Your ascendant is the rising sign or the ascending sign. Your appearance, overt characteristics and outward manner tend to serve as guides to the ascendant.
Your Asc is the mask you wear and comes into action when you first meet (1st house) a something (situation) or someone.
The sign in which the ruler of the ASC (personality) is in tells you what their real personality is like. Just as the Sun would in the old and tired way of doing astrology.
In order to get to this way of thinking, you need to look at astrology from a house point of view, as opposed to a planet point of view
My ASC is Aquarius, which means I come off as aloof and detached when you first meet me. With my ASC ruler in Scorpio, people who have known me for a while would describe me as a Scorpio. Quite controlled and a little seething (with the state of the world)
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Now basically your sun sign is your ‘core beliefs, values, ego’ and Asc is your physical body, mode of expression and mask and persona that we all wear and hide behind, but definitely not what’s going on underneath. What’s going on underneath is your Sun sign. Moon sign, house placements and aspects describe your emotional and intuitive responses, also describes your view of your mother, as saturn describes your father by sign and house position.
So, think of a glass milk bottle the bottle is your Asc and your sun the milk, but the milk still has to ‘come out’ through the glass neck of the milk bottle….
Now aspects within a natal chart represent ‘facets’ of our personality, because we are all multifaceted beings. What these do is ‘break down and compartmentalise’ these facets into smaller bite size chunks. This does take quite a lot of self analysis and objectivity to ‘see yourself’ and why you do certain things and behave in certain ways. Actually it can be quite good therapy…
Remember back to your school days and maths class, an opposition is 180', square 90', trine 120', and sextile 60' Now challenged aspects are conj (depending on the planets, cos some like each other and some really don’t) squares and oppositions. Easy aspects are conj (if the planets get along) eg: Jupiter conj Moon, sextile and trine. Quincunx is inbetween (depending on the planets) requires adjustments, causes health strains and unresolved or hard to balance planets/energies.
Hi there, all! I’d like to add that it seems that the Ascendant always seems to have attributes that are SO VERY similar to other parts of the person’s chart, like a link or something. Does anyone else see this?
I like how Liz Greene in her Mythic Astrology puts it: “The Sun is the kind of hero we are, but the Ascendant is the quest on which we must embark.” The Sun is why we are here, the Ascendant is how we get there.
“The first house is usually considered to describe the physical body of the individual, the personality with which he relates to his external environment, and on perhaps a deeper level the kinds of experiences which he is likely to attract during his life and which help him to shape and develop a certain set of conscious tools with which to govern his life. There is a two-way flow of energy through the first house of the chart because it is – as has often been suggested – a kind of lens through which the experiences of the environment pass to reach the individual and through which his own qualities must pass to reach the environment.
Whatever factors are present within the individual birth chart, they must pass through the conditioning qualities of the first house and in particular the Ascendant before they can be recognized by others or expressed in a tangible fashion. All four angles of the chart are related to this inward and outward flow of the reality of the inner person into the outside world, but the most personal and most obvious of these four points of release is the Ascendant. The entire first house relates to the physical presentation of the individual in a conscious and deliberate manner. Whatever a man innately is, he must express it through a body and according to a body type – which gives the term ‘body’ a larger framework. The Ascendant and the first house are often equated with the Jungian idea of the ‘persona’ which, if it is to be a positive and effective medium through which a man may present himself to the world, must be in reasonable accord with the more hidden, unconscious aspects of his psyche.“ (from Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil)