"your rising sign (or ascendant) reveals the ways in which you present yourself to others, as well as the ways in which you immediately respond to the world around you. as such, it describes the ways in which we project ourselves out into the environment as well as the kinds of experiences we need to have in order to make life meaningful."

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ARIES RISING.

aries is a very strong ascendant. if you were born with aries rising, you are adventurous and pioneering. you like to take on the role of a leader.

as an aries-ascendant person you have strong likes and dislikes and are never shy about expressing them. your dealings are straightforward and honest. you are uncomfortable with lies, fraud, and elaborate deceptions. you will always try to get right to the point, say whatever is on your mind, and see what happens.

there is a contagious enthusiasm about you. you are an activist and doer rather than a thinker. warm, generous, lively, you have a very friendly people-oriented quality. you like to be noticed.

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TAURUS RISING.

there is a steadfastness, a basic calm about a taurus ascendant. if you have taurus rising you tend to be placid and easygoing. you also have charming social manners and a strong artistic bent, for the sign of taurus is ruled by venus, planet of love and esthetics. you want to create beauty and harmony in your life, and many taurus ascendants have a flair for writing, decorating, or composing music.

you may prefer the slow and steady approach to life. taurus is a practical and conservative sign. wherever possible, you will feel most comfortable moving forward in a methodical, systematic way. you are likely to be pragmatic and cautious. your rising sign is not known for its love of change and so, you may tend to avoid trying anything new or untested until you absolutely must. you are likely to seek comfort over risk. accordingly, life is best approached as a series of steps to be taken one by one, with plenty of rest stops along the way.

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GEMINI RISING.

the first impression others receive of you is of someone in constant motion: your hands gesticulate, your eyes dart here and there, your body does not sit still in a chair. restlessness underlies your personality; it is the symptom of your yearning for something that is just beyond your reach. you need change and variety and are often discontent with your present lot. gemini is the sign of duality and this is evident in the lives of gemini ascendants. you can be happy and unhappy at the same time, satisfied yet dissatisfied. of course, this can be said of many people, but in your case you are discontent for a specific reason: you feel you have not lived up to your potential. you sense that there is an experience just over the horizon that will make you feel truly fulfilled, and you resent the strictures that you may think keep you from venturing out to find it.

with gemini rising, you are likely to approach life with a genuine sense of inquisitiveness. you may display curiosity and a desire to understand how people or things work. this ascendant will make you primarily concerned with connection, so that you are driven to master the different modes of communication through which people connect. by nature, you are likely to be versatile and adaptable, with multiple interests and the ability to fit in with whatever life throws your way.

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CANCER RISING.

if you are a cancer rising, you are very sensitive to emotional signals from other people. you have extraordinary insight into human motivation. there is a reserve about you that is sometimes difficult to penetrate, but underneath is a warm, affectionate, loving, and giving nature. you are adaptable to different kinds of people even though you are not liable to make instant friendships. it takes a while for you to let someone get really close.

cancer-rising people tend to moodiness, and others may not always find you in a receptive frame of mind. sometimes you can be crabby and impatient and exhibit a snappish temper. you are touchy, and others have to be careful of what they say lest they hurt your feelings. your sensitivities are so heightened that you sometimes take offense where none was intended.

however, this same sensitivity is what sets you apart from the crowd. you possess great imagination and awareness. many cancer ascendants are extraordinarily gifted as writers, poets, and painters. because you are so
tuned in to the nuances of other people’s motivations, you are able to absorb what others are feeling and thinking. you pick up opinions, thoughts, facts from all around you and, being very clever and practical (as well as visionary), you are able to put all this information to work for you.

with cancer rising, self-realization comes through a sophisticated attunement to the feeling nature. you need to make sense of life through your senses and emotions. you will be gifted with strong intuitions, and even a psychic sensibility. you are likely to be extremely sensitive to the world around you and may need to recognize, and own, emotional realities. this means acknowledging your sensitivity, accepting your strong desire to nurture and support others, and recognizing how this sensitivity may mean that you tend to take on too much from the environment in which you find yourself, or become overly responsible for what others are feeling.

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LEO RISING.

with leo rising, the need to develop power, authority and creative self-expression are necessary in order to gain a sense of individual selfhood. with leo rising, your task in life is to shine! the unique and special ways that you will seek to do this need to be developed and allowed to grow. when found, this describes the area in life where love, admiration, applause and effectiveness will be sought.

there is a strong need to be “somebody” – to feel important and respected. this can lead to great confidence and warmth as you share your generous heart with others, or a tendency toward affectation and extravagance which belies an underlying insecurity. you are likely to need a lot of attention and approval from others, so you may as well be honest and admit it. the need to emerge as an individual in one’s own right is paramount. there are extraordinary opportunities for creativity and love here that need an outlet. following your heart and your passions will help you bring these gifts to the fore. once you are operating from your passion and spontaneity you can become a great source of fun, inspiration and leadership.

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VIRGO RISING.

with virgo rising, you are likely to approach the world via mental analysis, and the need for organization. you are likely to have experiences which tend toward critical discernment, self-criticism, and the need to find practical outlets for your skills, talents and abilities. typically humble and at times self-effacing, you can be more concerned with being useful than being recognized. there is a need to be productive – to be of service somehow – and your chosen career field will often be the arena in which you come to experience these lessons.

you are likely to be practical, capable and dexterous, and can easily draw upon these skills. you may be very good with facts, figures and details. you may also be quite self-critical because of early childhood experiences, and need to learn to identify and appreciate your talents.

you are usually willing to assist and be of service to others, being hardworking, conscientious and studious. nonetheless, you are likely to be a bit on hard on yourself, with a tendency to worry. if you do not perform your tasks to your own standards of perfection you can be very self-critical, and the recriminations may go on for days. your tendency to worry may undermine your nervous system, and changes, especially at work can take a heavy toll. cleanliness and order are often very important, as is the need to be systematic. the use of the mind, as well as the practical expression of mental energy, is most important.

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LIBRA RISING.

libra is a pleasing and harmonious ascendant. if you have libra rising, you have natural charm, grace, and poise. you are extremely social-minded and take pleasure in being with other people in a convivial atmosphere.

no matter what disappointments today may bring, rising-librans fantasize happy tomorrows and look forward to living them.

you are born with a great sense of fairness, and nothing angers you more than to see injustice go uncorrected. you are deeply upset by cruelty, violence, bloodshed, strife. to you, life should be serene and content, but it must, above all, be fair.

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SCORPIO RISING.

if you were born with scorpio ascending, you put the whole force of your personality behind everything you do. you are not a halfway person. rising-scorpios have an intensity, a dynamism that seethes and roils under the surface. your willpower and determination are formidable.

though you are sometimes viewed as a lone wolf, you do have an ability to work with people—actually, to lead people. you are strongly persuasive and zealously pursue your goals, and in addition have the power to make others pursue the same goals.

clever, creative, and resourceful, your fertile mind seems to be an inexhaustible source of ideas and suggestions. your brain behind your cool facade is always ticking away. one of the things you must do is find out how something works, to dissect it, study it, and put it back together so that it works better. this is also true in artistic terms; you can do great visionary work if you have scorpio rising in your chart,

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SAGITTARIUS RISING.

a sagittarius ascendant favors independence and freedom. you cannot bear to be stifled by outmoded ideas or difficult lovers or tedious work. you are progressive, full of optimism about the future. you are also restless in spirit, anxious to get on with the business of living, ready to accept a new challenge.

sagittarius ascendants are basically humanitarians, idealists who care deeply about injustice. on a personal level, you are honest and generous to others and easily wounded when confronted with selfishness or thoughtless cruelty.

you have a knack for making friends, for you are very open to new people and new ideas. you enjoy a spirited discussion, an exchange of opinion. (rising-sagittarians have a reputation for frankness: other people always know where they stand with you.) you are interested in research, blessed with imagination, foresight, and clear thinking.

you like to travel, see new places, learn how the rest of the world lives. usually you tend to read a great deal, watch the news, subscribe to periodicals, plug into the latest information on the computer, talk about current events with friends. you prefer the simple life, with not too many trappings or obligations. you like money, but your real appreciation is for the independence it affords. you fear that if you take success too seriously, life will become boring.

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CAPRICORN RISING.

if you have capricorn ascending, you tend to have a serious turn of mind. one would not call you melancholy, but you certainly aren’t frivolous. cautious in your dealings, you are reluctant to commit yourself until you know the score. with strangers you are often quiet, reserved, perhaps a bit shy. but once you open up you can be lively, friendly, warm, and expressive.

capricorn ascendants have strong personalities, possess great willpower and determination, and diligently pursue their goals. these goals are usually for a better life—money, status, a higher standing in the community for your family. it’s important to you to feel that your life is meaningful. you have self-esteem and are reliable, dependable, and stable. sometimes, though, you will strive toward a goal and when you achieve it will still not be happy. you have a sense that something is missing, and you continue your search.

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AQUARIUS RISING.

with aquarius rising, a clearer sense of individuality is gained by stepping back and learning to look at life from an objective position. such a detached perspective allows for a clear and logical assessment of the situations around you, and at times, lightning fast resolution of issues. your awareness of group and social dynamics becomes paramount for your overall expression, and this may override purely personal concerns.

if aquarius is on your ascendant, then you may be ideally suited to working with large groups of people, especially large organizations or groups that have concerns of a humanitarian nature at heart. you may also be drawn to arenas of science; politics or humanitarian endeavours, and have a strong social conscience. often very adaptable to scientific innovation, you can take up the new easily and working with advances in technology, or in telecommunications can also be highlighted.

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PISCES RISING.

if you were born with pisces rising, you carry within yourself a strong artistic gift that must sooner or later find expression. you have an active fantasy life and a pronounced romantic outlook. you want life to be perfect and since it isn’t, you choose not to see what you don’t want to see. often you feel you were born at the wrong time in the wrong place, and you are strongly drawn to the past.

basically, you have a dauntless goodwill toward others. you tend to be very sociable, fond of entertaining, and enjoy the warmth of companionship. at parties rising-pisceans are vivacious and verbal (sometimes you talk too much); you enjoy performing in front of a group. a talent for mimicry makes many pisces ascendants turn to the theater.

the word sentimental comes to mind when describing you. your tender feelings are easily moved by sad stories, lost animals, unhappy human beings. your personality is also changeable, at times moody and distressed. worry and imagined fears overtake and sometimes overcome you.

in your private life you tend to be disorganized, a bit careless, the kind who is forever losing or misplacing belongings. in work, however, you are knowledgeable and creative and can be quite disciplined when working within a group, especially in artistic projects. you are also successful in occupations that involve writing and travel.

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