Your Rising Sign: Your Soul Purpose

Artwork: “Feathered Friends” by Josephine Wall

Your soul is indicated by your Rising sign (Ascendant). This is the sign that was rising on the horizon at the time of your birth and, as the dawn of your life, it is considered by soul-centered astrologers to be the most important sign in astrology, precisely because it indicates your soul’s path, purpose and expression.

“The soul is the reality lying behind the persona, the mask of the soul. It is the soul or higher self that comes first, as does the Rising sign. The Rising sign, the soul and the soul’s purpose are therefore one and the same”

– Errol Weiner, Transpersonal Astrology

The soul is on an unfolding journey in which it eventually passes through each sign. The soul’s journey through the 12 signs of the Zodiac is described by the Tibetan Master in Alice Bailey’s “The Labours of Hercules: an astrological interpretation“. At each ‘stage’ we can see that the soul is growing and developing. Some astrologers suggest that the soul spends up to eight incarnations in each sign, in which case we can see that it would take the soul up to 84 incarnations to complete one cycle through the Zodiac. It’s not a simple linear progression from A to B, the soul’s journey is more complex than that, but for our current level of understanding it’s a good analogy. 

Your Rising sign can give you a sense of what your soul has come to do in this lifetime…

continue reading for a description of the soul purpose of each sign.


Ruth Hadikin is a Soul Path Coach, Author and Soul Astrologer.

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