Asc/Dec Axis and MC/IC Axis
THE ASCENDANT, DESCENDANT AXIS
The ascendant (ASC) is a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the Eerth rotates on its axis, and the descendant (DEC) is a point where the ecliptic meets the western horizon on the opposite point to the ascendant.
The signs of the zodiac containing these angular points at the time of birth are very important in astrological interpretation because the power of attraction is determined by the line of force between the ascendant, descendant axis.
The ascendant is the first point of action which attracts close relationships such as marriage and any other close partnership/relationships.
The sign on the ascendant describes your temperament, the personality you display when dealing with others. Depending on how you interact with others and deal with problems in personal relationships, depends on whether you will achieve harmony or discord. You should take note of the interacting energies between the ascendant, descendant axis when relationships fail to satisfy mutual interests or expectations in order to express the more positive qualities of the sign on the as
The ascendant describes your temperament or disposition and it represents the expression of “self” in relation to others. The descendant (the opposite point to the ascendant) shows the characteristics you express in close relationships, partnerships and friendships. You can have deeply fulfilling personal relationships once you understand the magnetic line of action and attraction between the ascendant, descendant axis.
The point on the ascendant is opposite to the point on the descendant. These points are referred to as the ascendant, descendant axis and they strongly influence close relationships.
The following interpretations of the ascendant, descendant axis are designed to help you to understand the magnetic line of attraction in marriage and any other close relationships.
ASCENDANT ARIES - DESCENDANT LIBRA
In close relationships you worry about your personal image and you can blame yourself when relationships fail. You tend to assert your independence; you like to get your own way and if you don’t get it, you do your own thing independently, but underneath you need to know that someone cares about you and that you are number one. You can put pressure on relationships which can challenge the harmony within relationships but this is usually through boredom. You want your partner to think about you and your needs but you only consider your partner’s needs in as much as it suits you. When relationships become too boring you may look elsewhere for excitement, possibly through friends. In seeking excitement, other relationships can be formed which can alert you to the fact that the boredom in your previous relationship is unsatisfactory. You tend to attract partner’s who look to you to make their decisions, but you can feel trapped in dependent relationships. You prefer partners who are independent and decisive, you admire strength and integrity. All relationships are centred round your independence and freedom. You can be the driving force behind your partner’s success because you give your partner the courage to challenge life in a positive way. You will give leeway in relationships but once boredom sets in you can switch off, and you may decide to break the relationship. To maintain balanced relationships you must learn to be less self-centred, more sharing and more considerate of your partner’s needs; then your relationships will be balanced and rewarding.
ASCENDANT TAURUS – DESCENDANT SCORPIO
When young, your partner or others may not be directly open with you; they can do things to make you feel that you are deeply loved, but at the same time you can feel unsure over small things that challenge your sense of security and trust. You are passionate, and when you fall in love you fall deeply. You understand the depth of love, but jealousy and/or possessiveness can make you feel insecure in love. You have a strong desire to develop your personal resources in order to contribute in close relationships, and you will work very hard to achieve security in any close partnership/relationship. You will try to be supportive of your partner, but your sense of security can be dominated in the two-way pull of other people’s interests. It seems that once others detect your independence they will try to pull you down. You have a strong desire to feel secure in love, but negative interference from others can lead to intense conflict. Your partner or other close associations can try to make you change your attitude in order to fit in with their interests and values. You will try to fit in because feeling included gives you a sense of security, but the flipside is that you can feel resentful. Your partner and/or others can see you as being stubborn and use manipulative strategies to gain advantage; this can lead to power-games that can be destructive. When you inwardly know that you can love and trust then you will be deeply rewarded in loyal and close friendships and relationships, but it is important that you know that you can love and trust.
ASCENDANT GEMINI – DESCENDANT SAGITTARIUS
When young, you may not have found it easy to approach the opposite sex.
Intellectual exchange is necessary for you, but you may consider your partner’s opinions are not always in accordance with your own. You like to know how your relationship works, and why? You like to have a dialogue about what is going on in your relationships because they are always changing, and you are learning through relationships. You use your intellect and reason when you face relationship problems, but with your own freedom in mind. You put a lot of thought into resolving relationship problems because you understand the importance of words (you can never take them back). You like to communicate with open-minded and mentally stimulating people, but you can be dogmatic in your opinions and communications; this can lead to intellectual debate and disagreement. Your nature is to sort out problems through gaining as much information as you can in order to reach intelligent conclusions. However, too much intellectual debate can erode deeper feelings in close relationships, and love can become jaded. Sexual areas in relationships can be dominated through the intellectual meeting of minds rather than the physical spontaneity of sexuality. You can shift too far from physical expression and lose the depth of the relationship. You treat all people as equal and you give credit where credit is due. You tend to judge situations and give your opinion spontaneously, which can lead to detailed debates and arguments over technical points. You try not to play mind games, but when mind-games are being played then you will prove your point. When serious conflicts arise, you are open-minded and you will listen to what others have to say in order to gain knowledge and deal with the situation. You must look beyond your own opinions and listen to the opinions of others, then you will have balanced and rewarding relationships.
ASCENDANT CANCER – DESCENDANT CAPRICORN
Your family is important to you, especially your mother. You need emotional stability through harmonious family relationships. You are protective of those you love but your family can control you. You will drive to overcome control, but you will cling to security beyond endurance. Your partner can be business minded and ambitious which can become a dominant factor. You may feel trapped in domestic responsibilities while your partner is out pursuing his/her own interests. In marriage you may not see what is happening. Control can be more of an invisible web or influence rather than a daily thing, but you may feel you are walking on thin ice, surrounded by an invisible wall of control. You will nurture your marriage because you want it to work. You will try to change yourself and to focus on the marriage more than the person because being married and having a secure family base makes you feel secure. Security is important to you and you have a strong need to keep the family together, even if you have to sacrifice your own happiness. Where family support is concerned, it can be either too controlling or totally lacking. You may turn yourself inside out to keep things going, but you may reach a stage where you need to be there for yourself. You may face issues of security and control in your family, your partner’s family or closely associated family connections. If you nurture and care for your family and build your future security with your partner and family, then you will have enduring and long-lasting relationships.
ASCENDANT LEO – DESCENDANT AQUARIUS
Self-centred tendencies will be changed through your partner who will teach you that there is a world out there. Your partner can have separate interests to you and he/she expects freedom. You can come together and engage in lively and interesting topics of conversation. You must develop your own enjoyment and talents and use them for the good of others. You need an all-encompassing love, to feel love, but affection can be detached. You have a strong love of humanity and you will share your objectives within groups. You have many friends, but your partner has different associates and interests to you. At times you may feel your light doesn’t shine. You are the organiser, and you may have to organise meetings with your partner in order to see him/her. You may appeal to his/her reason on a rational basis, and you may try to gain an information link. If you don’t take the initiative nothing happens, because your partner never organises anything. You make friends with different people, but your partner will only be involved in meaningful discussions. At parties you may engage in different topics of conversation because your partner may not be on the same wavelength. You may feel as if you are living with someone who does not participate in social engagements or in your relationship. Your partner needs his/her own space. He/she has different interests, but is morally upright. Your partner is into the larger world of ideas and not daily gossip; this can frustrate you because you are not detached and if you become dramatic, your partner will walk away, which has the opposite effect to what you had hoped for. When you were young, you had a vision of an all-encompassing love, but you may feel life has offered you the opposite. However if you find the balance in friendship and love, your partner can be your best friend and everything you could wish for.
ASCENDANT VIRGO – DESCENDANT PISCES
You tend to see your ideal in others. You may see them as you want to see them and place them on pedestals, but you can be deceived. You are compassionate and sensitive, and you may attract people who draw these qualities from you, but you also need these qualities returned. Health and/or work issues are areas that are strongly emphasised in your personal relationships. You set high standards on work presentation and duty, and you will try to create a perfect environment for your partner. You can be a workaholic and you can feel duty bound to work in support of other people’s ideals. Others show you their appreciation in subtle ways; a small gift, a spiritual blessing, a heart-felt message. However, if others do not reach your high expectations, you can criticise them, either to their face or behind their back; but you will still help them even though you do not like being taken for granted. Your life is one of giving in service. Others can sense this and they can use you because you empathise with them and they can see you as their saviour. You attract the underdog. Therefore you can fall into the tender trap of the martyr by giving too much and making yourself too available which you can later resent. You tend to put other people’s welfare ahead of your own, and others can take advantage of you and run you into the ground. When this happens friends fall away, help is denied, and you face your problems alone. You can balance your relationships through giving in service and acting on your ideas for the benefit of others. If you act on your ideas to assist others, then you will achieve a special bonding with friends, work associates and your partner.
ASCENDANT LIBRA – DESCENDANT ARIES
You need to share your life with others in a peaceful and harmonious way but in marriage and other close relationships you are being taught to stand up for yourself because you can feel dominated through the strength of your partner, or other people’s characters. You need to learn to become independent and make your own decisions; this you will learn through your partner and other people. If you don’t learn to become independent you can become dominated in close friendships, relationships and marriage. If relationships become unbalanced you will do all in your power to restore the balance. if a relationship becomes rocky, you will keep going back and back until you reach a certain undefined point when you will accept the break and you will never allow that person to hurt you as much again. You will keep a certain part of yourself removed. You may still keep in touch but if they should cross the line again, then you will make a definite and total cut. You will remember the friendship, but it will never be the same again and you will not consider going back. Albeit you have a strong drive to seek out a partner to share your life with. You will mediate conflicts in relationships, but this can open the door to inconsiderate and selfish acts of dominance between you and others. Until you overcome your passivity and develop independence, you will be dominated by the strength of others. You must gain confidence in yourself, and place relationships on an equal footing, only then will you balance relationships and gain a true feeling of togetherness.
ASCENDANT SCORPIO – DESCENDANT TAURUS
You cannot put a monetary value on either person’s role in close relationships. You play to your strengths to minimise your weaknesses and you do not use your power destructively. You choose to tread a more enlightened path. You like to be provided for, but this can lead to resentment. You can become co-dependent and too reliant on other people which can deplete your inner resources and others can take control, or pull you down to their feelings of insecurity. You have a gift for helping others transform their lives but you need to develop your own abilities to establish personal growth, only then can you push back the controls and limitations that surround you. You should direct your path according to your values then you will gain control. You can be secretive and you can set up situations to gain advantage over those who try to control you by using clever strategies, but this can result in underlying resentment. Resources should be shared for the good of all concerned otherwise underlying power-games can occur. You have a powerful presence which others can detect, but they can control you as a means to power. This can cause deep pain in the expression of love. You can be deeply hurt in close relationships, but in time you will look back and thank those who forced you to find the strength to become your own person. If you unite your resources equally with your partner and others, then you can have deeply rewarding relationships.
ASCENDANT SAGITTARIUS – DESCENDANT GEMINI
You will not be possessed, you need the freedom to come and go as you please. If you make arrangements ahead of time you can opt out if a more interesting offer comes up. Your relationships are viewed through the intellect, and you find it hard to debate beyond your own opinions. You need stimulating people in your life, but with your fiery disposition you can provoke arguments in close relationships and partnerships through your definite opinions. In close relationships you must learn to appreciate other people’s points of view without taking it as a personal confrontation or attack. You have a tendency to jump to conclusions and judge situations without taking all the facts into consideration which can provoke arguments. You can appear to preach or lecture which could make your partner or others switch off from your views and opinions, perhaps refusing to speak or discuss any further issues. When your friends need help you can be too soft for your own good and this can meet with disagreements from others in your circle of close friends who say you are too soft. When your actions or opinions are challenged, you can provoke situations by being tactlessly honest or outspoken which can attract scathing comments and opposition from those who feel offended by your apparent lack of decorum. You can hook into mind games, playing one situation off against another to win credits; this can become a real issue in relationships because you always want to be right but you cannot always be right. You must learn to get your facts straight before casting judgement on others because you can make incorrect statements out of turn. If you listen to other people’s views and opinions with an open mind and respect them, then you will become very wise, and you will have very rewarding relationships.
ASCENDANT CAPRICORN – DESCENDANT CANCER
Past family values are important to you and you base your approach to relationships on family conditioning. Your partner may find it difficult to get along with family members which can make some family relationships tense. The influences of your partner’s early childhood can have an emotional effect on your relationship with him/her which can leave you trying to keep control in “out of control” situations; also issues connected to family relationships can occur through your partner. Your partner can become emotional over any form of family control but you are a family-minded person and you take your responsibilities seriously. You believe in the security of home and family, and you will try to provide and support your family. Also you may look to your partner to support and take responsibility for family needs. You have a practical, logical approach to life and you control through family conditioning which you expect from others. Your partner may teach you to soften your inflexible approach to family and become more flexible to feeling and emotion beyond limiting family standards of behaviour. Conflicts in your relationship with your partner can arise when love and affection are denied through family conditioning. The welfare of your relationships should not revolve around confining and limiting rules and regulations. Matters of emotional security and family control will have to be balanced. If you find the balance, love will endure through the hardships of life.
ASCENDANT AQUARIUS – DESCENDANT LEO
You like to look at everything from different angles. You need the freedom to pursue your own community interests and goals outside your relationships, but this can lead to difficulties within your relationships. You identify with feeling, but you don’t live in your own feelings. Your emotions are detached and you see everything from an objective point of view. You will accept circumstances that you know you cannot change (or cannot be changed). Your friendly approach attracts people, but your partner will try to teach you to get in touch with your feelings. He/she can be dramatic, warm and affectionate and involved in emotionally-charged situations which you may prefer to detach from, but this can lead to upset feelings because your partner wants your emotional support. You prefer non-involvement in emotionally-charged confrontations and you try to restore friendship through unemotional alternatives. Although you will not live in feeling or display emotion, you will remain loyal and supportive of your partner, but your partner may feel unsupported by your non-confrontational and detached attitude which can lead to conflict in the relationship. Your partner may be outspoken and dramatic which can challenge you to become more involved to reach out and develop warmth of feeling and emotion. You must try to balance your separate interests with the interests of your partner otherwise your marriage can become lukewarm. If you find the balance in love, your partner can be your best friend and greatest admirer.
ASCENDANT PISCES – DESCENDANT VIRGO
You try to become the character you think your partner or others want to see. You can have the same work interests as your partner and you will identify with him/her in this area. You live in the realms of ideas which you bring into the relationship. Your partner may be a realist and a hard worker and you will support your partner with your ideas. You are deeply sensitive and you feel the hurt in others when they confide in you. You project an image that moulds into the personality of anyone you are trying to help; this can make them feel special. However, in trying to be all things to all people you can make promises that can place you in the victim’s seat and drain your energy. You need time alone to escape the continual bombardment of other people’s problems, but subtle innuendos from your partner and/or others may alert you to the reality of your relationships. Being an idealist, you prefer not to look at issues of conflict in relationships. Your challenge is to face reality and deal with conflict instead of letting personal relationship problems go over your head, hoping that in time they will go away. A practical approach is necessary otherwise resentment can build up and blow up. The world can sometimes look like an impressionists painting, slightly out of focus with you trying to stay practical within it. Your creative ideas can aid and assist practical solutions in work relationships or personal relationships, and with your sensitivity and imagination you can break down rigid views and inspire new ideas that can bring about practical solutions to most problems. When your partner or those in close association with you need your assistance you are only too willing to help but you need to balance your idealistic nature with the practicalities of life; then you will have very inspiring and rewarding relationships.
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