To determine the rising sign a correct horoscope needs to be mapped and this is based upon such things as your date, time and location of birth. The rising sign or ascendant as it is alternatively referred to determines the condition of your body, how you look, your complexion and general personality.
Planets in the First House
Sun in 1st House. When well aspected: good health in general full of vitality, great recuperative power. This position of the Sun is favourable to the native’s sense of worth, renders him optimistic, courageous, confident of success and of his ability constantly to master the difficulties of life. This position inclines to take the lead in everything –in as far as others do not oppose this openly. His manner is dictatorial and demands respect.
Affliction weakens the vitality, the native is apt to try to support himself on externals and to do things from lack of assurance, of which later on he repents.
Moon in 1st House. The Moon rising makes the native very sensitive and gives much imagination. We see here a restless nature, always longing for change of surroundings and field of activity, driven forward by a hankering alter new emotions, liking to move in congenial society.
When afflicted many indispositions occur which are more or less of a psychical nature.
Mercury in 1st House. The planet of intellect and discrimination in the 1st house increases the restlessness, changeability and critical spirit, especially pronounced in a characteristic of youth. This type is eloquent, often quick at repartee and humorous, a jolly fellow amusing others.
When favourably aspected the mind is more accepted to the charm and wisdom of myths, sagas, legends and fairy tales – the deeper and occult meaning of which is very purely sensed than to exact scientific study. Memory is upon the whole fairly strong.
When afflicted the native is not always reliable. Remember, Mercury is the God of merchants and thieves. A person with an afflicted Mercury in the 1st house likes to make others ridiculous and to laugh at them.
Venus in 1st House. Generally speaking, this position is favourable to the acquisition of friendship and affection, to the development of musical and artistic talents and gives a personal charm that strikes many. Very probably love will play a great part in life. Though really deep feelings of the kind are present, there is a great tendency to flirt especially when afflicted – which entails consequences that were not really intended. And this may give rise to trouble and disappointment. It is advisable for the native to act more thoughtfully, consciously and with greater reserve in these matters, to try to get at other people’s feelings and not put his own self so much in the foreground. Love is not a matter of honour, it is a matter of feeling, in which the partner’s happiness is of the greatest importance.
Mars in 1st House. Gives a fiery, energetic manner, self-conscious love of enterprise and tireless activity. The native has a deep abhorrence of all that is not frank, fair and honest. Strict justice is the highest ideal which he strives for as much as possible and endeavours to practice. He should cultivate self-control because it is the factor most needed for success.
Jupiter in 1st House gives a certain optimism in all enterprise. When everything has been done according to the native’s perception and capacity, with confidence and faith the decision will be left to a higher power.
If, when afflicted – expectations are frustrated or if others try to lay too much stress on the possibility of disappointment, a sharp outburst is apt to follow suddenly or a quasi-indifferent silence sometimes completely disconcerts the outsider. In that case, health is not so good as it should be.
Saturn in 1st House lays his oppressive hand especially upon outer appearance and manner; if however is harmoniously posited the native’s will be serious and will not degenerate into pessimism. This position of Saturn gives the native something ‘oldies’ in appearance and demeanour and little inclination to form quick attachments. Everything that he takes in hand requires a good deal of patience and perseverance and if no assistance comes through Mars, things will often be given up through lack of these qualities. The result is that only the unpleasantness of work and not its satisfaction will be experienced, which in other respects also affects the native’s love of work unfavourably. He should endeavour to do work for its own sake, rather than for any profit which may accrue.
The native works much and strenuously; holidays for which others may perhaps occasionally be envied, would indeed soon lose their attraction. Even in childhood work will occupy an important place in his life, owing to unfavorable circumstances, and later on he is apt to exact much in this respect from others also, which often causes conflicts. He is not usually in the mood for careless, light-hearted merriment; “work and be watchful” is his maxim.
The native only works willingly for others, if through his own greater capacities come to light – hence also his love of teaching. Upon the whole his attitude towards strangers is cool, reserved or somewhat forcedly kind; his attitude towards life seems to say “we are not going to expect much, then it is likely to give us more than we anticipate”.
This position often causes fits of despondency and distrust. When harmoniously aspected much help may come from a pure, strong, sincere friendship with an eminent man or woman, when the better saturnine qualities, such as sense of duty, reliability, perseverance and self-control become more evident and pronounced. Then, too more rigorous and lucid self-examination will lead to an increase of love, compassion and forgiveness and thought be less exclusively fixed on his own self.
The tendency to pay more attention to bad than to good luck should be resisted so far as possible since this prevents the native from beginning a plan or attaching a new task and thus makes a happy solution altogether impossible. Saturn in the ascendant does not make him sanguine; renders him distrustful regarding the possibility of reaching a position, renders him at war with himself and causes him to feel that he is misunderstood and too little appreciated.
Opinions and feelings about people and things are pronouncedly “pro” or “con”, although as much as possible this will be hidden.
Domestic circumstances – especially in childhood – are by no means rosy; the native should also be careful of health.
Uranus in 1st House. The planet of new ideas makes the native’s appearance and manner original, bright and lively and gives a special liking for abstract study, occultism and modern lines in science and art. Little store is set on convention and the usual ideas of the surroundings.
Placed here Uranus strengthens what is the peculiar and particularly characteristic side of the native and indicates very original theories and methods of working which he applies successfully. He is especially interested in education in the widest sense of the word, the formation development of strong characters. Also philosophy and religion, physics and metaphysics, electro-technics and mechanics. His mind is always seeking to extend the field of its activity and does not shrink from difficult problems especially if he is able to suppose that really valuable results will accrue. The chief difficulty is the gift of the absolute surrender of – himself, through which the link is made between the single individual and the world around him. So long as this has not been reached a certain isolation and unrest will always be felt, in spite of great inner spiritual wealth.
When afflicted this position often causes a sudden disturbance in the contact with others (especially with more eminent people), a misunderstanding of the native’s attempts and desires for progress, an intense and vehement craving for something that cannot be reached and so forth.
Feeling needs to be better controlled and guided by the true self in order to prevent troubles, sudden separations and alienations.
This position indicates occasional blunt behavior, sudden impulses, short-lived exaggerated dread of illness, induced by insignificant occurrences or symptoms.
Neptune in 1st House gives a kind nature, although often dreamy and absent-minded and therefore liable to be rude. This position hinders the development of intellect, but furthers that of the sensitive side. Especially in childhood the native’s tendency to wander from a subject will get the better of him, so that he will allow many an opportunity to pass by unused.
He is inclined to float on moods, to be influenced by prejudices and sometimes to wish to do too many things at a time. Putting on one side the thoughts of self will improve his temper as well as health. He should not permit himself too much dreaming about remote ideals, or grumbling at the difficulty of attaining them or wasting of time with less important matters, but cheerfully and firmly aim at being of service to others in this way the less pleasant side of Neptune may be overcome by strengthening which is good.
This position gives mediumistic and clairvoyant faculties, but at the same time warns the native against their imprudent use. It will be advisable for him to take his bearings in this field beforehand, and not to risk experiments before this astral and mental bodies are sufficiently strong. No spirits nor narcotics should ever be taken. Good recreation and help in gloomy moments may be found in music. Neptune rising always makes the native musical – and though he may lack ability to perform, he is always able to enjoy other people’s playing.
When well aspected Neptune in 1st house strengthens the native’s love of nature and attracts him especially to the sea. This position gives the demeanor something inspired; life will probably be characterized by peculiar, circumstances and extraordinary experiences. It is an open question whether the lesson is learned for which they are intended, or whether only a vague submission results. This will depend on the aspects of Neptune. The native should as much as possible maintain his confidence that all things work altogether for good as well as the assurance that he himself can contribute to that end.