Understanding your Aries rising sign and how it fits in with your Sun and Moon signs can be a bit confusing.
This is why I have created a separate article on the Rising Sign Meaning, which you can check out here.
In short, the zodiac sign, which stands as a rising sign in your horoscope determines the specific manner in which the energies and qualities of your Sun sign will be manifested in your lifetime.
For example, someone with an Aries Sun sign and an Aquarius rising will have the chance to manifest their entrepreneurial nature (Aries) a lot more easily, because of the large groups of people they effortlessly get involved with as well as their informal approach, innovativeness and their inner motivation to seek common ideals with others – all qualities of their Aquarius rising sign.
The very same person would find it a lot harder to realize their ambitions with a Cancer rising, which would make them more conservative and introverted.
This is why one of the very first things to be analyzed in a natal chart is how harmonious the interaction between the rising sign and the sun sign is. Whether they are placed in signs that complement or contradict each other.
In addition, we should also consider and closely examine the planet, which rules the Ascendant and therefore the whole natal chart (in the case of Aries rising, the ruler is Mars); where this planet is placed by sign and by house, and how it interconnects with the Sun and Rising signs.
Usually your physical characteristics are determined by the combined influences of the signs, where the Sun, Moon, rising, and the ascendant ruler are placed.
For example, if you are a Virgo with a Sagittarius rising and a Leo Moon, and your Jupiter (the ruler of your ascendant) is placed in Gemini, we will say that your Sun sign is Virgo, your Moon is in Leo, your Rising is in Sagittarius, and your horoscope and ascendant ruler is in Gemini. The latter will further color the characteristics of your rising sign.
The rising sign is something that you need to manifest and demonstrate gradually throughout your life, and this is why some of the traits and characteristics of this sign can be overemphasized and more obvious than some of the qualities of your Sun sign.
For example, someone with a Leo rising is ‘more Leo than the Leos’. They wish to be noticed at all cost, and they suffer if they don’t receive the attention they seek. Their strong desire to be the center of attention provokes their inventiveness, but their manners would also be a bit more demonstrative than those of a Leo Sun sign. In comparison, someone with a Leo Sun has the calm confidence that they are the king and he or she receives the attention they deserve with dignity. A Leo Sun attracts this attention effortlessly.
Now that you have a good idea of the meaning and significance of the rising sign, let’s move on to
Aries Rising Appearance
Aries rising are fast, usually small, agile people. Their temperament is choleric, gestures are quick and sharp. They take the initiative wherever they are.
Aries Rising Meaning
Life is often a series of battles for Aries rising people, but over time they learn to better defend their positions. Unlike the Sun in Aries, they are more forceful and direct in their manifestations and reactions, but they are not so purposeful. They can change their goals and priorities much faster, which largely depends on the Sun sign.
Aries rising people are often drawn towards professions, related to the realization of new ideas, military activities, creative vocations, giving them freedom of action and opportunities for self-expression.
Their fiery energy is usually directed outside the family, while in marriage they are faithful and although they fire up quickly, they eventually compromise.
Aries rising are predisposed to traumas, inflammation, accidents, and self-harm.
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Aries Rising Traits: Inner Motivation and Behaviors
Those born with an Aries rising have a strong psychological motivation and inner desire to be first in everything, to be independent and competitive. These people don’t like to be told what to do and it is more difficult for them than for all other signs of the zodiac to follow instructions and obey orders.
Like the ram, which is the symbol of this sign, they can bang their heads against the wall, believing that if they exert enough force, they will be able to break down the obstacle that stands in their way. It is often difficult for Aries rising people to see that sometimes a much easier and more elegant solution to the problem can be found. Aries risings tend to apply this direct approach to resolving conflicts with others. Aries is not very patient.
This sign is a good initiator; Aries rising people are pioneers, who love starting new projects.
However, a lack of patience almost always leads to the same result – these projects remain unfinished. Those born with an Aries ascendant always have new ideas, which they take up with a good amount of zeal and enthusiasm. Not long after, however, a new idea overpowers them and they abandon the implementation of the previous one just as quickly and energetically as they set out to complete it.
Therefore, Aries rising do need to develop more patience and perseverance. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and similarly, those born with this ascendant are guided largely out of a desire to be first in their chosen field. They have enough dynamism, enthusiasm and zeal to win and be the most competitive among all others. Their desire to be noticed by others and to be at the center of events goes hand in hand.
Aries Rising Traits: Childhood Predispositions
Sometimes these Aries rising qualities manifest in early childhood in a negative way, especially if they have siblings. Then their desire to be first can lead to quarrels, abuse and physical fights. If such conflict situations occur, it is best to organize games and competitions between siblings. In this way, the racing spirit of Aries would find a positive vent. If the signs of the other children in the family do not support the expenditure of a large amount of physical energy, the competitive spirit can be built through chess, backgammon, cards, computer games, etc.
Aries Rising Traits: Adaptability
Those born with an Aries rising sign easily adapt to different life circumstances.
This is especially true in cases when they have to change their social status for one reason or another.
If Aries rising develop a little more patience and objectivity, they could do an excellent self-analysis. This would help them improve some of their negative traits and also use their strengths more fully. The way Aries rising people see themselves can be somewhat superficial or oversimplified.
Aries Rising Problem-Solving
Aries people usually suffer from haste, which externally leads to misfortunes and accidents. For example, they may be too quick to judge a situation by appearances and draw the wrong conclusions, which subsequently leads to a number of problems. Haste in assessing different situations can have a negative effect on the way they see themselves and others. In any case, there is a certain superficiality and simplification of the problems, which does not lead to their best resolution. Therefore, Aries rising should aim to gain depth and caution in decision-making.
The ascendant or rising sign also has to do with the way we face life. Those born with the rising sign of Aries meet life in a direct, open and energetic way, declaring: “Here I am! Pay attention to me! Let’s get started!”.
Aries rising are determined, energetic and have the desire to “manage” life. Instead of going with the flow, they want to create their own life situations. They perceive life as an adventure, a challenge and a call to competition.
Aries Rising Compatibility With Other Placements
If the birth chart and other placements generally show a more introverted and shy person, then it is more difficult to develop the above-mentioned qualities. However, if the qualities of the Aries rising are not allowed to manifest freely, then the person may periodically erupt in fits of anger. This inner or outer restriction may also manifest as a disease or some form of self-destruction.
If the chart contains more of the fire element, then all the positive qualities of Aries are manifested freely. In this case, however, there is a danger that the person will become too penetrating, too energetic and very selfish. Then they need to consciously strive to develop a desire for compliance with others, delicacy and prudence.
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Aries Rising Compatibility and Love Life
When Aries rises on the eastern horizon, we always find the opposite sign, Libra, on the western.
The eastern horizon has to do with personality and ego, while the western horizon governs our partnerships and our relationship with our loved ones.
Aries develops in us independence and self-focus. Libra on the opposite horizon requires an Aries rising to develop such qualities as the ability to achieve a reasonable compromise, balance, harmony and beauty in the relationship through their partner.
Once they have developed the power of pioneers and had the courage to show themselves to others as they are, those born with an Aries ascendant can begin to develop some of the qualities of the opposite sign.
Often the partner helps them in this regard. For example, if people with an Aries rising become too selfish and self-centered, they soon realize that this type of behavior causes a lot of trouble in their relationships. Then they begin to develop qualities such as consideration for others, tact and diplomacy, which are extremely inherent to Libras.
Henry Miller is a famous writer, who caused a great deal of debate with his books, which were banned in the US. He has an Aries rising, with Mars in the 7th house in Scorpio. No wonder a person with this combination described in great detail his sexual experiences and experiments (Mars in Scorpio) in his desire to discover and understand himself (Mars rules the ascendant Aries).
People with an Aries rising have interesting views on love and sex. They are extremely eager to form long-lasting, committed relationships (Libra on the Descendant), but on the other hand they are constantly experimenting in their desire for numerous adventures (Aries of the Ascendant).
It is obvious that such an attitude creates a situation that their partners can hardly sustain. In general, however, Aries rising have a strong desire for a lasting relationship and if they wish, they can learn to comply with their partner and make reasonable compromises.
However, all these qualities are manifested not so much externally, but on a deep psychological level. People, who do not know them very well may not have any idea of the presence of such qualities in them. Only their close acquaintances and relatives know this side to them, too.
Mars rules Aries, so it is their personal planet and plays an important role in their birth chart.
Please, remember that Sun Moon and Rising signs are not enough to properly evaluate compatibility or one’s personality.
You can see a very accurate and beginner-friendly step-by-step guide on how to check compatibility with your partner, taking into consideration the most important elements in the birth chart here.
And if you wish to order a full in-depth analysis of your natal chart that examines the interrelatedness of all elements as well as provides a report with remedies on how to overcome your weakest points and challenges, you can do so here.