The 1st house is called the Lagna or the Tanu Bhava. It deals with the self, the personality as perceived by others, beginnings, temperament, the face, complexion, head, hair and all the organs within this realm.
The signs and planets associated with the 1st House
The 1st house is the original house for the zodiac sign of Aries. Aries characterises ambition, aggression and the perpetual go getter attitude. It expresses the masculine energy of Mars, the planet associated with Parakrama or self effort. Sun is the planet associated with authority, power and ego. It is the natural karak of the 1st House and is exalted in Aries. This signifies the ambition to attain fame and success through self efforts. Saturn is debilitated in Aries, which indicates errors of judgement.
Significations of the 1st House
The 1st house refers to the King or the ‘Self’. In mundane astrology, the 1st house represents the country and its citizens, the image and characteristics of the country and people. Just as the 1st house of a personal chart is a representation of the identity of the person, in mundane astrology, the 1st house represents the identity of the country/city/corporation. The general outlook and the image of the country is seen from the 1st house.
The significance of the 1st House
The 1st House is the beginning of life. It is the Ascendant, and the rising Zodiac Sign, at the time of birth is placed in the 1st House. The 1st house is essentially the personality, the driving force of the character, and the principles that guides the inclinations. An in depth study would provide concrete indications of one’s physical appearance, the energy or potential associated with one’s life, early childhood and the strength or weaknesses of the physical form.
A strong and positive Ascendant is indicative of good character and the required energy and its utilisation to live a fruitful life. The Ascendant or the 1st house indicates one’s IQ and intelligence to express oneself in a way that others can understand .
In Vedic or Hindu Astrology, the zodiac sign and the Planets that are associated with it describe the personality traits. The physical appearance, intelligence, personality and how this being or country is perceived by others; the public image.
The association of the 1st House with Sun indicates the reason for this birth, the Sun being the Soul. The Zodiac sign placed here is the very reason you were born.
The picture projected by the 1st House
The 1st House speaks about the person we are and will become, both internally and externally. It addresses our personality and presentation to the world, our essential qualities, approach to life, demeanour and basic sensibilities. The inner self and outer body are what the First House is all about.