What is a Rising Sign? Aries to Virgo

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Universally, everything is calculated to create the unique person that you are. The universe freezes for less than a second the instant you are born. This moment captures where in the galaxy the stars, planets, asteroids, etc. reside, which becomes a personal blueprint at your disposal to help guide you for the rest of your life.

Your rising sign is often referred to as an ascending sign, because it is the sign that was coming up, moving, or transitioning through your chart’s first house/section at the exact time when you were born.

So in other words, it was crossed over/cusped with another sign. Think of it this way: when you see something like rising or ascending sign, it’s just which zodiac sign was coming up in your chart when you entered this planet. All you need to know is the exact date, time, and location of your birth. If you don’t have the exact time, then you can always use the standard 12 pm point in time.

The Significance of Your rising Sign

Your rising sign is associated with how others view you when they first meet or interact with you. It is the first impression they receive until they get to know you better. Many think that this is all the rising sign does, but don’t be mistaken.

Your rising sign has influence on everything you do; it doesn’t define you but will always set the stage for conversations and opportunities.

To further explain let’s take a person whose birth date is June 11th and they have a rising sign in Capricorn. According to the zodiac, they are a Gemini, and according to the time and location they were born it was determined that the rising sign was in Capricorn.

It is safe to say that when you first meet this person you may notice that they can seem introverted and take things personally. But remember, these are just the initial impressions. This mask that the person consciously or unconsciously shows comes off with time, and you will see other traits that many times have nothing to do with Capricorn energy. This is not to say that the person is not being genuine from the beginning, but more cautious with themselves until they feel comfortable.

Alternatively, many use their rising sign to their advantage. Let’s go back to that Gemini with ascending Capricorn. Let’s say they start a new job. They can use Capricorn’s strong will and quiet nature in conjunction with Gemini’s witty mentality and social skills to set stability for long-term employment.

So you see, collectively everything is calculated specifically for you, and knowing this information will give you the tools you need in this lifetime. Create your own opportunities by knowing your rising (ascending) sign, and watch how it personally benefits your life.

Common traits for each Rising sign

Rising sign in Aries

Those who have a rising sign in Aries tend to view the word differently in the sense that they like to create something new that the world can use to advance. They frequently are the first to know about the latest news and will always know what is trending. Health and image are very important to them. They like things of beauty and luxury and can be selfish at times. Male rising sign Aries carry much wisdom within them that many times they themselves never discover. Female rising sign Aries love to generate prosperity and should practice giving and receiving daily. Both deeply love life and are often misunderstood. They break barriers with their charm and rarely take no for an answer.

Rising sign in Taurus

If your rising sign is in Taurus, others perceive you as being calm. This deems true especially if you are a positive person. You love to laugh and help those you love be the best they can be. Many love your hospitality skills and are always looking for your companionship. You can be quick-tempered and emotionally unavailable at times, but overall have a great sense of how to handle things. Male rising sign Taurus like to have small yet intimate conversations. Female rising sign Taurus are affectionate and love to show it in different ways. In general, both can excel in anything having to do with health care, communications, dancing, and child care. They also love to surround themselves with luxury.

Rising sign in Gemini

Those who have a rising sign in Gemini love to be the center of attention. Many times this is an unconscious thing and often leads to others viewing them as having an egocentric personality. But once you get to know them, your perspective changes completely. They are confident but depending on the crowd can act immaturely. Careers that give them purpose provide stability. They often have an inner battle, but this passes when they realize that they themselves create their luck. Male rising sign Gemini like watching documentaries and learning new things. Female rising sign Gemini are organized and like anything creative. Both love treating people they love like family.

Rising sign in Cancer

If your rising sign is Cancer, you are gentle yet savvy. You like to remain private until you feel comfortable with your surroundings, and many times others view you as antisocial. But it doesn’t matter, because when this all passes they always end up loving and respecting you. Rising sign Cancer do well in careers that focus on helping others feel better about themselves or that give them closure. Catering, homicide investigations, massage therapist, administrative assistant, and nutritionist are all prosperous for them. Male rising sign Cancers will always look for ways to beautify their surroundings. Female rising sign Cancers are sensitive and find strength within routines. Both are ambitious and will always find new ways to generate income.

Rising sign in Leo

Those who have a rising sign in Leo know how to put others’ needs before their own. This is an honorable thing but many times causes unbalance, and that is why often they must retreat. They love educating our youth and find careers easily in teaching, directing, banking, fitness, and engineering. Male rising sign Leos are productive and like to smile often. Female rising sign Leos are caring and display great compassion for others. Both are protectors and will fight for things they feel are unjust. They often have good memory and like to make and keep appointments. They are reliable and show love by actions. Many travel frequently and are likely to find a mate from a different culture.

Rising sign in Virgo

If your rising sign is in Virgo, your personality attracts socially. Many times you speak without thinking and can come off as being overcritical. But know that with a swift smile you can turn this around. You like to create harmony in your atmosphere and always tend to use music as your communicator. Many venture with friends or loved ones who are ambitious. Anything having to do with driving, retail, nursing, and hair are well suited. Male rising sign Virgos at times can envy what others have but can overcome this through hard work. Female rising sign Virgos show love by servicing their loved ones. Many have a vibrant personality and are not afraid to take risks.

Welcome to the 2019 Earth Pig Year

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On February 5, we leave the Earth Dog and enter the 2019 year of the Earth Pig, closing a major 60-year cycle in the Chinese calendar — it takes 60 years to roll through every animal sign and element in both yin and yang aspects. 2019 brings us Ji Hai, the Yin Earth Pig. The last Ji (yin earth) Hai (pig) was 1959, so those born in that year are celebrating their 60th birthdays.

Characteristics of the altruistic Pig are optimism, gentleness, kindness, and honesty. The Chinese believe that the barnyard pig’s temperament is much like humans, as pigs enjoy listening to music, and are highly intelligent. Zodiac Pigs also enjoy luxury, comfort, and good food.


Ten Heavenly Stems, Twelve Earthly Branches

Ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, in combination with the 12 animals of  the Chinese zodiac, determine the qualities of a given year. The heavenly stems are derived from the elements of the Chinese quinary, or five-element system. Each element has a “yin” and “yang”  aspect — passive and active — that make up the ten heavenly stems. For example, yin water (gui water) is represented by gentle rain, clouds, mist, dew, fog, and small streams and rivulets. Yang water (ren water) is lakes, oceans, and rivers. Yang water is in continual motion. The 12 animals are the earthly branches.


In 2019, the yin earth element (think of nurturing garden soil — gentle, maternal, supportive) combines with the pig or boar, associated with water; yin earth over water. While earth over water would normally be conflicted, the yin aspect of earth softens the relationship, bringing more harmony. That said, this is still an unstable combination (earth over water), so harmony is tenuous and delicate. The Pig’s water below can break through the flimsy yin earth above.

Some experts believe that the combination of fragile, yin earth over water could bring earthquakes, landslides, flooding — even sinkholes. The last time this heavenly stem (yin earth) and earthly branch (pig) met was 1959, when an historic earthquake (7.2)  in Yellowstone Park permanently altered the regional landscape. A 7.9 earthquake in Kamchatka, Russia devastated that region, and the Malpasset Dam in Southern France collapsed. Taiwan and New Zealand had major 7.2 and 7.3 quakes. Chinese astrologers would suggest keeping your seatbelts fastened if you live in earthquake-prone zones.

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