Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
Your Ascendant is Aries
Your Ascendant (or Rising Sign) reveals the ways in which you present yourself to others, as well as the ways in which you immediately respond to the world around you. As such, it describes the ways in which we project ourselves out into the environment as well as the kinds of experiences we need to have in order to make life meaningful.
The combination of Sun, Moon and Ascendant describe what you want (Sun), what you need (Moon), and the style in which you will go about getting it (Ascendant).
Planetary Ruler: Mars
With Aries rising, there is a strong need to approach life in a straight forward and direct manner. In this sense, qualities of courage, strength and self assertion need to be developed in order to meet the challenges that life will present.
To live the full potential of this Ascendant, one needs become decisive, and take action. How able you feel to go out and do this will depend upon other factors in the chart. It is highly likely that you will experience some difficulties earlier in life, either overshooting the mark by being too vigourous in your approach, or feeling afraid to go it alone. This will ease in time, as you gain greater awareness around using what is basically a very primal, powerful and assertive energy.
The task for an Aries rising individual is to find the creative potency within, so that the self as an initiator can be developed and explored. In this sense, the Aries rising individual needs to experience themselves as a potent catalytic force in whatever environment they are found. Accordingly, you may continually experience the need to rise up and confront challenges, to act as an initiator, or catalyst, in order to get things started, or keep them moving along. There are strong tendencies to be on one’s own, and to become very self-sufficient. According to Howard Sasportas, “Life is best viewed as an adventure, quest and challenge” when this sign is rising.
Self-reliance is learnt early in childhood, as there may be a portion that is spent alone, or away from the family structure. Feelings of strangeness and dislocation from parents may be present, yet this kind of experience is needed in order to generate the independent, courageous qualities mentioned above. Often, there are difficulties with parents, especially the parent of the same sex, as this sign encourages one to seek to assert one’s independence and right to stand alone. Aries rising children are often noisy, rambunctious and enthusiastic. This may be at odds with the rest of the family structure, and present some problems. This again serves to force the individual to stand alone.
Yet, despite these challenges, cheerfulness, naturalness and sociability are also qualities usually present with Aries rising. This Ascendant brings the ability to project a warm, enthusiastic, adventurous and fun-loving optimism into the environment that is almost always welcome. Aries rising individuals are likely to be capable and energetic folk, with strong family values, and a need for structure and discipline in life. In family matters, these individuals are inclined toward self-sacrifice, as they are often willing to undergo hardship and sacrifice for the sake of the family. Initially, you may be argumentative and debate oriented, for this is a fiery sign, with strong mental energies that love to butt heads with others and push the envelope. Eventually, the challenge for you will be to learn how to incorporate Libran qualities (Aries polar opposite) of diplomacy and consideration for others to enhance your ability to realize your ambitions. Again, how easily this develops will depend greatly upon the rest of the chart.
Aries is a very physical and dynamic energy. You should think about how you are expressing the quality of dynamism in your life. It is important to recognize the need to expend a good deal of physical energy when you have Aries rising. Exercise and activities often help to keep the nervous system from becoming overwhelmed. Inactivity can often lead to moodiness and emotional overwhelm as your innate need to expend energy has nowhere to go.