The Ascendant Template in Astrology

How the houses of your birth chart are connected by having a common house ruler.
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ach ascendant forms the template for a particular type of personality. People with the same ascendant have the same ascendant template. People with the same ascendant have similar house connections.

How the Houses are Connected

  • Aries and Scorpio houses are connected by Mars (Mars is Scorpio’s traditional ruler)
  • Taurus and Libra houses are connected by Venus
  • Gemini and Virgo houses are connected by Mercury
  • Sagittarius and Pisces houses are connected by Jupiter (Jupiter is Pisces’s traditional ruler)
  • Capricorn and Aquarius houses are connected by Saturn (Saturn is Aquarius’s traditional ruler)

Cancer and Leo houses do not connect to the other houses. The Sun and Moon each rule only one sign.

People with the same ascendant have the same houses connected

Houses that are connected by rulership have similarities in expression and the affairs of those houses are joined in some way.

Everyone with Libra rising has the 2nd house and 7th house connected by Mars. Their earned income and self-esteem are connected to their partnerships, and vice versa. Money and significant relationships go hand in hand. Their ability to earn their own money affects their relationships, getting their priorities straight affects their ability to be an equal partner in a relationship, their partners have an affect on their self-esteem, etc…

Looking at Mars gives more information about the connection between the 2nd and 7th house. If Mars is in Scorpio in the 3rd house then 2nd and 7th house issues are pursued forcefully and perhaps the solution is found through communication and listening. If Mars is in Cancer in the 9th house then perhaps 2nd and 7th house issues are pursued indirectly and the solution may be found through travel or mind expansion.

Variations on each person’s template come through the sign and house placement of the ruler of the two connected houses, as well that ruler’s aspects to other planets in the birth chart.

Aries Ascendant

  • 1st and 8th are connected by Mars
  • 2nd and 7th are connected by Venus
  • 3rd and 6th are connected by Mercury
  • 4th no connections
  • 5th no connections
  • 9th and 12th are connected by Jupiter
  • 10th and 11th are connected by Saturn

Taurus Ascendant

  • 1st and 6th are connected by Venus
  • 2nd and 5th are connected by Mercury
  • 3rd no connections
  • 4th no connections
  • 7th and 12th are connected by Mars
  • 8th and 11th are connected by Jupiter
  • 9th and 10th are connected by Saturn

Gemini Ascendant

  • 1st and 4th are connected by Mercury
  • 2nd no connections
  • 3rd no connections
  • 5th and 12th are connected by Venus
  • 6th and 11th are connected by Mars
  • 7th and 10th are connected by Jupiter
  • 8th and 9th are connected by Saturn

Cancer Ascendant

  • 1st no connections
  • 2nd no connections
  • 3rd and 12th are connected by Mercury
  • 4th and 11th are connected by Venus
  • 5th and 10th are connected by Mars
  • 6th and 9th are connected by Jupiter
  • 7th and 8th are connected by Saturn

Leo Ascendant

  • 1st no connections
  • 2nd and 11th are connected by Mercury
  • 3rd and 10th are connected by Venus
  • 4th and 9th are connected by Mars
  • 5th and 8th are connected by Jupiter
  • 6th and 7th are connected by Saturn
  • 12th no connections

Virgo Ascendant

  • 1st and 10th are connected by Mercury
  • 2nd and 9th are connected by Venus
  • 3rd and 8th are connected by Mars
  • 4th and 7th are connected by Jupiter
  • 5th and 6th are connected by Saturn
  • 11th no connections
  • 12th no connections

Libra Ascendant

  • 1st and 8th are connected by Venus
  • 2nd and 7th are connected by Mars
  • 3rd and 6th are connected by Jupiter
  • 4th and 5th are connected by Saturn
  • 9th and 12th are connected by Mercury
  • 10th no connections
  • 11th no connections

Scorpio Ascendant

  • 1st and 6th are connected by Mars
  • 2nd and 5th are connected by Jupiter
  • 3rd and 4th are connected by Saturn
  • 7th and 12th are connected by Venus
  • 8th and 11th are connected by Mercury
  • 9th no connections
  • 10th no connections

Sagittarius Ascendant

  • 1st and 4th are connected by Jupiter
  • 2nd and 3rd are connected by Saturn
  • 5th and 12th are connected by Mars
  • 6th and 11th are connected by Venus
  • 7th and 10th are connected by Mercury
  • 8th no connections
  • 9th no connections

Capricorn Ascendant

  • 1st and 2nd are connected by Saturn
  • 3rd and 12th are connected by Jupiter
  • 4th and 11th are connected by Mars
  • 5th and 10th are connected by Venus
  • 6th and 9th are connected by Mercury
  • 7th no connections
  • 8th no connections

Aquarius Ascendant

  • 1st and 12th are connected by Saturn
  • 2nd and 11th are connected by Jupiter
  • 3rd and 10th are connected by Mars
  • 4th and 9th are connected by Venus
  • 5th and 8th are connected by Mercury
  • 6th no connections
  • 7th no connections

Pisces Ascendant

  • 1st and 10th are connected by Jupiter
  • 2nd and 9th are connected by Mars
  • 3rd and 8th are connected by Venus
  • 4th and 7th are connected by Mercury
  • 5th no connections
  • 6th no connections
  • 11th and 12th are connected by Saturn
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