Why Is My Rising Sign SO Different From My Sun Sign?
News flash: Your sun sign, the sign you’ve come to know (and hopefully love), is not the only sign you have in your chart. Though your sun has tremendous impact on your life and who you are—after all, the sun is the largest body in our solar system—it’s your rising sign that most people see before they truly know you.
For instance, if you’re a Taurus sun but also an Aries rising, you may have more impulsive tendencies than your normal Taurean. Here’s everything you need to know about how to navigate the two super distinct, but equally important, signs in your chart.
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What Is My Sun Sign?
In astrology, the sun represents the self, and your sun sign is a huge reflection of who you are and what shapes your identity as an individual human. The sun gives you the feeling that you are an “I” versus a “we” or a “them” or a nondescript set of floating particles. So reading your sun sign horoscope makes a whole lot of sense. It helps you understand how you’re going to feel and maybe what will happen to you, but it doesn’t give you a complete picture.
- Aries (March 21 – April 19)
- Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
- Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
- Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
- Leo (July 23 – August 22)
- Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
- Libra (September 23 – October 22)
- Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
- Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
- Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
- Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
- Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
What Is My Rising Sign?
Your rising sign dictates who you are on the surface. It’s the outer layer of your energy. Because of this, if you just met someone and guessed their sign, chances are you would guess their rising before their sun. That’s because the rising sign is what you first see and what people see when they first look at you. And because our lives are greatly affected by how others relate to us, your rising sign has a huge impact on your daily experience.
And guess what? Your rising sign isn’t even a planet. It’s the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and unlike your sun sign (and all of the other planets), your rising sign is dependent on the precise time you were born. Because of this, reading your rising sign horoscope helps you tune into details that are particularly unique and special to you.
You can find out your rising sign and moon sign using Astrology.com’s free birth chart calculator.
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How to Read Your Sun and Rising Together
To put it simply: If you were a book, the genre of the book would be your sun sign, and its cover would be your rising. If we’re going into moon signs, the book’s ~meaning~, the sentiment behind its words, would be your moon. All these components are necessary in understanding the book itself.
That’s why someone may guess your rising sign before your sun—ever heard of judging a book by its cover?
That’s also why its imperative to learn both—or preferably all three signs (sun, moon, rising)—in order to truly understand a person.
And while reading these two horoscopes together still isn’t a 100% complete picture, these additional reads will give you more insight into what’s going on in your life and around you.
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