Most often, we’re familiar with aspects of our astro-personality because of numerous influences like our ruling planets and sun signs but very few of us know that we have ascendents or rising signs in our zodiac charts that also affect us. Ascendants are intimately related to the physical body; in fact, it has a lot to do with what a person looks like.
The body from birth to death constitutes an individual’s most immediate physical environment, through which all impressions from the outer world are filtered. The ascendant also affects the way the entire personality is integrated and expressed. That image may not be the perfect portrayal of the real self (which is a combination of the sun sign and moon sign), but it is the one that comes across most vividly to other people. Apart from the signs, the planet closest to the ascendant also affects the appearance in a large way.
ARIES March 21 – April 20
Ruled by the fiery planet Mars – Arians have distinct features and a confident persona. They usually have reddish tinged complexions, and a muscular and lean build. Generally, people born under this sign are medium-statured, and are rarely fat or plump. They have fairly long necks and faces. Their heads tend to be broad at the temples and narrow at the chin. They have bushy eyebrows, and are blessed with sharp sight. They also tend to have wiry hair.
TAURUS April 21 – May 20
Ruled by Venus, Taureans are also medium-statured. Their bodies, however, tend to be plump. They also have broad foreheads and thick necks. Bright eyes, dark hair and a smooth and supple complexion are also characteristics. Charming and pleasant, they are often solidly built and stocky, with big shoulders and well-developed muscles. Tough and strong, the slight flare at the end of their nose indicates that they can get very angry when provoked.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini-borns are generally tall with straight bodies. Their thin long fingers reflect their intellectual inclinations and bent of mind. They also have thin legs with visible veins. Their complexions tend to be fair or dark, depending on the planet, which rises in Gemini at the time of their birth. Generally, these people have a shifty gaze and cannot concentrate on anything for long. They also have aquiline noses.
CANCER June 21 – July 21
Ruled by the Moon, Cancerians have clumsy bodies, slender limbs and powerful arms and hands, which are typical characteristics of the crab. They generally have large upper bodies. Their limbs are also extremely slender when compared to their upper bodies, so the whole body appears to be top heavy. They also have wide faces, and large mouths with a nice set of teeth. They generally have pale complexions.
LEO July 22 – August 21
Ruled by the Sun, Leos have a well-developed bone structure, and broad shoulders and foreheads. These people are rarely plump or ugly. They have an imposing and majestic appearance. They have fair complexions, and it often tends to vary according to the exact position of the ascendant, and planets occupying or affecting the ascendant.
VIRGO August 22 – September 21
Ruled by Mercury, Virgos have tall and slender bodies. They tend to have dark hair and very beautiful eyes. The forehead especially the area near the eyebrows tends to be pronounced. They tend to have a straight nose. Their voice often tends to be thin and shrill. Due to their constant activity and influence of Mercury, they generally appear younger than their actual age.
LIBRA September 22 – October 22
Ruled by Venus, this sign has the most good looking people in the entire zodiac. They are generally tall with a well – proportioned body and a charming countenance. Their limbs are also slender and strong. They have a very graceful appearance and have sweet and warm smiles. Invariably they have dimples and a clear and flawless complexion. The eyebrows are naturally arched and well shaped. They also have a hawked nose.
SCORPIO October 23 – November 21
Ruled by Mars, these people have very powerful physiques. Generally, the complexion is clear and translucent, and the eyebrows are heavy and knit together over the bridge of the nose. They have well proportioned bodies with dark hair and eyes. The hands are also generally long. The stature is above average. Scorpios have a broad face, a commanding appearance, short and curly hair and muscular bodies. They also have a magnetic personality.
SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 20
Ruled by Jupiter, these people are athletic, tall and well built. They usually have a charming and attractive personality, and well-proportioned bodies. They have large foreheads with bushy eyebrows. They have long noses and fair complexions. Sagittarians are of two types – they are either very tall and athletic or shorter than average with strong, sturdy bodies.
CAPRICORN December 21 – January 19
Ruled by Saturn, these people look older than their age when younger and vice versa when older. They have slender bodies and are not muscular or plump. Tall and thin, their health and appearance only gets better with age. Their thin faces tend to be oval-shaped. They have long noses with deep-set eyes and coarse hair.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18
Also ruled by Saturn, Aquarians are tall in stature, and generally have a strong lean build. They also have oval faces with fair complexions. Of the 12 signs, Libra and Aquarius along with Venus produce the most beautiful children. Like Gemini-borns, their eyes have a dreamy, wandering expression and a penetrative look. Their teeth are very often uneven. They may also have a mole or scar on their calves.
PISCES February 19 – March 20
Ruled by Jupiter, Pisceans are often short people. They also tend to be pleasantly round and plump. They have very expressive and sensitive features, their skin is soft and the hair is wavy. Their hands and feet are very prominent – they’re tiny, fragile and exquisitely formed or huge and clumsy looking. They also have muscular shoulders. The eyes tend to be big, deep-set and very expressive. The eyes are generally the highlight of a Piscean personality.