The Body, Early Childhood, Your Personality, Ego, Identity, Sense of Self
What It Means
The leading edge, or cusp, of the first house, along with the degrees and minutes of the
sign found there, is referred to as
the Ascendant, or Rising Sign.
Much like sunrise
brings the beginnings and early stirrings of the day, the Ascendant represents
the beginnings of life, when we come out of the darkness of the womb and greet
the sunshine. It is the moment we take that first breath, uniting
body and soul.
The experiences most closely related to the first house are those of infancy and
early childhood. This is a time of discovery, when we first learn to see
and to find our fingers and toes. It's when we learn to control our
hands and feet and become aware of our bodies.
The Ascendant describes the circumstances into which we find ourselves when we
have taken that first breath. Imagine how differently you might experience
life if you were born into the chaotic situation in Haiti
after that horrific earthquake of 2010...with nothing to eat and nowhere to live. Compare that to being born into an elite
family of aristocratic heritage. The circumstances of our birth imprint
themselves upon us, just like ducks! Some say we choose our parents while
still in the spirit. Maybe we do. At any rate, we have to live
with whatever materializes.
Your Ascendant is like the front door to your soul. Others must pass through
here in order to get to know what's inside. It is the visible
part of your character that makes an impression upon others. That's what
is meant by the word "Personality". Very often,
people relate more to the characteristics of their Ascendant sign than to those
of their Sun sign. How do you behave when
you are standing on the inside of that front door? Do you open it wide and
welcome what you find out there? Or, do you barely open it an inch and slam it
shut before the intruders can get a foot inside?
The first house, however, is more than just the Ascendant. Most often,
another sign occupies the latter degrees of the house. That other sign may even
be completely contained within the house with a third sign following on before
the cusp of the next house. This is known as having an intercepted sign.
All of the characteristics of the additional signs are added to the quality of
the experiences of the first house. The planet that rules the sign on the
Ascendant is considered the ruler of the chart and plays a significant role in
The first house is the first of the angular houses, the powerful supporting
pillars of the chart. This house, its signs, the ruling planet, and
planets contained within it define our personality...the essence of just who we
think we are and how we interact with the world.