The Masks We Wear – The Ascendant/Rising Sign


‘The Ascendant’ sign is the constellation that was rising on the horizon at the moment you were born. The Ascendant sign reflects 2 main themes; firstly, how others react to you and receive you – the impression you create upon a first encounter. The second theme is your instinctive way of relating to the world – often this doesn’t reflect your ‘true’ nature, and can confuse others who, distracted by the mask that you are wearing, misconstrue your ‘true’ solar self.

The Ascendant is the doorway through which the Self is expressed but is not the self. It represents the mask that we wear – sometimes the mask complements our essential, Sun Sign nature – at other times the mask conceals our true self. You can retreat behind your mask defensively hiding your true self; or you can use the Ascendant as a door to open to the world or close as necessary.

When you identify too much with the Ascendant, you find yourself exhausted. You are identified with other’s views of you – leading to a weak sense of self, disordered action and emotional frustration. You seem to be constantly changing with the tides of social influence. All your energy is pouring out of your Ascendant doorway – the way others view you is defining you and then you react instinctively, according to their expectations. These reactions are often at odds with your Sun (essential self) or Moon (emotional) needs – leading to a sense of futility and voicelessness.


Flowing outwards from the Ascendant Sign

The Ascendant functions as a ‘door’ or conduit. Your personal power can flow out of the door and be dissipated in the Universe by identifying too much with how others view you or reacting to the impressions the world make upon your senses. When we identify with the personal, and channel our power out through the doorway of the Ascendant, we concentrate our life force and are able to make a determined impact upon our own destiny.

Receiving the Universe through the door of the Ascendant Sign

You unlock the power of your Ascendant when you use your Ascendant to channel the infinite outer universe into your finite self. Then you can use it as a tool to interact with others effectively instead of defensively fulfilling other’s expectations of you. No longer pulled between appearances and essences you can flow between them, multiplex and beautiful.

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