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.

The History of Astrology

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Little did I know 30 years ago when I mistakenly purchased an Astrology book, believing it to be a novel, I had just opened the door to an ancient system of insight and divination. A system as it turns out that would profoundly change my life. Like Alice through the Looking Glass, I fell into a world of signs and symbols representing some of humankind’s earliest observations and collective wisdom dating back almost 5,000 years.

In the Beginning

Today astrology and astronomy are distinct and separate disciplines. This wasn’t always so. Approximately 2000 B. C. our ancestors watched, studied, and mapped the movement of constellations of stars and planets as these celestial bodies appeared to rise over the Eastern horizon, and move on their appointed course across the sky. What at first must have seemed like random occurrences or chaos began to appear as purposeful patterns.

Based on years of watching this cosmic dance, observers created theories. Knowledge of repeating patterns became useful tools to predict seasons and weather conditions. These in turn guided the planting and harvesting of crops, migrations from one geographical area to another, and similar behaviors. In no small way, I am indebted to these early astrologers for painstakingly crafting observations into recommendations. Otherwise, I might be planting my vegetable garden in February instead of May! Hopefully it comes as no surprise that we are the fortunate recipients of our ancestors due diligence in connecting the celestial dots.

From the Egyptians to the Babylonians, to the Greeks, and Romans, the growing body of knowledge known as Astrology spread across the world. Why? Because it works. Success with predicting weather and natural disasters evolved into more sophisticated and complex theories and beliefs. These allowed devotees to take another leap and use the mapping of the celestial bodies to understand and predict events in the lives of human beings.

Soon it was not just farmers who relied on Astrology, but also kings and rulers kept cosmic savvy advisors by their sides. Great philosophers and mathematicians including Ptolemy, Plato, Aristotle, Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton were among those scientists who experimented with the application of theories of astronomy and astrology. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician is quoted as saying “A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.” Historically Astrology has been used to plan important actions ranging from declaring war to celebrating a wedding.

Throughout the history of Astrology, various cultures adopted these principles in one form or another. Systems were revised and adapted. In some cases, cultures developed their own fairly unique versions and interpretations. For example, there are 5 chinese zodiac elements (fire, wood, earth, metal, and water) and 12 animals. Today, Vedic and Western Astrology are probably the most popular and prevalent systems, with Western Astrology also known as Tropical, being the most familiar. (As a Western Astrologer, this article reflects my understanding and experience with this version.)

We Are More Than Our Sun Signs

What first grabbed my attention and made me give Astrology a second look, was realizing the history of astrology provides a rich, complex, but cohesive picture that involves not only the Sun, but all the known planets in our solar system. “What’s your Sun Sign?” is not only an antiquated pick-up line; it’s only the tip of the cosmic iceberg.

Throughout time, astrologers have developed simple yet sophisticated meanings for each of the planets. For example, the Sun represents personal ego and how we think of ourselves. The Moon describes emotional expression and may also be a key to understanding the relationship with our mothers. Mars represents motivation; Saturn is the planet of discipline; and so on. The real practice of astrology is far more complex and interesting than the familiar paragraph predictions based on Sun Sign Astrology. However, these pithy daily, weekly, or monthly horoscopes can be amazingly accurate and helpful!

Comparing Sun Sign Astrology to the usual more comprehensive practice of Astrology feels something like this. It’s the difference between telling you I am a woman; or telling you I am a woman raised by Catholic parents with nine siblings, with a master’s degree in business, a practicing animal communicator, convinced chocolate is one of the major food groups, and has a thing for James Bond movie music. Can you appreciate the richness and depth in the second approach?

Astrology Charts

Getting useful information using Astrology usually begins with the calculation of a chart. Simply, it is a picture of the earth and the surrounding constellations and planets at a specified time. Historically astrologers have recognized 12 star constellations which in turn are associated with the 12 Astrological Signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer and so on. Most often, Astrology charts are drawn as circles and divided into 12 sections that look like pie wedges. Each of the 12 constellations or signs has its place around the perimeter of the circle of the chart. Each of the pie wedges are referred to as Houses each representing an area of life. For example partnerships, home, parents, siblings, work, career, money, friendships, and health as well as other important components are represented.

Charts are drawn according to mathematical calculations factoring in time, and location. Using the calculations along with ancient charts and graphs, an astrology chart for a specific individual birth or event can be drawn. Thank God for computers and modern astrological software. They make it possible for modern day astrologers to cast charts simply and with great precision. Having started out manually casting charts with blank paper, pencil, calculator and reference books, I have great appreciation for those who preceded me and for those software innovators!

Why Astrology?

The History of Astrology can be fascinating. But let’s face it. What interests me more is what can I do with it now? Why should I bother?

Astrology is used very effectively in the hands of competent practitioners as a tool for choosing the perfect date for a wedding, a root canal, or launching a successful business. However, one of its greatest contributions is in demystifying the human psyche. Astrological interpretation provides the basis for building a psychological profile of an individual or event based on the placement of the planets in Astrological signs and in the 12 chart houses at the time of birth. Along with planets, signs, and houses, astrologers carefully consider the interaction and relationship of each planet to the others. Collectively, we can build an insightful picture.

Astrology charts hold the keys to understanding many of life’s conundrums. They can describe how a person is likely to express their feelings. Do they take their cue from the air element and think them over or talk them out? Maybe they get physical like doing housework, mowing the lawn or chopping wood to work out frustration or anger. We can look at Mercury for clues to how a person thinks, learns or shares information. An Astrology chart also holds information about where we feel wounded, alone, alienated or ineffective. Fortunately they also can tell us about our strengths and greatest personal assets.

Parting Thoughts

Like all tools, Astrology is best left in the hands of experienced and trustworthy practitioners. The good news is there are plenty available. More good news: astrology may seem complicated and you’ll get no argument from me. However, learning this ancient tool can be easy especially when approached like peeling an onion – one layer at a time. Every layer can be rewarding and can enrich our lives many times over.

Astrology remains a controversial science, praised and touted by some, debunked by others. However, history demonstrates its universal appeal.

It’s not just you and I who may keep an astrologer on our speed dial. We are in the company of kings, emperors, philosophers, physicians, notable scientists, rock stars, world leaders, entrepreneurs and many others who are open to using the art of Astrology to inform our choices. The key word in that sentence is “inform”. Astrology like many other disciplines and sciences should never become our only point of reference or source of information and guidance.

How to Get a Great Astrological Reading

  1. Start by finding a great astrologer
  2. Ask friends, family, or co-workers for referrals
  3. Often metaphysical and spiritually-oriented websites, stores, and businesses can provide names
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or ask the potential Astrologer for information about their background and their style of reading
  5. Be clear about the purpose or intention for the reading. Are you looking for general information? Are you trying to schedule an important event like a wedding? Are you looking for clarity about your love life or maybe you want direction about changing careers or starting your own business
  6. Most people remember only a small fraction of what they hear. If you are interested in getting a recording of your session, make this arrangement before your appointment
  7. Assume the posture of a student or “beginner’s mind”. If you have a genuine intention of hearing valuable information or gaining insight, chances are you will
  8. Don’t leave your rational mind, intuition or common sense at home. Although you are relying on an expert, no one’s opinion should be more important than your own. As many have stated or paraphrased before, “Don’t be so open minded your brain falls out”
  9. Expect that much of what you hear will confirm what you already know or suspect about yourself, your emotions, your attitudes, beliefs, motivations and personality. That being said, it’s lovely to get confirmation
  10. Resist the temptation to dismiss information without at least considering it. It’s very typical that clients tell me something they initially did not understand or found difficult to accept, later was proven accurate and true. This includes very positive qualities. It is sometimes hard to hear and accept reflections that are positive about ourselves
  11. Run away as fast as you can, if a reading even hints at manipulation or a reader attempts to coerce you into a behavior that is uncomfortable. This includes suggestions that you are under a spell, possessed, or in some way under a black cloud or karmic obligation the Astrologer can release in exchange for something – usually money! I’m embarrassed that I even have to mention this one; but unfortunately, in every profession there are those whose integrity or ethics are suspect

Unless your situation or question is very serious, have fun. And even if your situation is serious, try to enjoy yourself when you explore astrology.

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