Rising signs provide the most accurate horoscope reading: How to find yours and what it says about you

Rising signs, also known as your ascendant, are the most personal part of your astrology birth chart and often resonate on a deeper level

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Do you ever read your horoscope and feel that it doesn't represent you accurately? Maybe that's because you should in fact be reading the zodiac forecast for your rising sign instead.

It turns out that, unless you read it in light of your rising sign, you may have read your horoscope 2022 from an incorrect perspective, as well as your forecasts for the Moon calendar 2022. However, all isn't lost and woman&home has a comprehensive guide to help you learn about this interesting element of your astrology birth chart.

Many people dismiss astrology because they read their horoscope according to their sun sign - the one your birthday falls in. When these don’t resonate, it’s as simple as asking those nonbelievers, have you ever looked at your birth chart? 

Instead, they should be reading horoscopes according to their rising sign or even their moon sign, if they were born at night time. Your moon sign is an indicator, in your birth chart, of your deepest desires and needs. On top of what it shows in our chart, the Moon is also an important factor in the astrological events in 2022, as are eclipses in astrology.

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Your rising sign is the most personal part of your astrology birth chart - and oftentimes it can feel more resonant than your sun sign or zodiac sign. The rising sign, also known as your ascendant, marks the zodiac sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon the moment you took your first breath. It is represented by the first house in your birth chart and is the start of your personal zodiac wheel. 

In astrology, the first house is representative of our identity, vitality, physical appearance, personality, sense of self, character, and personal goals. All of the other sections in the birth chart represent other areas of your life - your finances, family, career, relationships - but the first house, which holds your rising sign, is the only part of the chart that relates specifically to you. This makes the energy of the first house and your rising sign very resonating. 

If you don’t identify with your sun sign, it may be because you feel more aligned and connected to your rising sign. Each one has its unique gifts and abilities. Read on to learn more about your rising sign and how it impacts your personality and life path.

What does your rising sign mean?

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Aries rising

Ruled by hot and fiery Mars, the god of war and planet of action, Aries risings tend to have quite a bit of energy. Aries risings love adventure and are no stranger to spontaneity. As a cardinal sign, Aries risings prefer to lead than follow. They are pioneering and excellent at starting projects. As the first zodiac sign, they can tend to go through bouts of selfishness. This is an incredibly competitive rising sign that isn’t afraid to fight for what they want or what they believe in.

Taurus rising

One of the more sensual signs in the zodiac, Taurus risings have refined taste and crave the finer things in life. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which represents love, finances, self-worth, and creativity. Those with a Taurus rising sign usually have an artistic side to them whether through painting, dancing, or writing. They crave a creative outlet. As one of the earth signs, Taurus risings are incredibly in tune with their senses - taste, touch and smell can guide some of their choices. Taurus risings are known for having a strong build and a stubborn streak. They can also be resistant to change, but they are one of the most loyal and dedicated signs.

Gemini rising

Witty and hard to pin down, Gemini risings are curious, intelligent, and open-minded. Their ruling planet is Mercury, the planet of the mind, travel, and communication. Gemini risings seek versatility and are open to trying anything once. Their symbol is the Twins and they get a bad reputation for being two-faced. There is an innate duality that those with a Gemini rising sign understand - they strive to understand information from all perspectives. Dialogue, debate, learning and teaching are all activities that make Gemini risings’ hearts sing. 

Cancer rising

Sensitive and moody, Cancer risings are ruled by the moon. In the sky, the moon signs change every 2.5 days - no wonder Cancer risings feel so many different emotions! Cancer and the moon are both associated with memory-making Cancer risings incredibly nostalgic. These are deep-feeling and empathetic people. Generally, the family has been influential in their lives - for better or for worse. Represented by the Crab, this is an incredibly protective rising sign that loves with every fiber in its being. 

Leo rising

Leo risings think they are the center of the solar system and that may be because they are ruled by the Sun! Larger than life and always ready to put on a show, Leo risings love a little drama and crave attention like no other. Symbolized by the regal Lion, there is a natural elegance or glamour to Leo risings, and just like a lion pack, they are incredibly loyal and loving. As a fixed sign in the zodiac, Leo risings can be quite stubborn and adopt a my-way attitude, which they should put in check more often than not. Leo risings make great leaders and they’re always there to cheer on their loved ones and put a positive spin on any situation!

Virgo rising

Meticulous and cautious, Virgo risings always have a plan. This is a very methodical rising sign that prefers to have structure. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of the mind, Virgo risings can sometimes get caught up in overthinking and overanalyzing. They are incredibly empathic and can even veer into the self-sacrificing territory. Virgo risings love to help and be of service. Their ability to problem solve is unrivaled. They are always willing to drop anything for a loved one in need. Virgo risings always have incredible attention to detail and a penchant for organization and creating sustainable systems. 

Libra rising

No one loves love more than a Libra rising! Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and aesthetics, Libra risings tend to be very concerned with their relationships. This is a very non-conformational sign that prefers to maintain balance and keep the peace. As an air sign, Libra risings are incredibly social and intellectual. They love to hold a good debate and can see both sides of a coin. They can be big flirts who are obsessed with finding their fairytale ending. They have exquisite taste and a strong creative streak!

Scorpio rising

Magnetic and elusive, Scorpio risings can be hard to understand, and they want to keep it that way! Their energy is charming and can be all-consuming. Ruled by the planet Mars, which represents action and motivation, Scorpio risings have natural leadership abilities. They often excel in management positions where they can be in control. Trust and control are two big pillars in Scorpio risings’ lives and identities. It takes quite a bit of time to earn their trust, but once you do, they’re incredibly loyal lovers and friends. They do have a stinger and know how to hold a grudge, so think twice before crossing a Scorpio rising, you may never hear from them again!

Sagittarius rising

Adventurous and always ready for a good time, Sagittarius risings are the life of the party. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of knowledge, abundance, excess, and luck, those with a Sagittarius rising sign can have an indulgent streak. They also have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Sagittarius risings love to learn through absorbing new experiences, which is one reason they never grow tired of traveling. As a mutable sign, they have a flexible approach when it comes to their schedule that some other signs might feel is a little flaky. They’re incredibly independent and want the option to choose what they do with their time. They crave variety and can bore easily - they’re always seeking their next adventure!

Capricorn rising

Refined, practical, and even a bit cynical, Capricorn risings can take some time to warm up to others. Their ruling planet is Saturn, the planet of karma, limitations, and boundaries. They need to determine if someone has long-term potential and what their motives are before letting their guard down. As one of the most ambitious rising signs in the zodiac, Capricorn risings can become too interested in status and material gains. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is key, as they can easily develop workaholic tendencies. This is a very dedicated sign once committed and they have an unmatched dry sense of humor.

Aquarius rising

Marching to the beat of their own drum, Aquarius rising signs are known for being different. Ruled by Saturn, the planet of boundaries and limits, they are very concerned and keenly aware of what lies beyond the boundaries - especially when it comes to society. Humanitarians at heart, Aquarius rising have a concern for the collective and want to leave the world a better place than they found it. This rising sign prefers to do things their own way and isn’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. 

Pisces Rising

There is something otherworldly and magical when it comes to Pisces risings. They are ethereal and creative in nature. Pisces risings tend to have an artistic side and enjoy expressing themselves through various creative mediums. Ruled by the planet Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and spirituality, there is a sage quality to Pisces risings. This rising sign can struggle with boundaries - their empathy is limitless. They have natural psychic abilities and their ability to access information and feel others’ emotions can create an inner tendency to want to escape. Developing clear boundaries is an important life lesson for this rising sign. 

Stephanie N. Campos
Stephanie N. Campos

Stephanie Campos-Powell is a Mexican-American astrologer, modern mystic, writer, editor, and serious cat lover. She's got four obnoxious planets in Leo and thanks the stars every day for her grounding Virgo moon. Reading celebrity birth charts just puts the wind in her sails, and so does Zumba. In her spare time, you can find her helping others step into their power with the help of magic, spellwork, astrology and various healing modalities. And creating passive-aggressive astrology memes about her loved ones.