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The Ascendent: Your Karmic Doorway Paperback – 12 Jan 1989

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Although students of astrology understand that the ascendant is one of the most important parts of the chart, there tends to be much confusion as to its purpose and function. Read the first page
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Enter through this Doorway 4 Sep 2001
By Nancy R. Fenn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Properly interpreting the Rising Sign or Ascendant is one of the most difficult areas for intermediate astrology students. I don't mean by sign and house, but rather the dynamic and interactive relationship of the Ascendant/Rising Sign with the 1st, 12th and 7th houses and also its practical function as a screener of the environment and an attracter of experience.
Schulman's book is quite thorough and profound to be so short. It is a reference book -- the Ascendant is described through the signs -- but it is unlike any other such book you will find presently in the astrological field.
I highly recommend this book and the others in the series as a permanent set to enhance your astrological reference library.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Man of Few Words Illuminates The Ascendant For Us! 27 Aug 2001
By S. Rak - Published on
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Martin Schulman does it again -- writes a wonderful book in few words that you find exposing reality to you in intense, yet unfolding doses over time. He notes that we often look to our charts to show us potentials, overlooking reality. "Thus, instead of seeing the individual as he or she truly is, we envision future possibilities which may or may not manifest. Every person's chart contains within it all of the possibilities that the person needs for a full life. But it is only when we are 'plugged in' to the way in which our inner being receives and gives illumination (from and to the outer environment) that the fullness of life becomes a realizable fact. I feel that the ascendant is the expression of each person's reality. ...The ascendant then becomes a doorway to understanding reality -- not through the potential it can reach, but rather, through the essence that it IS reaching. The ascendant as 'doorway' becomes the filter between all that exists inside the chart and all that exists in the outside world."(p4) Schulman goes beyond what most astrologers delineate as the purpose of exploring one's ascendant, beyond physical appearance and the way one presents him- or herself to the world, to the way one relates to one's own appearance and how we base our opinions of others on how we judge their appearance, leading us to "...tend to see life through a rather one-dimensional viewpoint, and many of their problems center around feelings of emptiness, lack, and struggles for self-worth."(p95) "Yet," he says, "...there is enough proof everywhere for us to realize how easily we can be deceived if we put too much importance on physical appearance. It is impossible for anyone to establish a real identity if he does not know the nature of reality."(p96) "The only reality there is comes from the universal oneness. If we understand that the chart is a symbol for all the possible energies and possibilities that the universe gives us, then we can understand the ascendant is that point through which the ever-flowing stream of divine consciousness pours through us to contact the external world. Only when we realize this can we begin to understand the implications of correct or incorrect identification through the ascendant."(p97) Martin Schulman's series of books, KARMIC ASTROLOGY, are excellent resources, deep yet concise, and this book continues his sharing exposition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A life guide book. 12 Dec 2009
By Essa Adams - Published on
Format: Paperback
Martin Schulman is to the ascendant understanding as Dr. Edward Bach was to flower essence development. Or the re-introduction of each to our cultures and holistic centers, since they were understood and used centuries ago.

I consult my book quite often to remind me of where my focus is best purposed.

Highly recommended for everyone who has wondered what the rising sign really means for our lives.

Essa Adams a.k.a. Thayne Hudson
Author: A Breath Floats By - An Illusion for the Soul
Eternal romance, spiritual fiction.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite astrologers! 30 April 2008
By Cynthia R. Schlosser - Published on
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I respect this author immensely, and treasure his books. This one is easy to read and understand, deep and insightful.
Best Astrology Book on this subject that I have found 25 Dec 2013
By D. Roberts - Published on
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I love this book. It very clearly tells you how the ascendant in your natal chart affects your live and some of the karma you are dealing with. I used this book to better understand myself, my spouse, my daughter, and my grand-daughter. You need to have the natal chart so you can see what the ascendant is, what zodiac sign it is in, and what house number it is in. If you have all that info, this book is invaluable. I have been trying to collect all of this author's astrology books, but they appear to be out of print, and I've had to search for them with "other sellers" since Amazon no longer stocks them.
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