I am very happy to have attended Bob Mulligan’s class tonight, on astrology of relationships – Bob was the nicest person you could meet with, and had the kind of self deprecating sense of humor that kept everyone laughing and liking him at the same time.
I’m going to share Bob’s explanations of the polarity of Ascendant – Descendant axis here (with slight paraphrasing and added thought.) As taught in most classic astrology books, Descendant shows what you look for in a partner on a conscious or unconscious level:
Aries rising (Libra Descendant): on a basic level you’re looking for someone that will listen to you and follow you. You need your partner to provide you with options so that you’ll feel balanced.
Taurus rising (Scorpio Descendant) : There is a sense of stability (or attachment to the status quo) here, and on a low level you may be looking for your partner to provide you with some excitement. On a higher level your partner needs to give you the opportunity for you to experience a deeper understanding of yourself and others.
Gemini rising (Sagittarius Descendant): There is a perpetual youth – like curiosity and inquisitiveness here. On a basic level you may be looking for your partner to provide you with an adventure. On a higher level your partner needs to help you see things from a larger perspective.
Cancer rising (Capricorn Descendant): There is a deep need for family oriented security. On a basic level you may be looking for a partner that can take care of you. On a deeper level, you may be looking for someone that can provide you with the structure to create that family you desire in your life.
Leo rising (Aquarius Descendant): On a low level you may be looking for an audience, someone that help you shine. On a higher level, the partner needs to be able to teach you detachment.
Virgo rising (Pisces Descendant): On a low level you may be looking for someone that needs help, or can provide you with a really wacky (weird, transcendent, ‘out there’) experience. On a deeper level your partner needs to be able to give you a vision of the higher reality (perhaps through ideals, spirituality or creativity.)
Libra rising (Aries Descendant): The partner needs to help give you a sense of direction and purpose, for better or worse (you’re who you associate with.)
Scorpio rising (Taurus Descendant): On a low level you’re just looking for someone to hang out with, to make you feel comfortable. On a higher level your partner’s sense of calm may give you the stability that you need.
Sagittarius rising (Gemini Descendant): The partner may be able to help you overcome your shortcomings, through providing you with necessary facts and information.
Capricorn rising (Cancer Descendant): On a low level you may be looking for someone to take care of you emotionally. On a higher level your partner can help you get in touch with the emotional side of you.
Aquarius rising (Leo Descendant): On a low level you may be trying to live through your partner’s accomplishments. On a higher level your partner needs to help you find your sense of personal power.
Pisces rising (Virgo Descendant): On a low level you may keep attracting criticisms from your partner. On a higher level your partner needs to provide you with the necessary discernment to ground your vision.