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More on Aries Ascendant, Rising Sign

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


The Ascendant

People with Aries Ascendants are direct and quick. Their first instinct is to do, rather than think. Planning ahead? Forget it. Aries rising simply charges forward without much ado. 

This position does not make a person aggressive. Forthright, yes, but aggression is too strong a word for these natives. They have a youthful, direct manner that sees what it wants and generally goes for it. At the same time, there isn't any malice in their intent. 

Some Aries rising people are competitive, but they generally put most of the pressure on themselves. These people love to come out ahead in all that they do. They get ready quickly, walk quickly, and have little patience for dilly-dallying. Their temper is quick, too. It's also quick to disappear. Rarely do you find Aries rising people holding grudges. Their mannerisms are rather simple and straightforward. 

Aries rising loves action, and is often trying to stir up some activity. Their strengths lie in their enterprising ways. Finishing things they start does not always come as easily, unless the ruler, Mars, is placed in a more tenacious sign, such as Taurus or Scorpio. 

Aries Ascendant often gives a rather swift walk, with the head leaning forward slightly. This walk is surprisingly distinctive. Headaches, and sinus and eye problems are the usual physical complaints of this position. Rashes and acne on the face and shoulders sometimes occur. Broad shoulders and slim hips are common. Often, Aries rising people are quick to smile, and they possess a youthful charm throughout life.

Probably early on in life, Aries rising people got typecast as the "independent" child. As adults, people with Aries Ascendants often stick to that role in life. People don't run to help them out -- they appear quite fine doing things on their own. These people have learned to be self-reliant, and this generally stems from their early experiences.

Despite a rather brusque and independent manner, these natives are usually very willing to compromise in their relationships, and are very attached to the people they hold dear. 

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 Aries 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 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 an Aries Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will "behave" differently than someone with an Aries Ascendant who does not have that aspect.

Aries Rising with Mars (Ruler of Aries) in the Signs

The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Mars, the ruling planet of Aries. The sign position of Mars modifies your Aries 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.

Aries Rising - General

You project yourself into the world spontaneously, directly, honestly, fearlessly, audaciously, heroically. You carry the qualities of boldness, courage, and leadership, and your function is to blaze new pathways, to lead, to initiate and to do.

Aries Rising and Mars in Aries

Your ruling planet, Mars, is also in Aries: You are a fireball of vitality and a true warrior. Become a master of yourself and conquer your own arrogance, impatience, and anger before you go out to conquer the world or burn yourself out.

Aries Rising and Mars in Taurus

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the stabilizing sign of Taurus. You have the concentrated power of a locomotive. You may start slowly but your energy steadily builds, and you can sustain your efforts over the long haul. Putting your creative fire into a concrete form (something tangible, usable, and enduring) is an important key to living out your destiny.

Aries Rising and Mars in Gemini

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in Gemini: Using the power of the word and the intellect rather than the sword is your destiny. You are easily diverted, however, and may have to learn to do many things well, rather than to specialize. Part of living out your destiny has to do with introducing new ideas, methods, or products to others through writing or speaking.

Aries Rising and Mars in Cancer

Your ruling planet, Mars, however, is in the gentle, sensitive, and sympathetic sign of Cancer, so much of your forcefulness is softened by compassion or muted by caution. You are, and are intended to be, a strong defender of home, homeland, family, children, or the feminine. Ties to the past may inhibit you from acting as boldly as you would like, however.

Aries Rising and Mars in Leo

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the fiery, dramatic, rather narcissistic sign of Leo, as well. This increases your competitive drive, your need for recognition, and your will to lead. However, living for personal glory and aggrandizement alone, dominating or considering others to be less real or important than yourself, or simply burning out because you believe yourself to be invincible are definitely indicated. Dreams of power and glory inflame you, but unless you temper them with realism and compassion, you may go down in flames. If you use your passion to work a higher will, however, your life will be charged with light and meaning.

Aries Rising and Mars in Virgo

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the humble, service-oriented sign of Virgo, so you are not only to lead or strike out boldly in new directions, but also to render service to others. You have a strong sense of perfectionism in your work or craft, and a strong work ethic which guides you.

Aries Rising and Mars in Libra

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the social and egalitarian sign of Libra: You must act in accord with others, taking their needs and goals into account, in order to fulfill your own initiatives. Acting decisively and in harmony with your strong ideals of justice and fairness enables you to fulfill your destiny. When out of balance you tend to create adversaries and opponents in your life by your oppositional attitudes, and/or to depend too much on others' agreement in order to make your own decisions.

Aries Rising and Mars in Scorpio

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in Scorpio: You are passionate, relentless, and powerfully driven to achieve your goals; you have great reserves of energy. A need to be in control and on top motivates you, which has both light and dark aspects. Beware of excessive use or misuse of sexual energies. You will encounter an intense backlash of karmic energy if you damage others. On the higher path you can direct your efforts into extraordinary achievements and/or simply live very intensely and vividly.

Aries Rising and Mars in Sagittarius

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the expansive and inspirational sign of Sagittarius. You need a cause, something larger than yourself and your own immediate concerns, to really feel alive. There is a crusader in you, and this is part of your soul function - inspiring others toward an ideal or generating enthusiasm for a cause. When out of balance you can be preachy and self righteous. A need for open-ended adventure and freedom also motivates you. You need to do a lot of seeking and wide-ranging exploration in order to discover your destiny, so you may be a late bloomer. Your intuition is strong and guides you well.

Aries Rising and Mars in Capricorn

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the realistic, hard working, and practical sign of Capricorn. You possess the self-control and dedication, as well as the ambition, to rise to prominence. Your soul function is to be an authority, Chief Executive, the "Boss", a position that you will most likely achieve in your middle and later years. In order to fulfill your destiny, however, you must resolve the struggle between the part of you that is impatient, impulsive and wants to be free and wholly independent, and the more conservative side of you that wants to be accepted in conventional circles and knows what it takes to do so.

Aries Rising and Mars in Aquarius

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the unconventional, unorthodox, and innovative sign of Aquarius. This increases your need to be independent and do things in your own individualistic way. You break rules and question authority in order to advance into new territory. Though your personality may be somewhat abrasive and apparently selfish, you are driven by idealistic and altruistic intentions.

Aries Rising and Mars in Pisces

Your ruling planet, Mars, is in the highly sensitive, receptive, gentle sign of Pisces, however. Your emotional vulnerability as well as your compassion and empathy diffuse the forcefulness and selfishness implied above. You may vacillate between clear, decisive action and passivity, between a desire to assert yourself and get what you want versus your essentially non-aggressive and non-competitive nature. Part of your soul function has to do with defending or standing tall for the weak, disadvantaged, or under dogs, and/or acting for the good of all, with broad sympathies, rather than simply for your own good.

A Spiritual Interpretation of Aries Rising

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

"Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. It expresses the will to power, but its primary expression is the activation of potential - the power to manifest in the physical world. You are expressing the power to create on the material plane, but you are also capable of expression on the intuitive level. You understand the capacity of intuition to illuminate your life and the lives of others.

During your life you will find yourself going through cycles of intuitive insight and more practical application. All intuition without practical effort carries little impact, so you have to develop a compassionate style for delivering your psychic messages. With Mars as ruler, Aries is not known for its compassion, so you have an interesting task. Qualities you can easily demonstrate are your endless enthusiasm for life, quick wit, and your spontaneous responses. Practice being enthusiastic about the path of other beings. Inject humor into difficult situations to ease their path. And don't withhold your true response to their sadness and pain. If you are impatient, be impatient to see them reach the next level of creativity. If you are foolish, be foolish with your willingness to help. If you are jealous, show it as protectiveness of their tender hearts.

As you practice the strengths of your rising sign, you will find that what began as a lively, expressive personality is developing into your soul expression. For Aries the shift is from "I am" toward "I aspire to become." You aspire to become a container for intuitive truths that you can act upon for yourself, and also share with others. You know, deep within yourself, that intellect functions best when it is paired with intuition. As you open yourself to the world of intuition, your sensitivity deepens. You become an active participant in the creative process as you re-orient toward the inner voice.

As you activate the purifying process of fire in your life, you may find that your physical health is affected. Wholeness and wellness are significant factors in your spiritual quest. The head, and especially the eyes, become the focus of your intuition and expression. When spiritual energy first arises, you may experience headaches and your eyes may tire easily. You may benefit from meditative practice in which you visualize energy moving up your spine and out the top of your head. See it flow around you like a fountain, to be pulled up your spine again. In this meditation use the energy within you to move through any pain in your eyes or head, and you can also use it to connect with the immediate environment."

Aries Ascendant from the Cosmo Natal Report:

"You meet life head on and throw yourself into new experiences with zest and enthusiasm. You are direct, straightforward, assertive, and usually completely aboveboard in all your dealings. Candid and incapable of guile, insincerity or phoniness, you project a confident and sometimes arrogant appearance to others. You often lack tact and sensitivity, and can be completely oblivious to others' needs, and inadvertently selfish. You are self-reliant and don't depend upon social approval and reinforcement as much as other people do. You like to be original and do not mind going it alone. You may feel that you do not fit into groups very well, and that you do not naturally blend in and cooperate with others very easily. You like to be either a leader or a loner.

You are a doer and thrive on freedom, challenge, and activity. You tend to think in clear, black and white terms, and to be somewhat simplistic in your outlook, which enables you to act in a very decisive and self-assured manner. When inspired with an idea, you feel such a sense of urgency and excitement about it that you will often charge ahead and try to implement it in a rather bold but poorly planned and crudely executed way. Patience and careful attention to details are not your forte. However, you never accept defeat and will have brilliant and unprecedented successes and discoveries, as well as painful failures. To you it is far better to make mistakes than it is to play it safe and never try.

You are scornful of what you see as weakness or passivity in others and also of the human tendency to imitate and follow. You are not a follower. Others see you as a strong individual, and perhaps brash and brazen as well. You present a strong front to the world and generally do not allow others to see your vulnerable or insecure side."

Famous People with Aries Rising:

Joan Baez (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Sagittarius)
Corbin Bernsen (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Johannes Brahms (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
Lloyd Bridges (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Ray Davies (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Sandra Dee (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Bo Derek (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Pisces)
Sandy Duncan (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
Billy Graham (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Sagittarius)
Barbara Hershey (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Virgo)
Judd Hirsch (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Lena Horne (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Ron Howard (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Sagittarius)
Barbara Hutton (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Scorpio)
Lee Iacocca (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Nancy Kerrigan (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Michele Lee (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Heather Locklear (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Chuck Mangione (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Scorpio)
Bette Midler (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Pete Rose (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Susan Saint James (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Libra) 
David Spade (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Barbra Streisand (Aries Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear

Lena Horne
Lena Horne


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