What is ascendant?

  • (noun): Position or state of being dominant or in control.
    Example: "That idea was in the ascendant"
    Synonyms: ascendent
    See also — Additional definitions below


The ascendant ( or As), or rising sign, is the zodiacal sign and degree that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of an event. According to astrological theory, celestial phenomena reflect or determine human activity on the principle of 'as above so below'. Thus astrologers believe that the ascendant signifies a person's awakening consciousness, in the same way that the Sun's appearance on the eastern horizon signifies the dawn of a new day.

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Natal Astrology - Important Features
... to are the positions of the sun and moon by sign and house the sign on the ascendant, and the planet that rules that sign, called the ascendant ruler or chart ruler ... the first planet to occupy the first, second, or third houses after the ascendant ... If no planet occupies the first three houses, then a planet in the twelfth house close to the ascendant can be taken to be the rising planet ...
Ascendants in The Zodiac Signs - Ascendant Water Signs
... When a water sign is on the ascendant the subject will hide their true feelings and have a strong need to protect themselves from the world around them ... What you see is often not what you get with water ascendants ...
Chart Rulership
... Ruler refers to the astrological planetary body that rules the zoidion (zodiac sign) of the ascendant in a given horoscope ... example, if a horoscope has Cancer rising on the ascendant, the Moon is the chart ruler ... In Mundane, Horary and Electional astrology the ruler of the ascendant might not be as important as the ruler of the house most involved with the question asked if it is different than things related to the ascendant ...
Jyotish - Horoscopy - Lagna – The Ascendant
... Lagna (Sanskrit lagna, 'ascendant'.) Lagna is the first moment of contact between the soul and its new life on earth in Hindu astrology ... For example the 30degrees span from 15degrees before the longitude of Ascendant to after the ascendant is calculated to be the first house ... The Lagna - Ascendant means that which has ascended over the horizon at the time of birth and thus signifies the first house and the underlying zodiacal sign that serves to characterise the individual whose birth ...
Atlantis Ascendant
... Atlantis Ascendant is the fifth studio album by English metal band Bal-Sagoth ... In November 2011, Atlantis Ascendant was reissued as a limited edition digipak by Nuclear Blast's affiliate label Metal Mind Productions ...

More definitions of "ascendant":

  • (adj): Most powerful or important or influential.
    Example: "The economically ascendant class"
    Synonyms: ascendent, dominating
  • (adj): Tending or directed upward.
    Example: "Rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin
    Synonyms: ascendent, ascensive

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