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7 articles for "Ascendant"

Ascendant [Astro*Index]

The point of intersection of the ecliptic and horizon nearest the East point. The degree of the zodiac on this point at the moment of birth marks the cusp of the first house in most house systems. The term is often generalized to include the whole first house. The sign of the ascendant is commonly called the rising sign.

See also:
♦ House Cusp ♦ Ecliptic ♦ Horizon ♦ East Point ♦ Cusp ♦ House ♦ First House ♦ Equator ♦ Hemisphere ♦ House System ♦ Rising Sign
Ascendant [Prima]

Usually abbreviated as: ASC.

The degree of the zodiac on the ecliptic that is rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. Astronomically it is the point of inter- section of the ecliptic and the horizon nearest the East Point.

This degree of the zodiac marks the cusp of the first house in most house systems. The term is often generalized to include the whole first house. The sign of the ascendant is commonly called the Rising Sign.

Because of the obliquity of the ecliptic at 23.5° to the equator, some signs lie north and others south of the equator. When the Earth rotates, signs of short ascension ascend quickly, while signs of long ascension rise slowly. In the northern hemisphere, the signs of long ascension are Cancer through Sagittarius and the signs of short ascension are Capricorn through Gemini. The reverse is true in the southern hemisphere.

Equatorial Ascendant: Sometimes erroneously called the East Point, it is the degree of the zodiac that would be rising if one were born at the equator. It is the point of intersection of the ecliptic and the polar axis circle (in the east only). It is the first-house cusp of the Meridian house system, commonly used by Uranian astrologers.

See also:
♦ House Cusp ♦ Ecliptic ♦ Horizon ♦ East Point ♦ Cusp ♦ House ♦ First House ♦ Equator ♦ Hemisphere ♦ House System ♦ Rising Sign
Ascendant [Munkasey M.]

That point in space where the Horizon and the Eclipticintersect in the Easterly direction. In the Placidian system of houses this also marks the cusp of the First House.

See also:
♦ House Cusp ♦ Ecliptic ♦ Horizon ♦ East Point ♦ Cusp ♦ House ♦ First House ♦ Equator ♦ Hemisphere ♦ House System ♦ Rising Sign
Ascendant [DeVore]

The degree of the Zodiac which appeared on the eastern horizon at the moment for which a Figure is to be cast. It is often loosely applied to the whole of the Rising Sign and to the entire First House as well as specifically to the exact degree on the horizon. With reference to a Birth Figure it signifies properly the east point of the same, placed at the left thereof (v. Map of the Heavens); hence the Sign and the degree thereof are distinguished as the Rising Sign (q.v.) and the Rising Degree. A planet between the lower meridian and the eastern horizon is ascending by virtue of the Earth's rotation, but it does not arrive at the Ascendant until it reaches the last degree of the nocturnal semi-arc.

Old authority speaks of the Ascendant as the Horoscope, and of all planets in the eastern segment of the Figure as Ascendant planets since all are actually rising, but in course of time this term has become obsolete. Only those planets that are within orbs of a conjunction with the Rising Degree, or that are in the First House, are said to be in the Ascendant. Some authorities deem that a planet in the last 12 degrees of the Twelfth House should be interpreted as a First House planet.

See also:
♦ House Cusp ♦ Ecliptic ♦ Horizon ♦ East Point ♦ Cusp ♦ House ♦ First House ♦ Equator ♦ Hemisphere ♦ House System ♦ Rising Sign
Ascendant Arc [Astro*Index]

A method of arc direction used for progressing the natal chart. The solar arc is first calculated for the event date. This solar arc is then added to the natal midheaven, the midheaven converted to its equivalent RAMC, and a new ascendant calculated. The arc difference between this new ascendant and the radix ascendant is termed the ascendant arc. This ascendant arc is then added to all planet positions to create the directed positions. These directed positions are then compared to the radix positions by aspects in the normal way.

See also:
♦ Directions ♦ Progressions ♦ Solar Arc ♦ Midheaven ♦ Ramc ♦ Directed Positions
Ascendant-Arc Directions [Prima]

One of several methods of directions.

The distance from the natal ascendant to the progressed ascendant (derived from a solar-arc directed MC) is measured. This arc is then applied to all planets in the natal chart in order to arrive at their directed positions, and all house cusps are either directed by the same arc or derived from the directed midheaven (see cusp type).

Since the ascendant-descendant axis relates to our social interface with the world, planetary develop- ments based on ascendant-arc directions are likely to have special bearing on issues concerning our partnerships and all direct, one-to-one relation- ships with other people.

See also:
♦ Directions ♦ Solar Arc ♦ Cusp
Ascendant Chart [Prima]

One of the charts used in the Hamburg School or Uranian system of astrology.

The traditional equal-house horoscope with the first-house cusp as the ascendant.

It represents the native's surroundings and environment.

See also:
♦ Hamburg School

 

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