Finding out your ascendant!
While it is easy to find out your sun sign, finding out your ascendant or rising sign is more complicated.
The sun sign, which tells you about a person's personality, can be worked out from the date of birth, whilst the ascendant shapes the sign, giving impetus and direction in life.
Working out your ascendant is complicated because this is a factor involving not only the date, but also the time and place of birth. The notion of the time a person was born is very important because your rising sign can change in less than 4 minutes (at the beginning or end of a sign). Therefore, two people born on the same day will have the same sun sign, but will be subject to differing planetary influences, depending on their time and place of birth. A Leo with Leo rising will therefore have a very different personality from a Leo with Cancer rising.
If you don't know your ascendant, we suggest you next click on Find out your Ascendant putting in your date, place and time of birth!