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Astrological Houses – An Overview

A lesser known area of someone’s birth chart is that of the astrological houses. People that know a bit about their charts might are aware of their sun signs and maybe some planets, but only people that have had a proper chart analysis done will know about their astrological houses.

If the signs of the zodiac show “how” planets express themselves, the houses of the natal chart reveal “where” these energies of the planets play out. Another way you can look at it could be the planets and signs are the energies and the houses are the focus of those energies. 

Each of the twelve houses of a chart rule certain areas of life, types of people and relationships, ideas, and life circumstances. As with the 12 zodiacal signs, there are 12 astrological houses, and each house is an analogy with one of the signs. 

However, contrarily to signs, which spread invariably over 30 degrees of the zodiacal circle, house sizes in Astrology may greatly vary from one house to the other.

House calculations are based on the exact birth time.

Note: When calculating the houses, it is necessary to know the exact time, date, and location. In natal astrology, some astrologers will use a birth time set for noon or sunrise if the actual time of birth is unknown. An accurate interpretation of such a chart, however, cannot be expected.

The cutting of the chart into 12 houses, referred to as “House systems”. There are many different variants of house systems that are used from one astrologer to another.

For the purpose of this website, we use the house system Placidus – the most ancient one.

Emphasizing the type of house containing planets in a natal chart helps one to see the chart as a whole. One familiar way of defining the houses is to separate them into the classifications of angular, succedent, and cadent.

The Houses are important because they give focus and direction to planets which fall within them.  

Below is an overview table that we will look at in further detail.

List of Astrological Houses Meanings

House
Ascendant
Ruler Sign
House of
Expression
Experience
Interpretation Appearance
1st
Ruler Sign Aries
House of Self
Expression Action
Experience Identity
Interpretation Identity, characteristics, first impressions.
2nd
Ruler Sign Taurus
House of Value
Expression Security
Experience Material
Interpretation Material/immaterial things, money, belongings.
3rd
Ruler Sign Gemini
House of Communication
Expression Learning
Experience Social/Intellect
Interpretation Childhood, education, intelligence, transport.
Imum Coeli
Ruler Sign
House of
Expression
Experience
Interpretation Foundation
4th
Ruler Sign Cancer
House of Home/Family
Expression Action
Experience Soul/Emotion
Interpretation Ancestry, heritage, roots, foundations, mothers
5th
Ruler Sign Leo
House of Pleasure
Expression Security
Experience Identity
Interpretation Recreation, children, romance, creativity, expression.
6th
Ruler Sign Virgo
House of Health/Service
Expression Learning
Experience Material
Interpretation Service, duties, jobs, employments, health, wellbeing.
Descendant
Ruler Sign
House of
Expression
Experience
Interpretation Partnership
7th
Ruler Sign Libra
House of Partnerships
Expression Action
Experience Social/Intellect
Interpretation Close relationships, marriage, business partners.
8th
Ruler Sign Scorpio
House of Reincarnation
Expression Security
Experience Soul/Emotion
Interpretation Death/Rebirth, sexual/deep relations, joint finances.
9th
Ruler Sign Sagittarius
House of Philosophy
Expression Learning
Experience Identity
Interpretation Foreign travel/culture, religion, law, higher education.
Midheaven
Interpretation Role In Society
10th
Ruler Sign Capricorn
House of Social Status
Expression Action
Experience Material
Interpretation Ambitions, motivation, career, society status.
11th
Ruler Sign Aquarius
House of Friendships
Expression Security
Experience Social/Intellect
Interpretation Friends/acquaintances, groups, higher associations.
12th
Ruler Sign Pisces
House of Self-Undoing
Expression Learning
Experience Soul/Emotion
Interpretation Self-imposed prisons, hidden self, subconscious.
House Ruler Sign House of Expression Experience Interpretation
Ascendant Appearance
1st Aries Self Action Identity Identity, characteristics, first impressions.
2nd Taurus Value Security Material Material/immaterial things, money, belongings.
3rd Gemini Communication Learning Social/Intellect Childhood, education, intelligence, transport.
Imum Coeli Foundation
4th Cancer Home/Family Action Soul/Emotion Ancestry, heritage, roots, foundations, mothers
5th Leo Pleasure Security Identity Recreation, children, romance, creativity, expression.
6th Virgo Health/Service Learning Material Service, duties, jobs, employment, health, wellbeing.
Descendant Partnership
7th Libra Partnerships Action Social/Intellect Close relationships, marriage, business partners.
8th Scorpio Reincarnation Security Soul/Emotion Death/Rebirth, sexual/deep relations, joint finances.
9th Sagittarius Philosophy Learning Identity Foreign travel/culture, religion, law, higher education.
Midheaven Role In Society
10th Capricorn Social Status Action Material Ambitions, motivation, career, society, status.
11th Aquarius Friendships Security Social/Intellect Friends/acquaintances, groups, higher associations.
12th Pisces Self-Undoing Learning Soul/Emotion Self-imposed prisons, hidden self,

House Ruler Sign

Many astrologers assume that the houses relate to their corresponding signs. i.e. that the first house has a natural affinity with the first sign, Aries, and so on.  

An example of this could be someone who has their Venus in the first house, may come across affectionately on first impressions, whereas someone who has their moon in the first house may be very visible with their emotions.

House Rulers

The house rulers are the general theme which governs the house. These are similarly related to the ruler signs and what those signs represent.

An example of this would be Communication, which is the ruler of the 3rd house. This is due to the influence of the sign Gemini. The sign of Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which is the planet of communication, ideas and how words, ideas are expressed.

House Expression

The angular houses (1, 4, 7, 10) are associated with a self-activating quality and have an immediate impact on the structure of one’s life. The keyword for the angular houses is ACTION. These houses are representative of the cardinal signs.  

These houses are often given more attention in a chart than other houses because they form the angular aspects (AC, IC, DC, MC), which are almost as important as the planets.

The succedent houses (2, 5, 8, 11) are associated with individual desires and the areas of life we want to control and consolidate. The keyword for this type of house is SECURITY. These houses are representative of the fixed signs.

The cadent houses (3, 6, 9, 12) are areas where there is input, exchange, and distribution of thoughts and observations. The keyword for these houses is LEARNING. These houses are representative of the mutable signs.

Astrological Houses

Now we can take a look at each of the houses in a little more detail, which touches on many of the points that have been mentioned above

1st House

The first house is not to be confused with The Ascendant/Rising Sign, although its easy to see why they often are the two terms are somewhat interchangeable. The First House symbolizes the acting self, the personality as it appears to others, and the unfolding of one’s individual destiny. Its beginning point is the rising degree, one of the most significant points in the birth chart. Planets in the First House affect your personality strongly. Their characteristics are a keynote of your personality as you express yourself to others. Any planet placed within 8 degrees of the Ascendant will have a noticeable effect on the personality, characteristics and all things governed by the house in which it occupies. Aries is the sign that rules the 1st house in the natural zodiac.

The 2nd House

The second house in your birth chart rules money, possessions, material assets, self-worth, attitude towards security, bank and savings accounts, spending and how money is acquired. Emotional and financial security, personal values and principles are all 2nd house issues. Taurus is the sign that rules the 2nd house in the natural zodiac.

The 3rd House

The third house of your horoscope rules all forms of statement and transport. The style and manner of communications, neighbours, siblings and other relatives such as aunts, uncles, and cousins are represented by the third house. Additionally, letters, contracts, telephone calls, computers, early childhood education, certification, papers, books, writing tools, cars, the subway and all forms of short-distance travel are found in the third house. Your mental approach, learning style, feelings, the logical mind, creativity and speech are also 3rd house issues. Gemini is the sign that governs the 3rd house in the natural zodiac.

The 4th House

The fourth house of your horoscope rules areas related to home, family and property. Your origins, family background, childhood, inner emotions, fixed properties, home life, the end of life are covered by this house. Mental foundations and condition are also found in the 4th house. One may say that the parents with the most effect are covered by this house. The mother is found in the fourth house and the father in the tenth house. Females are ruled by the moon in your chart, and the Moon is the natural ruler of the fourth house, so we use the fourth house as an important factor of the mother. This house also covers the one that encourages, which is primarily the mother. Cancer is the sign that governs the 4th house in the natural zodiac.

The 5th House

Children, romance, love affairs, pleasures, enjoyment, sports, games, arts, freedom activities, creativity, performances, holidays, games of chance such as gambling, speculation, financial risks, stocks and investments are found in the 5th house. This is the house of self-expression through creativity. Leo is the sign that governs the 5th house in the natural zodiac.

The 6th House

The sixth house is the house of health and service. General happiness and disease are found here. Positive actions you take for your health such as diet and exercise are also found in the sixth house. Cleanliness, daily work rountine (not the career, as that is a tenth house substance), facility, employees, relations with an employer, anyone who provides a service to you in whatever capacity, domestic pets and your daily routine are related to the 6th house. Virgo rules the 6th house in the natural zodiac.

The 7th House & The Descendant

Marriage, spouse, promised partnerships, one-on-one relationships, business partnership, verbal commitments, opponents, justice, law are included in this house. Whereas the 5th house governs romance and love affairs, the seventh house is about the deep commitment of love. It also shows what you need in a relationship and partner. The cusp of the 7th house is also known as the Descendant and is formed by the horizon line directly across from the Ascendant (1st house). It is the sign that, like the sunset, was setting in the west at the time of birth. It is found at 3 o’clock on the zodiac wheel. Libra is the sign that governs the 7th house in the natural zodiac.

The 8th House

It is known as the house of rebirth. The eight house covers birth, death, decay, surgery, healing, wills, gifts, inheritance, credit, other people’s money, your partner’s money, child support, taxes, investments, reincarnation, sex and approaches towards sex. As sex is a gift of giving one’s self to another, so sex is found in the 8th house. Scorpio is the sign that governs the 8th house in the natural zodiac.

The 9th House

Ninth house is known as the house of long-distance travel. Travel over distances greater than 500 miles would be found in this house. Expeditions, foreigners, foreign countries, journeys into the unknown both physical and mental, religion, divinity, philosophy, views, forecast, languages, higher education, literature, books, publishing, media, law, lawyers, fact, justice, prediction, expansion and development of one’s horizons in all ways are covered by the 9th house. Sagittarius is the sign that governs the 9th house in the natural zodiac.

The 10th House

The tenth house is the house of career and status, ambitions, attainments, success, occupation, recognition, reputation, prestige, identity within the community, public image, duty, responsibility, superiors, authority and the father within a family are found in the 10th house. Since the tenth house focuses on ambition and career, it makes sense that it would be the house that appropriately represents the father. Capricorn is the sign that governs the 10th house in the natural zodiac.

The 11th House

It is known as the house of hopes and wishes, friends, group activities, your role in your community, social life, connections, friends, societies, undertaking, leagues, clubs, other cultures and how we relate to them, humanitarian causes and charity are 11th house issues. Aquarius governs the 11th house in the natural zodiac.

The 12th House

Things that are hidden are found in this house. Privacy, secrets, occult activities, mental matters, relaxation, drugs, alcohol, sorrow, confinement,limitation, organisations, hospitals, anywhere that you might be detained for whatever reason, exile, the unconscious self, dreams, hidden fears, self-undoing, something behind the scenes, the unconscious mind, holiness, faith and emotional problems are covered by the 12th house. This is the last house of the horoscope and the end of a complete sequence.

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