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 Sagittarius, then you have a Fire 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 Jupiter rules Sagittarius. 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 Sagittarius on the Ascendant/Rising Sign will have their identity guided by the energy of Jupiter, wherever it appears in the chart.
As an example, consider a person who has a Sagittarius Ascendant/Rising Sign and Jupiter in Libra, which would put Jupiter in the 11th House of Community. This individual will be fair-minded and seeking justice for the well-being of his or her community. According to Jodie Forrest, “Living according to his or her principles and ideals will become increasingly important.” (165)
The Quest for Identity
Sagittarius Ascendant individuals learn about their identities through travel, adventure, and exploration. They present as outgoing and are perceived as “wise to the ways of the world”. Moore and Douglas say:
Sagittarians need to cover distance both physically and mentally. They have a predilection toward abstract thinking but are also fond of sports and games and are happiest leading wholesome, active lives. They are natural promoters who in their exuberance sometimes promise more than they can deliver, not to be deliberately deceptive but because they actually expect the best. (395)
Like the other Fire Signs, Sagittarius people prefer to be active as much as possible. If they cannot travel physically, then they will travel with their minds. However, they prefer to go boldly into the world and search out knowledge through experience.
Present Positively As: Adventurous | Negatively As: Interfering
Perceived Positively As: Wise | Negatively As: Authoritarian
Creativity and Mastership
The Signs ruling the creative (5th) and mastery of knowledge (9th) Houses are Fire Signs also, so this individual will be excitable, creative, and inspiring when it comes to their own performance (Aries on the 5th House) and authority (Leo 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 expansive, adventurous identity (Sagittarius).
The need to be passionate about what interests them is paramount. If there is no excitement and inspiration, 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 Earth Signs, so this individual will be a hard and capable worker who needs to feel secure at home (Capricorn on the 2nd House), skillful and helpful (Taurus on the 6th House), and ambitious and successful (Virgo 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 an exploratory, risk-driven identity (Sagittarius).
They need to be employed in traveling and promotional roles in an organization, with plenty of room to interact with the leaders of other businesses. This chart layout is excellent for a business negotiator or promoter; after all, what better way to succeed and be in control than to be the missionary of a great idea or product. These individuals will rarely doubt their ability to succeed once they get a foothold in their career path.
Communication, Relationships, and Community
The Signs ruling the communication (3rd), relationship (7th), and community (11th) Houses are Air Signs, so this individual will have the skill as a communicator who loves learning (Aquarius on the 3rd House), easily understands the motivations of others (Gemini on the 7th House) and wants to know where he or she can best fit into community and society (Libra 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 pursue with a faithful, scholarly identity (Sagittarius).
They need to have adventurous and philosophical relationships with intelligent and curious people. Their love of expertise and worldly experience can be challenging to people with more practical and meticulous communication styles. However, if you want to be inspired and have a good time, these are the individuals who will give you both, all the time.
Feelings, Intimacy, and Spirituality
The Signs ruling the feelings and family (4th), intimate partner (8th), and spirituality (11th) Houses are Water Signs, so this individual will have strong emotional flow regarding family and emotional development (Pisces on the 4th House), transformation as an and from an intimate partner (Cancer on the 8th House), and his or her search for purpose and faith (Scorpio 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 purposeful, wisdom-seeking identity (Sagittarius).
They need strong, even intense emotional relationships with equally intense and emotional people. Their optimistic and vivacious personality can help them navigate and overcome emotional struggles because they want to know, at the highest level, how to overcome the challenge of any material, intellectual, or emotional circumstance.
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 Gypsy, the Scholar, the Philosopher, the Anthropologist, or the Pilgrim. Other images for Sagittarius include the True Believer, the Professor, the Optimist, the Seeker, or the Bon Vivant. Lower-level manifestations of this Sign’s energy might be the Dogmatist, the Proselytizer, the Know-It-All, the Gullible One, or the Dissipated One. (158)