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The Houses of the Horoscope
The Houses are where an Astrologer looks to see what circumstance the planets are expressed. The houses where the Luminaries (Sun & the Moon) as well as the personal planets are important to study. Saturn will show areas of restriction or obligation/duty, or where the rules of “the father” or culture is repressing the full expression of the rulerships of that house.
Jupiter will show an area with multiple experiences for growth or an expansion of a particular gift, look to the house natural ruler, accidental ruler and the aspects being made to them.
The houses move through the zodiac signs from Aries in the 1st house on the left side of the horoscope around counter-clockwise to the Piscean 12th house. These are called the Natural House Rulers. The houses are always connected to the themes of their natural sign ruler.
When a chart is created, the horizontal line bi-secting the chart (ASC-DSC axis) represents the horizon line. This is constantly changing throughout the day and moves through the zodiac as the earth rotates on it’s axis. In 24 hours, each zodiac sign takes it’s turn rising on the ASC and then setting as the DSC. The ASC or Rising Sign is the accidental sign on the First House and will determine what zodiac signs fall onto all of the subsequent house cusps.
1st House: The Individual
If we were to create an allegory to tell the story of the Zodiac and how it progresses through the 12 Signs, it would start here with our new born baby. The 1st House is the pure potential available to the native. It is the house that shows how the Native will approach new births.
Look at the Cusp (The ASC/Rising Sign) to gain a clearer understanding of the mask the individual will use to navigate new challenges. Also, note where the ruler of the Rising Sign falls. That planet is known as the Chart Ruler. The nature of the planet house, zodiac sign of the ruler and aspects being made to the ruler will give a description about the physical appearance of the native as well. Carriage, body type, movement, style of dress, etc
FIRST HOUSE AREAS: Personal appearance, DNA, personality, individual, planets here will have an Aries quality and will be expressed directly through the Native’s personality.
3rd House: Communication
Now our protagonist in our Zodiacal allegory has grown old enough to start leaving the house. Playing with siblings out in the neighborhood. Going to school.
The 3rd House rules all things that have to do with the early education, communication style, markers of intelligence, blockages, studies of interest, neighbors, siblings, local travel.
THIRD HOUSE AREAS: Communication, intelligence, mental power, style of thinking, planets here will have a Gemini quality
5th House: Creations
Now he’s had a snack, he’s hugged his Mom, time to go outside and play for a bit, before the inevitability of the 6th House….homework.
The 5th house is where we see the Native’s creativity, look to the Zodiac sign and any planets within the house, also note which house you find the Leo Zodiac sign placed on the cusp. That house is where the Native will have a free flow of creative energies.
This is also our house of children and will indicate fertility, possible step-children, and the themes therein.
FIFTH HOUSE AREAS: Creativity, creation, ego expression, planets here will have a Leo quality
6th House: Daily Habits
After the fun of playing outside or maybe finger painting inside, it’s now the time Mom tells our protagonist to do his homework, and then to eat his vegetables, and to shower and brush his teeth before bedtime.
This is our Virgo house of daily duties, habits and attention to the things that need our service. Not always an exciting house, but important for getting important tasks taken care of in life. To see the flavor of the Native’s day to day routines, look at the Zodiac sign on the cusp and also see which house Virgo is on the cusp of, this will show you where the Native applies their Virgo-like dutiful nature.
SIXTH HOUSE AREAS: Devotion, self sacrifice, duties, daily habits, health, planets here will have a Virgo quality
8th House: Death & Sex
As we start stepping into the waters of relating, and poking at our unconscious patterns of behavior, we very shortly run into 8th House territory. The first intense, bonded sexual relationship, the first death of a loved one, the first mortgage. Sex, death & joint financial commitments are all share the common denominator of an agreement being made between two parties. For anything to be of 8th house in nature, there has to be an element of death or loss, followed by redemption.
EIGHTH HOUSE AREAS: Deep bonding between two people, sexuality, death and rebirth, planets here will have a Scorpio quality
10th House: Status
The 10th House is found at the top of the chart (not always the literal top of the chart, but is where the MC is found. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Career, status, keeping up or falling behind.
This symbolizes the peak of the Native’s status in the world. What planets do you see here? Luminaries indicate the Native has a strong need to be seen as successful and important. Many times coming from a childhood pressure to perform and show up in a particular way. These Natives may struggle with a tension between their outer appearance and who they really are inside.
TENTH HOUSE AREAS: Outer world, career, status, how the world sees you/important need to be seen, planets here will have a Sagittarius quality
12th House: Spirit
This last house of the Zodiac is one of the most nebulous and tricky to define. It is the place of the unconscious, which is inherently a place without words, names or definitions. This is the place where the protagonist lets go of all earthly attachments and becomes part of the oneness.
Traditionally, associated with undoing. The house of addiction, affliction and restriction. The 12th house can take on a note of delusion or disassociation from the realities of life. If the luminaries of the Sun and/or Moon are here, the Native may have a certain spacey quality to their personality. Can feel ungrounded, or can feel shy. There’s a sense that a planet is lost or hidden when in the 12th House. The Native may have a hard time consciously using the planet with this placement. On the high side, this is the house of Spirit. Many Natives with Sun and/or Moon in this house will have a selfless nature, and need to be careful about their boundaries with other people, so as to not attract “project” friendships or relationships that might be toxic.
TWELFTH HOUSE AREAS: Unconscious, other worldly, spiritual, egoless, totally selfless house, planets here will take on a Pisces quality