The Sun, Ascendant, and Ascendant ruler
The Sun is the heart of the chart. The Sun, by sign, house and aspect, shows who you are at the very center of your being. No matter how diluted Sun sign astrology gets, the Sun is still your core.
The ascendant is the outer persona, mask, framework, behavior, mannerisms, appearance, or vehicle that enables the Sun to navigate through life.
Have you ever felt that you can’t just “be yourself?” That’s because you usually can’t. Being able to express your Sun in a pure, concentrated, form is not only nearly impossible, it’s not even a good idea. If you expressed the raw edge of your Sun all the time it would be like walking around every day completely naked and in your bare feet. At first it would be liberating. You would feel free and alive, exalting in the sunshine. Later, after the cat calls, harassment, blisters, sunburn and embarrassment (or worse) you’d be begging to put your clothes back on. You really don’t want that much continuous exposure.
The ascendant ruler, or chart ruler, sets a course for the birth chart. You have a driver (the Sun), you have a vehicle (the ascendant)… now where are you going? The ascendant ruler shows you where you’re going through its house placement.
The ascendant and its ruler are preoccupied with where you’re going and how you are going to get there- right now, in this lifetime.
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The ascendant and ascendant ruler are interested in the particulars of this one lifetime. Having been cast for a particular hour of birth, the ascendant and its ruler are fleeting and earth bound. They have immediacy and they have a destination in the present. This is different from the North Node which gives you a destination that extends out into the far, unforeseeable, future. The ascendant and ascendant ruler turn their attention to immediate circumstances.
If your chart ruler is in the same house as your Sun, then your direction in life is a better match to your central self.
- The ascendant sign shows the way that you navigate through life.
- The ascendant ruler shows where your attention is directed.
- The Sun shows who you really are inside.
Risings Signs and Chart Rulers
- If your rising sign is Aries then your chart ruler is Mars
- If your rising sign is Taurus or Libra then your chart ruler is Venus
- If your rising sign is Cancer then your chart ruler is the Moon
- If your rising sign is Leo then your chart ruler is the Sun
- If your rising sign is Gemini or Virgo then your chart ruler is Mercury
- If your rising sign is Sagittarius then your chart ruler is Jupiter
- If your rising sign is Capricorn then your chart ruler is Saturn
The signs Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces have two rulers: the modern ruler of the sign and the traditional ruler of the sign.
Some astrologers only look at the traditional ruler, some only look at the modern ruler, and some look at both. You will have to use your own judgment to determine which method works best for you.
- If your rising sign is Scorpio then your chart rulers are Mars and Pluto
- If your rising sign is Aquarius then your chart rulers are Saturn and Uranus
- If your rising sign is Pisces then your chart rulers are Jupiter and Neptune
Rulers of Houses in Houses, by AstroFix
Astrological rulers help you connect the houses in your natal chart. What do they mean? This E-book explores each house ruler through all 12 of the astrological houses. Quickly learn new information about yourself and make connections you never made before. A compelling read for newbies and experienced astrologers.
- Ruler of the 1st House in Houses
- Ruler of the 2nd House in Houses
- Ruler of the 3rd House in Houses
- Ruler of the 4th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 5th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 6th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 7th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 8th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 9th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 10th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 11th House in Houses
- Ruler of the 12th House in Houses
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