Learn about your sign. Your real sign.
You knew when I proposed my astro syllabus project, I’d start here.
Everyone who plays around with astrology in 2022 is familiar with what’s known as their “Big Three,” their Sun, Moon, and Rising signs. They are, indeed, the big jokers of modern astrology and reveal a lot about our personalities, emotional needs, and paradoxes—as anyone with their Big Three in one element (“Ugh. I’m all air!) or with placements in conflicting elements (Fire Rising, water Moon here) will tell you.
I find that of the Big Three, the Rising seems easiest to dismiss. When we talk of our Big Three, we list the Rising last. “But, that’s just my Rising,” people say, as if this aspect of their natal chart is irrelevant to their day-to-day existence.
The truth is quite the opposite: the Rising sign is the most relevant to your daily life, whether or not you resonate or identify with it.
So you want to know your sign?
Well, if you were asking an ancient astrologer, they would direct you to your rising. Also known as “the ascendant” and the First House of the natal chart, your rising sign is the most “you” part of astrology.
If you’re like most astrology consumers, you’ve been taught to identify with your Sun, and for an array of complicated reasons, you may or may not “vibe” more with your Sun placement.
But astrology isn’t based on vibes, what “resonates,” or what we’d like to call ourselves. A natal chart is more than a map of an esoteric soul, it’s a map of our lives—the material and immaterial—and that life began not when the Sun entered whatever sign you were born under, but the moment you were born. That moment exists in your Rising sign.
You “hate” your rising, you say? You feel more like your Sun and I’ll have to pry it from your cold, dead hands?
I’d like to help you reframe that.
With this list of resources, I want to show you:
- why you should embrace the rising sign as the “you” in your chart.
- how reading horoscopes for your rising sign brings astrology down to earth—better describing the events of your day-to-day life.
- how to understand the pure energy of the signs, beyond how they’re influenced by the sun.
101 – The Basics
“The Importance of Your Rising Sign” | My Third House Life [ARTICLE + VIDEO]
“Your Ascendant: The Mask You Wear“| Kelly Surtees [VIDEO]
“The First House” | Dana Gerhardt [ARTICLE]
“Should I Read My Horoscope for My Sun Sign of Ascendant/Rising Sign” | Chris Brennan [VIDEO]
102 – Reframing the Signs of the Zodiac
Now that you’re curious about the ascendant, you want to know what that means for you, which means diving into your rising sign.
A big problem with signs as we know them: the most popular descriptions of signs are based on how the Sun behaves in that sign.
We associate signs with personality traits instead of understanding them as environments that determine how planets will behave. For example, the Sun may struggle with decision making in Libra, because the Sun wants to assert itself while Libra considers the other. But take a planet like Mercury, which is responsible for communication and relaying messages, and it does well in a sign that focuses on “the other,” allowing Mercury in Libra natives to have an elegant, tactful flair for communication.
The following videos describe the pure energy of the signs, based on element, mode, and ruling planet; hopefully giving you a clearer picture of how your Rising sign influences you.
Zodiac Sign Meanings – Part One: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo | Chris Brennan [VIDEO]
Zodiac Signs Meanings – Part Two: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces [VIDEO]
103 – So You Want to Know More…
“Your Ascendant + Ascendant Ruler” | Kelly Surtees [VIDEO]
“Significations of the Twelve Houses – The First House” | Chris Brennan [VIDEO]
“Rising Signs in Traditional Astrology” | Demetra George [PODCAST]
“The Importance of the Rising Sign w/ Eugenia Fork” | The Astrology Hub [PODCAST]