Lagna (Ascendant)

Ascendant is a very important elementelementDefinition: One of four divisions of zodiac, based on four primary elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water An element has same qualities or characteristics....
of Vedic astrology. It governs all the matters and aspectsaspectsDefinition: Angular distances between planets, based on zodiacal longitudes, calculated in specific degrees, viz trine, square, represent relationship between two planets Planets generally influence 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th house due to their aspect....
or facets connected with human life. AscendantAscendantDefinition: Rising of a zodiac sign on the eastern horizon at the time of birth, placed in horoscope of a native, as 1st house is most important in calculation and prediction. ...
or Lagna is a zodiacal sign and degree, which rises on the eastern horizonhorizonDefinition: That is the line where the sky and the earth seem to meet together, represents ascendant....
at the specific time and location of an individual's birth.

Thus, Ascendant differs in every individual's horoscopehoroscopeDefinition: synonym birth chart, prepared with date, time and place of birth of an individual....
based on specific birth-time and birth-place, present in his/her astrological chart. 

The duration of a Lagna or ascendant ( the rising sign) is around two hours. The zodiacal signs are twelve in all and they have to cover around twenty four hours duration of a solar day, thus each sign has to face the Sun for around two hours and this rising sign on eastern horizon or Lagna happens to be the 1st house or ascendant of the horoscope

Ascendant tells about one's personality, physical appearance, moral character, attributes,wealth, health, strength and career as well. It signifies a person's consciousness and personality, just like Sun's first appearance on eastern horizon signifies the dawn of a new day.

It is noticed that every individual has a specific ascendant in his/her horoscope because of the particular place and time of birth; even if two children are born in the same family, their upbringing would be in different conditions and their personalities would differ.

The position of maleficmaleficDefinition: Unfavorable, opposite of benefic....
or beneficbeneficDefinition: planets having natural beneficial and positive influences, opposite to malefic....
planets (or their combination) in the ascendant have benefic (favourable) or malefic (unfavourable) effects. The aspect (dristi) of planets on the ascendant also has good or bad effects accordingly.

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