Ascendant - The Rising Sign
Ascendant or The Rising Sign is the zodiac sign which rises in the eastern horizon at the time and place of birth. Ascendant changes on the eastern horizon every 2 hours. All the 12 signs rises as ascendant in 24 hours with time difference of 2 hours for each sign. Ascendant is highly significant in predictive astrology. It has been observed that less accuracy is achieved when predicting from sun sign and moon sign considering them as first house. But when we use Ascendant as first house in making predictions great accuracy is achieved. Near about 97% of accuracy can be achieved by making use of Ascendant which can not be achieved from sun and moon signs. Individual personality, financial status, character and all about an individual can be predicted with finding correct ascendant.
Ascendant is the key factor in deciding lordship of houses and the role of every planet in predicting events in life of an individual. In birth charts Ascendant is written as ASC. Ascendant sign is always taken as first house regardless of the number ascribed to sign in natural zodiac order. It does not matter which sign rises as ascendant it is always considered as 1st house. The very next sign is taken as 2nd house and so on upto 12th house. For example, if Leo Sign rises as ascendant at eastern horizon at the time and place of birth then Leo becomes first house and its ruling lord Sun becomes 1st lord or Ascendant lord whose position in birth chart will tell us about the personality, length, body color, character, nature, strength and vitality of an individual. For example, when Sun is placed in auspicious houses, like, cardinal houses (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th), trine houses(1st, 5th, 9th), 2nd or 11th then it will give very auspicious results to the native i.e. this will boost the personality, strength and vitality of the native. It will give good health, long life, and tall body with attractive look. Otherwise, if Sun is placed in inauspicious houses (6th, 8th or 12th) or if Sun is in debilitation then it will make the native weak, unattractive, short body and short tempered. The next sign which is Virgo becomes 2nd house and its ruler lord Mercury becomes 2nd lord which rules over family wealth, family status, right eye, voice and speech of the native person and so on upto 12th house. 12th house falls in Cancer sign.