The rising sign, or ascendant, is the Zodiac sign that was rising eastern of the horizon when a person was born. The ascendant is known as the mask one wears when meeting new people. It takes in both appearance and personality, which is why some may identify with their ascendant more than they do with their sun sign. The rising sign represents the first personality traits people exhibit naturally or in uncomfortable situations.
If you are unsure of what your ascendant is, calculate your birth chart to determine your rising sign. Time of birth is required.
Aries rising is fast and to the point. They act before they think, racing into situations without planning. Though they are dynamic, they are not forceful. They simply observe what they need and go get it. Some may be competitive, but most are put their attention on how to get what they need by themselves. Everything they do is done rapidly.
People born with an Aries ascendant are easy to anger, but they are also quick to let it to pass. They don't hold on to bad feelings for too long and they like to be clear and direct. They don't stay stagnant. Though they may seem bossy at times, they truly just want to be seen as bold and courageous for being able to follow their own clear path. Aries rising people may jump into leadership positions quickly and are excellent at engaging the crowd.
In terms of appearance, an Aries rising may have strong facial features and a defined brow, as Aries rules the head. Since Aries is also about anger and power, Aries ascendants may appear to be pissed off; their natural face may look confrontational. Most of the time, they are just very focused on what they're thinking about. These people may accessorize with hats, crazy glasses, or statement jewelry, as Aries rising people like to stand out.
A downfall of Aries rising, due to Mars as their ruler, is that they may be intimidating through their heavy-handedness and rash delivery. Once this is channeled through physical and creative activities, however, an Aries ascendant is truly a force to be reckoned with. On the bad day, an Aries rising may be an intolerant bully; on a good day, they may heroically help someone being picked on.
In all, Aries ascendants are very energetic and this may be overwhelming if they don't channel their passion into other outlets. These people need action and movement no matter what they focus on.
It is important to note that the Aries Ascendant is modified by the position of Mars in a person's chart. Calculate your personal birth chart to learn more.