Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
Your Ascendant is Leo
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: The Sun
With Leo rising, the need to develop power, authority and creative self- expression are necessary in order to gain a sense of individual selfhood. With Leo rising, your task in life is to shine! The unique and special ways that you will seek to do this need to be developed and allowed to grow. The sign and house position of the Sun in your chart will give many clues. When found, this describes the area in life where love, admiration, applause and effectiveness will be sought.
There is a strong need to be “somebody” – to feel important and respected. This can lead to great confidence and warmth as you share your generous heart with others, or a tendency toward affectation and extravagance which belies an underlying insecurity. You are likely to need a lot of attention and approval from others, so you may as well be honest and admit it. The need to emerge as an individual in one’s own right is paramount. There are extraordinary opportunities for creativity and love here that need an outlet. Following your heart and your passions will help you bring these gifts to the fore. Once you are operating from your passion and spontaneity you can become a great source of fun, inspiration and leadership.
You are likely to be fixed in your focus, just like the sun itself- constant and reliable, with a sunny and cheerful disposition that uplifts others. Life is to be enjoyed, and there is often a tendency to live in a grand manner, usually compensated for by the accompanying hard work. The need for comfort and luxury is likely to lead you to work very hard for success, and your love of recognition makes achievement even more important for you. This is fine as long as you don’t work too hard, and neglect to spend time with the family and friends who are your main audience and crew. Then they will be there for you on the occasional day that you are down.
There is usually a love of travel, comfort and luxury that goes with a larger-than-life attitude. You are all about grand gestures, big dreams and stunning vistas. Details may need to be left to other, more suited people. You are likely to be a capable and demanding authority figure, well suited to leadership and managerial positions. Others respond well to your kindness, sense of fun, faith and optimism. As a rule, you tend to be proud, are sometimes insecure despite your capable nature, and hate above all else to be criticized.
As Leo is the sign of royalty, there may be a tendency to at times expect “the royal treatment” befitting a personage of such “status”. When this is not received, the temper tends to flare. Overblown displays of outrage brought on by wounded pride can mask deep insecurity about your role. The fear of ‘not being recognized’ easily becomes sullenness when you don’t feel that you are receiving your due.
You are naturally here to lead in some way, but need to learn that leadership involves sharing command. Finding out what makes others special and unique, just like you, means that you can incorporate them into your plans. You must learn to temper your urge to fulfill your own potential by learning to appreciate and accept the contribution that every individual makes to the whole, of which we are all just a part.
Beware you don’t treat others with disdain or disrespect, for you are so inclined to do things your own way, you may look down your nose, so to speak, at others who do not do things as you would. People will follow you gladly if you teat them with respect. Scorn them, and you may find that your staff and audience have gone, leaving you all alone to whistle in the wind, which is precisely the situation you fear. A sense of specialness from an early age may lead to having difficulties in assimilating this awareness into your everyday reality.
A positive statement for Leo rising is to affirm that “I have the right to express my unique, individual creativity and spirit, and can do that without denying others the right to express theirs.” It is important that you feel comfortable enough to show others who you really are, without demanding, or needing, their attention and approval to validate who you are. Then you can shine from the uniqueness of your own creative spirit, bringing joy light and laughter into others lives.