The Rising Sign which is commonly known as the Ascendant is the sign rising over the horizon at the time of your birth. This approximately changes every two hours. All of us have different ascendants and twins are not an exception. This can also make a real difference in each horoscopes and so in their personalities. It is not that easy to calculate your rising sign by hand as it needs several sets of tables.
Likewise, the Ascendant is also known as the mask of the persona and the first impression we make on those we meet. The qualities of the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon imprints on the outer self as we emerge into the world. And each time we encounter a new situation or a person, this is the face we reveal.
If you have ever been wondered by how others describe you, it could be that they have encountered the Rising sign qualities. It is the image facing outward and might not be how you see yourself at all. It is said to be the front door of the self, but as much a part of the personality as the Sun sign.
The Rising sign had been a dominant focus of interest. Astrology was popularized by the Ancient Greeks to add individual nuance to the twelve Sun signs. To form a personality, the Sun and Rising sign must harmonize together. Your Rising sign is significant both in understanding your personality as it determines how your birth chart and the rest of astrology chart is laid out.
This deal with First house aspects such as appearance and personality and it can even influence physical characteristics. It is the vehicle with which to take action in the world while the Sun is the core self.
Exact calculation degrees can be made once you know the time of your birth. There are many astrology sites offer free birth charts which always include the rising sign. Rising sign can also be computed using some basic mathematical calculations. What is needed is the exact time along with the longitude and latitude of your birth place. You will have to convert the time to Greenwich Time followed by making adjustment to Sidereal (means “star”) time. Based on the stars, Sidereal day is four minutes shorter than a day based on the Sun.
Its major focus rests on the development of the personality. It is generally the first thing we present to others once we are out and dealing with people. It has something to do with the behavior patterns we might have to adopt to our external and familial surroundings.
Read up on your rising sign, to get a feel for what you’re like from the outside looking in and have your free horoscope forecast. It is also your chance you have your free birth chart reading as it is connected to it. Your Rising Sign is the way you engaged with other world and the light cast over your Sun and Moon.