is defined as the intersecting point between the Ecliptic ( Kranti
Vritta ) & the
Celestial Horizon ( Kshitija ). In Sanskrit it is known as
Udaya Lagna. The Ecliptic is the path of
the earth round the Sun. The origin of the Celestial Horizon is
the Northern Horizon. The Original Point
of the Ecliptic is 0 degrees Aries according to Western Astrology
and is 0 degrees Beta Arietis ( Ashwini ) according to Hindu
The Ascendant is
the most important point in one's horoscope. It represents the
Wheel of Destiny.
The Ascending Degree is known as the Lagna Bindu and all
calculations are based on
it. 180 degrees from it is known as the Descendant ( Astha Lagna
is meant the Eastern Celestial Horizon. The Descendant is the
Astrology, only the Ascendant and the Lunar Ascendant figure
largely. In Horary Astrology, along with the Ascendant and the
Lunar Ascendant, three more Ascendants come into the picture. They are Base Ascendant ( Aroodha
), Veedhi and Chatra.
Astrology, all computations are based on the Base Ascendant (
Aroodha ), similar to the
calculations based on the Ascendant in Natal. The curse of
reverential, learned people is denoted by Aroodha, the anger of the populace is represented by the
Ascendant, trouble from enemies is
indicated by the Lunar Ascendant & the anger of deities is
indicated by Chatra. These four Ascendants
form the pillar of Horary Astrology.
The Ascendant is
computed using the formula
Tan Q = ( cos w Sin
R + Sin w Tan A ) / Cos R
where Q =
Ascendant, w = maximum declination of the Sun, R = Right Ascension
of the Meridian Cusp
& A = latitude of the place
Here we give
the 12 Ascendants and their characteristics
Ascendant - Aries (
bestows the native with certain martian qualities.
Courage- sensitive to other's feelings - shorttempered & proud
- interested in legal & logical aspects - lover of
scientific thinking - enjoy
travel & adventure -hates relatives - body of medium
size - long face & neck eyesight sharp
scar on the head or temples round eyes legs,
weak, ambitious, enterprising & good planning
ability. Since Mars is the Ascendant lord they may be under
the influence of their partner & they have a
weakness for the opposite sex. Mars also endows
them with good administrative ability. This ability is
excellent in business & politics. Have good
observational ability. They dislike being guided by others as they
maintain an aggressive independent attitude.
They are down to earth, practical. They are natural
fighters who fight for justice. Mars endows them with
rare fortitude & will to survive in a competitive world.
Ascendant - Taurus ( Vrishabha )
bestows the qualities of ambition, tolerance
& patience. They are obstinate and proud. Affectionate -
loving, willing to sacrifice and interested in
competitive games. They will have beautiful
faces and they are likely to be short. They are
sometimes unreasonable. They are high-principled &
they practice what they preach. They are mentally strong
& their physical stamina is excellent. They
love pleasure and like music. They are endowed
with personal magnetism. They are imperial in outlook &
they feel that they are born to exercise authority. They
will have more daughters than sons and they may not be very
happy as regards happiness from children. As they are
likely to contract nervous complaints from fiftieth year, it
will be better for them to consult a medical specialist.
They have to learn to incorporate
tolerance for the adversary.
Ascendant - Gemini ( Midhuna )
ascending bestows intellectuality &
intelligence. Their minds
may be wavering & they will have literary
talent. They are quick witted, restless & inconstant.
They may suffer from nervous breakdowns & they are likely to
be tall and straight. They may become experts
in the mechanical sciences as Mercury represents computing.
They will have a depression near the chin & their eyes will be attractive.
They have conversational & literary abilities. They
should be careful while moving with the opposite sex.
They are interested in original, artistic works of any
kind. They are
versatile by nature & they have intellectual ability.
They are enterprising
by nature & they have analytical minds.
Ascendant - Cancer
( Kataka )
rising gives intuition, sympathy and
appreciation of the subtle things of life. Cancer
represents the heart of the Cosmic Man. Cancerians are
tied and tuned to the Cosmic world. Most of the saints
& mystics are born in this sign. Its
dispositor is the Moon & the exaltation
dispositor is the wisdom planet, Jupiter. They love
the mundane pleasures of life, particularly home & children.
They may be disappointed in love as their love is not
reciprocated. They are inconstant & fickleminded as they
are ruled by the Moon. Their wealth will be
subject to waxing and waning like the Moon. They love
the divine sciences, particulary the science & the
wisdom of the heavens. ( Astronomy & Astrology ) They are nervous and restless. At the
same time a high degree of adaptability have been bestowed by this
sign. They can adapt to any situation. They are interested in Wisdom and
the divine. The occult sciences attract them and they become diviners
Ascendant - Leo ( Simha )
rising gives love of Nature & an overactive &
leonine temparament. They are likely to be ambitious and
cheerful. They have a liking for Literature & Art.
Their ambitions may not be fulfilled. They are proud
and strong & the qualities of beauty, nobility &
spirituality will be theirs. They have tremendous
will power and determination and the ability to face
upto heavy odds. Physically powerful with broad
shoulders, they are endowed with personal magnetism. They
have to incorporate patience & perseverance as
they are short tempered by nature. They are also advised to
incorporate tolerance for the
adversary. They become the leaders of their family and care
much for their mother's interest.
They are of the
forgiving type & they do not nurse any
illfeeling towards anyone. There is a possibility
that they may be misunderstood by
superiors and they are likely to have
nervous complaints. They are orthodox and highprincipled.
Ascendant - Virgo ( Kanni )
rising gives scholarly qualities and they are lovers of
learning. They love music and the arts. Their IQ level is
above the ordinary. They are diplomatic & shrewd and
possess business insight. They are emotional and get
carried away by sentiments. They are interested in modern equipments.
They love Mathematics & the Wisdom of the Heavens. They are
pleasant talkers & they love good principles & philosophy.
They are healthy & wealthy and love good relations. They
are generally under the control of their partner. They
are thrifty and enterprising. They have a natural affinity to
electronics & computers.They are ruled by the intellectual
planet, Mercury who is the representer of
Maths, computing, music, art & sculpture.They will shine as lecturers
/ teachers as the planet of Academic Education rules
them. They will be humourous & witty. They will shine as writers
Ascendant - Libra ( Thula )
rising creates an all rounder, a person who is a
generalist and well accepted in society. They have domineering
personalities & they are forceful and given to their
ways. They are likely to be
vindictive & revengeful. They are well informed and
interested in logical & legal aspects. They are
likely to be of a wavering mind They believe that God is love and
their love will embrace all creatures. Their eyes have a
peculiarity of their own. They are lovers of Poetry &
the fine arts as they are ruled by the poet
Venus. They are likely to be disappointed in love as their love
may not be reciprocated. They have a special talent in business dealings.
have very few sons. They always have an underlying fear in
the bottom of their minds. They are keen observers of
human nature and psychologists.
They will be generally known by more than one name. They are
interested in entertainments which involve the opposite sex.
Ascendant - Vrischika ( Scorpio )
rising gives them the qualities of perseverance and
fortitude. They appear sarcastic & impulsive. They do not heed other's
advice. Their actions and thoughts are
inexplicable. They become lucky in the second half of their life.
They are quick witted and humourous. They are good at
correspondence. They are ruled by Mars and hence will have martian
temperaments. They are shorttempered and rash at times. They
are advised to incorporate patience and
tolerance for the adversary. They are inconstant and fickle
minded. They love luxury & excitement. They
are entertaining conversationalists depending on their own
intelligence. They can develop into good musicians if they
take to that art. They are lovers of the fine arts.
They are good at administration
& administration shines only
when the fire of Mars is present.
The Martian quality of fortitude they have
in plenty. Careers indicated - Military & Police.
Ascendant - Dhanus ( Sagittarius )
rising gives a warrior like approach to the problems
of life. They are inclined to Philosophy and
Religion. They have professional brilliance and reputation.
They are wealthy and prosperous. They are quite capable of
earning the good will of all. They possess good
foresight & they are intuitive and religious. They
have domineering personalities. They are over-anxious, brave &
restless. They are orthodox and business like. They are ruled by
the wisdom planet Jupiter & they are blessed
by all the Jovian qualities. Wisdom, patience,
knowledge of sciences & arts are represented
by Jove. They are capable of influencing people as they are born with
personal magnetism. Despite all their good qualities they are
likely to be misunderstood by others. They are free
from hypocrisy & they follow the
principle " Honesty is the best Policy". Their
frankness & good nature also can be a drawback in a business
Ascendant - Capricorn ( Makara )
rising gives strong will power and determination. They
are philosophers in their own right. They are likely
to be vindictive & secretive. They have
strong determination and purposiveness in life. They
are very cunning & highly determined. They do not
mind the general feeling of the audience when they talk
about Truth & Reality. They do not mind employing
means that are not above board to reach their
target. "End justifies the means" seems to be
their principle. They can talk softly and kindly and
many a man will fall into their trap.
born in a Saturnine sign which gives them the
qualities of temperance
& fortitude. Great patience & perseverance are imparted
by Saturn. Capricornians make good sculptors. They are like-
ly to be melancholic in temparament. They make
Ascendant - Aquarius ( Kumbha )
rising gives Saturnine qualities - philosophical outlook,
patience & perseverance. They will shine as teachers,
speakers & writers. They may be tall with good appearance. They
are altruists by nature & they consecrate some of
their energies for the service of their fellow men. They
are highly sympathetic and generous. They generate more
friendliness and compassion. They are dangerous when provoked
but then they cool off easily. They may be tall &
handsome. Their IQ level & MQ level are
praiseworthy. They can shine as authors if they so
desire. They are shy when it comes to exhibiting their talents
before people interested in their art. They tend
to believe that Astrology is a science. They are
basically humanists & they are likely to be
misunderstood. Their love may not be reciprocated & they
are likely to be disappointed in love. They believe in the
essential goodness of humanity.
Ascendant - Pisces ( Meena )
rising gives the qualities of
intuition, benevolence, sympathy & fondness
for the finer side of life. They have majestic
personalities & impressive bearing. They are
likely to be handsome & well informed. They
also become a target of envy of others. Their wealth is
related to water as they are born in a watery sign.
They are altruists involved in noble services
& the alleviation of human suffering. They are God
fearing and very religious. They are generally ambitious but
giving Philosophy its due place. They are just and they
are always afraid to go against the Truth. Because of this
moral injunction they appear to lack self confidence. They are
born in a Jupiterian sign equipped with the
divine qualities of patience & perseverance.
Their sign dispositor, Jupiter endows them with the
warmth of human affection & their personal magnetism will be
well known and recognised.