The Rising Sign or the Ascendant is the sign of the zodiac that was on the horizon when you were born. You need to know your birthdate, time and place to calculate your chart - and for the Rising Sign, your time of birth is especially important. A wrong birth time can possibly change your Rising Sign.
The Rising Sign indicates how people see you when they first meet you - your overall appearance and manner. It can also indicate what type of childhood you had.
I have Leo rising. For those of us with Leo Rising, our appearance is that of Leo the Lion - theatrical, regal (ahem!), dramatic and lion-like even down to the wild and out of control lion's mane of hair.... which is what I sometimes have. Did I say sometimes? I meant usually. No matter how much "product" I put in my hair, it seems to have a theatrical mind of its own - the crazier the better!
Calculate your Ascendant by using this handy chart -
ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20) - Aries ascendants have a bold and brash appearance. Very "ram-like" with high foreheads and direct eyes. These folks seem to say, "Don't mess with me".
TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21) - Taurus rising gives a bullish appearance. Calm but stubborn with a strong neck and shoulders. Well defined features and eyes that are kind.
GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21) - Gemini ascendants are known by their sharp and streamline appearance. Almost wirey, they give off nervous energy with piercing eyes and a wide mouth.
CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23) - Cancer, ruled by the moon, impacts appearances with a moon-like face that is round and soft. These folks exude emotional warmth and often have full lips and caring eyes.
LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23) - Leo rising is best indicated by a full "mane" of hair that might be uncontrollable. There may also be a prideful manner in their look and bearing and maybe a bit of drama.
VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23) - People with Virgo rising look fairly conservative in appearance with a no nonsense air. But because Virgo is also an earth sign, there is an overall warmth.
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23) - Those with Libra rising are said to be very attractive with beautiful, symmetrical features and a graceful manner.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22) - Scorpio rising has an intense and passionate appearance with deep penetrating eyes and a sensual mouth. Even your hair is luxurious.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22) - Sagittarius rising may have a horselike appearance - long face and graceful hair. They exude a curiosity and openness and may have a good hearty laugh.
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20) - People with Capricorn rising have a very "buttoned up" appearance. Conservative dress, graceful composed manner and elegant taste.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19) - Aquarius ascendents may have an unusual, arty or worldy appearance. Bold, uncompromisng and smart, they appear to be open to anything.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20) - Piscean rising signs have an otherworldly look to them. Spiritual, with flowing scarves or hair. Their faces are kind and almost angelic.
There is a lot to learn about your ascendant sign. Here are some interesting books on the subject..