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If you know anything about the world of astrology chances are you know that we have more than just one zodiac sign. We have a sign for each celestial body and something known as a rising sign that reveals more about the people around us than we usually notice. 

If you want to know how other people see you, you should look at your rising sign. Your rising sign is your ascendant and it represents exactly what the people who come in contact with you take away from you. I guess you could refer to it as your ‘first impressions sign’ for this reason. 

If you want to know what your rising sign is and you haven’t already, you need to generate your natal chart. In order to do that you’ll need to know the date, time, and location of your birth. Once you have these things you can click here to get your natal chart. 

Your rising sign will be whatever zodiac sign rose on the eastern horizon during your time of birth and will be listed in the 1st house of your birth chart/natal chart. The more you learn about your zodiac signs as a whole rather than merely focusing on your sun sign, the more you will learn about everything this world around you has to offer.

Cafe Astrology wrote as follows about the ascendant or rising sign and what all it holds power over:

The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one’s environment.

The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual’s first, natural reaction to new people and situations.

What follows are general interpretations of the sign position of the Ascendant. Remember that these characteristics are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant.

For example, a person with an Aries Ascendant with its ruling planet, Mars, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with an Aries Ascendant, but whose Mars is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Pisces Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will “behave” differently than someone with a Pisces Ascendant who does not have that aspect. These factors modify the Ascendant.

Once you know what your rising sign is, take a peek below to learn what that sign tells us about how others see you. What do people think of you when meeting them? Is this how you actually are or is it a mask-like Cafe Astrology suggests?

Aries Rising 

People see you as a very direct and to the point kind of person. You are strong and youthful in a way that makes how you carry yourself known. You are competitive but not to an extreme and really come across as someone who has everything together. 

Taurus Rising 

When people meet you they usually think that you are a very personal person. You are quick to make your presence known and get people to open up. You are more careful than most but not in a bad way. That being said, some people tend to assume that you really focus on the material things in life more than you should.

Gemini Rising 

People see you as the person who talks all the time and wants to have fun. You are someone that always cuts up and makes jokes but also someone who can be intimidating. This bubbliness is something a lot of people think is so great about you.

Cancer Rising 

People tend to see you as someone that others love to use. They pity you for a number of reasons and usually feel like the world around you is always beating you down. While they like to be your friend and spend time with you, they are not as open to being honest with you as they would be otherwise.

Leo Rising 

People usually think that you are a lot more stuck up than you are. You carry yourself in a way that makes them feel as if you are very self-absorbed and conceited. You are powerful and while they like being near you, they are afraid of you.

Virgo Rising 

People kind of think you’re a bit of an asshole. You always have something to say and it’s rarely ever nice. The more people get to know you the more this melts off but to begin with, you’re kind of frustrating to be around.

Libra Rising 

A lot of people think of you as a pushover. They feel like they can do whatever they want and you won’t fight back. They believe you are a nice and easy person to deal with, but they aren’t over the moon about getting to know you.

Scorpio Rising 

People usually find you to be very emotional and closed-off person with a serious passion. You are very attractive and people are drawn to that. They fight for your attention a lot, haven’t you noticed?

Sagittarius Rising 

People usually find you to be irresponsible and flighty. They don’t usually like the idea of getting close to you but love your presence. It’s like you’re both good and bad to have around. They cannot decide if they really like you or not.

Capricorn Rising 

People usually feel like you’re a very capable person. You hold your head high and always get things done. You’re not the kind of person who really lets loose.

Aquarius Rising 

Those around you usually see you as someone who is very unique and outspoken. While you can be a bit annoying you’re always doing something interesting. People are very curious about you.

Pisces Rising 

Everyone who meets you usually ends up feeling like you’re someone they can open up to. They see you like this fun and free person who doesn’t bother doing the things the world wants him/her to do and it’s pretty cool in their minds. That being said, they do distance from you when things get serious for this reason as well.