Thanks to numerous computer astro programs that are available on the Internet, it is possible to calculate your ascendant. However, we should keep in mind that all the sections must be correctly filled, because the accuracy of calculating the degree of the ascendant in a sign depends on the exact hour and place of birth.
Ascendant- sign of the rising sun
Ascendant, in English it’s much more romantic and more beautiful called the rising sign (exiting sign, that is, the sign that is born in the East), is the sign that stood at the easternmost point in the sky at the moment of birth. Other, more professional name for it is the Ascendant, in fact, the point in the horoscope that represents the beginning of the first (out of 12) astrological houses, ie. fields (symbolizing certain segments of life, such as money, career, health, love, marriage, etc.) that symbolize your personality.
Fallacies regarding the influence of the sign and Ascendant
It is not true that the zodiac sign is dominant in the first half of life, as some think, or until the age of thirty, and that ascendant has much bigger influence in the later years of life. Both sign (one of the twelve zodiac signs in which the Sun was located at the time of our birth) and ascendant can be on any of 360 degrees that the zodiacal circle contains. Very rarely the Sun and ascendant are at the same degree of the zodiac, that is, ‘overlap’. Then you can be certain that you have before you a person who will become worldwide famous or very successful in their career.
How to begin to interpret the horoscope
Interpretation of horoscope starts from ascendant i.e. from the top of the first astrological house and it is interpreted in the opposite direction from the movement of the hands of the clock, as astrological houses are ordered. If the first astrological house is empty, that is, there isn’t a single planet, which immediately throws many people in despair, it doesn’t mean that the person is weak personality or they won’t be realized in life, that they won’t be healthy, long-lived, happy and similar, but it can to a certain measure imply that the person is willing to subordinate their personal goals and desires to others.
These are exactly the people that can be influenced easily, especially if their ascendant falls in one of the so-called changeable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces- adaptable), but the good side of these empty astrological houses is adaptability, unless they fall into one of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius - persistent) when it tends to show often self-destructive stubbornness.
Weak and strong ascendant
Just as there is an expression ‘weak’ or ‘strong’ sign (that is if the Sun is at the first 10 degrees of a sign, or last 10 degrees, it is especially weak at the 29th degree), ascendant can also be ‘weak’ or ‘strong’, which means that a person won’t have typical characteristics of the sign in which they were born, or the sign of ascendant, but the one that follows (for example, people born with ascendant or Sun at the 29th degree of Gemini, will have much more characteristics of Cancer).
If for example, ascendant is in one of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) and ascendant is at the first degree of this sign, and at the same time it is in vicinity of the Sun, Mars, Pluto, Venus, Jupiter, based on the symbolism of these planets it can be concluded that the person will direct themselves towards activities that can make them famous, rich, and that their will won’t be so easy to influence.
Combination of sign and ascendant
The combination of sign and ascendant also doesn’t indicate on its own what awaits anyone in their life, but gives a picture of a person, both physically and psychologically. Since signs are divided into the elements, and these are fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) which means that they are temperamental, impulsive, earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), materially oriented, looking for safety, air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), which are communicative, and water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), moody, sensitive, one of the most important indicators of a person's temperament is combination of sign and ascendant according to the element.
Examples of discordance between the sign and ascendant
When we have a person before us who is for example ‘double’ Aries, we need fire-fighting equipment, because we have before us someone who is willing to fiercely quarrel about trifles, to lose it over something stupid, and it doesn’t mean that within five minutes they won’t show their sensitivity and good intentions. If we have Aries with ascendant in Pisces (fire - water) before us, we will probably feel a certain amount of gentleness, compassion and introspectiveness, but that person won’t be any less happy, cheerful and pleasant.
Aries - Gemini for example, (fire - air) won’t stop talking, often confusing, temperamentally, while Aries - Taurus (fire - earth) will quite calmly but none the less persistently, explain their attitudes or plans regarding business. The next step in analyzing horoscope is determining in which signs and astrological houses are the planets that rule sign and ascendant. If the ruler of horoscope (ruler of the sign in which ascendant falls) is a so-called female planet, such as Moon or Venus, and a man is in question, he will, especially if that planet is well placed in the horoscope, and has good aspects from other planets, not only be very popular with women, but will also probably show some talents and great dose of sensitivity.
Of course, at the same time it would be good for a so called ‘male’ planet, such as Sun, Mars, Jupiter or Uranus and Pluto to be ‘strong’ and then we have extremely balanced and interesting person.
With women it is always good when the ruler of the horoscope is one of so-called female planets, with good aspects, located in signs where its properties come to the fore. With women it is very important that ruler of the horoscope is not covered by some severe multiple aspects by planets that symbolize aggression, violence or suffering, like Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.