The houses in a birth chart are segments into which a birth chart is divided, based on the accurate time of birth. The houses tell us WHERE the planetary energy plays out in an individual’s life.
FIRST HOUSE – Self-Image
The cusp of the first house is also known as the Ascendant or the rising sign. It is an angular FIRE house, with its natural sign ruler being Aries and its planetary ruler Mars. The sign and planet on the cusp of your first house is the ruler of your chart.
The image we project to others, the first impression we make, physical appearance, self image, physical body, outer personality, how we meet and interact with our environment, how we start things, our defense mechanisms, our general outlook on life.
SECOND HOUSE – Self-Worth and Money
The second house is a succedent EARTH house. Its natural sign ruler is Taurus and its natural planetary ruler is Venus.
Personal resources, the money you earn in your own right, earning power, values, attitudes to money and financial security, all physical assets and personal possessions, sense of self-worth, sensuality, how we perceive beauty in our environment, security and basic values, personal possessions.
THIRD HOUSE – Communication
The third house is a cadent AIR house. Its natural sign ruler is Gemini and its natural planetary ruler is Mercury.
The lower mind, communication, correspondence,speaking ability, school, interactions in our immediate environment, siblings and early environment, neighbors, thoughts, short trips, writing and speaking, how we formulate our thoughts, language skills, media and communications.
FOURTH HOUSE – Family, Home, Roots & Security
The cusp of the fourth house is a special angle called the IC (Immum Coeli) and is also called the nadir.
The fourth house is an angular house. Its natural sign ruler is Cancer and its natural planetary ruler is the Moon.
Our psychological foundations and roots, family, home life, instinctive behavior, inner self, parents and ancestral roots, our connection with our past, domestic life, physical home, real estate, how we nurture ourselves, end of life, psychological conditioning.
FIFTH HOUSE -Self-Expression, Creativity, Children, Pleasure, & Romance
The fifth house is a succedent house. Its natural sign ruler is Leo and its natural planetary ruler is the Sun.
Creative self-expression, identity, fun, pleasure and entertainment, all forms of “play”, children, speculation and gambling, pastimes, hobbies, attitude towards romance, romantic relationships, lovers as opposed to partners, attitude towards having fun, drama, adornments and costumes.
SIXTH HOUSE – Work & Health
The sixth house is a cadent house. Its natural sign ruler is Virgo and its natural planetary ruler is Mercury.
Work and job (as opposed to career), Service, practical techniques and methods, daily life, order, self-improvement, health, nutrition, attitude towards food, Service and attitude towards service and co-workers, helpfulness, pets, attitude towards routine and organization, how we refine and perfect ourselves, aptitudes.
SEVENTH HOUSE- Partnership & Marriage
The cusp of the seventh house is a special angle called the Descendant (DSC).
The seventh house is an angular house. Its natural sign ruler is Libra and its natural planetary ruler is Venus.
One-to-one relationships, marriage, the first marriage, the “significant other”, Life partners, close friends, companionship, the alter ego, partnerships, competitors, open enemies, conflicts, co-operation, mediators, counselors, contracts.
EIGHT HOUSE – Sex, death, Transformation & Other peoples’ money
The eighth house is a succedent house. Its natural sign ruler is Scorpio and its natural planetary ruler is Pluto.
Transformation and crisis, our attitude towards crisis and change, sexuality, sex, death, rebirth, regeneration, personal growth and transformation, other peoples’ money/ our partner’s resources, psychology, taxes, divorce/alimony, inheritance, the occult, shared possessions.
NINTH HOUSE – Belief Systems, Travel & Higher Learning
The ninth house is a cadent house. Its natural sign ruler is Sagittarius and its natural planetary ruler is Jupiter.
Our personal belief system, meaning and purpose of life, our sense of adventure, exploration, religious beliefs and personal philosophy,higher mind, higher education, long-distance travel, morals, foreign languages and cultures, personal truths, publishing, commerce, teaching, in-laws.
TENTH HOUSE – Career/Profession, Responsibility, Reputation, & Status
The cusp of the tenth house is a special angle called the Midheaven (MC).
The tenth house is an angular house. Its natural sign ruler is Capricorn and its natural planetary ruler is Saturn.
Career and profession, contribution to society, position in society, social standing, reputation, ambition, material success and position, how we carve out an identity for ourselves, achievement, authority figures, parents, bosses, governments, attitude towards responsibility, attitude towards abiding by the law, desire for achievement.
ELEVENTH HOUSE – Aspirations & goals, Groups, Friends
The eleventh house is a succedent house. Its natural sign ruler is Aquarius and its natural planetary ruler is Uranus.
Acquaintances and friends, groups, organizations, hopes, wishes, aspirations, personal goals, our sense of our true inner purpose, our sense of the group, humanity, social circle.
TWELFTH HOUSE- Soul Growth & Undoing, Privacy & Secrets
The twelfth house is a cadent house. Its natural sign ruler is Pisces and its natural planetary ruler is Neptune.
Inner life, solitude, contemplation, instrospection, mysticism, sacrifice, secrets, repression, secret enemies, hidden strengths and weaknesses, that which is hidden or below the surface, the unconscious, karma, self-undoing, soul growth, hidden strengths and hidden weaknesses, dreams, private affairs, lost items, hospitals and prisons, spirituality