Dear Madame Zolonga,
What if I don’t feel like my Rising Sign? I’ve read about this in a few articles, and honestly don’t feel like the Sagittarius rising I’m supposed to be. For one, I’m not a bit horsey, and for another, I’d rather spend the day at home with my pottery wheel than trekking across the Himalayas. I’m not into roughing it. So what’s up?
Not Rosey with my Rising
This may not be A Thing any longer, but back in the day brides everywhere were gifted with cookbooks as they set up their first home with Lovey. We can assume the primary reason was so that Lovey and Co. would not starve that first year from too many pots of burnt beans.
The implication, of course, was that young couples and folks just starting out need step-by-step advice for assembling food that should, at a minimum, end up palatable on the plate. Refinements like presentation could come around Year 3, after they’d mastered the basics of basting.
And this is how most basic astrology books work, as well. They’re set up so that, at a minimum, you grasp a few facts and don’t burn your beans. In astro-lingo we call them ‘cookbooks’ because dozens of ingredients (the planets and signs, etc.) are separated out for you. Some cookbooks even show you how to blend flavors. Like in real cooking, no one becomes a 5-star Michelin-rated chef from two classes on knife work. Right? Neither will anyone fully comprehend astrology from a basic cookbook. But food, like nature, is a universal experience and benefits from a little playfulness. So play with your food. Or planets.
You say you don’t feel like the descriptions of your Rising Sign. Let’s play with that idea. You are, firstly, yourself and not a description in a book. How, then, do you describe yourself? Why not look to yourself, first? Make a few simple lists. How do you like to greet others? What do you surround yourself with that you feel represents you? What colors dominate your closet and shelves? And my favorite — what’s usually your first instinct when you wake in the morning? What’s on your mind?
Some of this will correspond with the cookbook definition. What about the parts that don’t? This is where planetary rulerships help. All zodiacal signs have ‘rulers’ or ambassador planets. For Sagittarius rising, your rising sign’s ruling planet is Jupiter.
If Jupiter sits in your 4th house, which represents home, you may find that you express your rising sign at home and in the style of the sign of your Jupiter. Why? Because that’s where your Jupiter is doing business. The rising sign always wants to know where its ruling planet is working. It wants to express itself through that planet.
In your case, the sign on the cusp of your 4th house is likely Pisces — a creative sign at ease with molding and shaping materials from one form into another. Do you have Jupiter in Pisces? That sounds like pottery to me. You may feel the power of Pisces as easily as the strength of Sagittarius.
Go back and read Pisces rising and Jupiter in Pisces as well in your astrology ‘cookbook’. Play with those ideas. I find when I ask about this, clients say acquaintances often assume they are the sign where their rising sign’s ruling planet resides. Do your casual acquaintances peg you for a Pisces? Possibly!
Consider your question like this. Many of us who moved away from home and set up a life elsewhere take on the trappings and attitude of our adopted new digs. We adapt — or don’t! You may be hustling as a hotshot in NYC, loathe to admit you’re from Kenosha. Planets work like that, too. If you don’t ‘feel’ like the description of your rising sign, then go find its ruling planet and see what’s happening there! Is it comfortable where it’s working? Are the surroundings friendly or fierce?
So many questions! I could ask more. But you’ve got enough here to start your exploration. Don’t be held back by a simple formula. Get a rise outta your rising sign: crack open that astro-cookbook and play with your planets!
— Madame Z