• Yolanda McAdam

The Ascendant in Your Birth Chart


You are a reflection of a moment in time. That moment in time is symbolized by the Ascendant in your birth chart. Your Ascendant (also known as the Rising Sign) is in Howard Sasportas words “the lens through which we perceive existence, the focus we bring into life, the way we “bracket” the world.”


In astrology, the Ascendant is an angle. It’s not a planet, or an asteroid or a fixed star. It’s the angle associated with the first house and it’s the sign of the Zodiac that was rising in the eastern sky at the moment and location of your birth.


Your first impression of someone is your response to that person’s Ascendant (also known as the Rising Sign), not their Sun sign. This is because the style in which we meet life is shown by the Ascendant and the 1st house.


The Ascendant in natal astrology reveals the following:


  • It describes your experience of birth. Many Scorpio ascendants or ascendants with Pluto rising involve a close life-or-death struggle, for example.