What’s My (Rising) Sign? Free Ascendant Calculator Tool

rising signThe “ascendant” (or “rising sign” — these terms are used interchangeably) refers to the sign that is “rising” or on the Eastern horizon at the time of birth.

It sets up the rest of the astrological house structure — the 12 sectors that correlate to important life areas — and determine where the planets and other points fall in a natal chart.

This is why knowing the exact moment of birth is so important to astrologers. Most predictive work relies more heavily on houses (which are again determined by the birth time and thus the ascendant) than most lay people realize.

Even weekly horoscopes and monthly forecasts are written more from the perspective of rising signs than Sun signs.

Scroll down for the Rising Sign Calculator. Or use the table below for  for an approximate representation based on the 12 Sun signs. If your birth time is “iffy” this may help you to determine your rising sign (ascendant). However it’s far from precise and we can’t stress enough the importance of learning your exact birth time if you want an accurate astrological interpretation.

To find your rising sign using this table, locate your Sun sign in the left column and your approximate birth time in the top row. For example, an Aries Sun person born at 2:20 am would — according to this table — have a Pisces ascendant. A Capricorn Sun sign person born at 12:06 pm would have Taurus rising. And so on.

If you’re looking for a book on this subject, The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest is excellent!

Now looking at the table below, see if you can locate your rising sign, even if you know your exact birth time. You’ll be able to check it against the calculator at the bottom of this page as well. The Symbols for each sign are listed in the right column.


If you do know your exact birth time, you can find your ascendant instantly using the ascendant calculator tool below. But first let’s look at what rising signs are and how they apply to you.

The rising sign represents your instinctive approach to life. It’s what people see when they first meet you and how they might describe you to others. It’s your personality and how you present yourself to the world. This also applies to physical characteristics and limitations.

The ascendant — or rising sign — also sets up the entire natal chart structure, which includes houses (life departments) and what are called rulerships. It also tells you where each of the planets in your natal chart fall (which house the fall in and which house they rule). As you can imagine, having this information is critical for getting the full picture as far as not only who you are information about your relationships, career, finances, family, health and so on.

Let’s look at a brief snapshot of each of the 12 rising signs:

aries-glyphAries: Aries rising people present themselves as warm, dynamic, assertive and competitive. They’re movers and shakers, throwing themselves eagerly into new ventures that don’t require a lot of forethought and planning. They can be impatient and can lose steam if something becomes tedious or boring. They’re gung-ho about diving into something new and fresh but not so good about tying up loose ends. They’re drawn to that which is new and exciting — anything that challenges them to push past their fears. They tend to act first and think later, relying on their natural instincts, which are generally very good.  As Mars is the ruler or Aries, this is further defined by the sign and house placement of their natal Mars.

Taurus-glyphTaurus rising people tend to be more slow moving. They’re earthy, practical and sensuous, preferring comfort over extravagance and quality over quantity. They like to take their time easing into things — and that includes relationships. They can be infinitely patient and willing to bide their time rather than rushing in head first. They can be hedonistic and self-indulgent. They enjoy savoring experiences with all five senses. They’re generally cool, calm and collected, but when they get mad, watch out! They can be like a bull in a china shop. They can also be stubborn, possessive and resistant to change. While some may see them as lazy, they prefer to call it rest and relaxation. As Venus is the ruler of Taurus, these characteristics can be further defined or modified by the sign and house placement of their natal Venus.

gemini-glyphGemini: A Gemini rising is all about communication. There is a sharpness of mind and restlessness of spirit although not in a negative way. So many things will interest you and there may seem to be not enough hours in the day to do them all. A Gemini rising usually gives a slender body frame perhaps from all the mental energy expended. You will never be without words within a conversation infact you may be the one waiting for the other person or the rest of the group to catch up with what is going on. You will have many interests and hobbies. Romantically you need to connect with your partner on an intellectual level. If you are involved with someone with Gemini rising then brush up on what is going on in the world and/or find out what interests them and start talking to them about it.

cancer glyphCancer: It’s all about the home and family life for you. You are great at being the caregiver and nourishing those around you. There is a softness to your body which goes well with the mother instinct inside you. For a male with Cancer rising there is the capacity to be on the lookout to what will make the family feel secure and safe alongside wanting to be emotional depended upon by your partner. This works both ways. Cancers are all about emotions, giving and caring which means you will seek a partner and home life that supply you with these traits. You have the ability to listen to those around you and give them advice to help them on their way in life.

leo-glyphLeo: If all the world were a stage and you have a Leo rising then you would be very happy indeed! A Leo rising needs to be seen and appreciated afterall you are the king of the jungle and also the master of your own lair (Universe). There is a sense of the dramatic around you and you make a good actor. Alongside this you have an open heart and are not mean spirited but rather generous with your time, money, emotions. Your partner needs to realise this as if you are not being treated as the “king” you are and you are with a partner who is holding back, being stingy with emotions and finances you will not feel appreciated. You deserve the best because you are the best and there is no getting around that. Just make sure you live up to your innate sense of Leo rising character and don’t take the negative side of it.

virgo-glyphVirgo: You are precise, quick thinking and intelligent. For you the world is seen through an intellectual layer where you are discerning on what you want in your life and what you don’t want in your life. You are extremely helpful to others especially animals and those who are ill. Emotionally you may need to be needed in some way and for this reason you may wish to make certain that you needs are being met on an equal basis by your partner although you probably won’t do this and you have a sense of needing to be the “giver” in anything you do. Emotionally you may have the tendency to nitpick those around you and while you think you are doing this for their benefit it may not always feel like this to the person on the receiving end… infact it may feel very much like criticism.

libra-glyphLibra: You have the need to keep your life in balance and have the need to see all sides of a situation. You are not one to rush into an argument but sometimes because of your need to look at the situation as a whole you may open your mouth and find yourself arguing a cause that you don’t fully agree with but nevertheless have opened a can of worms because you were just trying to see the situation from all sides. Libra rising usually gives you a sense of beauty and refinement. You will like fashion and have a fine sense of style. You’ll enjoy all those feminine things ie trips to the beauty salon, hairdressers and being spoilt by your partner. If you are dating someone with a Libra rising make sure you are well dressed as these people have a need to gaze upon beauty.

scorpio-glyphScorpio: If you like your emotional life intense then try someone with a Scorpio rising. They are the detectives of the zodiac and want to know everything that is going on. Expect deep and meaningful conversations to be the norm as a Scorpio rising will want to know all your secrets and won’t stop until they do. Warning note: this may including snooping around to find out what they think you are hiding from them. They are intensely loyal, emotionally deep and sexy as hell so if you can handle all of these traits then you are onto a winner with a Scorpio rising. If you want to drive them a bit crazy just act mysterious as they like to unravel a mystery especially if it has a good ending. And it better be a good ending because if it’s not they may be out of your life before you know it.

sag-glyphSagittarius: There’s a joviality to your outlook on life alongside a need for a sense of adventure. Sagittarius is considered the lucky sign of the zodiac so having a Sagittarian ascendant is the next best thing. It means you will have a need to always be learning, like travel and foreign cultures alongside being able to comfortable immerse yourself within these cultures. Others may see you as outspoken and brutally honest. You are upbeat to be around and usually a bit of a clown in others company. For this reason people flock to you as you take their minds of the mundane and have the capacity to make them laugh. If you can laugh at yourself then so can others.

cap-glyphCapricorn: Life is a journey for you and the road you travel is every bit as important as the destination. Capricorn rising usually hold their looks well into old age as they tend to be so sturdy and solid in their health that by the time you have reached that time in your life you are ready to have some fun whereas others may be thinking of slowing down you are just getting ready to let your hair down. There’s a seriousness to this ascendant that is hard to break through. It allows you to reach success but may also leave you a bit lonely if success becomes your sole purpose in life. Don’t expect a Capricorn rising person to slow down and loosen up their attitudes to life until later in life but when they do they are more sprightly than most around them.

aq-glyphAquarius: Eccentric and born ahead of your time. That’s what you get from an Aquarian rising. You will place your friends and friendships high on your list of priorities alongside you need to fight a cause. Others may find you a bit stand offish but this is because you get to know people first before allowing them to get close to you. There is also a sense of exquisite beauty usually accompanying an Aquarian rising as it is ethereal and hard to put your finger on. You have a quick mind, a sharp intellect and lightening reflexes when it comes to understanding complexes that are well ahead of their time. Come to think of you you are well ahead of your time. You find love through friendship and friendship through love and anyone who wishes to be your partner should keep these two things in mind.

pisces-glyphPisces: Dreamy and able to immerse yourself in others. You have a healing quality around you just by being in your presence which can work for or against you. If you can manage good boundaries then this healing quality can be used for you to help others but if you allow yourself to become too overwhelmed by others and their problems then you may lose yourself. If Pisces is your ascendant you need to take some time out for yourself and do so frequently in order to replenish your energy levels and get straight in your head what you want versus what others are wanting from you. You’ll be interested in the arts, creativity of all kinds and psychic matters. There is also a high chance that you are a natural born psychic regardless of your Sun sign.

The birth time and place are both necessary for locating your exact rising sign. The table above will not give you precise information. In fact, it can be as much as a full sign off. And while more in-depth interpretations for each rising sign can br found in a good book, such as Jeanne Avery’s The Rising Sign: Your Astrological Mask, you can also leave a comment below (with your date — spelled out please — time and place of birth (City, State and Country), and we’ll be happy to tell you what yours is. You can also come to one of us for a comprehensive natal analysis.


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893 comments on “What’s My (Rising) Sign? Free Ascendant Calculator Tool

  1. Joseph Figueroa

    Hi! I was born July 15, 1987 at 8:14 pm in Redwood City California, USA. By the chart it seems I am a Pisces rising. Is this correct? Thank you!

      1. Mufty

        Hello, I was born in Ghana,Tamale on 21st November 1995 at 8:47am,what’s my rising sign please

      2. Ahmad Mustapha

        Hi, I am Ahmad and I was born in Kano, Nigeria on 8:22am 22-feb-2003 and it looks like my rising sign is Taurus right?
        Thank you

        1. Melodie

          Hi Paul — that really depends on where you were born. I think it’s more likely that you’re Cancer rising (or even Gemini rising if you were both in southern latitudes), but i suppose in some parts of the world it could be Leo rising. The place of birth is very important.

  2. Crystal Akerley

    I was born in Innisfail, Alberta on June 30, 1952 at approx 2:30 pm. Is my rising sign saggitarius as in table above?

    1. Melodie

      Hi Crystal. That’s 26º Libra 08 rising. It would be in your best interests though to nail that birth time down to the exact minute if possible. You have several planets straddling your ascendant, so a little earlier or later could change things dramatically.

  3. Victor Sanchez

    Hi I was born on November 4 1977 at 12:44 am in Chicago, IL USA

      1. Emily newton

        Hi I was born on April 22,1982
        In Kalamazoo Michigan Bronson hospital United States
        At 3:05am

  4. Dalisi

    Hello! I was born on November 11, 1995 – Romania, Buzau.


    1. Melodie

      Same for you Dalisi, you need to know your time of birth to get your rising sign,

      1. Kt

        Hi I was born on June 3 1961. At 5 or 5:30 am.
        What is my rising sign.

        1. Melodie

          Hi KT first of all you need to include your birthplace as well. Secondly see what you can do to nail down that birth time. You want it exact as possible; don’t rely on the word of an exhausted and probably hungry mother with other things on her mind for this important piece of information. ☺



  6. Kashish

    Hi, My name is Kashish and i was born on 12’Oct 1996 at 6:50pm in New DELHI, INDIA
    Is my rising sign “Taurus”???

    1. Melodie

      Hi Kashish — yes this is 9 Taurus 06 in Western astrology. In the Vedic system it’s 15 Aries 17.

      1. Melissa G Schroeder

        Hi again Melodie. You answered a few queries for me in regards to my taurus husband cody and my libra baby daughter melody elise (whos now 6 months!) back in January. With all this extra time on my hands due to the recent pandemic issue I’ve kept occupied researching astrology. I have a question about my own chart this time. My mother informed me the other day that I was actually born on August 15th 1980 at 2:47a not at 2:07a as I’d always thought. My sun sign is Leo and my moon sign is Libra. Would the birth time variation change my ascendant though? I was born in Ware Massachusetts in the United States of America.

        1. Melodie

          hi Melissa, yes it changes it from 5 degrees Cancer rising to 14 Cancer rising. It also moves a couple planet (Venus and Mercury) into different houses and it changes your MC/ IC axis which has to do with public vs private persona (among many other things). I hope that helps!

  7. Shelise Chun-Guernsey

    Hi so I am very confused. From this chart it states my rising sign as Pisces. I was born about 2pm or 215pm in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 24th, 1997. I have tried different sites to get a full reading with my ruling planets and everything and I have gotten both Leo and Capricorn from more than 3 different sites for both. How do I know what is accurate?

  8. Shelise Chun-Guernsey

    Oops or actually I’m born Honolulu, Hawaii
    September 24 1997 at 1:27pm is my rising sign Aquarius then?

  9. Melissa Schroeder

    Hi Melodie. I wrote to you back in January several times about my husband and new baby daughters (Melody) charts. During these trying times I’ve delved deeper into my own background and have recently discovered my birth time was incorrect. I was actually born 40 minutes later and I’m wondering what all this information would change in my chart. My birthday is August 15th 1980 and I was born in Ware Massachusetts in the United States Of America. My correct birth time is 2:47a. Looking forward to your reply! ?

  10. Julie Hart

    Hi! I was born August 6th, 1992 at 2pm in Mississippi. From what I’ve read on other sites it says my rising is Sagittarius.. is that correct?

  11. Vicky Longthorp

    Hi i was born 6am 21st september 1965 what is my sign sun,moon,rising.I havnt got a clue

        1. Melodie

          Vicky, If you want to know what your rising sign is you have to provide your date, time and place of birth. That means your city / state / country. The UK is a big place, and we aren’t looking for time zone, we need the actual place you were born. thanks

          1. Vicky Longthorp

            i was born 21/09/1965 6 .00 am in Hull.East Yorkshire.England.

            I also have a twin Julie but she was born at 6.20 am,which my mother didnt know about.

            Thanks vicky xx

  12. Vixky Longthorp

    i dont understand what am i when the sun,moon,rising appears…..im totally lost,i even looked on the chart and was still lost

  13. Jo

    Born 7am 7 aug 1972. Uitenhage. Eastern Cape. South Africa. What is my rising sign…

  14. Shaniko Thomas

    I was born on April 26,1980 at 1:15 pm in Hazelwood, Missouri. What would my rising sign be.

  15. Cynthia

    Hi, my name is Cynthia and i was born on 12th of October 1986 at about 10:30am . In the city of Kafanchan and Nigeria as a country.
    And my husband named Christian was born on 7th December 1980 at about 6:30am . In the city of Abakiliki and Nigeria as a country.
    Please what’s our rising sign and moon sign

    1. Melodie

      Hi Cynthia, you’re both Sagittarius rising, for you it’s about 18 Sagittarius and for Christian it’s about 16 Sagittarius. He’s a triple Sagittarius, meaning that his Sun, Moon and Rising are all in Sag.

  16. Ellie

    Hi, I was born on April 7th 2005 at about 12:05 PM in Tbilisi,Georgia. can you please tell me what’s my rising sign?

  17. Ztar

    Hi. My name is Ztar (star). I’m 19 years old. And I’m a Virgo. I was born on September 1st 2000 at exactly 3:45PM At The DCH Regional Medical Center In Tuscaloosa Alabama. I love to learn more and more about myself quite often. Can someone plz help me out here?

  18. Tanvi

    Hello! I was born on 24th november, 2000. My time of birth according to my parents was around 10pm to 12am. Location- Indore, India.

    1. Melodie

      Hi there Tanvi – I’m afraid that’s too wide a gap to determine your rising sign.That 2 hour gap cam span three different signs. All the best

  19. afaq ahmed

    i was born on 2 dec 1993 7 20 am in Pakistan according to this table I am cap rising is this correct??

    1. Melodie

      Hi Afaq, depending on where in Pakistan you were born it’s around 16 Sagittarius rising.

  20. Jack

    Melodie out of curiosity is it just birth date & time that detemines your rising sign? I was born on May 29th 2004 at 19:55(7:55pm) with sun sign being Gemini
    moon sign being Libra
    so according to this my rising is Capricorn

    1. Melodie

      Hi Jack — You need to include your place of birth too to get the exact degree. That 7:55 pm may very well be Sagittarius rising, especially with DST in effect.

  21. Edith

    Hello! I am a sun sign Leo born at 5:17 pm (Aug 15,1970, Tulsa, OK) According to this static chart (and others I’ve found) and also according to the 1970 Dell Horoscope Book my mom purchased, I am an Aquarius Rising. However, every natal chart I run (astrolabe.com, and many others), states I am a Capricorn rising. What gives? (Is there a daylight savings time issue?). I am nothing like a Capricorn rising, but I’m confused about the discrepancy. Any ideas?
    Leo with ? Rising

    1. Melodie

      Hi Edith, you do indeed have Capricorn rising. It’s 3 Capricorn 25. You may feel more like Aquarius than Capricorn because that’s where your moon is. So its Leo Sun, Aquarius Moon and Capricorn rising.

      All the best ?

  22. Irene

    Hi 🙂 I was born 16. November 1998, 6.30 am. I don’t know the time precisely, which is a bummer. But I think 6.30 is quite precise.
    I was born in Gjøvik, Norway. Is it possible to tell my moon sign regardless? It is the only sign i don’t know yet.
    I just want to be sure; I am a Scorpio Sun and Sagittarius Rising? Thank you?

    1. Melodie

      Hi Irene, if you were born exactly 6:30 am you’re 5 degrees Scorpio rising. Your Moon is in the 12th house ar 21 degrees Libra.

  23. Theophilus Amo Agyei

    Thanks for the lessons on our Rising star. I will like you to tell about mine . Born in Ghana on the 28 May 1977.

  24. jess

    hi, i was born feb. 11 2005 at 5:30pm. Aquarius rising?

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