Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to Tell Someone's Rising Sign by Appearance



In continuation of my last article, I began to really think about the correlations between the appearance and the Rising sign. As I said before, I feel like it’s pretty ridiculous to try and tell someone’s Ascendant through overly specific facial features. I just don’t think someone’s eyebrows or their chin is that big of a deal when it comes to their Ascendant. But, I do think that the Rising sign has a major influence in terms of certain physical features. They just have to be the features or body parts that are ruled by the Ascendant sign.

Trying to guess someone’s Rising sign by their behavior alone can be tricky, although it does regularly lead you in the right direction. A person’s demeanor is a very important part of the guessing game, as well as the first response they would give if they were asked to define themselves. But, I think you need to look out for certain physical features about the person that “stand out.” We all have those physical attributes that people just seem to pay a lot of attention to. We might get compliments or comments on these traits on a regular basis. Also, these bodily parts will just be very pronounced, in some way or another. We might even love emphasizing them.

So, when it comes to the body, this is the way that you determine the Ascendant, in my opinion. What physical feature does this person have that’s very distinctive? What features do they or others comment on the most? Also, you will notice that there is something about how this person physically functions that is a reflector of their Rising sign. The Ascendant does rule mannerisms and physical responses, so whatever is either particularly attractive or bothersome about how the person carries themselves and how their body functions is a reflection of their Rising sign.

It may seem like a rather random or strange way to look at it. But, when you are figuring out the Ascendant based on a person’s actual physical appearance, this is the way to go. Also, I think it will prevent you from picking up on the aspects to the Ascendant and confusing them for the sign, allowing you to focus more so on the sign itself. However, I do think that how a person behaves and their overall attitude is also a key ingredient in this guessing game. You just need to be able to combine the two.



Aries Rising – the head, hot body temperature, sweatiness/veins/redness
Those with an Aries Ascendant tend to have really noticeable heads. They might be used to being teased for having a “big head”, which can also be the forehead, and they may be self-deprecating about that. But, they love doing anything that will accentuate their head. Aries Rising folks are often huge fans of hats of all kinds and in all seasons and look amazing in them. Aries is also the sign of that physical intensity. They give off a lot of heat. You may notice that they feel hot all the time, even if they claim not to be. Their body temperature may be higher than normal, as if they are close to running a fever. Also, they can sweat very easily and very profusely. They cannot afford to forget to put deodorant on! Aries Rising can also have really prominent veins and, depending on their ethnicity, can get red or flushed very easily (more so when they’re frustrated or angry).

Taurus Rising – the voice, the neck, physical comfort and relaxation
The most distinct thing about a Taurus Ascendant is their voice. It is often rich, throaty, sensual. Sometimes, it is a deep voice, whether male or female, but it can also be very melodic, sweet, and soothing. They seem like they should be narrating an audiobook or documentary. You might also find them speaking a lot in a sing-song type of tone or they may randomly break into song on a regular basis, as they can be natural singers. Their neck also stands out, either for thickness or swan-like thinness. In the cold seasons, they can be huge fans of scarves and may pop their collars without any irony. They could also have a running habit of scratching or rubbing their necks. Overall, they will appear to be totally relaxed all the time, as if they have just had an amazing massage. They show little to no tension in their body language.

Gemini Rising – the hands, use of limbs, noticeable breathing patterns
Gemini Rising people have hands that can get a lot of attention. The hands may be really large or noticeably delicate and small; particularly rough or ultra-smooth. You can sometimes hear them complaining about the size of their hands and fingers, either way. Seeing them open up jars can be especially funny, as they may do it totally effortlessly or with a real struggle. But, their hands always seem to be in use and they can be notorious for talking with their hands. They can also move their limbs around with the carelessness of a teenager. There is often something very loose about their body language and mannerisms. Sometimes, they appear to be like octopuses, with all of their limbs coming out of nowhere. Their reflexes are amazingly quick. Gemini Ascendant can also be “mouth breathers”, at times, intentionally or not. They may exhale a lot and when they feel particularly high-strung or anxious, you might have to remind them to stop and take a breath.

Cancer Rising – the chest, stomach, weight tied with emotional well-being
People with a Cancer Rising have very distinctive chests. Women with this Ascendant tend to have very attention-getting breasts and they can go to the extremes of either taking no offense at all to this attention or being very self-conscious about it. The men tend to have to work out regularly in order to avoid “man-boob” syndrome (sorry, guys). If they do work out, their pecs can be quite legendary. The stomach is also very noticeable, often either for having total washboard abs, which can be downright effortless, or for having some extra “love” in this area. Cancer Ascendant people are also the most likely to be carrying a food baby. If they eat a big meal, they will need to loosen their belts, as it will immediately go right to their stomach. Weight can really fluctuate with this position but in accordance to their emotional well-being. If they feel like life is going great, they can let themselves go and put on some extra pounds. If there are serious issues they aren’t dealing with, then it can manifest as weight loss. The opposite could be true, as well.

Leo Rising – the hair, the back, physical vitality and “glow”
Hair, hair, and more hair. Leo Rising is really famous for their mane. This can manifest in so many ways, whether it’s dyeing their hair on a constant basis or cutting it all off or growing it to a very regal and attention-getting length. For a lot of them, it can seem like no matter what haircut they have, they look fabulous. But, there are select ones who are very known for having downright awful hair, particularly the older men trying to regain their illustrious mane in really desperate or obvious ways. You can catch them playing with their hair a lot and it can be sort of a tic. This placement also can give a person a very lovely back or they may constantly complain of back pains. They either totally slouch or sit up straight with amazing posture. Yet, both will be a display of self-assurance, either the very relaxed or very dignified kind. Leo Rising folks will also usually have this glow about them. They appear to be so alive, vibrant, confident, and happy within their bodies.

Virgo Rising – the hands, dietary/physical health demands, good hygiene
You will also find Virgo Rising people with distinctive hands but they can be even more critical of them than the Gemini Rising folks. Although they can also talk a lot with their hands, they can do things to kind of “put them away” like setting them in their laps or even sitting on their hands. Yet, these hands will never remain idle, either. Those with a Virgo Ascendant, male or female, will often seem to have perfect hands: well-moisturized, well-manicured, clipped; never, ever dirty. They could actually have a real aversion to long or dirty fingernails. Also, you will notice how much they are what they eat. So, they will seem to have specific dietary requirements or preferences. Ordering dinner with them can be an ordeal. Something about their physicality is so clean and healthy. They often smell great in a totally organic, natural way, without any cologne or perfume.

Libra Rising – the skin, the voice, physical grace/sense of balance
Those with a Libra Ascendant have skin that stands out in a lovely way. Many of these people have exceptionally clear, beautiful skin and rarely have to worry about a breakout. When they do break out, though, it can be very noticeable. People sometimes can’t help but to zero in on this person’s pimple as it seems like a surprising flaw, like finding a blemish on the Mona Lisa. So, Libra Rising people can put a lot of effort into their skincare. Also, like Taurus Rising, they usually have beautiful and melodious voices. But, instead of being really rich and sensual, it is more so like everything they say sounds agreeable and nice. Their tone of voice is very light, easy, and gentle. They will appear to be very physically balanced. It’s as if they are always walking with an invisible book on top of their heads and such graceful, elegant body language may earn them a lot of compliments.

Scorpio Rising – the crotch, bathroom functions, sweatiness and hairiness
Let’s not beat around the bush (no pun intended): the most famed bodily area of the Scorpio Rising is below the belt. But, of course, this is usually a big secret. The men love wearing pants that either accentuate or enhance their bulge. Both sexes can enjoy going commando or have a thing for special underwear, which they may not even divulge. However, those who know them a little, ahem, better can be quite eager to let you know just what the situation is down there. Scorpio Rising people may also seem to go to the bathroom a lot. They can actually struggle with a weak bladder or problems like IBS. Sometimes, they just like going to the bathroom, even if they don’t have to use the toilet, just for the sake of privacy or secrecy. Also, similar to Aries Rising, these folks may sweat profusely and need more deodorant than most. They are often notoriously hairy. The men can be quite bear-ish, in this sense, and either proud of all of that body hair or self-deprecating about it. The women can be quite at ease with their less-than-feminine hair growth.

Sagittarius Rising – the butt, the hips, physical expansion and growth
I don’t mean to objectify Sagittarius Rising people when I say that their butts are usually amazing. In a lot of cases, their backside is going to be the feature that gets the most attention, whether they are male or female. They might be really proud of their butt and rock the pants to show for it. At the same time, there are some who are the opposite and may be very conscious that they don’t have much of a butt. Still, they will have a way of loving their behind for just what it is. The hips are also standout features for Sagittarius Rising folks. It can make the women seem very “womanly” but it can also give the men a feminine kind of edge to their look. Physically, these people can seem overwhelming. Giant growth spurts are common in adolescence, in one way or another. Yet, it can still seem as if they are having these huge growth spurts. Any part of their body can swell up overnight and putting on weight is not a problem for them. This can be great for building muscle but not so great when everyone notices that you’ve gained the other kind of weight.

Capricorn Rising – the teeth, the joints, physical ailments/difficulties
A person with Capricorn Rising is going to get plenty of compliments on their teeth. It might seem like the most sparkling, perfectly white smile. But, these people can also work a lot on their teeth, flossing and brushing like mad, because they are often not as satisfied with their smile as others. If they don’t practice great dental hygiene, they can pay for it more than others, with various fillings and cavities. Capricorn Rising people can also have really remarkable joints. Some of these people are double-jointed. They may also have a habit of constantly cracking their knuckles. But, they can also struggle with very creaky and fragile joints, even when in their twenties. They can be 26 with the body of a 66 year old. So, you might hear a lot of complaints from the Capricorn Rising about various physical problems or ailments. It’s like they have to start off life as an old man or woman and then as they actually get older in age, they are much physically healthier and stronger.

Aquarius Rising – the legs/calves, odd nervous tics, cool physicality
The legs are usually the best feature of an Aquarius Ascendant. They can be very well-developed, particularly the calves, in a way that is effortless. They also tend to have no problems walking distances and can prefer walking several blocks over taking a car, especially since this is the less than conventional route anyway. Their legs are also often more muscular than the rest of the body, which can be quite lanky and unusually long-limbed. Many Aquarius Rising people are known for being very tall and can appear to be much taller than they actually are, even when they are on the shorter side, as if they are almost freakishly developed. These people have quirky and random nervous tics, prone to making strange noises or movements out of the blue. Muscle spasms and involuntary, uncontrollable movements are also common. They run cold physically, as well, so they can get cold more easily than most, feel cold in warm temperatures, or have inexplicably cold hands and limbs.

Pisces Rising – the feet, sleepiness or lack thereof, vulnerable constitution
You can really tell a Pisces Rising by their feet. These people can have some of the best feet around, even winning the approval of someone who is usually grossed out by others’ feet. The feet are can be either really delicate or noticeably large. They might also have what you could call very pretty feet but even the ones with rougher looking feet manage to pull it off. A lot of Pisces Ascendants also really love their open-toed shoes and flip-flops, feeling most comfortable with their toes out. They frequently appear to be sluggish, restful or tired and could even yawn a lot. Sometimes, though, they have physical signs of sleep deprivation, like dark circles under their eyes, and they’re not even tired. But, it always seems like they either could use a good nap or that they just woke up from one. They are prone to getting sick very easily and regularly. Many of them also suffer from distinct allergies and have quite a few dramatic incidents in life because of said allergies.

23 comments:

  1. Scorpio Rising - I'm hair but it's oddly neat if that makes sense. Legs, stomach, arms, and a Rick Ross beard LOL...Definitely wolf man. I've always enjoyed my hairiness and never had any complaints about it

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    1. That's funny. Yeah, people are often pretty proud of that signature body part or feature of their Rising sign. It's kind of a dead giveaway. Scorpio is a hairy Rising sign because of the co-rulership from Mars, so it gives a lot of testosterone to the appearance/body, even though it's a feminine sign.

      There is one guy I know who I'm almost totally certain is a Scorpio Ascendant and he has really thick body/chest hair and shows it off whenever he can, haha.

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  2. I'm confused now...I don't sound much like the Libra rising in appearance, but to be a Scorpio rising would be an hour's difference in birth time!

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    1. Well, beyond appearance, what would be the first thing you would say about yourself to describe yourself? That is how you know what your Rising sign is. It's your first impulse in terms of defining yourself. That's how I eventually figured out that I have to actually be an Aquarius Rising because my first answer to that question is always something like "free spirit", "different", "a misfit", or "independent". "I'm my own person! I don't conform!" I've said that all my life. So, the Rising sign is that default, automatic way of seeing yourself.

      If your first response would be to tell people that you're kind, classy, loving, or fair, you would be a Libra Rising. You would describe yourself in a way that makes you sound really likable and agreeable, that makes it clear how important people are to you.

      If your first impulse would be to tell people that you're complicated, powerful, passionate, or that they'll never be able to figure you out, you're probably a Scorpio Rising. You would immediately describe yourself in a way that either makes people fear you a little or makes it so that they actually have a clue who you are.

      UNLESS you are one of those Pluto in Libra folks with Pluto rising in Libra. If so, that can complicate things and make you see yourself more in Pluto terms, even though you're still a Libra Ascendant.

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    2. I do have Pluto in Libra with Libra rising. In fact, Pluto is conjunct the ascendent, and I also have the Sun, Venus and Mars in the eighth house and the Moon and Uranus in Scorpio, so there's probably a heavy Plutonian/Scorpio/8th house influence going on.

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  3. So, if my 1st house starts at 29'59 degree(s) in Capricorn, and ends at approximately 13 degrees in Pisces, does this mean I will have traits of Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces ascendant?

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  4. I'm a Leo rising and people always compliment me on my hair. My parents, my siblings. Some kids even reached out to touch it when I was a kid lol. And yes, I do obsess over it sometimes. But I slouch.

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  5. Would Scorpio rising have problems with oily skin?

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    1. Yeah I have read that is a common problem for that placement.

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    2. Very true for me. Thanks Wayman!

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  6. Oh my god, Wayman. I have the Moon, Saturn and Neptune in the 1st house. (Capricorn or Saggitarius rising, I'm not sure). Also Uranus in the 12th conjunct the Ascendant (if my rising sign is Sagittarius, then Uranus' in the 1st). Appearence wise and concerning first impulses, it's really confusing for a 1st house stellium person to know for sure just the exact expression or characteristics to describe oneself. I can be a very caring person but also a total escapist.

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    1. Oh, having all that energy in the 1st can definitely makes things complicated. I think the sign is still going to dominate, though. It's what gives purpose to the planets either on the Ascendant or in the 1st House. So, I still think your first impulse in terms of defining yourself and finding your place in a situation will be your true Rising sign but it will just kind of lead you in many different directions, thanks to those planets.

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  7. I get commented way more on my eyes than my hair, the hair being an infamous symbol of Leo. I've read that water risings are known to have eyes that stand out, because of the wateriness and soulfulness to them. I just got done reading your previous article and it really got me thinking about if my ascendant might be wrong. I'm not saying for sure that it is, but at the same time, how can I be sure it isn't? Remember how you said that you felt like you were moreso projecting the traits of the capricorn ascendant than experiencing them? I feel like I've been doing that with my Leo ascendant. Ever since I found out my birth time and created my birth chart, Leo was right thereat the beginning of my first house, but I just didn't feel it. I still went along with it though because I didn't want to stray.

    To be honest, I feel way more like a cancer rising. I've always been exceptionally shy and quiet, very guarded, defensive, nurturing, and I've always been close to my family, especially my mom. As for my appeqrance, I have a soft and more roundish appearance, and I do get excessive comments on my eyes.

    Your theory about the birth time possibly being wrong is very interesting to think about. Again, I'm not saying it's a sure thing that I'm a cancer rising but if I feel it, then why shouldn't I be able to think about it, right? I'm gonna try and rectify my chart like you did and see what it does to all my placements, especially the transits :)

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    1. Yes, it is definitely worth looking into! Even with the birth certificate or with the memory of a parent, it is not a guarantee that it's your actual birth time. It's not that easy to accurately prove something that happened decades ago! That's always the best starting point but if that time gives you a chart that is doubtful, in certain ways, it's always good to question it and look into the Rising sign that seems closer to you. It's not necessary for everyone but it can be beneficial for many people.

      I'd say that if those traits you listed are things that you have always defined yourself by, and would be your first response in terms of defining yourself, then there is a really good chance you're actually a Cancer Rising.

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  8. I'm also an Aquarian ASC, but I don't fit well to the Aquarius Rising appearance. People mistaken me for Scorpio ASC, but it is actually my Sun/MC sign. I always got compliments about my eyes since they say that it's glassy, sharp, dark, and "mysterious looking". I just act Aquarian, but can't relate that much with the stereotypical appearance of Aquarius Rising. I looked big, but it may be because of my Jupiter rising.

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    1. I agree with Fallen Angel. I'm also an Aquarius rising and don't relate much to these physical traits. I do, also, act very aquarian. I just don't look it I guess.

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    2. The physical element of the Rising sign should not be taken too seriously or literally. There are always correlations and certain features that stand out but aspects to the Ascendant or planets in the 1st can modify the appearance or body functioning.

      The more important thing is how someone acts and how they define themselves in the scheme of life and in any given situation.

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  9. Hello! I love your blog & think it's fantastic as are you! ��

    I am a Scorpio rising & though I don't relate to the hirsute glory of them, lol, i was wondering if Scorpio risings are also complimented often on their voices because I often am & in the same way as Taurus risings are..

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    1. Hey, yes, I've found that Scorpio Risings, as well as Scorpio Suns and Moons, can also have distinct voices. Often times, it is a ]low-pitched, husky or raspy voice. I have the Moon in Scorpio and my voice is usually husky. I don't know why that is, though! It has nothing to do with the sign rulership. I think it's just a "sexy voice" kind of thing that Scorpio has.

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  10. Aries rising here: fits the description of me, i also get chronic migraines and headaches,ive always burned at hot temps which often caused my parents great worries when i got sick as a child, i often get told i look like an aries, sometimes people see an earthy solid capricorn appearance but thats my MC. love your blog its so informative !! :)

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    1. Yeah I remember reading once that migraines and headaches can be an Aries Rising problem. Good to know. :)

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  11. That must be it. But I've a heavy Pluto/Scorpio energy in my natal chart since my Sun, Chiron & Lilith is in H8 alongwith being Pluto dominant. Will that have an effect too?

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  12. Fascinating! Capricorn rising is dead-on accurate! I did get a lot of compliments on my teeth and my joints especially knees creak loudly when I bend which baffled(embarrass) me greatly when I was a kid. This helps a lot! Now I know for sure I'm a Capri Rising (western chart tells Aqua Ascending)

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