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.

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

  1. Melanie Luke

    Help! I’m a cusp~ November 22, 1971 12:37am Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA

    1. Melodie

      Hi Melanie you’re for sure a Scorpio Sun (29 degrees) but you do have three planets in Sagittarius so in that respect you probably related a bit to both.

    2. Aakriti Budhathoki

      Hello. August 1,2001 2:30pm, Biratnagar,Nepal.

        1. Roy Douglas

          I was born 2.37pm
          28 february1938 in Spokane Washington USA what is my asc please?

  2. Shatira

    Hi I was hoping you could tell me my rising and ascending signs. September 27th 1993 Seoul, South Korea 3:11 am

    1. Melodie

      Hi Shatira the ascendant and rising sign are the same thing. Yours is 23 Leo. Your Moon is 19 Aquarius.

      1. Charlie Mike

        Hello, I’m interested in knowing my rising sign. Born on February 19th at 1:35am in Chicago, IL. Thank you.

  3. Stef

    December 29, 2002: 2:13pm Austin, tx usa, travis county

    1. Melodie

      Hi Rhonda, you really want to double check that birth time. At exactly 10 am you’re about 29 Virgo rising, meaning that even a minute or so later it would change your rising sign (to Libra) but would also change all of your house cusps and rulerships, etc.

    1. Melodie

      Hi Charlie, that’s 6 Sagittarius 03. Very interesting chart by the way. Both your Sun and Moon changed signs within hours of your birth, so for you the exact birth time is most necessary.

  4. Bill

    I tried this yesterday but I must have done something wrong, august 15 1965 born in orange, California at 1:23 pm hope you can help me with mine thanks

    1. Melodie

      Hi Bill — that’s 21 Scorpio 39′ rising. And no you didn’t do anything wrong — it just sometimes takes me a few days to get around to checking and answering these messages. 😊

  5. Ashly

    Hey I am a scorpio, I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 18th 2005 around 1 pm

    1. Melodie

      Hi Ashly you’re one who really needs to get her exact birth time. That “around 1 pm” is almost too close to call. Just a few minutes earlier could change both your rising sign and your Moon sign. As you were born in the US, your exact birth time will have been recorded and you can get it from your county records department.

  6. Lillian

    I am a Leo- although both myself and those who know me don´t think this sign suits me- I was born on July 23rd, 2006 but don´t really know what time it was at all. If it helps to know, my parents are both Scorpios, and my closest friend is an Aquarius.

    1. Melodie

      Hi Lillian I’m sorry we can’t know your rising sign without your birth time. Your Moon and Venus are in Cancer and your Mars is in Virgo if that helps.

  7. Cosmina

    Ohhh hi guys , i tried finding my rising sun myself. Not sure if im right can anyone correct me please.
    14 november 1986, 9:30 ish , lets stick with 9:30, Timisoara , Romania

    1. Melodie

      Hi Cosmina, if you mean 9:30 am, that’s probably Sagittarius. Your Sun is in Scorpio and Moon is in Aquarius.

  8. Tina

    Hi, I’m a Gemini – born in Roseville, CA on June 9, 1994 at 6:15am

    1. Melodie

      Hi Tina, You’re a “triple Gemini,” with Sun, Moon and rising all in Gemini. Your rising degree is 25 Gemini 42.

  9. Yoshika

    Hi I’m yoshika !! I’m a cancer born in thirupathur tamil madu India on July 1 around 5:45 pm

  10. Jada

    Help. my friend and I both want to know our siqns

    her birthday is June 14th,1993,born in San Jose Costa Rica.
    mine is October 1st 1998, New Rochelle NY.

    time of birth for her: unknown
    time of birth for me: 11:58pm

    1. Melodie

      Hi Jada — your rising sign is 16 Cancer 23 (your moon is also in cancer in the 12th house). Unfortunately for your friend, we can’t know her rising sign without her time of birth. But her Sun is in Gemini and her Moon is in Aries.

  11. germana

    hi I’m a pisces, born in Argentina, Buenos Aires on March 8, 2004 at 11:45 am

  12. Ruhi

    What about someone who’s an Aries born on 22 March, 2001-6:36 pm, Bharuch, India?

  13. Deborah

    Am an Aries born in Ghana on the 26 March,2000 but don’t know the exact time

    1. Melodie

      Hi Deborah, I’m sorry you can’t know your riding sign without your birth time. all the best

  14. Kimberly Alfonso

    Hey there I was April 19 1984 @ 11:17am Portland ME, I believe I’m aries sun and rising cancer but it doesnt like me at all (the cancer part) is that right?

    1. Melodie

      Hi Kimberly, no I don’t imagine it sounds like you! You’re Aries Sun, Leo rising (7♌54) and Sagittarius Moon. So your Sun, Moon and Rising are all in Fire signs. All the best

  15. Maureen Jean

    This was a great read!I love it! I think I now have an idea what my rising is but honestly still confused and would like to confirm… all i know is I’m a Virgo. Could you please tell me what mine would be? I am Sept 21 1994 3:34 PM

  16. Madvani

    This is fascinating I never understood the sun moon and rising before and there’s still a ton to learn! I am 10/12/84, Toronto 11:59 pm. I’m obviously a Libra but is my rising sign a Cancer?? Please let me know my Sun, Moon and Rising signs as I’d love to learn more!

    1. Melodie

      Hi Madeleine — if you mean Oct 12 (as opposed to Dec 10), you’re Libra Sun, Taurus Moon and Cancer rising.

  17. Le

    July eighth nineteen seventy-three at 2:42pm, Houston, texas.
    Thanks

  18. madvani

    Also, I don’t have my Schmom’s bday but she’ll be 70 next week! Anything you can share would be helpful, as she’s the one who got me interested in all of this stuff. She was born in Albany NY 3/3/51 (don’t know time)

    1. Melodie

      Hi Madeline — She’s a Pisces Sun and Capricorn Moon. If she was born in Albany chances are excellent that her birth time is available and recorded with the county records department. Wish you all the best 🤗

  19. Jerri

    Don’t know my ascendant rising sign due to not knowing my time of birth. Born 5/30/51 La Mesa, CA. My sun is Gemini, moon is Aries. Thank you!

    1. Melodie

      Hi Jerri. If you were born in the US in 1951, chances are very good your county records department has your birth time recorded. Unfortunately we can’t know your rising sign with out it. All the best.

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