Sun Versus Ascendant Sign: Which Is Better For Understanding Astrology Forecasts?


Ordinary readers of the daily horoscope column in magazines, websites, and newspapers are only aware of the sun sign archetypes. Some either resonate or develop a strong distaste for their sun sign because of how inaccurate it can be. What most don’t realize, however, is the meticulous work it takes to forecast astrological events (i.e. horoscopes).

Some astrologers and practitioners proclaim the ascendant sign to be the most important component to understand the full extent of your horoscope. Which, it absolutely is. Because horoscopes only account for 1/12th of the world population, that’s where we hear about the Barnum effect denouncing the substantiality of astrological forecasts. For this reason, it’s important for anyone to know the basic substance of reading a natal chart.

Now, I’m not going to pour all this information on how to write horoscopes. After all, all horoscopes or forecasts are formulated based on the researcher/writer’s best judgments. All information requires critical thinking on how to interpret a specific situations on behalf of the astrologer and individual.

Chart and Horoscope Basics

Horoscopes are developed based on the current positions of the all celestial bodies in respect to its time and spatial dimensions. In other words, where these bodies are in respect to geographical perception influences the expansion and retraction of energy flowing throughout our universe and throughout our bodies and Earth’s poles. With that being the very essence of astrology, try to view horoscopes as forecasts for daily weather– but it’s subtle energy precipitations instead of rain or tornadoes.

Sun Versus Ascendant Sign

Sun Sign

Because we have to generalize forecasts, we always use the sun sign in the 1st house to layout the general energetic landscape. This is indicative of general life themes more strongly present for those with similar placements as you. Generally speaking, the zodiac seasons (i.e. where the Sun is “occupying” that sign from Earth view) have similar planetary placements every year– though this heavily depends on retrogrades, how long one stations in a sign, etc.

For this reason, forecasts touch on these particular themes, as they’re more applicable to general audiences. For accuracy, however, astrologers have to use progressions to cross-examine differences in today’s cosmic landscape versus the energy imprinted into our natal charts. One of the most popular misconceptions with astrology is how it doesn’t account for changes when that’s far from the truth.

Chart Provided by Astrotheme

Ascendant Sign

Your ascendant sign is the second most important part of your chart. Bear in mind that your ascendant/descendant and midheaven/imum coli are mathematically calculated spatial points on your chart. If you look where the arrows are, I want you to visualize it rotating like a compass or clock. These four points are essentially the “glue” holding together your chart.

Your ascendant is what configures all other point and house placements on your natal chart. Whereas your sun determines energetic presence and life themes, your ascendant clarifies direction and timing of events pertaining to these themes. However, every natal chart is so detailed that it takes someone to legitimately dissect it for you.

Or, you can learn yourself the implications and teach yourself how to do the most simple version of chart progressions. That’s my point of writing this!

Cross-Examination: How to Do Basic Progressions For Personal Chart

This information is to help you understand how to look at your chart a bit more. However, it can get so complex that I don’t want to overload. Any individual questions should be consulted with an astrologer or practitioner (or a friend who’s an astrology connoisseur, either or).

I’ll use the recent lunar eclipse in Capricorn as an example. Note how the 1st house is in Cancer (though your ascendant lingers near the 1H cusp– therefore meaning the actual ascendant point can be on the 1H or 12H side.

But, for general explanation, this is what we’re working with. Because this person has a Cancer rising with a Cancer sun, they’d have to look at the 1st and 7th house to get better insight on their situation. This person will experience more “shadow” in their relationship/business partnership sector and light in the 1st house. Whereas the sun is in the 1st also. Note how shadowing means lack of clarity and a need for a “set cycle”. In other words, this person may need to take time for themselves and invest into their finances or creating stability in their personal resources– which can sometimes indicate co-dependency. Depending on other aspects, this person could be struggling a partner accepting a newfound sense of self or purpose.

The implications are endless depending on their specific chart. Where planets are in a specific house at this time will influence the energies associated with that planet. So if Mars and Mercury retrograde are in Leo (2nd house for this person), it means initiative and sorting final details/slow movement in areas of resources, finances, and self-esteem.


Astrology forecasts and horoscopes can be extremely useful in how we manage our time, resources, and energy. Remember we are not our natal charts– they are a universal map for our individual soul’s path.We learn whether we follow the cosmos or not. If there’s one thing astrology does provide us, it’s insight on the universal algorithm built into time and how we are part of one big process.

Like clockwork, if you will.

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