The 4 Angles of the Horoscope: How We Fit Into The World

The Ascendant represents our external and internal development: when it is functioning properly, we might feel the following:

  • I’m happy with my body; I love exercising and keeping in shape.
  • I take good care of my health through eating well.
  • I take care of my appearance; I am happy with the way I present myself.
  • I accept and like my unique personality. I enjoy who I am, as well as who I’m becoming.

On the opposite of Ascendant, Descendant represents our relationships with others. When this life area is properly functioning, we may feel one or more of the following:

  • My spouse/partner believes in me and wants the best for me.
  • I’ve met my match.
  • I am appreciated for being me.
  • I’m surrounded by amazing people.

At the zenith of the chart, Midheaven represents our career – when this aspect of our life is functioning well, we may feel some of the following:

  • I know what my work in life is.
  • I’m being recognized in my field.
  • I’m making a good contribution to my field.
  • I love what I do.

At the nadir of the chart, IC represents our family and emotional foundation*. When this life area is working well, we might say:

  • There is a place I belong to.
  • I love my home.
  • Family comes first.
  • My family is loyal to me, and I to them – we stand up for each other.

So we can see that the four Angles of the birth chart represent key areas that anchor our life to the present. This is why it tends to bring up fear we when we see that one or more of these life areas are about to change – it may feel like one corner of the table suddenly got taken out.

The Importance of Anchors For Success
Often when a man is about to make a huge career change, his wife can be the one that encourages him to do so, through her faith in his potential to succeed (we can probably say the same for women, but I haven’t heard too many stories on that side.) Or, if one day he loses his job, the thought of his family could be the single motivating force that propels him to seek another work. So we can see that the changes involving the 10th house (career) become easier to manage if one is securely anchored in 4th and/or 7th house (as well as his faith in himself, i.e. the Ascendant.)

In an extreme scenario, suicide or other mental illnesses may result if one is unable to anchor himself in one or more of the 4 life areas for a prolonged period. Such a person may lose the sense that he/she “belongs” to this world, and pursue varied ways to escape. This may result in depression or addiction, if not outright self destruction.

Conclusion: What It Means to Fit Into The World
Most of us are vulnerable in one or more key anchor areas of life, since none of us have a perfect family or a relationship (or perfect personality and body.) The thing is, anchors tend to reinforce each other – so doing well in one area is usually good for the other. By growing in each of these areas, our sense of security and effectiveness in the world increase, thereby giving us confidence that says “I can fit in just fine.”

What anchors you securely in the world? Does that allow you to take more risks in another area? If an anchor in your life is being pulled out right now, where else can you go for support? The horoscope speaks eloquently about each of the 4 Angles – for example, you may have a concentration of planets in one area, making it the key anchor of your life. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences through emails or comment.

*’family’ here can come to include one’s nation, or some other kinds of brotherhood that give us a sense of belonging.

Somewhat related post: 12th house transit & crossing the threshold

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  1. Hi,I have Uranus at MC. After 2000, Uranus transited my ASC.

    So indeed my life in recent years has been full of change, excitement and wishes of a career change.

    Whenever I feel rooting in career, there is a strong inner disruptive feeling that want to get free. It is quite difficult to dealt with.

    Uranus transiting ASC was a search for myself and my path. That was easier. Saturn has transited my DSC, I rooted in a good relationship. Only my MC angle is more difficult to deal with.

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:


    Sounds like you also have Pisces rising like me! I can totally relate to the searching and finding of self during the Uranus transit to Ascendant.

    If you have Sagittarius MC (not sure, depends on when/where you were born) this often suggests more than one career – so the sense of unrest (Uranus conj MC) may increase until you're fully able to find your unique voice.

    Best regards,

  3. I have a 4th house packed with personal planets and my north node (in Pisces). The concept of home has been elusive to me all my life, and I've been searching for that sense of "belonging in the world" since the day I was born, I think.

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Chris,

    And we know that the feeling comes from never being securely anchored in the early home – which isn't uncommon for Pisces emphasis here.

    I think then the challenge becomes to broaden the scope somehow, and enter into a relationship with a trusted community of friends that feel like home and family.

    Best regards,

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