astrology housesThe Planets, Zodiac Signs (constellations) and Astrological Houses all work together to influence our lives. Ancient astrologers mapped the sky into 12 sections (“Houses”). As the constellations and planets move across the heavens, they pass through the Zodiac’s houses and charge them with energy. This influence is strongest when a planet enters the house it rules. Some planets remain in and influence a sign for many years. The “Outer Planets” with the longest orbits have “generational” effects.

Of paramount importance are the placement of the planets in the “Houses”. The houses show us which areas of our lives are most affected as “The Rulers” enter and exit the different domains. The Planets are the inescapable forces that ebb, flow, drive and confound us.

The influence of each house is determined especially by the placement of its “Ruling Planet”. The Sun shines, the Moon reflects. Mercury is genius, Venus is beautiful, Mars energizes, Jupiter, the King, demands, Saturn achieves, Uranus opposes, Neptune serves and Pluto transforms.

planet retrograde motionOne phenomenon that ancient astrologers had difficulty explaining was when some planets “reversed” course and appeared to move “backward”. Planets move from West to East most of the time. However, planets will occasionally appear to reverse direction for a short time, and move from East to West. This phenomenon is known as Retrograde Motion. A planet in retrograde is rarely viewed in a positive light.

The Astrological Houses

The 1st House describes you, your self-expression and vitality. It is your physical appearance and the way others see you and interact with you. The 1st House cusp is, in most cases, the Ascendant or Rising Sign of your chart and indicates your primary motivation in life. The house placement of your 1st House ruler, or almuten, shows the areas of life that are of primary importance to you. Also, planets in your 1st House influence how you present yourself to the world.

The First House governs how others see you. It’s all about your identity: personality traits, physical characteristics, general health, appearance and mannerisms, and your personal tastes.
It’s ruling planet is Mars, and ruling sign Aries.

Your primary motivation in life is to gain secure material circumstances and to acquire possessions. You are a serious person, with a strong sense of reality. You have great self-control and self-discipline, but can also be too controlled and lacking in spontaneity. Success in life comes through hard work and concentration upon an objective. Essentially a pragmatist, you will often put duty and responsibility before your heart’s inclinations.

You realize your primary motivation in life through developing and exercising your skills as a communicator. You have a keen interest in the comings and goings of your immediate surroundings. An interest in early education or languages is possible.

You have a keen sense for grace, beauty and refinement, and display a pleasant manner to others. You have an appreciation of the arts and music, coupled with a sense of fashion and an ability to make yourself attractive to others. You like beautiful things in your environment and you know how to dress well and make a good impression on other people. You are a natural mixer socially and people generally like being in your company. At times, you can be vain or lazy and self-indulgent.

You tend to be attracted to mature and experienced partners, or those of a wide-age difference to you. You have a cool and dignified manner and tend to keep your feelings under control. In love, you seek partners who are loyal and responsible, but also security and status conscious. There may be difficulties expressing affection due to inhibitions or shyness.

The 2nd House is associated with personal assets and financial affairs. It governs all moveable possessions and wealth. The Second House rules your possessions, salary, your sense of self-worth and the “value” that you place on your time. This house deals with your finances, personal resources, earning capacity and everything you own. All of these things are bound up with your self-esteem. The ruling planet is Venus, and ruling sign Taurus.

It is hard to predict what your attitude towards financial matters will be from one day to the next, as it is constantly changing. You appear not to be overly concerned about money, yet paradoxically can confuse people by tightly holding on to it if the mood takes you. You are often fascinated by the latest new thing and will strive to have it whatever the cost.

Your means of income is directly related to your skills as a communicator. For example, you may earn a livelihood through occupations such as selling, broadcasting, journalism or telemarketing etc. Also, you could make your living in the transport, telecommunications, postal, information technology or computer industries. Writing and teaching may also bring you financial benefits. Financial transactions may exist between you and your relatives.

Money matters are important to you and you’re motivated to gain material security and stable financial circumstances in life. You seek power and status through acquiring wealth. There can be advantages in associating with important or significant people. When engaged in financial transactions, you’re generally fair and honorable; however you can drive a hard bargain. You can be prone to materialism and acquisitiveness.

You have an acute intuition and a keen knowledge of human nature, with an intuitive understanding of other people. Motivated by a sense of justice and fairness towards others, you tend to treat people as equals. You are a friendly person by nature and in most cases, friendship is so important, that you are inclined to value it above one-to-one personal relationships. Ahead of your time, you have a progressive outlook, with an interest in reforms and innovations. You are also occasionally unpredictable and will often oppose convention just to be different.

Your mind is often focused on financial matters – in particular your ability to manage, earn or spend money. You have a good mind for trade and commerce and may succeed in business, especially in fields such as banking, communications, publishing, travel, transport, accountancy and economics. While you are generally switched on financially, you may need to guard against falling prey to con-artists.

You have an active imagination and a creative mind. Highly receptive and intuitive, you easily tune into the thoughts and feelings of others. You tend to come to conclusions on the basis of instinctive perception rather than logical reasoning. In fact, logic is not one of your strong points. You enjoy the visual arts, drama, dance, music and poetry. You may be prone to daydreaming and laziness.

Impulse buying is not unknown to you. A certain amount of your energy and drive is directed at making or spending money. On occasion, you may be prepared to take financial and business risks. You can get a rush from wheeling and dealing. Less positively, there can be conflicts over money or personal possessions.

Whenever you are faced with confrontation or aggression, your first instincts are to wait and see what happens. You prefer to avoid conflict and feel uncomfortable with competitive or aggressive situations. In general, you find it difficult to assert yourself and others can sense this and take advantage of it. You can easily be diverted; therefore you have to work hard against straying away from an objective. Sometimes your willpower fluctuates, much to your consternation.

The 3rd House is associated with your immediate environment. It rules your neighbors and your relationship with your relatives, especially your siblings and cousins. It also rules all forms of communication. It describes your early education and ability to learn.

The Third House rules communication – how you learn and process information. Here is where you do your thinking, and communicating and how you express yourself. This influences your views of the world at large and your daily environment, your siblings and your neighbors. The ruling planet is Mercury, and ruling sign Gemini.

Your thinking is imaginative and intuitive and in communication with others you pick up more through your feelings than your rational intellect. You are receptive to the influences of your immediate environment and can usually accurately sense the mood of those around you. Short journeys are often embarked upon on a whim and the destination is not always clear. Your brothers and sisters may have some difficulty understanding you.

Your mind is rarely involved with light and frivolous matters; instead you are more likely to ponder life’s deeper issues. You may occasionally reflect upon ideas that others consider taboo.

You are a deep and contemplative thinker, who is capable of profound thought and mental concentration. You have good reasoning powers and may demonstrate the ability for scientific thought or mathematics. However, you may lack intellectual confidence or experience disruptions in your early education. You are a serious person with little interest in idle chatter or light conversation. Relations with siblings or neighbors can be strained at times.

You are required to develop self-reliance, self-discipline and a readiness to accept full responsibility for all your actions. Gaining first-hand experience in life is important to you.

At times, you can encounter difficulties co-operating with others, especially if you feel they are restricting your actions in any way. It is in your nature to resist being controlled or being prevented from doing your own thing. You may fear not being recognized for personal efforts or accomplishments.

Your karmic lessons in life are to understand your relationship with your relatives and neighbors. Communications, too, are a test for you.

You have a need to associate and to assume leadership positions over others. There is a tendency to dominate in relationships or to initiate and organize activities between people. You tend to be direct and competitive with others.

The 4th House is associated with home and family matters. It describes your parents – especially the father – and your relationship with them. It gives information on your family history or ancestry and the nature of your later life. Real estate and property belong here.

The Fourth House rules your home “where it all hangs out”. This is where you feel free to be yourself; and where you can escape the world outside when life gets complicated. This is your domestic life – your family. Considered the first “critical degree” – the nurturing parent and where you crawl between the sheets. The ruling planet is the Moon, and ruling sign Cancer.

Your home life is full of activity; ranging from business to family battles. Relations with your parents are lively and occasionally strained. For your own and others’ peace of mind you will benefit from having interests outside of the home. You may change residence frequently in your life. Your retiring years won’t be boring.

You can make financial profits through real estate or property development. You could earn your living at home, or operate a part time business from home and possibly in conjunction with family members. Family heirlooms and assets may come to you.

Your home is vitally important to your feeling of emotional well-being. You need the establishment of a safe and secure home and family-life and will probably spend a lot of time in your home generally. You identify strongly with your family history and place of birth – even if you move away from the family or birthplace in later life. You can tend to play the parental role within domestic environments, by caring for and protecting those you live with.

You have a need for financial and material security in order to maintain emotional well-being. While it is in your nature to manage your financial affairs with care, it is probable that you will have changeable material circumstances in life. In your emotional life, you desire constancy and faithfulness in others. You know how to enjoy the good things in life. There can be a risk of weight gain through over-indulgence or poor nutrition.

The 5th House is associated with pleasure, sex, love affairs and children. It also governs artistic creativity, music, the fine arts, fashion, social entertainment, games and speculations. The Fifth House, governing creativity, reveals how we find pleasure as well as how we express ourselves. This house covers areas of romance, risks (gambling), investments, socializing, leisure activities and pregnancy. Its ruling planet is the mighty Sun, and ruling sign Leo.

You gain pleasure from making things, especially with your hands. You like to acquire possessions and beautiful objects, but mostly you enjoy the simple things in life, such as cooking, gardening, working around the house and building or restoring things. As a rule, you are fond of children.

Love and lovemaking are very personal matters to you. You have a strong need to express your romantic urges and creative powers. Others may see you as a speculator or risk taker, or a lover of fun and amusement. You could make an impact through artistic creativity.

The 6th House is associated with work and employment or service. It describes your dependents such as pets, employees, servants and tenants if you have any. It is the house of health and sickness. It governs doctors, nurses and dentists.

The Sixth House is about responsibilities and obligations, and deals with employment, careers, working relationships. service to others and specific health issues. The ruling planet is Mercury, and ruling sign Virgo.

You are a flexible worker who can handle many tasks at once; perhaps you will even hold down more than one job at a time. You may possibly move from job to job, because you need change and variety in your work. As a rule, you are suited to intellectual work, or employment within the communications and transport sectors. Mobility in a job is seen as a bonus.

You are totally pragmatic about the value of your labor and expect “an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work”. Your income may come from within the service industries or health sectors, or even through working with animals.

The 7th House is associated with partnerships, both personal and professional. It rules your relationship with other people generally, including those who oppose you. It also describes the sort of person you will attract as a mate. The Seventh House governs marriage, legal affairs, business associates, partnerships of all kinds and legal contracts. The ruling planet is Venus, and ruling sign Libra.

Being naturally practical and serious, you require a partner who is sensitive and receptive, and capable of opening you up emotionally. You like your mate to be at ease around the home and able to provide you with a safe and secure domestic life. Anyone who can cook is in with a chance.

In conjunction with others, you may be involved in real estate. Domestic security is sought through relationships. Possibly, you and a partner may operate a business from home. On occasion, you may welcome the general public into your home.

The 8th House is the house of shared resources, other people’s money, including the partner’s. It is associated with wills, inheritances, death and loss. The Eighth House is about transformation, change, spiritual issues, death, sexual intimacy and sharing. The ruling planets are Mars and mystifying Pluto, and the ruling sign dark Scorpio.

If you over-estimate yourself in risky situations you can pay a price for it. A partner may be capable at managing joint finances. You tend to put on a brave face when confronting difficult situations.

You are likely to gain financially through partnerships, wills or inheritances and shared resources. Also, you generally succeed in claiming tax refunds, insurance pay-outs or debts owed to you by others.

You have a talent for dealing with other people’s money and resources and may be very successful as a financial adviser/controller, tax consultant, banker, stockbroker or accountant. You may also benefit personally from legacies or inheritances. Your personal or professional partner may be wealthy, lucky with money or financially clever and resourceful.

Your personal growth and expansion comes about through service and dedication to work. Your experiences relating to wealth and prosperity tend to be less in reality than in your dreams. You may be prone to overloading yourself with too much work. You have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills when under pressure.

The 9th House is associated with philosophy, wisdom, spirituality, religion, higher education and travel. It also rules those you seek for advice such as lawyers, priests and astrologers. The Ninth House rules the intellect, higher education, travel, politics, medicine and social issues. The ruling planet is expansive Jupiter, and ruling sign Sagittarius.

You approach religious and spiritual matters with a practical and critical mind; however your intellect can sometimes get in the way of direct intuitive experience. Your work may require going overseas or across state regularly. You are suited to work in academic or technical fields, the legal profession or travel industry. Important teachers and advisers tend to be specialists in their fields, but can also be picky and critical.

The better educated you are, the better your chances of getting a well-paying job. Travel may lead to business opportunities. You may make money through such things as spiritual work, teaching, philosophy, publishing, law, the travel industry or academic work.

It is possible that your belief system will undergo a complete transformation at some point in your life, necessitating a readjustment in your thinking. Overseas travel, which brings you into contact with other cultures will broaden your outlook and compel you to re-evaluate your convictions. In extreme circumstances, you could lean towards religious fanaticism or intolerance.

You are a member of a generation who experiences extraordinary pressures and upheavals in the areas of employment and health. You are exposed to transformations within the work and health sectors that occur outside of your own control. You witness breakthroughs in medical science, coupled with a rise of interest in alternative therapies.

You have independent ideas about philosophy, religion, higher education and learning methods, and original and innovative teaching techniques interest you. To some people, your outlooks are progressive and thought-provoking; to others they are confronting and provocative. You have a liking for travel and prefer to venture to out-of-the-way destinations, or to countries that have markedly different cultures to your own.

You belong to a generation that needs to be flexible and adaptable in regard to vocational and employment matters. Expect sudden changes in your work. Technology plays a large part in your working life. You may have to take responsibility for your own physical well-being, possibly due to reforms in the health sectors. In all likelihood, you will experiment with alternative methods of healing.

The 10th House is associated with your status in the world. It describes your reputation and level of public success. It is the house of career and, traditionally, the house of the mother. In most cases, your 10th House cusp is at the Mid-Heaven. The Tenth House rules career, ambition, dreams, goals and destiny. Located opposite the fourth house (home), consider this the neighborhood outside. Ruling the interactions with those in authority (government, boss, father), it governs achievement and your public image and social standing. The ruling sign is Capricorn, and ruling planet Saturn.

A sociable and obliging nature can assist you in your vocation. You can work well with others and may form professional partnerships. You are suited to careers that bring you into contact with other people. Career fields may involve the arts, fashion, music, theater, personnel and diplomacy.

Your successes and achievements in life are a result of your own efforts and initiatives. You should probably be self-employed or at least be able to dictate your own terms of employment. You require a high level of independence and autonomy in a career. You have a commanding presence and express authority naturally. Your reputation is extremely important to you.

The 11th House is traditionally known as “the house of good fortune”. Your friends and benefactors are described here, as well as your hopes and wishes. The Eleventh House rules friendships, social activities, dreams and aspirations, and is known as the house of idealism. The ruling planet is Uranus, and ruling sign Aquarius.

You are a loyal and committed companion and expect no less in return from your friends. At times, your friends can be demanding, tactless and hard to please. If required, you will fight on behalf of your friends and back them to the hilt. You may know powerful people; possibly, you may also know tough guys.

Your income may be connected to the groups, societies and organizations you belong to, or associate with. You may go into business with a friend, or cultivate friendships with your business associates. Friends, supporters and benefactors may assist you financially, or you may hold assets in conjunction with them.

You can tend to be idealistic about your friends and inclined to see the best in them; however there is a risk of being let down, betrayed or led astray by some of them. Positively, you have the power to form friendships that are based on shared spiritual or creative interests and may establish contacts with artists, visionaries and mystics.

You have an intense fascination with metaphysical subjects, coupled with an attraction to the mysterious or the forbidden. You desire a deep understanding of life. There is a possibility of extremist views regarding sexual desire and collective morality.

The 12th House is the house of ill luck. It is associated with sorrow and sadness, your self-undoing and downfall, as well as your secrets, worries and anxieties. It rules hospitals, hospices, retreats, hideaways and prisons. The Twelfth House is the abode of the subconscious and of secrets and limitations. A house of mysteries, it is often call the the house of worries, sorrows and fears. This house rules the unconscious and dreams, and all institutions. Its ruling planets are Neptune and Jupiter, and ruling sign Pisces.

Your work and actions can be undermined if you scatter your energies in too many directions at once. You benefit from periodically spending time in seclusion to contemplate philosophical or religious matters. Expressing self-righteous attitudes may draw the enmity of others.

You can expect difficulties or losses, as a result of secretive behavior or behind-the-scenes manipulation of situations or people. Underhanded dealings will tend to backfire on you, so you are discouraged from acting in any way that could be seen to be deceptive.

Remember, these House interpretations are very general in nature. A person’s accurate reading relies on which planets are residing in each House at any particular moment (especially at birth).

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