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 Pisces, then you have a Water 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. Neptune is the modern ruler for Pisces, and Jupiter is the classical ruler. 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 Pisces on the Ascendant/Rising Sign will have their identity guided by the energy of Neptune, wherever it appears in the chart.
As an example, consider a person who has a Pisces Ascendant/Rising Sign and Neptune in Scorpio, which would put Neptune in the 9th House of Mastership. This individual will need to take a deep dive into the scholarship and study of their beliefs. According to Jodie Forrest, “With Neptune here, this person does well with a philosophy of life that embraces mysticism and exploration of consciousness but avoids learned helplessness.” (192)
The Quest for Identity
Pisces Rising individuals learn about their identities through dreams, imagination, and spirituality. They present as intuitive and are perceived as empathic. Jodie Forrest says:
A man or woman with Pisces rising has reached an evolutionary stage where he or she must present a gentle, expansive, compassionate face to the world. (184)
Like the other Water Signs, Pisces Rising people are sensitive emotionally and can feel the world all around them. They know they are part of a greater consciousness and sometimes struggle to be present in this three-dimensional world. Establishing and having good boundaries are necessary for them to develop healthy identities.
Present Positively As: Imaginative | Negatively As: Delusional
Perceived Positively As: Compassionate | Negatively As: Hypocritical
Creativity and Mastership
The Signs ruling the creative (5th) and mastery of knowledge (9th) Houses are Water Signs also, so this individual will be emotional, intuitive, and compassionate when it comes to their own performance (Cancer on the 5th House) and authority (Scorpio 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 imaginative and empathic identity (Pisces).
The need to feel good about what interests them is paramount. If there is no way to connect emotionally, 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 Fire Signs, so this individual will be romantic and inspired about what they need to be secure at home (Aries on the 2nd House), skillful and helpful (Leo on the 6th House), and ambitious and successful (Sagittarius 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 vision and imagination (Pisces).
They need to be employed in visionary or missionary roles in an organization, where they can be the voice for and passionate about the mission statement of a company. This chart layout is excellent for someone to work in non-profit and mental health; after all, what better way to succeed than being the person who helps the largest number of people in need.
Communication, Relationships, and Community
The Signs ruling the communication (3rd), relationship (7th), and community (11th) Houses are Earth Signs, so this individual will have experimentation and invention as his or her way to learn (Taurus on the 3rd House), easily understand the motivations of others (Virgo on the 7th House), and want to know where he or she can best fit into community and society (Capricorn 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 faithful, spiritual identity (Pisces).
They need to have stable and responsible relationships with people who are willing to believe in a cause. They are responsible, valuing prudence and careful thinking above all else in communication situations. If you want life-purpose, supporting beliefs from your friends and partners, then this individual will help you connect with your soul path.
Feelings, Intimacy, and Spirituality
The Signs ruling the feelings and family (4th), intimate partner (8th), and spirituality (11th) Houses are Air Signs, so this individual will be logical and analytical regarding family and emotional development (Gemini on the 4th House), transformation with an intimate partner (Libra on the 8th House), and his or her search for purpose and faith (Aquarius 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 compassionate and emotionally sensitive identity (Pisces).
They need intellectual, wise, and like-minded connections with people. Their spiritual and visionary identity can help them navigate emotional struggles because they know the power of belief will help them overcome any problem or difficulty. If you want someone with a willingness to be spiritually supportive, these individuals will share your spiritual journey.
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 Mystic, the Psychic, the Contemplative, or the Visionary. Other images for Pisces rising include the Priest/Priestess, the Meditator, the Illusionist, or the Dreamer. Less than optimal responses to the Ascendant might include the Space Cadet, the Fragile Flower, the Addict, the Ungrounded, or the Burnout. (184)