This relates to the Astrology of a Person’s Energy in a Room theme. I wrote this in 2002 on my original blog as part of another series, “Astrology In Not Flat”. I was trying to explain the difference between a person’s ascendant and their sun sign. Here it is:
You can consider the ascendant, it’s sign and it’s aspects as a person’s veneer. Say you’re at a party and you see someone who appears accepting to one and all. A non-judgmental sort. That same person leaves the party and once in the car they let loose with a barrage of scathing criticism of everyone in the room. Well, well, well. What have we here?
Another person may give the impression of being stiff and stuffy and uptight at the same party but if you were to get to know them you may find them, well… just about anything. Fascinating. Funny. Intuitive. Warm. Broadminded. You get the picture.
The ascendant, it’s sign and it’s aspects also shows your appearance, which follows. It is part of the package of the self that shows up first. Everyone knows someone can look ravishing but become repulsive once you get to know them. This is result of a lot of Venus action on the ascendant, where the rest of the chart tells a different story.
Blending the ascendant works same as with the Sun and the Moon. If the ascendant is in harmony with the Sun and the Moon (sextile / trine) then what you see is akin to what you get (for good or ill). In other cases the person themselves is nothing like the image they project. A model who may take a great picture, but spends her life thinking deep thoughts is a good example. I am another.
I have Jupiter rising and I appear at first glance, to be at large and optimistic mostly due my ever present, huge welcoming grin. This attracts people to me however a large number of them run for lives when they learn that in fact, I am an intense piece of work.
There is little I can do as my grin in permanent save wear a shirt that says, “Beware the Undertow” but that would make my laugh and rather than grin and increase the problem.
I could try to be more superficial?
Nah. That’s not going to happen unless someone gives me one of those sneak lobotomies. In the end you are what you are.
What is your rising sign and how is aspected? Is your façade similar to your sun sign, or not? Is what you see, what you get, or is it more complicated than that?