The rising sign, or ascendant assembles our public personality. This is how others see us. It’s the “us” that we may change to please others. It’s the mask we wear with everyone, excepting the closest few we love. So, what does the Ascendant express? It tells of missions, visions, interests, ego and talents.
The ASC line packs a potent punch to the natal chart no matter the sign. While some signs like Scorpio are known to take over all together. Your rising sign makes up your appearance, reactions and social mannerisms. It’s the YOU that, you should be true to.
Now, 12 Alan Wilson Watts quotes for your soul. He was a Sagittarius rising, obviously, a metaphysical writer almost must be.
Aries // The only Zen you’ll find on mountain tops is the Zen you bring up there with you.
Taurus // Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
Gemini // We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.
Cancer // I owe my solitude to other people.
Leo // Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.
Virgo // It is obvious that the only interesting people are interested people, and to be completely interested is to have forgotten about “I”.
Libra // You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.
Scorpio // We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
Sagittarius // We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.
Capricorn // This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
Aquarius // You have got to let go and let it happen.
Pisces // The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.