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The Astrological Houses

Astrological houses describe a specific field of experience in the your real life. They indicate how you function, whether in your interactions with other people, your work, or your love affairs, etc. As with the 12 zodiacal signs, there are 12 astrological houses, and each house is in analogy with one of the signs.

The first house is always on the left at 9 o’clock on the dial, and the chart is then read anti-clockwise. The first house shows what is called the Ascendant.

Natal Houses on a blank chart

You need to review which signs are in which house, and where the planets are at the time of your birth. It sounds simple, but when you see the symbols and lines all over it. This section will help you understand this and our course on reading your chart will help you further.

Click on the link for more information on each house:

  • House I – Ascendant: the Self, your demeanour, and vitality.
  • House 2 – earned money and material goods.
  • House 3 – immediate surroundings, siblings, short trips, and studies.
  • House IV – Imum Coeli: family, home, origins, heredity, and the father.
  • House 5 – love matters, pleasure, leisure, children, and creations.
  • House 6 – everyday life, daily work and colleagues, subordinate co-workers, and health.
  • House VII – Descendant: unions, marriage, other people, associations, and contracts.
  • House 8 – passions and crises, transformations, death, finanical investments, and sexuality.
  • House 9 – travels, abstract and higher concepts, spirituality, and foreign matters.
  • House X – Midheaven: social success, professional destiny, and the mother.
  • House 11 – friends, collective projects, supports and protections in life.
  • House 12 – enemies, difficulties, solitude, hidden ordeals, and secrets.

You won’t need know the position of the planets for this method; however, you need to know in which sign each of your houses starts.

While it may seem simple at first glance, it is not always so! This is because it is easy to imagine that there will be signs in your birth chart in which no houses start or, on the contrary, several houses start in the same sign. Or… the house cusp is at the very end of the sign, which makes many unsure.

the most important rule:
Each house is represented by the sign in which the house BEGINS. It doesn’t matter if the cusp of the house is at the very beginning, middle or last degrees of the sign. All that matters is in which sign the house starts!

House 2 example

It is clear from the example that the cusp of the 2nd House is at the end of Leo.

If you look at the 2nd House you will see that the vast majority of the house is in the sign of Virgo. DON’T LET IT CONFUSE YOU! When defining a particular house, DO NOT EXAMINE THE AREA OF THE HOUSE, BUT THE SIGN IN WHICH IT BEGINS!

In the example, the majority of the 2nd House falls in
In the sign of Virgo, the house is ruled by Leo, as the starting point of the 2nd House is in Leo! (Virgo mentioned in the example rules the 3rd House, as this House begins at 22° 10’ of Virgo.)

Speaking of house cusps!

House 1 and 2 example

The starting point (cusp of the House) of the Houses is always determined in a counter clockwise direction. The starting point, i.e., the cusp of House I, is the axis of the Ascendant.

As you can see in the example chart, two houses start in the signs of Taurus (5th & 6th) and Scorpio (11th & 12th), while no houses start in the signs of Leo and Aquarius, i.e., intercepted signs!

In a given house, an intercepted sign is like a tenant. It has no decision-making power over the house in question. Because the house is NOT its own. Therefore, everything – the house- related events – take place over its head without its involvement. Regardless of this, events can also occur with the effects indicated for the intercepted signs, with the difference that the events under the effects of the intercepted signs are not seen by the outside world!

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