Do you know your ‘rising sign’ (and what it says about you)?

You're pretty much an expert on your sign by now (heck, you even know what kind of dog you should get according to the zodiac). But do you have any clue what your "rising sign" is? Astrologically speaking, it's whichever constellation popped up over the eastern horizon at the time and place of your birth. Also referred to as your your "ascendant," it indicates the face you project to the world and the first impression you give others (your social mask as opposed to your true zodiac self). Basically, it's what enables a hyper-serious Capricorn gal to let loose like a madwoman at happy hour or a flighty Gemini to work so hard on her pulled-together appearance.

Scroll through to see what your rising sign says about you:

What your rising sign says about you
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What your rising sign says about you
Aquarius Rising
You say that every night was “the best night ever” and every wedding “was the most beautiful you’ve ever attended.” Your optimism is your most endearing quality, and even if it’s insincere at times, it’s how you want to be known. (The white tie wedding was tacky and you know it, but who needs the bad juju from saying so?)
Pisces Rising
You always profess being up for anything (when in reality, you often feel strongly that you don’t actually want Mexican food that night). Adaptability and sensitivity toward others’ needs are important to you, sometimes to your own neglect.
Aries Rising
You come on strong at first, oozing self-confidence and assurance, especially when meeting new people. Your dominating energy is your social armor, and you wear it well.
Taurus Rising
Your front is grounded, levelheaded and rather pulled together. You always offer the voice of reason...but you don’t always practice what you preach. (Think: telling your friend she needs to take a stand with her S.O., then not doing the same thing yourself.)

Gemini Rising
You come off as hilarious, optimistic and an all-around chatterbox. But while you’re often the one organizing the Saturday night plans, in reality, you’d probably prefer to stay on your couch like a silent recluse. You can’t help it: Social butterfly-ism is your natural instinct.

Cancer Rising
You exude warmth, kindness and a gentle disposition to everyone you meet. While you can appear shy at times, you’ve literally never made a bad first impression. In truth, you probably have a fair share of darkness lurking beneath the surface, but you’ll be damned if you share it with others.
Leo Rising
You’re an incredibly effective communicator: articulate, emotive and all-around dynamic. Your jokes steal the show and your storytelling skills are revered by many. You may not be a lioness in the typical sense, but socially, you’re the queen of the jungle.
Virgo Rising
Your instinct is to sit back, observe and analyze in unfamiliar social situations. While it can come off as cold at first, anyone who takes the time to chat with you one-on-one will be lucky enough to learn how warm and wonderful you are beneath the facade.
Libra Rising
You shine brightest in social gatherings and have a genuine gift for making others feel special, too. Inquisitive, inclusive and effusively positive, it’s like a damn light bulb goes on when you walk into a room. As for your dragon lady tendencies? You reserve those for a select few.
Scorpio Rising
You generally retreat in new social encounters, opting to put up a cool girl, lady of mystery front, even if you do so subconsciously. “Don’t let ’em in until they’ve earned it” is your tried-and-true philosophy…and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Sagittarius Rising
While you’re exceedingly kind, you tend to lay the humor and opinions on thick when making a first impression, and you’re often blunt to the point of scandal. Some people can be rubbed the wrong way by this, but you don’t want to hang out with those judgy, snoozy folks anyway.
Capricorn Rising
You project utter organization and attention to detail, from your meticulously groomed public appearance, to your hyper-organized planning skills. The hilarious thing is, you’re happiest in your sweatpants with no set agenda to speak of.

Curious about your own rising sign? Use a calculator (like this one) to plug in your birth date, time and location, and then consult the cheat sheet below to find out which of your own social behaviors it's responsible for.

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What the Stars Say About Your Diet

Your horoscope may label you as a stubborn person, a decision-maker, one who can keep cool under pressure or a wild child. So it got us wondering: if your horoscope can indicate things about your personality, want can it say about your diet and your health?

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

As fire signs, Aries are driven people who are often prone to headaches and sinus infections. Watch the role your diet plays in your health.

“You often neglect your nutritional needs by yo-yo or extreme dieting,” says Dixon-Cooper, who notes Aries can be impatient and often look for quick results like fad diets.

Denise Baron of suggests that Aries cut down on spicy foods and look for more balance. She suggests drinking cooling herb teas and eating eggs, pomegranates and green vegetables.

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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

This sign, represented by a bull, can be indulgent.

“You’re likely to overdo it on the wine and chocolate or other comfort foods,” says Chauran. “This is because food is one of the great pleasures in life, and a Taurus knows how to appreciate a good life. You may be quite stubborn about trying new foods or, worse still, modifying your favorite foods so that they’re more healthy.”

In a nod to the sign’s love of comfort and security, Dixon-Cooper says a Taurus may enjoy “home-style cooking and plenty of leftovers.”

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Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

“This is a social sign who needs a community or desires to eat with people — coworker, family or friend,” says Baron. “They eat on the go: take-out or order out or go out to eat often.”

A wide variety of foods appeal to “twin sign” Geminis. Geminis need to rest more and take breaks, including chewing more slowly.

“You have so much nervous energy that you can find it hard to sit still or be quiet long enough to fully enjoy a meal,” explains Dixon-Cooper.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

People under the Cancer sign are loyal to their favorite foods.

“You are very slow to make changes in your diet,” says Chauran. “A Cancer may relate to favorite foods as if they were important characters in their lives, so good luck trying to get a Cancer to give up a favorite meal that may not be healthy.”

Since people with this sign easily change their moods, sticking to a set grocery list or buying one fixed list of ingredients for a set meal can be a challenge.

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Leo (July 23 – August 22)

“You love luxury, like eating at five-star restaurants, as often as possible,” says Dixon-Cooper of the Leo sign.

Buying organic produce or splurging on extras is worth it for Leos who value the good life.

Still, Leos can be “very impulsive,” which Dixon-Cooper says may result in too many “spontaneous ‘cheat meal’ days if on a diet.”

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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgos have the tendency to watch their calories. That can be good for controlling weight, but it can become a burden if it turns into an obsession with food.

“Be careful about overthinking food,” says Chauran. “Virgos can easily go down a rabbit hole of deciding which foods are ‘bad’ and which foods are ‘good’ and forgetting about the joy and nourishment of it all.”

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Libra (September 23 – October 22)

If you’re a Libra, you like to be the center of the action.

“You’re a social butterfly and love grazing at cocktail parties or sharing ideas over dinner with your closest friends,” says Dixon-Cooper, who reminds those under the sign to drink lots of water and fresh juices to stay toxin-free.

Make sure you eat, though: often Libras will skip dinner if it means they have to eat alone.

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

The Scorpio, associated with the scorpion, is very precise.

Chauran says people in this sign hate “not knowing what’s in a meal, because he or she likes to have control over the experience in order to have a good time.”

Scorpios can be adventurous eaters, which is a good thing, but they’re also easily frustrated by foods and recipes that don’t meet their expectations.

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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

There’s a reason Sagittarius love eating at buffets!

“Everything is larger-than-life with your sign — including cooking a feast for 20 of your closest friends,” says Dixon-Cooper, who notes buffets offer the opportunity for people in this sign to “sample everything the restaurant has to offer.”

Baron recommends Sagittarians eat bitter greens and get calcium from foods and supplements. “This fire sign needs cooling remedies, too,” she says, suggesting acupuncture and foot massage.

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This sign is organized, detailed, and loves food!

“You’re the sign most likely to Instagram pictures of really good food,” says Chauran, explaining Capricorns typically plan meals in advance and have recipes in specific folders.

“Your friends probably tell you to relax and just enjoy the moment a little more at mealtimes,” she says.

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Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

People under Aquarius, an air sign, often have asthma and anxiety. They can be adventurous eaters but also can stick to routines, including eating the same foods over and over.

“You might have circulation issues and should eat spicier food to help stimulate your system,” says Dixon-Cooper. “You often like detox diets or juicing-only programs because of the energy boost they provide.”

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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Can’t turn away a turnover? Yep, you’re a Pisces.

“Your sign loves sweets, snacks and anything that isn’t good for you,” says Dixon-Cooper.

Often Pisces view food as a social experience.

“The Pisces is the sign most likely to cheerfully go along with the majority rule for what restaurant to visit, even if it is exotic or a restaurant you’ve been to a million times,” says Chauran. “The Pisces makes a very good roommate, as he or she will gladly compromise and change aspects of meals to suit the dietary preferences of others.”

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