I was born September 14, 1966 at 11:26 a.m. in Miami, Florida. Whenever
I get charts done, some show my ascendant as Scorpio, while others show
it as Sagittarius. I identify more with the Scorpio, but definitely
have the Sagittarian desire for freedom and travel. Depending on
which ascendant comes up, it shifts my whole chart, giving a very different
reading. What ascendant do you come up with for me? --
A: Using the three
most popular house systems for chart calculation -- Koch, Placidus and
Equal -- at 11:26 a.m. in Miami, Florida on September 14, 1966, your Ascendant
is definitively Sagittarius. View
Chart One degree, 16 minutes to be exact. However, just
six minutes earlier, at 11:20 a.m., your ascendant would have been 29 degrees
Scorpio. So you see that a correct birth time can make a big difference
in accurately calculating a chart.
People often talk about their
Ascendant (or rising sign) being on the "cusp" between two signs.
This is technically not possible, as the Ascendant degree is always in
one sign only for a given date, place and time. What frequently does
occur, however, is that other planets or points in the chart will be in
signs that border the Ascendant sign.
For example, in your case,
you have Sagittarius rising, but the Moon's South Node and Neptune in your
chart are placed in the sign of Scorpio. We often identify very strongly
with our South Node sign, and have both the strengths of the sign to offer,
and the weaknesses of the sign to overcome during our lifetime. You
may want to read as much as you can on the signs of Scorpio (your Moon's
South Node) and Taurus (your Moon's North Node), since you are learning
to balance these opposite signs in a healthy way.
With Sagittarius rising,
you may be optimistic and upbeat toward others most of the time, and love
freedom and travel as you have indicated. However, due to the Scorpio
South Node influence, you are also likely to need a great deal of private
time to retreat from the world, explore the secrets and psychology of yourself
or others, and form intimate relationship bonds. Be careful not to
let Scorpio jealousies, control, desire for extreme experiences, delusions
or addictions (Neptune in Scorpio) prevent you from achieving the sweet,
stable, solid life of practical service that you crave. Luckily,
your Sagittarius ascendant helps you to overlook many slights and not take
things too personally. You can inspire people and also touch them
deeply, which is a rare and worthy combination. Best wishes.
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