Your Rising Sign: Both A Party & A Party Game
When reading your weekly/monthly/yearly horoscope, should you read your sun or rising sign, or both? I like reading for my rising sign since it corresponds to where my planets are in my houses, but I don’t know if I’m doing it right.
You’re doing it right. Half-right. But you’re sort of leaving the dinner party before the host has had a chance to stand and make a toast before dessert. You’re getting the meal, but missing the general theme of the party- you have no clue why you’ve just been served this feast.
You are correct about the rising sign delineating the houses of your personal horoscope- the sign on the ascendant determines the structure of the rest of your chart. The rising sign is also more “personality” based, outer qualities, which are easily expressed. The sign on the Ascendant is indicative of how you are perceived by and interact with others, and because of this, the horoscope of your rising sign can correspond more directly to events and what you experience in the day-to-day of life.
Based on what planets are in what signs, the houses describe in which parts of your life these planets are going to be most active. When it comes to horoscopes and predictive work, the houses are important for understanding what areas of your life are being activated. For example, with today's Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius, what part of your life is receiving this special and probably-very-helpful boost of connection and optimism? Is it your home life? Your public life or career? Is it your relationships? Your health and daily work life? Your confidence and sense of self-worth? These are all detailed descriptions based on how the houses and signs are correlated, according to your exact time and place of birth.
Since I can’t be happy with just one analogy in a post, here’s another analogy I bet no other astrology writer will ever want to borrow: knowing your rising sign is like playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey and seeing where the donkey is before you are blindfolded. If you didn’t see the donkey beforehand, you would be standing in the dark with a tail (the planet)- all you know is that you have a tail and it’s going to go somewhere, but you’re not sure where.
But don’t forget the most important thing that you do know: you are playing a game called Pin the Tail On the Donkey- that’s the big theme. That’s the sun sign horoscope. Without knowing that you’re playing a game, you have no idea why you’re standing there blindfolded with a paper donkey tail in your hand. I could drag this analogy out in detail and turn this into a truly absurd response, but I’ll spare you.
Just remember that the sun always signifies the broader, fundamental themes of your life and you can’t leave out these significant themes and still understand the Big Story of Your Life. Your sun sign is the foundation of who you are, at an identity and vitality level. When you read your horoscope, it’s best to read both your sun sign and your rising sign- combine them, and you get a good picture of what’s happening right now. The rising sign may give you more event-based clues and reflect what areas of life are being lit up, but the sun sign is probably going to describe the effects of those events and how they might feel.
Just for fun, I’ll end by combining analogies.
By reading both horoscope signs, you may very well know which direction to walk and where to hold your arm to get that tail right on the donkey wazoo, as well as why you’re at the party celebrating in the first place.