Scorpio Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

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Scorpio: The Scorpion

Scorpio Rising: Mars as the Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, fixed Scorpio Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Mars. Because Scorpio Ascendant’s chart ruler is Mars, the meaning of the sign is derived from the qualities of Mars. With Scorpio rising, the Mars-ruled native is strategically severing, intuitively active, piercingly intense, and suspiciously inquisitive. The martial courage of the Scorpio Ascendant aims to disrupt and dismantle the secretive, murky recesses of the human condition. Its correlation with endangerment and peril, again, originates from its planetary ruler, Mars. If Mars in Aries exerts fearlessness relative to the external environment, Mars’ courageousness in Scorpio aims at dissecting the psychological, intuitive, and emotional (watery) depths of the internal sphere.

Of Mars-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘They are of middle stature, their bodies strong, their bones big, rather lean than fat, their visage round, their hair sandy or flaxen, and many times crisping or curling… a bold confident countenance…’

The placement and condition of Mars in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the ascendant, natal Mars, Mars retrogrades, Mars profections. The house ruler of Mars also directs the expression of the Scorpio Ascendant. For example, if Mars occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Taurus, the native may not approach life as a typical Scorpio Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Venus occupying the first house of a Scorpio Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the native. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Scorpio in the natal chart.

*Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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Pisces Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

Pisces Ascendant

Pisces: The Fish

Pisces Rising: Jupiter as the Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, double-bodied (mutable) Pisces Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Jupiter. Because Pisces Ascendant’s Hour-Marker is Jupiter, the meaning of the sign is derived from the qualities of Jupiter. With Pisces rising, Jupiter navigates the watery depths of the Fish with empathic expansion, intuitive wisdom, emotive warmth, and infectious joy. Jupiterian generosity is afforded through counsel, spiritual guidance, and the consoling words of an affectionate companion.

Of Jupiter-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘He signifies an upright, straight and tall Stature; brown, ruddy and lovely Complexion; of an oval or long Visage, and it full or fleshy; high Forehead; large grey Eyes; his Hair soft, and a kind of auburn brown…’

The placement and condition of Jupiter in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the ascendant, natal Jupiter, Jupiter retrogrades, including first place and Jupiter profections. The house ruler of Jupiter also directs the expression of Pisces Ascendant. For example, if Jupiter occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Virgo, the native may not approach life as a typical Pisces Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Mercury occupying the first house of a Pisces Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the native. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Jupiter in the natal chart.

*Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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Aquarius Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

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Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Aquarius Ascendant: Saturn as the Chart Ruler

The masculine, airy, fixed Aquarius Ascendant embodies the diurnal expression of Saturn. With Saturn as the Hour-Marker, the meaning of Aquarius Ascendant is derived from the qualities of Saturn. As such, Aquarius rising projects cerebral discipline and structure to its external environment. Seemingly detached or impersonal, this Ascendant retains a critical, stoic approach to problem-solving and social obligations. Saturn’s stern grasp is applied to the external persona of the Aquarius Ascendant. As a fixed, human, vocal sign, Aquarius Ascendants can appear stubbornly resistant (commonly misconstrued for ‘rebellious’, the modern ‘Uranus-ruled’ derivative). Aquarius rising’s unyielding approach to set ethical standards often parallels the native’s own caliber of commitment.

Of Saturn-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘Body more cold and dry, of a middle stature, his Complexion pale, swarthy or muddy, his Eyes little and black, looking downward; a broad Forehead, black or sad Hair, and it hard or rugged; great Ears, hanging; lowering Eyebrows…’

The placement and condition of Saturn in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the Ascendant, natal Saturn, Saturn retrogrades, and Saturn profections. The house ruler of Saturn also directs the expression of the Saturn Ascendant. For example, if Saturn occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Leo, the native may not approach life as a typical Aquarius Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Jupiter occupying the first house of an Aquarius Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the native. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Aquarius in the natal chart.

*Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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