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The First House in Astrology: Planets in the Rising Sign

In episode 454 astrologers Chris Brennan and Nick Dagan Best explain the meaning of the first house in astrology, and explore its significations by looking at different planets in the rising sign and Ascendant.

We open the episode by talking about the general meaning of the first house, and then we transition into discussing each of the planets in the 1st house, starting with the Moon and then working our way through the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

We also spend some time talking about the ruler of the Ascendant in the houses, the rulers of other houses in the 1st house, and planets transiting the first house.

This is the start of a new series where we will do a deep dive into the significations of each of the 12 houses of the birth chart, explaining what each house means and showing how different placements in that house have manifested in the lives of individuals.

Astronomically the 1st house is the rising sign in the whole sign house system, which is the zodiac sign that was rising over the eastern horizon at the moment a person was born.

The first house is associated with the degree of the Ascendant, which represents the dividing line between sky and earth, and acts as a particularly powerful and personal point within the first house.

Here are some of the significations of the first house:

  • Self
  • Body
  • Health
  • Appearance
  • Spirit
  • Character
  • Helm
  • Life direction
  • The which arises from you

This episode is meant to act as a foundation for the rest of the houses series, which will be made over the course of the next year.

This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.

Chris’s Course on Ancient Astrology


Nick’s Website



  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:59 Meaning of the first house
  • 00:36:08 Moon in the 1st house
  • 00:53:40 Sun in the 1st house
  • 01:05:42 Mercury in the 1st house
  • 01:25:35 Venus in the 1st house
  • 01:40:42 Mars in the 1st house
  • 02:05:44 Jupiter in the 1st house
  • 02:25:06 Saturn in the 1st house
  • 02:35:42 Uranus in the 1st house
  • 02:51:09 Neptune in the 1st house
  • 03:01:45 Pluto in the 1st house
  • 03:21:37 Concluding remarks
  • 03:29:05 Credits

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A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 454 transcript

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