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The Basics of Astrology
Neptune and the Ascendant in favorable aspect
Astrological aspects: general introduction
The analysis of a natal chart must be as comprehensive as possible. This is what we do as we make our personalized reports available in our e-shop. It must be borne in mind that many astrologers concentrate on the interpretation of planets in signs and in houses, and of angles, without paying enough attention to aspects. On the contrary, we believe that when aspects involve personal planets between themselves or slow-moving planets, they are of fundamental importance. In all cases, they are at least as significant as the Ascendant or the Sun. This is particularly relevant when the orb is tight (i.e. when the aspect is exact). This is the criterion we apply for this new series of articles which describe how well-known personalities experience certain aspects.
Neptune and the Ascendant in harmonious aspect
In this article, we examine the major favorable relationship between Neptune and the Ascendant, whether it's a favorable conjunction - that is, not receiving any negative aspects - a sextile, or a trine.
The Ascendant, one of the four angles of the birth chart, forms the relational axis with the Descendant. It is the gateway to the first house, which pertains to the native's personality, sometimes describing their appearance, the way they present themselves to the world, and their social behavior. It also provides information about their vitality and health.
With the Descendant opposite, it indicates how others perceive them, even if this perception does not necessarily correspond to their deep self or true character.
It is important to note that the position of the Ascendant in a zodiac sign changes about every two hours, making it very personal. Thus, individuals born on the same day, but a few hours or minutes apart, will not be alike.
We should add that the presence of a planet in close connection with the Ascendant has a considerable impact, adding a color, an additional symbolism to those of the sign where the Ascendant is located. Sometimes, the compatibility is great; in other cases, the blend is less obvious, creating interesting contrasts.
Neptune, as a distant planet, represents our grand ideals, our dreams, our human and artistic sensitivity, the intensity of our imagination, our ability to grasp the zeitgeist, our intuition, our connection with the ineffable.
It sometimes leads to a spirit of sacrifice, self-giving, attraction to mysteries, and lends a romantic nature.
So many magnificent symbols, although the planet does not lend itself to being confined to definitions, being vague, floating, imprecise, and limitless.
In the harmonious aspect we are studying, the person is often happily guided by their impressions.
These are often gentle, sensitive, empathetic individuals, capable of almost miraculously following a path that offers them a golden destiny.
Even if other aspects come to counterbalance this character trait, knowing that a chart is not summarized by a single aspect but must be considered as a whole, this configuration enriches their inner life, provides insight, and heightens feelings and emotions.
In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities (here Auguste Renoir (favorable conjunction), Cindy Crawford (trine), Ludwig II of Bavaria (trine), and Björk (favorable conjunction)). This article deliberately isolates the aspects so as to better describe them. For this reason, it claims on no account to be a psychological analysis of the celebrity in question, for whom many other articles are available in the "Focus" section.
It is possible to find thousands of other horoscopes having Neptune and the Ascendant in favorable aspect (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.
The French painter Auguste Renoir aptly illustrates this position of Neptune, as he was born under the sign of Pisces. The planet, ruling the Sun, is in close conjunction with the Aquarius Ascendant. Renoir thus embodies the perfect symbiosis of the last two zodiac signs, a blend of naive purity, creativity, and originality.
Aquarius is indeed known for its desire to stand out from the norm and to pursue unique paths. This painter's interest in Impressionism, a movement that broke with the artistic conventions of the time, is an example of this influence.
Coming from a modest, even poor family, Auguste Renoir began his craft at a young age, first working as an apprentice in a porcelain workshop, to bring some money home. And then painting fans and coat of arms for his brother, a heraldic engraver.
Delicacy was always one of the distinctive traits of his works, long before he turned his attention to painting, and then to Impressionism.
It's not surprising that he was drawn to this pictorial movement, fitting perfectly with his Neptunian nature, which delights in and feeds on the effects of light.
From an astrological perspective, it is notable that Renoir pushed his temperament when he tried to explore a more rigorous or colder style: the public did not follow him then. Recognition came with his so-called "pearly" period – a Neptunian adjective – which was the time of his maturity.
Also note that Neptune at the Ascendant is sextile to Jupiter, itself powerful at the Midheaven. These aspects were a valuable aid in enabling him to achieve success.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Auguste Renoir.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Auguste Renoir:
However, these latter three planets face the opposition of Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. Thus, not everything has been easy for her, but fortunately, Neptune offers its good services. It indeed forms a protective Grand Water Trine, connecting the trio in Pisces, and most importantly, her Ascendant in Cancer to the exact degree.
Symbolically, we know that Cindy has enchanted crowds, captivated by her charm and beauty.
Moreover, with the specificity of Cancer, the home and family are involved and contribute to this positive image. Cindy lives in a splendid seaside house with her husband and alter ego Rande Gerber, happy in her marriage and fulfilling family life.
Finally, Neptune influences the relationship with the image. Besides her recognized photogenic qualities, Cindy herself seeks harmony, especially in decoration. She long hosted the well-known TV show in the United States, House of Style, starting in May 1989, and later launched her furniture line in 2008.
Leading a real business, the model hides her romantic soul, modest like many with a Cancer Ascendant.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Cindy Crawford.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Cindy Crawford:
Ludwig II of Bavaria
Among personalities marked by Neptune, Ludwig II of Bavaria undoubtedly stands out. He is emblematic of those in whose chart Neptune pulls all the strings.
Positioned at the Midheaven in Aquarius, making it one of the dominant influences, Neptune forms a trine to the Gemini Ascendant, emphasizing communication.
As a monarch, Ludwig II continuously conveyed symbolic messages in this regard. He built magnificent fairy-tale castles, forbidden during his lifetime, but now attracting visitors worldwide, eager to uncover the secrets of a mystery once meticulously maintained.
Another Neptunian manifestation, Ludwig II had an exalted vision of his role, linked to Germanic cultural representations. With an endless imaginary universe, he lived disconnected from reality, denying it and retreating into his ivory tower.
Neptune can lead to the idealization of people or concepts. Ludwig II did not just admire Wagner; he idealized him, seeing him as a revolutionary genius and artistic prophet.
With a positive Neptune in connection with the Ascendant, sextile to Pluto for depth and receiving no contradiction, he was able to pursue many of his dreams to the end.
Even though his life ended with him being declared insane.
Could this madness have been foreseen? That's another topic. As a possible relevant indicator, a perfect square of Mercury – as well as Venus – in Virgo, powerful, to the Gemini Ascendant, has been noted. This aspect can lead to an overload of intellectual stimulation and potentially obsessive disorders, confusion, or obstacles in reasoning, all amplified by the psychological imbalance of the square of the luminaries - the Sun and the Moon - in the same signs.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Ludwig II of Bavaria:
Just by searching Björk on Wikipedia, one can confirm that only Neptune, conjunct the Ascendant in Scorpio, especially for someone born under this sign, could give such a taste for uninhibited fashion eccentricity, given that Uranus, symbolizing freedom, originality, and provocation, angular, equally strong and in sextile, plays a very important role in her chart.
Having no need for the approval of the masses, the Icelandic musician has long known that her appearance contributes to the boundless richness of her artistic universe.
A revolutionary at heart, oscillating between the deep anxiety of her natal Moon in Scorpio and the relentlessness of her Sun and Ascendant in this sign, Björk follows her intuition.
She never calculates her desires, joining a punk band when she felt the need as a teenager, and then leaving it to pursue a solo career.
Within her, there coexists a curious mix of solitude (Scorpio) and deep connections with audiences worldwide (Neptune).
Outside of trends and strong in her convictions, Björk has one of the most interesting and successful careers as a complete artist.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Björk.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Björk: