The Rising Sign is the Zodiac sign rising on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth. It's also known as the Ascendant, the degree and sign that sets off your chart. It's your personality cloak, and one you might not even know you're wearing! Sometimes it's surprising to hear others describe you, and often it's the traits of the rising sign.
It's your calling card, since it's your public image and the impression you make on others. It's your unique mix of quirks, physical appearance, style and mannerisms. Find your rising sign on the birth chart. It's the sign on the cusp of the 1st house, often indicated by the letters ASC (ascendant). Read up on your rising sign, to get a feel for what you're like from the outside looking in. It's the light cast over your Sun and Moon, and the way you engage with the outer world.
Aries Rising: a catalyst, larger than life, overwhelming and/or inspiring to others, action oriented, courageous, a leader, sharp mentally, incisive.
Taurus Rising: calm, physically dense, rooted, purposeful, security minded, ambitious, patient, slow to anger, sensual, affectionate.
Gemini Rising clever, changeable, into trends, nervous, chatty, hilarious, always entertaining.
Cancer Rising: tender, sentimental, loving, creative, protective, sensitive, vulnerable.
Leo Rising colorful, luxury-loving, grand gestures, generous, charismatic, theatrical, prideful, image conscious, playful, joyful.
Virgo Rising: thoughtful, eager to please, self-critical, health-conscious, high integrity, trustworthy, analyzer, finicky.
Libra Rising: light and breezy, insightful, conversationalist, always presentable, sophisticated, bookish, charming.
Scorpio Rising: calculating, hidden, profound, sensual, magnetic, powerful, driven, purposeful, ambitious, passionate, emotional.
Sagittarius Rising: swift, stimulating to be with, optimistic, lucky, healthy, thrilling, a laugher.
Capricorn Rising: sober, ambitious, dark humor, effective, disciplined, self-critical, status conscious, long-range planner.
Aquarius Rising: different, collector of strangely wonderful friends, curious, private, outgoing, trend-setter.
Pisces Rising: warm-hearted, talented artist, nurturer, intuitive, self-sacrificing, bewildered, generous spirit, empathic, searching.