Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Ascendant (Rising Sign) of Appearance and Personality, Part I

Hello, it’s me.
Are you in costume?
Funny, I didn’t recognize you.
Why, it’s The Ascendant!

The sign on the ‘marker’ or cusp of the first house (wedge) is your Ascendant, or rising sign. “I’m not who you think I am,” says the ascendant-rising sign.  “But I’m who you see and think is Me.” Look at the Western equator of the chart (where 9:00 a.m. will fall on our 12-hour clock) and that’s which sign you look like—even though it’s not the same one as your birthday (unless you were born close to dawn). 

Very often, the ascendant will take precedence for the sun sign because it’s a kind of ‘funnel’ or outlet for all the activities of the chart.  It’s also what the world-at-large sees; it’s a physical manifestation that needs release.  I think of the ascendant as those floret-shaped icing-on-the-cake funnels: it releases a specific shape or design, which is reflected by the characteristics of the ascendant’s sign.

Often, also, planets that are camped out in close proximity to the ascendant will “color” it, too. 

 - If Pluto is nearby, look for a VERY INTENSE personality, and probably a strong visual appearance. (Britney Spears, Keanu Reeves, Sharon Stone, Dalai Lama XIV, Steven Seagal, Sting, Stephen King,Ursula Andress, Tiger Woods, David Hasselhoff, Jeremy Irons, Iggy Pop.)

- Saturn tends to either make for a short, dark, hairy person (even females), or a tall, bony frame.  A "serious" attitude comes through also.  (Russell Crowe, Sean Connery, Mick Jagger, Zenedine Zidane, Sean Penn, John Voight, Ringo Starr, Cher.)

- Jupiter can make for a robust physique, or even a charismatic persona.  (Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Napoleon, Marlon Brando, Bill Clinton, Carmen Electra, Joseph Stalin, Kylie Minogue, Robert Plant, Kate Hudson, Anna Nicole Smith, Malcolm X, Neil Young.)

- Neptune will often make the person vulnerable to drugs or substance abuse, or perhaps a bit ‘spacey,’ mystical or detached. (Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, Paul McCartney, Jim Carrey, Courtney Love, J.K. Rowling, Denzel Washington, Kim Kardashian.)

 - Uranus makes for eclectic and electric personalities and a social rebel-maverick. (Johnny Depp, Kurt Cobain, Bill Gates, John Lennon,Mel Gibson, Renee Zellweger, Aleister Crowley, Johnny Cash.)

-  Mars makes for a fighter or an aggressive persona. (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicholas Cage, Anthony Hopkins, Donald Trump, Winston Churchill, Ellen DeGeneres, Ernest Hemmingway, Steve Vai).

 - Venus tends to make the person very cute or in some cases, downright gorgeous, but certainly attractive or socially accommodating. (Angelina Jolie.  ('Nuff said!...George Clooney. Okay, I found another.) Orlando Bloom, Sandra Bullock, Jude Law, Ben Affleck, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Luciano Pavarotti, Shaquille O'Neal).
 - Mercury makes for a nervous, talkative type. (George W. Bush, Nicholas Cage, Andrea Bocelli, Barbara Streisand, Dave Grohl)

 - The Moon often makes the person “NEED TO GET MINE” in that sign’s quality as well as being very emotional.  (Madonna, Leonardo DeCaprio, Beyonce Knowles, Charlie Chaplin, Antonio Banderas,George Harrison, Phil Jackson, Richard Simmons, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker.)

 - The Sun will make the person tend to “DO IT MY WAY  and notice me.”  (Brad Pitt, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Lee, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Claude DeBussy, Tom Selleck, Frank Zappa, Joe Frazier, Saddam Hussein.)

The ascendant (and thereby, the sign found there) also has an ‘other-side’ effect: the opposite sign will indicate what kind of partner is drawn to the individual, both in business and marriage. 

The body part associated with the ascendant’s sign will be emphasized:

Aries            head
Taurus         throat
Gemini         hands, lungs, arms, lungs,

                     nervous system, shoulders
Cancer         stomach (and breasts in women)
Leo               heart and upper back
Virgo            intestines and lower abdomen
Libra            kidneys (and ovaries in women)
Scorpio        reproductive/elimination organs
Sagittarius  liver, thighs
Capricorn    bones, teeth, knees
Aquarius     shins; blood circulation; electrical aura
Pisces          feet

(c) MDLOP8 2010

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