Planets close to an angle are given VIP seats in your life. They are major players as angles are the most personal points of your chart. The four important angles on a chart are the Ascendant (cusp of the 1st house) Descendant (cusp of the 4th house), Midheaven (cusp of the 10th house) and IC (cusp of the 4th house). When you have many planets in an angular houses or conjunct an angle, then there is an emphasis on a cardinal disposition, which means you like to take the lead, be the initiator, like to compete, and get stuff done. There is the power to manifest with planets in angular houses. People with lot of planets in angular houses feel like they are on a mission to do something important in this life and people can sense this fire.
The planets influence varies depending on the angle its conjunct and how close it is located to the angle. A Planet can be located in an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th) and still be too far off from an angle to be called conjunct. In this cases it still retains some of the cardinal influence (since it is still in a cardinal house) but the further the planet from an angle, less is its prominence. A planet located on an ascendant has a different kind of influence than a planet located on the descendant, because they have a different purpose. I just want to point out that a planet conjunct an angle could be prominent but does not necessarily mean it brings harmony as this depends on the aspects it makes with other planets.
Planets conjunct Ascendant: I’ve noticed that with planets close to the ascendant, the person instinctively understands this energy and is very clear about it (the tighter the orb, more the clarity). It is as if there are born with a special understanding of this energy. The planet in the first house, especially close to the ascendant, is not easily influenced by culture, peer group, family, etc. How much of it is openly expressed depends on the sign, aspects, whether it is retrograde, etc, but the internal awareness of this energy is always present. Let’s say if someone has Uranus conjunct the ascendant, then they have a special connection to all that this planet indicates. Right from childhood, they may be original, independent thinkers, believers of personal freedom, etc., even if they are in a circumstance that does not value those traits. The planet near the ascendant works in a natural instinctive manner without the need for reassurance for the outside environment. If the conjunction is really tight, the person could be a poster child for the planet, and they project the energy of the conjunct planet in a very direct manner. If the planet conjunct an angle is retrograde, then the person may not be that open in expressing the energy but still strongly value it internally.
Planets conjunct Descendant: Planets close to the descendant show what is received from others, – since it opposes the first. This is the place where you are asked to look into the mirror. First house is what your project to the world and seventh is what is projected on to you (especially if you are not in connection with the specific energy) Someone with Saturn in the first house in a tight orb to the ascendant could end up being a poster child for all that Saturn signifies – tradition, believer of rules, respects authority, etc. If the same Saturn is conjunct the 7th house cusp, then the person bring wants safety, security, permanence, etc,, in their relationships, or/and they attract people who depict the Saturn energy. They may find themselves attracting people who are conservative, older folks (or those who behave older), authority figures, people who push them into following rules, and this may also lead to conflicts since it opposes the energy that you want to express to the outside world. This may be more so if the person rejects the 7th house energy and less of an issue if the person embraces it. The more the rejection, the more the energy is projected through people that we attract into our lives. A person who has Mars conjunct descendant needs to make place for this energy and passion in how they interact with others, otherwise they make attract angry people with negative characteristics of Mars into their life.
Planets conjunct Midheaven (MC) : MC is the area that shows what one puts out to the world in terms of accomplishment, career, success, etc. It has the energy of the 10th archetype like that of Saturn. It also describes one’s dominant parent and in general the kind of relationship one has with people in authority, like parents, employers, boss, etc. This area is also about the ego and so a planet conjunct the MC will try to express its energy in a conscious but egoistic manner. Moon conjunct MC may be expressed at the need to mother everyone and may choose a career where this can be consciously expressed. This is not the selfless giving seen in 12th house because here the Planet demands some attention and reward for the energy it is putting out to the world. The Moon in here wants to be appreciated for its caring and caretaking abilities. It also shows that the mother played a dominant role (positive or negative) in the person’s life. Sun in here commands and demands respect. Of course if you have two or more planets, then the energy is modified. For example Sun conjunct Neptune here reduces the ego need of the Sun and may be expressed as the need to be selfless and service oriented.
Planets conjunct the Imum Coeli (IC) or the Nadir: Imum Coeli is the 4th house cusp and in latin means the “bottom of the sky”. Nadir is the northern most (lowest) point in the chart and is opposite to the MC. It signifies one’s emotional quality, one’s family, root, home and land. The planets here are expressed in an internalized and subjective manner as opposed to the MC where it is externalized. The energy here arises from the inside than from the outside. So Sun in the Nadir is expressed in a very different way than Sun conjunct MC. Sun in Nadir is self validating rather than waiting for the approval and attention from others. Jupiter in the 4th house is a great placement as the person finds ways to be positive instead of waiting for external factors. There is a well of happiness available for them to dip into to get a refill. So I consider planets in the Nadir as very powerful as they play a big role in developing the internal emotional strength of the person. Moon conjunct Nadir is expressed in a very intuitive, caring manner with a deep connection to family, home and everything that signifies their roots, and they usually have the ability to find comfort within themselves. The negative side to this placement is the heightened sensitivity to pain which can pull one into depression and dark moods, especially with difficult transits from outer planets or Chiron.