Ascendant/Descendant Axis (1st house/7th house)
By Lorraine Valente
Knowing your partners 7th house cusp (the relationship house) and the ruler of that house, indicates the type of partner you may attract or are attracted to and the method of relating within a relationship.
The Ascendant or Rising sign is the sign rising on the horizon at the time of birth. This is the face we show the world, our “mask” for which our Sun hides behind. This is our outer personality, temperament, and disposition as well as our early childhood environment. It is the way others see us and also gives indication of our physical appearance. The ruler of the Ascendant and the aspects (connections to other planets in your birth chart) further delineate and define the appearance and outward personality. The Descendant, or 7th house cusp, its ruler and the aspects it makes in your birth chart, is symbolic of the type of partner you are attracted to or who is attracted to you. The 7th house is the house of types of partnerships including marriage and legal contracts, yet also considered the house of open enemies or the Defendant in a law suit.
For example, Leo Rising people are self aware, warm, and stylish. Their personal appearance is important and they seek much attention and pampering. Their natural enthusiasm, energy, and optimism is magnetic. A Leo Ascendant is recognized by their hair, straight posture, strong mid-backs, and their warm, endearing smile. They make good Managers and are natural promoters, even if they are prone to temper tantrums~!
Leo rising people have a strong ego and self image that'sprojected out into the enviornment. Leo's possess an air of royalty and they are very proud and dignified. In love, this placement would require mutual independence within marriage as both Leo and Aquarius have powerful wills. Love relationships are often impersonal and involve mutual growth. Sexually, Leo may be prone to voyeurism and/or domination.
With Aquarius on the Descendant, attraction to an unusual, independent, future-oriented and progressive individual is likely. Astrologers come under this heading! Aquarius is impersonal, freedom-loving, and unique and may be erratic and creative in love. The old expression “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” epitomizes the Leo/Aquarius Axis.
Writer/Psychologist John Gray, who wrote the popular Mars/Venus books, write about how men are like rubber bands while women are like waves in relationships. The rubber band concept is explained in that men in love typically need distance and space in between and tend to pull away from a love relationship, and then bounce back….like a rubber band so long as you don’t interfere with the process of their departure. Rubber bands can stretch too far and snap or loose their elasticity. Again, this clearly illustrates the intimacy requirement of Leo (Sun)/Aquarius (Uranus) duality. Leo wants you close and will make sure they are the center of your attention, then in the same breath need their space and want you to "disappear". This come here, get away, from me avoidant dynamic is ever present.
Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely) ~By Pink
Give me a chance to miss you
It'll make me want to kiss you
I love you so
Much more when you're not here
I don't believe Adam and Eve
Spent every goddamn day together
Why can't I just have it both ways
I wish you knew the difference
Whatever we do not own and acknowledge in ourselves (Ascendant) we attract externally (Descendant). Others mirror our desires and teach necessary lessons in relating. Knowing the date, time and place of birth is important in discovering the Ascendant or Rising sign, the sign rising on the horizon at the time of birth.
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