©10-10-10 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
We’re engaged in a series of posts where readers ask questions about a particular house of the astrology chart in the comment section and I answer them. This time we’ll look at the 1st house.
The sign on the cusp of the 1st house is known as the Ascendant or Rising sign, and is given—along with the Sun and Moon signs—when people describe themselves astrologically.
Any planet within 10 degrees of a conjunction to the exact Ascendant was shown by the Gauquelins to be among the strongest features of the chart. This is true whether it is a 1st house or a 12th house planet. But what, exactly, does the Rising sign show about us?
The 1st house, as a whole, including 1st house planets, shows the first impression people get of us. As we all know, first impressions are often false ones, and yet they are difficult to overcome. Still, it’s what the person has become comfortable showing to the world and, as such, is a set of defenses for coping with new people and new situations. However, it is important to note that this outward impression is a facade and not who you really are, unless the Sun is near the Ascendant.
The set of behaviors depicted by the 1st generally grow out of family dynamics and roles defined in the family in childhood or the early environment. It becomes the automatic response to social situations with all but the most intimate of friends and relatives. It can include one’s personal style, fashion sense, and outward appearance.
The 1st house—along with the 6th and 12th—is also one of the health houses, as it can show certain innate strengths and weaknesses of the physical vehicle. Transits to the 1st may signal health challenges as well as changes in outward appearance and expression.
So, Readers, you are invited to ask questions about the 1st house in the comment section below this article.
I am happy to entertain more general questions like these:
- How would a planet that squares the Ascendant change the Rising Sign picture?
- How is Mars in the 1st conjunct the Ascendant different from Mars in the 12th conjunct the Ascendant.
- If the 1st, 6th, and 12th are all health houses, how is Saturn in the 1st different from Saturn in the 6th or 12th?
(Yes, I’m aware that most people are really asking a question about their own or a loved one’s chart, but at least they have the class to make it a more general question that will interest other readers as well.)
That sort of thing, phrased in 25 words or less. For this post only, no long personal stories and no back and forth discussions among readers. Here, I’m looking for the kinds of questions and discussions you’d raise in a class or at a conference.
There’s one earlier post in this series that I may refer to in my responses. It answers basic questions about houses and how they are set up that apply to all houses. If so, here’s the article I’ll be referring to: Readers Ask: Basic Questions about the 12 Houses.
After answering 30 questions, I’m closing down the comment section. I enjoyed the session and hope you have too. If you didn’t get a chance to ask, some of the questions may throw light on your own. To read other people’s questions and answers—scroll down below this article to the comment section.
More posts in this series:
- Readers Ask: Basic Questions about the 12 Houses
- Readers Ask: Q&A about the 1st House and Ascendant
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 2nd House
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 3rd House, Mercury, and Gemini
- The Best of Readers’ Q & A about the 3rd House and Mercury
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 4th House
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the 5th House
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 6th House
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 7th House
- Readers Ask: Q&A about the 8th House
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the 9th House
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the 10th House
- Readers Ask: Q&A about the 11th House
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 12th House
- New Insights into the 12th House from our Q&A Session
- House Positions of the Nodes—Insights from Our Q&A Series
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