Capricorn Rising Sign: All about the Capricorn Ascendant

A Capricorn Rising, or the Capricorn Ascendant, in your chart means you are achievement oriented.

All about Capricorn Rising/The Capricorn Ascendant

Can we do lunch? Business is pleasure for those born with an ambitious Capricorn rising. You see every opportunity as a chance to build and grow. For you, life is about material security and success—and all the better if your efforts help provide for the people you love. 

Are you a Capricorn Rising?

Use our cosmic calculator to discover what zodiac sign the ascendant was in when you were born if you’re unsure. To accurately determine your ascendant, you will need to know your birth time. The rising sign or the ascendant is always “in” your first house—in fact it’s the very first degree or the beginning cusp, found at the 9 o’clock point on every chart. Don’t have your birth certificate? If you were born in the United States, you can write to the Office of Vital Records in your birth state for a copy.

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The ascendant changes zodiac signs about every two hours. Since the sun rises and sets at different times depending on the season, a person born at 10:00 a.m. in April would have a vastly different ascendant than someone born at 10:00 a.m. in November. Fun fact: If you were born at sunrise (or within two hours of it), your ascendant will likely be the same sign as your Sun sign (e.g., Taurus with a Taurus rising—or a “double Taurus”).

Traits of Capricorn Rising/The Capricorn Ascendant

When it’s time to play ball, you know how to put on the instant game face—alert, open and scanning the room for fascinating people to network with. But when you’re off duty, you may come across as shy, serious, even aloof! It’s not that you mean to hold people at arm’s length. You are likely lost in thought, mentally strategizing all the steps of your current ambitious endeavor. 

With your take-charge nature, Capricorn risings make excellent leaders. Your chart is ruled by Saturn, the planet of structure and authority. While you may do things the hard way (read: by yourself) for many years, freedom comes when you learn to delegate to capable people who can manage your vision. That’s when you truly rise into your boss persona. 

Capricorn rules the skin, teeth, knees and skeletal system. Many born with this ascendant have pronounced cheekbones, defined jawlines and the smile of a TV game show host. Under-eye circles are another trait, often from burning the candle at both ends and forgetting to hydrate with water in between espressos. Your skin may be sensitive and prone to breakouts or sun damage. Don’t slack on the SPF, cleanser, serum and moisturizer. Trips to the esthetician are your smartest beauty splurge. Knees can be a trouble zone for Capricorn ascendants so go easy on the high heels and make sure to stretch! 

Capricorn Rising is polished

With mature Saturn as your chart ruler, you may favor a polished look of black, white and gray. However, Saturn’s repressive energy can evoke an after-hours rebellion! Your downtime style may be edgy and embellished with pops of unexpected color, tattoos, piercings and fetishwear. Legend has it that Capricorn is a sign that ages in reverse. With this ascendant, you may be a serious kid who lightens up and learns to be playful as an adult (often after your first Saturn return at age 28.) Life doesn’t have to be so heavy and serious! And once you realize that, you’ll start enjoying yourself around here.

Capricorn is a traditional earth sign, making you the rock for your family and friend group. Dependable and loyal, you’re the one who brings everyone together for holidays and special occasions. Your people know that you’ll be there for them in a jam, but this can become a burden if you make too many sacrifices. Healthy boundaries keep you “protected and connected,” as therapist and author Terry Reel advises, so find that middle ground between giving too much and cutting people off.

Warning! You can be bossy, especially when you are tenaciously devoted to a plan. Plus, your perfectionistic tendencies may spiral out of control. When the troops start getting mutinous, it’s more than a sign: You need to give yourself and everyone around you a break! The key? Stop wearing your struggle like a badge of honor! Oh, and stop trying to keep up with the Joneses too. The “compare and despair” syndrome can be harsh for your rising sign. Self-love and acceptance may be a struggle, but for Capricorn rising, it’s the royal road to bliss.

Celebrities and famous people with Capricorn Rising

Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Zac Efron, Ariana Grande, Sophia Loren, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Zooey Deschanel, Candice Bergen, Lorde, Malcolm X, Marie Curie, Joan Jett, John Legend, Gisele BĂĽndchen, Robin Roberts, Jane Fonda, Sophia Loren

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