Also called the House of Self, the first house in astrology is all about the native. The cusp of the first house in the natal chart is the ascendant or rising sign. The ascendant is the sign that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the moment of the first breath -hence the name. This is one of the most important points in the horoscope.

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As an angular house, the first house is of great importance if it is not the most important. Angular houses act on a material level and they manifest in the physical world. This house describes the owner of the chart. The sign of the Zodiac associated with the first house is Aries, which is a cardinal fire sign. The ruler of Aries is Mars, a planet that never hesitates to take initiative.

The ruler of the sign on the ascendant is called the chart ruler. This planet is of uttermost importance and you should analyze it among the first when reading a natal chart. The house where the chart ruler is located gets the majority of the native's focus.

So, what are some keywords associated with the first house?

The first house describes the native: the physical body, identity, first impressions you make, personal views, and skills are all to be found here.

When interpreting the first house, you need to take into account besides the sign on the cusp all planets in the house. Don't forget about the aspects they make with other planets and aspects to the cusp. Planets in the first house are very powerful and they always find a way to manifest. Planets that are close to the ascendant influence the physical body, while those closer to the second house affect the personality traits, behavior, dispositions, and outlooks of the native.

In short, the first house is the"package" of the core of the personality described by the Sun. This is the personality others get to know until they gain access to the deeper traits of the native.

If you are curious about the physical body, you should take a look at the ascendant and the first house. The physical appearance is described by the first house in the natal chart. It shows what you look like, how tall you are, your way of dressing and what kind of clothes you like to wear. Along with the sixth house and the Sun, it describes the vitality of the native and whether they will have a healthy, long life.

The first house is the house of all beginnings, including how we start a new project and the beginning of our lives. The circumstances of the native's birth and how they experienced it can be seen through the ascendant and the first house in the natal chart. For example, Saturn can be indicative of a difficult birth. Uranus and Aquarian energy here tells us that there was something unconventional and unusual about the way the native was born. Early childhood is also represented by the first house. The ascendant is the beginning of life, but as we get older, we gravitate towards our Sun sign. It takes time to grow into the Sun. (Except if the ascendant and the Sun are in the same sign -in this case, they are already in sync.)

It's also the house of action. The first house shows whether our decisions are made unthoughtfully or if we take every circumstance into consideration before we make a move. Because of this, it makes its mark on the native's destiny. As Lao Tzu said: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”


The first house shows how we come across and how people perceive us when they meet us for the first time. It's how others see us and the nonverbal clues we send out. The first house describes the manners and the temperament of the native. The native's view of the world and how he perceives himself are also to be found here.

The qualities of the rising sign and the first house describe what life is about for the native and what is in focus. For example, a Cancer rising might see the family as the most important in life. A Gemini rising might want to figure out as many things as they can. It's the window through which we perceive existence. It's important to notice that our expectations play a big part in how things turn out. If you approach a  person like they are a very kind person, they'll respond better than if you treat them like they are a piece of dirt.

Planets in the first house can give an exciting person with a versatile mind. For example, many writers have the Sun and/or Mercury here. If these planets receive a lot of aspects, they make the person see the world in a very rich way. Many planets or a stellium in the first house can make you dynamic and enthusiastic, however, you tend to focus on yourself only and you are inclined to talk too much without taking the listener into consideration.


If you have any planets in the first house, check out our articles to find out what they mean.
More to read: Ascendant in the Natal Chart

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