Scorpio Rising – What Is The True Meaning Of Your Scorpio Ascendant

scorpio rising meaning

Understanding your Scorpio 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 a Virgo Sun sign and a Scorpio rising will have the chance to manifest their analytical, detail and result-oriented, methodical nature a lot more easily, because they will be driven by the inner motivation to strategize, persevere in any endeavor and get to the root of things– all qualities of their Scorpio rising sign.

The very same person would find it a lot harder to realize this Virgo-driven nature with a Pisces rising, which would make them more disorganized and dreamy.

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 Scorpio rising, the ruler is Pluto and to some extend 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.

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Now that you have a good idea of the meaning and significance of the rising sign, let’s move on to

Scorpio Rising Appearance

Scorpio Rising Appearance

One of the best ways to recognize a Scorpio rising is by their magnetic gaze.

Whether the eyes are dark or light, they have a very specific, strong gaze that bewitches you almost immediately. This penetrating gaze seems to read in your soul as in an open book.

Scorpio rising usually have medium height, well-shaped muscles, and thick hair. Their cheekbones are usually pronounced, and their eyebrows are thick. They often have an eagle nose, big mouth and well-developed chin.

Scorpio Rising Meaning – An Overview

Scorpio Rising Appearance

A Scorpio rising means that the individual has chosen the path of developing their personal power in this lifetime, regardless of their Sun sign and whether it is strongly or weakly positioned in the horoscope.

A Scorpio rising does position the individual in a situation of a life crisis, whether this happens early on, or later in life. This is when they will have to use and apply their spiritual strength, which they need to consciously strive to develop.

A lot of Scorpio rising need to face death even early on in their childhood, and sometimes their own lives are endangered, too. This type of experience provides them with exceptional depth and inner knowledge, especially if they choose to live more consciously.

Many Scorpio risings are doctors, healers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and specialists in the realm of human psyche. Their own experiences allow them to dive deep into the mental and emotional world of others, so that they can help and empower them.

Scorpio rising are not as authoritative and possessive as those with the Sun in Scorpio, but they are masters at sensing the feelings and vibrations of others. In most cases Scorpio rising develop an interest in the mystic and occult.

There is fortitude, perseverance, and determination in Scorpio rising, which are not demonstrative, and may not be noticed by others in the beginning. Scorpio rising gradually build their power over others and they win, because of the fact that they are usually trustworthy.

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Scorpio Rising Traits – Perceptiveness

Scorpio Rising Appearance

Those born with a Scorpio rising are very observant and perceptive.

They can accurately pinpoint the psychological motivation of others and are able to read the thoughts of others, determine the motives of their actions and see the hidden meaning in their gestures.

At the same time, however, they can be extremely silent and secretive (unless there are other, stronger influences in the chart), because in no way do they want others to know their own hidden motives, thoughts and aspirations.

They realize that he, who has the ability to read the hidden thoughts of the other has great power over them. Depending on how this information is used, it can help significantly, or cause great harm.

Scorpio Rising Life Mission

Scorpio Rising Appearance

The main life mission of Scorpio rising is to go deep in the underworld, where the dark forces rage, to meet them, and then consciously overpower them in order to choose light as their true path.

There is usually a fierce struggle, which in the life of Scorpio rising is manifested in extreme life circumstances, leading to emotional and mental turmoil, only so that they can be re-born, purified, and renewed.

Depending on their spiritual and evolutionary level, a Scorpio rising can resemble an angel or a demon. It is interesting to note that they do extremely well in both roles.

It won’t be an overstatement to say that the main life mission of Scorpio rising is to enter into a fierce battle with their lower self.

The ultimate goal of this struggle is for the lower self to submit to the higher. In the end, the winner must be this part of the individual, which is godlike and God-creating. In this case, the battle is fought on almost all levels, starting with the physical body and passing through the etheric, astral, mental, causal and reaching all the way to the buddhic body.

This means that all possible human aspects are affected – physical, emotional, mental, intuitive, etc. When Scorpio rising succeed in achieving the ultimate goal, they become completely new personalities, of a much higher order.

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Scorpio Rising Traits – Deep Self-Analysis

Scorpio Rising Traits

Scorpio rising may look calm, focused or cheerful on the outside, but in fact deep in, they are raging with extremely strong feelings and emotions.

Naturally, their close family and friends may be aware of this to some extent, but most people have no clue of the drama that is going on in the souls of these people.

Scorpio rising feel a strong need to study the motivation of their own actions in depth. This is probably one of their strongest qualities – they are able to self-examine methodically and to analyze themselves objectively and impartially. Acknowledging a weakness is half the battle won over that weakness.

Most of us do not make much progress in our development, because we are hampered by our shortcomings and more importantly, we don’t even know they exist. The situation is quite different with Scorpio rising.

They have their own internal secret police, investigation, court, lawyers, prosecutors, criminal department and even exile camps. They impose penalties on themselves for their transgressions.

Scorpio Rising Traits – Powerfully Overcoming Weaknesses

Scorpio Rising Traits

Sometimes it seems like Scorpio Rising don’t love themselves enough.

Each of us has a dark side. But most people either don’t want to think about it or think their dark side is insignificant. Others naively think that their dark side is not so dark that it is perhaps even somewhat illuminated.

Scorpio rising are incomparable in researching and analyzing their negative thoughts, actions and deeds.

Once they understand and make sense of them, they impose their own punishments and are determined to correct themselves, fighting with extreme passion to overcome their weaknesses and shortcomings.

Maybe because they know themselves so well and to such depths, they sometimes tend to lack self-love. Scorpio rising should sometimes focus on the positive qualities they possess, such as strength of character, intuition, exceptional will, great ambition, ability to achieve goals, and so on.

Besides, Scorpio rising know how to enjoy life and therefore should not be too strict with themselves, but rather indulge in some earthly pleasures from time to time.

Scorpio Rising Overpowers The Whole Chart


In most cases, when Scorpio rises on the eastern horizon, the whole charts gets a strong Scorpio energy, and even the sun and moon signs, as well as the planets located in the first house, play a secondary role.

It is as if the other placements in the chart simply emphasize and facilitate the fulfillment of the mission, assigned by the Scorpio rising.

Often in these cases Leo is on MS. Both signs are related to a desire for power and the imposition of one’s own authority. Depending on the aspects, in most cases this is entirely feasible. The strength of character and the emotional motor mechanism of Scorpio correspond to the organizational and leadership qualities of Leo. At best, this combination can produce strong personalities with exceptional leadership qualities.

Whether these qualities will be used for good or bad depends on the person themselves and on their level of his spiritual development. In the worst case scenario, this one combination can form individuals, who want to subdue others (and very successfully) to implement their own selfish goals and desires.

Scorpio Rising Biggest Strengths


Scorpio rising have the extraordinary ability to cope with all sorts of difficulties in life and win.

They are born warriors, who are armed by nature in the best possible way for battles and war. It is interesting to note that many of these battles are fought not only on a physical, but also on an emotional and mental level.

Very often those born with a Scorpio rising have to fight with themselves.

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Scorpio Rising Secrecy and Biggest Challenges


Scorpio is a sign known for its secrecy. Therefore, those born with this rising sign do not like to share their personal problems with others.

Instead, they encapsulate their feelings, emotions, and anxieties and try to find the appropriate solution on their own. Often such a prolonged “bottling” of the strong emotions and feelings can lead to physical symptoms and illnesses. On the other hand, this increases their worries and their inner anxiety and this is how the vicious circle closes.

Scorpio Rising must learn to share at least some of their inner experiences and worries with close and trusted people. In the most extreme and critical cases, they may need to resort to psychotherapy.

Scorpio Rising must learn to free themselves from the accumulation and suppression of negative feelings such as resentment, bitterness, rage, anger, desire for revenge,suspicion, envy, jealousy, desire for complete control over all life situations, as well as for unlimited control over all other people.

Scorpio Rising Traits – Strong Interest In The Occult and Psychic Abilities

Many people with a Scorpio rising have an increased interest in everything that has an occult character – astrology, palmistry, tarot cards, clairvoyance, communication with spirits, magic, etc. Depending on the other placements in the chart and the planets that are in the 8th house (the house of Scorpio), many of them even possess occult and psychic abilities.

If Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Mercury or the Sun are found in the 8th house, it is almost certain that they will experiment with the invisible occult forces. Depending on the aspects in the chart, these abilities can be used by them for both good and bad.

Scorpio Rising Spiritual Lessons


The main spiritual lesson Scorpio rising need to learn is to learn to forgive.

They must learn to forgive not only others, but most of all – themselves

Scorpio rising need to learn how to transform their negative emotions, deep fears and instincts into strong spiritual power that guides them on their life path.

It is known that snakes periodically change their skin. They reach such a stage of their development where the old skin can no longer accommodate its owner.

In the same way, those born with a Scorpio rising reach such a phase in their lives that they radically change and transform into completely new personalities.

Mussolini, Lenin, Gandhi, Stalin and Margareth Thatcher had Scorpio as a rising sign.

Scorpio Rising Love Life

Scorpio Rising compatibility

Scorpio rising put a lot of passion and strong attraction into their personal relationships, but they rarely show it openly.

It is very important for them to feel secure in the relationship. This applies to both the emotional and the material side of the relationship.

Because this desire of theirs is very strong, they can be extremely jealous. Every small gesture of their partner, suggesting flirtation, though innocent, is considered by them as cheating. Jealousy, the desire to impose themselves on their partner and own them are their biggest shortcomings.

In the most extreme situations, they create a claustrophobic family atmosphere in which their partner is almost suffocated and deprived of freedom of action.

Scorpio Rising Compatibility

Whenever Scorpio rises on the eastern horizon, we find the opposite sign Taurus on the western.

The eastern horizon has to do with the beginning of things and what moves the individual. The western horizon has to do with one’s partner and how one relates to them.

While Scorpio was created to fight, destroy and conquer, Taurus slowly and patiently builds.

It is best for Scorpio rising to form a relationship with the type of partner, who, like Taurus, always has the patience to listen to them, but will never lose their earthly practical mentality.

Scorpio rising should choose partners, who help them develop qualities such as calmness, moderation, practicality and patience.

This is necessary to balance the excess internal energy that they usually accumulate.

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 and also provides a report with remedies on how to overcome your weakest points and challenges, you can do so here.


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