The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when dealing with the world around you. It can be most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to your environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with our day-to-day issues and life around us. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual’s first, natural reaction to new people and situations.
Below is an Ascendant Sign Calculator which will give you a generalization of the characteristics of your sign. Remember that these are general interpretations of the sign position of the Ascendant. Remember also that these characteristics are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with an Aries Ascendant with its ruling planet, Mars, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with an Aries Ascendant, but whose Mars is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Pisces Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will “behave” differently than someone with a Pisces Ascendant who does not have that aspect. As we have stated before a person is not simply one sign or characteristic but a series of signs and how they each affect and relate to one another. This will give you a generalization. For more detailed information be sure to check out our other sections to fill in your knowledge.
Below that we have also provided an Astrological Atlas so you can determine the latitude, longitude, time zone, and Universal Time for any given city and date. You may need this for other calculations on our site.