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Rising Signs for the Chinese Zodiac

Updated on October 5, 2015
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A reader of medical research and the life sciences since 1966, Tessa often reports on the latest research in those fields for others.

Finding out more about your Chinese Astrological Sign: Your Ascendent...

Did you know that your Chinese Zodiac sign has a rising sign just like western astrology? And if so, have you ever wondered what it was and what it means. Im going to give you a quick walk through so that it will cast some light on the other characteristics you have in addition to your core Chinese Astrological sign.

In the Chinese Zodiac, your rising sign has to do with the time you are born, so, unhappily, if you do not know the time you were born, its not that easy to establish what it is. Some people can determine what their characteristics are and then match them to the sign, but its not that accurate.

Your time of birth determines your rising sign

1am to 3 am – Ox

3 am to 5 am - Tiger

5 am to 7 am – Rabbit

7 am to 9 am – Dragon

9 am to 11am – Snake

11am to 1pm – Horse

1pm to 3pm – Sheep

3pm to 5pm – Monkey

5pm to 7pm - Rooster

7pm to 9pm – Dog

9pm to 11pm - Boar

11pm to 1am – Rat

Your rising sign in Chinese astrology is dependent on the time of the day.
Your rising sign in Chinese astrology is dependent on the time of the day.

How to Interpret Your Chinese Zodiac Ascendant or Rising Sign

The rising sign influences your birth sign. Take for example the fiery dragon who loves to gallivant and gamble. If its rising sign was the stay-at-home rabbit, well, it’s going to be a bit more subdued that your normal dragon. And if your year sign was aggressive tiger and the your rising sign the cautious ox, well, the tiger wouldn’t be quite so aggressive. Rising signs and year signs mix and mingle and produce characteristics of both signs…

Ox Ascendent or rising sign

If you had a super fast moving sign like the horse or the dragon, but your rising sign was the slow moving Ox, then your pace might almost be normal when the two are combined. You could say that your year sign and your rising sign feed off each other and given each other balance. While the dragon might take a dare without thinking about it twice, the ox will spend wise hours of contemplation and caution (perhaps too much so), and so they would even out. On the other hand, if the cautious rabbit has an Ox ascendant, then the pace of the rabbit might even be slower than normal and there would be an extraordinary degree of caution in all things…

Chinese Zodiac

Rising signs in Chinese astrology depend on the time of your birth.
Rising signs in Chinese astrology depend on the time of your birth.

The Tiger Ascendant or rising sign

The tiger comes with an aggressive stripe and whatever your year sign is, that bit of extra passion is going to be added. Ambition and the love of stuff will color your character and having a good time will be quite important to you. Add a dash of generosity and you’ve figured out what your rising sign adds to your year sign.

The Dragon Ascendant or dragon rising sign

Generous to a fault, if combined with a tiger, you’ll need to reign in some discipline, otherwise you’ll be giving your hearth and home away! That said, dragons are the luckiest of all signs so whatever else you have, enter the lottery. You never know! Sometimes those with dragon rising signs do better than even the mighty dragon! Why, because the dragon on his own can be a bit overwhelming, but tied to a quieter sign sneaks in successfully where no one else has dared to go. :)

Rabbit Ascendent or rising sign

Rabbits are gentle, refined creatures, if a little eccentric. They love to stay at home and count their money. They love to decorate and to entertain – in a very glamorous way, of course. They’re career minded and often remain single for life. So add this influence to your year sign and you will know a little more about the influences of the type of Chi (life force) that affects who you are...

The Snake Ascendant or snake rising sign

The snake brings sensuality to your year sign and makes you mysterious and secretive. It can change move in unexpected ways so other people might be a little weary and wondering what you're doing next. Sometimes nice to be surprising others, but other times, it's just nice to be run-of-the-mill. It depends on the occasion, and the snake can adjust to situations with ease...

The Horse Ascendant or horse rising sign

So if you were born under the sign of the Ox which is very slow moving, having the horse as an ascendant will bring balance. It will add energy and speed, and also make you less cautious. The horse is, by nature, a bit of a gambler, so if you’re naturally adventurous or naturally cautious, you’re going to have a dash of desire for fun and adventure added to your life.

The Sheep Ascendant or sheep rising sign

Whatever sign you are, the sheep will bring a softer, more sentimental side to it. It will make you more sensitive to criticism but more admired because you have good taste (like the rabbit). The sheep will also add the ability to take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

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The Monkey Ascendant or monkey rising sign

Think of an inquisitive monkey always examining everything and exploring everywhere. This is the energy that the monkey brings to your natural birth sign. This could be very useful as it will enable you to have a knack for creativity and bringing new insights into solving problems.

The Rooster Ascendant or rising sign

If you’re a slow mover like the snake, the ox, and the sheep, you’re going to love having the rooster as an ascendant. The rooster is wide awake early in the morning and is aware of everything that is happening around it. The rooster may add to your desire to become a bit of a spendthrift, so use your other zodiac signs to control that urge.

The Dog Ascendant or dog rising sign

The influence of the dog on your natural zodiac sign could make you a noble person. You will have a more sensitive conscience than some others, and you will gravitate to doing what is right rather than serving your own needs. The dog ascendant will either bring balance to a sign that is too sensitive to the well being of others which could make you a victim or it will bring conscience to a sign that has rather less consideration for others.

The Boar Ascendant or boar rising sign

The boar always does the right thing, and because it does, it has many friends. This energy will influence your sign so you can count on being popular and being admired for having integrity and conscience.

© 2013 Tessa Schlesinger

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am a rabbit and your description feels right.