ASCENDANT / ASCENDING SIGN/ LAGNA
The ascendant or lagna is that point in the zodiac which rises at the time of birth of a person with reference to the place of birth. The position of planets in the zodiac is noted with reference to the earth.
The ascendant is the first house in a horoscope and the rest of the houses are reckoned from it. The ascendant is an important part of the horoscope and it helps in identifying the functional nature of planets. It also helps in analyzing the transit impact of planets.
IMPORTANCE OF ASCENDANT/ASCENDING SIGN / LAGNA
The functional nature of the planets in a birth chart is identified through the ascendant. The functional nature helps in identifying the strength of planets and the planets, which cause unfavorable influences in the birth chart. The ascendant helps us in identifying the strong aspects of life and the aspect of life under stress including health. The astrological remedial measures for various life problems are recommended on the basis of the functional nature of the planets.
The rasi chart which is known as either the birth chart or natal chart can be drawn in many ways but for the purpose of our study, we will use the north Indian chart style as shown below:
North Indian Style
This is the best form of drawing a chart as it provides a very easy comprehension of the chart at a mere glimpse. It shows angles/planets placed in angles without enumeration.
This is drawn as under: -
North Indian Style Chart
Identification of the various houses is very easy using this form of a birth chart. The houses are always fixed and are shown below:
houses are marked as follows:
The north India chart shows whether any planet is posited in the malefic houses. The sixth, eighth and twelfth houses in a chart are known as malefic houses. Malefic houses are marked as follows:
It also shows the placement of planets in trines, if any, at a mere glimpse. The trine positions are shown here:
According to Systems’ Approach, the lordship of the houses is reckoned from the placement of a mooltrikona sign in a particular house. The lord of the mooltrikona sign placed in a particular house is called the lord of the house. The counting of houses is done in an anti clockwise direction. For example, in the following chart the sign of Gemini rises in the ascendant:
As the sign of Libra is placed in the fifth house in the above chart, Venus will be the lord of the fifth house.
Even reckoning of the aspects is very easy in this form of a birth chart.
Presentation of General Significations of the houses.
2)Graphical Presentation of Body Parts Ruled by Various Houses
3)Graphical Presentation of Relations Ruled by Various Houses