What does the ascendant symbolise?
It can describe:
- the kind of mask you put on to greet the world
- how you begin new projects
- the first impression you give others
- the type of lens you put on to see the world
- the condition of your birth
- your physical appearance
(N.B. planets in the 1st house and aspects to the ascendant can influence the original expression of the ascendant)
I remember during my early days as an astro beginner, I read from somewhere that the ascendant is what we gradually become after the age of 30. Later on, I learned that the ascendant is the route we take in order to reach our sun sign (i.e. our solar quest). I was ever so grateful to discover the latter explanation because it simply makes SO much more sense than the former.
Using my own chart as an example, I have Sun in Pisces and Leo Rising. According to the first rule, I am gentle, shy and compassionate before 30 and will become more flamboyant and confident after 30. Even before reaching 30, I've had plenty of moments where I was confident, flamboyant, proud and melodramatic. On turning 30, I still had my fair share of shyness and a tendency to procrastinate. Personally, I find this rule totally unhelpful. However, if we apply the second model, we would have a completely different interpretation: the sun is what we are developing towards, so I still have other qualities of the Sun which I have yet to attain, for example, to be more forgiving, to break out of victim mode. In order to pursue my solar qualities, I use my Ascendant to take me there, i.e. to be proud of who I am as I pursue my spiritual goals; to forgive my past actions, shed my shyness and step radiantly onto the solar stage. By accessing the Leonine energy, I am able to take one step closer to my Piscean Sun.
Take a look at your chart, what is the link between your Ascendant and your Sun?
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