How Your Rising Sign Affects Your Relationships

Rising sign compatibility is key to successful relationships.

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Your Rising sign, also called the Ascendant, represents how the world sees you. It's often the first impression you leave on people, so Rising sign compatibility plays a key role in what types of people you attract into your life.

While many people will measure Sun sign compatibility as the be-all and end-all, it is the Rising sign that can give you some powerful clues as to what you truly need and are looking for in a partner. There are still other powerful placements and planets, but to get an overall idea, the Rising sign can bring some nice revelations.


When you become familiar with your house of partnerships, also known as the Descendant, located in the 7th house, you will be more aware of your compatibility with someone. The Rising is only the beginning of the big astrological puzzle, but important nonetheless.

Rising sign compatibility

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Aries Rising

As a Mars-ruled sign, they can attract a lot of pioneering people. Aries like to be the first and their ambitions rival that of a Capricorn.

Best Aries Rising compatibility: Libra, Leo, and Sagittarius

Aries is not afraid to go after what they want. With all of the power that Aries channels, their Descendant is ruled by Libra, a Venusian sign. Libra is their best match and they can teach Aries how to tone things down a bit and exercise some diplomacy on occasion.

Aries Risings have great compatibility with Fire Risings and Air Risings, especially Leo and Sagittarius since they bring out romantic and adventurous energy.

Worst Aries Rising compatibility: Pisces and Virgo


Aries may clash with Water and Earth Risings. The most challenging signs are Pisces and Virgo since Aries can be too selfish for the self-sacrificing Pisces. Virgo's criticisms could bruise their egos a bit, which can create some conflicts if communication is lacking.

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Taurus Rising

Taurus Risings enjoy the lovely things in life and would opt to take things slow. Taurus needs to move and do things at their own pace. Creating greatness takes time for them, so they need a partner who understands that. Taurus Risings need to trust their partner to build a powerful connection.

Best Taurus Rising compatibility: Scorpio, Capricorn, and Virgo


A supportive Scorpio Rising is their most compatible sign since it rules their 7th house. The intensity that Scorpio brings to the table can be matched with Capricorn and Virgo, also fellow earth signs.

Worst Taurus Rising compatibility: Aries and Libra

Challenging romantic signs are Aries and Libras since they can make the Taurus feel rushed and not grounded. Libra can be impatient and too detached for Taurus, making this connection fizzle over time. A relationship fueled by the impulsiveness and bold nature of Aries might frustrate the Taurus Rising.

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Gemini Rising

Geminis love to communicate and enjoy adventures. They love networking because it makes them feel in their element. Entertaining others comes naturally for Geminis because they are witty and sharp.


Best Gemini Rising compatibility: Sagittarius, Libra, and Aquarius

Sagittarius rules their 7th house of relationships and they can feel like soulmates. Sagittarius Risings bring a good balance to Gemini and allow them to explore new topics as well as travel to new places together. This is a partnership where both can freely communicate about anything they want. Other compatible matches are Libra and Aquarius.

Worst Gemini Rising compatibility: Taurus and Scorpio

Challenging signs are Taurus and Scorpios because of Gemini’s mutable energy, this could present problems for fixed signs like Taurus and Scorpios, who need partners that are more reliable and devoted to them to make them feel comfortable. Gemini’s free spirit might make them feel insecure in a relationship.


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Cancer Rising

This is a Rising sign that is very caring and protective with the people they love. The energy they give to others is essentially what they would want to receive from a nurturing and protective partner.

Best Cancer Rising compatibility: Capricorn, Pisces, and Scorpio

Capricorn rules their 7th house, so it makes sense that they can be the providers for them. Cancers and Capricorns beautifully balance one another and bring out the best in each other when they are together. Other lovely matches include Pisces and Scorpio, two intense water signs that will grant Cancer the emotional support they crave from a partner.


Worst Cancer Rising compatibility: Gemini and Sagittarius

Difficult matches for this sign are Gemini and Sagittarius Rising. Sagittarius is very independent and might put more of a priority on themselves than on their partners. Cancer might seek an emotional connection with Gemini, but it will take a lot of communication and work to form a strong bond.

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Leo Rising

Leo Risings bring dynamic energy with their confidence and presence. Ruled by the sun, they can liven up any event and are great hype people because that optimistic energy makes others feel radiant.

Best Leo Rising compatibility: Aquarius, Aries, and Sagittarius


The best match is Aquarius Rising since this is the sign located in their 7th house. Other excellent matches are Aries and Sagittarius risings since they share that fire energy and will bring some good balance and understanding. Fire signs find Leos alluring because of their powerful and enticing energy.

Worst Leo Rising compatibility: Cancer and Capricorn

Challenging signs are Cancer and Capricorn. Because of Leo’s playfulness and arrogance, Cancer might not be too enthused with them at times. Capricorn Risings will be too cold and rigid for the fiery Leo energy. It will take time for the Saturn-ruled Rising to warm up to this sign. 

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Virgo Rising

The Virgo Rising is on a mission to be better. They will come across as reserved and intellectual to others because they know how to carry themselves in public.

Best Virgo Rising compatibility: Pisces, Taurus, and Capricorn

There is a mystery to Virgo Risings and Pisces Rising partners can see right through the cool and calm demeanor. The sign of Pisces is on their 7th house cusp, Jupiter ruling their Descendant. While Virgos might seem controlled, they enjoy the passionate and emotional nature of a Pisces Rising. Pisces brings them out of their shell and allows Virgo to express themselves with more freedom. Enticing matches also include Taurus and Capricorn, fellow earth signs.

Worst Virgo Rising compatibility: Leo and Aquarius


The most challenging signs are Leos and Aquarius Risings. Although Virgo can learn a lot about their worth and receive an ego boost from Leo, they might have conflicting views leading to disagreements. Their relationship with Aquarius will be driven too much by logic and not enough emotion. 

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Libra Rising

Venus-ruled Libra loves to be the center of attention and does not hide away from the spotlight. This sign can fit in just about anywhere. Libra Rising will usually be surrounded by influential people. They understand how to charm most people, which usually makes them popular.

Best Libra Rising compatibility: Aries, Gemini, and Aquarius


Mars rules their 7th house, so they enjoy the energy from Aries, which is their most compatible sign. Libras can also make meaningful connections with fellow air signs, Gemini and Aquarius.

Worst Libra Rising compatibility: Virgo and Pisces

Virgos and Pisces make the most challenging connections with them. Virgo might be too critical of Libra. As an air sign, Libra Rising can detach emotionally, which could create problems in a relationship with a Pisces Rising.

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Scorpio Rising

Lovely Scorpios are powerful and competitive people that are not afraid to go after what they want.

Best Scorpio Rising compatibility: Taurus, Cancer, and Pisces


The Mars-ruled Rising wants to have someone they can rely on and depend on, which is why Taurus Risings are the perfect match. Taurus rules their 7th house and other good pairs for this sign are Cancers and Pisces risings.

Worst Scorpio Rising compatibility: Libra and Aries

Scorpios do not like superficial connections; they need a partner that can emulate that. They need to have trusting and supportive partners. The least compatible signs are Libra and Aries Risings. Aries might present a nice challenge in the beginning but they can get exhausted by them since they will clash. Libra might be alluring to them, but it will be tough to trust them if they do not open up emotionally to Scorpio.

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Sagittarius Rising

Sagittarius is a powerhouse Rising sign. The archer is a teacher and philosopher who would like to find a partner that can spark up their enthusiasm for adventure and learning.

Best Sagittarius Rising compatibility: Gemini, Aries, and Leo

The most compatible sign is Gemini since it rules their 7th house. Gemini is a sign that loves to communicate and will give Sagittarius the intellectual stimulation they desire. Other compatible matches are Aries and Leo. Fire energy combined brings positive energy, and intense passion and adds more opportunities for creativity and adventure.

Worst Sagittarius Rising compatibility: Libra and Aries


The least compatible signs are Scorpio and Taurus. Sagittarius is too much of an individualist for them to keep up with and things can get shaky when Scorpio and Taurus can't establish trust with their partners.

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Capricorn Rising

Capricorns are the providers and protectors. They have steady long-term goals and they would love to have someone who can support them on their journey to becoming CEO.

Best Capricorn Rising compatibility: Cancer, Taurus, and Virgo


Most compatible with them is Cancer, which rules their 7th house since this sign can give them the care and deep love they desire. Cancer can help them plan for the long term to build a future together. Another good pair is Taurus and Virgo because they are all in the same element and understand each other emotionally.

Worst Capricorn Rising compatibility: Sagittarius and Gemini

Complex pairings include Sagittarius and Gemini risings. Gemini could fuel Capricorn's insecurities by not being grounded enough for them. Sagittarius is free-spirited and will find Capricorn too suffocating.

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Aquarius Rising

The imaginative and unique Aquarius Rising is someone that wants to leave their mark in the world. This is a Rising that is focused on making meaningful changes in society for the long term.

Best Aquarius Rising compatibility: Leo, Gemini, and Libra

Located in their 7th house of relationships is Leo. While Aquarius is a sign relating to the collective, a Leo Rising will allow them to bring out their individuality, show them new perspectives, and help them shine brighter than ever. These two work best together because they will have similar goals and will be caring, sympathetic, and reassuring to one another. Gemini and Libra risings make great compatible signs since they are in the same element.

Worst Aquarius Rising compatibility: Cancer and Capricorn


Challenging signs are Cancer and Capricorn because these signs will be focused on building for the long term. Aquarius needs a rebellious partner that wants to be part of their journey and is a revolutionary like them.

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Pisces Rising

The emotionally intelligent Pisces Rising is imaginative, creative, and loves to help others. Love for them is sacred and wonderful. Having a partner that can fulfill their emotional desires will make them feel secure in a relationship.

Best Pisces Rising compatibility: Virgo, Cancer, and Scorpio

Virgo Risings are their soulmate match since the sign rules their 7th house. While Virgo can seem emotionally detached, Pisces works magic by making them connect with their emotions. They can also help Virgos feel more confident and less critical about themselves. Cancers and Scorpios make great partners since they are in the same water element.


Worst Pisces Rising compatibility: Leo and Aquarius

Challenging matches include Leo and Aquarius. These two signs are more ego-driven while Pisces is not. They can learn from each other but that emotional connection will be hard to establish without a lot of input, communication, and trust.

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A.T. Nunez is an Afro-Latina Astrologer and philosopher living in NYC. She is passionate about astrology and aims to continue writing more about stargazing in the future.