About the Houses

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

1ST
 
AKA
 
ASCENDANT OR RISING SIGN

Angular

Aries

Mars

IDENTITY

A House of LIFE

The cusp of the 1st house is the Ascendant or rising sign.  It is one of the most important points in the natal chart, and it shows the exact degree and sign that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth.  The Earth’s rotation causes 1º of the zodiac to rise above the eastern horizon approximately every 4 minutes; for this reason, you can see how important it is to have an accurate birthtime.  This house, and in particular the Ascendant, shows your personality, your natural disposition and tendencies, your individuality, and the way you express yourself.  It shows how people see you and the way you want others to see you.  It is the way you “package” and market” yourself.  It represents your physical body, your health and your early childhood years.  It shows your approach to life, your worldly outlook, your appearance and bearing and the beginning of all enterprises.

2ND

Succedent

Taurus

Venus

VALUES

A House of SUBSTANCE

The 2nd House shows financial affairs, possessions (except real estate), investments, earning power, and any gain or loss through your own efforts.  It indicates your inner talents and resources, your need for fulfillment, your emotional feelings, your sense of self-worth, and your sense of values.  Since many people believe that liberty is largely a matter of money, this is the house of personal liberty.  It is also the house of material debt.

 

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

3RD

Cadent

Gemini

Mercury

AWARENESS

A House of RELATIONSHIPS

The 3rd house shows the local environment you live in, your brothers and sisters, and all forms of communication, such as speaking and writing.  It also indicates means of transportation, including short trips.  It shows the adaptability of your mind to learning and to new ideas, your ability to relate to your environment, and your taken-for-granted skills.  It indicates the conscious and objective portion of your mind and your primary schooling.

4TH

Angular

Cancer

Moon

SECURITY

A House of ENDINGS

The 4th house shows your home and your parents, the family you came from (your roots) and the home you will establish.  This includes your heritage, heredity and ancestry, your psychological roots, and your private life.  This house shows property, such as houses or real estate, and all that is secluded.  It is a house of endings: the closing years of life, the ending of all matters, fame after death, and the place of burial.  It shows the parent who has the greater influence on you as a child, your subjective self, and the foundation upon which you building your character.

 

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

5TH

Succedent

Leo
Sun

CREATIVITY

A House of LIFE

The 5th house shows children, love affairs, romance, pleasures, amusement, holidays, vacations, games, speculations, hobbies and avocation.  It indicates your emotional attitude and the love you give.  It shows your enterprise, as well as sports, originality and creative outlets.  It also indicates dramatic, literary, or artistic ability.  The 5th house shows publication, politics, the fine arts, social affairs, pregnancy, and the education of children.

6TH

Cadent

Virgo

Mercury

DUTY

A House of SUBSTANCE

The 6th house shows your work, your health, and your habits.  It indicates employment, employees, tenants, servants, pets, and dependents.  It shows service given to others, routine matters, your clothes and how you wear them, hygiene, interest in food and diet, sickness and all conditions affecting your health.  This house indicates aunts and uncles, self-adjustment and your unconscious mind.  Here work and health are linked together.

 

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

7TH

Angular

Libra

Venus

COOPERATION

A House of RELATIONSHIPS

The 7th House shows both business and marital partnerships, marriage, divorce, contracts, lawsuits, bargains, agreements, any dealings with the public and the public’s response.  It shows your open enemies, your cooperation with others (or your lack of cooperation).  It indicates what you most lack in yourself, since it is the opposite of the 1st house which shows your strongest personality traits.  This house shows your attitudes toward marriage:  your mate, the kind and quality of the marriage, and how many marriages you may have.  It also shows your grandparents and any people who act as your agent or in your behalf.

8TH

Succedent

Scorpio

Pluto

REGENERATION

A House of ENDINGS

The 8th house shows the support you receive from other people, including financial, moral, spiritual and physical.   It indicates legacies, trusts, will, taxes, insurance matters, as well as secrets, sex, spiritual and physical regeneration, psychological rebirth and degeneration and death.  The 8th house shows occult matters, sleep, deep research, investigation and hidden assets.  It also includes the assets of partners and alimony.  It is the house of surgery, and along with the 6th house, it shows types of illness.

 

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

9TH

Cadent

Sagittarius

Jupiter

ASPIRATION

A House of LIFE

The 9th house shows your higher mind, the super-conscious.  It indicates religion, law, science, ideals, higher learning, philosophy, psychology, profound mental study, your dreams and your visions.  It shows distant travel, foreigners, foreign dealings, commerce, big business imports and exports.  The 9th house shows the church as a spiritual factor, the clergy, in-laws, grandchildren, intuition, ethics and public opinion in general.  It indicates the lessons we learn through living.

10TH

Angular

Capricorn

Saturn

HONOR

A House of SUBSTANCE

The 10th house shows your profession, your reputation, and your standing in the community.  It indicates your ego, status, fame, promotion, ambition, business and social activities, your employer, the government, or any other authority over you.  It shows your achievements, how the world sees and evaluates you, and the influence you exert in your own circle.  Here we see the church as an organization and the opposite parent from the one represented by your 4th house.

 

HOUSE

TYPE

NATURAL SIGN

NATURAL RULER

KEYWORDS

KIND

11TH

Succedent

Aquarius

Uranus

SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

A House of RELATIONSHIPS

The 11th House shows your capacity for friendship, your attitude toward your friends and acquaintances, and all non-emotional relationships.  It indicates what you most desire in life, your goals, the love you receive as well as money obtained from a profession.  This house shows step-children, foster children, and adopted children, as well as circumstances over which you have little control.  Here we see your humanitarian interests, the way you use others, large and small organizations, and the clubs and social groups to which you belong.

12TH

Cadent

Pisces

Neptune

SUBCONSCIOUS

A House of ENDINGS

The 12th house shows your unknown or hidden strengths and weaknesses.  It shows sorrow, suffering, limitations, handicaps, secrets, seclusion, frustration and behind-the-scenes action.  It indicates places of confinement, jails, hospitals, mental institutions, etc., and restraint, inhibitions, exile, secret enemies, hidden dangers, self-undoing and clandestine affairs.  It shows the things we hid from others.  Research background, subjective sustainment, inner consciousness, the subconscious mind, spiritual debts to be paid (karma), but also charity, sympathy and public welfare.  It is often called the closet or dustbin of the horoscope because it is here we sweep away or hide problems which are too painful to face or difficulties that we refuse to acknowledge.

Table is original but text is from “The Only Way to LEARN ASTROLOGY, Volume I” by Marion March & Joan McEvers.