Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

Your Sun Sign describes the centre of your personality, what motivates and drives you, and who you are learning to become

Your Moon Sign describes your instinctive and emotional nature. Whilst your Sun Sign describes qualities you are learning to develop and become, your Moon describes who you already are

Your Rising Sign shows the way you project yourself, how others see you, and the kind of experiences needed to make your life meaningful.

Your Ascendant is Aquarius


The Meaning of Aquarius Rising


Your Aquarius Ascendant (or Rising Sign) reveals the ways in which you present yourself to others and how you immediately respond to the world around you.

Aquarius is a Fixed Air sign – which means you like concepts to be well-defined. 

This page will help you to explore your Aquarius rising and find out what it means when your Ascendant is Aquarius. Keep reading, then scroll to the bottom of this page to find all the astrology tools you need to understand your unique personality.

Remember the combination of your Sun, Moon and Ascendant describes what you want (Sun), what you need (Moon), and how you will go about getting it (Ascendant).


Born with Aquarius on Your Ascendant

Planetary ruler: Traditionally Saturn. Links with Uranus  

Element: Air       Mode: Fixed

 Born with Aquarius on your Ascendant (or Rising), you are likely to be an innately logical individual, with a natural tendency to look at things from an objective point of view. Unless other factors in your chart are more impulsive or emotionally-oriented, you will probably appear to others as cool and analytical. 

Your ability to find a detached perspective allows you to make a logical assessment of circumstances. Because you see things clearly and dispassionately you can find immediate resolutions to important issues. You have the clarity and detachment to assess any concept on its own merits, rather than its emotional appeal.

Aquarius is the sign of the collective. The themes of this Zodiac sign emphasise community over the individual, the group need over the singular. You are able to see things from a broad perspective and at best will focus your attention on actions that can create the optimal outcome for the greatest amount of people. 

You are aware of your role within your community, and can make a big contribution by getting involved with others, sharing your (at times) radical ideas or perspectives in way that is open-ended and responsive to change. 

You are likely to have an especially broad view of society that allows you to mix with a variety of people. Your awareness of group and social dynamics is paramount for your overall self-expression. Aquarius is an Air sign, and so is concerned with the protocols which govern social interaction. Air signs focus on maintaining relationships. For you this means making connections with a diverse bunch of people, and upholding principles of fairness, justice and equality. 

Because you value equality you can act in ways that will benefit the collective, rather than provide personal gain. Aquarius is the rising sign of the true humanitarian, someone who gets what they need in ways that are socially responsible. Working to create harmony in your community also brings benefits to yourself.

A born networker, you can find the similarities between people and ideas. You may have a very large group of friends, or be drawn to tribes of individuals who do not fit the norm. You may identify as an outsider and need to find others with whom you can relate.

At heart you are fiercely individual. You do not like to be categorised or told what to do/think/feel. Your challenge is to avoid isolating yourself through being “too different” or alternately losing yourself in the company of others. Sometimes you can get swallowed up by trying to belong, or trying to be free.

You may be suited to working with large groups of people, especially organizations or groups that have a humanitarian focus. You may also be drawn to arenas such as science, politics, communications or human resources, and have a strong social conscience. 

Usually open to innovation, you can be an early-adopter or work with advances in technology. Engineering, electronics, aviation and broadcasting also fall under the sign of Aquarius. You may be drawn to a career in one of these fields, or just have a natural propensity for them.

For a well-rounded picture, the qualities of your Sun Sign and House should be considered, as well as the qualities of your Moon sign. How these other key features of your astrological profile blend with your Aquarius rising nature will reveal much about who you are as well as how others see you.


Your Ascendant is Aquarius: The Gift of Aquarius Rising


All in all, you are likely to be fair-minded, socially aware and able to connect with a wide range of people. Your broad range of interests can make you interesting company, and you can achieve many things through your gifts of objectivity and broad-mindedness.

Life is best met with a sense of hope for the future, knowing that through the right application of ideas and technology, humanity can evolve. Though you may at times find yourself subject to periods of browsing isolation, you know at the end of the day that everything goes better for you when you’re with your tribe.

You are likely to take up social causes, supporting the ideals of freedom and equality for all. Your openness to others and ability to connect can be one of your greatest assets. Even when you feel different from the rest, you can still find a way to bring a unique perspective that helps others grow. 

In order to shine you need to recognise your individual talents and find outlets to express them. To help you do this you might need to find the group that is right for you. Not everyone sees things with the objectivity that you do, and it’s important you spend time with people who value your unique contribution. 


The Essential Qualities of Aquarius Rising


Heightened Vision


When your Ascendant is Aquarius, your intellect may be highly pronounced. You may be seen by others as someone who has a cool, clear head. Your ability to sort fact from fiction is strong, and you may have a particular talent for cutting through “the noise” to find practical solutions that work.   

You may also be gifted with a strong intuition or insight – able to see the whole of something in one moment, then make pinpoint assessments of the individual parts based upon multiple levels of information. You suddenly see the answer to something without necessarily knowing why. This helps you stay ahead of the game intellectually. 

Sudden flashes of illumination help you see the next step, and should learn to trust this process and let it proceed. Your unique perspective lets you see aspects of a problem or idea that others may not have considered before. You have the kind of insight on which others may rely

Because you are able to easily make associations, friends may value you for a fresh take on things they are struggling to understand. One of your strengths is the ability to express yourself clearly. With Aquarius rising, you can make others feel at ease with your open-minded approach. This rising sign is both idealistic yet practical, and others are likely to appreciate the vision you bring.

Think about how your Rising Sign and Sun Sign might interact. The sign and house position of the Sun in your chart will give you many clues about how to make the most of your networking and analytical abilities.


A Unique Perspective 


Despite all of this you can also be at times rebellious and unorthodox. Born with Aquarius rising, you are meant to “bring to earth” your unique visions for a future world. You may at times suffer because of your personal eccentricities or may have grown up feeling like an outsider from an early age.  At the end of the day, you were born to follow the beat of your own drum, and should not compromise who you are to conform with others opinions. 

Freedom is important to you. When you have space to make your own decisions you can be at times the rebel or the renegade, ready to bring about the new. Again, much depends on the other features of your chart. 

Think about how your Sun sign, Moon sign and their respective houses blend with your Aquarius Ascendant. This will help you to understand why you respond the way you do and how to maximise your talents. 

At Times Aloof


Sometimes, the degree of social connectivity described does not occur. You may instead develop a serious, cold and even calculating demeanour concerned first and foremost with social position, status and following “the rules”. Your ruling planet Saturn can be associated with a harsh temperament, and you may need to put effort into opening yourself to others.

Self-isolation or maintaining too much autonomy can become strategies you use to ward off close connections with others. By keeping yourself separate from others you avoid emotional involvement and the risk of being “outcast” from the group.

If this happens, care must be taken not to become too rigid as the years go by. A resistance to change, together with a shrewdly calculated social response, can lead to arthritic and nervous disorders down the track, as well as heart problems that on an emotional level could be connected to a “lack of joy” in your life.

Change comes about through remembering to honour the special things that make you unique, allowing for passion and creativity in your life. Rather than closing yourself off to people, and experiences, you need to find the joy that comes from being with others

Extremes of emotion are not usually comfortable for Aquarius rising. You may repress how you feel to the point that you no longer feel anything – believing that a calm and critical approach is far superior to one that is emotionally lead. In this case you may have to learn to value your emotions as essential experiences, rather than embarrassing inconveniences. Allow yourself to feel close to others, experiencing the highs and lows of what it is to be human, and the wisdom that comes from putting things in their right perspective.  


You Are Special Too


You will find your greatest happiness comes about when you find your tribe. You must take the time to acknowledge your unique talents then make sure you have avenues to explore them. 

But there is something in you that could make you avoid “the limelight”. You intrinsically know that everyone is equal, and in that sense no one is more special than anyone else. However, there is no-one on this planet like you, and your unique gifts are extraordinarily valuable. By openly expressing how you feel and what you are good at you discover that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but instead part of what makes us all the individuals that we are.


You may look down on others when they seek attention, for you have an innate dislike of self-centered behaviours, with a tendency to view emotional neediness as a curious weakness generally found in “lesser” individuals.

Opening up to the emotional and passionate dimensions of your own life helps you to avoid aloofness, and lets you realize that in order to be truly connected, you need to respond with reason AND emotion to the people in your life. In this way, you gain a clearer understanding, and not just an abstract idea, of what being part of the human race is all about.

Aquarius Rising: Compatibility, Love and Relationships


The Zodiac sign found on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth (your Ascendant or Rising sign) gives a lot of information about how you as an individual approach your world.

Conversely, the sign that was found on the Western horizon (or on your Descendant or 7th house cusp) describes what you seek in others and so are likely to experience when it comes to important relationships. In other words, the sign opposite to your Rising sign shows what you are likely to appreciate or seek when it comes to partnerships.

For you, this sign is Leo, which implies you will seek partners you perceive as warm, outgoing and confident. You will feel most compatible with people who can bring a level of excitement to your world. This does not mean you should date a Leo (although you might) – it means you are likely to be drawn to these “Leo-like” qualities in others.

With Aquarius rising, you are likely to be attracted to those you perceive as being outgoing, generous and flamboyant somehow. You will do best with partners who stir up your creative instincts, inspiring you on to new levels of self-expression and joy. 

You may be attracted to people you perceive as romantic and dramatic – either in a physical or emotional sense. You may also have a strong attraction to people who enjoy the good life, have a love of luxury, are great with children or have a strong creative flair. 

For a more detailed view you would need to consider the sign and house placement of the Sun in your natal chart to get a better understanding of what you need when it comes to love and relationships.

Then think how does this compare with your Moon sign and emotional needs? By combining the qualities of your Moon sign, the sign on your Descendant or 7th house cusp, and the placement of Venus in your birth chart you can get a very good understanding of who you are attracted to and why.


The Aquarius Rising Personality 

5 Essential Facts For Aquarius Rising

  • The Aquarius Rising Element is Air
  • The Aquarius Rising Modality is Fixed
  • The Polarity For Aquarius Rising is Masculine
  • The Ruling Planet For Aquarius Rising is Saturn (and to a degree Uranus) 


Keywords For Aquarius Rising

Clear, Open-minded, Logical, Unique, Group-oriented 


Do You Know Your Big Three Signs?

Some people like to call the Sun, Moon and Rising signs “The Big Three” of astrology. This does make sense because they are the most important and obvious parts of your birth chart.

We prefer to call the combination of your Sun, Moon and Rising Sign “The Three-Fold Pillar” of your personality. Think of it like a house or temple. This is the main pillar which holds up the rest of the structure. Without it, there is only a flat pack. To get a really well-rounded view of your personality as an individual you have to combine all three together.

Your Rising Sign describes the ways in which you project yourself into the world as well as the kinds of experiences you need to have in order to make life feel meaningful.

For a proper understanding of your unique personality you need to think about how your Sun, Moon and Rising Sign (or Ascendant) work together.

The combination of Sun, Moon and Ascendant describe what you want (Sun Sign), what you need (Moon Sign), and the style in which you will go about getting it (Ascendant).

The sign and house position of the Sun in your chart will also give you many clues as to where to focus your attention. Once integrated, this will also show the area of life where balance can be achieved, leading to a sense of purpose and deeper meaning..

For a well-rounded picture of what it means to have Libra Rising, the qualities of your Sun Sign and House should be considered, as well as your Moon sign.


What is A Rising Sign?

Your Ascendant or Rising Sign is really important for understanding the impression you make on the world around you.

Your Rising Sign describes how you project yourself out into the world, how other people see you, how you enter into new experiences, and the kinds of experiences you need in order for your life to feel meaningful. Just as important as your Sun and Moon signs, together these make up the main component of your astrological personality.

You have probably worked out already that not every born with the same Zodiac, Sun or Star sign has the same approach to life.

Your Rising Sign describes how you approach new experiences as you interact with your environment

To make it really easy for you to understand your unique personality we’ve created this great interactive menu so you can learn all about your Rising Sign, as well as your Sun Sign and Moon Sign.


How To Use Your Sun, Moon, Or Rising Sign Combinations

You can get an amazing amount of insight into yourself and the other people in your life with our Sun, Moon, Rising Sign Combinations interactive menu.

Here’s a simple way to think about it. Your Sun sign shows what you want, your Moon sign what you need and your Rising sign shows how you will go about getting it.

It’s really interesting to compare the drives, emotions and motivations of your Sun and Moon signs. Do they blend or seem to contradict each other? Think about the way your Rising Sign describes your approach to life. Does this sit well with your Moon Sign and what you need?

By finding the similarities and differences in your birth chart you can identify where you might have conflicts or challenges as well as where your greatest talents lie.

So get started! Unlock the characteristics and traits of every Zodiac sign with our Sun, Moon, Rising Sign / Ascendant menu at the top of this page.



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