The Ascendent, or Rising Sign

ChrissyThis blog is taken from the notes of my dear friend and fellow Astrologer, Christine Star Mountain.  Christine was a dear friend and mentor to me, an amazing Astrologer and Tarot Reader. She dedicated herself to the study of a wide variety of occult and metaphysical subjects.  She worked to connect her clients with their personal teachers and guides for spiritual development to find their soul’s purpose.  She liked to refer to herself as a “Spiritual Archeologist”.  She passed from this life a year ago this month and is deeply misstedThis blog is dedicated to her.

The ascendent, or rising sign is the astrological sign that was on the horizon at the exact time of your birth.  Exact time is essential because even a few minutes could cause the sign to change.

The ascendent represents what we want to “be”.  It is our mask in the world that we don to be accepted.  The ascendent keeps us from being vulnerable, it covers and hides our true self which is represented by the Sun sign.

When we meet others, we first see the characteristics of their ascendent and we see them as they wish to appear. We fall in love with their ascendent.

The ascendent and the Sun sign may be compatible or it may be deeply incompatible.  There may be a sense of two different personalities in the same body because of this basic incompatibility. Part of our life’s purpose here is to learn to integrate the different parts of ourselves into one well harmonized human being.

I like to picture the Sun sign as a bowl of pasta.  What you throw on it represents the ascendent, the Moon and the other planets.  So two Sun signs that are the same could be completely different people, as could two bowls of pasta be completely different dishes.  A bowl of ziti is a very different dish from a bowl of Japanese rice noodles, though the base ingredient is the pasta.  How well integrated all the planets and signs are depends upon the compatibility within the individual chart, as well as the individual’s ability to integrate sometimes opposing signs and planets.

To find out the sign on your ascendent, your astrology wheel would have to be calculated by a computer for reliable accuracy.

If you are interested in knowing more about yourself, please feel free to contact me.

 

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