The Lagna (Ascendant)

The sign rising at the Eastern horizon at the time of birth is of special importance. It is called the Lagna or the Ascendant. The Ascendant is as per definition the sign that is placed in the first house. There are two ways that the Ascending sign is of special importance.

Because the 1st house signifies the personality, the body and the person’s life in general, the Ascendant will have a major influence on all of these areas.

Whatever the qualities of the rising sign are, those qualities will become very predominant in life. The second way that the Lagna is characterizing the chart, is by fixing up the way all the other signs are aligned with the 12 houses. For example, every chart with Simha (Leo) lagna, will have Kanya (Virgo) in the second house, Tula (Libra) in the third, etc. Therefore, the Lagna implies 12 sign-house combinations at once.

Each sign will color the house it is in, just like the Lagna colors the life overall. Admitted, the other 11 houses are not as important as the first, but their lesser significance doesn’t prevent them from contributing to the overall tendencies in the chart with such a Lagna. There are 12 lagna(Ascendant) given below:
Mesha Lagna (Aries Ascendant), Vrishabha Lagna (Taurus Ascendant), Mithuna Lagna (Gemini Ascendant), Karka Lagna (Cancer Ascendant), Simha Lagna (Leo Ascendant).Kanya Lagna (Virgo Ascendant),Tula Lagna (Libra Ascendant), Vrischika Lagna (Scorpio Ascendant),Dhanu Lagna (Sagittarius Ascendant), Makara Lagna (Capricorn Ascendant),Kumbha Lagna (Aquarius Ascendant),Meena Lagna (Pisces Ascendant).