Our ascendant, or rising sign, is an entry point into our whole life and being, according to astrologer and author of The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide To Astrology Juliana McCarthy. Your ascendant describes your outermost layer and how you make a first impression. While the sun is how we see ourselves and the moon is how we really are, the ascendant is how others see us.
First Impression: Confident, strong, courageous, direct.
Individuals with Aries ascendants come across as strong, straightforward, confident, and enthusiastic. These ascendants have an easy time directly stating their points of view, asserting themselves, and asking for what they want. Swift and decisive, they possess natural leadership abilities. They like to initiate projects and take charge, becoming catalytic forces in every endeavor. Ruled by Mars, planet of virility, sexuality, and athleticism, these ascendants are often sportsmen, able to easily rouse their physical energies.
First Impression: Attractive, dependable, slow, sensual.
Others see these ascendants as attractive, regardless of how they look. They present well, with good style, steady demeanors, and natural displays of richness. Peaceful and easygoing, they magnetize many friends. Taurus ascendants take their time to feel their environments, appreciating luxury and the finer aspects of life. Uncomfortable with change, they prefer predictability and to operate in the realm of tangibles. They also enjoy connecting with others through the sense pleasures, mutually appreciating good food, wine, sex, and other indulgences. They allow ample time to rest and take care of themselves, which indicates healthy self-worth. They only have to be wary of stubbornness and forming opinions that are too fixed.