Is your Rising Sign helping or hindering the way others see you? You might think your Star Sign is the be all and end all of your horoscope, but no way! Rising Signs are every bit as important, possibly even more so as they influence the way we dress, move, speak and project our image. They’re the front cover to the rest of us and the way we ‘interface’ with others. What image does your Rising Sign project?
How Do Your Elements Get Along?
Rising Signs are similar to the fronts of our homes. How can you tell if yours is barricading entry or conversely leaving you open to unwanted influences? Checking out the element of your Rising Sign (Earth, Air, Fire or Water) is a good start. Then consider whether any planets near it behave like a welcoming butler or like barking dogs at your front gate.
Water on the Outside
I recall a Pisces Rising client, Janine, who despite her group of very practical organised Virgo planets inside her chart was missing out on every office job she was interviewed for. As a Water element, Pisces is associated with the sea and has a beautiful soulful quality, often giving off a sense of the artist or daydreamer. Janine arrived for her session with me dressed as if she had just spent the day at the beach, wearing layers of shell necklaces and beaded sandals. She was in her normal work clothes but looked like she was heading off to Hawaii.
Earth on the Inside
You would never have guessed Janine was in fact a Sun in Virgo with more of the Earth element in her chart too – Mercury, Venus and Jupiter also all in Virgo – and neither would her potential employers. Inside her chart she had everything her employers were looking for – great organisation skills, attention to detail, productivity and professionalism, but her Rising Sign was giving the impression she was too ethereal for this world, daydreamy and not the commitment type.
What if a Planet Sits on Your Rising Sign?
Another client, Suzy, had such a major planet next to her Rising Sign we spent nearly the whole first appointment discussing that. The planet was so strong it had almost taken over the actual zodiac sign that is her Rising Sign, like a huge rambling rose over the front of a house. The planet was Venus and Suzy’s Rising Sign was Fire element Aries. She’d been having ongoing difficulty in relationships and couldn’t understand what was going on because she’s genuinely loving and respectful of others.
Venus Rising – Help or Hindrance?
Venus is feminine and often alluring. It tends to put out an attraction vibe rather than an action vibe. Yet her Rising Sign was action Fire sign Aries. Suzy presented herself in beautiful Venusian ways, with captivating glamour and charm, until suddenly a fiery Aries sergeant major facet to her persona would appear. People would be surprised by how the fragrant rose had, in an instant, been replaced by a troop of soldiers. Suzy could not see this because Rising Signs are exactly like our faces: unless we look in the mirror we can’t see what other people see.
What’s at Your Astrological Front Door?
When we can see the image we’re presenting, we have a better chance of making the right impression for each different occasion. If you have a ‘troop of soldiers’ at your front door, like Suzy was shocked to discover, it might take a while for others to appreciate what’s inside the rest of you. There’s no right or wrong about any of this as each person’s chart is so unique and we all have Rising Signs.
Rising Sign Make-over
Suzy’s friends were so used to her feminine image, it took them a while to adjust when she started bringing more of her Aries masculine side to the forefront, but the growing pains were worth it because when she was more in sync with her astrology, the ‘sergeant major’ symptoms subsided and Suzy got great feedback on her new direct, dynamic, energised personality which, in actual fact, had always been there waiting to help her.
Next time you want to make an impression, whether in a job interview, at a date or simply heading up the street to buy your groceries, get in sync with your Rising Sign and make it your best asset.
© Michelle Proctor, www.radiantliving.com.au