The inciting incident is how you get [characters] to do something. It’s the doorway through which they can’t return, you know.
The story takes care of the rest.
~ Donald Miller, from A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
Today, our year long journey through the houses begins.
As I explained on Sunday, this year, I thought it would be enlightening to follow a loose structure shaped around the houses of the astrological chart. Please remember — this is not intended to be a year-long lesson on astrology, as I am really not qualified to do that.
But if we are multi-faceted beings who can be understood through a template of 12 houses, why not explore those aspects together?
Ready? Here goes!
The First House is the one that pertains to Self. It is the one that, in the birth chart, reveals our ascendant, or rising sign, as it is also called. Astrologer Molly Hall notes that, “Until the rise of Sun sign astrology in the early 20th century, the Rising sign was a dominant focus of interest. The Ancient Greeks popularized astrology among the general public when the Rising sign was introduced to add individual nuance to the twelve Sun signs.
“The Sun and Rising sign harmonize together to form the personality, with the latter acting as the front door. The Moon sign is the other component of the ‘Big Three,’ but its influence is often hidden to others. The Rising sign is important both in understanding your personality, and because it determines how the rest of the chart is laid out.”
To know your rising sign, you need to know the time of your birth, and for real accuracy, you also need to know the location (in order to determine what time sunrise was on that day). Maybe that’s one reason Sun signs are so popular – they’re super easy to figure out. All you need for those is your birth month and day.
Astrologer Dana Gerhardt quotes from Howard Sasportas’ The Twelve Houses that our Ascendants lead us toward the identities promised by our Suns. “The Ascendant may be the way we hatch but what we grow into is the Sun sign … The Sun is why we are here; the Ascendant is how we get there.”
But rather than getting into a discussion of how to interpret the planets and signs, I would like to focus on the other important qualities of the First House.
The First House rules our self-awareness, the persona and image that we show to the world, and how we project ourselves. Are you an energetic, assertive kind of personality? Or are you more cautious in your approach? Upbeat? Conservative? Humorous? Serious?
These are often qualities that are shaped in our early childhood, which is also an aspect of the First House. It also rules our physical package – how we present ourselves to the world, our bodies, and especially our head and face.
The First House affects our ability to take action, and our will to manifest.
Whether you know your rising sign or not, I am wondering what you might believe about how your early childhood years, or even the actual circumstances of your birth, have affected your basic personality and outlook on life?
If you were watching your life so far as if it were someone else’s movie, how would you say it’s going? Exciting? Dull? Romantic? Scary?
What is the protagonist’s primary motivation? What does he or she seek? How comfortable does the hero feel about their body, their ego, their mission?
Stay tuned for more!