Lagna defined astronomically
Lagna or the rising sign is defined as the zodiac that rises in the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or an event. In a day, all the 12 signs in the zodiacal belt rise one after the other on the eastern horizon.Thus the rising sign changes roughly every 2 hours. The two births taken place on the same day can therefore fall in different lagnas or at different degrees in the same lagna. Moon, is the next fastest moving entity in the zodiacal belt after the rising sign changing sign every 2 1/4 days. Sun, as we know moves from one sign to another in a span of thirty days known as the Sun Sankrati or Solar Ingress.
Lagna denotes the start of a life journey. It’s your physical entity and rightly defines your physical appearance, your head, your basic intellect, personality and nature. The sign that was rising at the time of your birth along with many other factors including the nakshatra it is falling in, the planets posited in the first house, the planets aspecting it as well as the overall strength of the first house decides the traits of your ascendant as well the significations of first house are modified accordingly.
Strength of Lagna as per Vedic astrology
To assess the lagna, a Vedic astrologer must scan the following elements:
Discussing the above factors further - lagna in gandanta is a sign of weakness of the physical body of the native. Similarly pap kartari yoga indicates some kind of bondage. Mahatma Gandhi’s lagna is in Pap Kartari indicating the sufferings he had on account of fasting and confinements in jail during thestruggle for Independence for India.
Lagna & your temperament
The element of the rising sign has a definite bearing on the key characteristics of the native particularly the temperament. Taking an example here - though Aries, Leo and Sagittarius Lagna – all three are fire signs. Within this set of three rising signs, Aries is a movable sign lorded by Mars, the aggressive planet full of energy. The native is quick to take decision and is courageous but if this energy goes uncontrolled it could have its damaging effects for the native too. On the other hand, Leo is a fire and a fixed sign with the power and energy which is not much damaging. Sagittarius is a dual sign with fire elements. This fire is the light of knowledge and wisdom, the sign being ruled by Jupiter. Thus the natives with similar ascendants too would have vastly different temperament from each other.
The ruling planet of your Ascendant
Lagna Lord or the planet ruling the lagna - the rising sign is highly significant. If the Lagna Lord is strong, the person is dignified and recognized in the society. Take the case of Libra lagna and Lagna lord posited in the sixth house where it gets exalted, the mark of strength. Such a native doesn’t fear in the oddity and given the situation tries to rise above it. Consider the case of Aries Lagna with Lagna Lord in sixth house aspecting lagna. Such a native is straight forward and takes the bull by the horn.
Lagna & your health
The overall strength of lagna defines your health situation as well. As ascendant signifies your physical being. All the factors discussed above have a bearing on the health of the native. Lagna holds a great importance in the field of medical astrology too. Lagna denotes the power to recover from any health ailments too. Sun is the Karaka or the indicator of Lagna. Sun is the life giving energy thus rightly is the Karaka or the indicator of Lagna. An affliction or weakness of Sun suggests the areas of weakness in the body.
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