Ascendant and 1st House Astrology: An In-depth Guide
In astrology, you often hear about your Sun sign. It's the sign most people are familiar with and you see discussed in every horoscope.
But equally important is your Ascendant. It's your public persona – the mask you where when you meet others. It represents the exact degree of the zodiac sign that rose over the eastern horizon at the time of your birth.
As people age (generally after age 29), they begin to demonstrate more of the qualities of their Sun sign when meeting people, and less of those of their Ascendant. It's as if the Ascendant makes up who you are at birth and you grow into being your Sun sign. Your Ascendant guides you in your growth and in fulfilling your life purpose.
The Ascendant also plays a role in your physical appearance and characteristics.
Your 1st house is the home of your Ascendant.
Just as the ascendant represents a point in your astrology chart at the exact moment of your birth, you can think of the 1st house as the beginning – not just of the houses, but of you. It literally embodies the moment of your birth. It influences how you perceive life and react to it.
The 1st House's Natural Planetary Ruler: Mars
The 1st House's Natural Astrology Sign: Aries
Characteristics of the 1st House: The 1st House in astrology reveals what your childhood was like and how your birth may have affected those around you.
It indicates how you perceive the world around you and what you focus on in life. It provides the tools that can help you discover what makes you unique.
By analyzing the 1st House and the signs and planets in it, you can identify how you start projects and other tasks, how you enter the different phases of your life, how you behave when you encounter new people and experiences, and how you effect others.
An example of your Ascendant and 1st House astrology at play: Let's say you're Sun sign is Sagittarius. Sagittarius people are often regarded as the life of the party – fun, outgoing people.
But if you add in a Cancer Ascendant, you now have a person who can be quite shy and reserved when first meeting people. That doesn't sound like a Sagittarius at all, does it?
However, as they get to know people and become more comfortable around them, they will begin to express the traits of a Sagittarius.
Interesting fact about 1st House astrology: If you were born before sunrise, your Ascendant and Sun sign will be the same sign.
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