NOTE: the planetary alignments with the Ascendant described below are conjunctions, parallels, squares, oppositions, and contra-parallels.
SUN (Apollo, cosmic masculine principle)
The SUN is the principle of Leo, fixed fire sign. The fulfillment of the majesty and power of Spirit embodied in human form. The royal energy of power, authority, strength. The basic will to power most strongly expressed in males. Color: orange to gold range.
SUN aligned with the Asc radiates Source power with a body that can be larger, taller, or sturdier than normal for the family of birth. The personality wants the spotlight and recognition, to compete, be on display or perform. At its height the Solar influence can give an Apollonian beauty or stature. There is a self-importance that desires to be at the center of things. Generally, it gives physical strength, stature, even athleticism. Can be radiant and effusive, inspiring others; or dominant, authoritative, and imposing.
MOON (cosmic feminine principle)
The MOON is the principle of the cardinal water sign, Cancer. The receptive principle of basic fertility of the receptive feminine feeling archetype. Spirit held close to earth, but fluctuating from worldly practical to devoted spiritual. Herd or clan instincts and awareness of needs, both individual and collective. Color: silver to violet.
MOON aligned with the Asc puts feeling and rhythm into the person, as well as general sensitivity. This is a personality with soul. This can mean withdrawal frequently to tune in to one’s internal center. This can also take on physical expression with inclination to music, rhythmic sports (like tennis), dance. There is an instinctive need for emotional experience, change, variety, ebb-and-flow. Some will feel urged to travel across the oceans, even being attracted to the travel business. The need to feel, to give and receive is more pronounced than usual. The face is generally rounded if the Moon’s aspect to the Asc is tight enough.
MERCURY (the messenger)
MERCURY is the principle of mutable air sign Gemini in outward expression, mutable earth sign Virgo inwardly. Learning and the communication of it. The basic need to question and gain information about one’s environment and the particulars in it. The messenger of the gods. Mental fluctuation, as differentiated from internal emotional fluctuation of the Lunar principle. Color: yellow.
MERCURY aligned with the Asc puts thought, intellect or communicative ability into the personality. Thinkers and speakers, radio personalities, writers, etc. The hairline is often higher or the face narrower/longer than others in the family. The nervous system may display greater activity, depending on the sign and there is an active search for knowledge and interaction, travel, etc. They are often quick-witted, talkative, funny, great conversationalists.
VENUS (goddess of love, feminine principle in action)
VENUS is the principle of fixed earth sign Taurus in introverted fashion, cardinal air sign Libra outwardly. Appreciation of beauty or pleasure, whether of self or others’. The social graces and strong aesthetic sense. The desire to host, please, or entertain others; the urge to sooth conflicts or withdraw from them. Pacifism and peace are manifestations of beauty and preferred over the ugliness of conflict. The basic desire to be loved and to Love. Color: cyan to medium blues.
VENUS aligned with the Asc makes for an orientation towards love, pleasure and beauty. These natives are social and want approval. They enjoy nice things — pretty and delicious — so there is a tendency to plump up a bit or lose tone from enjoyment of life’s leisurely pursuits. Venus brings out the most handsome or beautiful qualities associated with its sign, and the most considerate or kindest according to sign. Venus smoothes out the contours of the face compared to relatives. They need friendship, closeness and pleasure pursuits.
MARS (god of war, masculine principle in action)
MARS is the self-assertion principle of cardinal fire sign Aries outwardly, fixed water sign Scorpio inwardly. This one sees its extremes most expressed in males. Decisiveness and action take priority over any type of deliberation or abstract considerations. Tendency for starting arguments or fights. Spans a range from irritation and defensiveness … to … courage and conviction. At its height a competitor or athlete, and at its lowest an impulsive person nearly always busy. The willingness to act upon whatever feelings one has, whether love or hate. Color: reds.
MARS aligned with the Asc creates a commanding person full of energy, vitality and drive. Any illness need only be temporary and is often over quickly, as may be bursts of anger. There is an enjoyment of speed, athletics, competition, military, hunting, motorcycles and all things considered masculine. It nearly always brings accidents, injuries (especially to head or face), burns, puncture wounds, etc. There is a fighting spirit that can be applied gracefully or abrasively, depending on sign and aspects. They need to exercise command and may be very bossy, expecting action and a quick tempo not just from themselves, but those around. There is often a ruddy complexion and/or reddish hair in caucasian and those of mixed parentage.
JUPITER (ruler of all that is bright)
JUPITER is the principle of mutable fire sign Sagittarius outwardly, mutable water sign Pisces inwardly. Jupiter (Zeus) was the sky god who stood with eagles in one hand and lightning in the other. The larger forces of nature, good fortune and providence. Fierce and with a temper, but mostly considered good and generous. The most outwardly, actively indulgent of all the gods and planets with his many lovers, stirring up jealousies. “Jovial” is not just laughter, but the ability to enjoy all life to the fullest. Color: blue.
JUPITER aligned with the Asc of one’s birth chart generally expands the person in height and/or in girth and makes for a big personality (and body). It is the expansion principle and without social involvement and growth of the mind, these people can become indulgent or restless. They are jovial, sociable, open with others. There can also be a philosophical bent, giving good perspective on life to those around. Travel and variety is desired, otherwise drama may be created. Often recognizable by big personalities and big laughs. Ranges from indulgent to generous.
SATURN (Cronus, god of time)
SATURN is the principle of cardinal earth sign Capricorn, of fixed air sign Aquarius secondarily. Saturn is the principle of lessons to learn in the Earth dimension, awareness of shortcomings and need to mature. Its action lengthens and limits, sometimes cutting away as the sickle does at harvest. It may be personified in the form of authoritarians, parents, paternalists who are not particularly interested in giving up power to the next generation. Color: greens.
SATURN aligned with the Asc creates restraint and may reduce or lengthen the body compared to parentage. It creates a sober person who deals in what is literal and defines life by substantive living, integrity, and the reaching of goals. There is a serious outlook, nearly the opposite of jovial, in which responsibility and obligation are put before pleasure. They are circumspect, cautious, conscientious, and ambitious. In some, the personality is solidified to create a special type of leadership by example; or will veer negatively into a craving for control. They can mature early and feel burdened by expectations and responsibilities. This aspects slows the person’s overall tempo and development in life.
CHIRON (Greek: Kheiron, wounded healer, centaur)
Chiron (2060 Chiron), of course, is not a major planet but an asteroid (discovered 18 October 1977 by Charles T. Kowal) that orbits between Saturn and Uranus.
Chiron relates to the integration of the earthiness of animal drives with higher human (soul) awareness. Especially influential since the self-help and natural medicine movements that sprang up since the 1970s. These are a return to nature and the innate wisdom of the body, moving away from external hierarchies in medicine. Chiron was teacher, tutor of
Chiron aligned with the Asc urges one to the activities of healing, natural arts and medicine, tutoring or teaching, shamanism, depending on what planets and elements are emphasized. Multi-talented in the natural arts, practical or mystic. It expresses the importance of health, education and knowledge to one’s happiness. Chiron’s purpose is to urge one to seek truer well being and healing from within and in cooperation with nature; to experience the mortality and flaws of the body in order to develop greater compassion with others.
URANUS (Awakener, Sky God)
URANUS is the principle of fixed air sign Aquarius. Invisible radiations, the energetic matrix connecting all life forms. Transcendent knowing, the psychic. The higher octave of Mercury. Everything tele-: television, radio, broadcasting. Knowing that goes beyond rote learning and the limits of language to something more global, universal, and transcendent. Color: dark greens.
This is the planet of extremes, anything or anyone that is ultra or especially eccentric or trans-national. A citizen of the world. Highly innovative or liberated individuals who don’t let blood ties or cultural norms hold them back.
Uranus’ Purpose: To disrupt stagnancy and orthodoxy; to connect energetically/psychically with all that is; to activate reform within the collective mind; to defy arbitrary rules and limitations; to expand what is accepted as part of human community.
Uranus aligned with the Asc creates a personality that reaches far because it has collective awareness and freedom from the ordinary limits of the mind. It urges one to cosmic thinking, science, and psi. Nerve and brain disorders resulting from liver imbalance are common to stressed, imbalanced Uranian bodies. When poorly integrated, rebellion and bizarre aberrations or excessive independence can result. Uranian types get a charge from group or psychic exchange, and this collective-energetic connection becomes the focus of the balanced Uranian type.
NEPTUNE (god of the Sea)
NEPTUNE is the principle of mutable water sign Pisces. Vision, idealism and perceptual sensitivity. The higher octave of Venus. Extra-sensory feeling and super-sensational sensitivity. Creative imagination and inspiration. Relates to what is missing or only imagined. Heightened sensitivity and intelligence. Color: dark rich blues and indigo.
A tendency for altered states of consciousness, spirituality, ecstasies or ideological belief, often urging one to the arts of poetry, music, dancing. This expanded awareness can come with the uneasiness and insecurity, loss of distinct definitions or boundaries, leaving one uncertain as to ultimate identity. It increases sensitivity, causing the person to leave behind the harsher aspects of life for higher or imagined realms.
Neptune’s Purpose: to increase sensitivity and reduce ego, softening one’s edges to merge and interact more easily with surroundings and others; to stimulate creative imagination for bringing more of the brilliance of heaven into a sometimes dull world. The great lesson is the power of imagination and finely tuned sensation to discover the hidden world around us and create our own reality.
Neptune aligned with the Asc can make for a sensitive personality with artistic or spiritual gifts; a dreamer, idealist, visionary, actor, illusionist, escapist, magician, druggie or druggist, some having boundary troubles and a tendency to be victimized by others. These people can also be very compassionate and self-sacrificing.
Those with Neptune conjunct or parallel Asc/Sun/Moon, have an extra indefinable flair or mystique. Often a loner or introvert earlier in life. Neptunian types not engaged in conscious creativity often lapse into insecurity and worry, and at worst paranoia, xenophobia, cultic beliefs, mental illness, or addiction/dependence syndromes. They often need a confidence boost and will get it once they see objectively their own strengths and talents.
PLUTO (god of the underworld)
PLUTO is the principle of fixed water sign Scorpio. Now considered a dwarf planet binary (with its Moon, Charon) by astronomers. The higher octave of Mars. The underworld, death, life after death. Unconscious potential and power that must unfold over time, yet be unleashed fully in moments of great challenge or crisis. The Godforce deep inside which must externalize as profound creativity. Total consciousness. At its maximum it exerts great push upon a person and great pull upon those around. Extremes most expressed in males. Colors are dark, rich reds.
Plutonian Fire types may show relentlessness and obsession, but great power and energy; Earth types, a tendency for melancholy, inertia and stagnation, but amazing resourcefulness; Air types, great potential as social reformers, a lone point of stability in a world of shifting tastes and shifting intentions; Water types, creativity and depth of feeling that may struggle to communicate rather than stagnate in swamps of sentiment or resentment.The great lesson is that all power is shared.
Pluto’s Purpose: to anchor one’s sense of Self deep inside, uninfluenced by superficial trends and fads in the social world and to endure life’s challenges and compromises with personal power intact and flourishing. To feel and be guided by the Godself, and to eliminate what is not of one’s True Self. To reconcile one’s life with one’s mortality and what lies on the other side of inevitable death.
Pluto aligned with the Asc makes for an intense or brooding, resolute, determined person with great resourcefulness; someone who experiences the depths and heights in life; a personality with a strong constitution and great reserves and ability to recover. Driven to mastery, these people don’t do things halfway, tending to over-do rather than fall short. Very committed when true desires have been activated.
Planets are not only the energy of the solar system and the ‘action’ in the birth chart, they are inter-dimensional torsion fields. This means that a soul can sojourn there between incarnations on earth (as stated in the Edgar Cayce readings) because that particular planet resonates with how the person lived/ended their life or because they desire to ‘tune up’ that particular energy within themselves before reincarnating.
Cayce Reading 281-55
Q – Through other planetary sojourns an entity has the opportunity to change its vibration …
A – Each planetary influence vibrates at a different rate of vibration. An entity entering that influence enters that vibration; not necessary that he change, but it is the grace of God that he may! It is part of the universal consciousness, the universal law.
… the experiences of the entity in the interims of planetary sojourns between the earthly manifestations become the innate mental urges, that may or may not at times be a part of the day dreaming, or the thought and meditation of the inmost self.
Here we find astrological aspects and influence in the experience, but rather because of the entity’s sojourn in the environ than because of a certain star, constellation or even zodiacal sign being in such and such a position at the time of birth.
Reading 5755-1, Cayce explaining his own sojourns
…The sojourn in Uranus was arrived at from what type of experience or activity of the entity? As Bainbridge [in a previous incarnation], the entity in the material sojourn [on earth] was a wastrel, one who considered only self; having to know the extremes in the own experience as well as others. Hence the entity was drawn to that environ… “As the tree falls, so does it lie.” Then in the Uranian sojourn there are the influences from the astrological aspects of extremes; and counted in thy own days from the very position of that attunement, that tone, that color…
The birth of the entity into Uranus was not from the earth into Uranus, but from those stages of consciousness through which each entity or soul passes. It passes into oblivion as it were, save for its consciousness that there is a way, there is a light, there is an understanding, there have been failures and there are needs for help. Then help consciously is sought!