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Our natural guide to what's most interesting and satisfying in our life is found in our rising sign.
As children, we naturally follow its lead,
but as adults, we often lose faith in its wisdom.
As children, we naturally guide ourselves to the things that interest us and keep our attention. There's no decision process or contemplation about whether activities are worthy of taking up our time. Then, as we grow older, we are influenced by what we should spend our time doing or what things we should work on because they hold the promise of a good income in the future. That wonderful, natural guide we followed as children was our rising sign.
Our rising sign is the filter through which we see the world and represents our mode of interacting with and interpreting the world. On a second-to-second basis, it shows the things that get our attention and keep it! So, in this way, it shows what careers suit us and will make us happy and fulfilled.
Aries Rising... A career that allows you to exhibit your fighting spirit and your ability to remain brave in the face of danger will keep you interested and satisfied. It can be a career fighting real battles, such as, a military career, a career as a firefighter, or as a police officer. A career in sports would be fulfilling to you as well. You can also fulfill your fighting spirit in careers that offer the ability to face danger and win, but aren't so obviously dangerous. Many financial careers, such as, stock market careers or real estate ventures offer a risk that requires bravery and the ability to win in the face of financial danger. At the very least, you need a way to feel strong along with a constant stream of opportunities to feel like a winner. Even if it's only a constant stream of problems to solve, you will at least have plenty of chances to fight and win.
Taurus Rising... You prefer a slow pace to your day with a predictable routine. Peace of mind and comfort come before challenges or adventure even if it means making less money. It isn't that you are averse to the nature of challenges or adventures or that you don't like money. Rather, it is simply that your dominant desire is for peaceful comfort on a daily basis. You are perfectly willing to work hard and persist to achieve success, but your need for security and peace of mind inclines you to prefer a predictable income that doesn't involve the risk of loss. Working directly with tangible, rather than abstract, things satisfies you. You like to see real results. Anything that keeps you close to the earth is good for you. Working with food, or in construction are examples. With Taurus rising, you don't want to be rushed when working. You need time to absorb information and process it carefully because you don't like errors. A fast-paced job that focuses on quantity over quality will only frustrate and exhaust you. Your eye for quality and patient nature combine to make you well suited for any career that requires a dedicated, thorough person.
Gemini Rising... You need constant change and input. You are a problem solver and love to solve puzzles. Any type of investigative work or research suits you. It thrills you to know solutions and answers, so you love to work with facts. You are able to take various pieces of information from here and there, even over long periods of time, and put them together to solve problems or find answers. This skill makes you an excellent detective or investigative reporter. Any career in news or communications is also an excellent choice for you. Gemini can't help but immediately report any news to anyone who will listen. You love to be the person who has the information that everyone wants to know. What's more, you know how to deliver the news in a factual, and yet still interesting, way. This also makes you a natural writer because writing is another vehicle for communicating information. Anything that allows you to connect, people, places and information interests you. Anything involving the internet is perfect because it allows you to connect people with information all over the world.
Cancer Rising... A natural caretaker, you excel in any career that offers you a chance to care for another living being. You do well dealing directly with people. Person-to-person interactions are your forte. You have the patience and compassion to listen to people and the leadership ability to guide them. If you work in an office, you will excel at directing meetings with other office personnel or at working directly with customers. If you can give crucial care to people by working in any medical career in which you deal directly with people, you will feel great inner satisfaction. Not only do you get to show your concern for them, but you also get to heal them. Any type of therapy work satisfies you. You enjoy feeling needed and feeling like you are helping people. Even helping people, animals or the world at large through involvements with corporations that serve some basic needs keeps you happy and interested.
Leo Rising... Any career that allows you to shine as an individual is satisfying for you. Of course, any kind of performing or modeling is perfect for you because the focus in these careers is directly on you as an individual. However, there are plenty of careers that allow you to shine in a less obvious manner because the key is simply for you to feel successful as an individual. If you work as part of a team in a corporation, for example, you will be happy as long as you can make a unique contribution that is recognized as yours. Working as an entrepreneur is extremely satisfying for you because you always know it was you who earned your success. Whenever you can use your creative abilities, you are happy. Combine this with your need to express yourself, and you find that you excel at public speaking, teaching or creating art. You are jovial and good with people, which means you work well with others and can also lead them. Therefore, any career in a management position is suitable for you.
Virgo Rising... As a Virgo, you love to take something and make it better. Forever the critic, you do well in any career that gives you the opportunity to lend your opinion, advice and assistance. This generally puts you in a leadership position as a supervisor. Although you may drive your subordinates crazy with your attention to detail and your impatience for sloppiness, you are sure to do this job well. If you are not supervising, you do well working independently. This allows you to be as discerning as you need to be in order to satisfy your own sense of pride in your work without getting weighed down by other people. However, keep in mind that your need to take things and make them better does make you good at helping people. You just need to be patient with people, which you are capable of doing when you set your mind to it. Being a coach to someone who is trying to achieve a goal in any venture comes easily to you. Whether you are coaching a team, helping a person lose weight, guiding someone in building a business or even helping them in a creative work, you always give honest advice and tangible assistance.
Libra Rising... You know how to be charming. It's crazy not to use this to your advantage in a career! So any career that involves direct contact with people is great for you. You can use your charm to sell products or to make negotiations of any type. In sales, you know that in order to sell any produce, you must first win over the customer's faith in you as the sales person. This is no problem for you. Social protocol, etiquette and sheer charisma are all natural for you and you know how to use your talents in these areas to woo customers. Therefore, in addition to sales, you will find success in politics or marketing. People want to follow your lead because you are likable. You can use your charming likability to spin a political campaign or run an advertising campaign. Also, because you know how to present yourself in a manner that people find attractive, public speaking or the performing arts are likely to bring you success.
Scorpio Rising... You have the gift of focus. Scorpio's ability to concentrate attention on one thing at a time is surpassed by no other sign. Any career that requires deep attention and focus is perfect for the Scorpio rising person. Careers in research fields, where attention to solving one problem over a long period of time is required, suit you. Your ability to focus benefits you in any career that requires extreme dedication. You have the ability to stick to learning an instrument and succeed in music, or the ability to stick to long-term projects, such as, writing. Fields that require the patience to learn a wide array of details, such as, finance or law are suitable for you as well. Although you are good at reading people and figuring out their motives, you are not naturally charming and sociable. So, if your career involves people, you do well in investigative work or therapy work where the goal is not to win people over, but instead, to get answers from them to solve problems.
Sagittarius Rising... Nothing makes you more fulfilled than to be the one who sees the world more clearly than everyone else. You are skilled at seeing a situation from every angle including a seemingly omnipresent view that gives you the widest perspective possible. Along with this gift of God-like insight also comes an irrepressible need to share your knowledge with everyone. This makes you an excellent critic, teacher or even comedian. Any career that allows you to share your unique view of the world keeps your interest and satisfies you. Your skills are also useful in debating. In business, politics or law, you can always successfully argue your case or get your point across clearly. Words are your tool and you are able to use them more skillfully than any other sign to explain yourself or any point you believe is necessary to get across. When you aren't communicating, you excel in any field that requires an expansive, all-encompassing view. Large-scale projects of any type are right up your alley because you can think big and see far.
Capricorn Rising.... You love to be in charge, you desire prestige and you want real, monetary success. Yes, you are serious about making money. Fortunately, you have an excellent work ethic that eventually lands you in the profitable, prestigious, leadership positions you crave. For you, it's not so much the particular field you are in that's important. Rather, it's your position in that field and the potential for profit that matter. Even in childhood, you know that only you are responsible for your success. Waiting for adulthood to start working and earning money is frustrating. You are confident, hardworking, practical and a natural leader. People sense this about you and naturally follow your lead. You think long-term and are willing to pay your dues in order to achieve future success. A natural understanding of life's difficulties gives you perseverance. You want real results from your work. A good income and tangible results are necessary for you to feel fulfilled. A job fancy title, although satisfying, is not enough.
Aquarius Rising... An air of confidence surrounds you because you trust yourself and your judgement. In fact, you enjoy analyzing situations and making judgments of right and wrong. You are level and have great self-control. You strive to be as unbiased and impartial as possible, and for this reason, you make an excellent arbitrator. So, any career that involves conflict resolution is excellent for you. Your calm demeanor puts people at ease and your creative, yet also rational, reasoning abilities can find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Finding creative solutions to any problem is satisfying for you, and although you can work with people one-to-one, you especially enjoy solving societal problems. You believe that the world requires cooperation and that we all work together to achieve happiness. Any career that involves helping people on a large-scale is great for you. Working in a government agency, at a school, or any large private institution that serves the public provides stimulating work for you.
Pisces Rising... This is the absolute best rising position for dealing with people. Whether it's one-to-one interactions or dealing with groups of people, you excel. You size up individuals or groups within seconds and know exactly how to work them to get answers to questions, win their approval, or sell them a product. This makes you a master at sales. You can sell anything because you know how to pander to the personality of the customer. There's an open, flexible nature to the way you relate to people that makes them open up to you and trust you. Public speaking is another avenue for sure success along with performing. You see the world holistically because you notice everything at once. Your rising filter is so thin and free from preconceived notions that you see things for what they really are. This, combined with your personable nature, makes you a natural at anything that requires you to read people, or the public in general, and then give them what they want so that you can make a profit. This can range from being a comedian to being a marketing or public relations expert.
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Because your astrological moon represents your internal, self-nurturing, self-support system that is first experienced through your relationship with your mother, your moon actually describes your mother.
There is a tangled web of emotion that develops between a mother and child throughout their lives. Your moon, by sign, position and aspect, not only describes this web but it actually describes your mother. To many, this sounds fatalistic. It sounds as though your moon can determine what kind of mother you have, which of course doesn't make sense. However, it is fate in its broadest sense.
The moon you are born with does not determine your mother's treatment of you and her behavior toward you. However, it does determine your reaction toward her and your treatment of her. Your reaction toward her is powerful and actually works to shape the person your mother is in your eyes and the person your mother is in the unique personal, relationship between you and her. Every reaction you have toward her behavior colors her future behavior and treatment of you. If you react well to certain behaviors she exhibits, she is likely to continue those behaviors. If you react with frustration, anger or sadness, she is likely to modify the behavior she exhibited that drew your negative reaction. So that although she may believe she is molding your behavior as the mother in the relationship, you are actually molding each other's behavior, thus creating a tangled web.
These reactions toward your mother's behaviors are largely determined by your moon sign. Because your moon represents your security needs, which are quite powerful especially in the formative childhood years, your moon colors your attitude toward your primary and immediate security provider, usually your mother. In these years of early childhood, your behavior is largely unconscious and controlled by your moon. It is powerful and lays the groundwork for your entire relationship with your mother before you even have a chance to consciously become aware of it.
The Moon in Aries Person & Their Mother...
Your relationship with your mother is never boring. She is strong, emotionally clear and direct. However, because of your intense moon in Aries desire to be a strong leader who charts your own course, your mother can also seem overbearing and willful. This is due to your constant need to push your own agenda forward, which naturally meets resistance from your mother who doesn't always agree with your plans. You see this resistance as willful and you believe it is only meant to sabotage your plans because you fail to realize that she only looking out for your safety and well being. So, you push her further. When she finally gets angry, you see her as antagonistic, selfish and belligerent. The more you push, the stronger she has to be to hold the line with you. As you get older, this cycle makes you see your mother as an assertive, strong willed woman who knows how to take care of herself.
The Moon in Taurus Person & Their Mother...
As a moon in Taurus person, you have high expectations of your mother's ability to provide for your practical, every-day needs. You expect her to be dependable and practical while making sure you have the necessities of life to remain comfortable. Life is meant to be savored and your mother is meant to provide the practical means for you to savor it. As you go through life, you ask her to provide you with a constant stream of things to make your life pleasurable and satisfying. If she is able to provide them easily, you see her as a sweet, reliable provider who is always there for you. If she isn't always to provide them, you see her as an overly practical person who is stubborn and too careful with money. However, because your nature is gentle and sensitive, yet persistent, you push her to her limit to make sure you can get what you want. Yet, you never push her hard enough to make her attitude toward you turn angry and sour. So, you generally see her as kind.
The Moon in Gemini Person & Their Mother...
Your light, detached, active and agile Gemini moon always keeps your mother on her feet. You are like a feather dancing in the wind and she can never quite catch you. She quickly realizes it is useless to try and gives you the freedom you always assume is normal in life.
Her reaction to and acceptance of your need to run free makes you see your mother as light and detached, but she is only reacting to your behavior. You are never going to accept a slow, restricted life. So, if your mother allows you space, you see it as a bit flighty or disconnected at times. If she fights you on this, your quick mind will likely find plenty of sharp and unfortunately often painfully precise verbal rebuttals. Her reaction to these rebuttals will make you believe she has the sharp tongue not you. However you do look to her as a source of information and as a teacher. You always know you can learn from her, and your inquisitive Gemini moon delights in her as a person with whom you can exercise your mind or sharpen your mental claws. Because she can always engage you in games, conversation or any kind of mental gymnastics, you come to see her as intelligent, someone with a sharp mind, or at the very least, someone who is always there to chat.
The Moon in Cancer Person & Their Mother...
You see your mother as someone who goes through a lot of emotionally exhausting times in her life. It's not that she's weak, but she is someone who lands in situations that constantly try her emotional strength. Your need for her motherly nurturing gives you a deep emotional connection with her. It's your need for her emotional attention that makes you focus on her and gives you insight into her emotional ups and downs. You are focused on her, and because she can't give you attention you need when she is in pain, you almost feel the pain with her. Your need for her love gives you a desire to see your mother as sensitive and caring. Then when she isn't, your reaction can be quite powerful. Even the hint of rejection from her sends you into emotional turmoil. The pain of her rejection, which may only be temporary, beyond her control or for your own good, will make you reflect your bad feelings back onto her because they are too painful to claim as your own. It has to be her fault, otherwise you just can't cope. Then suddenly she becomes the mean person who is purposely hurting you, when you are likely just blinded by your own pain. Your feelings for her are strong and you need her in your life, caring for you. She is a pillar for you and you rely on her, but you it doesn't just work one way. You are also always there for her.
The Moon in Leo Person & Their Mother...
A big presence, whether for the better or worse, describes your mother. She is expressive and doesn't hold back her true feelings. You always know where you stand with her because she tells you what's on her mind immediately. Your up-front approach in dealing with her makes this possible for her. You don't mind calling her out on any lies she tells you and you have no problem telling her to mind her own business or stop treating you like a child. This stems from the high sense of pride you have in yourself. It fuels your need to keep a balance of power in your relationship. So, when pressed, you aren't afraid to raise your voice to your mother and tell her how you feel about whatever she is saying or how she is dealing with you. However, your sense of pride in yourself also makes you self-conscious and it gives you a haunting desire to assure yourself that your mother likes you. You must constantly balance your need to maintain power with your need to be accepted and liked.
The Moon in Virgo Person & Their Mother...
Somehow even as a young child you are acutely aware of the give and take dynamic in relationships. Your sense of how much your mother does for you and how well she cares for your needs is acute. So, it's difficult for her to measure up to your expectations and it often seem she isn't meeting your needs. At these times, she seems flighty. It can be frustrating for you because she isn't always available when you need her. It can seem like a certain need for freedom seems to lead her away from you, and you often feel like you are more of adult than her. At the same time, her need for freedom gives you freedom, which you need even if you don't always realize it. Unconsciously you prefer your relationship to be exactly how it is. Your Virgo moon is critical by nature, so it's nearly impossible for anyone to measure to your standards especially someone as important as your mother. In your youth, she is the center of your world and because your focus is centered on her, your critical nature can't help but analyze her every action. Despite your acute sense of her shortcomings, you accept them as being part of a her.
The Moon in Libra Person & Their Mother...
Your mother has standards for your relationship that are clearly defined and understood. She has certain expectations that she always assumes you will fulfill, and you usually do. However, without realizing it, it's actually you who worked to define these rules in order to assure you are always treated fairly, kindly and to assure that your mother will always be there for you. Your expectations and reactions to your mother have served to set up a protocol in your relationship that keeps things peaceful between you. Over time, you each have come to understand your roles. You both know what behavior keeps things fair between you, and therefore, keeps the peace. Although your relationship can, at times, seem a bit formal and structured, it gives you comfort know that as long as you both follow the rules, you will both be happy. You are always careful to tactfully maintain a certain element of control in the relationship so that you can keep your mother close to you, but still make your own decisions, and you mother unconsciously understands that you do this.
The Moon in Scorpio Person & Their Mother...
Your mother sparks more emotion in you than she realizes. You know she cares about you intensely, but she can be too close to you when you need space and too distant when you need her close. From being overly concerned with things that you want to disregard, to becoming enmeshed in your life when you need emotional privacy, it often seems that she is out of tune with your emotional rhythm. But your passionate, and at the same time private, nature creates this very dynamic that ends up driving you crazy. Although you need her close for emotional reassurance and support, you also have a tremendous need for emotional privacy. It's difficult for her to accurately gauge your varying needs for closeness and distance. In trying to figure you out, she may probe you for feedback, which usually makes you clam up in silence. Your resistance can be frustrating and can spark an angry response from her, which makes you see her as aggressive and controlling. However, it's most likely you who is trying to maintain control, and she is the one reacting to you. So, depending on your reactions to her, you see her as a powerful ally in your life who is willing to do anything to protect you when you are wiling to trust her with your deepest emotions. However, when you aren't willing to open up and trust her, you see her as manipulative and controlling.
The Moon in Sagittarius Person & Their Mother...
You are difficult to contain and control, so your mother may have a difficult task at hand in raising you. You require freedom. It's not an option. If your mother isn't willing to give it you, your struggle to get it can exhaust her because you're will not give up until you get it. As a universal sign, you have an "above it all" attitude that makes you feel as though you are very mature and wise, no matter your age. The whole childhood thing can make you restless because you experience the world through the eyes of one of the older astrological signs. For this reason, you see your mother as less mature than she should be. Your moon in Sagittarius vantage point makes you critical of her, and her faults are obvious to you. The fact that you see them, makes her merely human in your view and you can't understand why you should be subject to her commands or requirements when you are both just two humans. From your perspective, she has just as much to learn as you. She is fallible and often immature. In your view, her need for freedom is just as strong as yours. You both deserve to enjoy it, not just her. She comes off as hypocritical because she holds you to standards that she can't live up to in her own life. What's more, her inability to see this makes her seem naive to you and makes you feel even more like you should be in charge of your life.
The Moon in Capricorn Person & Their Mother...
Some way or another, your mother always leaves you feeling vaguely guilty. She may not come right out and say things to make you feel guilty, but they may be subtly woven into her comments. Or in many cases, she just seems to have a very difficult life, and your joys are dimmed in comparison to her hardships. In either case, she controls you with guilt because your Capricorn moon can't help but empathize with any suffering she encounters. You know your mother always has a serious core to her regardless of her outer attitude. She always puts work before play and she never stops planning for the future. She is security oriented and very aware of the how the worst can always happen. You have a driving desire to help her and you always believe she does everything in her power to provide the best for you. On some level, you always feel like she could just make some changes in her life to make things easier for herself but it never happens. She recognizes your ability to act maturely and she often relies on you for practical and emotional support.
The Moon in Aquarius Person & Their Mother...
Your emotional maturity and strength is fully developed from such a young age that your mother's ability to help you grow and support you is almost unnecessary, making your relationship with her a bit distant and detached. You just don't seem to need the coddling that many other people enjoy as children. If anything, you notice that your mother could actually use some. However, you see this intellectually, not emotionally. So, you aren't one to cry with her, hold her closely and have deep emotional conversations. Rather, you simply don't burden her with your problems. You give her space to live her life and time to deal with her issues. It's almost odd when she reprimands you or treats you like a child. There's always a part of you that sees the whole thing as very silly and unnecessary. You know when you have done something you shouldn't have, and her attempts to guide you are nice, but not really helpful. However, it doesn't take very long for her to catch on to your level of maturity and treat you more as equal from a rather young age.
The Moon in Pisces Person & Their Mother...
Its seems that your mother is forever surmounting difficulties. An emotional strength that isn't always obvious pulls her through her life. The sacrifices she makes for you and your family are made out of necessity and she doesn't ask for thanks. However, they do draw her away from you. From a young age, you accept this and you grow up very quickly because of it. With all that she deals with, you know it would be wrong to burden her with too many of your problems. You are strong enough to help yourself with most things and she respects you for it. Yet at times, you can't help but feel like you would like to be more of a helpless child. Even though you are emotionally tough, you sometimes feel like you would like to be able to just rely on her instead of being the strong child she expects you to be. So often she seems to be lost in her own world, which consequently leaves you lost in your own world. You're not always sure she realizes this and so at times it feels like you are bit lost.
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Below is our ranking of the signs
Some of the most creative, intuitive and intriguing people are the mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. They also have the most difficult time coping in our paradoxical world of competition, structure and routines. As mutable signs, they crave variety and spontaneity, but in order to be responsible adults, our world requires us to suppress these desires most of the day. We are taught that we need "remain on track". Few jobs lend themselves to the variety and spontaneity that mutable signs need. Most of us follow basically the same routine everyday and our jobs are rather monotonous. This can be torture for a person with a heavily mutable chart, especially a mutable moon sign. Mutable sign people need lives and jobs that allow them to be on the move and have constant change and flexibility.
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A person who has Mercury on the ascendant is like a machine you can't turn off. They will talk incessantly. They are obsessed with expressing themselves. Mercury on the ascendant, especially if it is on the twelfth house side, will cause a person to talk about anything that enters their mind. It seems like a constant flow of thoughts that just pour out of their mouths. I'm sure they do have some sort of filter. They can't possibly say everything that crosses their minds, but for the listener, it certainly seems like they do. These people speak as though they are their own audience. What the listener thinks is less important than their need to put their thoughts into words. At their worst, they actually talk to themselves, at their best, they phrase things as though they don't even know the listener. They will refer to people in the same room using the third person. It's as though the power of speech overcomes them and they forget that they are speaking for the listener rather than themselves. Because they are voicing virtually every though they have, they also you the word "I" quite often. This makes sense right? If you are verbally expressing most of the your thoughts and feelings, the word "I" would have to be used a lot. This is the power of the actual planet of Mercury on the ascendant as opposed to simply having Gemini rising.
A planet on the ascendant is more expressive and the rising sign is more receptive. Gemini rising has a different effect. Gemini rising doesn't feel the need to express so much of themselves verbally. Yes, they can be talkers, but they have more restraint. They don't say everything they think. Gemini rising shows itself more by processing what it encounters in the world rather than verbally expressing everything it thinks to the world. Gemini rising looks at the world and wants to analyze and pick things apart. They want to move from thing to thing and they have a low threshold for boredom. Gemini rising figures things out and is critical of what it encounters. Problems are solved by looking at facts and finding concrete answers.
In the end, planets are just more powerful than signs. Mercury on the ascendant is more powerful of an influence than Gemini rising. So, the need for verbal expression may be more obvious.
Also consider that if you have Mercury on the ascendant, you also have a rising sign there with it. So there is always a combined effect of Mercury on the ascendant with whatever rising sign you have. Some rising signs, like Pisces or Sagittarius can really give Mercury a boost. Whereas, with a sign like Capricorn rising, it will be squashed a bit. On the other hand, you can have Gemini rising without any planet contaminating it on the ascendant. This makes a difference because Mercury on the ascendant is never pure like Gemini rising can be. It is always combined with a rising sign. So even though Mercury on the ascendant is more powerful than Gemini rising, you always have to factor in the rising sign with it.
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