I’ve been thinking about how your rising sign determines when you get out of bed, this morning. I am decidedly a night owl, as are many other Mutable ascendants (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) I know.
Why is that? And why are Cardinal ascendants (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) morning people? I think it’s because they are used to being the initiators. These are the annoying “early bird gets the worm” people, but for good reason because their energy is highest fresh out of bed, and wanes as the day goes on. Also, I’ve noticed they like to manage their own schedules, because they are bossy and don’t want someone else dictating to them. If they are in a position to have a schedule made for them with no real say in it, they probably won’t be in that role for long.
On the other hand, us Mutable rising like to go with the flow. We are much more comfortable seeing where the day takes us because our strength lies in our adaptability to situations. Our energy ebbs and flows, and so we actually thrive on frequent change and fluctuation, but aren’t great when left to our own devices. Mutable risings seem to do the worst in a predictable schedule and unconsciously act out to break up the monotony if forced into one.
Fixed ascendants (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) seem to need a set routine. These are the people that could either take an early shift OR a night shift, but it has to be a consistent schedule. Their energy remains fairly even throughout the day. Although comfortable working for either themselves or others, and little things generally don’t bother them, they give the most pushback of all rising signs when it comes to major transition. They are kind of like the Sheldon Coopers of the Zodiac!
Note, the above tendencies fluctuate depending on ruling planet (the ruler of the Ascendant), and rising planets close to the ascendant….I know a Virgo rising with Saturn conjunct his ascendant who absolutely needs a set schedule because he is a mess without one. And if you have an extremely uneven distribution of planets, it can affect your rising sign’s expression. For example, if you have 7 planets in Fixed signs, your Cardinal rising may be a bit more stick-in-the-mud but your energy will also be more sustainable.