By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, January 2007


Many people who know little more about astrology than their “Sun Sign” question its validity because they do not identify with the attributes described under their sign.

The “Ascendant”or “Rising Sign” is the constellation on the eastern horizon at the exact moment of birth. It may be the true you.

The Rising governs one's outward projection.

The Tropical system of astrology, most commonly practiced in the western world, says that the Rising rules physiology and temperment.

The Vedic system of astrology, most commonly practiced in India, says that the Rising governs the evolution of the soul, and it is considered much more important than the Sun Sign, which is merely ego identity.

The Uranian system of astrology, which developed in Germany, claims that the Rising rules the environment, or who we attract into our lives to perpetuate our development.

If a fire sign is rising, one tends to have luxuriant hair and lots of vitality.

  • Aries rising stays youthful, even into senior years.
  • Leo rising usually wears a mane of hair, and has great dancer's legs.
  • Sagittarius rising holds to a strong spiritual belief system.

If an earth sign is rising one tends to relate effectively to mundane responsibilities.

  • Taurus rising has a lovely voice, tends to have great physical endurance despite a propensity to gain weight, and great taste in expensive clothes and décor.
  • Virgo rising tends to have a small compact body, is very fastidious, job-oriented and loves pets.
  • Capricorn rising is very serious, may have prominent teeth, is mature at every age, and is politically ambitious.

Air signs rising are social.

  • Gemini rising talks a lot, often has scant hair and a love of education.
  • Libra rising has a beautiful sense of aesthetics, refined and dignified personality, and never wants to be without a mate.
  • Aquarius rising has electric eyes! Often they look glassy, or are of a lighter color than one would expect. They also have a strong sense of social responsibility.

Water signs rising are naturally psychic and deep.

  • Cancer rising can be a “chublet” because they love to eat. They also love to parent or care for others.
  • Scorpio rising is secretive, sexual and intense.
  • Pisces rising is compassionate and loves large animals. It often works in institutions or in helping professions.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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