I’ve been musing on rising signs this morning, and how they affect whether you are a “morning person” or a night owl. I am decidedly a night owl, as are many other Mutable ascendants I know (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).
But why is that? And why are Cardinal ascendants (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) generally morning people? I think it’s because Cardinal risings are used to seizing situations because they like initiating, and that starts with waking up in the morning. These are people that enjoy the phrase, “the early bird gets the worm” 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 tend to be a bit 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 say in it, they probably won’t be in that role for long because they truly dislike being subservient!
On the other hand, Mutable risings are used to going with the flow. We are much more comfortable seeing where the day takes us, rather than trying to force anything, because our strength lies in our adaptability to outside situations. Our energy ebbs and flows, and we thrive on frequent change and fluctuation, but aren’t great when left to our own devices! Mutable risings do the worst in a predictable schedule, and will often unconsciously act out just to break up the monotony if forced into one. And although we have varied reasons, I’ve noticed all Mutable signs love to stay up at night! Sag likes to party, Gemini is doing 50 things at once, Pisces has lost track of the time, and Virgo? I don’t know what Virgo is doing (probably stuck in a good book or watching an informative TV show!), but they will still be on time to work tomorrow, and with a pressed shirt.
Fixed ascendants (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are the ones who like 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. They have to be able to sink their teeth into a regimen, so 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. These people are your reliable 9-5ers (even Aquarius, who just to be different works 9pm to 5am!), and tend to do the worst in a fluctuating schedule or with last-minute adjustments. They are kind of like the Sheldon Coopers of the Zodiac! If long term goals require it, they will put up with flex schedule (such as an RN might), they just don’t bounce back from sleep-routine upsets very easily.
The tendencies described above are notwithstanding planets that aspect the ascendant. For example, I know a Mutable rising with Saturn conjunct his ascendant. He does really well on an even schedule, because when he doesn’t have one he’s a mess! A stellium in your chart can also alter how your rising sign acts, because it’s like a black hole, unless you have oppositions to balance it out. 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 than usual, but your energy will also be more sustainable.
Hope this article helps to explain a bit about why you are more of a morning person, a night owl, or somewhere in-between! 🙂