Understanding Ascendant or Lagna

Understanding your Ascendant or Lagna is one of the first steps to interpret a horoscope since it guides your intelligence. Your Lagna is the controlling factor or the power to discriminate. Commonly in native Hindi language, we can say it is your “Viveka”, and the planet in your Lagna will dominate your intelligence! So firstly let us understand how do we get our ascendant?

In Vedic Astrology or Jyotiṣa the Ascendant is the first moment of contact between the soul and its new life on earth, the reason why a soul is declared a being. Does a soul have an ascendant? Ideally, it gets an ascendant when it enters a living creature (animal or human). So what is Lagna? in simple language it is the degree of the rāśi (or sign) and Nakshatra (or constellation) specifically the nakshatra pada (also known as the division of a zodiac into four different parts) which is rising on the eastern horizon at the time of one’s birth. This concept is the fundamental difference to separate you from another being born at the same time in different place. Unfortunately, the idea of splitting souls into 12 signs based on birth dates as per western astrology does not work, good coffee table book but does not work in practice, Why? The reason is simple – We are all created due to impounding Karmas, and they can be similar. Even within twins, we find they have a completely different destiny, so how does it happen? We now have a clear understanding as to why you need to know your Lagna; this leads you to your horoscope.

Your ascendant is first stepped to understand your natural ability to think. Where your Lagna (ascendant) lord shall go will determine your thought process, the planets in your ascendant are the activities/people on your head at all times. For example, if you have the ascendant lord in the 6th house of enemies your natural ability is to attack your enemy, on the hind side if your 6th lord is in your ascendant then its the reverse – your enemy attack you all the time, and you need to be ready to face it. Let me take a simple example of 2 charts below of a Husband & Wife who are fighting a divorce case.

Let us understand wife’s Lagna first. She is Libra ascendant and her Lagna lord Venus in debility which indicates brain fade moments in matters related to the 12th house? However, Venus being in the 12th house will ensure it will get her married. Rahu is in Lagna as lord of the 5th house so Kids, Future, etc. will be predominant in her head (Lagna). Rahu in Lagna is not welcomed since it aspects 7th house of relationship/ finance, and Ketu in the 7th house indicates a mistake in marriage.

The saving grace for debilitated Venus is it is aspected by Jupiter by Garaha and Rashi Drishti hence she consulted an astrologer to help her in the situation. The husband on the other side is brilliant since his Lagna lord is aspecting Lagna by Graha and Rashi Drishti. The only problem is he has two malefic in his 7th house, and it is a badhaka too – husband will tend to look at the wife as an “obstacle” and will not be able to see anything – Blind in 7th house. Having said this, he will be a top achiever at work due to various other yogas; marriage will be a mess for sure. So the question is can marriage sustain? The answer is 1st marriage is tough to sustain, and they are going through divorce proceedings.

So what are the takeaways:-

1. Your Lagna is a natural tendency to think

2. Your Lagna lord is the direction of thought

3. Planets in Lagna are the pressures/responsibilities on you

So my question is – are too many planets good in Lagna? Do you know your ascendant or are you still using western astrology and calling yourself a Sagi or Capri!


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