How to Keep the Social in Social Distance, Based on Your Rising Sign
We find ourselves in the midst of a strange time where we’ve had to globally maintain distance from one another. While this period, astrologically, is likely to bring about important change and transformation for our global society, it can feel lonely and isolating to maintain, well, isolation.
Astrology is a wonderful tool for not only deciphering our own personal challenges but also for helping us through the challenges that we face as a community. Now is the time to focus on compassion, understanding, optimism, and our faith in what the Universe has in store for us.
While it may seem easier to give into fear, we must collectively choose guidance and hope—and that’s where astrology comes us.
What is Your Rising Sign?
It may not feel easy or comfortable to maintain social distance right now; however, depending on your Rising sign, you may be soaking in the sweet sense of alone time and introspection.
Your Rising sign is the zodiac sign that was rising above the Eastern horizon at the exact time of your birth.
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While most people are familiar with their Sun sign—the core of your personality—your Rising sign may actually give people a better idea of who you are. Your Rising sign, also known as the Ascendant, indicates how you show yourself to the world, how you present your being and spirit to those around you.
While we’re collectively trying to maintain positivity and connection in a time where social distancing is necessary, it would be useful to take a look at each Rising sign and discover more about how social distancing affects every sign in the zodiac.
Understanding how your Rising sign values socialization and connection with others can help you process upsetting or confusing feelings that you might be having right now. Plus, we’ll give you ideas for maintaining connection while distancing socially, as well as practices and techniques to maintain calm and optimism right now.
Learn more about your rising sign here: The Ultimate Guide to Your Rising Sign
How to Handle Social Distancing, Based on Your Rising Sign
Let’s explore each Rising sign, their views on socialization and connection, and tips for finding your flow during this challenging time.
Aries is ruled by assertive, aggressive Mars, which indicates a feisty spirit with a desire for action. If you’re an Aries Rising, chances are that your body and mind move swiftly. You are not one to sit around and ponder, preferring a path that leads to quick solutions. This can be a difficult time for Aries Rising, because you’re forced to slow down and take a break from your whirlwind lifestyle. Furthermore, an Aries Rising is charming and magnetic, loved by everyone. This is a time where you might experience loneliness that is otherwise foreign to you.
Try to take advantage of this time spent with yourself, exploring your thoughts, feelings, and desires for the future. This is a great time for creative visualization, like creating a vision board or painting a picture of your ideal future.
Ruled by social Venus, this may be a very difficult time for Taurus Rising. The loyalty that you display in relationships is not reduced during this time of social distancing, and it probably pains you that you can’t physically be there for those your love. Your sense of responsibility towards your loved ones makes it feel like you aren’t doing enough or helping enough. You have to find a way to release your sense of guilt and realize that this situation is beyond your control. Letting go of control isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s crucial for maintaining your sense of optimism and connection.
While you can’t physically be there for everyone you love, you can be there emotionally. This is a great time to reach out in safe, healthy ways, extending your love and appreciation for friends and family. Try connecting through video calls or chatting applications. See if there are ways that you can share your love and loyalty—sometimes a simple question, like “How are you?” is enough to brighten someone’s day.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. Gemini Rising signs are social to the core, and they love bouncing their many ideas off of those around them. During this time of social distancing, a Gemini Rising may feel lost or confused, not sure how to process their racing thoughts without their sounding board of trusted friends and family. However, communication between yourself and others is only one form of expression. You also excel at writing, and this is a good time to put pen to paper and explore your emotions—through a journal, writing poetry, or writing to others.
This would be an excellent time to find a pen pal or start correspondence with friends and family that you can’t see in person. Writing letters or emails to your loved ones gives you an excellent way to not only let your thoughts and feelings out, but to connect in new ways to your community.
Ruled by the Moon, Cancer is an emotional and intuitive sign. This Rising sign is sentimental and cares deeply for those they love. While Cancer Risings are domestic and happy to spend time in their home, they feel a sense of loss when they can’t be around the people they love. This may be an emotionally charged, frustrating time for you; but there are many ways to make the most of this situation. While you can’t take care of your loved ones like you typically might, you can always lend an ear and be there for your friends and family emotionally.
This is a great time to bring back the long-forgotten tradition of phone calls! Some of us may remember spending hours on the phone as a teenager, talking about everything under the Sun with our friends. Pour yourself a glass of wine, light a candle, and call your friends and family. You’ll feel more connected and they’ll appreciate your compassion and thoughtfulness.
Leo is ruled by the bright, burning Sun, the giver-of-life. A Leo Rising’s personality shines through their connection with others, and they feel lost without the attention they give to and receive from those around them. You may feel less enthusiastic and optimistic without the physical connection you have with your friend and family. And while your connections are important, this is a great time to begin building a deeper connection with yourself. Many of us go through lonely periods in life, and these challenging moments are often necessary to help us foster a better relationship with our own being.
Try using this time to explore your hobbies and talents. Write a song or poem, paint a picture, or dust off your old karaoke machine and put on a show in your living room. Get silly, be creative, and try to have as much fun as you can on your own. When you learn to connect deeply with your own being, you’ll be better able to appreciate your connections with those around you.
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Virgo is another sign ruled by communicative Mercury, however this sign is more focused on independence than Gemini. The hardest part of social distancing for Virgo Rising may not be the lack of physical connection, but the inability to work as hard as they would prefer. You have to find a way to sink into this moment and take advantage of the free time that you now have. While you may feel stir-crazy during this challenging time, this is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and find transformation in the journey.
This is a great time to study new subjects or spiritual avenues. Sit down with your favorite book and relax into the story. Break out a notebook and write about your experience. Practice yoga and sink deep into the needs of your body. Exploring your shadow will help you find solace and enlightenment.
Libra, ruled by harmonizing Venus, is all about balance. And right now, things feel a little out-of-whack. It’s understandable that a Libra Rising might be experiencing frustration or anxiety during this time. You probably do not typically prefer to spend too much time alone, preferring the company of your loved ones to experience a sense of connection with the Universe. But this is a time to try to find the balance of the moment. If you can locate your center right now, you’ll be even more prepared to handle future challenges.
Balancing activities, like yoga, meditation, and chakra work are beneficial right now. And when you need to feel connection, reach for the phone. Finding ways to connect with those you love is a facet of the balance you need right now. Even if you can’t see them in person, you can still engage.
Ruled by mysterious Pluto, Scorpio is a sign that loves to explore anything hidden in life, anything that flows beneath the surface. A Scorpio Rising may seem to handle social distancing with a sense of understanding, as the strange, dark aspects of life are no stranger to Scorpio. This is a great time to go within and explore your shadow. Introspective work will help you maintain a sense of grounding right now. Journaling is an especially effective way to explore your own depths.
You may benefit from creative socialization, like internet chat rooms or forums. This is a good time to find other people that enjoy the same interests or subjects as you and chat with them about it. Connecting creatively with people who are like-minded will help you feel engaged with the world around you.
Sagittarius is ruled by the expansive planet Jupiter, and optimism is the name of their game. But a Sagittarius Rising is also likely to enjoy their socialization, making this a difficult time to maintain positivity. It can be hard for you to remain enthusiastic when you feel cut off from your loved ones, but it’s important that you don’t let this challenging period squash your spirit. This is a good time to engage your inherent independence and try to find activities that bring you peace and joy.
Creative self-expression is beneficial and healing during this time. You may even start working on a project that you can later bring others into. Because Sag is so future-oriented, try thinking about the wonderful, exciting things that you’ll be able to do with your loved ones in the near future—and start making a plan to fulfill these goals.
Ruled by sensible Saturn, a Capricorn Rising is likely to be taking things seriously right now. Those with a Capricorn Ascendant are responsible and hard-working, and you may be currently trying to find your own solution for the world’s problems. While your hard work usually pays off, this is a great time to take a step back and try to learn from the situation around you, exploring your feelings along the way. And although you can’t physically be near everyone you love, it’s a good time to take a moment to reach out.
Video calling is an excellent way to stay in touch right now. Take a moment to simply relax and chat with a friend. Tell them how you’re feeling and allow them to explore their own confusing emotions. Let your wall come down a bit and be vulnerable with those you love right now.
Aquarius is ruled by surprising, spontaneous Uranus, making it hard for an Aquarius Rising to go through the motions of seemingly similar or mundane days. You like your life to be filled with surprises and excitement, which can be hard to find when you feel like you’re stuck at home. However, there are many ways to find excitement right now. This is a great time to engage your spontaneous spirit and create your own surprises for others.
Try sending a card to your best friend or a bouquet of flowers to a family member (which can be safely left on their doorstep). Create a song for someone on your computer or through your smartphone and send it to them for a delightful and uplifting gift. Give others the gift of spontaneity to help you feel more enthusiastic about life.
Pisces are the dreamers of the zodiac, thanks to their ruling planet Neptune. A Pisces Rising can spend a lot of time in their head, exploring their fantasies. While it may feel like a challenging and confusing time, this is a great time to engage your brilliant imagination and explore your sense of creative self-expression. Create gifts for those you love that you can present to them once the dust clears and we go back to our usual routines. Working on artistic projects will not only soothe any frustrating or upsetting emotions, but it will also allow you to take advantage of this time of rest and stillness.
Bring out all of your art supplies, pour yourself a glass of wine, put some music on, and start creating. Don’t hold yourself back; now is the time to trust your intuition. If you create digital art, this is a great time to share it with the world. And even if you can’t give someone a painting or a hand-written poem right now, you can always send them a picture of it.
Bridging the Social Distance
While this is a challenging time for all of us, there is always a lesson in these difficult moments. Exploring astrology is an excellent way to find peace and solace in moments of confusion, allowing you to learn more about yourself and the world around you.
And remember, even when we have to spend time apart, we are in this together.
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