If you go to an astrology conference at breakfast, everyone will be eating their cereal wearing a badge with their Sun, Moon and Ascendant on. You already know about the Sun and Moon. The Sun describes how you shine. The Moon describes how you ‘parent’ children, needy adults or animals. Your Ascendant (Rising Sign) is your Twitter profile. Look for AC in the box on your chart.
The ASC or AC (short for Ascendant) is not your physical appearance in detail – but it’s your general package. It shows any family traits that you’ve picked up, which identify you as part of the clan. That’s because the Ascendant is always square the Immum Coeli, and the Immum Coeli (IC for short) rules your family tree. They are connected. Your Ascendant Sign can match a relative’s Sun Sign too.
Your Ascendant or Rising Sign is the difference you make to the world, at first glance – without even trying. And it’s the fast, shorthand way that the world understands who you are, which is why it’s so important. Is it the real you? Of course not. Although if you have plenty of heavenly bodies in the same sign as your Ascendant or Rising Sign, it will be a more faithful version of who you are.
Your Birth Chart
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Someone in the family tree was an Aries. You have a connection to sport or the military at birth, thanks to a relative, godparent or family friend. You present as a pioneer and initiator. You seem impatient to be first and may walk faster than other people – or drive faster than other people. You are the first to get moving in an emergency situation. You are fiercely competitive or defensive if pushed.
Someone in the family tree was a Taurus. You have a connection to charity, business, finance, property or antiques/art at birth, through a relative, godparent or family friend. You seem to be all about the money, no matter if you have any or not. Your lifestyle choice (poor but happy, rich and greedy, socialist, Scrooge…) walks in the room before you do. Your clothes and shoes spell it out to people.
Someone in the family tree was a Gemini. You were linked to the world of writing, media, the internet, publishing, telephones or voices (singing/acting) at birth, thanks to a relative, godparent or family friend. You are the big talker, singer or writer at the party. Is it the real you? Only if you have heavenly bodies in Gemini. You have twin names. Birth name plus nickname, or alter ego, perhaps.
Someone in the family tree was a Cancerian. You have a connection to property, matriarchal dynasties or patriotic causes (local football teams, regional/national institutions) through a relative. A godparent or family friend at your birth may also have left their mark, in this regard. You look like you care – for children, needy adults or animals. People say ‘Talk to X, because X will look after you.’
Someone in the family tree was a Leo. You have a connection to famous and important people at birth, thanks to a relative, godparent or family friend. You present as prince or princess as a teenager, then become a queen or king in adulthood. You don’t look ordinary or invisible. You package and present yourself like a VIP, celebrity or obscure European royal. Your name sounds impressive.
Someone in the family tree was a Virgo. You have a connection to health, medicine, surgery, healing or nutrition through a relative, godparent or family friend. You inherit this in a subtle way as you grow older. Your body is the first thing people see when you walk into the room. That’s because you’re unhealthy and out of shape (but obsessed) or some kind of superhuman we want to copy.
You present as one half of a pair – typically your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend or wife. It may also be a work partner, of course. It’s always about the two of you and you’re seldom a solo operator for long, in work or your private life. You’re hung up on what’s fair, or not fair, about life. You find it easy to get along with anyone (the diplomat) but you will fight any enemy for your version of justice.
Money is power, and so is a house, priceless possession (oh, that Hermes handbag), apartment, successful business or major charity. When you walk into the room, so does all that. When you were born, a family member, godparent or family friend left an imprint. He or she had inherited wealth, a property portfolio or business, priceless antiques/jewellery or a strong attachment to a charity.
You go to a party and bring your last trip with you – or your last head-trip. Europe, America, Asia? A university degree, evening class or weekend seminar? You look as if you’ve travelled, or spent a lot of time travelling along library shelves, or Wikipedia. When you were born, someone in the family/family friends circle imprinted you with his/her background in education, travel or publishing.
Nothing spontaneous going on here. You only do wild and crazy if it’s going to get you a good job. You present as a strategic thinker who plods patiently through life, to avoid putting a foot wrong. People say ‘He/she has done very well’ and you always do, no matter if it’s marrying up or being promoted. A relative, godparent or family friend was a massive success. This has imprinted on you.
You move in a pack or at least have friends at your fingertips, on the other end of your text messages. You are tribal and people identify you with your network, especially on Twitter. You are cool, light, friendly, treat everyone the same and like the internet because it brings humanity together, especially on petitions. A relative, godparent or family friend was a humanitarian too. It’s affected you.
You are Miss or Mr Invisible. Nobody can see you and you disappear at parties. You seem slippery, elusive, mysterious. You present as telepathic and you are. You know what other people and animals are thinking/feeling. A relative or godparent had alcohol/drug issues because he or she needed to escape from reality. You often look as if you hate reality too, but try to find another way.
CONJUNCTIONS WITH YOUR ASCENDANT
You know about conjunctions between your heavenly bodies – and his or hers. You’ve figured out the close, cosmic connections between yourself and one or more key people in your life. By now, you are also up to speed with your Ascendant or Rising Sign. This is the part of you which is your package, profile and party presentation. It may (or may not) be the real you, but it’s your badge.
If someone has his/her Ascendant, or any of the heavenly bodies, in the same sign, and at the same degree as your Ascendant – it’s fate. So, for example, if your horoscope reveals AC 1 Aries, and your husband has Mars at 1 Aries, then he has a fated effect on your image. When reading the AC (Ascendant) sign and degree, using your free astro.com chart, always take the first number.
Basically, if someone else has a conjunction to your Ascendant, he or she is part of your package and profile. People have trouble thinking about you, without also automatically thinking about them. Your reputation rests partly on the other person. Prince Charles was born with the asteroid Salacia at 27 Sagittarius. Prince William was born with his Ascendant at 27 Sagittarius.
I will go through the asteroids, like Salacia, later in this book. I will also look at orbs (the distance in degrees, between heavenly bodies) and show you why it is so important to have no more than one degree’s difference between any planet, point or asteroid. For now, though, look at the charts in front of you (his, hers, yours, theirs) to see how your image might be affected.
Extract from 200 Astrology Secrets by Jessica Adams, available on amazon.com.
Feature Image Credit: Daniel Cheung