Relationship Axis (1st house/7th house)
Knowing your partners 7th house cusp (the relationship house) and the ruler of that cusp/house provides a glimpse towards the type of partner that may be attracted or who you're attracted to. It also illustrates the quality 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 the Sun obscures. This is our outer personality, temperament and disposition as well as early childhood environmental influences. It's how others see us and also indicates our physical appearance. The ruler of the Ascendant and the aspects (connections to other planets in the chart) further delineate and define appearance.
The Descendant, or 7th house cusp, its ruler and the aspects it makes in the chart, symbolizes of the type of partner attracted and the relationship desires. 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.
In relationships, Venus ruled Libra rising is affable, charming, graceful in movement and is attractive. Libra is versatile, well mannered and bestows generous compliments. Librans also enjoy beauty and luxury, therefore a beautifull decorated, comfortable atmosphere is important to Libra. This sign tends to cultivate a relationship, yet if ends, Libra may try to maintain an amicable relationship afterwards. Libra rising folks are deeply upset by injustice and will take great pains to see this corrected. Libra is refined and discreet, yet sometimes unusually aloof. In love, this placement wants equality. Sharing equally in a partnership and compromise are characterisitic of Libra. Attracted to beauty and maintaining peace are important to Libra's well-being. Because its ruler is Venus, values, beauty, art, relating, poetry, music, and socializing are some of Libra’s finest qualities that want to be shared with a partner.
With Mars ruled Aries on the Descendant, attraction to a partner who is confident, assertive and dynamic is possible. The person could have an angular face with red or auburn hair. Very often a combative or assertive, independent partner may be attracted as a projection of those qualities if not already expressed positively; the likelihood of attracting a partner with Mars prominent in the partners chart is likely. A prominent Mars would be in aspect to the Sun, Moon, Mars or Venus or elevated in conjunction to the MC or conjunct or ruling their Ascendant or Descendant. Mars ruled signs are Aries and Scorpio (double ruler-Pluto).
While the Moon describes ones emotional nature and what soothes and comforts, Venus shows what we're attracted to. An important, quick method for discering compatibility is to look at the sign on the descendant and the planetary ruler of that sign. Then, look at what that planet is doing in the chart of yourself and in your partner. The way your partner integrates that planet and its aspects shows how they "relate" to a partner. Now, look at your own planet that rules your partners descendant and see how it behaves in your chart. Those energies will be felt directly by your partner. For instance, with Libra rising, the descendant ruler is Mars. Look to see what Mars does in your partners chart. Does it make a lot of aspects to other planets? Are those connections harmonious or challenging? What about your own aspects? How are they integrated in your chart? Relationship challenges can be mitigated then positively cultivated with awareness and desire.
Knowing the date, time and place of birth is important for determining the Ascendant, thereby assessing individual character traits and partnership dynamics.
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