What Does the Rising Sign Represent?
The rising sign is the zodiac sign that was “rising” on the eastern horizon in the sky at the time of your birth.
Unlike your sun or moon signs, which are determined based on celestial bodies, the rising sign indicates a specific location in your birth chart. It’s incredibly important because it sets up all the Houses in your chart. Without it, a birth chart reading would have much less potency.
The rising sign reflects how you present yourself to the world as well as how you accept the world as it presents itself to you. Many people say that it is the “mask” we wear while in public. But it’s more receptive than that.
Because the rising sign literally shapes our outer perspective, it speaks on the initial contact we have with our surroundings. It’s about how we approach the world based on past experiences and firsthand knowledge.
This sign also dictates how others see you. It represents your personality, first impression on others and physical appearance. So, in this case, it’s much less about “hiding” behind a mask and more about “authenticity.” It is the natural representation we give to others without trying. Some might argue that your rising sign symbolizes your truest, most raw self.