by Stefan Stenudd


Ascendant in the Complete Horoscope

The Key to Appearance in Classical Astrology

The Ascendant in the horoscope.
The appearance of a personality,
true for the first moment of encounter,
as one wants oneself to be seen.

The Ascendant, ACThe Ascendant (AC) is also called the Rising sign. It's the point on the Zodiac that is exactly at the east horizon in the horoscope. Its counterpart is the Descendant, at the west horizon.


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       So, the Ascendant is not a heavenly body at all, but in astrology its function and meaning is quite comparable to the planets. It moves much faster, though. It passes through the whole Zodiac in 24 hours. Therefore it is important to know the exact birth time, in order to establish the correct position for the Ascendant.

       In the horoscope the Ascendant shows how you want to present yourself to others, the impression of yourself that you consciously strive to project. So, it is the first impression others get of you.

       The Ascendant is the cusp of the 1st House, i.e. its starting point. Whereas the Ascendant is the image of yourself that you project, the rest of the 1st House shows how others perceive you as they get to know you.

       But the Ascendant is the role you play, and the way you prefer others to perceive you.

The Ascendant (AC) in the Zodiac

Here are short descriptions of how each Zodiac sign influences the Ascendant, the first impression of yourself that you intentionally give others, when that's where it is in your natal chart.

Aries brings some rudeness, and obvious impatience.

Taurus brings neutral behavior towards others, and an everyday appearance.

Gemini brings eloquence and a sense of humor appreciated by all, although regarded as superficial.

Cancer brings a pleasant way of behaving, with no fear of intimacy.

Leo brings an impressive appearance and the admiration of others.

Virgo brings a critical and demanding attitude, that might put others off.

Libra brings a diplomatic appearance, keen on not being misunderstood.

Scorpio brings a secretive, intriguing attitude.

Sagittarius brings an unattached appearance that many find fascinating.

Capricorn brings an attitude of authority, demanding the respect of others.

Aquarius brings an attitude of sincerity and thoughtfulness.

Pisces brings an attitude of humility and uncertainty.


Here are the twelve Zodiac signs, and keywords for the character they give to the Ascendant, i.e. the first impression of yourself that you intentionally give others:

Aries   challenging

Taurus   trustworthy

Gemini   spontaneous

Cancer   caring

Leo   pompous

Virgo   reserved

Libra   strict

Scorpio   odd

Sagittarius   distant

Capricorn   demanding

Aquarius   complicated

Pisces   timid

The Planets

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Planets and Celestial Points












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Tetrabiblos — the Ancient Astrology Bible


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Houses — the "where" of the horoscope

Aspects — the "why" of the horoscope


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The twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.

Aries Zodiac Sign


Taurus Zodiac Sign


Gemini Zodiac Sign


Cancer Zodiac Sign


Leo Zodiac Sign


Virgo Zodiac Sign


Libra Zodiac Sign


Scorpio Zodiac Sign


Sagittarius Zodiac Sign


Capricorn Zodiac Sign


Aquarius Zodiac Sign


Pisces Zodiac Sign



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Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd, Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction.

About me

I'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website:

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