Category Archives: Ascendant

Question: What Does It Mean to Have a Stellium of Planets in the 1st House?

The first house tells you a lot about the mechanics of your interaction in the places where you live and pass through. Very often it shows the persona, which is regarded as something of a mask that is taken on and off. It shows what personality traits are on show, what stands out immediately, and…...

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Thank God for the Ascendant

The Ascendant, ruled by the element of FIRE, is naturally the first energy we project outward into the world. It’s where we first entered into life, and it’s symbolic of our first breath. Everyone born in the world on our date has generally the same set-up of planets – everyone born close to us in time will…...

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Pluto Square Ascendant

With Pluto square the Ascendant it can give overpowering conflicts and a constant war with your identity, which is profoundly touched by the Plutonian aspects of life. Such an aspect also invariably brings in Pluto’s natal house themes, and it works at cross purposes in your life. While it gives a tremendous amount of power,…...

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The Ascendant: A Major Theme

The degree of the zodiac which was on the eastern horizon at the moment you drew your first breath is called your Ascendant. It is the ‘dawn point’ of your human experience and expression, and it is the beginning point of the first house of identity. When I think about the Ascendant, I can’t help…...

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The Ascendant: Highly Visible

You have a “public you” and a “private you.” Close friends may know you for what you are; the rest of the world knows only what you choose to show them.  The Ascendant in the chart represents how others see, view, and perceive you in outer life. Most people have an awareness of how they appear…...

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The Tripartite Nature of Man: Spirit, Soul, and Body – Sun, Moon, & Ascendant

The Sun, Moon and Ascendant blending show the body as garment (Asc), Soul as memory (Moon), and Spirit as God (Sun). The triad of the threefold nature of body, soul, and spirit. We possess a body with which to explore on this plane of mass and matter. By analogy, spirit and soul are related to…...

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Sun, Moon, Ascendant: The Big Three

The Sun One is what one is. The Sun in the chart reflects a fundamental creative urge to be yourself. But what does that mean? When astrologers use words like ‘individuate’ and ‘purpose,’ mostly we mean to do something significant that fills the life with meaning and that you feel it right in the center of their being.…...

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The Ascendant: The Arrival

Howard Sasportas relates our birth Asc to the hatching of the egg and once had a funny rundown in an astrological seminar showing the style of pecking our way out of the egg. For example, if we have Gemini rising, we’ll come out cheeping and be looking around curiously. If we have Leo rising, then…...

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The Ascendant: First Impressions

Whatever your relationships in social situations might be, you have to admit you behave differently when nobody’s looking. Also, you’ll also act differently in different situations. Take, for example,  how someone could be very shy and subdued in the company of strangers,  but when in the company of family and friends is extroverted. It is the ascendant which…...

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The Asc Vs 12th House

Question: What are the major differences between the 1st house and the 12th house? With the Ascendant we could ask: where does a person begin? I think this would be a good place to start. As this is the part of the chart symbolizing the entering of a body and embodies individual existence. It’s the…...

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