The ascendant sign in astrology is not the same as your sun sign. Whereas your sun sign is determined based on which sign the sun was in when you were born, your rising sign is the sign which was ascending on the eastern horizon at your exact time of birth. It’s a point on the first house cusp that sets up our entire birth charts. Keep in mind the 1st house rules all matters of self– from perception, appearance, identity, first impressions, among other “firsts” in our lives. The ascendant is arguably the most important part to writing horoscopes and interpreting birth charts.
Why, may you ask? Astrology is largely interpreted from a geocentric viewpoint– meaning our observations are based on how celestial activity is perceived from our position here on Earth. Hence, why our ascendant has to do with self-perception and identity. However, which house your sun and other planets will occupy are based on the ascendant. For example, having a Cancer ascendant with a Capricorn sun places the native’s sun sign in the 7th house (opposite of the 1st).
Capricorn Ascendant Overview
Having a Capricorn ascendant can make any Sun/Moon duo more industrious yet turbid. Though not introverted necessarily, they’re quite reserved and socially selective. However, they’re a lot more friendly than even the native would like to admit. Their cool and collected demeanor is considerably a blessing and a curse, as it can make them seem less approachable or personable. People outgrow this view as they get past the native’s resting b— face (RBF) and/or self-therapy sessions in their heads that can make them space out (what others may also misinterpret as “snootiness”). After all, one quality worth hyping with this placement is a heightened awareness for others, themselves, and the world around them— which, a reason why they seem so aloof is because literally nothing surprises them. Whether it’s because they’re a bit of a know-it-all, or, more usually their intuition is on fleek. “It really do be like that sometimes” sums it up quite well. What distinguishes them from other ascendants, above all, is how they seemingly age backwards and grow through learning how to live youthfully, authentically, and freely through overcoming self-restriction.
As this puts a strong Saturn presence in the native’s chart, time is truly of the essence for these old souls. They understand this unusually well even in childhood— which, don’t be surprised if they’re mature or fast learners for their age earlier on. A plus is that their appearance— specifically their skin— is slow to follow behind. (Can I get an ‘amen’ from those of you who are 30+ still getting IDed with raised eyebrows from the cashier?) Physical attributes include the rounded, soft eyes and even softer complexion. To include a decent to well-defined jaw line, a certain skin “glow”, and smallish lips that really helps emphasize their simple yet alluring appearance. Style wise, give them comfortable— anything from [but not limited to]: flannels, dressing up t-shirts, oversized sweaters, etc. The vibe can go from savvy chic, athleisure, to grungy/Rolling Stones. It’s common for them to care less about their appearance earlier on until they grow into it as they feel more like their authentic selves.
Thankfully, this is a fortunate placement in areas of career and money. Regardless if it’s a Libra or Scorpio midheaven. Due to the seasons and other geographic factors, it’s more common to have a Scorpio MC. They have an heir of power to them similar to Scorpio ascendants— though it’s usually subtler in its manifestation. While the Scorpio AS usually makes a powerful presence in politics or leadership, Capricorn ascendants are a bit more humble in this respect. (They can be in politics depending on the chart— it’s just not a defining part of this placement). They’re instead more inclined to careers such as [but not limited to]: business, finance, product creation/management, physical/natural sciences, or anything related.
Given the native’s chart indicates artistic and/or spiritual inclinations, it’s also popular to see them in areas of film and/or music production, occultism, psychology, and so forth. A Libra MC takes on a similar nature, except it inclines the native towards beauty and health industries— which, modeling and other performance based activities are common as well [also true with a rare Sagittarius MC]. As they get older and advance in their careers and creative pursuits, however, they gear towards behind the scenes work of their respective industries. They’re secretly powerful, to include trustworthy and [mostly] responsible. Their impeccable eye for details make them sharp, investigative, and overall aware socially and culturally.
While Capricorn is usually associated with discipline, Cap risings aren’t sticklers in the mud. Matter of fact, the workaholic quality they share with Cap suns stem from a need to make their own rules and be their own boss. The “snootiness” people note usually results when they can’t operate within their own space and beat to their own drum. It mostly has to do with the high expectations they set for themselves. Which, they in turn can be quite hard on themselves. Not as much self-criticism like Virgo as much as it is an obsession and/or overwhelming focus on what it is they want or need. After all, Capricorn is generally known for being the provider and worker. As an ascendant, this quality is where their greatest setback and comeback lies. They usually outgrow this trait when they reap the results of their hard work to where they feel it’s “safe” to chill out. Which, when they do, they grow to be quite silly and embrace more of their fun loving side. Their snarkiness is usually enjoyable and humorous— even if some have to get used to it.
It’s also worth mentioning that many felt it wasn’t safe in their upbringing to express their passions in an emotionally productive way. Regardless of an Aries or Taurus IC, the native may have felt as if it’s difficult to relate to and connect with others. Their strong sense of independence can take on individualistic qualities to where they perceive themselves as much different than they actually are. By no means are they boring, but, they may find their minimalist self-expression restricts their truly unique qualities from surfacing. An Aries IC specifically has themes around a personal competitiveness within the home unit growing up— whether it was a sense of self-inadequacy, defending a strong personal position held from young age, to simply not achieving the grandeur they know they’re capable of. Usually expressed subtly but nevertheless important to the native. However, the Libra MC pushes the native from a leading household presence and/or focused on rising above family expectations to pursuing a path that empowers their physical and mental qualities that truly make them feel at their best. A Taurus IC can instead feel an importance in their family’s socioeconomic position, basic emotional needs, inheritances, family karma, or anything in respect to their overall sense of security. Pushing some towards a creative outlet while others are more adept to tapping into a profoundly spiritual side. Which, most have since a young age but don’t realize it until they’re forced to when they have their heavy hitting revelations [pertaining to said issue]. Hence, unlocking the spiritual and mystical powers of the Scorpio midheaven. Both sides might relate to this, but, it’s also important to mention the overall context in which each manifests.
Of course, Cancer as the descendant pronounces the selective sociability associated with Capricorn. (All Cap ascendants will have a Cancer descendant— it’s the 1H/7H axis.) Despite any melancholic tendencies they may have, one may be surprised at the sunny disposition they hold in regards to their family, friends, and those they hold dear. They’re undoubtedly great sources of encouragement, positive affirmations, and empathy, even if it’s extremely difficult for others to recognize it in more public or impersonal situations. Those who get close to them may find it a bit endearing how the hard-headed goat has some mush to them.
It’s safe to say these folks run more than skin deep. The irony of Capricorn ascendants is how they want to be the total package earlier on, yet they outgrow it once they realize what makes them… well, them. That they can be uniquely them while embracing how relatable and compassionate they really are. It frustrates the hell out of them when people don’t recognize this, even if they hate to admit it. Some natives pursue advocacy and “what’s right”; meanwhile, others withdraw and choose to establish a close niche with loved ones and/or selective like-minded people. It’s not a snootiness; it’s to protect their energy. Plain and simple. It just takes time for them to admit and accept they’re highly vulnerable to others’ energies. It’s important they do whatever they can to keep themselves at peace so they do age backwards.