Dear Readers, a recent column that included much information from Astrologer Michael R. Svehla about our Moon Sign hit home for many of us (click here for that column and a link to find out what your Moon Sign is), and someone on the Intuitive Messenger Facebook Page (I’m so sorry, I can’t find the post to see exactly who it was) asked the question: ‘Is the Moon Sign the same as the Rising Sign?’
I went straight back to Michael for help, and he quickly put together the following information:
The Moon Sign is not the same as the Ascendant or Rising Sign. Here’s some information about the Ascendant Sign:
The ascendant is a very important factor in a person’s astrological chart, for many reasons. The ascendant is what is known as the cusp of the first house, the house of self; and the ascendant sets the positions for the rest of the houses in the chart via its placement in one of the twelve signs. The ascendant’s sign has a planetary ruler, which is known as the chart ruler, and the chart ruler generally takes on added significance in a person’s chart.
An astrologer reading your chart, or a web site that asks for your birth data, will ask for your time of birth. This is because the horizon, the ascendant at your time of birth, moves around the zodiac throughout the day, based on the earth’s 24-hour rotation. The ascendant moves one degree in the zodiac every four minutes (verification: 1440 minutes in a day divided by the zodiac’s 360 degrees = 4 minutes).
The ascendant has a powerful meaning to astrologers. It represents the outer personality, colored by the zodiacal energy it resides in. The ascendant symbolizes how a person appears to the world and how they go about obtaining what they want in life. I had people remark about my Scorpio ascendant long before I knew anything about astrology. I am a behind the scenes person with deep insights about people and situations. My ruling planet is Pluto, which is associated with breaking down and rebuilding, and power via perspectives.
The following table is a starting point for thinking about your ascendant (your ascendant can be found at www.alabe.com; it’s the horizontal line on the left side of the chart).
Ascendant sign/planetary ruler: How you appear to the world/projection/mask/outer personality:
- Aries /Mars spontaneous, initiating, direct, perhaps impulsive
- Taurus/Venus stable, aesthetic, practical, perhaps possessive
- Gemini/Mercury communicative, adaptable, friendly, perhaps flighty
- Cancer/Moon nurturing, patriotic, perhaps clinging
- Leo/Sun expressive, flamboyant, romantic, perhaps prideful
- Virgo/Mercury analytical, service-oriented, discriminating, perhaps picky
- Libra/Venus social, enjoys reading, cooperative, perhaps indecisive
- Scorpio/Pluto mysterious, complex, intense, perhaps jealous
- Sagittarius/Jupiter optimistic, expansive, idealistic, perhaps extravagant
- Capricorn/Saturn structured/disciplined/accomplishing, perhaps melancholy
- Aquarius/Uranus high-tech, unorthodox, progressive, perhaps impractical
- Pisces/Neptune inspired, empathetic, gentle, perhaps indecisive
Thank you, Michael, for answering this question and for this fabulous information! Dear Readers, I believe that you will be as happy as I am to know that Michael has agreed to write an occasional guest column about different aspects of astrology for us—and thank goodness because I find that I am very hungry for more information on this fascinating science. Namaste.
About Michael Svehla: Michael seeks to uncover the ‘big picture’ of your chart and offer insights in ‘plain English.’ He specializes in creating an astrological profile of your personality via the birth chart, which includes suggestions about how to shape your future. Some of the different charts Michael offers include a full natal chart (soul purpose/life path) and a chart for couples. For more about Michael and his services, please visit his website and Facebook page.
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