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 Gemini, then you have an Air 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 Mercury rules Gemini. 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 Gemini on the Ascendant/Rising Sign will have their identity guided by the energy of Mercury, wherever it appears in the chart.
As an example, consider a person who has a Gemini Ascendant/Rising Sign and Mercury in Scorpio, which would put Mercury in the 6th House of Service, Health, and Day-to-Day Work. This individual will need to work in an intense job, where his knowledge and problems solving skills get put to use in high-pressure situations, helping people through trauma, or keeping/cracking secrets. According to Jodie Forrest, “Too much on-the-job routine can be deadening here.” (109)
The Quest for Identity
Gemini Ascendant individuals have strong intellectual abilities and tremendous curiosity. In personal relationships, such individuals learn about themselves through communication, humor, imagination, and intellect. It is very easy to become friends with them due to their ability to create a connection with any person.
According to Moore and Douglas:
The Geminian identifies with ideas. They consider themselves to be essentially mental rather than physical beings and strive to develop an inquiring intellect and nimble wit. They have an urge to communicate verbally and to dress their thoughts in appropriate phrases. Most Geminians are agile and well-coordinated but they sometimes neglect their bodies for the sake of pursuing their various interests. (369)
Present Positively As: Highly Intelligent | Negatively As: Scatter-brained
Perceived Positively As: Knowledgeable | Negatively As: Erratic
Creativity and Mastership
The Signs ruling the creative (5th) and mastery of knowledge (9th) Houses are Air Signs also, so this individual will be intellectual, curious, and perceptive when it comes to their own performance (Libra on the 5th House) and authority (Aquarius 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 inquisitive and observant identity (Gemini).
The need to know as much as possible about what interests them is paramount. If there is no way to get their ideas out into the world or to discuss them with other people, then 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 Water Signs, so this individual will be emotional and vulnerable about what they need to be secure at home (Cancer on the 2nd House), skillful and helpful (Scorpio on the 6th House), and ambitious and successful (Pisces 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 information and networking (Gemini).
They need to be employed in healing and emotionally supportive roles in an organization, where they can be the communication hub that keeps everyone connected. This chart layout is excellent for someone to work in a medical or caretaking field; after all, what better way to succeed than through strong emotional attachments and compassion for your co-workers and clients.
Communication, Relationships, and Community
The Signs ruling the communication (3rd), relationship (7th), and community (11th) Houses are Fire Signs, so this individual will have the creativity and play as his or her way to learn (Leo on the 3rd House), easily understand the motivations of others (Sagittarius on the 7th House) and want to know where he or she can best fit into community and society (Aries 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 out with a curious, inquisitive identity (Gemini).
They need to have exciting and romantic relationships with people who enjoy adventure and inspire others. They are dynamic, valuing passion and action above all else in communication situations. If you want a wild ride and adrenaline rush in your connection with others, these individuals will get you “fired up”!
Feelings, Intimacy, and Spirituality
The Signs ruling the feelings and family (4th), intimate partner (8th), and spirituality (11th) Houses are Earth Signs, so this individual will be practical and material regarding family and emotional development (Virgo on the 4th House), transformation with an intimate partner (Capricorn on the 8th House), and his or her search for purpose and faith (Taurus 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 an open-minded, inquisitive identity (Gemini).
They need practical, material, and reliable connections with people. Their constantly learning personality can help them navigate and overcome emotional struggles because they are willing to study and discuss any problem or difficulty. If you want someone with a willingness to communicate and constantly learn, these individuals will “keep you engaged” 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 Perceiver, the Communicator, the Observer, and the Storyteller. Other images include the Questioner, the Journalist, the Student, and the Information Junkie. Lower-level manifestations include the Trickster, the Eternal Adolescent, the Chatterbox, and the Pedant. (103)