Building your 1st house
The first house in astrology, also known as the Ascendant or Rising sign, is the zodiacal degree that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of a person's birth. This point, along with the position of the Sun, Moon and the other planets, creates an individual's natal chart, which is the blueprint of their personality and life path.
This house is considered to be the most important house in a person's natal chart, as it represents their self, their physical appearance, and their personal identity. It is associated with the sign Aries, which is the first sign of the zodiac, and the planet Mars, the ruler of Aries. The first house is also associated with the element of fire, which is fitting as it is the house of self-expression, energy, and action.
It represents a person's physical body and their appearance. The way that they present themselves to the world, their style, and their physical features can all be attributed to the first house. The way a person carries themselves, their posture, and their general bearing can also be seen in this house. It represents the physical person, the mask one wears, the way they come across to others.
Additionally, it represents the querent's personality, their self-awareness, and their self-image. The way they view themselves, the way they think of themselves, their self-esteem, and the way they respond to their environment is also shown in this house. People with strong first houses tend to be outgoing, confident, and self-assured. They are comfortable in their own skin and are not afraid to be themselves. On the other hand, people with weaker first houses may struggle with self-doubt and insecurity.
It also represents the querent's actions and behaviors. It is the house of self-expression and how one expresses oneself in the world. This is where you find how one approaches life, their attitude, how they interact with others and how they react to their surroundings. It also relates to one's willpower and determination, as well as their ability to take action and initiate change.
The ruling planet of the first house, Mars, is associated with assertiveness, aggression, and action. Mars is the planet of energy and drive, and it is the planet that pushes us to take action and make things happen. A strong Mars in the first house can indicate that the querent is assertive, confident, and able to take charge in any situation. They are quick to act and are not afraid to take risks. On the other hand, a weak Mars in the first house can indicate that the querent may struggle with assertiveness and may have difficulty taking action. They may be hesitant, timid, or indecisive.
The first house also plays a crucial role in the interpretation of a person's relationships. It is the house of the self and how one relates to others. It represents how a person presents themselves to the world, and how they interact with others. In a romantic relationship, the first house represents the "I" in the partnership. It shows how one expresses themselves, how they approach the relationship and how they see themselves in the partnership. It also shows how one interacts with the world as a couple.
One aspect of the first house that can be overlooked is how it relates to health and well-being. The first house represents the physical body and how it functions in the world. It shows any areas of weakness or vulnerability in the body, and it can indicate any health issues that may arise. A strong first house in the natal chart can indicate good physical health, while a weak first house can indicate health problems or a lack of energy.
In addition to health, the first house also relates to a person's overall well-being. It represents how they take care of themselves, both physically and emotionally. A person with a strong first house is likely to have good self-care habits, such as regular exercise and healthy eating, while a person with a weak first house may neglect their own needs in favor of taking care of others.
Another important aspect of the first house is its relationship to career and professional life. The first house represents the querent's self, and how they interact with the world. In a career context, it represents how one expresses themselves in the working world, the way one interacts with their colleagues and clients, and how they present themselves to their superiors. A strong first house can indicate success and advancement in one's career, while a weak first house can indicate struggles in finding a career path or difficulties in the workplace.
Here are two examples of interpretations of this house in the chart:
1.) A person has the Sun in Aries and the Ascendant in Leo. This person would have a strong first house as both Aries and Leo are associated with confidence, self-expression, and self-awareness. This person is likely to be outgoing, confident, and self-assured. They have a strong sense of self and are not afraid to be themselves. They may have a strong physical presence and an attractive appearance. They would be able to express themselves easily and able to take charge in any situation. They may be natural leaders and be good at self-promotion.
2.) A person has the Sun in Cancer and the Ascendant in Pisces. This person would have a more delicate first house, as Cancer is associated with sensitivity and Pisces is associated with a more introverted energy. This person may struggle with self-doubt and insecurity, and may have difficulty expressing themselves. They may be hesitant to take risks and may struggle with assertiveness. They may be empathetic, kind, and sensitive to the needs of others, but they should be aware to not neglect their own needs. They may be more reserved in the way they present themselves to the world. This person may be someone who is naturally sensitive to the emotional atmosphere around them, they may be a good listener, and can be empathetic to the needs of others.
The 1st house, also known as the Ascendant or Rising sign, represents the self, the physical body and the way one interacts with the world. It is associated with Aries and Mars, and it represents self-expression, energy, and action. It plays an important role in interpreting a person's personality, behavior, relationships, health and well-being and career path. The first house is considered to be the most important house in a person's natal chart, as it represents the blueprint of their personality and life path. The energy of the first house can indicate a person's level of confidence, assertiveness, and the ability to take action and make things happen. Understanding the energy of the first house can help individuals navigate the challenges of the modern world and make the most of their opportunities and potential.
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Danny is the co-owner of Soul and Synergy, LLC with his husband Terry in Eau Claire Wisconsin and editor of The Divination Society blog and journal. As an accomplished Tarot Card reader, Danny oversees the divination services in the store. Danny has a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a master's in Business Administration. Danny is also a certified Reiki Master and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. As an instructor for Basic Tarot and an Advanced Masterclass in Tarot, Danny's passion is teaching others about the value of learning about divination in its many forms.