"While the Ascendant is the point of self-awareness,
the Descendant is the point of awareness of others.
We find ourselves through the Ascendant,
but the Descendant is what we find in others.
What rises above the horizon and into the light of consciousness (the Ascendant) is complemented by what sinks beneath the horizon into the dark (the Descendant).
When I consciously identify certain qualities as 'who I am', then implicitly there are other qualities which I am identifying as 'not-me'."