The First House is the House of the Self. It is “home” to your personality, character, manners, style, temperament, and (in classical astrology) physical characteristics. Since this House leads the chart, it has a special designation and is also known as the Ascendant and/or Rising Sign. If your Ascendant/Rising Sign is Capricorn, then you have an Earth Sign overlaying a Fire House. Below is the chart layout showing how you will be influenced on your twelve quests based on the Signs that rule each House, as determined by your Ascendant/Rising Sign.
The Chart Ruler
Each sign has a ruling point. The planet Saturn rules Capricorn. Because of the special nature of the Ascendant/Rising Sign, the point ruling the Sign that overlays the 1st House becomes the ruler of the entire chart. Someone with Capricorn on the Ascendant/Rising Sign will have their identity guided by the energy of Saturn, wherever it appears in the chart.
As an example, consider a person who has a Capricorn Ascendant/Rising Sign and Saturn in Cancer, which would put Saturn in the 7th House of Partnerships. This individual will prefer, and prefer to be connected to, partners who are responsible and caring (they have a tough-love approach to relationships). According to Jodie Forrest, “With Saturn here, this person benefits from relationships with reliable, grounded, mature people. Ideally, such partners are self-actualized and have tremendous integrity, and are not repressive, fearful, or withholding.” (173)
The Quest for Identity
Capricorn Rising individuals learn about their identities through achievement, goal setting, and responsibility. They present as leaders and are perceived as providers. Jodie Forrest says:
This man or woman has reached an evolutionary stage where he or she should present a dignified, practical, and rather reserved face to the world. (166)
Like the other Earth Signs, Capricorn Rising people appreciate quality experiences in the world, but they are much more extroverted than Virgo or Taurus. The want to have an impact on the outer world in a very tangible way.
Present Positively As: Inspiring | Negatively As: Ruthless
Perceived Positively As: Successful | Negatively As: Greedy
Creativity and Mastership
The Signs ruling the creative (5th) and mastery of knowledge (9th) Houses are Earth Signs also, so this individual will be practical, ambitious, and steadfast when it comes to their own performance (Taurus on the 5th House) and authority (Virgo on the 9th House). If they have any points in these Houses, there will be an increased emphasis on creativity, travel, scholarship, and worldly experience, which they will achieve with an ambitious and results-oriented identity (Capricorn).
The need to see and produce results about what interests them is paramount. If there is no way to get their inspiration out into the world, they will not have any energy for work, the pursuit of knowledge, or relationships.
Finances, Work, and Career
The Signs ruling the finances (2nd), work (6th), and career (10th) Houses are Air Signs, so this individual will be thoughtful and strategic about what they need to feel secure at home (Aquarius on the 2nd House), skillful and helpful (Gemini on the 6th House), and ambitious and successful (Libra on the 10th House). If they have points in any of these Houses, there will be an increased emphasis on material success, which they will achieve with a goal-oriented and success-driven identity (Capricorn).
They need to be employed in leadership roles in an organization, where they can manage others and guide the organization to success. This chart layout is excellent for any responsible and leading position; after all, what better way to succeed than to be the one who makes the most important decisions.
Communication, Relationships, and Community
The Signs ruling the communication (3rd), relationship (7th), and community (11th) Houses are Water Signs, so this individual will have empathy and intuition as a communicator who loves learning (Pisces on the 3rd House), easily understands the motivations of others (Cancer on the 7th House), and wants to know where he or she can best fit into community and society (Scorpio on the 11th House). If they have any points in these Houses, there will be an increased emphasis on intellectual development and the pursuit of wisdom, which they will seek with an ambitious and demanding identity (Capricorn).
They need to have emotional and vulnerable relationships with caring and compassionate people. They are driven and constantly test themselves, valuing feelings above all else in communication situations. If you need solutions to interpersonal and emotional problems, these individuals will help you find them.
Feelings, Intimacy, and Spirituality
The Signs ruling the feelings and family (4th), intimate partner (8th), and spirituality (11th) Houses are Fire Signs, so this individual will need inspiration and creativity regarding family and emotional development (Aries on the 4th House), transformation as an and from an intimate partner (Leo on the 8th House), and his or her search for purpose and faith (Sagittarius on the 12th House). If they have any points in these Houses, there will be an increased emphasis on emotional development, intuition, empathy, and sympathy, which they will pursue with a pragmatic, results-oriented identity (Capricorn).
They need creative, romantic, and emotional relationships with equally romantic and creative people. Their ambitious and demanding personality can help them navigate and overcome emotional struggles because they see the challenges as opportunities to succeed. If you want someone with emotional passion and excitement, these individuals will “turn you on” if they commit to you.
Archetypes for this Ascendant/Rising Sign
(From – The Ascendant: Your Rising Sign by Jodie Forrest)
This person has come into the world wearing the mask of the Wise Elder, the Prime Minister, the Executive, or the Authority. Other images for Capricorn rising include the Strategist, the Hermit, the Realist, or the Architect. Less than optimal manifestations of this Ascendant might include Scrooge, Machiavelli, Atlas Carrying the Weight of the World on His Shoulders, or the Pessimist. (166)