Does Your Rising Sign Change? Quick Guide for Beginners

There seem to be a lot of signs to keep track of in astrology! Most of us are familiar with our sun sign, but the rest of it has a bit of a learning curve. Your rising sign is the sign of the Zodiac that the horizon was in at the exact moment of your birth. Ok, but how is that affected by the movement of the planets and the rest of your chart? Does your rising sign change?

Your rising sign never changes. The position of the horizon at the exact moment you were born, your ascendant, is shown in your birth chart and is considered fixed for your entire life. If your rising sign is Leo in the 5th house, that doesn’t change regardless of where the planets currently are.

Now that you know that you are blessed with your rising sign for life, read below to learn how to find out what your rising sign is and what it means for you!

What Is My Rising Sign

The first step in figuring out your rising sign is finding your Ascendant. The Ascendant is the astrological term for where the horizon line was at the time and place of your birth. You must know exactly where and when you were born to get an accurate rising sign.

Once you have that information, luckily, getting a copy of your birth chart is free and easy! Visit Astrodienst at, set up a free account, put in your information, and you have instant access to your natal chart.

natal chart from astrodienst

After you have put your information into Astrodienst, your natal chart will come up! This natal chart, also called a birth chart, will always be your birth chart no matter what is going on with the Moon or any other planets at the moment.

Next, in the table in the top left find the AC. That is short for “Ascendant” and next to that you can find the sign it sits in. This is your rising sign.

a birth chart table from showing AC as Cancer, does the rising sign change, no

This table shows “Can” which is short for Cancer. This person has Cancer as their rising sign, also called a Cancer rising. This is true for them for the rest of their life.

You can also find your rising sign in the birth chart itself, as you can see below.

closeup of a natal chart from showing the ascendant in Cancer, does the rising sign change, no

You can see “AC” marked outside of the chart, and the dark line that it corresponds to inside the chart is your Ascendant, or where the horizon line was at the moment you were born. This person’s Ascendant falls right in the sign of Cancer.

The Ascendant always marks the beginning of the first house in your natal chart, and you can also see that in the chart above.

*Now that you know your rising sign, learn more about how this information and astrology can help you and be useful in your life! Visit our post, 17 Surprising Things Astrology Is Used for Besides Horoscopes.

Your Rising Sign Without Your Birth Time

Your birth time is vitally important when it comes to determining your rising sign because the earth spins so quickly on its axis. Being off even a few minutes can push your ascendant into a different, and not accurate, sign.

But what if you aren’t positive about your birth time? If you know your approximate time of birth, for instance between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., for example, try putting both 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. into Astrodienst to see if it shows a different rising sign. If not, you are good to go!

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Note, however, that this could throw your houses off a bit. Even if you are sure that your ascendant was in Virgo when you were born, without an accurate birth time the houses won’t be positioned accurately which means that you won’t be able to access all of the information you could from your chart.

You may need to do a little more digging to find an accurate time of birth. I couldn’t find the birth time for one of my kids and neither grandma had it recorded, either, believe it or not. I could have called our state offices and requested a long-form birth certificate, which will show the recorded time of birth from the hospital. But, I had an idea to check their baby pictures. There was a photo of them in their hospital bassinette showing a tab with all of his information including their birth time!

However, sometimes it is impossible for a person to know when or where they were born exactly and there are no photos to check. In this case, the rising sign and house placements can still be determined by an astrologer specializing in rectification, a process where the astrologer “backward engineers” the time of birth for a client through targeted questions about the person’s life.

What Does Your Rising Sign Mean

man standing on the shore of the ocean at sunset, represents the question, does your rising sign change

So you have your rising sign, but what does that even mean for you?

Your rising sign is the lens through which the rest of the world sees you. Sometimes you hear it referred to as “the mask you wear.” This isn’t the same as your identity. It is the sign of the Zodiac that acts as the filter that others see us through and the persona that we use to interact with the world.

Our rising sign isn’t just the outer shell, however. It also offers clues about motivations and needs that, when fulfilled, will make us feel more in balance and “right” when interacting with the world.

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The Houses

a row of colorful houses, representing the house system in astrology

The ascendant is closely related to the house system in astrology because it “kicks off” the first house. It is the line where the first house begins in your chart. For astrologers using the Placidus house system, this is vital information for laying out the placements of the other 11 houses, as well.

What is the House System

The houses system divides your natal chart into 12 pie-shaped pieces. The first house always begins with the Ascendant. Each house represents a different area of your life.

For instance, the 2nd house represents things in your life that have to do with your finances while the 3rd house deals with communication. The signs the houses fall in, as well as what planets reside in them, help an astrologer determine how you may approach those parts of life, which parts may be the most important for your growth, where you may see the most action, and which kinds of activities or ways of being you might be the most compatible with.

The houses also represent your evolution as a human being. The first has everything to do with announcing to the world that you are here and ready for life. With each house, new lessons are learned and your soul reaches a greater level of growth by learning to care for, not just yourself, but others, serving the world, and eventually, becoming more enlightened.

The Descendant

The point on the chart directly opposite of your ascendant is the “DC,” or Descendant. This represents the beginning of the 7th house, the house of relationships.

Being opposed to our Ascendant, it is kind of like the opposite of who we are, but it also describes the traits that we greatly admire in someone else, ones we may struggle to see in ourselves. It is also thought that the descendant describes a person that we would be drawn or attracted to.

The Imum Coeli

At the beginning of the 4th house is another important line on your birth chart, the “IC,” or Imum Coeli. The line itself represents what was the lowest point in the sky at the moment of your birth. The house it ushers in relates to your sense of family and home.

The 4th house is often thought of as the most intimate, representing the part of yourself that you keep inside and rarely show to others, except possibly those that you are closest with. That is home, a place where you can let it all hang out, and the placement of the IC and condition of the 4th house help to describe your relationship with that most private of places.

The Midheaven

Directly opposite of the IC on your natal chart you will find the “MC,” also called the Midheaven. It ushers in the 10th house and the area of your life that revolves around your career.

Struggling to figure out what to “do with your life?” It wouldn’t hurt to check what sign your Midheaven falls in and what planets reside there as your MC is all about what your soul came to this planet equipped to do.

What will we do in society? This point on our chart has little to do with emotions or our consciousness but is instead pretty direct. What do other people see us as? This isn’t who we are as a person, but what we do as a person. Helpful information to know!

You have found and understand your rising sign, keep moving forward on your astrology path by learning about your chart ruler and what it means for you in our post, What the Chart Ruler Is & Why Yours is Important. The chart ruler is closely related to your rising sign and helps shape how the world sees you!

*Learn more about what all of the lines on a birth chart mean in our article all about it here!

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