You’re probably pretty familiar with your zodiac (or sun) sign. But you might be less familiar with your rising sign—the sign that was approaching the Earth’s horizon at the moment you were born, says Courtney O'Reilly, an astrologist at Vibrant Soul Astrology.
It’s a pretty precise calculation, so you’ll need to know your exact time of birth in order to determine what your rising sign is for certain, O’Reilly says, adding that it’s important to avoid “guesstimating” in order to ensure accuracy.
“Your rising sign blends with your sun and moon sign to give you a more accurate snapshot of your personality,” says astrologer Taanaz Chubb, author of My Pocket Mantras and founder of Forever Conscious.“You could say your rising sign is the version of yourself that you present to someone before they really get to know you.”
Also referred to as your “ascending sign,” your rising sign traits are what you’re destined to embody in your lifetime, explains astrologer Valerie Mesa. So, if you ever feel like you don’t identify with your sun sign, it’s probably because your rising sign is the part of your personality that really shows through: “Your rising sign is your essence that you present to the world,” says Mesa.
So yeah, call your parents, or track down that birth certificate. Once you determine exactly when (and where) you were born, you can calculate your chart for free on a site like Astro.com.
Got your details down? Here's what your rising sign says about you…
If your rising sign is Aries, then you can bet you have a strong sense of identity and an entrepreneurial spirit, O’Reilly says, adding: “You dive right in, the world is full of opportunities meant just for you and you’re very action-oriented.”
Astrologer Donna Page agrees, adding that people with this sign are “bold and good leaders. [They are] quick to make decisions when something is presented that they want,” she says.
And ICYMI, Aries is ruled by Mars, which means you're passionate and (at times) a bit hot-headed, Mesa says.
"Aries rising signs will literally walk with a pep in their step," Mesa says, and you're proactive about physique, health, and fitness. You also probably love athleisure, since it's the perfect way for you to get your sh*t done—gym, errands, lunch date—without wasting time changing clothes.
You’re probably super-chill, huh? O’Reilly says having Taurus as your rising sign means “life is met in a practical and more slow-moving manner.”
You’re also pretty grounded in reality, meaning you’re not prone to exaggeration. A Taurus rising sign might also leave you very sensitive to sensory stimulation, O’Reilly says. (Think: is your TikTok feed all ASMR videos?)
Page says people with this rising sign have a deep appreciation for nature and “find happiness from simple creature comforts and the physical world.”
And yep, Taurus is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. "Usually, Taurus rising signs are physically gorgeous," Mesa explains.
Taurus rising signs also live for physical touch like hugging, Mesa says, and when you're around you bring comfort and stability.
For forever-curious rising Geminis, there will always be something new to learn, explore, and share, O’Reilly says. People with this rising sign are versatile and adaptable.
They also possess strong communication skills, especially through teaching and writing. Page says that ability to communicate might also make the Gemini a social butterfly. “[They are] able to interact with a variety of different people in a friendly and charming way,” she says.
Gemini risings are ruled by the swift, brilliant, communicative Mercury, Mesa says. "This might manifest as having a twinkle of mischief and curiosity in their eyes," she explains.
When Gemini rising are around others, they feel most energized, Mesa says.
“Cancer ascendants are sensitive to the emotional atmosphere and the subtle undercurrents around them,” Page says. “Instinctive and intuitive, they know when something feels right or not—and it comes from the gut and not the intellect.”
You also have a tendency to be soft-hearted and gentle, O’Reilly says. Don’t be surprised if you like to ride solo, too. O’Reilly says Cancers need plenty of alone time in order to “be true to and honor their own unique rhythm to thrive.”
Ruled by the moon, Cancers are elusive and can be hard to read. "They're mood is constantly changing and mysterious," Mesa says.
Cancer risings might even have a doe-eyed, rosy cheeked, angelic look about them, Mesa says, which matches their intuitive, parent-like energy.
You are outgoing, super-creative and everyone is going to want to have you at their party because you know how to get it started. “You thrive when you have an outlet to share and be recognized for your creativity,” O’Reilly says.
Page agrees, adding that, for Leo rising signs, “they walk into a room and people sense it. "That’s because Leos are known for making others feel warm and welcome," Page says.
"They glow like the sun, and they usually have a dramatic flair to them," explains Mesa, which is why many Leos are known for being artists.
They’re also fiercely loyal friends. So if you know someone who falls under this sign, you’ll want to keep them in your corner.
You’re a problem solver and love to volunteer your help, O’Reilly says, adding “there is gratification when you can be part of what makes the world run more smoothly and efficiently."
Which is interesting because, while you like to be there for others, you’re a pretty self-sufficient sign, Page says. Also ruled by Mercury, Virgo risings are very devoted and responsible, Mesa says.
"They often have such a long to-do list and so much going on in their head that they can almost seem unresponsive or not paying attention to you—but they are," Mesa says. They're just busy.
You are also good at staying objective and maintaining a non-emotional attitude which is probably why you are known for getting sh-t done.
You’re a born diplomat and tend to be tolerant and fair while listening to various viewpoints, Page says. That’s why it’s no surprise that you also constantly strive for balance in your own life.
That said, your ability to see everyone's side can also make you indecisive, Mesa says, since you want to account for all feelings when making a choice.
Harmony, peace, and love are totally your M.O. “[Libra rising] has a keen eye for making surroundings more beautiful and enjoyable, and a deep appreciation of the arts,” O’Reilly says.
Ruled by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Libra risings have lots of social charm and light, says Mesa. "They're sweet and pretty, and they seek companionship and relatability," says Mesa.
Um, you can consider yourself awesome if Scorpio is your rising sign. That’s because not only are you a truth seeker but your sharpened emotional intelligence and gut instinct act as a sixth sense, according to O’Reilly.
Page says you can also be pretty private, which means there’s a bit of a wall to break down when it comes to getting to know you. But once someone does, you’re their ride or die no matter what.
When thinking about Scorpio risings, look for people with strong gazes and stares. "They give off that secretive, sexy, sultry energy, as if they can see right through you without even realizing it," says Mesa.
In short, Scorpios can "read you like a book," and they're super resilient.
Life is one big adventure when you fall under this rising sign. "They're down for anything, and they want to make the most of everything," Mesa explains.
Basically, you just like to enjoy life, and you're generous with your availability to others because you like making time for activities that breed joy and insight, says Mesa.
O’Reilly says for you, “there is always more to learn and integrate into your own life and in doing so you become an inspiration, example, and teacher to others.”
Page says this optimistic attitude leads Sagittarius rising to go to great lengths to fulfill the vision of the life they dream of.”
She notes that they’re also pretty convincing: “They can sweep you up with their enthusiasm of what they believe.”
For this sign, O’Reilly says discipline, achievement, and validation for hard-work are important. You are also bound to have a deep respect for history and what has come before.
Even if you're the sweetest person on the planet, you're still going to come across as having an I'm-not-here-to-play-games attitude, says Mesa. They have a sophisticated leadership-driven, boss energy, she adds.
You’re never going to fall for that “leap and the net will appear” stuff. Capricorn rising is pragmatic and will only accomplish specific goals after strategizing and slowly building toward your ultimate destination, according to O’Reilly.
And Page says you’ll only give your stamp of approval on a certain situation once you are sure you can make the commitment to see it through to completion.
This sign is future-oriented, focusing on where they are going rather than where you’ve been, O’Reilly says.
You’re also a rebel with a cause: O’Reilly says Aquarius rising has a desire to break through the status quo with the ultimate goal of seeing humanity improve as a whole.
Aquarius rising is also strong-minded, loyal, and willing to help friends untangle their problems from a rational point of view, according to Page.
The Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, Mesa says, which means when you walk into the room you will shake things up. "The way that they express themselves is so unique and different," Mesa says.
"Part of this rising sign's journey is that they are meant to stand out," Mesa says. Basically, if you're an Aquarius rising and you've never quite felt like you "fit in" it just means you're embodying your rising sign to the fullest. (A good thing!)
“Pisces rising is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a nonjudgmental approach towards others,” Page says.
“Not wanting to see [anyone] suffer, they offer their help when a friend is in need of a shoulder to cry on.” O’Reilly says Pisces rising also has a deep “understanding that all things are connected” and consistently strives for unity.
Pisces risings also multi-faceted, and they often have many different sides to them. "They love the arts, music, TV, and the like," Mesa says. "They'll go through phases where they portray different characters and styles because they are deeply artistic," she explains.