In astrology, your birth chart is divided into twelve houses. The first house reveals the first impressions you make on others. You might show more of your Sun sign traits to those who are closer to you and who know you better, but your first house is what you let the world see.
You′ll find out a lot about your personality and your ego by studying what′s going on in your first house. Traditionally, the ruling sign of this house is Aries, and the ruling planet of this house is Mars. It′s a cardinal quality house, and it belongs to the element of fire.
The sign on the cusp of the first house is called your rising sign, or Ascendant. This sign probably has more significance regarding your appearance and how you conduct yourself than your Sun sign does. To calculate your rising sign accurately, you need to know not just your date and place of birth, but also the time.
When you′re trying to make a good impression on someone—for romance, or maybe a job—you′ll unconsciously play up the good points of your rising sign. If you have a planet conjunct to your rising sign, it will have a major impact on your personality.
The first house represents not just your outward personality, but also the environment that you grew up in, the nurturing that you got to go with your inherent nature. Sometimes you′ll hear people describe you, and their characterization of you doesn′t match the way that you see yourself.
This discrepancy is because they′re seeing your rising sign and what you′re projecting, rather than your core self as represented by your Sun sign. Studying the first house also helps you to understand your role in your family and perhaps even in your community. It brings you insight as to how others see you, and what influenced your childhood.
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