Sun - Ascendant Aspects in the Natal Chart
A planet in conjunction to the Ascendant always takes on
powerful proportions in the native's life and personality. A
distinction is made between planets in the twelfth house in
conjunction to the Ascendant, and planets in the first house
in conjunction to the Ascendant. When found in the first
house, that planet feels free to express itself. When behind
the Ascendant in the twelfth house, that planet is just as
powerful, but it has problems expressing itself in a direct
and uninhibited manner.
Sun conjunct the Ascendant
These people make a strong personal impression. Others tend to see them as
confident people, or as leaders of some sort. This is because they project
strength. Of course, this strong impression can rub some people the wrong way.
These people are noticeable and very aware of how they come across to others.
Sun rising people tend to believe that they are in control of their destiny.
They usually don't believe in fate, and they'll take any pessimistic comments
that come their way as personal challenges. In fact, this concept extends to
other areas of life--they prefer to lead rather than follow, and are usually
most comfortable in situations where they have the freedom to do so. They
identify strongly with the image they project, and they usually prefer to be
viewed as capable individuals. Children with this aspect may appear to be older
than their years.
If the Sun is in the 12th house and conjunct the Ascendant, the desire to
lead and to be noticed is great, but there may be some teetering when it comes
to actually expressing these desires. These people may be inclined to daydream a
lot about being awe-inspiring leaders, or the center of attention, but there can
be much self-consciousness and some reluctance to actually throw themselves into
the spotlight. Over time, they might find ways to get the attention or the
position of importance they crave in indirect and/or creative ways.
Sun square Ascendant
People born with Sun square Ascendant do not always "come across" to others as
they intend to. Especially in their youth, these people can easily offend others
with what people might call an "attitude". Sometimes, the impression is one of
being overbearing, arrogant, or pushy. If this is the case, it's due to a
defense mechanism perhaps stemming from childhood. For some reason or other,
what these people want to express is often interpreted the wrong way. Awareness
of this discrepancy is important, otherwise the defense mechanism can worsen
over time, and natives of this aspect can meet with problems at work (especially
with authority) and in personal relationships. Softening the manner and the
attitude does wonders to smooth over relationships of all kinds.
Some Famous People with the Sun Square the Ascendant: Denzel Washington.
Sun opposition Ascendant
There is a big tendency for those born under the Sun in opposition to the
Ascendant to "find themselves" through other people. Most people with this
aspect are in partnership with a close personal friend and/or a close romantic
partner most of their lives with few gaps between. Just as Sun conjunct the
Ascendant has an Aries flavor, the opposition has a Libra flavor, especially if
the Sun is found in the seventh house. These people truly come alive when
one-on-one. This makes them good at negotiations, therapy, and other situations
where being able to slip into another's shoes is advantageous. Decision-making
is enjoyed best when shared with another person. These are people who are the
first to call on a close personal friend or the spouse whenever a decision needs
to be made--not that they always take that person's advice! However, the back
and forth of the exchange helps them to find an answer within. Again, this comes
back to seeing themselves through others' perspectives. These are not the types
of people who go to movies or restaurants alone (by choice). They simply feel
more powerful and happy with someone tagging along. Some are submissive, but
most are not. They don't truly give their power away to others. However, they
don't readily "own" their power without feedback from others, where
the term "others"
doesn't refer to people in general, but to an individual. It's not about
reputation or saving face (although this is possible if the Sun is also square
Sun sextile or trine the Ascendant
It is easy and natural for those born under a harmonious aspect between the Sun
and the Ascendant to be received well by others. There is a distinct air of
authority and magnanimity surrounding these people. The authority they project
generally doesn't offend others, generally because sincerity is sensed at the
same time. Unless the Ascendant or Sun are otherwise quite challenged,
most would describe these people as natural, easy to like, and friendly.
Especially with the trine, there is a marked interest in the performing arts
and/or sports and games, both as spectators and as participants. This is an
especially favorable aspect to have for those who are in the public eye.
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Interpretations written by Annie Heese.