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The First House: About You

DateApril 8, 2009

Moon Sign vs Ascendant to Judge your First House

The sign of the first house in Vedic Astrology is very important. The first house sets the karma for your personality and body and also determines the signs of all the other houses. In Southern India, Vedic Astrologers accept that the first house can be determined as either the sign that is on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth or the sign of the Moon.

In India, your family astrologer would determine whether your Eastern ascendant sign or the Moon’s sign should be used. Your family astrologer would have a long-term relationship with you and your family and would be consulted on any major occasion. He would base his decision on whether the Eastern ascendant sign or the Moon’s sign seemed to have a stronger influence on your development. In the west, we do not have family astrologers to make these decisions for us as we are growing up. An astrologer can make this determination for you after looking at your chart and asking you about your experiences in life. With some education in Vedic Astrology, you yourself can make this decision after assessing which chart suits your life experience better.

In order to determine which first house to use we will take a look at the influence the first house has on your looks, personality and health. This will tell us whether your Ascendant or Moon sign is operating more strongly in your life. If your Moon turns out to be the greater influence in your life, you should analyze your chart as if the Sign that the Moon is in was your 1st House.

In Summary we are going to take you step by step in helping you decide which should be your 1st house, your Ascendant or your Moon sign. Then you will look at how different planets in your chart have influence over your physical appearance and personality.


First, you need to know what your Ascendant sign and Moon sign are.


  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your first house with the “As” symbol
    and the number 1. This is your Ascendant Sign and is the default
    first house in Astroved.
  4. Your Moon sign will be indicated by a “Mo” on the Chart Report. Alternatively, you can view your Moon sign Report  Click here



Now that you know your Ascendant and Moon signs, read the descriptions for both of these signs. Based on these descriptions, choose the one that more accurately reflects your appearance and personality. Please note that on occasion, a person’s physical appearance will reflect a combination of both their Ascendant and Moon signs.

First House Positive Trait Negative Trait Ruling Planet Body Description Personality Description
Aries Dynamic Domineering Mars Strong, medium build and athletic You are likely to be quick and aggressive and will not take the backseat in life, being independent, self -directed and goal seeking. You have intensity like warriors and will take on the struggles of life. You are likely to be competitive.
Taurus Patient Stubborn Venus A heavy appearance and lovely large eyes You are likely to be comfort loving and stubborn. Like your symbol, the bull, Taureans are determined and dangerous when riled. You are heavily influenced by Venus, the planet of love and beauty, and love and beauty will be major themes in their lives. The Taurus first house gives a kingly Leo fourth house – granting you with a regal home and luck in acquiring real estate.
Gemini Adaptable Restless Mercury Long and lean, perpetually youthful You are likely to be mentally sharp and are of a dual nature and love variety. You are known to be talkative, love to start things but do not always finish them, and have an eternal curiosity. The Gemini first house gives an eighth and ninth house of Capricorn and Aquarius, both Saturn-ruled signs. You will therefore feel the effects of Saturn in giving delays or restrictions in your activities and are likely to have a conservative or traditional guru or father.
Cancer Nurturing Moody Moon Short with a thick neck and stout body You are likely to be sensitive and caring of others. Like the ruler of Cancer, the Moon, you are expressive, romantic, family oriented and have a deep sense of empathy for others. The Cancer first house gives a Saturn-ruled Capricorn in the seventh house of relationships, thus are known to have disappointments in marriage and may experience their partners as overly controlling.
Leo Dramatic Proud Sun Majestic appearance with a large frame, broad shoulders, tall height and have a thoughtful countenance You are likely to be a leader and a lover of the spotlight. You are bold, cheerful and generous; when angered, you are not easy to cool down. You are ambitious. The Leo first house gives a Scorpio fourth house – Leos will seek independence from mother and home early in life.
Virgo Exacting Critical Mercury Medium height, with big cheeks and a bright face. Soft body, a gentle nature and attractive appearance. You are likely to be impulsive, curious and like to talk. You are likely skillful with your hands and a love of the arts. You are sensitive and creative, with an innocent or naïve nature. With the Sun’s influence in their twelfth house, Virgo first house people are likely to be long-lived.
Libra Diplomatic Indecisive Venus Tall, thin and fair with a smiling face You are likely to be philosophical, skilled in business, intelligent and frank, and able to communicate their opinions forcefully. You are by nature charitable and skilled as a judge or arbitrator. The Libra first house gives a Scorpio second house, so this person will have to work energetically to accumulate wealth. You can experience windfalls and opportunities by their popularity in their social circles.
Scorpio Intense and Secretive Perverse Mars Handsome and youthful appearance, with medium height and a fierce look in the eyes You love excitement and seek adventure and are competitive and independent. You are known to be secretive and love occult studies. You can lash out when wronged or threatened. Good luck follows your from your deeds in past lives. The Scorpio first house gives a Taurus seventh house of partnerships, attracting you to a stable and romantic partner.
Sagittarius Direct Hot-headed and Excessive Jupiter Full figure (inclined to eating a lot) and happy demeanor You are likely to be straightforward, noble and a supporter of good causes. You are robust, healthy, interested in spiritual matters and are unlikely to abuse your power when you gain positions of authority. You encounter delays or restrictions in their accumulation of wealth, and difficulties with siblings. You are drawn to refined or elegant occupations or careers working with women.
Capricorn Businesslike Inhibited Saturn Thin with handsome features You are likely to be ambitious and persevering. You have an air of pessimism and feel under appreciated. Your successes are often delayed until later in life. You often have to pick yourself up and start over again, but ultimately succeed in having a widespread reputation. You are known to have emotional and romantic partners.
Aquarius Independent Opinionated Saturn Darkish hair, pretty eyes and can be either tall and thin or short and pudgy You are likely to be creative and inventive, perhaps a bit eccentric. You love philosophy and like to do good for others. You are a leader and a lover of the spotlight, but serve others and can tolerate hard work. You like to wander and will explore history and tradition. You tend to have a stable, loving and comfortable home life. You are likely to be granted prosperity and good cash flow throughout life.
Pisces Introspective Ungrounded Jupiter Attractive large mouths and a strong physique You are kind, sensitive and devotional. You are likely to be intuitive and superstitious. You are sweet but also stubborn. You have the star power to make them a successful actor or actress. You attract intelligent business partners and draw to yourself mates who are primarily clever rather than attractive.

If after reading the above descriptions you are still uncertain as to which 1st House sign to use, follow this method:

  1. If your birth time is known, and you cannot decide between Moon and Ascendant, go with your Ascendant as your first House.
  2. If your birth time is unknown, and you cannot decide which of the above best reflects you, go with your Moon Sign as your first House.

The “Astrologer Analysis of Your First House” will also analyze your chart both ways and make suggestions as to which may be strongest. You should be receiving this analysis within the next 10 days.


Once you have identified which sign is your first house, either by the Ascendant or the Moon sign, the next step in controlling aspects of your first house is to know which planets most directly influence it and modify its nature.

To do this, run the “Chart Report” on Astroved. Examine your 1st House (either Moon sign or Ascendant) and note any planets in that sign, then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 1st House to see how they affect your physical self and personality:

Planet in the 1st House General Effect Negative Effect
Sun Driven, Proud, a little Irritable If Sun is in Libra (debilitated), lack of self-confidence or self-acceptance and problems with health.
Moon Gentleness and beauty to the Face and Inner Radiance. Emotionally, intuitive and temperamental. If Moon is in Scorpio (debilitated), emotional turbulence, health problems and sexual impediments.
Mars Youthful appearance, ruddy complexion, Passionate, Direct, Warrior, Polygamy. If Mars in Cancer, accident and injury prone, injuries to the head or facial rashes.
Mercury Communicative, Quick Wit, Talkative. If Mercury in Pisces, problems with communication and speech, and mental unsteadiness.
Jupiter Heavy, Big-boned build. Great luck and fortune and tremendous opportunities come your way. Could become lazy or eat more foods leading to weight gain. If Jupiter in Capricorn, not recognized for your work, overly optimistic and overextending of yourself.
Venus Great physical beauty, refinement, charm and sensuality. If Venus in Virgo, your love interests will never be fulfilling to you.
Saturn Excellent for humanitarian service. Gives duration and discipline to your position (whether a good or bad role). If Saturn in Aries, personal progress will be slow and encumbered. You will meet with delays, obstacles and restrictions.
Rahu Aggressive nature and worldly success. May marry multiple times. A problematic Rahu can cause health and confidence problems.
Ketu Mystical nature and highly sensitive nervous system, unhappy marriages. Ketu at its worst can make you deceptive and a victim to other peoples’ energy.

Each planet that you have in your 1st house will affect your personality and appearance as described above. If you have no planets in your 1st House, then you will more closely match the description of the sign listed in Step 2!


The final step in understanding your personal 1st house is to examine where your 1st house’s planetary ruler is placed in your chart and what that means for you. The following table lists which planet rules your first house:

Sign of the 1st House Planetary Ruler
Aries Mars
Taurus Venus
Gemini Mercury
Cancer Moon
Leo Sun
Virgo Mercury
Libra Venus
Scorpio Mars
Sagittarius Jupiter
Capricorn Saturn
Aquarius Saturn
Pisces Jupiter

If your 1st house is Taurus, then your planetary ruler is Venus.

Now, look again at your Chart Report. What sign is your planetary ruler of the 1st House placed? Remember, the planetary ruler can be found in the chart above. For instance, you may find that you have a Taurus 1st House. Taurus’ ruling planet is Venus. The Chart Report would show you which sign your Venus is placed. Perhaps your Venus is in Leo.

Leo is the 4th House for a Taurus Ascendant/Moon Sign. The Houses are numbered 1 to 12 in a clockwise direction. Taurus is the 1st House. Gemini is the 2nd House. Cancer is the 3rd House and Leo is the 4th House.

The placement of your 1st House planetary ruler will tell you how your karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 1st House planet is Venus and placed in your 4th House of Leo, you will spend much of your life focused on issues relating to your mother, property, home and cars. Below are the indications of each House:

Plant that rules the 1st House is in your … How your Character and Purpose in Life will be Directed
1st House Character, Life Purpose
2nd House Wealth through Career, Childhood
3rd House Hobbies, Creativity, Courage, Younger Sibling
4th House Mother, Property, Home, Cars
5th House Children, Higher Education, Grace from God
6th House Healing, Health, Enemies, and Debts
7th House Partnerships, Relationships, Marriage, Opponents
8th House Obstacles, Longevity, Sensuality, Mysticism, Inheritance
9th House Father, Luck, Spirituality, Travel
10th House Career, Fame
11th House Opportunity, Profit, Older Sibling, Friends
12th House Enlightenment, Liberation, Foreign Travel, Loss, Confinement

By means of another example, if your first House is Gemini, then your planetary ruler is Mercury. When you look at your chart, you see that Mercury is placed in your 12th House of Taurus. Therefore, in this lifetime, you will experience much work involving enlightenment, liberation, foreign travel, losses and/or confinement.


At this point, you now have an understanding of:

  1. What sign your 1st House is;
  2. What planets, if any, are in your 1st house;
  3. What planet rules your 1st house; and
  4. In which house your ruling 1st house planet is placed in your chart.

This will give you a good basic comprehension of why you look and behave the way you do. If you are beautiful, you may very well have Venus in your 1st house. If you are heavy and jovial, Jupiter may be in your 1st house. If you have 2 or more planets in your 1st House, look to which of the planets are weak and causing you difficulties based on the descriptions of the planets above. Then remedy that planet!

1st House Remedies:
What Can I do About my 1st House Afflictions? There are several options to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your first house.

There are secretive mantras to help appease a planet that is destined to cause you problems. The powerful and secretive mantra to make your appearance and personality more beautiful can be found on the Video tape “Physical Appearance and Personality” which is included in the Level 2 program.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your new found analysis. First, to strengthen your first house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your first house. The mantras for each house can be found on the Astroved site. Astroved is unique in that it also offers “Virtual Poojas” that combine Mantra and Visual depictions of the planets. This is another powerful way to win the grace of a planet that is not in your favor. Click here to try a virtual pooja now for free.

Alternative Ways to Propriety a Planet
You can propitiate a planet on the day of your 1st house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 1st House (i.e. Aries or Scorpio), then on Tuesday, the day ruled by Mars, you can try fasting during daylight hours, but eat before sunrise and after sundown or remain vegetarian the entire day.

Depending upon the level of the affliction that planet is causing you, you can perform a fire ritual (called a homa or yagna) or pooja. Please see Astroved > Remedies > Planetary >Fire Rituals for more information.

Astrologer Consultation:
Let our astrologers sending you their recommendations for your personalized remedy for your first house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 1st House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

“There is planet behind any facial imperfection. It can be corrected through plastic surgery or other forms of medical and healing procedures. But primarily the planets should lend their blessings to let you do it. I have known many people that after doing their remedies found money in a miraculous way to do plastic surgery. Go to the planets first, before you go to the beautician or doctor.” — Dr. Pillai

Take our First House Quiz now >>

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