Moving forward with the chart ruler series, let’s talk about the lovely folks with a Leo Rising. Now, again, the chart ruler is the planet that rules the sign that your Ascendant is in. When you look at the chart ruler, you get an answer, in a lot of ways, to why your life is the way that it is. It’s partially fate or destiny and partially something that’s been conditioned into you. Either way, if you were to write or tell your life story, the theme would certainly be your chart ruler.
If you were born with a Leo Ascendant, then your life story is, well, all about living life as fully as you can. You go about life like someone who was born to do great things. Of course, you can often get the Leo Rising individual who is noticeably showy, loud, extroverted, or attention-getting, fitting the typical profile. But, even the more introverted, quieter Leo Rising people (and yes, they do exist) still live their life to be the most fabulous version of themselves that they can possibly be. Is this the legendary Leo ego at play? Yes, it is but it doesn’t have to mean arrogance or self-obsession (though it can). It’s more so about a lifelong drive toward self-actualization.
How come? Well, a Leo Rising person has the Sun acting as their chart ruler. The Sun is the most central planet in your birth chart. Your Sun sign is the cliché part of yourself that people who know little to nothing about astrology even know. But, as one-dimensional as Sun sign astrology can be, it is based in something very powerful. After all, the Sun is such an important planet. It determines who you are. Your sense of self, identity, ego, personality; all these things are represented by your Sun. That’s why it’s important for all of us to identify with our Sun sign and not disown it, in some way or another. When you don’t own your Sun, you don’t really know who you are.
Those with a Leo Ascendant, however, most certainly own their Sun. I think it’d be very rare to meet one who didn’t strongly or proudly identify with their Sun sign. After all, it rules their life. When you have this Rising sign, your role in life (Rising) then becomes to be the most authentic version of yourself (Sun) that you can be. “Just be yourself!” is the message that’s always ringing in your head. This is why your demeanor is so open, so personable, and so sure of yourself. It’s amazing how much self-assurance you can exude, even if you’re feeling rather neurotic, insecure, defensive, or whatever else. If the Leo Ascendant person has any major hang-ups, they don’t show up in an obvious way. The face you put on and the foot you put forward is a confident one.
From the beginning, you’re born into a world where you constantly got the message that it’s alright to just be you. While the rest of us have to discover our Sun by starting our own journey of self-knowledge, Leo Rising people are given a lot of approval, from the start, to live out their Sun. In a lot of cases, the parents of those with this Ascendant are their biggest fans, constantly cheering them on and applauding their endeavors. So, all of this encouragement formed your behavioral conditioning. You learned if they wanted you to give them a show so badly, you’d give them a show! Thus, your role as the entertainer, the life of the party, and/or the superstar was born.
This is also, of course, where your natural expectation of applause comes from. Being told you are so awesome, from birth, is a wonderful thing. Yet, don’t let this strong self-acceptance veer off into being ridiculous self-absorption. When the Sun (self) is ruling your life, it can become quite easy to be obsessed with yourself, if you’re not careful. This can bring on the other possibility of being born to narcissistic parents (a more casual, harmless narcissism, in most cases; but also, potentially, the clinical, serious kind of narcissism) who conditioned you to behave in ways that would always make you (and them) look good. Because of this, the hunger for other people’s applause can become a desperate attempt to remind yourself that you’re important.
You can look to the house where the Sun is to see where you want to be important. If you’re a Leo Rising with the Sun in the 10th, you want to figure out your self-importance by achieving your life’s goals, finding your calling, and receiving the world’s respect. With a Leo Ascendant and a 3rd House Sun, your self-importance is found through being a great communicator with a bright mind and great sense of humor. When you hear “self-importance”, you can think “egotistical.” That can be the case here. Yet, we are all important, aren’t we? Saying that doesn’t mean you think you’re the most important person in the room. But, you’re an individual with something all your own to offer. We all learn this through our Sun. With the Sun as their chart ruler, Leo Rising people live their life by it.
In the end, you must be able to reach self-actualization without being too hung-up on how your audience is going to receive your efforts. You see life from the point of view of a performer. Well, think of yourself as a performer who doesn’t have anything to prove. Just get out there and strut your stuff. Doing so will allow you to entertain yourself, first and foremost, without the pressure of waiting for others’ applause. And whatever house your Sun is in, you are meant to live in a way where you own that life area. If you’re ever in doubt, tell yourself that you are whatever your Sun’s house represents. If you have a 10th House Sun ruling the chart, say “I am a success.” With an 11th House Sun as the chart ruler, tell yourself “I am an innovator.” Don’t let anybody or anything tell you different. Your life is about finding true self-actualization by letting no one define you but you.
The Sun also rules one’s relationship with the father figure. It’s interesting because so does Saturn. But, this happens in different ways. Saturn is the structure, the success, and the legacy or the lack thereof that the father figure leaves behind. We walk in Dad’s footsteps through Saturn and figure out what lessons to gain from his (or her) example, however good or bad. Therefore, to be a Capricorn Rising means that the father will weigh on one’s shoulders much more heavily. Those with Saturn as the chart ruler feel the pressure of the father’s successes or failures. Meanwhile, those with the Sun as the chart ruler usually live out the dynamic with the father in a hero worship kind of way, unless the Sun is seriously afflicted in their chart.
Since the Sun is the personality, it’s the father’s personality and way of being that has such a dominant influence in the Leo Ascendant individual’s life. In a lot of cases, there is a desire to grow up and be just like Dad. Your role in life, therefore, can be modeled highly in his likeness. Just like Cancer Rising people are often exactly like their mother in demeanor, Leo Rising folks usually act just like their father. It can even come down to looking a lot like the father.
The males with this Rising sign and with an actual male for a father figure tend to play this out more powerfully. Throughout life, there’s a strong camaraderie between father and son, even when it comes to some of his foibles or flaws. But, there can often be issues regarding their own separate identities. They soon yearn to become men in their own right. Something I’ve noticed is that more than a few Leo Rising men (and also men with a Leo Sun) are named after their father and it’s something that has a lot of significance, in some way. It highlights the underlying dynamic that these fathers often project or expect their son to be just like him. So, when it comes to the issue of identity (Sun), the echo of their father, in name or in expectation or in appearance, is not far away. It can bring a certain level of resentment into the picture, whether they realize it or not.
Therefore, a male with the Sun ruling his chart, in particular, often has to come to terms with becoming his own individual. But, of course, so do the women. The father cannot either be so worshipped or such an object of comparison that they become a distraction in the cultivation of their sense of self. The same is true of everyone else. The relationship with the father can be projected on to the rest of the world, throughout life, for a Leo Rising. It can make them constantly compare themselves as being better than or less than someone else. And, yes, even though it can make them want some of that hero worship, those with a Leo Ascendant can also give it in equal measure. When they love you, they love you. But, they might just be in love with the person that they want you to be rather than who you actually are. So, it’s important for them to give other people the right to be the truest version of themselves, as well, without unfair expectations. Some healing may be required, in regards to the father’s expectations, to do so.
This keeps them free to really live, which is what they fully intend to do. The Sun is life. It makes us feel alive. And with the Sun ruling the chart, life is about, as I said before, just living! This is why these people are so lively, energetic, and vibrant. You can just feel the heat, the warmth, the light coming off of them. They are like human versions of the Sun itself, also in how they seek to shine that light upon you. As a Leo Rising, you can brighten up everything and everyone around you. The various areas of your life – from romance to friendship to career to the home life – are all given your special Midas touch. You do so with a huge heart, wanting others to feel as good as you do.
If you feel like every day is your birthday, you’re basically right. The reason is because, with the Sun ruling your chart, your life feels like a Solar Return all the time. Your Solar Return occurs on your birthday, when the Sun comes back to where it was when you were born. And, unfortunately, this isn’t a time that everyone is that excited about. For certain people, the birthday is just another day or just another reminder that they’re aging. Well, not for the Leo Ascendant! I would be highly surprised to find a person with this Rising sign who didn’t adore their birthday and really look forward to it. Yet, with this Ascendant, you are having a birthday party every day of the year. Each day is an opportunity to celebrate being alive or being amazingly you. So, when it’s actually your birthday, getting gifts and good wishes will come very naturally.
It’s no wonder why Leo Ascendant people can never fully pull off the “commoner” act. Even when they try to downplay themselves or get sloppy, they still come off as really elegant, classy, regal, or dignified. It’s because their life is like an endless celebration, not just in their honor but also in others’. Observing them is like seeing a King or Queen bless their subjects with their greatness. Whenever they rest of us have our Solar Return, we are being given a chance to see the ways in which we can become a better, stronger version of ourselves. Whatever’s happening, transit-wise, on your Solar Return gives you the opportunity to be more self-actualized.
But, with a Leo Rising, you’re always working on being more self-actualized. Therefore, each and every year, you will reap the benefits of being so focused on cultivating your identity. You are forever convinced that you rule and, yes, you do, in your way. Yet, on your birthday, you get to literally rule. You take command on that special date, every year. It’s magical to witness the fact that you can truly make everything revolve around you on your birthday, not only calling the shots but making it a special day for everyone else, as well. While many people just don’t know how to make their Solar Return the amazing, life-affirming time it can be, you certainly do. You’re one of those people who can make your birthday a memorable event for everyone involved, even if you don’t do anything “big” (although many with this Rising sign will). Therefore, through your generosity and leadership, you’re reminded, every year, of what a King or Queen you are.