Your Ascendent is the same as your Rising Sign. If you do not know it – and you do know the time of your birth – you can check it out via Astrodienst.
Transits to the Ascendent are MAJOR. Especially when featuring one of the Outer Planets: Uranus, Neptune & Pluto. They have profound, overt, life-altering and enduring effects. Your Ascendent is how you relate to the world, your appearance & stance in relationships. Let’s just do Outer Planets for now. These planets have such long retrogrades that the phase in which you can consider your Ascendent as being affected by the transit can go for as long as two years.
These are the times when someone walks into your life and changes it, your appearance morphs and/or you reorient yourself radically. An Outer Planet transit to the Ascendent is like having someone hit the ‘restore to factory settings’ buttons on you. Non-you habits, ideas and attitudes that have kind of stuck to you over the years just fall away. It’s amazing how often a relationship is the catharthis for such a transformation.
All transitting aspects to the Ascendent are interesting but the conjunction is the most powerful. If you have your Ascendent at 20 to 24 degrees of Pisces, then you’ve got Uranus on your Ascendent all year – this is the ‘give me freedom or else’ astro-passage. If you’re not doing it enough, people come into your life who either disrupt it (not so good) or whom inspire you toward emancipation. You’re flip, intellectual and very easily bored.
If your Ascendent is Zero to Four of Capricorn, think Pluto. This is a super-intense makeover moment going for a couple of years: Ye olde ancient angst surfaces to be burned away by your new-found superstrength. You’re volatile, Phoenixing and unable to tolerate inauthentic situations. If your Ascendent is 23 to 24 degrees of Aquarius, you’re doing Neptune. You’ll be mysteriously alluring, very creative and given to prophetic/lucid dreaming but also amazingly sensitive to drugs and WATCH the ‘redemption’ style relationships.
Any outer planet transit to your Ascendent is a fab time to reorient yourself, be whom you truly are & alter your personal appearance. The Pluto transits in particular are associated with incredible metamorphosis. Strength training and/or martial arts & anything that works with Qi such as reiki or acupuncture is always fantastic during these kinds of transits as they do affect the physical body & you’re trying to channel a whole new you.
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