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, you are likely to approach life in a largely straight-forward and direct way. Aries is a physical and dynamic energy. Accordingly, you are likely to be the kind of individual who loves a challenge, enjoys being busy and will move toward your goals without delay. Unless there are other more passive qualities in your chart, you are likely to be a self-starter with plenty of ‘get up and go’. Your gift is the ability to initiate, take charge and pioneer. You are independent by nature, and self-reliant in many ways. Your challenge is to maintain patience, and find ways to collaborate with others.
A DYNAMIC APPROACH
Aries rising gives an enthusiastic, dynamic and fun-loving approach to most new things. You are likely to be capable and energetic, will prefer a high degree of autonomy, and need to feel as if you are in charge of your own affairs. In family matters, you may be inclined toward self-sacrifice, willing to undergo hardship and sacrifice for the sake of those you love. With Mars ruling your Ascendant, you may project at times a competitive edge. You can attract attention to yourself, and will exude maximum impact when getting new things off the ground. Others will see you as capable, but possibly brash. You would do well to think about how you are expressing this dynamism. Are you foolishly jumping in, or are you simply taking charge?
To live the full potential of your Ascendant, you need to become decisive and take action. How able you are to do this will depend upon other factors in your chart. Qualities such as courage, strength and self-assertion may need to be developed if you are to meet the challenges that life presents.
You have strong mental energies and may love to debate, argue or “butt heads”. Pushing the envelope is fun for you. You may need to learn not to take on challenges purely for their own sake. Eventually, you will discover how to incorporate qualities such as diplomacy as you realize your ambitions. Again, how easily this happens will depend greatly upon the rest of your chart.
ON THE MOVE
It is important to recognize your need to expend physical energy, without expecting the same output from others in return. Exercise and lots of activity will help keep your nervous system functioning well. Inactivity can lead to moodiness and emotional overwhelm. You will find yourself feeling dull and flat if your energies have nowhere to go.
Self-reliance is learnt early in childhood. You may have developed this through spending time alone. Periods of isolation are needed to generate the independent, courageous qualities mentioned above. Often, there are difficulties with parents, especially the parent of the same sex, because this sign encourages you to assert your independence and chart your own path. Aries rising children are often noisy, rambunctious and enthusiastic. Yet, despite these challenges, cheerfulness, naturalness and sociability are usually present.
It is highly likely that you will experience some difficulty early in life around expressing your independence, either through overshooting the mark with too vigourous an approach, or feeling afraid to go it alone. This will ease in time, as you gain greater awareness around how to use the primal, powerful and assertive energy of Aries to its best.
Your task is to find your creative potency, so that you can develop ways to initiate new things. In this sense, you need to experience yourself as an instigator in whatever environment you are found. There are strong tendencies to do things on your own and so be self-sufficient. In the words of Howard Sasportas, with Aries rising “Life is best viewed as an adventure, quest and challenge”.