The 12 Ascendants. Looks, Mannerism, Social Mask
The Ascendant is the most innate and instinctive of the twelfth faces through which the world sees us and how we see our world. It is the personal image others see when we engage in movement such as walking, jumping, or simply interacting with the world. People around us know our type of walk, our dressing style, the facial expressions we make as we converse or express emotion, our mannerism. The Ascendant is an open book even though we often are not aware that we present ourselves like that, but it is the first energy others notice about us. We cannot hide the physical and most visible expression of our Ascendant.
For example: you might think that you are an intense and complex person (say you have Scorpio Sun or Moon) but you have Gemini Ascendant and most people describe you are a breezy, light, chatty and funny person.
The Ascendant can also be understood as the first automatic Mask(personality) we present. It activates as a second nature. In simpler words, we do not have to think about expressing it, we simply act our Ascendant out. For example: you meet some acquaintance on the street, a Sagittarius rising can wave at them enthusiastically and shout hello with a big smile, even if they were not in a mood for this. While a Virgo rising might give a shy nod and look away for a second uncertain what to do, even if they want to stop and hug.
The Ascendant dictates our body types regardless of our race. The rest of the planets and points can modify body parts, however, our body form will remain relatively the same according to the sign we have at the ascending point in our natal charts.
Even though one never has pure influence of just the Ascendant sign as their appearance and image, we can still distil the nature of the “Raw Ascendants” with their most common physical characteristics.
Below you will read about physical mannerisms, body shapes and some styles of the 12 Ascendants. The people below were chosen because their Ascendant meet the “raw Ascendant” criteria. They are nearly unaffected by other influences and have the more pure manifestation of the ascendant sign.
Most Aries Ascendant tend to lean forward as they walk, almost as if they are ready to run. They tend to have a slight curb compact back; their skull tends to be on the bigger side. They often lean towards the “Athletic fashion style” or any clothes that give the impression of belonging to an athletic club or simply give the impression of liking athletic endeavours. This Ascendant has the highest probabilities of injuring themselves due to their impulsive nature. They have fairly muscular bodies and when upset it is not necessary to ask because it is clearly indicated in their facial expressions. When you are in the presence of this Ascendant you can see that they radiate energy and strength. Their body temperature tends to be the warmest of the Ascendants and their skin the driest of the Ascendants. They often take pride on how adamant they are. Their height tends to be above average, measured of course with their own race. Every emotion they experience is exactly mirrored in their micro expressions and body language. They tend to express how they feel by displaying their emotions accompanied with body movements. Their forehead is prominent and sharp with a distinctive receding hear line, especially on males. This is not necessarily due to hair loss but rather, this is how they were born. This is the only sign that matches perfectly the energy of the Ascendant “what you see is what you get”. The world would be easy to figure out if we all had an Aries Ascendant. Keep in mind that we are speaking about the personal image and does not reflect any of the remaining eleven masks.
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These people walk slow and tend to rarely deviate once a physical activity has been initiated by them. They tend to have unmistakable short and thick necks, stocky shoulders, and overall body. They tend to have a tan skin tone of the Ascendants. They tend to also, lean towards the “Elegant fashion style.” They are usually fond of sparkly jewellery and soft to the touch or plush clothes. They give the impression of having a lot of material resources regardless of their social status. Everything they wear seems to be of high quality. They tend to express fewer facial expressions and overall body movement. But when they do, it is because they will usually act. When you are in the presence of a Taurus Ascendant you can see that they are not easily influenced nor will they move easily if it is not required of them. They tend to gravitate towards the area of the room where the consumables are located at. They also gravitate towards people who can bring value into their lives. Their body temperature tends to be average and their skin on the thicker side. Their eyes will usually be on the bigger and rounder side as well. Their height tends to be very short; they tend to acquire the equivalent of (shorty) of every language. Every emotion they experience has been brewing for quite a while. It will be clearly expressed in their micro expressions and body language. Their necks will usually be wearing their preferred type of jewellery or some form of decoration (especially if they are female).
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Most Gemini Ascendant tend to look on all sides while walking far more often than most. This Ascendant is in constant body motion, their hand gestures are overdeveloped. Their Canine teeth tend to look rather sharp and quite often a bit bent. Their prominently sharp shoulders, long arms, hands, and communicative nature are their most revealing characteristics. They tend to lean towards the “Modern fashion style”. They prefer to wear intellectual clothing as well as academic items such as glasses or other scholar items and so on. Their handshake tends to be rapid and usually faster than normal. They tend to have slim bodies lighter skin and their body temperature tends to be on the colder side. Their height tends to be above average. When expressing emotion, they tend to move their hands as they verbalise exactly how they feel about it. They tend to mimic other peoples’ facial expressions. Because of this, half of what their faces display is not always how they actually feel about any given topic. When you are in the presence of this Ascendant you can see their outgoing and communicative nature. Conversations usually revolve around them (in first impression situations) that will expose them for what they truly are, a Gemini Ascendant.
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Cancer Ascendant people tend to walk with their hands very close to their body as if protecting themselves from the external world. They tend to have a round and expressive face, slender arms, and slender legs. Their body is often thickest through the middle specially the chest and stomach area. They are also quite prone toward putting on weight as they age due to their overfeeding nature. They will often lean towards the “Vintage fashion style.” They often prefer to dress traditionally rather than luxuriously. They rarely wear jewellery because they tend to find it uncomfortable. They give the first impression of being too defensive of loved ones even when they know that said loved ones might be guilty. They also seem like the person who knows their way around the kitchen, even if they have never set a foot in one before. This watery Ascendant tends to be unable to contain the tears when an emotional story is being told. When you are in the presence of a Cancer Ascendant you can see that they are introverted and will usually hide from view if their presence is not mandatory. Their body temperature tends to be average and their skin on the softer side. This Ascendant has sensitive skin, this is why they are often prone to the side-effects of high hormonal stages throughout their lives. Their eyes are somewhat watery and average in size. Their height tends to be average as well.
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Leo Ascendant people tend to have an energetic, and eye-catching walk. They tend to easily imitate how others walk for the purpose of amusement. They tend to use first impressions as a chance to be known as a performer; however, they come across as someone who is fun to be around and as someone who is fond of the attention of others. It seems to you “the observer” as if they feel entitle to all the good things in life by their mere presence. In reality however, they seem to seek acceptance for who they are. They tend to lean towards the “Animal print fashion style.” Regardless of their social status, they like to wear colourful styles as a statement in order to easily draw the attention of others. They tend to be perceived as someone who lives for the pleasures of the moment. This preconception is not always accurate. This Ascendant often gravitates to the center of the room or the area where entertainment is located at. Their propensity to dramatize body movement as well as facial expressions characterises them. They tend to have a barrel like chest with a wide and prominent back. Their height tends to be above average. The majority of their facial expressions tend to be genuine but overdramatised. When in the presence of a Leo Ascendant you will recognise them by their innate need to be the center of attention; their colourful vestments, as well as their entitled and cheerful energy. They tend to have lighter features along with lighter or golden hair. Their bodies are on the warmer side and their skin on the drier side. When expressing emotion, they tend to exaggerate their true feelings as well as their body language.
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These people tend to walk in a peculiar manner as if not wanting to be perceived as threatening or noisy. Their bodies tend to visibly express the humble nature of Virgo. They tend to have an oval face; their eyes seem to always be observing and analysing their surroundings. Their bodies also tend to give the impression of being frail but are actually quite sturdy. They seem to always be anxious in first impression situations and prefer to be approached rather than initiate anything themselves. They tend to have a bigger than average abdominal area, specifically their bellies. They tend to lean towards the “Casual fashion style.” They are usually fond of clothes that have even patterns, (a times their clothing may seem a bit nerdy) their choice of jewellery revolves around pleasing to the eye shapes rather than sparklines. They give the first impression of someone who is not interested in socially engaging with others. When showing facial expressions, they tend to cover their face or cover their smile. Every emotion they experience seems to either be verbally addressed or directed towards the tasks they are doing.
When you are in the presence of a Virgo Ascendant you can see that they are the first to help when someone needs help. They seem reliable and do not mind giving a helping hand. They tend be the often-unnoticed person in the room because they do not care about being the center of attention. Their body temperature tends to be average, their skin on the denser side and their height tends to be on the average side.
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Most Libra Ascendant tend to walk graciously, due to the permanent assumption or thinking that they are being looked at. They seem as if they listen and are aware of the people around them. These people tend to have highly symmetrical and curvy bodies and lean towards the “Sophisticated fashion style.” Most of their body movements seem to be previously planned and rehearsed. Their facial expressions appear to be the same way as well. They tend to have a weak handshake. They are often accused of being insincere due to their perceived forced smiles. But of course, this is not the case, because it is naturally inherent within them. This is why they can come across as hypocritical, because they often agree with opposing sides for the sake of harmony. Their inner desire to please nearly everyone they come in contact with, is the main culprit of the negative assumptions of the observer. They tend to have a feminine body, feminine facial features, and lighter skin. Lighter towards the paler side of their respective race. Their body temperature tends to be cold; in fact, they tend to be the coldest of all the Ascendants. When expressing emotion, they tend to adopt a “passive aggressive stance.” Their facial expressions tend to seem contradictory to the tone of voice they are using while expressing their emotions. Because of this, most of what their faces display tends to be the opposite of what they actually feel. When you are in the presence of this Ascendant you will see their highly pleasant nature along with their need to be with someone they love. They will seem sad when alone and happy when accompanied by someone else.
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Scorpio Ascendant people tend to walk in an unassumingly seductive manner. They tend to exude sexuality subconsciously and rarely consciously. They tend to have a pronounced nose, a voluptuous body, dark hair, as well as other dark and sharp features. They may also seem introverted and often prefer to avoid crows. Their eyes tend to have a piercing look and in some races their eyes almost seem shut. They tend to gravitate towards the dimmest places in the room because they do not seem to like the spotlight. They are also quite prone to be treated as sexual objects, mostly because they often wear skin tight clothes that you “the observer” interprets as sexual insinuation from them. They often lean towards the “Gothic fashion style.” They prefer to dress threateningly rather than extravagantly; they tend to prefer spiky jewellery and dark items. This Ascendant has the highest probability of having body art and extreme body modifications. For the sake of clarity (the Ascendant is only the first of twelfth masks) thus you can have body art without having this Ascendant. There are many other factors that often lead to desiring to have body art. Now, when you are in the presence of a Scorpio Ascendant you can see that they are introverted, alert and somewhat enigmatic. They seem to gravitate towards the darker type of people. They also tend to gravitate towards what their society deems off-limits. Their body temperature tends to be average and their skin on the thicker side. When expressing emotion, they can conceal their true emotions and appear to be unaffected; however, their seemingly vindictive actions make you “the observer” want to be on the defensive.
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Most Sagittarius Ascendant tend to walk in a slightly exaggerated manner. They often make sweeping gestures with their arms and hands. They tend to have strong and wide bodies. Their upper incisor teeth tend to be the biggest of all the ascendants and often have gaps between said teeth. The bigger parts of their bodies tend to be their long thighs, their big buttocks, and their overall wide body. Their seemingly benevolent and optimistic nature are their most revealing characteristics. They tend to lean towards the “Western fashion style”. They prefer to wear exotic types of clothing as well as items that give the impression of being well travelled. Their body temperature tends to be on the warmer side and their skin on the denser side. When expressing emotion, they tend to create exaggerated stories about how they felt about it. Their micro expressions will mirror said exaggerated stories which are 50 percent a fabrication of their own imagination. They seem to believe, that the observer believes everything they say, but their stories seem so fantastical that you “the observer” are almost certain to be lies. When you are in the presence of this Ascendant you can see their energetic and enthusiastic nature, they tend to be pleasant and amusing to be around. They often come across as joyful and as someone who changes their mind frequently. They tend to have bright humorous and often lighter coloured eyes, as well as a friendly smile. They tend to be accident prone due to their careless nature. But not as much as Aries. Their height tends to be above average. Out of all the Ascendants this one is the one that you “ the observer” will immediately think “This person is self-indulgent, exaggerated and comical.”
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These people tend to walk in a composed and often rigid manner. This is likely because they have been told to sit up, or stand up straight since childhood. Their bodies tend to be lean; their muscles tend to be well defined and their teeth tend to look even. Although a majority of people with this Ascendant tend to be a bit on the scrawny side. They also tend to have a small and well-shaped head with a downward and sharp chin. They also tend to have long pointy elbows and sharp knees. They are on the taller side of the Ascendants. They also tend to prefer the “Professional fashion style.” They are usually fond of formal clothing regardless of the occasion. The popular expression “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” was made for this Ascendant. The type of jewellery they prefer revolves around items that reflect their status in their respective societies. Only the cardinal signs tend to be aware of social statuses. Everybody else believes said social levels do not exist or are simply oblivious of the existence of societal ranks. These people however, appear to know exactly where they stand in their society. When you are in the presence of a Capricorn Ascendant you can see that they are disciplined, ambitious, serious, and reserved. When expressing emotion, they rarely show them with facial or body language. However, when they do, it tends to seem to you “the observer” forced and uncomfortable for them. They seem like someone who can take charge on important matters, they tend to not joke around. In fact, they rarely smile or seem friendly. Their body temperature tends to be average and their skin on the thinnest side. They usually are the first to professionally introduce themselves if they see business potential with you “the observer.”
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Most Aquarius Ascendant people tend to have a strange way of walking. Either because they are trying to fit in a specific group, or as a protest against their specific societal boundaries. They tend to have well shaped calves and have sensitive ankles. Their foreheads tend to be wide almost rectangular. Their seemingly wandering eyes makes them interesting to look at. These people tend to have proportionate limbs and tend to be on the taller side. They tend to lean towards the “Androgynous fashion style.” This style makes them feel comfortable due to the seemingly gender-neutral (or unique) clothes and items it encompasses. They are highly prone to adopt a new style of walk or clothing for the sake of fitting in. Their facial expressions and mannerisms tend to seem nervous and rapid. More often than not, said mannerisms tend to be something they picked up earlier according to their chosen groups. It is difficult to accurately interpret their body language, due to their shifting tendencies in order to match their new collective. Their body temperature tends to be on the colder side, their skin is average in softness and are on the lighter side of their race. When expressing emotion, they appear to you “the observer” to be an empty vessel. They only seem to have a personal image while in groups or surrounded by others. Outside of groups (especially when alone) you cannot see what they are about aside from their seemingly cold and lonely nature (if approached romantically). What stands out about these people is their great friendliness and their ability to converse with anyone from any social class. They seem to be inclusive of everyone and tend to have a welcoming attitude for all humans. Their welcoming nature makes you “the observer” feel welcomed. They will usually introduce themselves in a friendly manner and or start an interesting conversation about current topics.
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Pisces Ascendant people tend to walk in a peaceful and gentle manner. They tend to seem as someone who has a soft spot for nature and sees the spiritual side of it. They tend to be on the slender and taller side of the Ascendants. They also tend to have wavy hair. They usually have darker features which is why they are often mistaken for a Scorpio, until you “the observer” notice their calm gestures and almost rhythmic body language. They are the most introverted of the Ascendants due to their ability to absorb moods and vibes. They tend to gravitate towards places and people who are positive and often spiritual. They tend to avoid low vibrating places. They prefer to avoid crows and the negativity they unintentionally exude. Their eyes are on the smaller side, said eyes seem watery, soulful and well-shaped. Their feet tend to be small as well. They often lean towards the “Casual fashion style.” They prefer to dress comfortably the majority of the time, and will continue to do so unless a situation requires them to dress in a certain way. They tend to not care about jewellery, and it seems as if the less they have to wear the better they feel. It also appears to you “ the observer” as if they have a poor taste of clothing or as if they do not know how disorganised they seem at times. In reality however, they do seem to know but they simply do not care to sacrifice their comfort for the sake of appearances. They like to hide or disguise themselves with clothes. When you are in the presence of a Pisces Ascendant you can see that they are introverted, to the point of not noticing they are there (especially if the place is crowded.) You “The observer” will only begin to see their personal image when you approach them and converse with them. They can identify negativity from a distance and will usually stay away from said negativity. They prefer to isolate themselves rather than interact with energy drainers. Their body temperature tends to be average and their skin on the thin and softer side. When expressing emotion, they can absorb the emotions of others; consequently, the majority of the time what you see in them is what they have picked up from you “the observer.” They are an emotional mirror to the person in front of them. This is why the only way to know their true emotions is if you “the observer” were not feeling what the Pisces Ascendant is displaying.
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