How to Figure Out Your Rising Sign and What It Reveals About You

Just about everyone knows what their zodiac sign is, and plenty of people are pretty proud to rep it.

What most aren't aware of is that we're all actually made up of multiple zodiac signs. While you might be pleased you're a Sagittarius, you might also have a little Cancer, Pisces and Aquarius in you.

Zodiac signs in a wheel on a galaxy background

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As much as we all believe our sun sign is the reason we are who we are, those other signs also play a major role in assembling our personality.

One of the biggest factors of this is our rising (or ascendant) sign.

You're probably wondering what the heck a rising sign even is and how do you find yours, right? Keep scrolling and we'll tell you all about it!

What Is a Rising Sign?

Simply put, your rising sign is the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time you were born. It sounds like a whole bunch of mystical mumbo jumbo, but your rising sign has a large role in how people perceive you. We'll get to that in a sec, though. Let's move on to helping you discover your rising sign.


How Do I Find Mine?

Your sun sign, or the sign you identify as, is based on the day of the month you were born. It's pretty easy to figure out which sign you fall under, because we all know our birthdays… at least, I hope.

Your rising sign is calculated in a much different way. As we mentioned, it's based on the time you were born. We suggest asking your parents when that was, because who knows that off the top of their head?

Once your figure out your hour of birth, you can use THIS rising sign calculator to find yours.

To make things even easier, we've included a handy-dandy chart that'll reveal your rising sign without you really having to do much work.


What Does It Reveal About Me?

Most people equate their personality with that of their sun sign. We all are quick to confirm the traits attributed with our sign to our person.

Your rising sign is actually how others see you. The first time they meet you, they tend to notice the characteristics of your rising sign rather than your sun sign.

Let's say you're a Gemini with a Virgo rising. You may see yourself as a curious and chatty Gemini, but someone who's chatting with you for the first name will likely notice you're more reserved because of your Virgo rising sign. Once they get to know you better, they'll see the Gemini in you. It'll definitely take some time though.

It also explains why we're caught off-guard when someone else describes us. They'll characterize you according to your rising sign, whereas you would label yourself based on the traits of your sun sign.

It's important to note that your rising sign doesn't make you that sign. It's more of a superficial sign that attracts you to others of that sign. So, no, you don't have to start reading your rising and sun sign horoscopes.


Curious to learn even more about yourself? HERE's what your zodiac element is and what it reveals about you.