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The ASCENDANT and DESCENDANT Axis

Ashley Thiessen

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The Ascendant and Descendent lie at two opposite ends of your Natal Chart, beginning the First and Seventh Houses, respectively. The Ascendant, or AC, or Rising Sign, lies on the left, on the eastern horizon, where the Sun ascended into the sky at dawn. The Descendant, or DC, sits on the right, on the western horizon where the sun descended under the horizon at dusk. These two angles may rule opposing Houses, but they connect, rather than divide, a chart's separate halves. 

The AC begins the First House of Self, the domain of everything you are and see yourself as. These are the qualities you see and accept in yourself, which you wear proudly for all the world to see. Your Sun may be who are in the centre of your planetary personality - your ego, your conscious, your identity - but your AC is the constructed image you decorate yourself with. It is how you dress, how you do your hair, your make-up, your nails, your shoes. It's the way you hold your body, the expression on your face, and the way you look out at the world. It's the personality quirks you tell people you have, what you know you are like, what you want to see yourself as. Your AC is a mask you climb into that you've made for yourself; the identity you've made out of qualities you like and admire most.

The DC, on the other hand, begins the Seventh House of Relationships. Sometimes referred to as your "Shadow Side", as the opposite of your AC, this Sign is everything that you aren't. These are the qualities you disassociate from, deny, repress, ignore, or refuse to acknowledge exist within your personality. It is the opposite of everything you identify as, so it stands to irritate or even infuriate you to be around it. Yet - curiously enough - you are drawn to the qualities of this Sign over, and over, and over again in the people you meet and form relationships with. Why? It's an "opposites attract" sort of magnetism.

Whether or not you want to believe it, your DC is still very much a part of who you are. You might not see it, but it's there. Your lovers and spouses and everybody else in your Seventh House will tell you it's there, because that's how they see you. You see yourself through your AC, and partners see you through your DC. You might initially deny it. But take a step outside of yourself and look at your actions through the eyes of someone else, and you may realize how unlike yourself you are when you are around someone you love.

The ultimate task is to bring these two halves together, incorporating your DC into your identity, and loving and accepting the parts of yourself you don't want to own up to. You do this by attracting people who embody these qualities into your life, forming outward relationships to unite the inner forces of your own personality. When you battle and resolve issues with them, you bring these two ends of your chart closer together. And when you can finally own up to the DC aspects of your personality, you will no longer need to cycle through partnerships in order to become enlightened to your true self.


AC/DC SIGN PLACEMENTS

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An Aries AC sees the world through an egocentric lens of vibrant colours, easily surmountable challenges, and high-minded optimism. You admire your Aries qualities, identifying yourself as spontaneous, competitive, aggressive, enthusiastic, energetic, independent, athletic, and a take-no-shit, no-nonsense type of person. Although you also possess a violent temper, short-attention span, and an offensive/combative personality, you feel no shame in these aspects of yourself, and feel they are superior to their alternatives. In fact, everything you see in yourself is better - you are stronger, smarter, cooler, more capable, and more talented than most, and it's hard to call you cocky when you're right. Much of your lifelong success comes from your single-minded determination to win and the (almost unbearable) amount of confidence you have in yourself, so it's hard to tell you to dial it back just because your challenging persona makes other people insecure.

Your Libra DC stands opposite your Aries AC, which shows that to you, honestly - no matter how uncomfortable it makes people - is always better than deceptive manipulation or pussy-footing around the issue. You call people out on their shit. You point your finger at the problem and say the first thing that comes to mind, no matter how rude or insensitive that may be to them. Rarely do you think to be more sensitive around certain issues, and rarer still do you apologize. To you, it is better to say what you mean and stand by what you say, rather than say whatever you have to to make people like you or feel better about themselves. If they get mad, or lash out, or try to argue with you about it, you take them on until either they've exhausted themselves, or you get impatient and give up on them.

Which is why it may seem so peculiar for you to date exactly the kind of Libra personalities you seem to despise, who will argue with you to educate you on how other people think and feel. Perhaps you hadn't been attracted to that part of them right off the bat. You were more into their beauty, their sex appeal, their charm. You were attracted to their artistic talents or their brilliant, engaging conversations. Regardless of what drew you in, it seemed so strange for such a forthright and straightforward, macho, masculine person like you to draw in peaceful, diplomatic, albeit manipulative and dependant-to-the-point-of-being-clingy types like them. But to tell the truth, your Aries AC is what you wear so that you do not seem as needy and dependent as you eventually turn out to be. The fact is, despite your outward independence, you want to have a second person in your life to help you make decisions and keep you from getting lonely. In friendship, you probably have at least one best friend that you are tightly bonded to. And romantically, you seek out a spouse who has the potential for a lifelong, loving marriage.

Your Aries AC is still very much who you are and what you see yourself as. Your presence ignites controversy, and you will forever be fighting against the forces that rail against you. The task at hand is, by forming new relationships with strong Libra personality types, to connect with the Libra aspects of yourself which you deny or repress. Recognize that what your partners see - a beautiful, fair minded, intellectual, who is more sensitive to what other people think and passionate about equality and social issues - is an accurate assessment. No matter how strange it sounds in the beginning, listen to how they describe you, and believe that what they say is true.

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With a Taurus AC, you wear yourself like a solid wall. Though at first you appear shy, quiet, introverted, or closed off, there is a hidden strength to you that suggests you are not a person to push around. Like the Taurus symbol, you portray yourself as easygoing, unemotional, slow-moving, and stubborn, wanting nothing more than a plate of hot food, your family nearby, and a simple home in the countryside. You wear soft, stretchy clothes and have a natural, beautiful look that is effortless and simple. You grope around for a quiet corner, a soft cushion, a cup of something warm, and a place to curl up in. You gravitate towards these things like they are pulling you in, and you stay in their orbit until forced to move somewhere else. In every way, you see yourself as uncomplicated, reasonable, and rational - a hard worker with a well-earned lazy streak, and a lover of the finer things in life.

Your Scorpio DC embodies everything that your Taurus AC is not, and everything you do not want to be: unstable, cruel, hyper-sexualized, obsessive, aggressive, power-hungry, and prone to explosive emotional outbursts. You cannot stand the whiplash-inducing emotional extremes of your Descendant Sign, or the under-handed manipulations Scorpio uses to deceive themselves and take advantage of others. They draw you in with the promise of sexual fulfillment, ensnare you with a loving (almost therapeutic) bond, and then lure you into a painful venus-flytrap of chaos and pain. They are afraid of vulnerability but desperately want to trust you, so your relationships are bound to be filled with pushing back and forth. To you, it's all over-complicated, over-emotional, nonsensical, bullshit, and the games they play are more pathetic than powerful, in your mind. 

Yet, there are still aspects of this Sign that you find irresistible. You can't help but be drawn to magnetic, mysterious, seductive personalities, who flirt and charm while maintaining just enough distance to make you want them. Something in you seeks to be healed and transformed, and they are just the type to do that for you. No matter how much you hate jealous, possessive, abusive relationships in theory, you tend to fall into partnerships with people who want to own and protect you and make you all theirs. You may find yourself with alcoholics, abusers, healers, and spiritualists who have fought through terrible trauma. But you can't act like the tumultuous, exciting, passionate nature of your Seventh House is all their fault. Looking at your actions from the outside, you may be surprised to realize how much you act out your Scorpio DC when it comes to your lovers and best friends, especially where sex or money is concerned. Only a few people ever get to see you in this light, and when they do you can appear to be very intense – so much so they may not be able to handle you. You bounce from absolutely elated to utterly depressed; from violently angry to lusty and seductive. You are (at once) amazing and terrifying, with nothing in between.

Your Taurus AC is set up to be a solid, stone wall between yourself and others, which gives the impression of soft strength and simplicity, in order to be a buffer between you and other people. You are so much more complicated, intelligent, and aware of yourself than you seem to be, but you know full well that not everybody is equipped to handle this side of you. Earning your trust is not easy. You are scared of betrayal, and test your partner’s love and loyalty all the time. Only a special few people will ever see past your unbreakable facade, and only after years of gaining your confidence. Nobody else will have the slightest idea that you hold such powerful sexual magnetism, psychological aptitude, and capacity for extreme anger - not even you, until you look at yourself honestly and admit this side of you is there.

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Talkative, friendly, highly social, and very intelligent. Utterly rational, logical, and reasonable, able to mathematically analyse problems and communicate information in a clear and concise way. This is how you see yourself through the senses of your Gemini AC - as a light-hearted, curious, sporadic person who flits here and there like a wayward butterfly, charming your way through flushes of colourful acquaintances. With this Rising Sign, your eyes sparkle whenever your mind starts turning, glinting off the heat of a potential lover, an exciting conversation, telling a hilarious story, or meeting strangers for the first time. Many with this Ascendant Sign remain youthful well into old age because they carry this kind of infectious Gemini energy with them, always. In fact, some say it keeps you young at heart forever.

Having a Sagittarius DC, then, means that you have a strong distaste for foolish, distasteful, and boisterous liars. As someone who sticks to the scientifically proven facts - the way things really are - you can't stand listening to amateur philosophers rattle off unrealistic ideas about what the world could or should be like. And as someone who knows they are smart, and knows they have a way with words, it frustrates you to be around rude, hot-headed, and tactless idiots who speak before thinking about what they are talking about. 

And yet, when it comes to relationships, there is almost no better match for you than a Sagittarius-type of personality. They make you laugh. They let you have you freedom. They make no demands, impose no rules, let you go and do wherever and whatever you want. This a Sign who prefers unrestricted, casual affairs, which blur the line between love and friendship. And as such, will never turn on you out of jealousy or tie you down to just them. They can't comprehend the full grasp of how their actions affect others, that is true. But there isn't a malicious bone in their body! And when you are in love with a partner, they see you the same way - as a reckless, emotional, fun-loving, passionate, and generous person, with a fire lit under them that never dies.

Having a Gemini AC, you balance your dry intellectualism with spontaneous, wayward emotions. You are easily bored, embody the idea of "two things at once", and can't make up your mind about your style or aesthetic. You are changeable and fickle. You gossip, you chat up strangers, you flirt with anybody that catches your eye, and you smile at everyone you meet. What you also need to see in yourself is that, with partners and lovers, you become more Sagittarius-like: more outspoken, more energetic, more fiery, more self-cenetered, less tactful, but still just as charming and titillating as ever. 

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When people meet you, the first thing they notice is how quiet and guarded you are. You sit in the shadows and stare out at the conversation, listening intently but not saying much back. That is because you are a very sensitive, intuitive, and emotional person. And being as empathetic as you are, you absorb everybody else’s feelings and take them directly into your heart, where they impact you in a very big way. It can be difficult for you to block other people’s emotions and not confuse them for your own, or to not let someone else's energy personally effect you. So to protect yourself you hide inside and reveal very little, and don't let anybody get too close.

However, despite this guarded nature, you still see yourself as compassionate and loving toward those in your family or immediate friend-group. You identify as a caregiver, sensitive to the needs of others, warm, understanding, gentle with children and animals. This is why your Capricorn DC embodies all the qualities you do not see in yourself. It is a Sign that is cold, rational, unfeeling, insensitive, hardened, and detached. It views the world through a hierarchical lens, looking to see who they can use as stepping stones on their way to the top. This kind of dispassionate. snobbish, superiority complex is something you despise in people, and is certainly not anything you would want to be seen as.

Still, the Sign is a better match for you than you might think. You can't help but be attracted to Capricorn qualities of loyalty, maturity, responsibility, and work ethic. You are committed, monogamous, and want to get married and start a family in a loving home. It only makes sense that you would want to be with someone who shares those same values. True, there are times where you can be cold and dictatorial, treating every partnership like a business arrangement, with partners getting hired, fired, promoted, and demoted, based on how well they serve you. You can be shallow in picking partners based on their income or title. But you also work very hard so that you can give your partners wealth and stability too. And those who are with you will experience your loyalty and dedication first hand, and they will come to see all your subtle nuances as you grow older together.

Outwardly, past your guarded demeanour, you project an emotional, motherly, utterly domestic image, one seems content to stay at home and take care of the home and family. You are a tender, emotional person with a receptive, moody nature. But once somebody gets to know you better they see that you do in fact possess your own cold ambition, your own goals, your own stubborn fixation on getting what you want. They may come to you and expect a sweet, submissive mate, and then find that you are the one managing the money and directing the relationship. Attract a partner who can help bind both sides of your nature together, and help you to act out both, and you will be much happier than you would be otherwise.

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A Leo AC is marked by beautiful hair, a shining smile, and a childlike charm and innocence. You dress in bold styles to capture attention, turning the spotlight onto you with striking designs and dramatic sex appeal. This is an Ascendant that all eyes fall on and everyone follows, since you take centre-stage and lead the charge in every situation. Maybe it is your sunny disposition, the warmth in your welcome, the undying friendliness that you approach the world with. Or perhaps it is your fun-loving nature, your creativity, or your entertaining character. Whatever it is, people love your Leo AC, and you love it about yourself too.

Would people still love you if you were the opposite of all that? If you lacked warmth and charisma, and instead were cold, detached, and uncaring? Probably not. That's why you keep your Leo AC where you can see it, and throw your Aquarius DC behind you, where you don't. Aquarius is a Sign that you don't really care much for, since it is the epitome of everything you dislike in people. Aquarius is unpredictable, being so many contradictory things at once, that you never know if you are going to get their good side or their bad. Are they going to be selfless, or selfish? Exuberantly happy, or withdrawn into broody silence? One minute they are committed in loving loyalty, and the next they abandon you to be with someone else, as if they couldn't care less. For someone who thrives on being special, on being the centre of attention, at the forefront of everyone's hearts and minds, you hate how quickly this Sign goes from fawning over you to ignoring you completely. But maybe, that's the sort of thing that causes you to chase after them time and time again.

Just like you, these people stand out. They have an alternative style that is all their own, built from the wreckage of rebellious weirdos that came before them. When they are out in a crowd, they possess just as much confidence in themselves as you do, drawing a crowd through dramatic story-telling and topical sense of humour. They make you smile more than anyone else. They balance out your selfishness and egotism with their wider perspective, showing you (as much as you might hate it) that the world doesn't revolve around you and your feelings. But most importantly, they understand the types of relationship that you want, since they also have intimacy issues and problems expressing their emotions in measured ways. Looking at you through your Aquarius DC, your partners see you as an extroverted intellectual with an open-mind and strong social skills. And in return, they see that you need an undemanding, flexible, trusting partner who is your friend first, and your lover second.

It is paradoxical, how on the outside you project a bright and colourful Leo image, but people meet the colder, more distant, harder-to-get-to-know Aquarius DC that lies in denial behind it. Despite your initial image of warmth and love, your relationships will lack deep emotional closeness. But what you lack in emotional intimacy with one person you make up for with a passion for the good of society. You do well working in groups for a common cause because you are instinctively cooperative, accepting, objective, and socially conscious. And you also do well as a leader because of your attention-grabbing Leo Ascendant. Leo maybe what you like in yourself and what you like to see yourself as, but Aquarius is experienced by the people who know you really well. And it is only when you can recognize these water-bearer traits brewing in your personality, that you can take steps to building healthier, more devoted partnerships with others.

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With your narrowed eyes, a crease in your brow, and tightly pursed lips, people often get the impression that you are mad or upset about something. You could be perfectly happy and just mulling things over in your head, speaking quietly because you are distracted by what you are fixated on. But they will still get confused and think you are mean, grumpy, rude, or that you don't like them, simply because you do not come across as particularly cheerful. It's just as well. A Virgo Ascendant is cursed with "Resting-Bitch Face", which hides the warm and loving qualities you possess under a snobbish, distant facade. 

Looking out through Virgo eyes, you see a world of mess and mistakes. Your lens zeroes in on what needs to be fixed, what is out of place, what needs to be tightened or cleared or cleaned or spruced up. You see fault, stupidity, and problems that need to be dealt with. And nowhere do you see those things more than in yourself. You know exactly what is wrong with you - you're too anxious, you need a healthier diet, you need to exercise, you need to work on your accomplishments more - and you have a constant, ticking reminder go off every time you don't do what you're supposed to do. But you also know what everyone else's problems are. They are stupid, illogical, irrationally emotional. They believe in things without proof because they want a comforting lie to box up their fears in. They are messy, lazy, gullible, and overly sensitive. They are everything your Pisces DC represents, and everything you deny exists within your own personality.

So why do you keep falling for Piscean qualities? Why are you attracted to exactly these types of people, flaws and all? It could be that they are sensitive to your feelings and intuitive on how to react. It could be that they are gentle with you, submissive to you, understanding, and passive. You find yourself drawn to emotional, spiritual, loyal, and deeply loving people; easy-going escapists who calm you down and keep you from developing the chronic anxiety you are susceptible to. Despite your reservations about this Sign, and despite how much you do not want to be seen like this, you get into relationships with them, and realize how Piscean you yourself are when you are in love. You wear a dimly-lit smile and pop in and out of reality, your thoughts stretching into the rich fantasy realms inside your soul. You are endlessly giving of your time and emotional energy when it comes to your loved ones, sometimes to the point of self-sacrifice and martyrdom. It isn’t like you can help it. When you are close to somebody you give all of yourself, selflessly, and you could not care less about the impact it has on your own emotional health. You love with all of your heart, and get so lost in where you end and they begin, that separation becomes an unbearable source of pain.

That meaning-looking Virgo AC you cover yourself with is there to hide your Pisces DC, to keep your sensitive heart closed and protected from wanderers who may cut to the deepest part of you. Because you empathize so easily, love so freely, and are hopelessly romantic, you can fall for predatory types who use and abuse you for as long as they can, and then leave you heartbroken in the dust. Try as you might to fight it, when you are in love, you will allow that person to swim in the depths of your compassion. You are wise to guard yourself against anybody who is not good for you, as you tend to be delusional about the people you love (believing them to be better people than they are). But do not close yourself off to everybody. The people you love will teach you to trust other people, and will do things you thought only you were capable of.

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Outer beauty is the signature of this Ascendant Sign. With a Libra AC, you are gifted with good looks, symmetrical features, and a natural sense of style. You like vintage pieces, natural fabrics, form-fitting clothing tailored to your body type, and something with a little creative flair. You appear refined, poised, with a simple kind of elegance and a quiet charm that leads people up to you. The secret is in your natural sense of balance. You possess an inner equilibrium that tells you when something is off-kilter. It is the source of your artistic talent. But more importantly, it is what fuels your sense of fairness, of right and wrong, of justice and injustice, which gives you such a strong conviction of honour and trustworthiness. 

Seeing yourself as a fair and balanced person, it doesn't take much to upset your delicate senses. You have little tolerance for rude, aggressive, tactless egotism. You can't stand loud, obnoxious, boisterous behaviour. You are a polite, soft-spoken, relationship-oriented person; selfishness, stupidity, and single-mindedness have no place in your life. This is what your Aries DC is: everything you hate in a person, everything you want to distance yourself, nothing that you identify as. It is a Sign that wants to compete with and dominate you, which runs off pure emotional aggression, with no room for rationality. It is a Sign that you argue with often, but who doesn't see your side of things, no matter how well-placed an argument you put forward.

Aries qualities in a person rile you up more than any other Sign. But it seems as though you are doomed to encounter them everywhere you go. Your Aries DC is your shadow, after all - one you refuse to see, so you encounter it in others, until you own up to the fact that this is how you act when you are in a relationship. When you fall in love, you fall completely, quickly and impulsively. Once inside, you become aggressive and controlling. Love is all a big game to see who can “win” the relationship the same way you would “win” a sport or a battle. If you win you lose all respect for them. If you lose, your ego gets hurt. Will they love you (and themselves) enough to stay and fight you? Most people don't. They limp away from you with a broken heart, and in return you lament the fact that “you cared for them but nobody cares about you”. In time you may understand that it isn’t that they didn’t love you, but that you drove them away. You frustrated them when they attempted to get close to you. Showing vulnerable feelings (sadness, guilt, grief, anxiety) can be scary, but it does not warrant such over-the-top defensive behaviour. 

Aries types are among the only ones who understand this seemingly unlovable aspect of your character, so it stands that you are helplessly attracted to them, and they to you. They will be open about everything on their mind, with little care to the feelings of others. These people will want things to go their way, and they will demand such action be taken to get it done. But their certainty balances out your indecisiveness, their athleticism is admirable, and their sexual presence is exciting. You fall, hard and fast, for these exciting, optimistic, adventurous types of people. Constantly, you fight an uphill battle of wanting to let down your guard and be vulnerable around them, only to have them impulsively step on your heart out of ignorance of your feelings. But they are the farthest thing from malicious as you can get, and can stand up to you when you are at your worst, and forgive your past.

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Having a Scorpio AC is complicated. It's a complex and emotional Sign that grows out of family issues, trauma, and tragedy, giving you sharp eyes and intuitive understanding of how people work. You tend to assume people mean more than they say, and you are always looking for hidden depths that may or may not be there. When you look out into the world you dissect every subtle nuance, trying to get to the heart of some secret motivation or nefarious intention. You might come across a little paranoid. But you are not often wrong. You see things coming a mile away - a skill you developed early on in your family home, where you had to learn to predict the unpredictable in order to keep yourself safe from the flurry of extreme emotions, anger, abuse, manipulative, addiction, alcoholism, and psychic energy surrounding you. 

The mask you wear can be whatever you need it to be. You can be quiet, aloof, distant, and guarded, in order to keep people away from you. Or you can extroverted, friendly, seductive, and magnetic, to get people to come toward you. You can turn up the intensity, the passion, the anger, or the abuse, in order to get people to do what you want. Or you can be more subtly manipulative, using whatever tools you have at your disposal to coerce them into doing your bidding. You see yourself as powerful, formidable, mysterious, but also as a healer, a therapist, and a spiritual guide. With all you know and all you can do, you lead people through the most trans-formative periods of their life - if they are open to change, that is.

Frustration crops up when you encounter your Taurus DC, which lies on the other side of the axis. Taurus is a rigid sign that only likes to do things one way; they don’t like to try new things and they hate spontaneous changes. Famously stubborn, once they get their mind set on something there is no changing, no compromising, and no considering the ideas or feelings of anyone else. All they want to do is the same thing they've done every day for the past ten years. They can also be greedy, snobbish, materialistic people with a taste for high-end luxury, while also being very lazy. And perhaps worst of all, they are possessive, jealous, and controlling of whatever they see of as “theirs”. 

But, as it is with every Descendant, you love this Sign as much as you hate it, because it is what you need, and what you give to your partners. You possess a chaotic, destructive, and trans-formative energy, whereas they are more grounded to the physical world. Being simple, uncomplicated, patient, and calm, they balance out and bring down the more extreme qualities of your personality. Being with them, you are reminded that this is what you give to your lovers as well - possessiveness and jealously, but also loyalty, commitment, patience, and earthy sensuality. For better or worse, these people will understand how you work and what you want. And you do not need to look too hard to see that!

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With a Sagittarius AC, you have a positive outlook on everything. You wear a big, friendly smile and happily bounce here and there, never settling in one place for too long. You want your life to be full of spontaneity and adventure, and you have no qualms about suddenly changing your whole life to suit those needs. Travelling is a good outlet for this kind of energy. You love to run off to exotic places, see new sights, learn new languages, and adopt foreign customs as your own. But you also love to learn about culture, philosophy, society, and people, and so you spend a lot of time travelling in your head. Whichever you prefer to be doing, you do so with unyielding optimism and lust for life. All you want to do is dance, laugh, and have fun. As long as it is new and exciting for you, you love to participate!

You wear the mask of Sagittarius: expansive, generous, philosophical, spiritual, wild and freedom-loving, a dreamer of big dreams, an untamable spirit, loud and uncouth and the speaker of truths. Your Gemini shadow, on the other hand, contains all the qualities you dislike in a person, and what you don't want to see in yourself. You see people through this lens as two-faced liars. You find they limit their minds with science and cold-hard-facts, instead of expanding into the world of ideas and possibilities. You can't stand to have your imagination or creativity limited in this way. And you can't stand their chaotic, scatter-brained duality, either. Your Sagittarius AC means that you pick a target and fire an arrow, chasing after what your want with single-minded determination. But Gemini is fickle and never knows what they want, dispersing their energy in too many directions at once.

Since opposites attract, despite the initial reservations you have about this Sign, you are drawn to them because they understand you in ways you don't understand yourself. They don't box you in with possessiveness or jealousy. They understand your duel need for freedom and commitment, letting you flirt and flit from one person to the next, while still being there for you at the end of the day. They are youthful in the their energy and their wit; lively, charming, and clever. They are intelligent and gifted conversationalists, with detailed catalogues of information hiding deep within their brain. In your own relationships, it is rare that you find a single person who can provide you with enough mental stimulation by themselves. Any partner of yours will have to learn how to allow you the freedom you seek while also moving along with you in unison.

Initially, you wear a big, jolly Sagittarius mask that is boisterous and loud, exaggerating yourself to become a larger, more magnificent version of yourself. You see yourself as an entertainer, a philosopher, and a travelling sage. And when you look out into the world you see it as a Sagittarius does: as a wild, open world full of new things to learn and the enlightenment that you seek. In turn, you are drawn to the social butterflies, the scatter-brained intellectuals, and the wordsmiths, because they are the most sympathetic to the parts of yourself you are blind to. Gemini will complete you like the twin that it is. And to your partner, you will become the other half they have been missing.

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When you wear a Capricorn AC, you wear it in conservative clothes and a put-together appearance. You wear it as a quiet, thoughtful demeanour, detached, reserved, and professional in every way. Despite insecurities about your body image and your anxieties about money, you are very confident in your leadership abilities and how well you can manage your affairs. Not only do you lead yourself (setting goals, and then mapping out how to achieve them), but you can take charge of a group and lead everyone else as well. The chances of you giving over an ounce of control are slim, as you insist on being in charge of everything. You micromanage, critique other people’s ideas and work, and impose on what everyone else is doing. But your extremely high standards prove time and time again to be the best for quality and efficiency. They might not like how you say it, but you’re always right!

When you look at yourself you see the qualities of your Capricorn AC: responsible, hard working, ambitious, and career-oriented. The qualities of your Cancer DC, on the other hand, are nowhere to be found. You do not see yourself as clingy, sensitive, completely overcome by your emotions, or a victim of your various mood swings. You are stern and detached, completely contained within yourself, immune to the energies surrounding you. You are more paternal than maternal, more masculine than feminine, closer to your father than your mother. With ice in your veins and discipline on your side, you do not cry and pity yourself when things don’t go your way - you just work harder! 

The dynamic here is that your cold Capricorn professionalism is in place to protect your tender Cancer feelings from being over-exposed. You keep some distance between yourself and those who have not earned your trust yet. You make it clear that are undeniably in charge of what is going on. You make the plans, you call the shots, and your demands must be met because you know what the best course of action is. The responses you get are a mix of hurt pride and admiration, as people enjoy having a leader to follow but resent your bossiness. But once you become close to someone, you can open up and show them that you are also very sweet, and your ambition is there so you can give your loved ones a rich life.

Falling in love is not something you do easily or quickly. You need to spend a lot of time with a person, get to know them really well, and have a very personal connection to them before you would consider dating them. It stands than that many of the people you attract mirror your Cancer DC: tender-hearted, sensitive, highly emotional types with scores of compassion and empathy. You look for marriage-material, somebody who adores children and animals and who wants a home and family some day. At first you will see these types and judge them to be childish homebodies with no greater aspirations in life, or irrational, moody, introverts with a sour attitude. But they are also the only ones who can can see past your cold demeanour, and become the second half of your perfect life together.

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If you have an Aquarius AC, you make your mark by being different. Everything about your look is unique, from the way you wear your hair and do your make-up, to your clothes, your sense of style, and the way you carry yourself. This AC is an expression of what you see when you look at yourself: an individual who stands out from the rest, who gets lumped in with the weirdos, the freaks, and the crazies, for daring to be different from everyone else. People see you and quickly cast you out, reject you, give you nothing but confused stares and a judgmental attitude. But when you don't back down and continue to be your confident, outgoing, hilarious self, in a matter of time they are all clamouring to be you - copying your style and emulating the confidence that comes to you so easily.

The mask you wear is a complicated one, full of contradictions. You are a revolutionary, a rebel, an individual, and a misunderstood loner, who feels as though nobody truly sees you for who you really are. But you are also an extrovert who loves to be around people, who needs friends and relationships and a group to belong to. Through it all, you maintain a big-picture perspective, of how the mainstream society you live in is flawed and in need of change, but also how the needs of the group, or the community, or the society, is more important than the needs of the individual. Which is where, in your chart, your Leo DC becomes the shadow of your Aquarius AC. 

Leo is a Sign that is self-centred, egotistical, and childishly naive. It is a Sign that puts themselves first, impatiently demands love and attention, pampers themselves with praise, and sulks if they don't get what they want. Leo is aggressive, fiery, stubborn as hell, and arrogant on top of it all. All of these are qualities that ignite a terrible anger in you, which you cast out and away from yourself, shunning them as the worst aspects of a person and nothing that you want to be like. So why do you keep attracting these kinds of people to you, over and over? Why do you fall for Leo-types, despite all the qualities you despise?

Ask your partner how they see you. Take a look at yourself and the way you act toward your lover. You will see more Leo-traits than you would like to admit, and you will continue to see them until you own up to them and try to make an honest improvement. What you will find is that there are positive qualities to Leo that you are attracted to as well: generosity, warmth, kindness, creativity, a fun-loving attitude, and endless sex appeal. In bringing them into your life through your partnerships, you connect with a part of your personality you have so far been denying exists, so that you may unite with it through the mirror of a relationship. Look at your AC/DC axis with an open mind, and see how both are a part of who you are, despite how much more you identify with your Aquarius AC. 

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People see what they want to see when you have a Pisces AC. Your Ascendant is a permeable, reflective mirror, with shifting faces, wavering moods, and a look that changes often. Subconsciously, people project all their own thoughts and emotions onto you. If they have insecurities, fear, or hidden anger, they make you into an idiot, an antagonist, a target that can feel justified in attacking. If they are desperate for love and guidance, they fall in love with you and put you on a pedestal as lover, teacher, and spiritual guide. Or, if they are happy, confident, and tender-hearted, they simply see you as a friend. You get stuck with all kinds of labels - all of which a reflections on them, not an insight into who you really are as a person.

Despite the diverse reactions you get, you wear your tender heart on the outside of your body. You are dewy-eyed dreamer, a believer in magic and fantasy worlds, with a kind smile and soft features. With a Pisces AC that has no boundaries, you can be sensitive, emotional, intuitive to the needs of others and psychic in how much you know. But you can also get overwhelmed by the demands coming at you or the negativity that surrounds you, especially when it comes to jabs at you and your appearance. It is easier for you to "swim away" from conflict and confrontation than it is for you to set boundaries and firmly plant your feet in the dirt. More often than not, you would sooner collapse into tears than make somebody upset or uncomfortable. You are a martyr, a saint, a sacrificial lamb - suffering so that others can be happy, and finding solace in the peace your honourable pain brings to them.

Alternatively, you have your Virgo DC. When you are up close and personal to the negative qualities of Virgo, you get annoyed by how pretentious and judgmental they are. You have no patience for people who are so insecure in themselves that they are snobbish and mean to others. Being that you are so sensitive yourself, their constant fretting, worrying, nervous energy is too annoying, if not overwhelming, for you to deal with on a daily basis. You are a much more relaxed, laid back, lazy person, and their bad vibes throw you off. Virgos can be very particular about things, where you are not as picky. And they can be intellectual snobs, whereas you are open-minded and empathetic to the beliefs of others. Yet, As much as you may say you hate them, the people you attract into your life all share similar characteristics of the Virgo Sign - compassion, work ethic, underlying warmth, and the desire to take care of others.

It might seem at first that you have all your most personal pieces on the outside. Along with a very clear love of magic and fantasy, your emotions, empathy, imagination, and your creativity are all out in the open, worn in your clothes and seen in your face. But you need to use your powerful insight to separate those in need of help from those who seek to use you. People look at you and assume you are not grounded in any kind of reality, either factual or material. But once they get to know you they will see your keen intellect, aptitude for handling resources, and incredible work ethic. They will come to understand how you insist on managing everything, all the time. From an outsider’s perspective it looks like all dumb luck, like your partner is the one who does everything. But an inside look proves how in-control you really are.