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The Ascendant or Rising sign is how is named the sign that is appearing on the eastern horizon during the time of birth of an individual. Having a Gemini Ascendant means that during your birth, the sign of Gemini was rising from above the ground, the same way that the Sun rises. People who have Gemini as their rising sign, have Mercury (Gemini’s ruling planet) as their overall chart ruler.
Our Rising Sign is a very important astrological parameter, even though many theories are proposed by different astrologers and astrological systems. Still, most agree that the Ascendant defines our body and physical characteristics, and is playing a strong role in the development of our character. This is quite natural, as the 1st house (the Ascendant being on its cusp) is responsible for our ego, self-perception and behavior. We should keep in mind, that when the Ascendant is at the beginning of a sign, the sign’s traits are more potent than when it is placed at its end. When the next sign occupies the biggest part of the 1st house, it naturally gives a lot of its traits to the native’s character and even body. If your Ascendant is at the last degrees of a sign, you can consider the next sign as a co-ascendant. Many people though, experience the next sign to behave as the Rising sign a lot more than the one that is actually rising.
Before we continue with the traits that the sign grants, we should mention that depending on the geographical latitude, each sign needs slightly different time to ascend. If we are born near the equator, the differences are hardly visible. Yet, the closer we are born to any of the two poles, the better the differences between signs can be visible. This is also the reason why people born in rather extreme northern or southern latitudes can experience rather strange natal charts, with some houses being huge while some others quite small. As always, we propose to our readers to use the Placidus system in calculating their houses, because we find it to function better both on our own charts and on the charts of other people that we have analyzed. In the northern hemisphere, Gemini is rising a little bit faster than the average of the signs. When someone is born at 50 degrees Northern latitude, the sign will need one hour and 50 minutes to rise fully. At a city placed at 60 degrees Northern latitude, the sign will need around one hour and 25 minutes. Thus, a person born on the Northern hemisphere has statistically fewer possibilities to have a Gemini Ascendant, when the average time a sign needs to ascend is two hours.
As we already mentioned, individuals with a Gemini Ascendant will have the planet Mercury as their chart ruler. The planet of intelligence and communication will be very important in their lives, and also strongly connected with their physical body, vitality and appearance. Their body and self will be affected not only by transits of planets through their Ascendant, but also by transits to Mercury. In addition, natal aspects of other planets to Mercury, while also its location in a particular house, will play an important role. People with Gemini rising must take care to empower their Mercury in healthy ways, as its functions will always have a positive or negative effect overall on their chart, touching all their life areas.
Having Gemini as your Ascendant feels like having Mercury in your 1st house. Such individuals will always prefer their intellect over their appearance. They feel they are a brain, rather than a body. This is quite natural, as the planet-messenger enhances all their abilities connected with thought, thus slightly diminishing the role of their physical self. Such individuals usually talk very quickly, and speak in a higher pitch of voice than others. Their body movements are also faster than the average, and include a lot of gesticulation in their expressions. Of course, Gemini makes them speak a lot and absorb big amounts of information, which they naturally reproduce. They have a strong curiosity about nearly everything, which usually makes them quite educated. They are social butterflies, always involved in some type of correspondence with others. Gemini Rising people need a constant flow of information and data to not get bored, and there is nothing better for them than socializing with a wide spectrum of people.
As a body, they usually have a slightly narrow face with eyes smaller than the average. Individuals with the Ascendant falling in the first degrees of Gemini may have problems with their eyesight and wear glasses. The reason is the presence of the Pleiades cluster at those first degrees, which is detrimental for one’s eyes. Their height is usually average, and the figure normal. Sometimes, the limbs can be slightly longer. Of course, this is just a tendency; keep in mind that an individual’s appearance is also influenced by a lot of other parameters, as for example planets near the Ascendant and especially in the 1st house.
As Mercury is the planet mostly responsible for one’s expression, Gemini Ascendant people indeed use their whole existence for radiating their thoughts. Every body part, every small muscle of their body and face will (usually automatically and unconsciously) transfer information. Such people will find it difficult to hide their emotions or keep a poker face as a mask. They do not have some real control over their body, as they perceive themselves as being a mind, controlling the body as a vessel, as a bio-robot. In addition, the dual nature of Gemini, combined with the hermaphrodite nature of Mercury may make them feel as genderless souls. In their relationships, this will definitely make them sapiosexual, getting attracted to the mind more than the body of another individual. In other occasions, it might lower the libido and draw them towards more platonic relations. In any case, when it comes to their connection to other people, mind and communication certainly are of greater importance than the body and more animalistic urges.
Gemini Rising people are not famous for having the most robust bodies. During their lives, they usually dedicate a lot more time in expanding their knowledge than exercising their body. On the other hand, their indifference towards material pleasures such as food will usually keep them slim. It is the nervous system that a Gemini Ascendant person should be careful to not disturb. Their rapid patterns of thought can bring anxiety, sleep disorders and other mental dysfunctions. Gemini, as a sign, rules our lungs, arms and of course the brain. This makes them become the weak spots of a Gemini Rising person, especially during difficult transits of planets to the native’s Ascendant (or to natal planets near the Ascendant). Such people may experience problems with asthma or other respiratory diseases. Naturally, psycho-somatic issues can arise through over-thinking or even self-suggestion. If you have a Gemini Ascendant, know that you can easily make yourself sick or heal yourself through your own mind. Sometimes, the real problem will be the idea behind an illness, and not the illness itself. Needless to say that Gemini (while also Virgo, in an even higher number) will create hypochondriacs. In any case, make sure that you give your mind the necessary amount of rest from information, in order to keep it healthy. This will definitely also have a positive effect on your body.
Gemini is the natural ruler of the 3rd house, connected with communication, expression, short travels and how we interconnect with the world around us. People with a Gemini Ascendant will love being surrounded by books, spending their time discovering their surroundings and getting to know new people. They usually are quite extroverted and friendly, which in some occasions can even lead to nosiness. Their mind is structured in a rather complex pattern, which can, of course, be both a blessing and a curse. If they organize it well, they can become great multi-taskers. If not, they can become a chaotic wave of discord, starting multiple projects, creating a mess from them, getting bored and jumping to new ones.
Gemini Ascendant individuals can be literally addicted to information, fanatically browsing news websites and blogs, reading all types of newspapers and even stuff as the ingredients of all products. Such people should learn to discriminate useful information from trivial data that can pile up in their mind and turn it to a data dump-hole. The sooner such an individual learns to filter what is worthy and what is not, the better he will be able to evolve towards being wise, even become a walking encyclopedia!
Always have in mind that any planet located near the Ascendant point will definitely alter both the physical appearance and the characteristics of the native. We could say that it will have the strongest influence on the Ascendant if placed in the first 10 degrees of the first house, while also the last 5 degrees of the 12th house. The planet’s energies blend with the Ascendant ones; we can imagine the sign as a canvas while the planet as the paint that will create the unique picture of the individual. Of course, it is possible to have more than one planet (or astrological point/asteroid) in conjunction with the ascendant – furthermore complicating the big picture. To better understand your body, your Ego and how they function, you should analyze all those planetary influences. This is why knowing your Ascendant does not necessarily mean jumping to correct conclusions about your life.
You can use our free natal chart generator, in order to understand better not only your Rising Sign but also any possible planets that are present near it. Also, do not forget to pay attention to your natal Mercury placement, so that you discover the functions of your chart ruler and how it will affect your life and priorities. Finally, do not forget to read the article about natal Mercury in the 1st house, as it has many similarities to having Gemini as your Ascendant.