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Physical Appearance By Rising Sign, According To Jensen

Physical Appearance By Rising Signs

Updated September 16, 2019
Originally posted August 19, 2015
By Corinne Lane     52 Comments

Can you tell how a person looks according to their Rising Sign? According to Magnus Jensen, yes. He wrote these Rising Sign descriptions in 1922 (Everybody’s Astrology by Magnus Jensen). (Find out your rising sign with our Rising Sign Calculator.)

How an Aries Rising person looks:

Quick and daring in thought and action, lively and energetic. Impulsive, enthusiastic, self-assertive and aggressive. Venturesome, resistful of control. Very determined. Excitable, and fiery in temper.

When ascending (in addition to the above) the body is generally lean, but strong and enduring and of average height with wiry brown or reddish hair, light complexion. A broad forehead and pointed chin. A keen eye. A brisk lively gait. Liable to hurts about the head and face, and loss of hair.

How a Taurus Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is generally stout and rather below the average height. A round thick neck and round face. Dark hair. Eyes dark, large and pensive. A measured, decisive step. Liable to throat afflictions.

If born about May 19, especially if close to sunrise the eyesight is afflicted.

How a Gemini Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is straight and generally slender and rather tall. Dark hair and brown eyes. Long arms and hands that are always busy with something. In short, Gemini persons are exceptionally expressive in hands, feet, eyes and tongue. Well shaped forehead, oval face. Liable to hurts about the arms and shoulders.

How a Cancer Rising person looks:

When ascending, gives a body of medium height, weak and unproportionate, a large upper body and slender limbs. Hair brown, complexion sandy or pale, and blue eyes. A round face. Crablike manners and a graceless gait. Liable to digestive troubles.

How a Leo Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is usually large, well built and of a stately carriage. Ruddy complexion, light brown or golden hair and blue or gray eyes. A sonorous voice, and elastic step. Liable to hurts to the back.

The days about July 28 and August 18 give weak eyes, especially when born close to sunrise.

How a Virgo Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is rather short. The face appears triangular, the forehead being broad and well formed. Dark brown hair, brown or gray eyes and a sallow complexion. Somewhat jerky movements in walking. Liable to stomach troubles.

How a Libra Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is generally above medium height, in youth slender and growing stout in later years. Symetric form and fair complexion. Brown or dark hair and blue eyes. Head and face of fine proportions. Square faced. Polite and graceful deportment. Weak kidneys and the small of the back.

How a Scorpio Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is large boned and stout, strong and robust. Hair and complexion dark. Eyes dark, sharp and penetrating. Square face and large teeth. Abrupt in manners. Determined steps in walking. Liable to troubles with the genitals.

How a Sagittarius Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is generally tall, of athletic build. Dark brown hair and dark eyes, sometimes gray. An open genial contour. Oval face. A carefree carriage. Liable to hurts to hips and thighs.

The days about November 30 and December 16 and 19 give weak eyes, especially if birth is close to sunrise.

How a Capricorn Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is weak, but tenacious to life. Small stature, ill-formed, dark complexion, dark brown or black hair and small dark piercing eyes. Thin neck and pointed features. Liable to consumption, and weak knees, apparent in the walk.

How a Aquarius Rising person looks:

When ascending, the body is seldom above medium, of fine build, round features, rather delicate. Sandy or dark flaxen hair. Restful eyes. Calm and reflective manners. Liable to injury to the legs.

How a Pisces Rising person looks:

When ascending, gives a small stature, fleshy, weak and tired. Brown hair and water colored eyes. Round face and small teeth. Walks with a waddling gait. Frequently troubled with their feet.

The days about February 27 give weak eyesight, especially if born close to sunrise.


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  1. Ashley on said:

    I was born on November 30, and although my eyesight is great, my eyes are prone to being sore and sensitive to light. Mirrors, reflections are the absolute worst! Sounds silly but it’s true. I always have a good pair if dark sunglasses.

  2. Destiny Vaughan on said:

    I’m mixed, so I don’t have blue eyes, but as a Libra Rising, I can say that my skin is very fair. I’m the lightest of all my siblings, and I don’t have any acne. I have Mars in the 1st House, so it’s like a combination of “approachable” versus “intimidating”.

  3. Mary Jane on said:

    I’m Sagittarius rising and I’m very small! Other stuff seems on point tho – I think!

  4. This is completely inaccurate. I’m a Leo rising, and I am supposed to be:
    the body is usually large (no, my body is small compared to my peers), well built and of a stately carriage. Ruddy complexion (I have dark skin color), light brown or golden hair (black hair) and blue or gray eyes (dark brown eyes). A sonorous voice (no, I have high pitch voice), and elastic step. Liable to hurts to the back (haven’t had any back problems)
    ALL of them are wrong, not only one or two… This is nonsense.

    • Anthony gemini sun, gemini asc. virgo moon on said:

      Perhaps, I am inclined to agree with you. Yet I will consider her interpretations. They aren’t definitive compared to what I’ve observed and read, but her opinions may likely contain traits that are valid.

    • Technically, appearance is shaped by BOTH Sun and Rising signs. For example, I’m a Leo Sun and Virgo Rising. I have the famous hair and strong shoulders of a Leo but the more slender build of a Virgo.

    • M Lantz on said:

      I agree. I am Leo Sun and Scorpio ASC.
      I am supposed to have/be: When ascending, the BODY is large boned and stout, strong and robust (I am tall and slim and have more of a dancer’s body). HAIR (Like a Leo – curly, but brown/blackish though) and complexion dark (I am mixed so quite light). EYES dark, sharp and penetrating (this is the most accurate, as I am considered to have a piercing gaze). Square FACE (no – oval) and large teeth (no). Abrupt in manners ( I am introverted and cautious in general). Determined steps in walking (no, I walk quite slowly actually). Liable to troubles with the genitals (no).

      So I cannot say it’s an accurate Scorpio Rising description for me. Maybe Scorpio in Neptune conjunct ASC makes it different, but I can’t relate to the description.

      • To M Lantz the Leo and Scorpio rising…
        It all depends. I got all points covered. I`m a Leo sun and Scoprio ascendant. I can get in litteraly any shape of body, but naturally i`m tall stout agile and totally abrupt in manners. Eyes of a killer heart of a kitty :D
        Face is mix of oval and square and my walk is the best there is on this Planet Earth :D Teeth pretty big as well :D
        I try to be calm ha ha ha

        • Leos aren’t “kitties.” So please stop calling us that. Our animal symbol is the mighty lion, not some domestic cat. You wouldn’t want people to refer to Scorpios as weak little spiders just because scorpions and spiders are both arachnids? Well, lions and domestic cats are two different animals as well. So kindly respect the sign and what it symbolizes.

          Leo Suns ans Leo Risings are usually pretty muscular or athletic in build.

    • Joseph A Polise on said:

      Your Sun (ruler of Leo) is in a feminine sign? Virgo, Pisces, maybe Cancer? Could also be that your Sun is possibly unaspected, in a cadent house (6th or 12th in particular. Astrology reveal real truths about our life here on Earth, but is generally simple, yet often subtle in the revelation of such truths. Astrology takes at least 10 years of continuous study for a person to use its terminology comfortably. So don’t go denouncing or categorically rejecting Astrology on one seemingly inaccurate descriptor of your Ascendant. There are at least 48 different types of any Rising Sign depending on the house and sign of the planet ruling the Ascendant / 1st house. That’s just for starters.

  5. Quametress on said:

    Im a Gemini Rising and… Well I must say this is %100 percent accurate for me. I am tall, dark hair, brown eyes, long arms, I am prone to hurting my arms and shoulders. I have had two major right shoulder surgeries, I always hurt my arms some how, never broken, but just minor stuff. I have been dislocating my shoulder since a high school fight Im “41” now last surgery was 2014 November.

    • Gemini rising as well. So surprised by this. I’m 5’11. Medium dark hair. Family always wondered why I constantly rubbed my feet together. Always rubbing my hands, I also had frozen shoulder at 35yrs old. Greenish eyes tho. Oval face somewhat.

  6. Im on the cusp of pisces and aries rising. Im not piscean at all except i am psychic. But i also have a scorpio sun mercury and venus. I match aries rising to a t except i am a lot more observant which is scorpio. I look 100 percent aries and behave as one also.

  7. I am a Pisces rising and this is inaccurate for me. I am a tall women 5’10” stature, lean athletic build, no feet problems, hazel eyes and good eyesight at 54 years, I was born around sunrise on the 27th of February. I have dark brown hair, almost black. I don’t walk with a waddle, but yes a round face.

  8. Pisces rising on said:

    I am a Taurus sun with 1 degree Pisces rising and yes I have watery eyes and round shaped, you could also say quick movements and unpredictable moods and energy!
    But I walk “normally”

  9. Actually, Leo Rising is said to be: muscular, fierce, courageous, temperamental, strong, assertive, passionate, and robust.

    • Robert Alvarez on said:

      My Rising Sign is Leo, and I also have Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Aquarius.

      Aside from the “muscular,” I have all the other traits. Some in greater abundance than others, but I digress.

      • Ah, nice!! Well, it is the sign symbolized by a lion so most Leo Risings are supposed to be muscular.

        • Robert Alvarez on said:

          Interestingly enough, I AM not muscular. Nonetheless, I love my body very much.

          Also interestingly enough, in my experience, I have met Sun-Sign Leo men who were muscular, either for competitive reasons or for personal reasons. Most of the Sun-Sign Leo women I have met have been either full-figured or fuller-figured, but I digress.

  10. How a Capricorn Rising person looks:
    When ascending, the body is weak, but tenacious to life. Small stature, ill-formed, dark complexion, dark brown or black hair and small dark piercing eyes. Thin neck and pointed features. Liable to consumption, and weak knees, apparent in the walk.

    Well, I have blonde hair and blue eyes, hmmmmmmmmm

  11. Capricorn rising not even close except i do have small stature!

  12. Brandie Z on said:

    I am average height and my hair was dark brown at birth to blonde during infancy to sandy blonde to light brown and now dark brown again except the blue from from half way down my scalp to my thigh so which color am I really? My eyes are super green and the closet to blue they ever get is when I am angry and my eyes are dark and red , then they appear grey likely an illusion. Caused by the conditions surrounding them in rage. Average height but heavy until adulthood, my most notable feature was my legs, beautifully shaped well defined muscular tone and dark olive until adulthood wiped out the sun exposure , my nickname was Legs until high school when it’s was replaced by my softball moniker as varsity sports trumped all in my town. Summary, this was way off for me and the description of my hair color was right at some stage, law of averages more likely than the influence of cancer ascending …

  13. Anonymous on said:

    I’m Capricorn rising but I have light hair and large blue eyes. I am somewhat tall and quite strong for my age. I do not have weak knees. The personality seems to fit me though.

  14. I was born August 7 at 6:27 am my Ascendant is Leo. Everything on point except the being the center of attention nonsense ✌ Guess it’s cuz my Mars in Scorpio and my moon in Sagittarius.

  15. Im afraid for me, almost none of this holds true. Im a scorpio rising, im average height, slender build, i wouldnt say my face is ‘long’, but whatever descriptive, its definitely not square, genital issues arent a thing, im not sure what exactly ‘determined steps in walking’ means, but that doesnt feel like me. i CAN be abrupt in manner sometimes when i feel theres no other way to communicate what needs to be communicated,. i do have penetrating eyes, but i dont think you would call them dark. Im italian but my complexion isnt dark. wth is large teeth?? i…. dont think so….? so yeah, lots of it misses the mark for me im afraid.

    Also, out of curiosity, how can such a short description be given for the way someone physically looks, considering how many different people in the world may be a this-or-that rising?> And how/why does your ascendant have anything to do with how your physical appearance manifests? Can you walk down the street and pick peoples rising sign solely off how they look? by that i mean of course, as an example surely not ALL pisces rising peoples walk with a waddling gait and have foot issues..? What if that dark-skinned African guy with hip problems turns out to be an Aries rising..?


  16. How a Scorpio Rising person looks:
    When ascending, the body is large boned and stout, strong and robust. Hair and complexion dark. Eyes dark, sharp and penetrating. Square face and large teeth. Abrupt in manners. Determined steps in walking. Liable to troubles with the genitals.

    Libra sun, Scorpio rising. I’m slim but have a muscular robust appearance to my physique. Dark hair light complexion. Dark, sharp, penetrating eyes. Always being stared at and have received compliments on my eyes alot. Broad roundish face. Brisk, determined walk. Have been infertile for the past 2 years.
    There is definitely some truth to this. Believe it or not.

    • Yeah look, Im not saying there arent people out there who this actually fits for,.. but honestly, its like me saying that Scorpio rising people’s name starts with an F. You might say “Well thats a ridiculous assumption, why should that have anything to do with anything? o_0”, whereas there’s still bound to be a few people who jump up and say “But my name DOES start with an F!!! :O”…. theres bound to be a few, but its still a silly thing to claim in such a definitive way.

      Have you read many of the other comments? Youll see pretty much all of them are people saying similar to “ummmm… yeah none of this is accurate for me at all….”, usually with details as to how.
      Its on par with claiming that certain dates have some kind of significance to universal energies because the numbers of the date are ‘this-and-that’.. but why would universal energies care about fitting in with a calendar that humans created, which has been changed a number of times in the past? If youre in a country where the date is formatted differently, do the energies still effect you on that special day? If so, the numbers clearly have nothing to do with it since it isnt the ‘special number day’ (or whatever people want to call it) for them. By extension, it should also be the special number day for you when THEIR date formatting matches.. again, in that case the numbers arent important.

      Yeah im rambling off track something fierce here,. all im saying is, its quite likely that your appearance matching the description is either highly culturally specific, or pure coincidence.

  17. I have a capricorn rising, I don’t have dark skin, hair or eyes I’m very fair skinned , blonde hair and bule eyes and there is nothing wrong with my knees

  18. Kili Marshall on said:

    How a person with a pisces rising is described as: When ascending, gives a small stature, fleshy, weak and tired. Brown hair and water colored eyes. Round face and small teeth. Walks with a waddling gait. Frequently troubled with their feet.

    How I, a person with a pisces rising actually am: Tall stature (I am 6’0), I don’t know how “fleshy” is used in this context, but if it’s talking about straying away from religion and being a free-willed person, most definitely. I have black hair. My eyes are brown. I do have a round face but only because I am fat. My teeth isn’t exactly small, as my two front top teeth are rather large. I don’t think I walk with a gait. (I have never payed attention to it) and I don’t really have trouble with my feet, other than standing for long periods of time (but I am used to that so I am not complaining).

    This was all wrong. If it’s one thing for sure, astrology DOES NOT categorize people’s physical features accurately. It’s best if astrologers just stick with personalities.

  19. From oberving other people and their charts, I believe other aspects play into the appearance, in combination with the rising sign. For example, the predominant element in the chart may downplay or emphasize the rising sign characteristics. Or aspects to the ascendant or to the chart ruler and its position in the chart. Also, besides the sun, I am convinced that the moon plays a role in appearance as well. To sum up: the ascendant is a complex business that cannot be determined in such a generic way. Some people will fit into the exact description when their charts have an emphasis on the ascendant sign for the reasons noted above. Others won’t look at all like their ascendants because their suns will be so strong, another planet conjuncts their ascendant, and so on and so forth.

    I am a cancer sun and aries rising, with libra moon. Just once someone guessed my sun sign, but I have been told a few times that I am either an aries or a libra. I have only 19% of water in my chart, I am mostly an air/fire combination. From cancer I have a face that tends to get chubby if overweight. But when in my proper weight and as a typical aries rising, I have a pointy chin, prominent nose and forehead, thick and arched eyebrows, rough skin with large pores and light scarring from accidents and acne. My hair is dark brown, kinky, thin and prone to falling. My eyes are not big, but are noticeable. But I also have Pluto opposing my ASC at 0 degree, and people often don’t recognize me, saying that ‘you look so different this time’.

    My body also fits within the typical aries rising description: I am athletic, with stronger upper body, narrower hips and wide shoulders and back. I am stronger than the average woman my age and exercise is a must.

    But I am also considered attractive, which I attribute to my Libra moon.

  20. gemini rising, ive always had back and shoulder pain for no reason

  21. I have a question, so with my co-star chart I am a rising Virgo and with other astrology apps my ascendant is in Scorpio.. I’m a bit confused on what is accurate

  22. My rising is a Taurus but I’m a Pisces born in the 27th. I do match that description physically with brown hair blue eyes with green. I having a waddling gait and poor eye sight.

  23. I am a Capricorn raising
    Well I am tall but small Stature
    I am African so the dark Complexion is correct I got black hair is correct
    Dark eye colour but I would refer to my easy as more almond shaped but small easy
    I got weak knees and I tend also to have to deal with consumption

  24. Ok why is this accurate? I am born on November and even though in my wishful thinking I wanted to color my hair blue, at the end of the day I still go with Brown. My face is round and my teeth are small . I have troublesome feet.

  25. Aria Douthat on said:

    Taurus rising; Tall & Blonde & Blue Eyed. I’d say he missed the mark on this one!

  26. Jaclyn Walsh on said:

    Scorpio baby!! Nothing but the BEST RISING UP!! ;)

  27. MY rising sign of Virgo is right. But I`m not an athlete of big bibs. Square off at the tee and I`ll fit right in. Lustrous hair and big jaws. I once won a hot dog eat contest with chili peppers. I do have the wavy hair and curves of a woman 60 years younger. These are right and spot on. And animals are the way to heart.

  28. Some what on target hair color and eye color off some but pretty cool I like

  29. being born as pisces rising and all above stuff true to me .My eyes problem with night light , bright light, smells and sounds. Super sensitive and absorb all energies around me. Problem with leg , bone since I’m adult ard 23. I always tired . Been used drugs and alcohol to escape reality but now all cut off and following spirituality . Sometime I found out that sleeping and dreaming are the most colorful than dealing with reality. I love to stay alone .

  30. Philippe on said:

    Tauraus rising virgo is the down to earth combo sign very realistic in this Disney world kind of society.My quest towards the real truth is a very not easy way to live but gives me a unique philosophical lifestyle after struggling with lots of problems ,
    Whith courage,resilience and much more I come to this point that a sane mind in a healthy body is the most basic and not to change no matter what happen even if you have to give everything away for keeping the essential to survive in a mythomanic and pseudo mythological society that is preparing a cultural holocaust to get rid of most of the population in the next century or so to save the planet earth ,these powerful people who invent the industrial era will barely survive in their super bunker .Life is short and can be unfair,careful with ignorance it’s aches of problem,farewell .

  31. Justgritty on said:

    When ascending, the body is usually large, well built and of a stately carriage. (I am 5.9 and sturdy). Ruddy complexion,(I have beautiful skin. Pale in the winter and tans beautifully in summer) light brown or golden hair (dirty blonde) and blue or gray eyes (green eyes). A sonorous voice, (not so much. I am often asked to speak up) and elastic step (Not sure what this refers to) Liable to hurts to the back. (I’m 57 and never had any hurts to the back)

    The days about July 28 and August 18 give weak eyes, especially when born close to sunrise. I’m the 9th

  32. I’m a Scorpio rising and this is not even remotely accurate for me…maybe with the exception of a piercing gaze (I’ve been told that more than once). I don’t even fit the Libra one…technically I’d be on the cusp. However I match that physical description better. I have several other Scorpio and Libra placements in my chart though so maybe that affects the results?

  33. I’m kinda scared tbh… check it out for yourself if you want: 08/21/08 13:04pm Houston, Tx, US

    House 10: Sun in Leo 29° ♌ 02′ 16″
    House 6: Moon in Aries 29° ♈ 40′ 24″
    House 10: Mercury in Virgo 19° ♍ 09′ 40″
    House 10: Venus in Virgo 19° ♍ 07′ 44″
    House 11: Mars in Libra 1° ♎ 29′ 09″
    House 2: Jupiter in Capricorn 13° ♑ 00′ 58″ Rx
    House 10: Saturn in Virgo 10° ♍ 14′ 42″
    House 4/5 Cusp: Uranus in Pisces 21° ♓ 32′ 15″ Rx
    House 3/4 Cusp: Neptune in Aquarius 22° ♒ 40′ 40″ Rx
    House 2: Pluto in Sagittarius 28° ♐ 35′ 00″ Rx
    House 3: Chiron in Aquarius 17° ♒ 59′ 14″ Rx
    House 1: Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius 14° ♐ 57′ 23″
    House 3: North Node in Aquarius 18° ♒ 30′ 46″ Rx
    House 8: Part of Fortune in Cancer 18° ♋ 55′ 11″
    House 8: Vertex in Cancer 12° ♋ 28′ 06″
    And Midheaven in Leo 23° ♌ 44′ 47″, I think House 9

    • Btw I’m Scorpio rising, 14yo, dirty blonde-brown hair, symmetrical features, green eyes, 5 ft 5, sickly pale skin but it’s still somewhat tan, my build is proportionate and is considered muscular. I’d say this is pretty accurate for me :)

  34. Square face and large teeth are a yes btw

  35. Nadia Noel Contreras on said:

    Thank you very very much for sharing this beyond amazing amount of astrology information for someone like myself aswell as all others period!! I am much like the discription of Sagittarius rising procrastinating, LIMITLESS amount of inner intensity , imagination and compassion for everyone which is basically what brings delight into my soul when another has felt so immediately safe with me to share what I’ve been told throughout my life had not been shared with anyone for the most part.. I still have much to learn overall and I absolutely feel like this site itself PLUS MY OWN ACTIVE MOVEMENT.. reguardless of the subject or anything else, it’s movement and just riding the waves and finding this calm relief I literally just pushed out of my mind to it’s farthest possible simply because of the EMOTIONAL and high sensitivity I still feel awkward to call gift’s, etc. But it’s like I see and have totally been in the soul, knowing this was eventually the very AWAKENING and cosmic truth that I know how we and all of everything has been chosen before and the Sense of everything will infact always CONTINUOUSLY ALL CLICK INTO THE PLACE , when it’s all worth it and beyond comprehensive grasp in the human form currently at least the magnitude I’m referring to.. thank you for allowing me to share and learn with y’all . Love and light in this life and every single life before and after 🦋🦋🦋🌊

  36. I am a pisces rising and the description is me right down to the waddling ha ha I also am a bit of a fatty and not very tall and I have brown hair and blue eyes which people have thought that they sometimes look Aqua so watery colour. I am a Gemini sun and I always thought I didn’t fit the personality description and I find Pisces rising spot on.

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