How to Find and Calculate your Rising Sign


Often the time of birth is written in the baptismal certificate, in the mother-child-passport or in the birth certificate. But if you can’t ask your mother or she doesn’t remember, then you have a problem… If an astrologer cannot find out the time, then he usually takes 12:00 as the time for the horoscope creation. But this does not help in the calculation, because it changes every two hours. If you have no other option, then you click through all 12 and see if one fits particularly well – or which comes into the closer choice. (The self-assessment should also be checked by a friend… maybe he has a completely different view).

I don’t know the place of birth!

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The place is also crucial, as is time. However, it is not so important if you know exactly where you were born. A few miles up or down do not change the result substantially. (Unless you were born exactly on the border of a time zone, then you really need to know exactly).

What is a house in astrology?

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The “houses,” also called “fields,” divide the chart into twelve sections. Each house can be associated with a sign of the zodiac. In astrology, character predispositions are symbolized by the relationship of the heavenly bodies to each other. The houses refer to the view from the earth.

Due to the rotation of the earth, once in 24 hours, different projection images of the zodiac signs are obtained at different times. This projection of the zodiac signs onto the earth is captured by the “houses”. Accordingly, the apex of the first house is the rising sign, the ascendant. The Ascendant sign can be any of the twelve signs of the zodiac – depending on the time and place of birth.

The Ascendant is the sign rising in the East at the time of birth. If you are born at sunrise, the zodiac sign and the rising sign are the same.

Why is our ascendant calculator so good?

Our calculations are correct! Other ascendant calculators have problems to consider e.g. the daylight saving time and the time zone correctly, which can lead to a wrong result easily.

Any location is possible – worldwide. In our international database are (pretty much) all places. Other calculators have e.g. problems with places outside the USA. Or they have problems if the location name contains special characters like umlauts and similar.

The ascendant (Rising sign)

The ascendant (abbreviation AC) is the Zodiac sign that appears on the Eastern horizon at a person’s birth, more precisely: the intersection of the Eastern Horizon with the Ecliptic. Due to the movement of the Earth’s axis, this Sign changes approximately every two hours. The entire zodiac is traversed within 24 hours. Therefore, the exact place of birth and the time of birth are required to calculate the personal ascendant. The term can derive from the Latin word “ascendere.” That means “to ascend.”

The ascendant is, therefore, an essential point in the individual horoscope interpretation. Especially in connection with the Sun sign, new statements can be made about each person

While the Sun sign describes the ego, thought, and personality, the ascendant stands for people’s reaction to their environment and others. The ascendant tells us something about how a person affects our environment on the one hand and how we are perceived and seen by other people on the other.

The ascendant symbolizes what skills and potential are in people and how they respond to the external inputs and deal with certain situations based on these properties.

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