The Ascendant (Asc) also called your Rising Sign is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon at the moment and place of birth, the cusp of the first house of self. It is the most important angle of the horoscope. Directly across from the Asc you’ll find the second important angle, the Descendant (DSC). The DSC is the sign that was setting in the west at the moment and place of birth, the cusp of the seventh house of partnerships both beneficial (marriages) & difficult (rivals).
The Medium Coeli (MC), Latin for “middle of the sky.” is the sign directly overhead at the moment & place of birth, the cusp of the tenth house of career and social standing. The angle opposite the MC is called the Imum Coeli (IC), Latin for the “bottom of the sky.” It is the lowest point in the chart, the sign on the other side of the Earth and the cusp on the fourth house of family, roots & deep self.
Together the four angles make up what astrologer call the “Cross of Matter.” Translating the astrological signs on these four points enable you to more effectively deal with their physical world.
Next month we explore more deeply the Ascendant!