Months ago, I posted an article about how to recognize someone’s Ascendant by their appearance. I think that getting too specific about physical appearance when it comes to this is a mistake. Whenever I read someone saying that someone doesn’t have the jawline of a certain Ascendant, I just think “stop.” There are some random features that do correlate. Apparently, Aquarius Risings have an egg-shaped head, which I’ve always had (and with Aquarius being the archetypal egghead, it makes sense). One site says that the head tends to be enlarged in the back, which is totally true for me. The egg head leads to a typically oval-shaped face for Aquarius Rising, which I do kind of have. But, looking at pictures of myself as a child and teen, my face was a lot more oval-shaped then and my chin was much pointier. Putting on some natural weight in my face changed that some, as well as the subtle changes in the face that can come with maturity.
So, you see, things like that are not entirely reliable, for different factors that go beyond astrology. And after all, so many people’s facial structures look too similar after a while to tell the difference. However, I do think that the part of the body that the Ascendant rules is usually an exceptional feature, as I said in the article. Pisces Risings have very distinctive feet, the Taurus Rising person’s voice is like music, and Gemini Risings do a lot with their hands. It’s the body part considered their best or most memorable feature, not just by other people but by the person themselves, who will usually do things in order to accentuate them.
Of course, we also have to consider behavior and demeanor in terms of the Rising sign. This, I think, is the real kicker. You might think that person with great teeth has Capricorn Rising. But, really, anybody can have nice teeth. Do they act like a Capricorn Ascendant? Putting all of these pieces together is what forms the art of guessing Rising signs. It’s become a people-watching hobby of mine and I’d like to think I’m getting much better at it. Just about everyone who is into astrology, though, tries their hand at it. So, here are traits to watch out for. And I cannot take credit for all of these observations because more than a few of them were discovered through a discussion with a very bright friend of mine who is also into astrology (and who is really private and wouldn’t want to be named). So, I felt the need to share what we came up with together here on the blog.
Also, I would like to say what I’ve said before: the Rising sign is not just a mask. It’s not just something that is only visible during the first impression and then just goes away. The Rising sign is always present. It touches everything you do. It’s just a matter of what degree it’s present. With new people or acquaintances, it will overwhelm all of your other placements. Good friends and loved ones will know the many other facets of you well. But, they are still just as familiar with your Ascendant. It’s how you act and behave, in general. In terms of family or people who have been lifelong friends, there really is no “first impression”. At least, not one you can remember. But, if you really think about it, if you consider the most obvious thing about them, it is easier to guess what their Ascendant could be, if you don’t know their birth time.
There is just something really upfront about this person. They probably won’t need to be introduced by their friend when meeting you. They’ll do it themselves and can come on quite strong. In fact, there is a potential for them to seem flat-out rude on first impression. In any case, there is a sense of them cutting through the bullshit and being real, as well as calling out someone else for some offense. In general, they can seem very youthful well into adulthood. There is something childlike about them because they are so spontaneous, courageous, and frank. So, their brutal honesty can seem very innocent and even harmless, in the end. Also, like children, their self-concern is very obvious. Their demeanor will clearly change when the topic of discussion isn’t them and a lot of them find significant ways to inject “me” or “I” back into it. Look for a natural expression that either seems annoyed or unbothered by anyone else or anything else that is happening.
These folks really slow things down. At a party or a loud gathering, they seem like the calm in the middle of the storm. There is something very unperturbed about them, as if they have their own special form of peace or pleasure that no one else can ruin. Also, they make an impression as being very simple, in a good way. It could be that they’re very practical and always let you know how practical they are. It could also be that they give very simple responses to whatever you’re saying, to the point that it pares down the discussion to the basics. They do also behave like immovable objects. There are distinct moments where you’ll feel them resisting or cautiously approaching the subject or answer. Other times, they just refuse to budge. The thing is that they do it in the sweetest or most reasonable way and you may feel silly for trying to sway them. Look for a serene, calm, and kind face that still has a way of appearing strong and even formidable.
A lot of nervous energy surrounds these people. It’s obvious how much they dart from one thing to the next, whether that’s regarding the things they speak of or the activities they do. Regardless, there is a clear restlessness or high-strung energy that is present. The way that they make conversation is very distinct. Sometimes, they are compulsive talkers, saying whatever pops in their head in an almost stream of consciousness style. And in spite of their intelligence, they can come off as airheaded because of it. Other times, they can be thinking and thinking so hard that the conversation becomes awkward. But, no matter what, they are funny and often times they are unintentionally funny. Their duality is obvious and they can speak of themselves in 3rd person or like a detached observer. Extra points for talk of a “split personality” or “alter ego”. Their face is often quite chilly, sometimes downright bored, but can suddenly light up with mischief and curiosity.
There is an undeniable soft touch to this placement. Even when they are mean or in a bad mood, they either express it quietly or they feel immediately bad after it. There is always something nice and cozy about them that makes you feel safe. The most common trait is asking a lot of variations of “are you alright?” On first impression, a shyness or reticence can be obvious. More than the average person, these people become very different once they are familiar with you. You may notice how much they change or light up when talking about family or their mother. A lot of talks can revolve around memories and nostalgia. Also, they have a way of slowing things down, which manifests to the way they actually speak. You get sucked into their emotional state and it can be hard to walk away from them without your own feelings being affected. They possess a kind, caring face that makes people feel like they can open up to them. But, they are known for their sly, subtle looks, especially by looking at you sideways or avoiding eye contact altogether.
An equal mix of self-confidence and self-consciousness is at play. It will be obvious how much they are responding to what you think of them, even if this is just what they think that you think of them. This surprisingly impacts their self-assurance, even though they generally cover it up with bravado. They will make an impression as being hyper self-aware and knowing the effect they have on others. Their response to compliments can be quite dramatic, either through being wildly flattered and amused or going to great lengths to deny it, which is really just them fishing for more flattery. These people like to discuss themselves in a way that is often very revealing. It seems like they are always eager to understand themselves more and be more authentic, keeping them on a journey of self-discovery. Their strength of will is also obvious, to the point where it can seem as if they are forcing things on to you. But, there is still something irresistibly warm and lovable about them. Also watch out for theatrical facial expressions (when they're not looking rather haughty or proud) and a dramatization of the simplest statements.
It is so obvious how smart these people are and not necessarily because they tell you directly. They are often too humble for that. Instead, they will spend a lot of time teaching you things. Even if they don’t know you well, they won’t hesitate to correct you and set you straight on something you’re wrong about. In fact, they may overdo it just a bit. But, they act as if they have these important things they have to teach people. These folks are also very open about their flaws, to the point where it may seem like they’re putting themselves down. They’re not exactly. They are just always being honest about their shortcomings and the “work” they need to do, including on themselves. In fact, much of their conversation can revolve around work. There is something very precise, specific, and detailed about how they speak, even though nervous tension and over-analyzing can distinctly throw off their articulate nature, at times. Look for a face that is sober, strongly observant and critical, to the point where you undeniably feel judged.
These individuals aren’t the types to stand out that much. Instead, there is something just nice, cool, and easy about them. A lot of what they do is not initiated and serves as a reflection of you, which can make it plain to see how easily influenced they are. In fact, upon first impression, they may be so accommodating that you feel put upon. But, there is a lot of emphasis on agreeing with people. This can sometimes mean, however, insisting that other people agree with them. In this way, they become surprisingly pushy and even forceful. Although they are harmless and charming enough, it’s obvious how much they want to influence you. And you can often walk away from them totally buying into whatever they said until you stop and think some more. In any case, they are intent on getting you to think more and see things from another angle (often theirs). The eye contact can be quite steady and connected but usually in a pleasant way. The face is often neutral, either always blank or always smiling, making it easy to project on to them.
You will notice something quietly dramatic in the demeanor. They won’t flaunt their emotions all out in the open but they usually speak in extreme language or even with a certain severity. The all-or-nothing attitude is obvious and this emerges in a way that makes them take their behavior up to an 11: incredibly sweet, intensely brooding, relentlessly funny, or savagely sarcastic. In any case, there is a distinct sense that they are hiding something, which can be bothersome upon first impression. It’s something that you can just feel in the air and it can be vaguely uncomfortable. One thing is happening on a surface level and another thing is happening underneath that and you just can’t put your finger on it. Still, in spite of this, there are moments where they can expose a part of themselves that you never knew was there. But, it won’t last long, especially since they are in control of that. Whether they are seemingly extroverted and light or not, these people always betray their intensity and seriousness when they’re not speaking. The face can be placid and mysterious but the expression can also turn scary or creepy without warning.
A strong sense of adventure is ever-present. You will hear them speaking a lot about amazing experiences they’ve had or that they want to have. It seems as if they’re constantly crossing things off their bucket list. They also love to wax philosophical, so there will be many recurring talks about “the journey” and how much they’ve grown as a person. Although they’re generally goofy, silly, or carefree, they are surprisingly wise and enlightening, as well. The playfulness is also very striking. Upon first impression, they may not be able to stop laughing or making jokes. This makes them naturals at banter and being hilarious in a spontaneous, off-the-cuff way. They will be very obviously appreciative of your humor. In fact, not being funny will really, really lose them. Also, they can be bawdy and tell the truth almost compulsively, as if they’ve had some sort of truth serum. A face that is constantly grinning is a sign, as well as eyes that naturally smile or “smize”.
There is a strong focus on results and it makes them seem to be so realistic. It’s also why they really lead with their achievements and seem proudest of what they’ve accomplished. The “what do you do” question can cause them to really light up and become engaged. Otherwise, at a party or something, they seem like they’re biding their time for something more important to do. So, they may be most personable or accessible in professional settings when they’re expected to be. Still, they convey what they need to convey very effectively, giving you the bottom line response. Their way of speaking is very steady, without many modulations or variations, though not exactly monotone. They are also open about their failures or their struggles. But, the ones over the age of thirty or thirty-five are far more confident and at ease with themselves. The ones in their twenties and younger have a hard time lightheartedly laughing at themselves. The face is restrained and stern, at times, although it can also be hesitant and doubtful, revealing their ever-cautious nature.
The uniqueness of those with this placement is most noticeable. Often times, this is because they will openly tell you how unique or different they are in contrast to other people. It is a sense of being weird and fully accepting it. If they don’t say it directly, they make an impression by thinking or doing things in a way that few people do, if anyone. They really emphasize going against conventional thought, whether it’s your ideas or people’s on a large scale, and can get you to see something in a new way. These folks are free spirits who are also strangely wise and intellectual in their own way, using their wisdom and insight to help others. They seem very nice and friendly but just as indifferent or distant. You’ll notice little to no reaction if you try to pressure them to think a certain way or make them feel judged. That is, unless the reaction is outright defiance. The face can be so cool that it’s downright icy, especially when observing you. But, they can also be wildly expressive.
Either this person is clearly very sensitive and sweet or they put a lot of effort into not seeming as sensitive as they really are. In the latter case, it gets expressed as an aggressive extroversion or toughness that obviously act as a cover for something else. An insistence on not being that sensitive is a dead giveaway. But, there is usually a moment when the illusion shatters. If you get them talking about something very personal or say something unexpectedly hurtful, their vulnerable and tenderhearted nature is revealed. Otherwise, they are noticeably hard to pin down. A certain shyness is usually present but they are so giving and personable that they can seem more outgoing than they are. Also, there may be a lot of smiling and bursts of laughter, either because they often do not feel present and do it to reconnect or because they are being amused by something on their own spacey wavelength. There is a sweet and sympathetic face that often looks ready to listen to all of your troubles. But, at other times, they can seem mysteriously distracted by something else.