Thank you for your input! I originally started off with tropical astrology but I found that the Scorpio ascendant did not match with my personality description much. I kept researching and stumbled upon Vedic astrology and that was when I found out I was a Libra ascendant in Vedic astrology! I read up on Libra ascendant and found the descriptions matched my personality much better! Not even that, but I even have the face dimples Libra ascendant tend to have (one on my left cheek, and one on my chin).
Have you heard of the asteroid Aphrodite? It is said to be associate with beauty too.
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I have that asteroid almost conjunct to my Leo midheaven. I have also been curious that the Midheaven can influence your appearance too. Have you got any information or insight on that?
Regarding the use of the sidereal zodiac, I have had the same concern myself. I often feel that a Libra ascendant describes me much better. I too have Scorpio rising and do not feel that it adequately describes me. This is especially so if you look at the more archaic descriptions! I hardly think of myself as a dastardly murderer and cheat, though my brother would probably say I am a cheat.
I am trying to design an experiment that will clear it all up.
As to you other question, the answer is "yes," I do think the midheaven has a strong effect on physical appearance. Absolutely! Some of the exceptions I have found can only be explained by treating the midheaven as if it were as influential as the ascendant. I have not had time to look into this, but I will. And I'll let you know what I find!