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In Vedic Astrology, lagna is regarded as one of the most important aspect of the kundali or the natal chart. The ascendant or the lagna is that zodiac sign which is at the eastern horizon at the time of the individual’s birth. The lagna or the ascendant is very significant in astrology. There are 12 zodiac ascendants in astrology. Zodiac signs at eastern horizon change every 2 hours & hence, the lagna can be different for the people born on the same day.
In Vedic Astrology, the ascendant or the lagna is deemed very significant. The lagna provides insight about the individual's mind, personality, appearance and the first impression that they leave on people. Lagna is also considered as the threshold or base for the entire kundali, because it is a determinant of the remaining 11 houses of the Vedic horoscope or the kundali birth chart.
When a person has the zodiac sign Mesha/Aries as the Ascendant or lagna, it means that during the birth time, the zodiac sign of Aries was rising at the Eastern Horizon.
People with Aries lagna or ascendant, have Mars (Aries’ ruling planet) as the lord or lagnesh of their natal chart. The rising sign is a very important astrological parameter in determining an individual’s personality and mindset. Still, most Vedic Astrologers also agree on the point that the lagna defines the body and physical characteristics or appearance of an individual, and also plays a strong role in the development of their individual character.
Although, it is also important to note the degrees at which the lagna is in the house. Every house has a span of 30 degrees. When the Ascendant or lagna is at the beginning of a sign (i.e. in the starting degrees of the house), the sign’s traits are more evident than when it is placed at the ending of the house.
When the next zodiac sign occupies the biggest part of the 1st house, it naturally gives a lot of its traits to the native’s character and physical appearance. If the Ascendant/lagna is at the final degrees of a house, the next sign is often considered as the co-ascendant. This is the reason that many people experience the next zodiac sign to behave as the rising sign a lot more than the one that is actually their rising sign. The 1st house (the Ascendant being on its cusp) is responsible for the ego, self-perception/identity, behavior, mental status, physical strength, health, etc.Individuals with an Aries Ascendant will have Mars as their chart ruler. The red planet will play a very important in their lives, and also will also be strongly connected with their physical appearance and vitality. Hence, this native’s body and self will be significantly affected by transits of planets in their ascendant house as well as transits of Mars in their kundali. In addition, natal aspects of other planets to Mars will also play a strong role. People with Aries lagna must take care to empower Mars in healthy ways, as its functions will always have an overall positive or negative effect on their chart, thus, touching all their life areas. Having Aries as your Ascendant feels like having Mars in your 1st house.
The Aries ascendant is associated with the head. The Aries rising natives are usually agile and supple. They carry themselves with certain ease and elegance. An Aries ascendant native is marked by strong and angular features, with a prominent chin and nose. These natives have athletic built with broad shoulders. They are also of average height. Their appearance gives off a marked impression of might and strict ruggedness.
The Aries ascendant men like to be in control even though they are marked by certain impulsiveness of character. These men are downright ambitious and once they have set their mind on something, they are bent on achieving it. But, nevertheless, they also a carry a streak of impulsiveness and often jump to conclusions and give in to their momentary impulses. Another trait that marks these Aries Ascendant men is their straightforwardness and honesty. They are often honest in their dealings unless another planet has a contrary influence in the kundali.
These women can be absolutely confrontation and will never shy away from any kind of hardships and arguments. They are also self-reliant to default will often think twice before asking for help. They sometimes will never acknowledge that they need help in the first place. Their ambition in life often takes precedence over other things in life. They are ambitious when it comes to achieving whatever it is that they want. Hence, they can also be a bit impatient when it comes to dealing with more laid back souls. Although, they are energetic and loves being front and center of the gathering, these Aries ascendant women can find it difficult to give their emotions proper expressions in close emotional settings.
Nevertheless, it should always be kept in mind that any planet located near the Ascendant point will definitely alter both the physical appearance and the characteristics of the native. Vedic Astrologers often emphasize on the fact that any planet will have the strongest influence on the lagna if it is placed in the first 10 degrees of the first house as well as at the last 5 degrees of the 12th house.
The planet’s energies will blend with the planet that is in the Ascendant house. Allegorically speaking, we can imagine the sign as a canvas while the planet as the paint that will create the unique picture of the individual. Of course, it is possible to have more than one planet in conjunction with the ascendant thence further complicating the over personality of the native. To better understand the physical appearance, the self and how they function together, it is significant to analyze all these planetary influences.
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