The Ascendant or Rising Zodiac Sign

The Ascendant or Rising Sign.

Appearance, Temperament, General Character.

That part of the sign *) which at birth was rising on the eastern horizon, gives the form of the body, the temperament and the character in general, modified, however, by the signs in which ☉ and ☽ are placed and by the influence of those planets which occupy a prominent place in the horoscope e.g. in the ascendant or in M. C.

General Judgment of a Horary Chart

Hermes Trimegistus. Cave of the Ancients. Secretum Secretorum. 1140.
Hermes Trismegistus. Cave of the Ancients. Secretum Secretorum. 1140.

Often will one apply to an Astrologer with no radical question to ask, yet is very sincere and earnestly desires to know the general conditions which surround him or her, and if changes are liable to occur soon, under these conditions, the artist may execute a figure and judge it in a general way; but must be careful not to predict  radically good or evil conditions in the future, unless the querent seems real anxious in regard to matters the artist may speak of. 

Dispositions Produced by the Signs

A Fiery sign ascending, or the ruler of the ascendant in a fiery sign, inclines one to be hasty, impulsive, quick-tempered, revengeful, proud, ambitious, hardy, rash and very persevering for a time, but lacking continuity; often making remarks they are soon sorry for, thereby involving themselves in arguments or disputes; yet they are mostly ingenious; often change their opinions or pursuits.

Meanings of the Planets in the Solar Houses

The three-level world of astrology: the twelve mundane houses surround the twelve Zodiac signs and the seven planets, with the earth at the centre. The entire system is shown to be under God's control. The British Library, C.54.c.9.
The three-level world of astrology: the twelve mundane houses surround the twelve Zodiac signs and the seven planets, with the earth at the centre. The entire system is shown to be under God’s control.
The British Library, C.54.c.9.

The student understands clearly that the position of the Houses never varies; House I. always occupying the space devoted to the Zodiacal Sign Aries in our original design of the Zodiacal Circle, while the Zodiacal Sign of Nativity must be placed in this House I. in each particular case.