Long time, first time—really love the site, such a treat to read everyday! Thanks so much.
So, I’m wondering your opinion is on rising signs that don’t fit the personality?
I’ve been into astrology for a while, and feel it’s so accurate in my chart (from what I can tell.) I haven’t know my time of birth—my parents gave me a ballpark time and I’ve been trying on ascendants for the past few years. I’m Gemini Sun, Scorpio Moon, Mercury in Cancer and my current chosen ascendant is Cancer.
Recently I was able to get my actual time of birth and it turns out I’m a Gemini Rising, and that seems like a stretch for my temperament. I’m very shy, quiet and hate chatting—otherwise Gemini could fit, but isn’t being chatty a big part of the Gemini personality? That would make me a triple Gem since my Venus is also in Gemini, but I’m having such a hard time believing it.
Since finding my birth time, my dilemma has become this: I don’t come off like a Gemini specifically because it’s an extroverted sign, and I’m not sure about Cancer anymore either because I don’t really vibe with typical Cancer things or people, and my astrology friends don’t think Cancer fits either. When people guess my sign they always say Scorpio. My friend suggested I’m tuned into my moon, Scorpio, which overpowers my Gemini ascendant. Is that possible? I’ve been overthinking this and I have no idea! It would be great to get some of your perspective.
xoxo and thanks again!
Surely Not Gemini Rising
Dear Surely Not Gemini Rising,
I understand – i really do. I grew up thinking I was Capricorn Rising and fancying myself as having epic cheekbones and a naturally aristocratic reserve. But then…AQUARIUS RISING? Before my knowledge of astrology deepened, i imagined that would require parrot colored hair and a penchant for skateboarding over waterfalls. I think i was mixing it up with Sagittarius a bit in my mind. Anyway, i adjusted and so will you.
So first of all read Carla Ciccone’s excellent My Five Rising Signs for some solidarity on this. Then compare Style Your Ascendant: Gemini with Style Your Ascendant: Cancer/Kataka for see if either of them feel more, you know, YOU.
But i can see where the confusion comes in – you have Mercury – ruler of Gemini Rising – in Cancer anyway so, yes tricky. But it’s not correct that Gemini Rising is necessarily extroverted or talkative. There is a variety of Gemini Rising that shuts up all the time but they absorb everything. Their eyes dart mercurially around but they’re not loquacious at all – they are often extremely well informed but they get that way by being avid readers and superb listeners. They can also channel their Mercury/Gemini into writing – rather than talking.
A really good way to test this would be to know that if you are truly Gemini Rising, then SATURN would have opposed your Gemini Rising at some since late 2014 or it will in the next year. Have you had a big and distinct relationship development – need not be romance, think also best friend or biz partner – that was grueling but it grew you? And now you would honestly say you are tangibly more wise and mature since that episode?
Also, it can take a while to grow into some Ascendants – i have known Scorpios with Leo Rising and you would never know it but then something triggers that Leo Rising and suddenly WHAM – they are a D.J. – they are working on their ‘brand’ – there is a fresh sudden passion for style, music, film and they won’t consider dating you unless you are a fabulous alien.
So, lets workshop this in the comments…And please come back to us in the comments with your thoughts on which Style Your Ascendant feels more apt…I think you might find you “get” Gemini Rising after all. I mean, this IS what the actual birth time indicates. Could you need help embracing Gemini Vibe?
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