. For you, what you put into your body is far more important than what you put on it. You're an expert when it comes to diet, vitamins, hydration, and getting excellent sleep.

Libra Rising

With relationship planet Venus as your sign's ruler, all you need is love! Networking is your strong suit, and you have a knack for winning people over, no matter how different the two of you may be. Your secret? You see the beauty inside everyone, and it inspires them to do the same. It's an enviable skill to have no matter what your career trajectory. However, it works especially well in fields where building a strong following matters, like social media or politics.

Libra-rising people are known for being especially stylish. You're rarely seen without makeup, but even if you were to go without it, you'd still look stunning. You've got an innate sense of harmony that helps you as much in putting together perfectly balanced outfits as it does in diffusing volatile social situations. Whenever most people are around you, they naturally relax. Anyone else? They're just jealous.

Scorpio Rising

For the Scorpio rising, life is a mystery to be solved. That's because Pluto, your ruling planet, is always looking for the deeper meaning in things. You take nothing at face value and are your happiest when you're digging beneath the surface, taking on the detective role in whatever work you're doing. Your super-powered intuition and commanding presence make you a force to be reckoned with no matter what business you're in. 

Your iconic style has a polarizing effect on people, but one thing's for sure—there's no denying you're an original. Alternately, you prize your privacy and sometimes dress to blend in, big shades and all. People might think they know the real you, but they rarely do. After all, there are few things you love more than keeping people guessing!

Sagittarius Rising

With expansive Jupiter as your sign's ruler, you're an explorer at heart. You love to make connections between disparate things and people, knitting together your experiences with different cultures, philosophies, and ideas into a unique and beautiful whole. It's what makes you such a skilled writer, teacher, and counselor. Your boundless optimism inspires those around you to see the world the way you do: as an adventure to be enjoyed.

When it comes to style, you always look like you're in transit to somewhere exciting. Whether it's a safari jacket, riding boot, or scarf, you know how to travel in style. Your biggest pet peeve? Anything restricting. You prefer to let your hair down and relax in more ways than one! Having the freedom to do what you want, when you want is essential to your wellbeing.

Capricorn Rising

There's nobody quite as driven as you are, Capricorn rising! With responsible Saturn as your sign's ruler, doing whatever it takes to get things done is your default setting. You have a natural instinct for what's profitable and can parlay that into a successful business if you combine it with your penchant for hard work. But the one thing that truly sets you apart? It's your patience. You know deep down that good things come to those who wait and have seen that strategy pay off more times than you can count.

Your go-to look is head-to-toe black, with rugged accents like a leather jacket or boots. Even if you're not going hiking, you're often treading rocky terrain in life and are dressed to match. Minimalism is your preferred style setting, and you look best without too much fuss. 

Aquarius Rising

Thanks to visionary Uranus as your sign's ruler, you're a one-person think tank. Always a step ahead of everyone else, you have an impressive gift for long-term planning that makes you an excellent futurist. Above all, you care deeply about the human condition and feel responsible for making the world a better place, which you do through humanitarian work or working in innovative fields like tech. Alternately, your natural rebellious streak could find its home in media or film.

If there's one defining feature about your look, it's that your style is totally unique. Your features are distinctive and set you apart from the crowd, whether it's rainbow hair or just an impressive bone structure. You're a rock star even without trying, exuding a natural level of cool that most people can only dream of attaining—lucky you!

Pisces Rising

With imaginative Neptune as your sign's ruler, you live your life like it's a fairy tale. A romantic at heart, you're most motivated by music, poetry, and love. You're deeply empathetic and see yourself as a healer, whether through medicine, psychology, or as someone who uses their art to ease the intensity of everyday life. There's a spiritual dimension to everything you do, and you never stop looking for the higher meaning in your experiences.

When it comes to your style, you're a total chameleon. It makes you a natural at acting, where you have to slip into roles and costumes that might be completely different from your typical routine. Whatever you choose to wear, there's a certain softness to it. In both the fabrics and colors you prefer, you want it to be gentle and unobtrusive, letting your soul shine through.

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