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).
Sagittarius Ascendant Overview
Those with Sagittarius as their rising sign can add a certain ease to any sun/moon duo, as counterintuitive as it sounds. Having the happy-go-luck archer on the ascendant equips them with an admirable dynamism that inclines them physically, mentally, and spiritually. Considerably optimistic, fun loving, and curious, they’re anything but shy and are quite popular. Even those who are more reserved may notice others know who they are. What distinguishes them from other ascendants is how firsthand, meaningful experiences are of utmost important— which ultimately shapes how they perceive themselves, relate to others, and pursue their goals.
As the ascendant rules appearance, Sagittarius ascendants are notable for their slender yet built stature. To include a bit rounder faces with longer, slender noses— both, which, are shaped pleasantly. Nice legs are also noted among many. They have a softness yet fierceness to them. Considering their high energy, many are fond of up-dos and wearing their hair out of the face. Which, the men/man-identifying have a weirdly neat scruffiness to them (with some having pronounced facial hair). For women/woman identifying, blush and mascara to bring out their rounder cheeks and eyes. Style wise: athleisure, simply chic, to showing skins. Any gender identifying usually likes adding splashes of color. Many are strangely attracted to greens, blues, pastels, with a tasteful mix of neutrals. It depends on the occasion for them (and, the native’s chart).
Sagittarius is generally known for being a bit risky with a craving for adrenaline. Though this area is more tamed with the ascendant, it can do too little or too much justice for them. On one hand, they’re quite versatile due to their mental agility. They may find they have creative abilities when it comes to art, knowledge, sports, people, places, etc. Their strong learning abilities are what largely contribute to their experimental nature. Ironically, these same abilities are what can push the native to be complacent. Whether they’re likable for their boisterous personalities or their bold appearance, their sociability and/or physicality can serve as a distraction. This largely depends on the chart.
By no means does this make them superficial, however. Matter of fact, they’re exceptionally hardworking and even generous. Keeping in mind Sagittarius rules all matters of raising consciousness through experience, the dynamism I mentioned plays into why they can seemingly step off path here and there. Having a midheaven in Virgo suggests any career path allowing flexibility for the native to experiment with their interests. For some, this MC equips them with technical, analytical, performative, and even mathematical abilities. They typically thrive in business, finance, to include anything social media. From content curation, marketing, to management. Those with more artistic sun/moon/Venus placements may find themselves interested in film, sports, acting, or anything in stage performance (such as music).
Their performative abilities can also contribute to their altruism, eventually inspiring them to pursue activism or community service. For the Libra MC, one can expect the native in areas of art, beauty, health, and wellness industries— to include an interest in areas of communication, justice, ambassadorship, and advocacy. Both MCs are inclined to higher education, though they may either pursue it relatively young or later in their life.What distinguishes them from Virgo/Gemini ascendants is the empowered physicality, which, is why many feel drawn to sports, dance, modeling, or any physical self-expression. It’s why their interests typically lie in anything action, thriller, true crime, sexy scandalous, game shows, to comedy. After all, Sagittarius rules the sciatic nerve and loves anything that pumps their adrenaline.
Considering Pisces is usually the IC, that creative steam has always simmered below the surface. This is usually apparent in how they prepare their living spaces, though they don’t usually have them immaculately decorated. Instead, they prefer any artistic expressions— whether it be prized artwork, mementos, others’ or their own creations, to even being a bit festive when it comes to holidays. It’s important to note their home spaces to understand what’s going on internally because they often feel hindered in their expressions with those in their intimate space. Those with an Aries IC (with a Libra MC) prefer more simplistic and aesthetically pleasing home spaces— to include having a stronger leadership presence in the family. Yes, the native is strongly independent. Unlike what we typically expect with Sag, this placement does have strong family sentiments to where they always want to be in reach.
Don’t be surprised if you see them interested in travel or moving somewhere a bit different to get the stimulation they need. Sagittarius is usually known for their global-mindedness; however, having a descendant in Gemini pushes the native more local and regional. They prefer being in a position to regularly travel, as the Pisces and Aries MC both have some demand for the native to have their spot to retreat to. It’s also common to see them find a relationship, partnership, or educational opportunity that enables them to move to a new place— oftentimes being “far enough” but not significantly far from home. Even if it is far enough, these folks are quite adaptable anywhere they go.
Speaking of relationships… yeah. This isn’t their natural strong suit. They will be in one, but, many can feel they live dual lives when in one. By this, I mean they have a certain experience they’re attuned to— so, they really have to like someone to expend such time or energy on them. Of course this changes with maturity, but, they definitely need a partner who values play and adventure as much as they do. Anyone who suppresses this side of them is bound to face their callousness. Which, often comes off as rude and unsettling. Remember vibes are everything to the native— let them just be. That’s how we like them and when they’re at their best.
The Archer on the ascendant overall makes the native fun loving, sociable, charming, and subtly bold… if you will. They have a certain vivacity to them, though it depends on the sun/moon on how this shows up. Not to mention sass, charm, and pizazz. Weirdly, they’re good at managing others yet is debatable when it comes to themselves. Their inability to be managed is a source of frustration and fascination considering they still get by pretty well.