Aquarius Ascendant Traits and Meaning

Published March 5, 2020
Aquarius symbol and woman

If you have Aquarius on the Ascendant, you have a universal take on life and see the world through an intellectual lens of values, ideas, and ideals. Aquarius' primary ruler is the planet Uranus, and this means your ideas can be futuristic and your ideals somewhat utopian.

Aquarius Rising Traits

The first thing others notice about a person with Aquarius rising is that they are one-of-a-kind individuals who are original, creative, and intelligent. Those with Aquarius rising are fun-loving, people-oriented, and friendly, in a detached way. They are also modest and don't like to draw attention to themselves.

Most are seen as:

  • Eccentric
  • Unique
  • Idealistic
  • Progressive
  • Tolerant

Unique but Not Rare

Those with Aquarius rising can seem like one-of-a-kind, so it's a rare rising sign to spot. However, every day for two hours, Aquarius is on the rise. So while having Aquarius rising makes for a unique and original individual, having Aquarius rising is not rare.

Aquarius Rising and the Sun Signs

If your rising sign is Aquarius, it means that at first glance, people feel and see the influence of Aquarius in your outward appearance and mannerisms. This may be complementary or different from your inner self, which is defined by your Sun sign.

Aries Sun

Those with an Aries Sun are confident, direct, straightforward, and uncomplicated. Combining this with Aquarius rising often produces an individual whose motto could be "All for one and one for all."

Taurus Sun

Those with a Taurus Sun are slow, dependable, and steady. Combining a Taurus Sun with Aquarius rising can produce an inveterate individualist and a practical idealist, whose idealistic view of the world is unshakable.

Gemini Sun

Those with a Gemini Sun are friendly, fun, talkative, and witty. Combining that with Aquarius rising produces an individual who is magnetic, quick-witted, and has no problem selling their idealistic thoughts and ideas to others.

Cancer Sun

Those with a Cancer Sun want roots, a connection to the past, and consistency. Combining this with a futuristic Aquarius rising produces an individual who is a bit unfathomable. This is an individual who wears the mask of an idealist, but clings to past and guards the status quo.

Leo Sun

Those with a Leo Sun want to stand out in a crowd and be seen as special, but with an Aquarius Ascendant, they're hesitant to draw attention to themselves and prefer to be seen as an ordinary guy or gal. This creates an outward appearance that contradicts what their inner-self wants.

Virgo Sun

Those with a Virgo Sun mistrust unrealistic stands and unproven theories, while Aquarius rising projects to others the image of a nonconformist who questions well-established values and facts. This means that it's only when people get to know the person that their Virgo traits become apparent.

Libra Sun

Those with a Libra Sun are charming, social, and don't like to rock the boat. However, with Aquarius rising, they can come across as independent individuals who display curt and eccentric mannerisms that clash with their desire for close personal relationships.

Scorpio Sun

Those with a Scorpio Sun are suspicious and have an instinctive distrust of unknown people and a fixed attachment to those they love. However, with Aquarius rising, they can come across as an optimistic and eccentric person who is friendly, curious about everything and everyone and tolerant of all.

Sagittarius Sun

Those with the Sun in Sagittarius and Aquarius rising are never content with the status quo or with mundane routines. They are open-minded, tolerant, communicative, and can easily charm and attract the support they need.

Capricorn Sun

Those with a Capricorn Sun and an Aquarius Ascendant are communicative, sociable, offbeat, and cynical. They have universal aspirations, are open to anything new and edgy, and display a benevolence that attracts others to them. They are genuinely interested in the futuristic or eccentric ideas but are also impervious to the influence of others.

Aquarius Sun

Those with an Aquarius Sun and Aquarius rising are twice an Aquarian. They wear no mask. What you see is what you get. They are impassive and impersonal geniuses, revolutionaries, and freedom-lovers. They are serious but eccentric and can react in weird ways.

Pisces Sun

Those with a Pisces Sun and Aquarius rising seem to focus on the positive aspects of things and be blinded by their optimism. They are generous, devoid of ulterior motives, and eager to fulfill their ideals, which they often consider transcendent and visionary.

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Celebrities With Aquarius Rising

All eminent individuals and celebrities with Aquarius rising are or were, in one way or another, original, unique, or a bit eccentric.

  • Thomas Jefferson: Aquarius rising, Aries Sun
  • Karl Marx: Aquarius rising, Sun in Taurus
  • Michael J. Fox: Aquarius rising, Sun in Gemini
  • Willem Dafoe: Aquarius rising, Cancer Sun
  • Barack Obama: Aquarius rising, Leo Sun
  • Amy Poehler: Aquarius rising, Virgo Sun
  • Matt Damon: Aquarius rising, Libra Sun
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Aquarius rising, Scorpio Sun
  • Jim Morrison Aquarius rising, Sagittarius Sun
  • Orlando Bloom: Aquarius rising, Capricorn Sun
  • Gene Hackman: Aquarius Rising, Aquarius Sun
  • Steve Irwin: Aquarius rising, Sun in Pisces

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in the Birth Chart

With Aquarius rising, Uranus is the ruler of your chart. This makes Uranus' sign, as well as the house it occupies, crucial for someone with Aquarius on the Ascendant. However, due to the amount of time Uranus spends in each sign, it's house placement in a birth chart is more personally relevant for those with Aquarius rising.

Uranus As Chart ruler

In everyone's chart, the house where Uranus is located indicates an area of life that is often unstable and unpredictable. However, for a person with Aquarius rising, this is the area of life (house) in which their Aquarius rising traits are most easily expressed. They are also likely to take up a social cause related to this area of life.

Aquarius Rising and Relationships

Those with Aquarius rising have Leo on their Descendant or seventh house cusp. With Leo on the house of marriage and the qualities you look for in a significant other, Aquarius rising is looking for a bright and shining star. They're attracted to a naturally classy person, who has style and stands out as special. Without that sort of charisma, those with Aquarius rising are not likely to be attracted. However, once they have found their bright and shining star, the relationship will be based on mutual love, generosity, romance, and loyalty.

The Rebel Rising Sign

Everyone with Aquarius rising is, in one way or another, seen as a rebel. They could be seen as a rebel without a chase, a rebel with a cause, or they could be seen as someone who rebels against change. They are an individual who would, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, "step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." How easy or difficult it will be for those with Aquarius rising to express their rebelliousness and where and how it will manifest, depends on their entire birth chart.

Aquarius Ascendant Traits and Meaning