An integration of Yogic and Vedic principles begin this detailed examination of the 9 planets of Vedic Astrology as expressed through the 12 ascendants. The ascendant is the foundation of every chart, in this book each ascendant has at least 10 pages of explanation. It reveals the unique nature of each person, shown by the psychology of each planet. "Before we can effectively use Yogas, judge transits and use other advanced methods, our foundation must be strong and rooted in the firm soil of understanding. That understanding begins with the ascendant and planets as house lords. Once rooted in this fertile soil, advanced methods become clarified and the tree of Jyotish can grow. This allows our practice to be a shelter of truth and clarity to those who seek our guidance." - Excerpt from "The Ascendant"