The Importance of Your Ascending Sign in Astrology
We are honored to share this guest blog post by the lovely Sky Wampler on astrology and understanding your ascendant sign. Please comment below and let us know your thoughts!
We’ve all heard of Astrology at some point in our lives--be it on Snapchat stories and Cosmopolitan articles or through legitimate sources of spiritual knowledge and insight. Astrology is something that has become a fad in modern culture and people go around asking one another, “what’s your sign?” --giggling at the implication that the month in which they were born could have any indication about how their personality might express itself today. For those of us who have studied Astrology more in depth, however, have probably discovered how relevant and how shockingly true to our signs we tend to be.
What a lot of people don’t tend to realize, however, is that our Sun Sign (the sign that modern-day horoscopes are based on) may not be the best indicator of our personality and the way that others perceive us, and may not be the sign most indicative of our true nature. Horoscopes came to be based on the Sun Sign because it is the sign easiest to determine.
A chart depicting the way to determine your Sun Sign can be found below:
So, then, if your sun sign isn’t the best indicator of how others perceive you and your personality as you express it, then what is?
Each of us has an Astrological Birth Chart that looks something like this. I have included mine as an example of how truly detailed and personalized Astrological Birth Charts actually are, and to help explain why your Ascendant Sign might actually be the sign that you identify more closely with--and regardless of whether or not you identify closely with your Sun Sign, your Ascendant sign truly gives so much insight into the self, personality, and how we interact with others.
*It is important to note that each of us has a different birth chart based on the location and exact time of your birth. This is relevant because, while your Sun Sign is powerful, true astrology is based on the location of the planets on the horizon of your specific location when you were born, not on what your Sun Sign is.*
As an example of how I found my ascendant sign (that you can see in the chart above): My ascendant sign is Sagittarius, meaning that Jupiter was ascending on my horizon at the time of my birth.
So what is your Ascendant Sign and why is it relevant?
Your Ascendant Sign is the sign most closely related to the way you perceive yourself and the energy that you project to others. It can alert you to your energy surrounding your:
Beginnings of relationships
Energy projected to others
This is the truest indicator of where energy is most likely to originate in the self. Astrology is not for reading the future--and it is not for setting anything in stone. It is simply for alerting you to where your energy is most likely to manifest itself and in what way. Below, I have included a small chart by GoddessCeremony detailing some aspects of Ascendant Signs by Element.
So why is the Ascendant Sign arguably the most important to take into consideration?
It is extremely important to be aware of the direction your energy might tend to flow when communicating with others and expressing yourself. Sometimes it can be wise to think through your words more, or not be so aggressive when presenting ideas or beliefs. It is important to be very aware of your Ascendant because if your personality is too aggressive--or not aggressive enough--it can injure relationships or your sense of self. The Ascendant Sign is also an excellent indicator of how to best care for yourself and the types of people to surround yourself with in order to balance out your energy.
The Ascendant is also closely connected to impulse and new beginnings--be it in relationships, careers, or projects. In order to learn more about the self and who we are as people, it is important to sit down with ourselves and do some exploration. It is better to know if the energy of your personality tends towards chaos, passion, balance, or impulsive action. The Ascendant is a perfect way to begin to understand more about yourself and the way that others may perceive you.
Wishing you wild love and freedom,
About the Author~
My name is Sky. I'm an adventurer, traveler, freedom seeker, yogi, musician, and nature lover. Some of my hobbies include playing piano, singing, writing and most days you
can find me curled up with a good book in a cozy nook somewhere. I'm currently an undergrad at UVA studying Creative Writing and Environmental Sustainability. More than anything I hope to leave this earth a more beautiful place than it was when I arrived.