Rising to Your Souls Purpose
ever wondered why others tend to see you with a different perspective
than you see yourself? Have you ever considered where, in your natal chart,
you might find clues about the most urgent purpose your soul has in this
While these two questions appear to have nothing in common, the answer
to both can be found in the same point on your birth chart: the ascendant.
The ascendant, or rising sign, is the sign that appears on the first house
cusp of your natal chart; its the sign that was rising over the
horizon at the exact moment of your birth. Many astrologers refer to this
point in the chart as the mask you present to the outside
world, but dont let this mislead you. Your mask is very much
a part of who you are; its the part of you that you allow others
to see. These are the personality traits and needs youve chosen
to make others aware of from their very first impression of you. Since
the rising sign is so visible, its also a point in the chart where
one can determine physical characteristics.
From the perspective of personality, the rising sign certainly reveals
a great deal, but from a spiritual perspective, these revelations take
on an even deeper meaning. If the Sun sign represents what you are learning
to become in this lifetime, then the rising sign can be seen as the most
direct route your Sun sign will use to learn these lessons. The rising
sign indicates the immediate visibility of personality traits, but also
the immediate visibility of the souls purpose.
Lets take an example: suppose you have a girlfriend with her Sun
in Cancer. Youve read about Cancers and know they are nurturing,
protective, moody and usually shy, yet also intensely creative and intuitive.
Yet this friend of yours doesnt seem to fit this description at
all. Instead of creating tantalizing dishes from her cozy kitchen while
complaining about her PMS to you on the phone, and having a life centered
on mothering her four children, husband, sister and the neighbors, shes
busy traveling the world, has three advanced degrees (one in art history,
one in philosophy and one in creative writing) and refuses to get married
and have children because she believes it will restrict her freedom loving
personality. This friend always has a smile on her face and looks at the
bright side of things. Thats not Cancer, is it? Well, maybe this
friend could be better understood once you realize that she has Sagittarius
rising. Sadge is all about truth seeking and higher learning. Sagittarius
is fun loving and has an intense need for freedom. This Cancer Sun friend
has an immediate soul purpose to nurture (Cancer) her own higher learning
and spiritual advancement (Sagittarius). What you dont see on the
surface is the fact that she may also be tremendously insecure (Cancer)
about her ability to learn (Sagittarius) or her faith (Sagittarius). She
is learning to nurture her faith. She is also learning to have faith in
her ability to nurture.
When you look at the rising sign from both a personality and soul level,
it can give you deep insights. By embracing the lesson your soul decided
was the most urgent, and by being aware of what it is about your personality
you allow others to see, you can project yourself in the most positive
light and accelerate your soul growth all at the same time.
Rising to the Challenge
remainder of this article is divided into sections that explain the personality
traits others will see in you based on your ascendant, as well as the
immediate soul lesson that particular rising sign calls on you to integrate
with your Sun sign potential. Allow your intuition to guide you as you
read these descriptions and Im sure you will find something that
resonates. Remember, your soul wants you to uncover these lessons and
embrace them; you chose your individual mask for a reason.
Please also realize that, as with any single point in a birth chart, complete
understanding of the details of your life purpose and mask can only be
fully delineated when all the aspects your ascendant makes to the remainder
of the chart are considered. In addition, the placement of the planet
that rules your ascendant is quite significant because it tells you where
you will most likely play out this important life lesson. Also, if you
have any planets close to the ascendant, or in the first house, this adds
further decoration to your mask and there will be more to uncover. If
you find a heavy first house or an ascendant that makes many aspects to
the rest of the chart, you may want to consult an astrologer to help you
fully understand the colors you wear to the world, and the lesson they
brighten your life with.
of the way folks, because Aries rising wants to be first! Ill be
blunt about this and say that if you have Aries rising in your chart,
someones first impression of you may be that you are a little pushy
or rude. Almost always, they will see you as impatient and in a rush.
You may even appear to be arrogant or self-centered since youre
so busy pushing forward; you sometimes dont even notice anyone around
This is the mask the first impression. What you will also find
with Aries rising is an indomitable spirit, steadfast courage and willingness
to walk through fire to fight for what they believe in.
Some people dont like Aries rising because they do seem overly concerned
with developing their own ego, or self identity. And heres the irony:
thats exactly what they are supposed to be doing in this incarnation.
The immediate soul purpose of an Aries rising is to develop that strong
sense of an independent self.
bull is rising in your chart, you may appear to others as slow moving,
easygoing and someone with charming manners. Some might see you as a tad
too materialistic or possessive. You may appear extremely stubborn; not
only are you
unwilling to give up, you dont know how to give up. At the same
time, the presence of a Taurus rising is usually quite calming and peaceful,
Taurus rising may appear simplistic to some. It seems as if all you really
want is a good meal, some great sex, and a beautiful piece of land to
call your own. Whatever your values are, with Taurus rising, there will
be no trouble in expressing them to others.
The soul purpose of someone with Taurus rising will center on understanding
the nature of the physical. This includes every physical experience from
aesthetic to intimate. You are learning how to bring spirit into matter.
If you have
Gemini rising in your chart, you may appear to others as very restless.
You have this air about you of eternal youth, and even if youre
90 years old, Ill bet your mind is as sharp as ever! Youre
excitable and mentally agile always moving onto something new or
the next idea. Youre sometimes perceived as fickle because so many
things interest you and its difficult to focus on one area of interest
at a time.
Your immediate soul purpose is to learn how to communicate truthfully.
You do this only after youve evaluated all sides of a situation.
We all know there are several sides to a story. Your lesson is to integrate
them all into one cohesive truth.
rising, others see you as moody and someone with fluctuating emotions.
You may seem quite shy, insecure, and super-sensitive. You give off the
impression of reacting emotionally to everything, and also appear as someone
who is extremely home and family loving. You are also intensely creative.
Your soul purpose is to learn about nurturing and loving others in a responsible
appears to the world as someone with a bright, sunny disposition
at times even dramatic. You seem to exude confidence and when you walk
into a room others definitely notice!
Your soul purpose is to learn you dont need approval from the outside
world. Underneath that noble air, you are really learning how to love
seems to be quite refined. Very often a probing, analytical speaker with
a soft tone to your voice, others may see you as intelligent and witty.
Others may accuse you of either being too neat, or too messy, but you
will certainly have a distinct pattern to your character. Others will
notice how important work is to you as well.
Your immediate soul purpose has to do with learning how to improve yourself
without criticizing or undermining others.
It may very
well be true that others see you as quite attractive. After all, you probably
have delicate, refined features and exude charm and confidence. Ill
bet your nails are perfectly manicured (even if youre a man) and
youre always socially graceful.
You may appear to others as very concerned with being diplomatic and fair
to everyone you know.
Your soul purpose has to do with learning about balancing equality in
your partnerships, and fine tuning your understanding of a relationship
as a spiritual path, not as a means to define who you are as a person.
is certain, people see you as intense! Either they are intensely attracted
to you, or instantly repelled by your magnetic, mysterious quality. You
may appear to others as somewhat mystical, or very secretive and difficult
to get to know. There is a tremendous power to someone with this rising
sign and others recognize it immediately.
The soul purpose involves learning how to properly utilize this power.
Will you use it for what its intended to be, the life force as a
path to God, or the Universe, or the Source? Or will you use it to control
and manipulate others? Its been said that souls who choose to incarnate
with Scorpio rising have chosen a path of difficult and accelerated soul
growth. Every incarnation is important, but I believe if you have Scorpio
rising, there is something critical about this incarnation that will affect
your souls development.
have a knack for putting someone in a good mood simply by being in their
presence. You exude optimism and others see you as always exploring new
territory, new goals, or new challenges. You show others a strong philosophical
or spiritual belief system and may be very active, with a love of travel.
Your immediate soul purpose has everything to do with spiritual growth
and faith. You will travel many new horizons in your lifetime in order
to achieve this purpose.
probably see you as reserved and serious most of the time. One word others
will use to describe you is responsible. You might even be
perceived by others as somewhat of a wet blanket because youre
so busy planning and working towards achieving your goals that you give
off the impression of someone who is a bit dry or all work and no play.
You are quietly ambitious, climbing the ladder of success one rung at
a time. You may have invented the word willpower.
Your immediate soul purpose includes learning about responsibility and
structure. You are also here to teach others how to properly take care
maybe others see you as a bit weird, or eccentric. You definitely are
progressive in some way but your progressive outlook will be fenced into
your own restrictive ideas of that particular outlook. Because of the
rulers of Aquarius (Uranus and Saturn) being so inherently different (Saturn
is structure and Uranus breaks up structure) you might seem to be a contradiction
to others. One thing is certain; people are going to be attracted to your
magnetism. Even with your electric quality, you may be more interested
in ideas than people (or at least thats how you might be perceived).
Your soul purpose centers on breaking through to a more progressive consciousness.
I believe it also has something to do with learning to discriminate when
you should respect an existing structure vs. when to go ahead and break
see you as generous, sympathetic to those less fortunate, and very sensitive
and sentimental. You are the essence of feeling and imagination. People
may often see you as someone they can easily take advantage of because
of your capacity for unconditional love and compassion.
Your soul purpose will be to learn to give to others without losing yourself
in the process. You must also learn to deal with your intense emotions
rather than escape from them.