The Sign it is in, and more especially the particular degree of the Zodiac, rising upon the eastern horizon at the time of birth is known as the Ascendant Sign. This location is the 1 st and most important of the Houses. It depicts the personal appearance and to a considerable extent also the health, mind, and disposition. It is this specific part of the Zodiac which has the most direct influence on the physical body and it's material wants. The five physical senses find their complete expression through the Ascendant. Of course the nature of this expression depends on the Sign rising and the complete fixed position of the entire Universe at that time especially the Sun, Moon and all the planets.
Because of this tremendous significance of the Ascendant Sign, we shall consider not only the sign but also the decanates of each Ascendant Sign as they pass over the horizon. This will not be done with the decanates of each Sign in every house. Once you have completed our course of study you will be well qualified to do this with your own personal knowledge.
When the 1st Decan of Aries rises, it denotes a frank, open, out-spoken and free-handed disposition. The fate of this native is embodied in the native's impulsive and headstrong tendencies, also in his fearless pioneering and progressive spirit. He is ambitious and desirous of rising on the world and he will not ignore opportunity. He is very fond of acquiring knowledge and is keen in all intellectual pursuits. The position and aspects of Mars must he weighed thoroughly.
When the second Decan is rising we must consider the influence of Leo and the position of the Sun very carefully. The aspect between the Sun and Mars, if there is one, should be delineated completely.
The 2nd Decan rising modifies the tendency to words ambition and rashness. Fate is influenced by ambition and emotion, the vitality is increased, and the character is strengthened morally.
3rd Decan of Aries
Now we must consider the power of Sagittarius and the position and aspects of Jupiter. Any aspect between the Sun and Jupiter is of tremendous value.
The 3rd Decan rising inevitably makes the whole sign more fortunate. It augments the desire for demonstration and expression and attracts the native towards the philosophic and religious sides of life. It stimulates idealism and increases impulsiveness.
t> Taurus in the Ascendant Position
Taurus rising suggests a diplomatic, secretive, obstinate and self-willed disposition. The native is practical, dogmatic, determined, resentful, persistent and stolid. He will evince strong likes and dislikes, take sudden prejudices and demonstrate considerable reserve and diffidence. We must consider the position and aspects of Venus, since it is the planetary ruler of Taurus.
When the 2nd Decan of Taurus is rising it awakens the internal nature of the sign, providing the native more natural intuition, discrimination and practical business ability. There is also a tendency to become more critical as well as intuitive and although he is clever the native will have many strong temptations to become selfish and over inquisitive.
When the 2nd Decan of Taurus is rising we must consider the position of Mercury in relation to Venus.
The 3rd Decan of Taurus rising denotes more ambition, but it also indicates that the native is often over laborious and cautious. It strengthens the Taurean nature, strengthening the intellectual qualities and stimulating reason. The influence of Capricorn tends to lessen the intuitive nature of Taurus. Chastity is one of the chief benefits provided by Capricorn.
The position and aspects of Saturn must be carefully considered here, especially in relation to Venus.
II Gemini in the Ascendant Position
This position of Gemini implies a kind, willing, humane, intellectual and expressive disposition. The fate of the native is invariably improved when restlessness and diffusiveness are overcome. The whole life will advance through educational and intellectual progress. The native is very curious and has a tremendous desire to learn.
We must consider the position and aspects of Mercury to determine the complete effect of this influence.
The 2nd Decan of Gemini rising balances the whole sign providing the native with perception, foresight and real artistic ability. It also affords an opportunity to blend head and heart with reason and intuition.
All of which concerns the planet Venus, also its position in relation to Mercury must be considered.
People born when the 3rd Decan of Gemini is rising are generally successful in dealing with the public. Fate is generally influenced by guardians or friends and it very often there is something connected with domestic affairs which affects the whole life.
The position and aspects of Uranus must be considered here as well as the Aquarius influence.
3? Cancer in the Ascendant Position
The 1st Decan of Cancer rising denotes an imaginative, fanciful, receptive and tenacious disposition. Fate of the native is usually bound up with domestic ties, family interests and impressionable attachments. The native will exhibit a certain amount of timidity, reserve and mistrust, which will produce morbid and doubtful associations.
We must consider the complete influence exerted by the Moon when studying this decan. The power and principles of Cancer are profoundly felt here.
The 2nd Decan of Cancer rising awakens the psychic and mystic tendencies, yet it also provides the native with a certain amount of control over his sensations. It increases the tenacity of the sign, and denotes determination, love of power, ambition, and internal receptivity.
Both the influence of Scorpio and the position of Pluto must be evaluated to ensure a complete delineation of this influence.
The 3rd Decan of Cancer rising strengthens the whole sign and suggests a very hospitable and sympathetic nature. The native is very studious and intuitive, possessing a keen love for the acquisition of knowledge.
We must consider the influence of Pisces and the position and aspects of Neptune. Neptune's aspect to the Moon will provide us with a clear insight into the personality of the native.
The 1st Decan of Leo rising denotes a jealous, frank, generous, and ambitious disposition. Fate develops rapidly, and an eventful life is the outcome of the love of power and the organizing ability which the native manifests. Downfalls and problems are usually the result of hasty and passionate impulses, but the native has the power to recover his balance through firmness, endurance, and self-control. This sign provides great vitality and a splendid physique, the body being strong and generally very healthy.
When the 1st Decan of Leo ascends, we should note carefully the position of the Sun and the aspects it forms.
The 2nd Decan of Leo rising suggests a liability towards extremes, making the native more demonstrative, active, and at times very rebellious. It awakens the philosophical side of the nature when the nativity denotes such a possibility. The willpower of the sign as a whole is strengthened if the Sun is well placed and in good aspect with Jupiter.
We must consider all the aspects of the Sun, but most in particularly the aspect, if any, which it forms with Jupiter.
The 3rd Decan of Leo rising strengthens the willpower of the sign and adds to the impulsive and persistent side of Leo. In some instances it provides opportunities to unite head and heart, and the intellect will strengthen the higher emotions providing zeal and ardour. There is also a quiet determination that is unequaled. Fate here is to a great extent under the control of the native. His willpower is controlled by reason and illuminated by intuition.
When the 3rd Decan of Leo ascends, we must consider the influence of Aries and the position and aspect of Mars.
TQ Virgo in the Ascendant Position
Virgo rising denotes a quiet, reserved, retiring and receptive disposition. The path is strictly dependant on opportunities. The native, although lacking in determinative ambition, is persevering and ingenious. Here the sign provides more than a usual amount of selfishness, however, this is often counteracted by sympathy for the troubles.of others and by a sense of justice which the native develops when the intelligence awakens. He is very orderly, critical, systematic and often self centered and is rarely understood on first acquaintance. The native thrives best in a business atmosphere and although never lazy or afraid to work he prefers to use his wits whenever they will serve.
The position and aspects of Mercury must be completely considered.
The 2nd Decan of Virgo ascending awakens the independence of the native and makes the native thoroughly practical and well adapted for all business pursuits. It also furnishes him with some artistic inclinations, and/or musical ability. Fate is mainly determined by the social element or the political world in which distinction is generally sought and obtained.
Wealth is acquired through industry, thrift and by adopting practical common sense methods in business organization.
The influence of Capricorn and the position of Saturn must be studied to conclude a complete consideration of this Ascendant.
The 3rd Decan of Virgo rising accentuates all the business and practical tendencies of the sign Virgo and adds intuition to the mental qualifications for acquiring wealth where financial enterprise is concerned. It is fortunate for fate as it affects the general disposition by adding determination to all the Virgo characteristics. There is usually considerable artistic ability.
When the 3rd Decan of Virgo ascends we must evaluate the influence of Taurus and the position and aspects of Venus.
Q Libra in the Ascendant Position
Libra ascending suggests a courteous, affable, kind and affectionate disposition. The fate is mostly in the hands of others, as there is little ability to mould or alter circumstances. The native is controlled principally by feeling and intuition, more so than reason. He is keen of observation, fond of company, and generally very artistic, refined and truly sympathetic. There is not much energy or incentive to action, and consequently life tends to run in grooves as the native is prone to lean on others for support.
We must consider the position and aspects formed by Venus for a complete delineation.
The 2nd Decan of Libra ascending accentuates the sympathetic side of the native. The native may be remarkably intuitive, and generally take a keen delight in social intercourse, loving and appreciating all that pertains to the social side of life. Fate is affected by friends and associates, so much so as to make the native a slave, to friends and attachments.
The 3rd Decan of Libra rising weakens the influence of the sign as a whole, and tends to make life more or less unfortunate. However, somewhere in the horoscope there is usually an influence which provides the native with natural ability to rise up from unfortunate situations and to benefit through the experience. If the native should, however, succumb to restlessness, and impatience it can work to his detriment. This position of Libra suggests that the native can improve his fate through education.
TTL Scorpio in the Ascendant position
The first decan of Scorpio rising depicts a reserved, shrewd, secretive and proud disposition. There are two distinct types of people born under this sign, the extremely ignorant and the highly mystical. The former are inquisitive, deceitful, jealous and treacherous while the latter are prudent self-controlled and highly dignified. In many respects this is an unusual sign as it produces natives of one extreme or the other. The weakest people born under this influence are those who have no control over their criminal senses while the strongest are the mystical and intelligent.
When the 2nd decan of Scorpio ascends it accentuates either of the extremes mentioned above. Fate is usually unfortunate and often disastrous. If the native is born into a wretched environment he rarely succeeds in raising himself above mediocrity. The natives of this position seldom produce their own opportunities and their life is simply in the hands of chance.
The 3rd Decan of Scorpio rising awakens the sensitive nature of the sign and provides a keen desire for emotional attachment thus reducing the selfishness inherent in Scorpio's influence. However this position of Scorpio increases the jealous tendencies of the native. He will have to be extremely careful of this otherwise it may ruin his life.
/ Sagittarius in the Ascendant Position 1 st Decan of Sagittarius
The first decan of Sagittarius rising denotes an open-minded, honest, sympathetic and generous disposition. The native is highly impressionable, though fond of liberty and independence. He is often reckless extravagant and careless. When undeveloped he is thoughtless, erratic and rebellious but when intellectually awakened he is philosophical, a lover of law and order, peaceful and intuitive.
The 2nd decan rising depicts the impulsive and headstrong tendencies of the sign as a whole. It also indicates that the native goes to extremes in exhausting his mental and physical energy. The native of this position must be very careful not to become over-excited. If he can not learn to control his excitability mental and nervous disorders are indicated. He must cultivate his powers of self-control and learn to conserve his energy.
When the third decan of Sagittarius ascends it awakens the better half of this dual sign and it incites the intuition and provides the native with the ability to prophesize and forsee the future. It increases the love nature of the sign and makes the native very demonstrative and ardent in affection. The native must be careful of his impressionable nature as it can accentuate his problems. He may find himself drifting aimlessly from one relationship to another without appreciating the true value any of them.
Capricorn in the Ascendant Position
Capricorn in the ascendant provides an ambitious, persevering plodding, and persistent disposition. Fate is determined by the moral growth and the power to organize and rise above the difficulties of the early environment. The native is basically reserved, firm and self-reliant and anxious to be at the head of affairs. The Capricorn influence provides the native with tremendous potential for tact, prudence, and progress both financially and socially.
The 2nd decan of Capricorn rising incites the ambitious qualities of the native and provides him with a persistent driving nature. He is inclined towards conservative and orthodox conditions. This position of Capricorn strengthens the character and indicates that the native will be a strong willed person.
The 3rd decan of Capricorn ascending modifies the self-reliance of the sign but strengthens intellectual and mental qualifications. If the native can manage to obtain a good education the indications are that he will become a useful and important member of society. Circumstance will dictate the life of the native, much more than the ability to rule his own destiny.
^ Aquarius in the Ascendant Position
The first Decan of Aquarius ascending implies a refined sympathetic, and humane disposition. Fate depends upon the nature of friends and acquaintances the native gathers around him. He has the ability to read character, and study human nature, but he does not always act upon his own intuition. He must be careful not to let his sympathies over-rule his reason and intuition. The undeveloped Aquarian is often quiet and true, with good and kind intentions, but easily led by companions. He will often agree to do something without considering the results.
The second Decan of Aquarius rising modifies the tendency to day-dream, as it renders the mind active and capable of intellectual attainment. It does not, however, provide sufficient continuity or concentration to qualify for literary or educational work. Fate is often affected by relatives and companions. Much of this influence will depend on the type careers and occupations in which the latter are involved.
The third Decan ascending improves the Aquarius nature, providing more balance and a higher standard of intellect with very refined tastes and clear discrimination. This Decan attracts the native towards the occult and mystical side of life, as it often awakens the clairvoyant faculty. Fate is affected by marriage or love affairs, yet the native is not inclined towards marriage and he may well prefer a celibate life.
H Pisces in the Ascendant Position
Pisces ascending denotes a restless, anxious, impressionable and mediumistic disposition. Fate is rarely under the native's control, as there is some impelling force behind pushing him toward good or ill unconsciously. He is kind and just, and he tries to encourage the romantic and sentimental side of his nature. He rarely understands himself or his emotions. He is inclined to be secretive, is very receptive and often inspired.
The second Decan of Pisces rising awakens all the latent sensitiveness of the sign Pisces. It also provides a keen internal aspiration to become a channel through which the forces of good may flow. It lessens the methodical tendency of Pisces, but increases the inclination towards economy and usefulness. This position provides the native more persistency and the ability to utilize the virtues of Pisces without all it's vices.
The third Decan of Pisces ascending encourages the weaker side of the sign. It intensifies the selfish and jealous tendencies of the sign. Conventionality and the material side of life are cultivated. The native must carefully control these preferences or his life will be an unhappy one.
Note: From here on the Sign and planets for each decan will not be listed. We feel that it will be excellent practice for you to note which are involved from Illustration 1, the decanate chart, or if possible from your memory. Remember "decanate"and "decan"mean the same thing. See also note 1 page 2.
SIGNS IN THE 2nd HOUSE
Aries in the 2nd House inevitably incites extravagance and this can cause many financial woes for the native. He has the tendency to spend more than he has. The native must cultivate a resistance for this urge to spend or he will continually be in a monetary doldrum. Nonetheless, Aries in the 2nd provides the native an excellent capacity to earn money. He should exercise discretion when opportunities for easy money arise because this will sometimes lead to unwise risks.
t> Taurus in the 2nd House
Taurus's influence here provides a certain amount of practicality for the native. He is quite efficient when dealing with monetary matters. The native is sharp and conservative when spending his resources. He has a deep respect for honesty and integrity and he will endeavor to promote these ideals. The native of this position usually will ignore unwise risks and easy money speculations. He would prefer to build up a reserve for the future so that he always has something to fall back on. Women, in general, will have a tremendous financial effect on the native. It can be good or bad according to the aspect involved.
Gemini exerts its dual influence here and indicates that the native will make money through a variety of efforts. Although the main source of income will be the native's normal business or profession, he has the capacity to develop an auxiliary force for extra money. When Gemini influences the financial side of life it would be wise to warn the native to see that the inclination to overlap interests and activities does not involve dual obligations. Those will produce nothing more than unnecessary problems.
¡B Cancer in the 2nd House
This position of Cancer intensifies the power of imagination in regard to making money. The main significance, however, of Cancer is that it incites the conserving principle. This does not necessarily interfere with willingness to spend money when he has to. In other words, the native is very efficient when dealing with his money. Rarely does he waste money and yet he does not horde it all to bring it to the grave with him. He is in the middle of the two extremes. On the other hand, family upsets, squabbles and disputes can have an adverse effect on the financial aspect of his life.
Leo in the second House provides the native with the sound ambition to obtain a substantial income. The basic power of organization are strengthened and this aids the native in his handling of people and affairs associated with the financial side of life. There are times, however, when the native must exercise some self-control otherwise his extravagant qualities may cause him trouble.
The spirit of enterprise is one of the strongest features of Leo and when this is applied to the finances much can be accomplished.
Virgo in the 2nd House intensifies the frugality with which the native approaches his financial life. The native does not shy away from spending money, but when he does spend he will make sure that he is getting his money's worth. The native of this position must always be careful of the criticism which Virgo naturally provides him. He has a tendency to be over critical of his business partners and this can cause a tremendous amount of friction. This criticism, however, can benefit the native as long as he uses it constructively and not merely out of habit.
The sign Libra in the 2nd House provides a natural attraction to the financial interests of life. The native here loves to be involved in monetary dealings. Luxuries and the better amenities of life have strong appeal for him, yet he will want money to come easily and without too much effort on his part. This desire to make the easy money must be carefully watched because the native may easily be led into fraudulent dealings. His main weakness is his reliance on other people even though they can help him financially.
Scorpio in the 2nd House indicates that the native has the potential to work long and hard for his income. He has natural patience and his efforts are invariably rewarded whether he works for himself or others. The native will always need to watch his expenditures for even though he is not personally extravagant, he has a tendency to over spend on equipment and machinery for business purposes. Forethought should be paramount in speculation and undue risks should not be taken.
/ Sagittarius in the 2nd House
Sagittarius in the 2nd House signifies that money matters will be reasonably progressive and that the native is subject to periods of luck and good fortune. The native will usually find that his income is derived from a variety of sources. For instance, if he can combine his main vocational interests with his secondary ones, the result should augment his income. The native may sustain losses from being overly generous with people and causes for the common good.
Capricorn in the 2nd House intensifies the ambition and drive of the native as far as his financial life is concerned. The desire for money will be intense because of the security it can offer once a reserve is built up. The native has a natural talent for the regulation of expenditures, but he must be careful not to be over-cautious as this may deny him necessities. The practicality which Capricorn provides should regulate the financial activities of the native, demonstrating that he can be cautious without denying himself any of the necessities of life and some of its luxuries. He must recognize this potential if it is to benefit him.
ii Aquarius in the 2nd House
When Aquarius occupies the 2nd House it suggests that many of the native's personal hopes and wishes will be associated with money and the financial side of life. Financial success will ensure the realization of the native's hopes and wishes. The native should derive more benefit as a result of constructive investment than from speculative risks. Again, the native of this position should cultivate his powers of self control in order to regulate his expenditures.
When Pisces occupies the 2nd House, it suggests that the most benefit will be derived through the creation of goodwill and by correct cultivation of associations. There is some indication that the native may experience losses as a result of imposition, deception, and false friends. He should constantly be cautious with the friends and associations he makes. The inclination to make easy or quick money should always be resisted because endless troubles are indicated here. He should avoid all shady characters because all they will do is cause him problems.
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