1The Ascendant or Rising Sign

The Ascendant or rising sign represents the basic presentation of a person in the external world. It indicates the manifest self or ego, the outer expression and body of a person. Each Ascendant from Aries to Pisces has its characteristic temperament and qualities based upon its elements and other factors. We can classify people into Ascendant types', reflecting these qualities.

From the standpoint of psychology, the first house is the house of the ego (ahamkara), the 'I am the body idea' or self-image upon which the ego is based. It is a crucial indicator not only for determining psychological health but also for career, relationship and general happiness, which are the main issues of the self in this world. The Ascendant and the influences upon it show,the ego and its projects in life.,

Ascendant types generally reflect the nature of the planet ruling the Ascendant sign. In the case of planets ruling two signs of the zodiac, the odd sign will reflect more the active or masculine side of the planet, while the even sign will reflect more the receptive or feminine side of the planet.

While people do not always have the bodily type of their Ascendant ruler, particularly if other planets are stronger in the chart, the nature of the Ascendant will always affect their psychology. As I have already discussed these Ascendant types in detail in my previous book Astrology of the Seers, I will not repeat that material here but refer the reader to it for that information.28

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