The 1-th House of the Horoscope


Sign of Aries. Ruling Planet Mars.
This is the door through which all daily experience enters.



The Zodiac: Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo
Libra | Scorpio | Sagittarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

Houses: First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth
Seventh | Eighth | Ninth | Tenth | Eleventh | Twelfth


It is the FRONT DOOR through which all daily experience enters the life of the native. It has to do with the native's personal appearance and especially the casual impression he creates on superficial contact. In every sense this should be called the native's personality, since this is what shows on the surface. The nature of the first house shows how the native APPEARS TO OTHERS.
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w hen Aries in The 1-th House
This attracts all the qualities of the Aries individuality together with the Mars aggressive impulses. Properly controlled, Aries can move mountains, but when out of control it can be too impulsive and self-centered in an unthinking way. Such person is a champion of independence and freedom, but sometimes outspoken in his/her opinions.The native displays a unique and uncompromising personality, which is courageous, enterprising, ego-centered, rash, impulsive, hot-tempered, ardent, loyal and frank. The native also attracts and brings out these qualities in other people, since this is the type of sign on his "front door." Others who are looking for just this fresh new approach seek him/her out to give him/her this kind of assignment. Everything important in the daily contacts initially starts for him/her an Aries/Mars way.
w hen Taurus in The 1-th House
This gives the native a personality that is careful, deliberate, practical, stubbornly consistent and very conscious of all material values. They have a talent for keeping records and make excellent clerks or accountants and excel at any kind of housekeeping routine. They always appear dependable and attract the kind of assignments in life that call for these qualities whether or not they are thrilled with the assignments. Their personalities suggest natives whose feet are firmly planted on the ground at all times, and they naturally gravitate to conditions of comfort, ease and abundance that at the same time are pleasant and attractive. As a pule, such people have a strong appreciation for the pleasant things in life, and they never hesitate to indulge their strongest desires. This is because Venus, as ruler of Taurus, is the ruling planet in this people's natal chart. The planet is always associated with love, beauty, ease of living, graciousness, and charm. In a positive sense, Venus brings a high degree of diplomacy, tact, and sociability. On the other hand, from a negative perspective, it can show laziness and self-indulgence.
w hen Gemini in The 1-th House
As everyone knows, the symbol for Gemini is the twins, and this symbol depicts a duality in this people's nature. There is a tendency to be somewhat fickle. Such person can handle more than one job at a time. He/she tend to dart from one topic to another, from one task to the next, in and out of relationships. The native is usually a collector of trivia and random information. With a Gemini Ascendant, he/she may indeed be a walking encyclopedia. In other words this gives the native an ease and facility with words, ideas and a general ability to express him/herself eloquently on a variety of subjects. The native will attract attention by his/her quick perceptions and his/her talent for comment, gossip, communication and verbal gymnastics. Such person will seldom be at a loss for opinion, comment or criticism, whether asked for or not. His/she most noticeable virtue will be the way he/she can talk him/herself into (or out of) situations that would stump most people.
w hen Cancer in The 1-th House
The Moon rules the sign Cancer, and so it is called the ruler of the native's horoscope. When the Moon is so predominate in a chart, it produces a personality that is sensitive and a little on the timid side. These people like to feel out a situation before projecting themselves into it. The Moon is the great ruler of emotions, the feelings, and the sensitivities. It is also closely associated the the mothering instinct. Such people are very protective of close people, they are protective of themselves. In case they don't have a family to care about, they'll probably exhibit these characteristics with close friends. Cancer on the ascendant itself also gives the native talents for attracting and influencing the public, particularly women and matters of feminine interest. The native seems to sense what the public wants at any one moment and is prepared to cater or serve these needs. Anywhere that Cancer falls is in fact where the native is supersensitive to public needs and has powers for attracting people. There is also much moodiness and the quality of turning on or off, which is self-protective for Cancer. Timing, which is so vital in everything, is a natural talent in the personality, and the native knows how to make the most of it. This person may be too gentle at times to deal with the harsher realities of life.
w hen Leo in The 1-th House
This is immediately indicative of a strong personality that demands constant and responsive attention at all times. The individuality is so pronounced as not to tolerate any competition in the field which will in any way diminish or detract from the native as the center of attention. The native is ideally suited to situations or programs which call for individuality of effort, inventiveness of mind, resourcefulness of nature and aggressiveness of spirit. At the same time they are romantic and sentimental, though sometimes can be a little foolhardy. They appreciate what people do for them, and repay a kindness. Such people have royal tastes and a sense of luxury, prompting them to spend much to keep up appearances. These people's personality is on the dramatic side, steeped in pomp and ceremony, and they may look for opportunities to release a flamboyant side of their nature. The combination of all these qualities acting together is needed to clear the field, carry the day, and gain the beachhead. Will power and supreme belief in the self at all times and under all conditions is mandatory.
w hen Virgo in The 1-th House
This native is a born perfectionist in all that he/she assumes or undertakes. He/she appears detailed, organized, disciplined, objectively critical and sincerely desirous to fill a need or augment a service to which he/she feels obligated. The Virgo contribution, such as it is, may not be exactly what others feel they want or need. Virgo considers his/her opinion on this to be superior generally because Virgo is objective and knows what he/she is doing and the best way to go about it. There is always a tendency to focus on what is in the immediate present, often neglecting to form a vision for the future. Such person will feel comfortable living in a world of facts and he/she will tend to arm him/herself with intellectual awareness to combat natural feelings of insecurity. The uncontrollable point is in getting others to appreciate the real value of the Virgo contribution with its sense of "perfected details."
w hen Libra in The 1-th House
Libra in the first house produces a personality that is naturally diplomatic and sociable. Graciousness, compatibility, and sociability are these people's obvious personality traits. This sign is undoubtedly a sign of balance and justice. The primary quality associated with Libra is a strong sense of fair play. Such people, as a rule, can see both sides of nearly any issue, and there is always a demand in their nature that justice be served. Possibly that is why the native often makes an initial impression of being more interested in others than him/herself. This pleases and flatters people, and the native is assured of willing cooperation and sincere interest in his/her welfare. Libra personalities are attractive, even though they may not all be physically beautiful. There is always something about their personality that more than makes up for any physical shortcomings they may have. Almost everyone is willing to overlook their faults and concentrate on the charm and appeal of their friendly outgoing nature. They are the most automatically forgiven people in the world.
w hen Scorpio in The 1-th House
The Scorpio type is a very complex individual with many varieties of subtypes. Basically he/she has a split personality. He/he seems to be drawn in two directions at the same time. The extreme of one direction may at times seem destructive to some people, while the other extreme has all the potential of a great liberator or freedom fighter. The Scorpio natives have very mixed emotions about these two directions in their lives and which road they should pursue. Frequently they find themselves heading in one direction only to switch around suddenly and head in the other. They are often unaware of what their real or ultimate intentions will be until they have pursued the matter at some length or gone too far to back down. At heart they are born reactionaries. Deep in their hidden thoughts (which they like to keep to themselves) they feel vaguely dissatisfied with some condition or situation in which they find themselves. Initially they are not sure what to do about it, except to build up a conviction that it must be changed or altered in some way.
w hen Sagittarius in The 1-th House
People's personality with Sagittarius in Ascendant are usually restless, outgoing, and very independent. This position of the Sagittarius is one that produces goal oriented individuals; people with a long-range outlook and philosophical attitude. Their ambitions are geared to those long-range and large-scale goals. They aresure that matters will turn out okay, no matter how large the challenge may be. These people exhibit a certain fire of enthusiasm which stems from their conviction concerning certain principles or patterns of thought. Like the other enthusiastic types (called FIRE signs), where the Aries exuberance is based on the spirit of his/her individuality and the Leo spirit is based on the power of his/her will and the extent of his ego, the Sagittarian faith is based on the strength of his/her principles and the Tightness of his/her efforts.
w hen Capricorn in The 1-th House
Capricorn is a hard-nosed sign which limits the native to established, material objectives and doing things the sure way. On the personality (ascendant) position it labels the native as old, rigid, fixed and determined, even as a child. It is not a colorful image and certainly not a spontaneous, joyful one. It lays a heavy hand on all those with whom it comes in contact. Capricorns are above all super-realists—at times far too much so. As a personality type they can be depressing but admirable in their way. They act like the voice of doom, which may be inevitable but not always welcome at the beginning. This is the way in which Capricorns affect others. The pure Capricorn picture (unless considerably relieved by other factors) is oppressive. They often achieve their goal eventually, but in the process they considerably limit everyone else around them. They are solid, down-to-earth, disciplined, hardworking people, who never tire or give up what they once set their mind on doing. They are seldom satisfied with any back seat in life since they also have their heart and purpose set on a fair share of all the material advantages. But they have to break a number of backs getting there. Capricorns have a way of grinding others down to dust. This seems to give them a source of satisfaction by minimizing or eliminating or exhausting their competition.
w hen Aquarius in The 1-th House
Aquarius on the ascendant is generally less favorable than other signs. First, because most people don't understand or appreciate the nature of Aquarius. Second, there is generally less use or need for Aquarians in the everyday world. Aquarians are a special kind of people given to independent viewpoints on life that invariably do not fit in with accepted modes of thinking. The mass of humanity looks with disfavor on those who deviate from what everyone else is doing or thinking. This quality may indicate a degree of brilliance, if not to say genius, on the Aquarians' part, but it stirs up such a frightful resentment that it is difficult for the native both to do his thing and hold his own at the same time. Fortunately this doesn't seem to bother Aquarians, but it does put rocks in their path. One must remember that we are talking about the ascendant and one's public image—this is the native as the world sees him/her on the surface. The personality is what shows. As might be imagined, there is less good in having something showing on the surface that causes misunderstandings from the start and turns other people against the native before he even has a chance to prove his value. The Aquarian conception is an indispensable part of the universal picture. But it never works as effectively when it shows to its worst advantage as when it cuts loose on an end play and makes an uninterrupted run for it before those who would suppress it are aware of what has happened.
w hen Pisces in The 1-th House
The Pisces type, like the Aquarian, is not an everyday kind of person. In his case the native is in touch, or gives the appearance of being in touch, with a realm of consciousness that is not given by everybody else. This is the realm of the subconscious and constitutes the inner values we have and the ultimate value structures we may need in life. Eveyone has inner values, but not everyone is as closely in touch with them as the Pisces type. In Pisces there is a deeper conviction and a reference to the role that our inner motivations play every day. Self-realization is of prime importance, and it is therefore essential for the native to spend a good deal of time by him/herself. Often this sign denotes involvement or strong interest in music or another form of art.
a s an initial step in understanding birth-hart you are advised to concentrate first on the meaning of the houses. When you know what affairs a house contains, you should also realize what affairs it does not include.