8

Lesson 8: The Houses

Sorry for the Mess!
Building this page, check back soon :)

The Houses of the Horoscope

As discussed in Lesson 1 Cosmic Alphabet

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.

 

house cheat sheet

FIRST HOUSE:  Mars, Personal appearance, DNA, personality, individual, planets here will have an Aries quality

SECOND HOUSE: Venus, Values, money, self-worth, talents, planets here will have a Taurus quality

THIRD HOUSE: Mercury, Communication, intelligence, mind power, style of thinking, planets here will have a Gemini quality

FOURTH HOUSE:  Moon, Home, place of comfort, childhood, mother, place to recover, planets here will have a Cancer quality

FIFTH HOUSE:  Sun, Creativity, creation, ego expression, planets here will have a Leo quality

SIXTH HOUSE:  Mercury, devotion, self sacrifice, duties, daily habits, health, planets here will have a Virgo quality

SEVENTH HOUSE:  Venus, relating, Relationships, Partnerships in work and love, even enemies, planets here will have a Libra quality

EIGHTH HOUSE:  Pluto, mars, any activity that bonds two people, sexuality, death and rebirth, planets here will have a Scorpio quality

NINTH HOUSE:  Jupiter, wisdom, learning, spirituality/religion, other cultures, planets here will have a Sagittarius quality

TENTH HOUSE:  Saturn, outer world, career, status, how the world sees you/important need to be seen, planets here will have a Capricorn quality

ELEVENTH HOUSE:  Aquarius, Saturn, friendships, hopes & goals, collective, eclectic freak-flag house, planets here will take on an Aquarius quality

TWELVETH HOUSE: Neptune, unconscious, other worldly, spiritual, egoless, totally selfless house, planets here will take on a Pisces quality

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.

2nd House: Posessions

To continue with our allegory, our protagonist from the first house has now grown into a toddler and has learned about object permanence. The 2nd House is the Taurus house, the house of possessions. The toddler learns to say “MINE”. The themes of this house have to do with personal values and possessions.  Sun & Moon in this house will give the a Taurus style to the native’s expression or emotional style.  An interest in security, earthiness and sensuality will be present.  If venus or mars are here, the native may be motivated by fine objects or making money.

FIRST HOUSE AREAS: Values, money, self-worth, talents, planets here will have a Taurus quality

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

4th House: Home

After school, our child returns home.  Back to comfort, safety, an afterschool snack, the “Mother”, the womb.  This is an unconscious area that we return to when under stress.

What planets are in this house?  What is the Zodiac sign on the cusp?  These will give you clues as to the type of things the Native needs to feel safe.

FOURTH HOUSE AREAS: Home, place of comfort, childhood, mother, place to recover, planets here will have a Cancer 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

7th House: Partnerships

Let’s fast forward to the best friend and then onto the first romantic relationship.  We’ve completed the houses of the bottom of the chart, our early learning and identity formation. Now we move onto the houses that have to do with taking that identity and contrasting it with other individuals and the world around us.

The 7th House is opposite the 1st House of Identity.  It is about relating to other people.  Not only romantic relationships, but also the best friend, business partner, even our enemies.  It’s the house that brings relationship opportunities into the Native’s life so they can learn the lessons of the 7th House, those skills opposite the 1st House, which they’ve already mastered.

SEVENTH HOUSE AREAS:  Relating, Relationships, Partnerships in work and love, even enemies, planets here will have a Libra 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

9th House: Wisdom

With the 8th House lessons of intimate bonding, death of bonds, and the subsequent rebirth and redemption that can only be experienced through loss. Our protagonist has grown in wisdom and now understands “what was once empty is now full, what is now full will soon be empty”  The 9th House is about the wisdom of the world around us.  Traveling to foreign places, going to college, life-long learning, publishing a book, the teach, guru & guide.  This house celebrates the growth that comes after the destruction of the 8th House.

NINTH HOUSE AREAS: Wisdom, learning, spirituality/religion, other cultures, planets here will have a Sagittarius 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

11th House: Friends & Associations

The adult protagonist then comes home from work and much like the 5th House, is looking for places to express.  In the 11th House we have resources, wisdom, experience of loss and perhaps an understanding of self-sacrifice from the 7th through 10th houses.  Our protagonist wants to associate with friends, but in a way that supports the collective.  Associations, charities, clubs, friendships, Meetup groups, book clubs etc

Natives with strong 11th House placements will have an attraction towards group associations or friendships.  Look at the planets to see how this is expressed.  If it’s the Sun or Moon, the Native may have a strong need for external validation from friends and social peers.  If a personal planet, it will give them an appreciation of an active social life.

ELEVENTH HOUSE AREAS:  Friendships, hopes & goals, collective, eclectic freak-flag house, planets here will take on an Aquarius 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