You can find your Rising Sign (or Ascendant) without a birth time, if you are happy to do some detective work. The Rising Sign or Ascendant describes what people know best about you – what really stands out – even if it’s not the real you! It is always opposite your Descendant, which describes your main partner or soulmate in life. Your Descendant commonly reveals your husband/boyfriend/wife/girlfriend as a ‘type’ even if you don’t stay together.
HOW TO FIND YOUR RISING SIGN WITHOUT A BIRTH TIME
It’s best to take three likely contenders at first – three Rising Signs which are probably yours. You can do this most easily by looking at the most important partner you ever had. The person who really mattered, or still does.
ARIES ASCENDANT/LIBRA DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is committed to equality. He or she outlaws sexism and racism in partnership. Your lover commonly works in business partnerships, duets or double-acts. And you? You’re well-known for your energy, competitive spirit and fight. You are well-known as a strong, intimidating, driven person. People see you in the context of battles or campaigns.
TAURUS ASCENDANT/SCORPIO DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is concerned with power and money, sex and money, death and money. He or she may work in insurance or be part of a family where the inheritance is a big deal. And you? You’re also well-known for money. It really depends on how you feel about it. Are you a shopaholic, a good business person, a big charity giver or a true Communist?
GEMINI ASCENDANT/SAGITTARIUS DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is a world traveller or world citizen, drawn to other cultures and nationalities. He or she is an eternal student of life and depends on the internet to put out knowledge or draw it in. And you? You are a natural writer or public speaker, born to communicate. You are seen in the context of the internet, too. Your message is who you are seen to be.
CANCER ASCENDANT/CAPRICORN DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is ambitious. He or she is a social mountaineer, who begins life in one class, and goes up to the next one through marriage or by slow but sure, career success. And you? You are always seen in the context of your family. Your relatives. Your home town. Your country. It’s very hard for people to think of you without thinking of your clan.
LEO ASCENDANT/AQUARIUS DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is a team player. He or she belongs to one or more groups, like rock bands or football teams. Your partner has a circle of friends surrounding him/her. Friends are truly important to this person. And you? You are always seen in the light of babies, children, and teenagers. Youth projects. Junior demographics. The next generation and beyond.
VIRGO ASCENDANT/PISCES DESCENDANT
Your partner in life does not live in the real world. He or she dwells in an alternative reality. This may be down to meditation, drugs, religion, alcohol, clairvoyance or television! You get the picture. And you? You are always seen in terms of your body, no matter, if you are a shining example of health and fitness or your illness/condition, dominates your life.
LIBRA ASCENDANT/ARIES DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is a real go-getter who asserts himself/herself and likes to be first – or be the winner. He or she is fast, energetic and dives into conflicts or emergencies easily. And you? You are seen as the person who needs a partner to feel whole. You are committed to equality. You are a feminist and you are against racism. You are sensitive to injustice.
SCORPIO ASCENDANT/TAURUS DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is seen in terms of his/her money. He or she is identified with finance, houses, apartments, business and economics. He or she may be a shopaholic, socialist, philanthropist, communist or capitalist! And you? You are seen in terms of sex and money, death and money, power and money. You are placed in that context, for whatever reason.
SAGITTARIUS ASCENDANT/GEMINI DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is never off the internet. He or she is a natural writer and may be a natural public speaker or podcaster too. He or she is all about the words – and the message. And you? You’re always seen in the context of travel, foreign cultures, foreign nationalities. We see you as the person who never stops learning and expanding his/her knowledge.
CAPRICORN ASCENDANT/CANCER DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is seen in the context of his/her family, especially the mother or grandmother. Your partner in life cannot be separated from his/her relatives, home town, country. And you? You are seen in the context of your ambition, position and mission. You appear to be a genuine social mountaineer who moves on up, from the class you’re born into.
AQUARIUS ASCENDANT/LEO DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is seen in the context of his/her involvement with babies, children or young adults. He or she may be a parent who strongly identifies with that role, or perhaps work/volunteer in a field involving infants or teenagers. And you? You are seen in the context of your groups or teams. Your friends. Your social media. Your tribe, or tribes.
PISCES ASCENDANT/VIRGO DESCENDANT
Your partner in life is always seen in terms of his/her body, no matter if this is because he/she controls food and exercise, or has illnesses or medical conditions which dominate his/her life. You are seen as being invisible, hidden, mysterious, elusive, slippery, confused, confusing, secretive, unknowable. You may be fuzzy in photographs – or seldom photographed.
PRINCESS DIANA’S RISING SIGN
Princess Diana was muddled about her own birth time, and gave different times to her personal astrologers. The amazing thing about astrology is, we can figure out her true Rising Sign/Ascendant was Sagittarius (not Libra) because Prince Charles is such a typical Gemini type! He must be the most prolific author in the Royal Family. Writers are of course, ruled by Gemini. Charles has Uranus in Gemini. He’s also a famous letter-writer to British politicians!
IMPORTANT – YOUR RISING SIGN DOES NOT SHOW YOUR APPEARANCE
I am not sure where this 20th-century theory about Rising Sign = appearance came from. It’s quite wrong, as you can see just by looking at the people who sent in their photographs to Astrofaces. For a start, we are all from different backgrounds – black, white, Asian, Arabic – and there just isn’t a facial characteristic or body type we can pin on people. Your personal appearance is far more influenced by your IC or Immum Coeli. Why? It describes your family tree. The branch of your family which has the biggest impact on you. You’ll inherit your looks from one relative who matters most, on that branch. That’s one part of the appearance story in the chart. The rest of it comes from heavenly bodies in your First House, which rules your ‘shop front’ or basic image. I’ve written more about this MC/Family connection to your personal appearance in this story about Princess Diana and her young relative Bo Bruce who could be her twin.
EXAMPLE – PRINCESS DIANA AND HER FAMILY TREE
Princess Diana not only passed on her look to her young relative Bo Bruce, she also inherited her own life themes and physical appearance from male ancestors in the Spencer family line. These come directly from her Aries IC. Being born with Aries on the IC (Immum Coeli) made her a warrior, just like her ancestors. No wonder she fought Prince Charles so hard. No wonder she spent her life posing for army photographs or (later) battling against landmines in war zones for The Halo Trust.
If you really want to know how your personal birth chart influences your appearance, just look at your IC or Immum Coeli, as it’s sometimes known. This accurately describes the most important person in your family tree, who you most resemble. This person would also have passed on a family theme to you. A life story he/or she explored, which you also carry on, in this lifetime. Princess Diana had an Aries IC. This is the sign which rules the army, navy and air force. It is associated with fighters and conflict, and also emergency situations. She picked up her ‘uniform’ fashion sense from her ancestor, the 7th Earl Spencer. She also inherited his facial type. Read more about your MC position and how it influences your life theme and appearance here. Which relative has most influenced you?