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 Scorpio, 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. Pluto is the modern ruler for Scorpio, and Mars 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 Scorpio on the Ascendant/Rising Sign will have their identity guided by the energy of Pluto, wherever it appears in the chart.
As an example, consider a person who has a Scorpio Ascendant/Rising Sign and Pluto in Leo, which would put Pluto in the 10th House of Prosperity. This individual will need to find a career where their leadership and performance make them professional change agents. According to Jodie Forrest, “Pluto here indicates a need for a public identity representing that which Pluto rules: psychological or shamanic depths, honesty, a willingness to look at the dark side of human nature and one’s own psyche.” (157)
The Quest for Identity
Scorpio Rising individuals learn about their identities through intense transformative moments and by helping others through trauma or emotional hardships. They present as intensely focused and are perceived as confidants. Jodie Forrest says:
A man or woman with Scorpio rising has reached an evolutionary stage where he or she should present a penetrating, intense, and probing face to the world. To minimize the possibility of others’ negative reactions to such a mask, the development of a certain level of psychological awareness of oneself is essential here. (148)
Like the other Water Signs, Scorpio Rising people connect with others through emotion, especially difficult, intense, or painful emotions. Their symbol is deep water that collects at the bottom of a lake or the ocean.
Present Positively As: Intense | Negatively As: Dramatic
Perceived Positively As: Powerful | Negatively As: Threatening
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 (Pisces on the 5th House) and authority (Cancer 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 intense and penetrating identity (Scorpio).
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 (Sagittarius on the 2nd House), skillful and helpful (Aries on the 6th House), and ambitious and successful (Leo 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 fearlessness and conviction (Scorpio).
They need to be employed in transformative and change agent roles in an organization, where they can be the regenerative force that keeps the company from becoming stagnant or obsolete. This chart layout is excellent for someone to work in counseling and consulting fields; after all, what better way to succeed than being the person needed to make change happen.
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 (Capricorn on the 3rd House), easily understand the motivations of others (Taurus on the 7th House) and want to know where he or she can best fit into community and society (Virgo 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 serious, focused identity (Scorpio).
They need to have stable and responsible relationships with people who are willing to accept what must be done. They are responsible, valuing prudence and careful thinking above all else in communication situations. If you want reliable and predictable beliefs from your friends and partners, then this individual will fit the bill.
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 (Aquarius on the 4th House), transformation with an intimate partner (Gemini on the 8th House), and his or her search for purpose and faith (Libra 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 intense and relentless identity (Scorpio).
They need intellectual, wise, and like-minded connections with people. Their constantly focused and strong-willed identity can help them navigate and overcome emotional struggles because they are willing to work down to the deepest layers of any problem or difficulty. If you want someone with a willingness to be psychologically unflinching, these individuals will go down the dark paths alongside 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 Psychoanalyst, Hypnotist, Shaman, or Detective. Other images for Scorpio rising are the Occultist, Sorcerer, Spy, or Hospice Worker. Less than optimal manifestations of this Ascendant might include the Intensity Junkie, the Manipulator, the Brooder, or Gollum (from The Lord of the Rings). (148)