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  • Aquarius Ascendant (Rising Sign) description
  • Aquarius Ascendant (Rising Sign) with ruling planet, Uranus, in the signs.
  • Alternate descriptions of Aquarius Rising
  • Famous People with Aquarius Rising

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The Ascendant

Aquarius Symbol

How unique and original Aquarius rising natives come across! These individuals are just that -- individuals, and they won't let you forget that fact. Often turned to for advice, these natives possess intellectual poise and savvy. They often are curious, and quite learned, in both science and metaphysics--anything that involves advancement of the human race holds much appeal.

It's hard to shock an Aquarius rising. They've seen it all, or at least want you to think they have. In fact, they often enjoy shocking others. Not that they are flamboyant by nature, but they do like to, albeit quietly, get a rise out of others. Some natives born with Aquarius on their Ascendant can be quietly provocative and irreverent.

Most people with this Ascendant are quite friendly and likable. Their personality quirks generally go over quite well with others. They generally give others quite a bit of freedom--accepting, as a rule, people from all walks of life as equals. And, their somewhat cool and detached curiosity about all that goes on around them appeals to most. 

Curiously, Aquarius rising people can be a little standoffish while also coming across as humanitarian and kind.

Often labeled as independent and original children, Aquarius rising natives often feel a little "different" or "special" throughout life. They often feel like they are on the outside looking in, and their ability to observe and deduce is often uncanny. They're also adept at getting things to work, even when the parts that make up the whole seem like a puzzle with unusual pieces--especially when it comes to groups of people. This sets them apart as managers and team leaders.

The Ascendant often reveals physical mannerisms and even choice of dress, as it shows how people present themselves to the world. With Aquarius here, natives sometimes have a quirkiness to their manner, and some dress in a slightly offbeat manner--not enough to make them stand out like a sore thumb, but just enough to express their original temperament.

Because these people seem so open to new ideas, it may be surprising when you encounter their decidedly stubborn streak. Aquarius is a fixed sign, after all. The ascendant sign shows how individuals react to new situations, and with Aquarius rising, there can be a resistance to change that seems to belie the native's generally progressive nature. There's a distinct inflexibility with Aquarian rising people, and, sometimes, a tendency to want to force their opinions on others.

With their eye to the future of mankind as a whole, some people born with an Aquarius Ascendant overlook the more personal needs of the people closest to them. They are often attracted to partners who possess self-confidence and ardor. 


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.


The characteristics of an Aquarius Ascendant described above 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 a Aquarius Ascendant with its ruling planet, Uranus, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Aquarius Ascendant, but whose Uranus is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Aquarius Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will "behave" differently than someone with a Aquarius Ascendant who does not have that aspect in their natal charts.


Aquarius Rising with Uranus (Ruler of Aquarius) in the Signs

The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius. The sign position of Uranus modifies your Aquarius Ascendant characteristics. These interpretations are from the Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric viewpoint.

The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul's function and thus a key part of your destiny.

Aquarius Rising - General

Your personal destiny and soul function is ultimately related to the impulses toward progressive change, experimentation and innovative, creative thinking which reside in the collective psyche of your generation. You are a conduit for change, for awakening new thought. As such, you will always be seen as a bit avant garde, offbeat, or different. Spiritual unity and weaving individuals into harmonious cooperative groups are the ideals that you are intended to embody. You focus is on the power of the group which transcends the individual. An innate and genuine humanitarianism and altruism are the high side of this; and uncompromising dogmatic social ideology is the other extreme. Ruled by both Saturn, the planet of form, and by Uranus, the planet of pure mind, you must bring your ideas and ideals into a real, practicable, livable form.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Aries

Your Uranus is in Aries: You are iconoclastic, independent, daring, and prone to radical experiments and solutions. Leadership and/or a rejection of all external authority is part of your life pattern and your contribution to life.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Taurus

Your Uranus is in Taurus: Experimenting with and implementing innovative ideas about economics, finances, and using the Earth's resources are a part of your generation's task. You may be ambivalent about personal ownership, and invent new ways of "sharing the wealth".

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Gemini

Your Uranus is in Gemini: New technologies, new languages, new ideas, and methods of communicating are an important part of your generation's contribution to the world at large.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Cancer

Your Uranus is in Cancer: Changes and advancement in the status of women, of families, or children is an important part of your contribution to the world at large. Different kinds of families or homes, and more flexible work or lifestyles may be a part of this. Also, you will investigate, invent, or support new ideas in the field of health and healing.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Leo

Your Uranus is in Leo: The rejection of all external authority or tyranny is a theme in your generation, and FREEDOM of self-expression is your deepest impulse. You have a gift for organizing group endeavors and leading efforts for individual's rights.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Virgo

Your Uranus is in Virgo: You are to support change and awakening by reforming "the system" from within. Part of your task involves doing the clean-up work for previous generation's excesses and indiscriminate use of natural resources. Recycling, reusing, learning to use "waste" may be part of this.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Libra

Breaking down the walls of prejudice and other habits that keep people separate is an important part of your life pattern. You may reject previous "norms" of social behavior or styles -crossing over, blending, and combining in new ways.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Scorpio 

Your Uranus is in Scorpio: You are forceful, daring, and inclined to radical, even dangerous, endeavors. Passion about your causes can lead you to be reckless. A thrill-seeker, you enjoy living close to the edge. Changing society's ideas about sexuality, about the right to life for all, or the right to die may all be keys.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Sagittarius

Your Uranus is in Sagittarius: You rebel against all conservative, life-inhibiting beliefs and philosophies, religious or otherwise, and you have a streak of self-righteous fanaticism. Changing people's world-view or are least challenging it - is part of your life pattern.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Capricorn

Your Uranus is in Capricorn: You are a practical idealist, one who can implement changes from within the system rather than attacking it from without. You may hide your deepest, most innovative and free-spirited ideas, and work behind the scenes for change and reform.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Aquarius

Your Uranus is also in Aquarius, so you are a true citizen of the universe. Your personal life, your personal allegiances or background, will all take a back-seat to your humanitarian or global concerns. "Fitting in" is not really an option for you, but you must find some like-minded people with whom you can pursue your ideals and dreams.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Pisces

Your Uranus is in Pisces: You may have mystical or spiritual adventures that make traditional views about religion and the nature of the Universe obsolete (for you). You thus reject outside spiritual authority or life-inhibiting philosophies. Materialism is an anathema to you, and you may have very unconventional ideas about money and ownership.


A Spiritual Interpretation of Aquarius Rising

The following interpretation of Aquarius Rising is from Your Spiritual Path Report.

"You pursue your spiritual path along three distinct lines:
1. Self-serving personal aggrandizement that shifts into the service of humanity.
2. Selfish attention to material superficiality that transforms into spiritual activity to serve a divine purpose.
3. Self-conscious activity on the interpersonal level that changes to broader humanitarian awareness.

Each of these three tendencies is expressed in alternating activities, and it may be difficult to sort out what your lower and higher motivations are at any given time.

You have the capacity to think through situations. You can work with your physical desire motivations, your emotional attachments, and your mental processes to discern your typical behaviors and their motivations. As you do this, you encounter situations where your spiritual motivation is paired with a self-serving method. When this happens, you have the opportunity to change your tactics.

It is the movement that is important, not the precise content or direction. Your rising sign governs the circulation of blood through your body. Allow the metaphor of circulation to pervade your interactions with others and your communion with yourself. Permit the possibility in all your activities that your perceived goal is not the end of a process, but simply a milestone along the larger path."


Aquarius Ascendant from the Cosmo Natal Report:

"Forward-looking and progressive, you are a person who supports change, innovation, and human advancement, and you are often strongly committed to a humanitarian cause or social improvement. You are extremely aware of the interconnection and interdependence of all people, and are always relating personal issues to some larger framework. You see the political or social ramifications of personal actions, and you wish to contribute something of value to the world, or at least to your community or group.

The ideals of equality, fairness, human rights, brotherhood, social justice, etc. color your whole outlook and approach to life. You are truly interested in the good of the whole and not only your own personal well-being.

Sometimes you may overlook or ignore your own and others' personal needs, desires, and feelings, especially if they do not conform to your ideals of how one SHOULD feel or act. Though you have little patience for conservative narrow-mindedness, you yourself are sometimes dogmatic about your beliefs and ideologies.

You are attracted to the avant-garde, the latest advances in human thought and development, and you are eclectic and cosmopolitan in your tastes. You may consider yourself a "global citizen" rather than claiming a narrow, limited identification based on nationality, race, familial heritage, etc. You are strongly influenced by your peer group and the flavor of the times in which you grew up, more so than by parental or family influences. You are involved and active in groups, community efforts, cultural and progressive movements.

On a personal level, you are friendly and express a kind of impersonal good will towards others. You probably have many acquaintances but few really close friends, and much of your closeness with others is based on a sharing of common ideals and principles, rather than on emotional ties. Others see you as a good friend and comrade, who is objective, fair, and rather detached emotionally. You do not often show your emotions, and may be unsure how to respond to others' emotional expression, for you tend to be very rational.

You are also very independent and refuse to be possessed by any individual. You are not comfortable with traditional sexual roles and are inclined to have "liberated" views about marriage, relationships, sharing of child rearing responsibilities, etc. You need to have a life outside of the personal, domestic sphere and to be involved with people on a broader scale. The nurturing of family ties, and close, deep, personal sharing may take a back seat to your work or outside social involvements."


Famous People with Aquarius Rising:

Casey Affleck (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Libra)
Alan Arkin (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Roseanne Barr (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Cancer)
Belinda Jo Carlisle (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Hopalong Cassady (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Shaun Cassidy (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Harry Chapin (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Billy Ray Cyrus (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Willem Dafoe (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Cancer)
Matt Damon (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Libra)
Matt Dillon (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Virgo)
Kirk Douglas (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aquarius)
Roberta Flack (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
Sean Flanery (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Virgo) 
Andy Gibb (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Whoopi Goldberg (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Wayne Gretzky (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Leo)
Gene Hackman (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Larry Hagman (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Audrey Hepburn (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Billie Holiday (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aquarius)
Janis Joplin (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Evel Knievel (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
Rush Limbaugh (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Cancer)
Meat Loaf (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Jim Morrison (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Bill Moyers (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Kim Novak (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Stefanie Powers (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Leontyne Price (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Pisces)
Roy Rogers (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Capricorn)
Henri Rousseau (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Aries)
Yves Saint Laurent (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
Bon Scott (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Martin Sheen (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
Alicia Silverstone (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Scorpio)
Tori Spelling (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Libra)
Ritchie Valens (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
Henry Winkler (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Gemini)
Tammy Wynette (Aquarius Ascendant, Uranus in Taurus)
 

Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck

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Jim Morrison
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Alicia Silverstone
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