The Ascendant and its meaning in Astrology

Your ascendant and what it means in combination with your star sign

Your ascendant and what it means in combination with your star sign

The ascendant plays a crucial role in our lives and is one of the most important elements of our natal chart! Discover your ascendant and then learn about the relationship between your ascendant and your Sun sign (the Sun sign is what we more usually call the star sign or zodiac).

What is the Ascendant?

The ascendant is a very important element in Astrology for discovering someone’s personality. The ascendant is neither a planet nor a celestial body.

The ascendant is the zodiac sign that was rising at the moment when we were born. It is found using calculations based on the local time of birth and geographical longitude and latitude.
This explains why two people who have the same star sign do not have the same characteristics. During a period of 24 hours, the sign of the ascendant runs through the whole zodiac cycle, differentiating the characteristics of each person. Every four minutes in the hour the ascendant shifts a degree and so, when a natal chart is being prepared, the time of birth is very important.
Speaking metaphorically, we could say that the ascendant is the moment at which the child is ‘cut off’ from its mother and must adapt on its own to the atmosphere that surrounds it. This is when it begins to show its character and the way in which it will express itself and face this new situation as a separate entity/ being.

The ascendant also indicates a person’s external appearance and the first impression that they give to others, and this is why it has the most important element next to the position of the Sun (what we call the zodiac sign).
When the ascendant sign is not ‘compatible’ with the other elements of the horoscope then the first impression a person gives is often wrong.
The energy of the ascendant helps a person achieve their goals, hopes, desires and needs. It shows their talents and abilities.


Discover your ascendant! If you don’t know it, you can find it out straight away in your birth chart, if you know the time you were born.
Learn everything now about your ascendant and how it influences your personality. See also, what the combination of your star sign with your ascendant means.
And - most importantly – check your horoscopes also based on your ascendant! Select your ascendant now and read about its characteristics in combination with your star sign.