Your Ascendant and Physical Characteristics – Classic Views Shared By Noel Tyl

Different Sun or Ascendant signs usually have different physical characteristics. If a birth time is unknown and the person has a physical characteristic that is not associated with her Sun, Moon or anything else in her horoscope, chances are that it is coming from the Ascendant. This is by no means an exact science, but is very interesting and often works.

Physical and other characteristics traditionally associated with each Ascendant

During the Newark seminar Noel Tyl mentioned the following traditional characteristics associated with each Ascendant (with the caveat that they don’t always work):

Aries rising: Longer and/or pointed jaw*; favors the color red.

Taurus rising: Stocky build.

Gemini rising: Nervous energy – watch for biting of nails, wiggling/tapping of foot (these characteristics can also be observed with strong Uranian energy, e.g. Uranus square Sun.)

Cancer rising: Round face, the pot belly, emotional caring. Color preference: silver and/or white.

Leo rising: Hairline is forward (like Scorpio); grandeur of expression; loves to be in the Sun.

Virgo rising: The distance between the eyes are close together (in order to focus on the minute details, I suppose.)

Libra rising: Carrying a mirror all the time (literally or figuratively); narcissistic look (e.g. John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton.)

Scorpio rising: Hairline is forward; hairy arms.

Sagittarius rising: Large feet; outdoor, rangy look.

Capricorn rising: Oval face, receding hairline. Color preference: black (definitely not pink.)

Aquarius rising: Prominent forehead. Color preference: Sunset color (rust, orange.)

Pisces rising: Dreaminess; wistfulness. Color preference: dark blue.

Conclusion: I have to say I fit quite well with the description for Pisces rising – how about you? Feel free to share through email or comment (or even add your photo for reference!)

* The picture of Bill Cosby (Aries rising) above shows a classic Aries jaw – long and pointed.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. I have Virgo rising but I don't think my eyes are too close together, lol! Actually people often guess me as an Aquarius rising but I have sun/Venus in Aquarius trine Uranus and have the nervous energy which I do work on controlling and gets less noticeable as I get older, I think.

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Nikki,

    So we see it doesn't always work…Sometimes there is a look of focus, or concentration that show in the eyes and brow.

  3. Hiroki, I'm a Pisces Ascendant too but I don't see it that much. They say we can be pudgy and over indulgent but I'm tall, slim-mish (drat the 40s to put on weight!) and more Gemini, though its more in my personality than looks I think, I'm very Piscean prob also coz my Sun is conj Neptune. I'm a bit higgeldypiggledy! I love turquoise blue more than dark blue!Lise x

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Lise,

    Pisces Ascendent is more of a certain aura than any physical characteristics; the sensitive & dreamy or wistful expression often comes out (Gwyneth Paltrow etc.)

    I'd say turquoise blue is 100% Piscean…

  5. I am a libra rising with venus in taurus conjunct moon in taurus and the stocky build part is correct…I have never seen an interpretation for libra rising with venus in taurus..your thoughts..

    by the way you are correct about gemini rising…heath ledger was a gemini rising..and couldn't sit still all his directors and friends allways joked about it…his aries sun was in the first house with a moon in cancer and jupiter in cancer in the first…his 10 house had a stellium of mercury, venus, mars in pisces….and he had saturn in virgo in the 4th…to think that right at the begining of his saturn return and pluto transiting the 8th house he died of overdose on prescription pills while sleeping..before he left childhood(saturn return had just begun but not returned to exact spot yet and saturn was in the 4th house natally) and he became a martyr(pisces stellium in the 10th)

  6. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Quinn,

    Appreciate the comment on Heath Ledger – that's interesting!

    Libra rising with Venus in Taurus accentuates the love of peace, which will be evident in the way you relate to others.

    Best regards,

  7. mispoke..heath ledgers sun was in the 11th house

  8. Hi, this is a cool post.:-)

    I have Gemini rising and mercury on 5th/6th house cusp and quincunx my ascendant along with Uranus trine Ascendant wide orb 9 degrees….I have a lot of nervous energy…I'm always chewing my nails, tapping my foot…unless I'm able to be completely mentally focused end even then. I also have anxiety…
    I love the sun and warmth even though my eyes are light sensitive.

  9. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Interesting…Thank you for corroborating!

  10. Virgo doesn’t fit me at all! :D
    I am nearsighted though… tend to cross my eyes when I don’t have my glasses on, lol. Does that count?

    I found that the bound lord of my ascendant (Mercury) is a closer description to what I look like — i.e. Mercury’s traditional characteristics for appearance.

    I think William Lily had a spot-on description: “… high stature and straight thin spare body, an high forehead … long arms, fingers and hands; his complexion like an olive or Chestnut colour.” (from Christian Astrology)

    When I ignore the parts that pertain to men, it’s almost eerie how close his description is to what I look like :D Probably because Mercury is the bound lord of nearly all of my natal planets.

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