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ascendant

Ascendant
(a.) Alt. of Ascendent
(n.) Ascent; height; elevation.
(n.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune.
(n.) Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another.
(n.) An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant.