The ascendant (Asc or As) is the astrological sign (and degree of that sign) rising on the eastern horizon at the time and place of an occurrence. Celestial occurrences, according to certain astrological ideas, mirror or determine human action on the concept of "as above, so below." Thus, a planet that rises in the east will bring good news; if it rises in the west, bad news is expected.
The word "ascendant" comes from the Latin ascendere, meaning "to rise". Astronomically, the term refers to the point in the sky where a planet appears to be rising over some observer on the Earth. The planet's angular distance north or south of the ascending node determines which direction it is moving (east or west). Directions to the east indicate prosperity and success, while directions to the west suggest failure and misfortune.
The ascendant is one of eight planets known as natural rulers. It is the first planet that rises after the Sun during a new moon. Therefore, the ascendant indicates what will be done and achieved during the initial stages of any given day. It is also considered to be the most important of the planets because everything else in the solar system depends upon it functioning properly for life to exist. Problems with the sun or moon, for example, would prevent these objects from reflecting sunlight and would result in darkness being imposed upon the world. Without light, plants would not grow and animals could not survive.
According to Vedic Astrology, an individual's entire existence is founded on the principle known as "As Above, So Below." That is to say, the ascendant or rising sign represents the formats of human activity. The ascendant represents the celestial position of one's birthplace. It also indicates the culture and value system of one's family background. By studying the position of the Moon, Sun, and planets at birth, a Vedic astrologer can infer much about a person based on their zodiac sign.
The sun enters a new zodiac sign every fortnight and leaves it after twelve months. Thus the zodiac signs are believed to change every 2,000 years. However, some ancient cultures have estimated the change to be much more frequent (every 1,700 years for the Egyptians) while others have estimated it to be very slow (every 50,000 years for the Babylonians).
The zodiac signs are not fixed elements but rather abstract representations of the constellations visible from Earth at any given time. For example, Aries the Ram is not always in view because it passes below the horizon. When it does so, it has moved onto another part of the sky and taken its place among the stars. In fact, there are parts of the night when no constellation is visible because all the stars are up above the horizon. These regions are called "empty spaces" in astronomy.
Your ascendant, or rising sign, indicates how others see you, your general view of others, and your impulsive emotions. It represents the ascending zodiacal sign on the eastern horizon at the time you were born. Whether your ascendant is said to be in Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, or Taurus depends on which house it falls in. The houses are determined by counting the signs (zodiacal constellations) that make up each constellation, and assigning them to one of four categories: aces (1-9), kings (10-17), queens (18-27), or jacks (28-36). Your birth date determines which category it falls into.
The signs themselves are divided into two groups: curds (or female) and greens (or male). The Cancers are thought to represent women, while the Leos are seen as men. The Scorpios and Tauruses are both considered to be very emotional signs. They both have water associated with them, so they are both considered to be emotional beings who may sometimes lack rationality. The students will probably want to know what it means for their ascendant sign to be "female" or "male". Actually, there are only two possibilities: either your ascendant is a female sign or it's not. If it is, then you are naturally drawn to those things and you should use your intuition to guide you.
The degree of the rasi (or sign) and nakshatra (or constellation), especially the nakshatra pada (also known as the partition of a constellation into four separate sections), which is rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of one's birth, is one's ascendant, or lagna. The word "ascendant" comes from the Latin word for "rising." The planet Venus is the only object that ever rises in the east and sets in the west. It is therefore called the Morning Star and Evening Star.
The planet Mars is the only other body that ever rises in the east and stays in the east all day.
Venus and Mars are both named after Roman gods, but they have no connection with each other except that they were both well-known deities in ancient Rome. The planets Venus and Mars were not identified as such until much later. Before then they were just called "the morning star" and "the evening star," which is what people most likely saw when they looked up at the night sky.
People used to think that planets moved across the sky because they were going around the earth. They found out later that planets actually move across the sky because their position changes over time due to gravitational forces from other stars.
Your social personality is determined by your rising sign (also known as your Ascendant). It is the way you seem to people as it pertains to the zodiac sign that was visible on the eastern horizon when you were born. Your rising sign reflects your physical body as well as your external appearance. It is one of the four main factors in astrology.
Your rising sign influences many aspects of your life, including where you find success and failure, what relationships are like for you, what job opportunities are available, even whether or not you will be arrested for murder. The rising sign also affects how others perceive you; it is a major factor in determining your popularity.
As children, we have feelings for objects that are near us. Our toys become important to us as do our parents. This is called object love. Object love can influence which signs are popular among children. For example, if you were born under the sign of Cancer, then you are associated with the sea animals (such as whales) and vegetables (such as cauliflower). As another example, if you were born under the sign of Capricorn, then you are associated with animals (such as elephants) that appear in front of the public eye. Physical appearances are important to others; therefore, popular signs tend to have attractive creatures associated with them.
When you meet someone new, they usually ask you about your family history.