What Is an Ascendant – Rising Sign?

The Ascendant is the second most important feature in a horoscope
The Ascendant in the Horoscope

The Ascendant (abbreviation AC) is the sign of the zodiac that rises on the eastern horizon at the time of a person's birth, or more precisely: the intersection of the eastern horizon with the ecliptic. Due to the earth's axis movement, this sign changes approximately every two hours. Within 24 hours, the entire zodiac is passed through. Therefore, not only the exact place of birth but also the time of birth is needed to calculate the personal Ascendant.


The term ascendant can be derived from the Latin word "ascendere". This means "to ascend".

Therefore, the Ascendant is an essential point in the individual horoscope interpretation. Especially in connection with the sun sign, interesting statements can be made about the respective person.

Video: 10 things about the ascendant

In the video, you will find a short overview of the most important things about the Ascendant.

Video with music. If you click on the bottom right, you can enlarge it.

While the sun sign describes the ego, one's thinking, and personality, the ascendant stands for a person's reaction to his environment and fellow human beings. It says something about how a person affects his environment on the one hand and how he is perceived and seen by other people on the other.

The Ascendant symbolizes the abilities and potentials of a person and how they react to the outside world and deal with certain situations based on these qualities.

Calculate Ascendant

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