Astrological Houses — what we will cover in this article!
In my previous article, I did a brief introduction on what the birth chart is all about and how the chart is able to give a full comprehensive perspective on every aspect of your life. To get your birth chart, you may go to Astro.com, key in the details of your birth date, time, and location. Then, you will see your birth chart appearing right in front of you which looks something like this…
The chart we are using not the default Placidus birth chart but the Whole Sign House birth chart. I will be talking about the Whole Sign House in my other post. But for this article, we examine the 12 astrological houses and what each of them represent in your life.
Houses and Cusps
The astrological chart is a circular diagram that is divided into 12 sections called houses. The lines that divide the 12 houses are called the cusps. From one cusp to the next is an angle of 30 degrees of 60 minutes. Houses were originally called ‘topoi’ or ‘topos’ (singular) which means ‘place’ in English. Each house is traditionally associated with a zodiac sign.
The houses may vary in size and may not be equal, depending on the house system you are using. In the case of the Whole Sign House system, there are always 12 houses that perfectly coincide with each of the 12 zodiac signs. And every house is equal with an angle of 30 degrees ruled by the zodiac sign itself. Whatever your rising sign is, that becomes the first house. And the sign that comes after that becomes the second house and so on.
The houses refer to different areas of the sky, and they symbolise the 12 categories of your life where the action of your life occurs. The houses tell a story with a setting of where you are likely to play out in your role as a person in the different areas of life, as well as the lessons you will have to learn and the primary motivations you possess to live through life and its lessons.
The Four Angles (ASC, DC, MC, IC)
The four angles of your chart represent the most significant aspects of your life which you need to pay closer attention to, especially when you have planets situated within any one of these houses (1st House, 4th House, 7th House, and 10th House). Planets in these houses generally perform at a maximum power and you will feel its effect in your life more strongly than other planets located in other houses.
The four angles of the chart are known as the Ascendant (ASC), Descendant (DC), Medium Coeli (MC), and Imum Coeli (IC). The AC is the cusp of the first house (1H), DC is the cusp of the seventh house (7H), MC also known as the Midheaven is the cusp of the tenth house (10H), and IC also known as the Nadir is the cusp of the fourth house (4H).
ASC or Ascendant — First house (1H), also known as the rising sign, marks the eastern horizon where the sun rises, and this house represents your physical body and identity. This area of life represents how you experience new beginnings.
IC or Nadir — Fourth house (4H), also known as the lowest heavens, representing the lowest and most private area of your life such as your family and personal history. It has also been referred to as the ‘midnight’ angle of the chart.
DC or Descendant — Seventh house (7H), marks the sunset angle of the chart, representing the waning hours of the Sun’s daily cycle. Since this is the weakest hours of the day, the descendant symbolises the principle of relationship, which is about making sacrifices in one’s effort to merge with another.
MC or Midheaven — Tenth house (10H), also referred to as the zenith on the chart because it is the highest point in the heavens, representing one’s worldly ambition and reputation. It also represents your life’s calling.
The Hemispheres and the Meridian
The chart is divided into two hemispheres, the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Hemispheres divide the horoscope using the horizon to symbolise day and night. If the Sun is above the horizon in the top portion of the chart, it is a day chart. If the sun is below the ascendant, then it is a night chart.
If you have a lot of day planets in your birth chart, you tend to be outgoing, ambitious, rational-minded, determined, and you play to win. Day planets travel through the top half of the chart at roughly two-hour intervals between sunrise and sunset.
If you have a lot of night planets in your birth chart, you tend to be more reserved, instinctual, and less ambitious for success than those with a lot of day planets. You may also focus much of your time working behind the scenes if you are a ‘night chart’ person. Night planets travel through the bottom half of the chart at roughly two-hour intervals between sunset and sunrise.
The vertical axis, known as the Meridian, connects the cusps of the fourth house and tenth house, separating the western and eastern parts of the chart.
If you have more planets in the Eastern (left) side of the chart, you tend to be more assertive and wilful by nature. Your sense of initiative is strong, and you are likely to take massive action without seeking approval from anyone.
If you have more planets in the Western (right) side of the chart, you tend to be more relationship-oriented and consensus-seeking. You also take into consideration the feelings of others before you act.
Individual Houses and Their Meanings (Houses 1 to 12)
For easy reference, the following houses are divided into three categories — Angular Houses (1H, 4H, 7H, & 10H), Succedent (2H, 5H, 8H, & 11H) and Cadent (3H, 6H, 9H, & 12H).
First House (1H)
This is where your Ascendant or rising sign is. The 1H is a house of life, vitality, physical appearance, and self-identity. This house represents what you project to others, your personality, outlook of life, personal instinct, and anything related to the self.
Fourth House (4H)
This house is associated with the family, home environment, and family inheritance. If you have prominent planets in the fourth house, you may find yourself dealing with real estate and property. This house represents your relationship with your father.
Seventh House (7H)
This house is where the Descendant (DC) is, which is opposite the point of the Ascendant (1H). The seventh house is the house of relationships and sociability. It includes your romantic or business partners, your open enemies and competitors, your marriage and other forms of cooperation.
Tenth House (10H)
The tenth house is the house of career, personal calling, prestige, law, responsibilities, and social standing. It represents what you have acquired in the fourth house and are judged in your tenth house when you put yourself out into the world. This is the house represents the relationship with your mother as well as your superiors (your employers or boss).
Second House (2H)
This is the house of resources, ideas, money, and possessions. It reveals how you earn or spend your money, your personal values and obligations, as well as your overall financial standing.
Fifth House (5H)
The fifth house is the house of recreation, leisure, hobbies, entertainment, procreation, talent, self-expression, creativity, self-esteem and personal endeavours. It is also a house of fun and romance, dating, and physical outlets.
Eighth House (8H)
This house is the house of shared resources; the ideas and concepts you bring to any relationship. This is also a house of unexpected inheritance, shared investments, sexuality, psychic sexual energy.
Eleventh House (11H)
This house reveals your associations with friends, social groups, and organisations that you deal with. It is a house of your social responsibility, goals and objectives that are non-career related. It can also be a house that represents other people’s children whether it is you who is the teacher, or as a step-parent.
Third House (3H)
This house is the house of communications, memories, learning style, short trips, local travel, siblings, relatives, neighbours, and local community.
Sixth House (6H)
This house governs your health, sickness, and work. It is how your internal and external environment affect your health, especially when it comes to work and employment. It also represents the environment of your home, your ambitions, as well as your service to others. Traditionally, the sixth house also reveals your relationship with your inferiors (people who are your subordinates, or in the olden days, they call them slaves and servants).
Ninth House (9H)
The ninth house is the house of higher learning and education, not just in formal education, but also in areas of religion, philosophy, and other abstract knowledge. Here is where your attitude is formed by your understanding of the world. This house also represents your teacher/mentor or you as a teacher/mentor. It is also the house of in-laws and long travels.
Twelfth House (12H)
This is the most enigmatic house of all, and it is also the most feared house because it is both the house of confinement and the house of greatest depth of knowledge, resources, and creativity. It traditionally represents your hidden enemies, sufferings, and dangers. It is the house of the soul’s transformation. So, if you can flow with the twelfth house, you will be able to rise beyond your ego and obtain your heart’s desires. The twelfth house rules hospitals and institutions.
Now you know what the twelve houses are like and their influence in our lives. Of course, the above is just the fundamental of what the twelve houses are. It will take time for you to master the art of analysing your own chart. So, why not just let an astrologer do everything for you so that you can have a clearer and more in-depth look into your birth chart on how every house directly affects your love life and career saving you tons of time and effort? Drop me an email or a WhatsApp message for a face-to-face conversation so that you get the best out of your time with me!