In astrology the rising sign is the sign of the zodiac that is rising over the eastern horizon at a specific moment in time, particularly at the moment of birth.
More specifically, the rising sign is the sign of the zodiac that contains the ascendant in an astrological chart.
The rising sign is most commonly referenced within the context of natal astrology when studying a person’s birth chart, although technically the term can be applied in any astrological chart where the ascendant is known and used.
The ascendant and the rising sign are seen as particularly important because they form the starting point for the system of the twelve houses.
The quality of the rising sign and any planets associated with it in the birth chart are particularly important in describing the nature of a person’s personality.