FIRST HOUSE AND ITS MEANING
First House (or Lagna – Ascendant) as per Brighu Sutram
Physical stature, color, form and shape, constitution, health, vitality and vigor, natural dispositions and tendencies, personality and struggle for life, honor, dignity, prosperity, general wellbeing, head, upper part of the face, virtues, longevity, start in life and an idea about the general structure of life.
First House (or Lagna – Ascendant) as per Phaldeepika
First house or Ascendant can be called Lagna, Hora, Kalya, Deha, Udaya, Rupa, Seersha, Vartamana (present) and Janma (life). The second house can be called Vitta (wealth), Vidya (learning), Swa, Annanpana (riches, food and drink), Bhukti (eating), Dakshashi (the right eye), Asya (face), Patrika (document), Vak (speech) and Kutumba (relatives).
First House (or Lagna – Ascendant) as per BPHS
Body (dehaṁ), appearance (rūpaṁ), knowledge/ wisdom (jñānaṁ), complexion (varṇaṁ) , strength and weakness (balābalam), happiness (sukhaṁ), sadness (duḥkhaṁ), nature (svabhāvañca)
EFFECTS OF RAHU IN THE FIRST HOUSE
• Does not do the regular things
• Does not follow the standards
• Very much into ego building or a exaggerated sense of self unless aspected by a benefic
• A need to discover the self
• Need to learn to do things for himself or herself and to rely on own initiative
• On a higher plane, it provides a piercing insight and self-analytical abilities
• Good stamina and vitality
• Ability to understand the general trends of the masses and use it to his/her gains
• Need for independence and self company
• NEED TO BE RECOGNISED AS SUCH
EXAMPLE- Naomi Campbell
Naomi Elaine Campbell is an English model, actress, and singer. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself amongst the most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s, and was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry.
Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes.
Campbell was born in Streatham, South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance with her mother’s wishes, Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant and was unnamed on her birth certificate. She took on the surname Campbell from her mother’s second marriage.
Campbell has walked the runways for Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Zac Posen, Blumarine, Karl Lagerfeld, Gianfranco Ferré, Versace, Helmut Lang, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Marchesa, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Fendi, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Chloé, Versace, Givenchy, Blumarine, Yves Saint Laurent, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, La Perla, Dennis Basso, Philipp Plein, Mango, Thierry Mugler, Balmain, Nars, Roberto Cavalli, David Yurman, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, DSquared2, Express, H&M, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Gap, Avon, Revlon and Victoria’s Secret.
Throughout her career, Campbell has been outspoken against the racial bias that exists in the fashion industry. In 1997, she stated, “There is prejudice. It is a problem and I can’t go along any more with brushing it under the carpet. This business is about selling, and blonde and blue-eyed girls are what sells.”
Having worked for many a charitable cause, Campbell has received recognition for her charitable work.
Rahu in the Lagna made her work to create an identity for herself. As it evolved, she became more vocal about the injustices meted out to the coloured models and became a voice of protest. Her charity work got her much recognition too. Lord of the Lagna is debilitated and sits in the 3rd House of initiation, creativity and courage giving her the ability to work her way upwards in the world of modelling and creating a name for herself in spite of all the bias that she faced and trials that she underwent.
EXAMPLE- Florence Joyner
Florence Delorez Griffith–Joyner[also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style.
Griffith Joyner was born and raised in California. She was athletic from a young age. At age 4, her mother, also named Florence Griffith, left her husband and the house in California’s Mojave Desert, taking the kids to live in a public housing project in the impoverished Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Griffith Joyner began racing competitively at age seven. She also developed an interest in fashion that would become her trademark.
She attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she participated in track and field. Griffith Joyner qualified for the 100 m 1980 Olympics, although she did not actually compete due to the U.S. boycott. Griffith attended the California State University at Northridge, and was on the track team coached by Bob Kersee. This team, which included Brown and Jeanette Bolden, won the national championship during Griffith’s first year of college. However, Griffith had to drop out to support her family, taking a job as a bank teller. Kersee found financial aid for Griffith and she returned to college in 1980, this time at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where Kersee was working as a coach.
Following the Olympic trials, in late July 1988, Griffith Joyner left coach Kersee saying she wanted a coach able to provide more personal attention. Another contributing factor was Griffith Joyner’s unhappiness with the lack of sponsorship and endorsement opportunities.
Griffith Joyner left the games having won four Olympic medals, three gold and one silver. At the time, Griffith’s medal haul was the second most for female track and field athlete in history, behind only Fanny Blankers-Koen who won four gold medals in 1948.
On visits to the desert, where her father still lived, she kept in shape for running by chasing jackrabbits. She actually managed to catch one or two, she recalled.
Beyond her running prowess, Griffith Joyner was known for her bold fashion choices. Griffith Joyner appeared at the World Championships in 1987 in Rome wearing a hooded speed skating body suit. In April 1988 she started wearing a running suit with the right leg of the suit extending to the ankle and the left leg of the suit cut off, a style she called the “one-legger”. The running suits also had bold colors such as lime green or purple with white bikini bottoms and embellished with lightning bolts. Her nails also garnered attention for their length and designs. Her nails were four inches long with tiger stripes at the 1988 Olympic trials before switching to fuchsia. For the Olympic games themselves, Griffith Joyner had six inch nails painted red, white, blue, and gold. Although many sprinters avoided accessories which might slow them down, Griffith Joyner kept her hair long and wore jewelry while competing. She designed many of her outfits herself and preferred looks which were not conventional.
USA Track & Field inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 1995.
Rahu in the Lagna in Virgo giving her an ability to work hard for success. Her need to establish herself and her individual nature took so many different forms of expression. Time and again she was tested for drugs during her career and that too in every possible way. However, she never tested positive and cleared all the tests.
INFERENCE -Testing for supremacy and creating a niche and identity for the self is most important when Rahu sits in the Lagna.