Is it true that opposites attract?
The answer is both yes and no, at least in astrology.
In this article, you can learn about the ‘yes’ part of the answer. This is exactly what the ascendant conjunct descendant amazing synastry aspect is about!
The ascendant conjunct descendant synastry aspect is often found in the charts of couples. This aspect indicates a very strong attraction between you.
With someone’s ascendant conjunct the other person’s ascendant, the ascendant can fall into the seventh house of the descendant person. The seventh house is the house of one-on-one relationships and committed partnerships. With the other person’s ascendant here, the descendant person sees the ascendant person as the perfect partner.
Other aspects (the trine, sextile, square, quincunx) between the ascendants are also important to pay attention to. Another thing you have to take into consideration is the rulers of both ascendants and their relationship with each other. This reveals more information about how you perceive each other.
Keep reading to learn more about the ascendant conjunct descendant and ascendant-ascendant synastry aspects in astrology!
Ascendant Conjunct Descendant Synastry
In synastry, you compare the natal charts of two people. This gives you an idea about how these people perceive each other and how the relationship between them is likely to develop.
The ascendant conjunct descendant synastry aspect is the same as the ascendant opposite ascendant aspect. (The ascendant and the descendant are directly opposite each other.)
This conjunction is a very favorable one. It suggests that you are very strongly attracted to each other. This conjunction can indicate physical attraction, but you also find each other’s personality attractive and you have a lot in common. (But you like the same things from a different perspective.)
First impression is important with this conjunction. The ascendant conjunct descendant in synastry can suggest that in some cases, you don’t like each other at first, but later you start to appreciate the differences between you and feel attracted to each other.
The ascendant is mentioned all the time in astrology. The angles are very personal and because of this, sensitive points in the chart. When another person’s angles are conjunct your angles, you can sense that this is a special connection.
With the ascendant conjunct descendant synastry aspect, you have a lot in common, but you are also different in how you approach the world. For example, a Libra rising might shy away in a conflict, while the Aries rising has a bald and aggressive attitude (Aries and Libra are opposite signs).
These relationships are often opportunities for personal growth. You have a lot to teach each other and to learn from each other. If you are open-minded, the ascendant conjunct descendant in synastry can be very favorable.
With the ascendant conjunct descendant in snastry, there is an intense energy exchange between you. This relationship is not dull and boring. There are differences, but this is what makes the relationship fascinating. If other supportive aspects help you get along well, the ascendant conjunct descendant brings diversity and makes you exciting in the eyes of the other person. These differences make the relationship dynamic.
You are likely to see each other as the ideal partner. The other person embodies what you want in a partner, and completes you. For example, an organized and grounded Virgo rising is attracted to a dreamy Pisces rising, while the Pisces rising person enjoys that the Virgo rising person is so put together.
Why Is the Ascendant Conjunct Descendant Synastry Aspect So Common in Astrology?
The ascendant conjunct descendant is one of the most common aspects in the charts of couples. It can even be counted as a classic for marriage or long-term relationships. This conjunction represents one of the strongest connections, and it is one of the best aspects for compatibility in astrology (if accompanied by other favorable aspects). But why is this so?
To understand the conjunction between the ascendant-descendant axis and why is it so important, you need to know how the descendant operates.
In the birth chart, the ascendant represents your identity. The descendant is the point directly opposite the ascendant. The traits of the sign here and eventual planets in the seventh house are often something you don’t identify with. There is a tendency to project this sign onto others. We often attract people who complete us and embody what we are not aware of in ourselves. The descendant describes this energy we tend to seek in others.
With the ascendant conjunct descendant synastry aspect, you recognize this often unacknowledged energy in each other.
If your ascendant is in Aquarius, this automatically means that your descendant is in Leo. With the ascendant conjunct descendant synastry, the ascendant of the other person is likely to be in Leo. They display the traits of this sign very strongly. This is also true the other way around, as the Leo ascendant person’s descendant is in Aquarius.
Aspects to the ascendant are very important in synastry. Make sure to pay attention to any planet conjunct the angles.
Ascendant Square Ascendant Synastry
The ascendant square ascendant synastry is much more challenging. Squares bring friction and irritation. There is a constant conflict between your personas with this aspect.
The ascendant square ascendant suggests that you see the world differently, and conscious effort is needed to make a compromise. You have different tastes and preferences. You have a different attitude to everything, and this makes it hard for you to have common goals in the long run.
With the ascendant square ascendant synastry aspect, usually other more favorable aspects are needed to make the relationship work.
Ascendant Trine Ascendant Synastry
The ascendant trine ascendant synastry aspect is similarly favorable as the conjunction. People who have this trine in their synastry chart have a lot in common.
With the ascendant trine ascendant in synastry, you get along well. You have similar views and similar tastes. You usually enjoy each other’s company and you are attracted to each other’s personality. You are not as similar as if your ascendants were conjuncts each other, which is great for long-term compatibility. You help each other grow and develop as a person. At the same time, this is not such an intense influence as in the case of the opposition.
The ascendant trine ascendant synastry aspect suggests that you make a great first impression on each other and you feel comfortable around each other from the beginning. Unless there are some irritating aspects, you rarely argue.
The ascendant trine ascendant synastry aspect is also favorable in a friendship or in a business partnership.
Ascendant Sextile Ascendant Synastry
The sextile between your partners and your ascendant is also a favorable aspect, but usually less intense. The ascendant sextile ascendant synastry aspect is similar to the trine.
The Ascendant in Astrology
What is the ascendant and why is it so important in astrology?
In short, the ascendant is the sign that came up on the eastern horizon (ascended) at the moment of your birth, as seen from the place where you were born. It is also called the rising sign in astrology.
The degree of the ascendant changes every four minutes. As you can see, it is necessary to know the exact time of birth to calculate it. The ascendant is one of the most important points in the birth chart. It determines how the signs are arranged through the houses.
In some house systems, the ascendant is the cusp of the first house (but it always falls into the first house of the birth chart, regardless of the house system you use).
Aspects to the ascendant (e.g. the ascendant conjunct descendant synastry aspect) are very important, both in the birth chart and in synastry. The ascendant is associated with your identity, physical appearance, the first impression you make on others, personal style and preferences.
If you want to learn more about the ascendant and the descendant in astrology, read this article about the angles of the birth chart.
The Descendant in the Chart Wheel
The descendant is the angle directly opposite the ascendant. It is the cusp of the seventh house in some house systems. The seventh house is the house of partnerships, and the sign on the descendant reveals what you unconsciously look for in a partner.
If you don’t like the kind of partners you end up with, the descendant and the seventh house can provide some food for thought. We often project this house onto other people, and it is important to recognize its energy in ourselves.
The descendant is often abbreviated as DC. The sign here is always the opposite of the rising sign. For example, if you are a Scorpio rising, your descendant is in Taurus.
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