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. It sets the stage for how your entire life can and will play out. 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, an Aries sun with a Libra rising would put the native’s sun in their 7th house of partnership, relationship, and reciprocity. Making the themes associated with ascendant different for each person.
Libra Ascendant Overview
Having a Libra ascendant adds a suppleness to any sun/moon duo. They sure know how to put others at ease with their presence. By no means can we call this placement “overbearing” considering… well, they try to be considerate. Libra is the sign ruling the “other”— meaning the native may feel they live a life of otherization. Easy going, people minded, though quite charming, much of their life is spent figuring out how to balance the expectations of others while fulfilling their own needs. What distinguishes them from other ascendants is finding and embracing their unconventional position in establishing a well-balanced career, family, and home life.
Noting the physical attributes of a Libra rising: the piercing eyes, Venusian “soft” appearance, a blessed back region, to include a fuller and/or well-developed figure.
Keeping in mind this is a flip-flop placement— to include it being cardinal signs at that— the native can feel as if they struggle asserting their individuality. Especially in areas of the home and relationship, though the career and social sectors are usually much more promising. Depending on the nadir (IC/4th House cusp), they experience some kind of limitation with their creative self-expression in their upbringing. If it’s a Capricorn IC with a Cancer midheaven, the native could feel either: 1) they take on a provider role in the home at a young age or financially contribute somehow; 2) a certain aloofness or detachment between important family members growing up that made home relationships more platonic or financial in nature; or 3) they had somewhat authoritarian or vicarious parents who were pressing in their career demands. Anything with a similar dynamic is possible. It’s in this case where the native is more or less responsible and well-disciplined.
Their intellectual, performative, and/or creative potential is unmatched– the catch is the native restricting its expression. This is even true for those with a Leo midheaven, which leaves an Aquarius IC. Rather than a certain discipline, the native instead feels challenged in their individuality. In turn, they can experience ups and downs in the home. “Behavioral issues”, if you will. This is a more favorable placement for creatives who need to feel undermined to feel empowered. Same can kind of be said about Cancer MC/Capricorn IC. The difference is the willingness versus refusal to be restricted. That is, until both placements come to a certain self-awareness. Depending on other parts of the chart, they often do great in any hands-on or bodily work. From technical, spatial, analytical, performative, to artistic skills, they do well in anything from sports, fitness, STEM, business, among many others. A Cancer IC is especially suggestive of more analytical, structural, natural, and/or constructive careers– which equips them in areas of STEM, construction, transportation, natural environment, etc. Those with more artistic sun/moon placements makes this placement ideal for music and other performative arts such as dancing, acting, or any sports requiring leg work and repetition.
The Cancer midheaven can deem challenging at first, as the native has a certain nurturing ability while seemingly hesitant in its expression. “The perfect family” isn’t necessarily a priority for these folks considering their upbringing didn’t place much of an emphasis on it. It’s largely why many are more platonic though quite friendly in how they communicate and interact with others. More or less, they can have a “sobering” view on marriage, relationships, and friendships– which, is exactly why many feel they have to trial and error much of this part about themselves. An Aries on the descendant (7th house cusp) can flip-flop the known qualities of Libra and the 7th house. Sure, there’s a certain idealism they have for anyone they allow into their personal space. Many people in the mainstream astrology community note Aries placements in general as the “most likely to have been cheated on or betrayed in love”. As I observe, I see this statement hold in many instances– especially in place of the descendant. It’s exactly why they’re cautious and even a bit hard headed at times when it comes to love, despite Libra generally being known for romance. The sign who can help others be vulnerable in their true expression, ironically, is the area they struggle the most themselves.
This area of their life improves when they realize they aren’t defined by the “other”– whether that be the parentals, peers, or the side of them they forcefully put on to make others happy. There isn’t so much a “workaholic” energy to them. Matter of fact, many natives strive to be the opposite. They spend part of their lives searching for a safe space for their creativity and individualism to roam. Remembering how unconventional they can be, they can feel immense pressure when they surface their “truer” side… yet people don’t quite respond how they had hoped. This doesn’t mean they change for others. Simply put, they put their version of themselves in one scale with others’ perceptions in the other scale. Attempting to strike that right balance, yet these folks have to learn this is one of the few things in life where balance shouldn’t be the objective. Or else the whole win-some-lose- some” will literally become the native’s “story of their life”. Feeling as if what they want is on the table in front of them yet isn’t ever accessible.
The potential of this placement deserves so much more than what the native willingly imposes on themselves. On the surface, they’re exceptionally likable, relatable, talented, and independent. Deep down, however, they’re battling themselves in what it means to be them. Their empathetic nature is equally an obstacle in how they discern what’s right versus wrong for their overall growth. They care… but they don’t. They will… but they don’t want to. Oh, how the frustrations can set the native back if they don’t establish authority over their right to be, live, and express as an individual.