When someone asks you your sign, what they're really asking is what sign the Sun was in on the day you were born.
But you also have an Ascendant, or Rising Sign, which is a vitally important point in your chart. Your Rising Sign indicates how you interact with other people and represents the mask that others encounter before they get to know the real you. It can also have a major influence on your physical appearance.
While the Sun takes around a month to travel through each sign, the rotation of the Earth means that the sign rising on the horizon changes every two hours. So, your Rising Sign is determined by the time and place you were born and explains why someone born on the same day of the same year may be very different from you.
Your Rising Sign affects your love life and shows why you may be attracted to wildly incompatible Sun Signs! Check out your Rising Sign and then see from the descriptions below how it impacts your Sun Sign and your relationships.
Impulsive and brave, you are always one step ahead of the pack. You have a strong sense of fair play but you can be a little tactless in your efforts to achieve it. But there is something childlike about your spontaneity, which usually disarms other people. You may find yourself attracted to Libra, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Outwardly gentle and passive, you're stubborn as well. You only lose your temper if your security is threatened. You may be beautiful, with a melodious voice and brilliant communications skills. But you do like to be in control, which is something others don't realize until it's too late! You'll find common ground with Scorpio, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Cell phones were invented for you, as you love to chat! Ideally, you are conducting several conversations at once while you monitor your FAX and e-mail. You are easily bored, and staying focused on one objective requires a lot of self-discipline. This Rising Sign guarantees a youthful appearance and outlook. You love to share ideas with Sagittarius, Libra, and Aquarius.
You have a strong need to nourish your loved ones, and you'll do anything to avoid rejection. You have real empathy with others, but you can be moody, especially at New and Full Moons. There is a really appealing softness about your appearance, but you may have to work to control your waistline. You love the way Capricorn takes care of you, and you also resonate with Scorpio and Pisces.
Your impressive presence lights up your surroundings, and if you accept that you aren't on stage all the time, you can be relaxed and playful. You're loyal but need to work hard at empathy. Your beautiful mane is often a standout feature. You are attracted to Aquarians, as they dare to stand up to you. Aries and Sagittarius are kindred spirits who fit into the drama of your life.
You're so complicated that the tiniest fly in the ointment can result in sleepless nights and possibly an ulcer. You are also hard on yourself, as you never quite match up to your own standards. But the up side is that you're a source of practical know-how and always look young for your age. Pisces teaches you the deeper meaning and how to chill; Capricorn and Taurus are comfortable companions.
Charming, fair, and just, you simply have to redress the balance whenever it seems out of kilter, so you're often embroiled in disputes. Ideally, you channel this into your career, or your relationships will be stormy or nonexistent, and you hate to be alone! Not that you'll lack admirers. Fellow air signs, Aquarius and Gemini, provide intellectual stimulation, and Aries is infuriatingly attractive!
Soulful and secretive, you don't give anything away. Others can drown in those deep, often dark eyes, but it leaves you unfazed. Once you fall in love, you really lock on, and woe to any two-timing lover. Emotional security is paramount, although you have a healthy respect for money in the bank. Taurus understands your needs, as does Cancer. You fall for Pisceans, but they will drive you mad!
So friendly! So open! So accident-prone! With eyes fixed on distant horizons, you sometimes miss or bump into what's right in front of you. You make up for it by being warm as toast and interested in just about everything except getting tied down. Your cure for the blues is to hop on the nearest plane and explore. Gemini fascinates you, and Leo and Aries share your inspired outlook on life.
You come across as serious, but that belies your dry sense of humor. You're hard-headed when it comes to money and responsibility, because you take your commitments seriously. You often feel out of place when young and usually come into your own after you hit 30. So don't give yourself a hard time! Cancerians really appreciate your protectiveness, and Taurus and Virgo tease out your sensuality.
You are a people person, but because you believe we are all equal under the sun, your nearest and dearest sometimes feel neglected. Quirkily charismatic, you definitely attract unusual people and unexpected adventures, which is how you like it really. Hooking up with a Leo can be irresistible and teaches you that some folk are indeed more equal than others. Gemini and Libra match you in the conversation stakes.
Sensitive and sympathetic, you are a bit like a psychic sponge, soaking up everything in the emotional atmosphere. You hate both confrontation and disappointing those that you love, so if you've misbehaved, you tend to go maddeningly AWOL. As it's common to get involved with a Virgo, you are probably used to being chided. Still, this keeps you out of even more trouble. Cancer and Scorpio share your romantic ideals.