Originally, people thought the Rising sign was more significant than the Sun sign, in the last century, that has not been the case.
Some Astrologists will say a person is born under a zodiac sign and will actually mean the Ascendant.
A regular/lay person says they are born under a certain zodiac sign and they mean (Sun sign).
No matter what you call it (Ascendant or Rising sign), it's the most crucial detail of your natal chart because you can't have a true and personalized birth chart without calculating what your rising sign is.
Your Ascendant is very important because, you'll see what you naturally want when it comes to establishing your individuality.
You'll see who you get along with naturally.
An Ascendant is the zodiac sign that's ascending on the Eastern celestial horizon at your birthplace and birth time.
You will exhibit the characteristics of this zodiac sign. The Planets hanging around the area just beneath the East horizon will shape your life.
(FYI, the First House is in the space right underneath the horizon.) Your Sun sign is your life - your Ascendant and first House Planet lays out the style in which you live it.
The first House/Ascendant is a masquerade personality for you.
It represents the way you introduce yourself to other people - the first impression; the first House also typifies the way you express yourself.
The Ascendant is the zodiac sign of self; being concerned about yourself, knowing yourself and relying on yourself.
It's how you "see" the world and how the world "sees" you.
This is especially true when it's the same zodiac sign as any one of these: Mercury, Moon, Mars, Sun or Venus.
Even if your Ascendant isn't the same as these Planets, it still obscures your genuine personality and it will still be the personality that you naturally exhibit to others.
Your Ascendant tells of all the possible events that will happen in your life, repeatedly, until fate conditions you to be your ascendant in the general world.
Many astrologists think that your Ascendant is more apparent than your zodiac sun sign, at first.
Your Ascendant shows what your targets, aspirations, and aims are. It also points to what drives you to be an individual.
To a point, your ascendant also distinguishes certain physical features and affectations.
When you read about your Ascendant, remember it isn’t a full characterization of who you are.
To get a complete zodiac description, you have to combine all the characteristics of your planet signs.
You must also remember as you're shaking your head in disagreement, some of the traits may not describe you because your Moon or Sun sign are stronger.
Furthermore, your Sun sign, Moon sign and Ascendant are three separate dispositions that dwell in you.
You must make sure that you don't try to quell any of them because if you do, you will have problems. You need to find a way to work with them in a positive way.
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