According to several online dictionaries, descendent, means: 1. descending from an ancestor; proceeding from an ancestor or source; one deriving from a precursor or prototype; 2. moving or directed downward.
I’ve talked a lot about the Ascendant in my astrological birth chart, and there’s a lot of content and interest focused on the Ascendant in general for obvious reasons. The definitions for Ascendant are opposite of those given for descendent, and through those definitions we can understand why so many people want to know about it, but I’ve been thinking about this recently, and what came to mind was this; we all start from the bottom and nothing built is done so from the top down.
In addition, if we’re to internalize the idea of a final destination, or a journey or path taking us from one place to another then wherever this road leads to would require our understanding, knowing, and awareness of where we came from.
How are you supposed to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been or where you’re coming from?
When it comes to the astrological birth chart, or any astrological chart, the term descendent is used twice. The first is in association to the Moon. The Lunar South Node is the descending nodal point that shows where the Moon begins its descent on the ecliptic as it crosses paths with the Sun. It’s where the Moon starts going downward.
The other, which is the focus of this posting, is the descendent. If you look at a birth chart, you will notice a thick black line running across the chart from the ascendant on the left to the descendent on the right. The ascendant is the cusp of the 1st House, and it can only be found by knowing the exact time you’re creating the chart for. For our birth charts, that means knowing the exact time of birth.
People who shun precision tend to shun the truth as well, but trust me, when it comes to astrology, exact times are important. Every degree is important and every degree has a unique meaning attached to it. In addition, when you know the exact time and you can find the ascendant, you can then adjust all the other houses accordingly.
The Ascendant/Descendant is an axis, they’re points in opposition (180 degrees apart). That means they’re at opposite points exactly. If you’re ascendant (first house cusp) is 3 degrees, then you’re Descendent (seventh house cusp) is also going to be on the 3rd degree.
The Ascendant/Descendant axis is a horizontal axis that defines our earthly limitations. If you can imagine Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with his arms stretched out wide, one hand would touch the Ascendant and the other would touch the Descendent. This is from a spiritual perspective.
Astrologically, this axis divides the chart in half separating the top from the bottom, the upper six houses from the lower six houses, and night from day.
Now, let’s get into the interesting stuff. We all want to know who we are, and we all want to know where we came from. Let’s think about this.
If the Descendent represents where we came from, and the Ascendant represents where we’re going, then that means the Descendant represents that ancestor, precursor, prototype, and source we’re coming from. And this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with our physical existence or current reality, right? Because physically, we’re born into a family. We can trace our family linage and see exactly where and who we came from.
This is something much deeper and non-physical. The Descendent is the cusp of the 7th House, and the 7th House is the House of relationships. The Ascendant is the cusp of the 1st House, and the 1st House is the House of Self, it’s who we are.
When we read our charts, we all begin with the 1st House. That’s what we’re taught and that’s what we’re shown. The 1st House is supposed to tell us who we are, and then, as we work our way through the houses and make our way to the 7th, the 7th House is supposed to represent a later time in life when we form relationships and finally meet the “other” but only after we know who we are and gain the communication and social skills to do so.
This is a contradiction!
If the Descendant is where we’re coming from, then that’s our starting point not the Ascendant. That means we’re coming from a relationship (7th House) and we did not start alone, but we’re striving towards or trying to reach individuation or self awareness (1st House). The Ascendant/Descendent axis represents a process through which we come into being and gain full awareness of who we are. The axis represents the process or path, and the points themselves represent, in a sense, locations.
This is an unbelievable realization!
This is about the origin, development, and growth of our souls! The Ascendant/Descendent axis represents the spiritual path, the journey through God’s Grace and goodness, some of us are forced into after we’re awakened. It’s the physical manifestation of something that ultimately began in the etheric realms.
Yes, the astrological birth chart as we’re taught to read it, does explain, reveal, and indicate how our current lives are and will be affected by the alignments and relationships of the planets and other heavenly bodies, but there’s something deeper and more significant in there for those who have to the eyes to see, and the wisdom to understand.
At the soul level, our souls began in a relationship and connected to source, which is represented by the descendent. So, it’s true. Our souls are on a journey. Our soul, as much as it hurts, must detach from source and go through this process of development that ultimately leads to self-awareness, which is represented by the ascendant and the 1st House.
What the soul is going through at the etheric level will manifest into our lives at the physical level through a path of spirituality where we seek the answers to more meaningful questions and pursue the meaning of life itself. The outside becomes like the inside, and the inside becomes like that of the outside as the journey mirrors itself. In the physical, it’s houses 1 through 7 beginning with the self in the 1st House and striving towards meaningful partnerships, relationships, and marriages with the others in the 7th House.
At the soul or etheric level, it’s houses 7 through 1. The soul begins in the 7th House of Relationships as it’s connected to its source and creator, and when the time is right, it begins its journey for self-discovery, which is obtained in the 1st House.
What’s really interesting, and something I’ve experienced during my own spiritual pursuits, is that in real life, the 1st House of Self is always taken for granted. Sarcastically, people say, “What do you mean you’re trying to find out who you are? You’re Francis LaManna, I’m your father, that’s your mother, and this is where we live. C’mon man, what are you trying to figure out?”
People sarcastically assume the knowledge of knowing who we are individually is common and already known, but they couldn’t be any further from the truth. The truth is that that attitude and approach is how they keep us apart of the collective and prevent us from reaching self-awareness.
It’s my understanding of all this that causes such great excitement and intrigue when considering my own Descendent. So, let’s take this back to the beginning since we now know what the Descendent represents.
Who are you? Where did you come from?