The Ascendent can be hard to grasp. I struggled for a long time before I really understood it. I read the traditional explanations such as it is the car you drive and the style of glasses you wear. One day, it kind of clicked in, after doing many, many charts.
If one really wants to learn Astrology, one needs to jump in and do charts. Your friends will love you. You will get lots of warm fuzzies in appreciation and you will learn to hone your craft. If you are reading this, I assume you love Astrology.
At any rate, let’s get to our subject, which is the ASC. One’s ASC is a veneer, in a sense. The “in a sense ” part is what makes it confusing but I will try to explain. I am a Libra ASC. I like to make harmony out of a situation. If there is an argument, I like to meet in the middle. I like to be gracious. I like to be soft spoken and refined. All these are Libra traits. However, this part of me is what you see in very superficial encounters such as a party or meeting people for the first time. One is not faking whom one is when one shows one’s ASC. It is just one’s outer self. This includes looks, mannerisms, ways of approaching other people and ways of dealing with situations.
I will give a very brief description of each ASC and then we will talk about some Asteroids conjunct the ASC and other planets making aspects to the ASC.
Aries –Looks like a go getter. Looks like he would stand up for himself. Has an assertive vibe about him. He may have red hair or a ruddy appearance.
Taurus–May look bull or cow like. He may have broad shoulders, as in a football player. He will seem as if he is very grounded on the earth, as if it is a comfortable place for him and he fits in his earth suit.
Gemini-–Gemini ASC looks like an imp. He will look like he is up to mischief. We all know people who look like they are one step away from a practical joke. That is the Gemini look. He will have a look of intelligence about him, too. The Gemini ASC hands may be lovely. His body may be tall and slim.
Cancer–This is my fave ASC in a guy. I like a guy with a touch of girl. Cancer ASC is the ultimate warm fuzzy. He will look baby faced. He will like homey touches like candles and home made food. He may love to cook. There will be the loveliest of feminine vibes in the men. They do all this and do not lose their masculinity. Quite a feat.
Leo– Leo ASC looks like a lion. Think of Farrah Fawcett and Robert Redford. This ASC loves to be the center of attention. He loves the spotlight. He is a great storyteller. He may be a wonderful teacher or pastor. Both of these fields need a bit of theatrical flair to keep the students and the congregation awake. Leo ASC is your man!
Virgo–This ASC looks “clean”. It is hard to describe what I mean. They look like they just came out of the shower and if you got close, the most delicious body wash would waft from their bodies. There is a sense of the pristine about them. You may need to study the Virgo ASC to come to understand what I mean because it is subtle
Libra -This is the most classically beautiful ASC. This ASC has balanced features more than any other ASC. There will be a sense of a sunny harmony, such as the girl next door. When I think of Libra ASC, I think of Doris Day and I think she has one.
Scorpio–This ASC looks mysterious. One will not know what he is thinking. He will have that Al Pacino in the first” Godfather” look. It could be called inscrutable.That would be a good word for the eyes that look outward but reveal nothing.
Saggi-– This ASC looks graceful as if he was made to be an athlete. Princess Di had it. She wanted to be a dancer. She moved with the grace of a dancer. The Saggi ASC will be similar. They make look horse like, as well. To me, Beyonce looks like a horse, in the best sense of the word, because I think she is gorgeous. Saggi ASC have the look of a horse, as do Taurus ASC have the look of a cow and Leo ASC, the look of a lion.
Capricorn--This ASC has a classic bony appearance. It may be elegant high cheekbones. It may be a beak like nose or just a sense that the person has an older than his years appearance. This ASC is the quintessential old man or old woman child. This ASC may look like the proverbial child who sits longingly at the window watching the other children play but cannot force himself to join in for fear of rejection. Life is a serious business for the Cappy ASC.
One of my favorite musicians carries this ASC like a dreamboat—-Tom Petty. You can see the classic Cappy angular bone structure. For him, when one adds his Libra Sun conj Venus, you can see the blending of that balanced, beautiful Libra Sun and Venus with the rather harsh Cappy ASC to produce a fascinating blend.
Aqua –This Asc may have a high forehead.The face seems to be rather long and thin. It does not seem to have high cheek bones but more of a flat look but that may be just my experience. I would be interested in what you think.
Pisces–This ASC looks soulful. It looks as if the depths of the sea are in the eyes of the native. This ASC appears to be a dream person who is a creature of the mystical, next dimension.
Asteroids Conjunct the ASC
Asteroids will personalize any ASC. We can run the gamut from erotic(Eros), worshiped by others(Apollo), abusive(Nessus), the victim( Dejanira), betrayed by men(Sedna), refined eroticism( Sappho) and many more. It will be worth your while to find the Asteroids that conjunct your ASC. They will tell you your story. You will play it out because the ASC is our personal stage.
Aspects to the ASC
Aspects to the ASC are important and overlooked. Each planet represents a sphere of life. The ASC represents our walk through life. The planets which touch the ASC will aid or hinder this walk through life. Let me explain. I have Moon conj the MC. I can show my heart to the world. The Moon is one’s heart. However, I have Moon SQUARE the ASC. I struggle to show my emotions in my real life. I feel afraid and I feel insecure. I doubt myself. Hence, one can see the Moon square ASC play out in just the few above lines.
Lets take some other examples. Venus conjunct the ASC confers grace and beauty of the native. Venus trine the ASC does the same. Venus square the ASC may make it hard for the native to show love in his life. The square hinders and inhibit what it touches. The square makes for a struggle. I think it is a locked in struggle that will not change. One must work around it.
The Sun conjunct the ASC gives ego strength and confidence. The Sun trine the ASC does the same. However, the Sun square the ASC makes for a person who struggles to be confident in his daily life. The opposition makes for a person who goes back and forth in a see-saw kind of way. He may be confident one day and pulling back and hiding under the bed the next.
Mars conjunct the ASC makes for an assertive person. The trine does the same. However, the square makes for someone who is afraid to be assertive. The opposition makes a see-saw effect as shown in the previous example.
If you would like me to write more on planets aspecting the ASC, I will. I hope you have learned something from this article and I look forward to your comments about your own ASC!