The Vertex, sometimes called counter-Ascendant, is a fictitious point which is at the intersection of two great circles, the Ecliptic and the great vertical circle Prime Vertical in the West of the birthplace, linking the East, the Zenith, the West, and the Nadir.
It is an angular house, the most important one with the Midheaven, maybe even more so due to its link with the body and health; the Ascendant is as important as the Sun in a natal chart.
Therefore, people are well-advised not to hound you into a corner.
The First House or Ascendant represents one's behaviour in the eyes of others and also one's health.
Even during the war, when the country was occupied by German troops, the life of students of the Catholic college went on as usual.
Owing to a reversal of fortune caused by greedy and ill-intentioned persons, one is forced to reduce one's lifestyle.