The Astrological Houses
When an astrologer looks at an astrological chart, they are looking at various components of the chart. One of those happens to be what is called the Houses.
A chart is plotted on a circle which is referred to as “the wheel” and within the wheel, sit twelve Houses.
The Houses represent various environments of life and in theory, any possible environment of one’s life can be found within one of the twelve Houses.
Obviously each House represents numerous possible environments. Listed below are the traditional arenas of life described by each of the Houses.
So now, when you hear about a planet residing in or transiting through a House, you’ll have an idea of the particular reference.
The sign on the cusp of the first House, also known as the ascendant, is often referred to as the “rising sign”, as it is the sign on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The ascendant or rising sign represents how one comes across to other people, both in their general approach to a given situation as well as physical appearance. So it relates, in part, to one’s health, one’s general disposition, how a person carries themselves, and their opinion of themselves.
This is the House of assets and resources. It represents our money, how we earn it, how we spend it. Additionally, it represents what we have that is valuable to the outside world. This doesn’t just mean what we possess, but what we have internally that we can offer to to others, that others perceive as valuable.
This House represents short distance journeys, primarily those that can be accomplished within less than a day’s travel. In ancient times, travel took much longer so it’s important that we put things into perspective regarding how we travel now, compared to travel eons ago. Therefore this House refers to travel that is fairly regional, such as within neighboring states. It is associated with traffic and methods of transportation. It also refers to our neighbors, our siblings, how we communicate as well as the messages we share, the process of learning, writing and speaking and sharing information. It is associated with journalism, magazines, books, literature in general, libraries, news, newspapers, post offices, radio and radio stations, reporters, lower education, such as primary or secondary education.
This is the House of our home, our roots, our heritage, our family and our parents. Both the fourth House and the tenth House are considered the parental axis. In some circles of thought, the fourth House cusp represents the father in a female’s chart and the mother of a male’s chart and vice versa for the tenth House. This is also considered the midnight portion of the chart, since this is where the sun resides during the late evening hours from about 10 pm to midnight. Therefore it is also referred to the midnight of life, as in the years of life prior to death. Being the lowest of all the Houses and essentially hidden from view, it is considered to be private, It is also considered to be the outcome of a matter.
This is the House of children, pregnancy, romance, the celebration of life, the theater, entertainment, adornment, gambling, hobbies, creative talents, our desire to be on stage and to be recognized,
This House represents our daily routines, employment, co-workers, service and those who provides services such as laborers. It is also associated with health, parts of the body that may be vulnerable to health problems, our diet, and therefore food.
This is considered the House of the “not self” and therefore represents those with whom we interact on a regular basis. So it represents partners, be they business or marital, those with whom we consult, such as counselors or experts outside our own area of specialization. It is associated with contracts, legal matters, opponents in a legal matter or in a competition such as an election. Therefore it is considered the House of open enemies.
This House is often referred to as the House of sex, inheritance and death, all of which are accurate. It rules other peoples’ money, such as the finances of our partner, taxes, insurance, all of which fall under the category of shared resources. It rules any matters associated with death, such as the manner in which a person dies, wills, inheritances and undertakers. It also represents surgeons and surgery as well as the outcome of lawsuits. This astrologer also suspects that this House is associated with the process of psychotherapy and the subconscious as well as dreams, because this is the House naturally ruled by Scorpio, which represents things that are hidden from view. Classically dreams are considered ninth House matters and psychotherapy is considered to fall under the rulership of Aquarius and Uranus.
This is the House of long distance matters such as long distance travel, which is travel beyond one state, as well as foreign travel and foreign countries. Occupations associated with travel also come under this House’s rulership, such as travel agents, ticketing agents, and the like, as well as imports and exports. It also rules higher education, colleges and universities, our philosophical belief systems, our religious beliefs and our faith. Law, attorneys and judges also fall under this category, as does the field of publishing. Broadcasting, marketing and promotions also fall under this House, in this astrologer’s humble opinion.
This House represents career, business, the court of law, bosses and decision makers or essentially those to whom one answers, authority figures, government officials, royalty, parents and especially the father in a male’s chart and the mother in a female’s chart. It also represents your fame, honors and recognition, worldly attainment, status, reputation.
This House is associated with our social life. It represents groups, associations, clubs, society, friends and colleagues, politics, one’s ideals and desires, and income from business.
Like Neptune, the natural ruler of this House, the categories associated with this arena are somewhat illusive. Classically it is considered the House of behind the scenes activities, hospitals, prisons and imprisonment, institutions, self undoing, how we become our own worst enemy, charitable institutions, crime and criminals, drugs and drug addiction, seclusion and places associated with seclusion such as monasteries, nunneries, and the like, meditation and reflection, the occult. It represents secrets and those involved in secrets, such as private investigators, secret affairs, secret names. This astrologer also feels that our guardian angels fall under this category, as they are hidden from view and help us gain perspective on our paths.
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