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. Kee 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 Aquarius sun with a Leo rising would put the native’s sun in their 7th house of partnership, relationship, and reciprocity.
Virgo Ascendant Overview
Those with a Virgo ascendant are multipotentialites with a knack for anything and everything. People generally assume Virgo to be bland; however, having Virgo as an ascendant makes the native far from boring. Even though they can sometimes reserve their more gregarious side. Some note them as “know-it-all”; others as a “walking encyclopedia”. After all, this is a Mercury-dominated placement (especially if the midheaven is in Gemini). Sharp, witty, and mentally resourceful, life is one big social experiment for them. What distinguishes them from other ascendants is their dynamism and lifelong pursuit of knowledge that they long to share with others. They’re blessed with an enthusiasm to learn, to include electric minds equipping them to communicate and connect with the world around them.
I’ve read sources describe them as “boring” or “blah” in appearance. I call horse $#%*. There’s definitely a savvy, youthful, and clean element to their appearance. No placement can make simple look so sexy the way a Virgo ascendant can. Less is more, and they embrace the hell out of it. For women/woman-identifying, “no makeup” makeup brings out their natural beauty. Cis and non-cis folks alike rock the Sex in the City, sophisticated chic, to athleisure styles. Largely depends on other chart placements. As they’re health conscious, they’re usually slender and symmetrical in stature due to a higher metabolism. Many also have a well-regulated diet, which largely contributes to their exceptionally nice and soft-looking complexion. And of course, their discerning attitude can make them regularly raise their eyebrows. Therefore pronouncing their forehead and eye areas.
Many natives aren’t aware how fortunate of a placement this can be. I’ve had so many want to gag themselves when they find out they’re a Virgo rising. As a Virgo rising myself, I’ve learned it’s a placement the native has to grow to appreciate. Their strong eye for details can manifest into self-criticism— which, is also one of their main qualities that empower their intellectual abilities. Thankfully they outgrow the perfectionism with age (depending on the native’s chart). What they perceive as being intelligent makes or breaks their self-confidence. They’re all about reading article after article online to words of the day, memes, fun facts, current events, you name it. They live to learn— literally.
Considering many have a Gemini midheaven (10th house cusp), these are our people-people. A popular placement generally for entrepreneurs, storytellers, tech wizards, and leaders. Hell, don’t be surprised if they’re all of the above. Many natives, one way or another, have their hands in media— whether it’s print or digital. Their dexterity makes them ideal for careers such as journalism, communications, social media influencing, public relations, teaching, marketing, technology, data science, law/public policy, interior design, and anything related. More artistic sun/moon placements with a Virgo ascendant can incline them to literature, songwriting, graphic design, playing instruments, content curation, etc. Those who so happen to have a Taurus midheaven are more likely to pursue anything where they integrate the mind with their body and physical reality. Careers can involve research, data science, physical science, economics, public policy, modeling, health/fitness, etc. In the rare case they have a Cancer midheaven, they may go into anything from Earth sciences, teaching (in particular elementary ed), engineering, or any of the aforementioned.
If someone feels they resonate with at least half of what’s listed, you have a Virgo rising on your hands. Not only will these folks experiment with multiple career interests, many’ll pursue more than one simultaneously. While many people are quick to assume the native lacks direction and focus, most of their juggling interests have interconnections. Basically they have a few main goals trickling down into multiple ways of achieving it. Doesn’t matter how much they dabble into, however. They have the stamina to not only keep up but also take a few victory laps. They don’t like rush necessarily— they love stimulation. It gives them meaning and purpose. Especially considering Mercury rules the nervous system, it’s important they have this or it could have mental health implications. ADD/ADHD and other potential neurodevelopmental issues are quite common.
A Sagittarius IC (4th House cusp) also indicates a strong intellectual curiosity at a young age. Or, in the very least, natural smarts to where their studies come more naturally. In turn, they’re able to pursue social, extracurricular, and/or creative experience. Many have a certain carefreeness to them— to include feeling as if either everywhere or nowhere is home for them. Some natives have relocation or going between homes as a central theme. It can even mean the native just feeling an urge to explore their social possibilities and not be at home or as available to family. Many do largely to satisfy their intellectual cravings with higher education; however, many actually don’t need or want it. Their natural pursuit for what life has to offer is a classroom in itself. After all, these tend to be the parents, friends, and partners who seem to be wise beyond their years.
A Pisces descendant (7th House cusp) can suggest a hermit quality when it comes to social circles and relationships. The native isn’t usually inclined towards cliques. They have individual friends from multiple cliques, or, they have a couple people they stay consistently close with. Keep in they’re sociable, however. They’re also reserved in romance— which, they’re weirdly a combination of platonic and flirty. Their personal expressions may not feel so personable— though they deeply care. Which, is why it takes so long for their emotions and romantic feelings so long to surface. You usually won’t see these folks jump relationship to relationship. Some may even feel like they’re always the “single” friend. It’s partly due to the idealism Pisces brings to the 7th house, which, could also make the native feel awkward and shy around new love interests. For those who don’t resonate with this, remember Pisces in such a placement can make intentions and other parts of their personalities unclear and quite hidden— meaning other chart placements are more telling of how this can play out.
No matter how frustrating it seems to have a Virgo ascendant, it’s a beautifully dynamic placement. They don’t set or follow the directions— they reinvent them. The reason the native may need to be their own boss or not be part of the 9-5 mundane life. They have a way of shaking up controversy, as their Gemini MC can enjoy playing devil’s advocate. As multidimensional beings, anything anxiety inducing for others is a challenge accepted for this placements. Curious, industrious, and creatively brilliant, they’re almost guaranteed for success due to the plethora of ideas they can offer the world.