The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest

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Astrology Books:  The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest

Jodie Forrest includes exercises for further study, topics include: why the Ascendant may be the most overlooked and least understood member of the Primal Triad (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant); what exactly is the Ascendant?

Title:  The Ascendant
Author:  Jodie Forrest
Isbn:  978-0979067709
Year:  2009
Format:  Paperback
Category:  Astrology Books

The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest. How do you face the world? Are you centred? Are you poised? How well do you handle blind dates and job interviews? Your astrological Ascendant, the sign rising in the east at your birth, is the face you wear in the world, your social self, your astrological 'clothing'. It's just as important in your birth chart as your Sun and Moon. How well do you really understand it? Join astrologer and novelist Jodie Forrest as she examines The Ascendant through the lenses of the arts, psychology, relationships, evolutionary astrology and metaphysics. Beginners or professional astrologers will deepen their knowledge of the rising sign.

Jodie Forrest includes exercises for further study, topics include: why the Ascendant may be the most overlooked and least understood member of the Primal Triad (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant); what exactly is the Ascendant?; several working metaphors for the Ascendant, and how to apply them when analysing charts; how the Ascendant interacts with the Sun and the Moon; the ruler of the natal Ascendant; aspects to the natal Ascendant; dynamic events involving the Ascendant (transits, progressions and arcs); and, rectification tips for the Ascendant. It includes an extensive Ascendant 'cookbook' for each rising sign.

Table of Contents:
Introduction; What is the Ascendant?; The Ascendant and CG Jung's Concept of the Persona; Acting and the Ascendant; The Ascendant and "Style"; The Ascendant with the Sun and the Moon; The Ruler of the Ascendant; Transits, Progressions. Arcs and the Ascendant; "Adjusting" Your Ascendant; The Ascendant and "National Character"; The Ascendant Speculations on Physical Appearance and Rectification Tips; The Ascendant and Evolutionary Astrology; The Ascendant "Cookbook"; Ascendant in Aries; Ascendant in Taurus; Ascendant in Gemini; Ascendant in Cancer; Ascendant in Leo; Ascendant in Virgo; Ascendant in Libra; Ascendant in Scorpio; Ascendant in Sagittarius; Ascendant in Capricorn; Ascendant in Aquarius; Ascendant in Pisces; Planets in the First House; South Node in the First House; North Node in the First House.


I've been a professional astrologer for more than a dozen years, and Jodie Forrest's multi-faceted, multi-dimensional book on The Ascendant is the best one I've ever read on the subject. In less than 240 pages, Jodie Forrest eloquently covers ground that most books on the subject don't even attempt. She deftly weaves several different conceptions--the ascendant as style, as persona, as vehicle, and as filter (to name just a few)--that taken together create a rich and multi-faceted understanding of an aspect of astrology that often gets only one-dimensional treatment. But the true brilliance of Jodie Forrest's presentation is the way she places intellectual, conceptual approaches ("left brain," if you will) along side imagistic, metaphoric, and experiential ones ("right brain").

You'll find something here that speaks to you whether you like your astrology in the language of the heart or in the language of the head. Jodie Forrest covers one other aspect of this topic that rarely gets addressed: the connection between the ascendant (in all 12 signs) and the BODY. Finally, she suggests that the ascendant is not a static concept, but a part of us that can, and must, be developed over time. This is part of a refreshingly larger perspective from which Jodie Forrest speaks--that of "Evolutionary Astrology," which moves beyond the old passive, fatalistic assertions of conventional astrology, and instead calls on us to employ our consciousness, our imagination, and our creativity in RESPONDING to the questions and developmental tasks put forth by our charts !
Dan Keusal "Psychotherapist" (Seattle, WA USA)

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Insight!
Thank you Jodie Forrest for clear and concise insight on the ascendant. I particularly found the information on the placement of the ascendant's ruler helpful.
by Ronelle Coburn

5.0 out of 5 stars The Ascendant
It doesn't matter if you're a beginning student of astrology or a long-time devotee. If you want to understand the ascendant, this book is for you. Read more
by Phoenix Rising

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Astrology is my avocation, one day it will be my vocation. This book will help me get there. Check this out for some mind expanding analysis of the rising sign!
by D. James

5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and excellent!
I enjoyed Jodie Forrest's book very much because it provided many indightful observations regarding our ascendant signs based on her many years of working with clients.
by B. Wright

The Ascendant fills a niche that is so often overlooked in astrological books, the rising sign or ascendant. Books on general astrology cover the subject, of course, but while there are many books dealing with aspects, transits, houses and planets, the ascendant has always gotten short shrift, considering how important it is in one's astrological profile.

's writing is both informative and passionate, showing comfort and familiarity with the subject matter. Like her partner Stephen Forrest, her views are based on what they have called Evolutionary Astrology, which treats one's horoscope as a "map" of the possibilities of one's life. This approach may not sit well with those who have a more traditional, antiquated view of how astrology works and what it's good for. But if you don't mind having your assumptions intelligently challenged, this book is an excellent addition to the art.
By Joe Max (Oakland, CA)