There are twelve signs of the zodiac. One of the signs happens to be the sign rising at the eastern horizon at the time of birth. This rising sign is called the lagan or the ascendant. The lagan happens to be the first house of the horoscope. By this is meant that the houses and signs do not coincide. The first house has the label of the sign rising at the time of birth; the second bears the label of the sign that will rise next, and so on.
According to the rules of Astrology, an able astrologer can tell about the Life, longevity, health, natural tendencies, body, vitality, sorrows, gain, wealth, name, honor, dignity, fame, pleasures and sickness of the native. If the ascendant is afflicted with malefic planets, there will be injury or any other affliction to Head, face, brain, nerves, facial bones, upper jaw and pituitary glands.
The Ascendant has a vital importance in Vedic Astrology. In Western Astrology, more attention is given to Sun and Sun sign while in traditional Astrology, Moon, Moon Sign and Ascendant play an important role in analyzing the future and other things concerned to the native