Chapter 19 – The Ascendant

     
     Most of us would be knowing our sun sign or moon sign at the time of birth. There is one more sign, which is more important than these sun or moon sign. i.e the rising sign or otherwise called ‘The Ascendant’ in our horoscope.

     Your Rising Sign, otherwise known as an Ascendant, is the Zodiac Sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time you were born.In Vedic astrology it is called Lagna. It can be abbreviated on a birth chart as ASC or AS or a corss line in the zodiac sign. When you know the time you were born, your Ascendant Sign can be calculated to the exact degree.

    If the Ascendant falls closer to the beginning of the Sign, the stronger the effects will be felt in the individual. This is also held to be true if the Sun is in a weak position in the birth chart. It is also thought to be weaker when the individual is born towards the end of the Sign’s Ascendancy, just before the next Sign appears.

     Because the Ascendant Sign is specific to the time and place of the individual birth, it represents the environment and conditioning a person may be influenced by during their childhood and is considered as important and significant as the Sun and Moon Signs, because all other aspects on the chart are filtered through this Sign.

     Rising Sun Your Rising Sign appears as the first personality traits you exhibit. It is your autopilot? it responds to your environment. Your Sun Sign gradually becomes more noticeable over time. The two Signs will eventually blend, creating an outer layer and an inner layer, enclosing the Moon Sign deep inside.
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