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What does your Rising Sign or Ascendant Indicate?

This article deals with the importance of Lagna or the rising sign. It has been explained taking a case study of Narendra Modi's horoscope, the prime minister of India.

What does

There are so many signs in astrology, they are, rising sign, sun sign, moon sign, arooda sign karakamsa sign and many more. The rising sign is also known as Lagna or Ascendant.  Among these the lagna is the first sign. It is the sign rising in the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. This sign indicates your personality, temperament, physical appearance, attitude and the strength of the personality. Looking at this sign, the astrologer sees how the person sees the world and how strong this person is to achieve anything in his life.

There are twelve signs and they are ruled by different planets and different elements.

Aries/Leo/Sagittarius: Fire

Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn: Earth

Gemini/Libra/Aquarius: Air

Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces: water

According to psychology, these elements are divided into different temperaments. They are sanguine (optimistic, active and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful).

Sometimes, these temperaments will mix with each other. It shows the changes in the personality at early and later stage of life. Generally speaking, personality is a mix up of the lagna, sun and moon sign. Among that the Lagna and Moon will dominate your personality. When the lagna is an air sign and Moon is in a water sign, then the person will have dual personalities. The temperaments will change according to the sign.

- Fire signs-(Choleric)

– Earth signs-(Melancholic)

– Air signs-(Sanguine)

– Water signs - (Phlegmatic)

Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius - is Choleric.

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Melancholic.

Gemini, Libra and Aquarius - is Sanguine.

Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are Phlegmatic

Sometimes a person can be a mixture of these elements. That is shown through the collection of the Lagna, Sun, and Moon.

Lagna is also known as the sign which represents the first house in the astrology chart.  It reveals a lot of secrets regarding your personality.

In determining the personality, Lagna, and lagna lord, Lagna nakshatra and placement of these lords are also important.

When your lagna is a fire sign, then you will have a fiery personality. If the Lagna is an earth sign, then you will be a very grounded person. If the Lagna is an air sign, then the person will be very jovial and if it is an watery sign, the person will be very emotional in nature. 

You can never ignore the power of rising sign as Vedic astrology is much based on Moon sign. Lagna has a huge role in identifying your personality. In the birth chart reading the houses are determined from Lagna, not from the Moon. You must have an idea about the Lagna.

There are twelve houses in the horoscope, so whichever house the lagna lord is placed, the properties of that house will be having a lot of impact on your life.

Case Study

Date of Birth: September 17,1950 11:00:00 Vadnagar

Mr. Narendra Modi

Mr. Modi’s Lagna is Scorpio. Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac and it is a watery sign. It is ruled by Mars and Mars is known as the warrior of the zodiac. Mr. Modi, we all know that he is a warrior and Mr. Modi is leading our country. He has led us through challenging times and come out as a powerful General. It was much visible during the Pulwama attacks.

Asc    Scorpio    01.14    Mar    Vishakha    4    Jup    Mar

Even though he is the Prime Minister of India; he has a very emotional nature and we know he is very emotional regarding his mother and the country. The planet that signifies mother - the Moon is placed in the lagna.  The ruler of Scorpio is Mars and it is placed in the Lagna itself. This is a very strong placement creating a Ruchak yoga, which means, he will be doing well in own capacity and that has made him a good politician. He was the Chief Minister Gujarat for a long time. He had a lot of challenges, but he could fight everything with his will power.

His lagna nakshthara is Vishakha. Its symbol is a large tree with spreading branches giving protection to others. So, his life path is connected to protecting others, which he is doing in his official capacity.

The ruler of Vishakha is Jupiter and it is placed in the 4th house of home, throne, and homeland. Jupiter indicates Teacher, Guru, and Mentor. So, he will be known as a guide in his homeland. According to ancient texts, Jupiter belongs to the Deva clan and he has control over the Devas.  Jupiter is aspecting his tenth house of Karma and at work, he will be in the role of a guide.

These are the inputs one gets from Lagna itself. So, a fair share of information is available through the lagna itself. This itself shows how important the lagna is.