ASTROLOGY HOUSES-HOW THEY RELATE TO MAN and HIS ENVIRONMENT
The 12 astrology houses represent the various departments of life. Through these astrology houses, the characteristics of an individual as revealed in the signs the houses cover, and the planets in them , are expressed in the activities and experiences of everyday life. The lines separating these different areas of life, as represented by the 12 astrology houses, are called cusps. This article discusses the associations each of the astrology houses , together with what zodiac signs and planets they relate to. For other astrology-related articles, pop over to our tarot-astrology articles section.
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Astrology Houses: 1st House
The first Astrology house is called The Ascendant (see astrology rising signs ) The key phrase for this astrology house is "I Am". The zodiac sign on the cusp of this astrology house is called the rising sign. It is the most important house cusp and the most sensitive in the horoscope. It represents the individual's basic point of reference toward life - his self awareness, how his experiences are assimilated, and how he responds to outside stimuli.
Any planet found in this astrology house is highly descriptive of the individual's basic personality, character and consciousness.
This astrology house will give some indication of physical appearance and personal mannerisms
This astrology house also describes early environment & conditioning.
This astrology house is governed by ARIES and its ruling planet is MARS
Astrology Houses: The 2nd House
This astrology house deals with material resources and its key phrase is " I Have"
This astrology house will indicate the individual's ability to earn money
This astrology house describes the individual's attitude towards money and possessions - how these things are acquired, utilized and how obligations or responsibilities with regard to these are met.
This astrology house is governed by TAURUS and it's ruling planet is VENUS
Astrology Houses: The 3rd House
This astrology house deals with the faculty of conscious thought and it's key phrase is "I Think". This house represents the beginning of the mind's unfolding, with it's counterpart, the 9th house, describing the processes of the "higher mind" that go beyond practical, everyday mental concerns.
This astrology house relates to the conscious mind and how it perceives, experiences and discriminates.
This astrology house describes how an individual assimilates, processes and circulates information.
This astrology house is associated with how one communicates oneself- how one expresses himself and how one interacts on a mental level with the others in general, and more specifically, with brothers, sisters and neighbours.
This astrology house also has to do with short-distance travelling, the comings and goings which bring us into contact with people whom we influence mentally and by whom we ourselves are influenced.
This astrology house governs everything to do with modes of human communication- books, periodicals, music, dance, television, radio, speech, writing, etc.
This astrology house is governed by GEMINI and it's ruling planet is MERCURY
Astrology Houses: The 4th House
This astrology house rules the accumulated environmental conditions we have created for ourselves, primarily on the domestic scene.
This astrology house relates to our home - what kind of home we have, our attitudes towards it and the people who live in it. It therefore has an association with things like food, laundry, household items, décor and family life in general.
This astrology house describes our roots - where we come from, our family heritage. Early environmental influences, experiences and conditioning can be gleaned through this astrology house, together with unconscious behavioural responses we have developed over the years and ingrained habit patterns we possess. The relationship with, and experience of, one's mother is also governed by this astrology house.
This astrology house also rules land itself -the stage upon which the drama of life is acted out. And in terms of the physical body, the 4th house represents the final resting place within the earth.
This astrology house is governed by CANCER and it's ruling planet is the MOON
Astrology Houses: The 5th House
This astrology house is the house of creative expression and the "inner child".
This astrology house relates to all the arts - dance, theatre, opera, music, painting, sculpture, design, acting, singing, creative writing, and so forth
This astrology house is also associated with other ways we might express ourselves - through things such as amusements, hobbies, pleasures, social entertaining, sport
This astrology house relates to speculations, such as those made through taking risks, like gambling
This astrology house also relates to love affairs - specifically the kind that are short term and based on romantic/sexual needs, those that are transient and mostly for pleasure alone, rather than any commitment.
This astrology house has connections with early education and teaching
This astrology house deals with children - specifically any children we might have and our attitude towards parenting them.
This astrology house is governed by LEO and it's ruling planet is the SUN.
Astrology Houses: The 6th House
This astrology house rules work, service and health.
This astrology house describes the type of work an individual is drawn to, or will actually be involved in, and their attitude towards it.
This astrology house relates to any special training or education, formal or practical, that the individual has received in relation to a particular line of work, even if the work has not become one's "career"
This astrology house will describe the relationship one has with work any colleagues and superiors.
This astrology house has an association with service - actions and behaviour that we express that benefit others in some way.
This astrology house deals with the physical body and health , specifically our attitudes towards our body, how we look after it and maintain it. It deals with food, diet, hygiene and health in general. It is also connected to clothing and general self-presentation.
This astrology house is governed by VIRGO and it's ruling planet is MERCURY
Astrology Houses: The 7th House
This astrology house describes our relationships with others.
This astrology house is associated with close personal relationships . It specifically deals with and describes the marriage partner and our attitude towards committed relationships. This house reveals what kind of partner we seek, or are attracted to.
This astrology house concerns all direct close personal relationships with others and reveals the nature of other people's reactions to our own actions.
This astrology house also relates to contacts with the public, legal affairs, and the forming of contracts and agreements, together with commerce, business arrangements and business partnerships.
This astrology house is closely related to the workings of karma, or the law of compensation. What individuals do to the world, the world does back to them. Any planets in this house will describe how this karmic pattern plays itself out.
This astrology house is governed by LIBRA and it's ruling planet is VENUS
Astrology Houses: The 8th House
This astrology house is the house of joint resources, as it's polar opposite, the 2nd house, is the house of personal property.
This astrology house deals with corporate money, inherited money or property, insurance and taxes, money that results from combined effort, or money that belongs to the marriage or business partner.
This astrology house deals also with the dissolution of material structures back into energy. Therefore, it concerns death of the physical body, and the practical matters associated with it - funerals, wills and legacies.
This astrology house , because of its connection with subtle energy forces, deals also with matters that pertain to the metaphysical, esoteric, occult and some aspects of science such as higher mathematics and atomic physics.
This astrology house is also concerned with internal mystical experiences and the realms beyond the five physical senses. It is associated with the principles of self-regeneration, transformation and rebirth.
This astrology house is governed by SCORPIO and it's ruling planets are MARS and PLUTO.
Astrology Houses: The 9th House
This astrology house deals with various things associated with the "higher mind" , together with travel .
This astrology house deals with all codified collectivistic thought structures, usually embodied in philosophy, religion and religious institutions, legal systems and laws. And institutions of higher learning - schools, colleges, universities.
This astrology house relates also to the teaching and publishing professions, though which spiritual and philosophic precepts are passed onto succeeding generations.
This astrology house will describe what kind of education we have had, and our attitude in general towards learning and gathering knowledge. It also sheds light on personal beliefs and opinions relating to religious, spiritual or philosophical matters.
This astrology house also deals with the knowledge gained through long-distance travel, whereby a larger portion of human culture can be experienced by an individual. Therefore this house governs travel of the body as well as the mind, together with foreigners and foreign affairs in general.
This astrology house deals with the collective mind, as opposed to the individual mind, so is therefore associated with universal consciousness and social conscience.
This astrology house is governed by SAGITTARIUS and it's ruling planet is JUPITER.
Astrology Houses: The 10th House
This astrology house deals with the individual's base of operation with respect to society, rather than ones own personal sphere, ruled by it's opposite (4th) house.
This astrology house deals with the carrying out of one's responsibilities before the world and concerns professional and public reputation, honour or dishonour, career, and one's relationship to political and business power structures.
This astrology house reveals how one rises above, or falls below, the social and economic station that one was born into, as indicated by the 4th house.
This astrology house relates to ambitions - how ambitious one is, and how ambitions are tackled and manifested. It also indicates whether an individual will incur favour or disfavour from those in authority. It concerns the kind of employers one has and the nature of one's relationship with them.
This astrology house will indicate the degree of organization, self-discipline, hard work , and patience, that the individual is willing to exercise in order to gain social , career or business positions.
This astrology house also has an association with government, their power structures, and people in other positions of high power.
This astrology house is governed by CAPRICORN and it's ruling planet is SATURN.
Astrology Houses: The 11th House
This astrology house is concerned with group creative expression, as opposed to the individual creative expression of its polar opposite, the 5th house.
This astrology house reveals the individual's capacity to form group associations, make friends, communicate, and work on ideas of universal concern.
This astrology house will describe how a person goes about these things, and the type of any group, friends or humanitarian cause they will gravitate towards.
This astrology house is governed by AQUARIUS and it's ruling planet is URANUS.
Astrology Houses: The 12th House
This astrology house deals with the individual's psychological health in relation to others, as well as the health and growth of society as a whole - as opposed to the individual health and service, revealed in this house's polar opposite, the 6th.
This astrology house will show a great deal about the individual's characteristic emotional responses and habit patterns. The 12th house rules the subconscious mind - the accumulation of unconscious memories ,emotional experiences and attitudes.
This astrology house will reveal any emotional blocks, addiction to unconscious habit patterns, and automatic responses that may not be suitable to a given situation. These patterns may be based on irrational, unconscious, pleasure-seeking or pain-avoiding responses.
This astrology house will also reveal that department of life in which the individual is most likely to deceive themselves.
This astrology house is also associated with mysticism and higher states of consciousness, specifically those that involve the image-making capacity of the mind. Artistic creativity is also strongly linked to this house.
This astrology house, on a more mundane level, also governs prisons, hospitals, mental institutions, religious or spiritual retreats, and places of solitude, where the working out of karmic problems can be achieved and contact with the inner realms of being is possible.
This astrology house is governed by PISCES and it's ruling planet is NEPTUNE