Of course the sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and the other celestial bodies do as well. So if you’re born at sunrise, your sun would be on your Ascendant, as planets on the ASC are Rising. If an astrologer told you that you have “Jupiter rising” that means Jupiter was passing up the eastern horizon on the moment you took your first breath. (In a future post I shall explain what it means for each planet to be rising in one’s birth chart!) So after any planet crosses the Ascendant, it goes up into the 12th house, then the 11th, then the 10th. At noon, the Sun is close to the MC, or the “Zenith”. If you have any other planet on the MC, that shows that this planet was at the top of the sky right when you were born, giving this planet an emphasis in your whole life.
Then after the sun crosses the Midheaven, it descends to the west, thru the 9th house, then the 8th, then the 7th, and reaches the Descendant. Since planets in the 7th house are giving out their last breath before heading below the horizon, the planets are weakened, less personal to yourself. That’s why we interpret 7th house planets as how we discover ourselves thru others, 1st and 12th house planets are very personal to us, but 7th and 6th house planets are across from us and portray how we relate to and serve others.
The sixth house is just below the western horizon and the sun proceeds down to the 5th house after sunset, then the 4th, and reaches the IC, or “Nadir” of the birth chart. If someone is born at midnight, their sun will be close to the IC. Then the sun rises up the 3rd house, then the 2nd, then the 1st, and rises up the eastern horizon again. Planets move clockwise thru the houses as time goes by. Houses on the left are eastern, houses on the right are western.
If you are born at or around sunrise, your rising sign is the same as your sun sign. If you’re born at or around sunset, your rising sign is opposite your sun sign. If at a given moment you do not have access to a birth chart calculator and someone tells you what time they’re born, you can estimate what house their sun is in and what their rising sign is. The closer you were born to the equator, the more equally sized your houses will be. People born in Alaska, for example (or other latitudes far from the equator), tend to have a few houses that are enlarged, and a few houses that are squished. If there are multiple signs in one house (intercepted signs), then you will get extra transits through that area of life! The houses that are squished will likely be areas of life that you do not get to fully explore.
Now I take you a step further to learn how different House Systems work, I realize it may feel like a lot to grasp, but this is absolutely essential to learn if you are seriously dedicated to Astrology.
In the Placidus house system, you might or might not have intercepted signs inside of a house. For example, my 8th house cusp is Leo, has Virgo intercepted, and Libra is at the end of my 8th house. Pisces is intercepted in the 2nd house. Gemini is double, as it is my 5th and 6th house cusps, then Sagittarius is at my 11th and 12th house cusps. The Ascendant is the same as the start of the first house, the IC is the same as the 4th house cusp, the MC is the same as the 10th house cusp, and the DSC (Descendant) is the same as the 7th house cusp.
The Koch House system will give you the same Ascendant, but different intercepted signs and different double signs. Some professional astrologers swear that the Koch house system is more accurate than Placidus, and I cannot tell you with all certainty which one is better. I met the great Robert Hand and he told me that he used to like Koch the best but now he uses Whole Sign System, claiming it to give him the most accurate predictions in his highly acclaimed readings.
The Whole Sign house system starts every house at Zero Degrees of each sign. The Ascendant is NOT the same as the first house cusp in the Whole Sign System, for example, my Ascendant is 16 degrees Capricorn for all three house systems I have mentioned thus far, so it puts my ascendant right in the middle of the 1st house. The IC is not the same as the 4th house cusp, the descendant is not the same as the 7th house cusp, and the MC is not the same as the 10th house cusp. You will not get intercepted signs with the Whole sign system. In Placidus and Koch I get a 12th house stellium, but it moves down to the 1st house when I use Whole Sign. I recommend you use astro.com to look at your birth chart in each of these systems to see for yourself how it works.
Campanus, Porphyry, and Regiomontanus are other Houses Systems that will each give you different intercepted signs, different double signs, etc. but I will not go into detail about these because Koch, Whole Sign, and Placidus are the most popular ones. No need to concern ourselves with too many methods.
The Equal House System makes all your houses look like evenly split pie slices, regardless of what latitude you were born at. Every house cusp is at the same degree of each sign. For example, since my ascendant is 16 Capricorn, my 2nd house would begin at 16 Aquarius, my 3rd house would begin at 16 Pisces, and my IC would be 16 Aries, and so on. There are no double signs or intercepted signs in the Equal House System. Many astrologers criticize Equal House because it’s too convenient to the point of giving inaccurate interpretations, it oversimplifies astrology which isn’t meant to be watered down.
I am not qualified to say which house system works the “best”, I have been studying Astrology off and on since I was ten and I can honestly tell you that I’ve met some professional Astrologers who swear by Whole Sign, or Koch, or Placidus. Even among astrologers who have decades of experience, there is still debate about which house system is the most accurate.
If you have any questions, please message me so I can give you a lesson, I can explain all this further for those of you who are budding astrologers! I also offer readings about your soul’s mission. acaipsychelife.tumblr.com
Friday at Boots & Butts one of my Avatar Club Los Angeles brothers presented me with this beautiful flogger. It’s double buffalo with a grey and black diamond pattern. His company HappyTailsFloggers.com made it specially for my long legs and weighted it for my throw. Can’t wait to put this bad boy to use on willing victims at the 5th Annual Off Sunset Festival in a few weeks. 😈
Lance Cpl. Alexander Morris, a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sights through his rifle scope during dry-fire training in Djibouti, Feb. 22, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines was ashore in Djibouti conducting sustainment training in order to maintain proficiency while deployed. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joey Mendez/Released)
POLICE BRUTALITY NYPD Police Officer Slams Pregnant Women to Ground
POLICE BRUTALITY The video captured over the weekend on 5th Avenue in Sunset Park is extremely disturbing.
A pregnant woman is seen being thrown down to the ground by an NYPD officer.
Another look at the disturbing video in slow motion shows the woman — who is six months pregnant — not only landing on her stomach, but she and her developing child having to absorb the weight of a police officer on top of her as well.
Authorities say police were attempting to apprehend a man who was possibly in possession of a gravity knife when several family members, which included the pregnant woman, tried to intervene.
Denis Flores is the founder of the El Grito de Sunset Park, an advocacy group that brings attention to what he describes as controversial tactics of the NYPD.
Flores says there is only one resolution in this latest case.
“These cops need to be fired,” Flores told PIX11 News.
The woman, who was issued a summons for disorderly conduct, and her baby are recovering, but there are some complications according to her attorney Sanford Rubenstein said.
“What happened is appalling and should not be happening in New York City. These videos are pictures of the truth and those who take them are performing a public service,” Rubenstein added.
Rubenstein also represents the family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island father who died in August after being put into a chokehold by an officer.
Flores says that accountability of the NYPD’S 72nd Precinct needs to happen as a result of this case, as well as the recent stomping of a food vendor at a street fair.
“What we are seeing here is a group of officers that are acting more like criminals instead of people that are here to protect us and serve the interest of the people in this neighborhood,” Flores said.
“Yet again, this is the second time we’ve seen a video like this in this precinct,” Councilman Carlos Menchaca said. “This is a result of a culture that needs to change.
The incident is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Victim Icon Awards: Results edition:
It’s been a long few weeks and I’m a few days overdue but this is the end so three cheers for patience, hip hip… First of all I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part, which extends from volunteers, to nominees, to people who voted, to people who campaigned. Have I mentioned we’re the best fandom? *throws trophies at your faces*
Anyway, onto the categories; I’ll post each category underneath and this will include the ENTIRE list of everyone who was nominated at least once. The winner’s name will be at the top of the list. The names of the nominees will also be in order of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.