The Astrological Houses
There are twelve houses in astrology which each being concerned with a compartment of your life. eg career, relationships
The house placements are determined by the position of the first house, which begins at the astrological point that aligned with the eastern horizon, the dawn, at the time of your birth. It is the point of your emergence into the world and corresponds with your rising sign, also called, your ascendant.
The following 11 houses follow on from the first house and there are many ways to calculate how the houses are distributed. The most common house system is called Placidus.
When studying your birth chart, pay attention to the houses that each sign falls in. The sign eg taurus, leo, denotes the characteristic, the house placement, denotes what area of your life that characteristic plays out in.
First House: I Am
Your appearance, first impressions, attitudes, identity, approach to life, vitality, new beginnings, your first response, the social veneer you show to the world. Your rising sign/ascendant
Associated with Aries and ruled by Mars.
Second House: I Have
Your personal resources, income, finances, material and other possessions, how you relate to the world through your five senses, what you value, including the value you have for yourself.
Associated with Taurus and ruled by Venus.
Third House: I Think
Your conscious thinking mind and how you process and store information, how you communicate, your interests, early education, siblings, cousins and neighborhood, short distance travel.
Associate with Gemini and ruled by Mercury.
Fourth House: I Feel
Your home, parents, family roots, private life, security conscious, self-care, emotions, emotional foundation, feelings, sensitivity, mother, women, maternal nature, femininity, nurturing, children.
Associated with Cancer and ruled by Moon.
Fifth House: I Create
Creativity, self-expression, artistic expression, love, romance, generosity, entertainment, leisure, heart-centered, cheerful, joyful, spirited, playful, fertility, child-like
Associated with Leo, and ruled by Sun.
Sixth House: I Analyze
Refinement of daily routine, discerning, effectual, service, health/sickness, fitness, systems, analytical nature, pets, work habits, organization, sense of usefulness,
Associated with Virgo, and ruled by Mercury and Chiron.
NOTE THAT THE FIRST SIX HOUSES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SELF.
THE REMAINING SIX REGARD YOU AND OTHERS.
Seventh House: I Balance
Relationships, friendships, cooperation, adversaries, significant other, marriage, divorce, contracts, business partners, equality, harmony, justice, sharing, interpersonal style. Your setting sign/descendant
Associated with Libra, and ruled by Venus.
Eighth House: I Desire
Intimacy, sex, shared finances, inheritances, taxes, loans, assets, property, joint ventures/goals, partner's resources, power, transformation, birth, death and rebirth, subconscious emotions, supernatural, occult, mystery, all things taboo. How we entangle our energy with others and entities eg, financial institutions, landlord
Associated with Scorpio, and ruled by Pluto and Mars.
Ninth House: I Understand
Higher education and learning, wisdom, philosophy, law & religion, politics, seeker of highest truth, teacher, big picture, prophecy, cross-cultural relations, ethics, long distance travel
Associated with Sagittarius, and ruled by Jupiter.
Tenth House: I Manifest
Career, long-term goals, ambition, professional aspirations, career achievements, structure, discipline, patience, status, reputation, public image, fame, masculinity, father, paternal, experts, leaders
Associated with Capricorn, and ruled by Saturn.
Eleventh House: I Change
Groups, larger friends group, global community, social awareness, humanitarianism, community oriented, technology, innovation, the future, disruptor of the status quo
Associated with Aquarius, and ruled by Uranus and Jupiter.
Without physical form, without boundaries, unconditional love, faith, intuition, imagination, artistry, metaphysics, surrender, soul, endings, healing, closure, spirituality, heavenly realms, beyond the veil, afterlife, old age, victim, savior
Associated with Pisces, and ruled by Neptune.