by Lorraine Valente
Virgo/Pisces~Ascendant/Descendant Relationship Axis (1st house/7th house)
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 the Sun hides. This is our outer personality, temperament and disposition as well as our early environment growing up. It is the way others see us and also indicates our physical appearance. The planetary ruler of the Ascendant, and the aspects (connections to other planets in your birth chart) further define physical appearance.
The Descendant, or 7th house cusp, its planetary ruler, and the connections it makes to other planets in the birth chart, is symbolic of the type of partner you're attracted to. The 7th house is the house of all partnerships including marriage and legal contracts yet also considered the house of open enemies or the Defendant in a law suit.
For example, Virgo rising projects a cerebral, taciturn self image. There is the aura of proper etiquette; Virgo is usually reserved. Perfection-seeking is Virgo's domain. Cleanliness is important.
Sexually speaking, the Virgin may alternate between the victim/savior, dominant/submissive dynamic. Virgo's perfection-seeking lends to experimenting with bisexuality, homosexuality, or even remaining sexually chaste.
With Pisces on the Descendant, you're attracted to a partner who is illusive in some way. He or she can be an alcoholic, a drug user, chronic liar, or and artist who lives in a dream world. In love, this placement would require one to be of service to the other. Often, Virgo risings attract a first partner who isn't good for them. Virgo is prone to martyr-like tendencies and projects the need to “save” the partner from themselves. Love relationships are a struggle when one is required to care for another or become involved with someone they want to "rescue" or "be" rescued. Whatever we do not own and acknowledge in ourselves (Ascendant) we attract externally (Descendant) to mirror our desires and teach us necessary lessons in relating.
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, in addition to how you relate within a relationship. Alternately, if the ruler of your 7th house in your partners chart is heavily aspected in their chart, those energies will be brought into the relationship.
The date, time and place of birth is important in making the determination of the Ascendant or Rising sign, which sets up the house cusps dividing houses or areas of life.
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