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12th House: The House of Secrets

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12th House: The House of Secrets

Mode: Cadent (Mutable) Water
Planetary Dignity: Neptune/Pisces

The 12th house in astrology is known as the House of Secrets and self undoing. The 12th house is the final house and thus represents the end or termination of cycles. It corresponds with the sign of Pisces and its planetary ruler Neptune. This house represents the end point in our spiritual journey and is a sort of graduation to a higher level of spiritual and personal enlightenment. Additionally, the 12th house is associated with the dissolution of the ego and a liberation from the constraints and barriers that the ego constructs around itself. The 12th house is about transcendence and spiritual evolution that focuses on service to others and connection with the collective consciousness that unites us all. The 12th house is also connected with hidden enemies and secrets. 

Things that we conceal from others and from ourselves because they are too painful or unbearable to deal with directly. To this end, house 12 also represents the lies we tell ourselves that lead to our own self destruction. Self-sabotage, and self-denial about bitter truths and harsh realities that we avoid facing. This is the battle and challenge that confronts us in the 12th house. The 12th house forces us to draw into ourselves to find inspiration and healing for our soul and emotional wounds. Additionally, the 12th house is associated with hospitals, prisons, psych wards, monasteries and other places of isolation. It relates to our mental health and sense of inner peace and wholeness. It concerns meditation, yoga, spiritual awakening, psychedelics and mind-altering substances in general which can include alcohol. 

The 12th house involves the world of our subjective experiences and imagination. It can indicate something about how in or out of touch we are with reality and our attitude towards the real world. Having an afflicted or poorly aspected 12th house can signify a lack of objectivity and ability to handle the real world responsibilities and harsh realities they are exposed to. Such a person may be ill-equipped to deal with reality in appropriate ways and may consequently resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms and excessive escapism. Missing items and missing people are also highlighted in this house. A sudden disappearance or estrangement from others can be signified by the placements and aspects of the 12th house in the birth chart. This has to do with physical separation and isolation but not psychological separation. Emotionally, the 12th house stimulates and desire for communion and deeper spiritual connection.

Furthermore, the 12th house concerns Karma both positive and negative. If we have been racking up positive Karma it is likely we will be able to cash out and reap the rewards of our actions. If we have been putting out negative energy then it is likely that it will come back to bite us through our 12th house.

The path to our redemption and personal healing therefore, maybe found through the particular form of service and selfless devotion ascribed to the 12th house. Mars in the 12th house for example can indicate that we may be of service to others within environments that contain an element of danger and aggression such as prisons and the military. 

Such a person may possess special courage and passion that allows them to bring healing and charitable service to places that carry a high degree of risk and danger. In a very selfless and courageous way, they may put themselves in harm’s way in order to help someone else. This may even extend to a martyr-like self-sacrifice symbolically similar to the crucifixion of Christ or the immolation of Joan of Arc. The 12th house calls us to dissolve our ego and reduce the boundaries that separate ourselves from others. Up to this point, our ego has strived to differentiate itself and distinguish itself from its environment. 12th house, therefore represents an awareness and urge to reunite and reconnect with the universe to which we are all a part. It is a recognition that we are but a part of a larger whole and that our material existence and sense of self is but an illusion.

The 12th house concerns a departure from materialistic concerns and a greater interest in something higher and spiritually profound. Its desire is to connect with the divine energy and universal love that is of a higher vibration than the more personal form of love represented by Venus. At the same time, the 12th house also concerns a lot of things hidden from our knowledge and awareness both good and bad. It is associated with esoteric knowledge and wisdom of which only awakened and enlightened souls can access. This house can also deal with negative things that are hidden such as weaknesses, secret enemies, and private affairs. The 12th house is somewhat obscure and ambiguous. It is associated with illusion and deception and things of which we cannot fully grasp or quantify. Thus, the 12th house is very mystical and magical in nature.

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    11th House: The House of Hopes

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    11th House: The House of Hopes and Aspirations

    Mode: Cadent (Fixed) Air
    Planetary Dignity: Uranus/Aquarius

    The 11th house in astrology is the House of hopes and aspirations. It is also associated with friendships, community, and various types of networks and organizations. The 11th house is a succedent house and corresponds to Aquarius and its planetary ruler, Uranus. This house encompasses platonic relations with others in our life. It is all about people and therefore focuses on the nature of our interactions and the strength of our personal ties and connections. People who have a prominent 11th house are likely to benefit from a very active social life and robust number of connections and networks. In addition to that, such a person may have a special interest in humanitarianism and show concern for societal problems in need of repair.

    The 11th house can signify something about how idealistic we are and to what degree we are motivated and driven by our ideals. It represents how we as individuals contribute to our group, and also signifies the nature of the groups to which we affiliate ourselves. It deals with unity and togetherness in the material realm as opposed to the transcendent and symbolic spiritual unity of the 12th house. The 11th house is associated with activism and revolutionary movements around which people join together to effect change to catalyze much-needed reforms. The 11th house therefore, carries progressive energy and liberalism that is essential to the spirit of freedom and individual sovereignty championed by the enlightenment thinkers.

    The 11th house also represents the future and can in many ways be interpreted as the long-term effects and outcomes that the 10th house works hard to put in place for posterity. It is the dream of a better future and a vision of the potential we as humans possess. The 11th house also represents the next stage in our personal growth that moves on from the more selfish ambition of our 10th house. The 11th house extends our focus to the people around us and how we can apply our energy and effort for the purpose of bettering our communities and providing value for the greater good. To commit ourselves to a higher purpose as opposed to focusing on goals that serve only our own personal interests. The 11th house can also in encompass environmentalism, technological innovation that improves the way of life for humans and all living species on our planet and also veganism.

    An Afflicted 11th house can signify various things such as antisocial behavior, anxiety, close-mindedness and excessive isolation from others. Furthermore, with a poorly aspected and afflicted 11th house, such a person may experience difficulty forming friendships and creating new connections. Saturn in the 11th house for example, can foster a negative attitude about the future and a tendency to cling to convention and the past.

    There may be a lack of openness to new ideas and new people that stunts them in their ability to form healthy relationships with others or get along well with others in a team situation. Saturn in the 11th house can also bring about a tendency to rely too heavily on oneself rather than seek help from others even when it is in their best interest to do so.

    The 11th house relates to our sense of belonging or membership to any type of group such as a club or team or alliance. It speaks to the sense of identity we derive from the association’s we participate in. This is mostly about associations based on intellectual concordance rather than superficial or genetic commonality. It can encompass political affiliations and other ideological groupings. Such groups are united by a common interest like a fan club, cult or type of Niche group. The 11th house is all about what can be accomplished when we are part of a larger collective working together constructively. On a more practical level however, the 11th house also deals with friendships and casual acquaintances with whom we interact everyday.

    It encompasses our bond and devotion to our friends or community. It can also represents the level of devotion we feel towards an ideal or goal that we hold dearly. It represents a certain amount of passion and sense of inner purpose and destiny that we seek to fulfill beyond just the professional and financial success achieved through the 10th house. Having Neptune in the 11th house for example, can indicate an individual who has strong vision and idealism that is characterized by a desire to bring healing in the world and relieve suffering. Neptune in the 11th house can bring about a sometimes overzealous and unrealistic faith or belief in the feasibility of their idealistic aspirations. Such a person may be sometimes blind to the reality and limitations in front of them and occasionally experience deep sadness and disappointment due to their unrealistic expectations. Suffering and sacrifice characterize the nature of their desire to help others.

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    10th House: The House of Career

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    10th House: The House of Career

    Mode: Angular (Cardinal) Earth
    Planetary Dignity: Saturn/Capricorn

    The 10th house in astrology is the house of Career and reputation. It is an angular house and is also known as the MidHeaven, and Medium Coeli. This house corresponds to Capricorn and its planetary ruler, Saturn. The 10th house is about our public reputation, clout and accomplishments particularly in the realm of career and profession. This house describes our professional ambition and capacity to move up in the world and attain status, prestige and authority. Moreover, it concerns authority and our relationship with authority. 

    How much authority we aspire to gain or how rebellious against authority we are. The 10th house is also associated with established institutions and governing bodies. It can include professions in general but particularly those in politics, military, law enforcement, and the government. The 10th house sits opposite the 4th house which is associated with our inner world and domestic life. The 10th house therefore represents the outer public life  and how we are regarded by our peers and the General Public.

    By extension, it can also encompass our popularity and esteem in the public eye. The 10th house represents our desire to attain prominence and respect in the world through our achievements. It is the culmination of material success and the fruits of our hard work and labor. An Afflicted or underactive 10th house can mean that an individual is not highly motivated by such things and may instead live a life for which the focus is elsewhere on things other than career and achievement. Having a prominent 10th house will indicate an individual who puts a lot of focus and energy on their career and likely bases their identity and sense of value on their professional achievements.

    The planets and signs that occupy the 10th house represent the qualities and aspects of ourselves that are most visible and accessible to others. The midheaven represents the most elevated point in the birth chart. The placements here standout above all others and manifest as the driving factor behind what we ultimately become known for. The 10th house defines the public Image we wish to present to the world and the external adornments and credentials that we use to validate and bolster our value to others. The 10th house encompasses the qualities for which we wish to be admired and praised for. It Represents our path to fame or infamy, honor and legacy. It represents our place in society and our contributing role to it’s greater good. 

    The tenth house also describes our orientation to authority and hierarchical structures. Saturn in the 10th house for example, can indicate an individual who is highly referent and respectful of authority. Such an individual maybe well suited for positions in government and also clerical positions such as accounting and quality assurance inspection. An individual with Mars in the 10th house by contrast, may be drawn to careers that involve more action and physical aggression such as boxing or the military. Such a person may also possess tremendous passion and drive to achieve whatever it is that they seek to accomplish for themselves and to create a lasting Legacy. The 10th house represents the recognition and pinnacle of achievement that we are striving towards. It is the reason why we are working hard and pushing ourselves and sacrificing things that we care deeply about.

    Those who have Neptune in their 10th house are likely to be well suited for professions in helping other people such as psychology and counseling. They are able to attain professional recognition and success by way of their astute intuitive understanding of people and their psychological and emotional needs. Such a person is likely to be very intuitive and because of Neptune’s placement in the 10th house, they may feel it is their calling to pursue a vocation that allows them to exercise their powers of empathy and insight as a career path. Individuals who have Jupiter in their 10th house will likely experience great fortune in their careers. Opportunities for advancement seem to fall in their lap without much effort on their part. The effect they have on the general public is often positive and magnetic. 

    Such individuals will likely experience a lot of great fortune and success as long as they don’t go out of their way to screw it up. Careers most likely to be pursued by someone with Jupiter in their 10th house include stand up comedy and comedic acting but also high level careers in astrophysics, the arts, politics and humanitarian organizations. The 10th house represents our ability to actualize our personal aspirations for prestige and status in society. It deals with the more materialistic types of goals as opposed to the more idealistic and humanitarian aspirations of the 11th house. The trajectory of our career path and potential for achievement are all highlighted by the 10th house. This house can reveal what types of careers we are destined to pursue and the potential for success we are likely to experience through them.

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    9th House: The House of Higher Learning

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    9th House: The House of Higher Learning

    Mode: Cadent (Mutable) Fire
    Planetary Dignity: Jupiter/Sagittarius

    The 9th house in astrology is the house of higher learning and long trips. This contrasts with the 3rd house which is associated with early education and short trips and the immediate environment. The 9th house is concerned with the broader world and the universe. The existential meaning of it all. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is truth? These philosophical quandaries are the domain of the 9th house. This house is ruled by Sagittarius and its planetary ruler, Jupiter. This sector of the birth chart represents knowledge of a higher order that is often acquired via universities and exploration beyond the borders of our familiar territory. The 9th house is what we do to broaden our horizons and experience more of what the universe has to offer us. 

    Enlightenment and adventure are the focus of house 9 and thus, it is a house that promotes personal growth both inside and out. In the birth chart, the planetary positions and aspects that are formed here will indicate something about how adventurous we and how strong our interest is in deeper knowledge and philosophical wisdom. People with a prominent 9th house are bound to be jovial and cheerful in their disposition and presentation. They are also likely to be friendly and easy going. Furthermore, people with a prominent 9th house are likely to be restless and someone who enjoys travel abroad or to interesting locales in their region. Such a person may have a strong curiosity and enjoys getting into both serious and silly philosophical debates with others. 

    The 9th house represents our intellectual and spiritual ambition. It concerns the nature of our perspective, how positive or negative it is and whether we focus more on the long term or the short term. It describes our relationship with religion and ideology. It deals with our sense of fulfillment on a more substantive and soul-gratifying level. Our search for truth and understanding of the laws and principles that governor our existence. An afflicted 9th house can signify a fear of the unknown and a lack of direction and sense of meaning in one’s life. What are we living for? What do we envision for our lives now and in the foreseeable future? Are we happy where we are at or do we need a change of pace? Life is a journey and a quest for self discovery and growth. When we get too comfortable, our progression is likely to stagnate.

    That planets that occupy the 9th house will indicate something about the nature of our relationship to religion and the higher powers. Mercury and Uranus in the 9th house for example can suggest someone who tries to intellectualize or has an intellectual-based interest in theology or the notion of a god. They may devout more time and energy equipping themselves with memorized facts and becoming knowledgeable of many different religious groups and ideologies.

    They may take a special interest in trying to corroborate historical records with religious texts in order to either justify or refute them. Neptune in the 9th house, in contrast, is likely to confer a spiritual attitude about god and religion that is based on a feeling of knowing in their heart that it is real and true. Such a person is likely to have a very intuitive sense about the world that guides their sense of meaning and purpose. 

    Our sense of wonder when we gaze up at the starry heavens and realize how infinitesimally small and insignificant we are in relation to the vastness of the universe. The 9th house represents our perspective and self awareness in the context of a larger picture. With this awareness we can either be open and embracing of it or fearful and cynical about it. The 9th house is a house of opportunity and can represent the nature of our luck and capacity for prosperity. Jupiter’s placement in the chart and the aspects formed with it will also inform the health and status of your 9th house activity. 

    A Saturn placement in the 9th house can indicate a blockage preventing you from progressing or advancing in life. This can be either out of fear and self inhibitions or due to forces and circumstances outside of your control. The 9th house at any rate can indicate how worldly you are and the nature of your intellectualism and philosophical interests. Additionally, the 9th house reveals your affinity for travel and going on excursions of all sorts. A lack of activity and planetary energy in the 9th house can suggest that travel abroad is not very important or significant a part of one’s life. There may not be a lot of interest in higher education or intellectual or philosophical pursuits. 

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    8th House: The House of Transformation

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    8th House: The House of Transformation

    Mode: Succedent (Fixed) Water
    Planetary Dignity: Pluto/Scorpio

    The 8th house in astrology governs the realm of transformation and sexuality. It encompasses the symbolism of regeneration and the overcoming of trauma and crises. It defines our attitude towards change and also the nature of our inner strength and will power. A weakened or afflicted 8th house can reveal vulnerabilities that can leave the individual susceptible to addictions and unhealthy obsessions. Furthermore, the 8th house is associated with inheritance and debt as well as taxes, divorce and alimony payments. Where the second house could be correlated with our personal assets, the 8th house could be associated with liabilities and things that we possess that do not truly belong to us. Things that we rent or borrow or lease from others.

    The 8th house corresponds to Scorpio and its planetary ruler Pluto and Mars. The 8th house is associated with power struggles both internal and external. It informs our will to survive and evolve and adapt for the purpose of doing so. Furthermore, this house encompasses the psychology fields and other psycho-analytical disciplines. It involves the subconscious drives and intuitive insights that can be plumbed from the depths of the mind. The doors of our perception and our ability to read others and suss out hidden motives are part of the eighth House. An afflicted or unhealthy 8th house can also signify manipulation and controlling behavior. Someone who is ruthless and cutthroat and will resort to extremes in order to get what they want or need.

    The 8th house represents some of the perquisites and rewards that come from the preceding 7th house. Such benefits may include inheritance or a rise in social status due to marrying into a wealthy family. This represents the joint possessions we share with another person, particularly an intimate partner. It is about the physical consequences and aspects of what happens when we share ourselves with another person. It also pertains to the negative consequences and also the end or termination of relationships. Disputes and quarrels over the boundaries and separations of what is entitled to who can drive a wedge in the union created by the 7th house. Which thus leads to divorce or estrangements sometimes on very unfortunate terms. The 8th house signifies something about how obsessive and strong our attachment to our possessions is especially with regards to the people we are possessive of.

    The 8th house also pertains to taxation, alimony and other forms of payment that is made to others. Our debts to creditors and others is the domain of this house and so it can indicate something about how well we manage our financial obligations to others. It can reveal whether we are likely to be more honest and diligent or shady and sneaky. An afflicted 8th house can signify someone who may be disposed towards delinquency, bankruptcy and defaulting on payments.

    It can suggest someone who is less than honest and not above cheating or short changing others or pulling dirty tactics to get the upper hand in a business deal. This house concerns the way we use others, often for personal gain or to serve our interests. It is what we take versus what we owe and also what others may owe to us. 

    Debts and liabilities are of course, a hindrance and a threat to our freedom and power. The 8th house seeks to consolidate power for the individual, but this power typically does not come without a price. This house is about the price we must pay to get what we desire and also the problems that can arise when we are in possession of it. Sexual energies are also highlighted here and the impulse to feel closer to another person is more physically and emotionally intense. This can involve a lot of mind games and manipulations that often play out in toxic relationships. The desire to possess and control another soul or merge with it along with violent emotions and jealousy, are all part of 8th house activity.

    Having a prominent 8th house, can engender a psychologically perceptive and intuitive person. This is especially the case when the moon is in this house. An 8th house moon confers an emotional depth and a strong subconscious desire for power in order to feel secure and emotionally stable. Such a person may also have an underlying admiration or insecurity around females and matriarchal figures wielding power and influence. Such a person may have had a mother or maternal figure in their lives who was possessive and controlling or even abusive and negligent, physically or psychologically. Relations with the mother could have been traumatic or empowering in a good way. At any rate, relations with females are likely to be accompanied by power games and aggression that actually enhances feelings of intimacy.

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    7th House: The House of Relationships

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    7th House: The House of Relationships

    Mode: Angular (Cardinal) Air
    Planetary Dignity: Venus/Libra

    The 7th house is the house of Partnerships and relationships. It is about our relations to others especially with regards to one-on-one intimates and personal connections. This can extend to business Partnerships and romantic relationships but also encompasses contracts, lawyers and counselors. The 7th house is an angular house also known as The Descendant which stands opposite of the first house known as the ascendant. Since the first house represents the outer self and public persona that others view us as, the descendant or 7th house represents what can be considered the Shadow Self. This is not a shadow in the negative sense but rather the lesser sense of self that subordinates itself to allow the inclusion of a significant other who shares importance.

    The 7th house corresponds to Libra and its planetary ruler, Venus. This house governs the intimate bonds we share with our significant others. It represents marriage and long-term relationships both platonic and romantic. The 7th house also represents what could be considered an alter ego or secondary version of ourselves that we present depending on the company we keep. We sometimes modify our self-presentation in order to better get along with or appeal to some one we seek to impress or ingratiate ourselves with. The 7th house relates to long-term relationships as opposed to the short-term flings associated with the 5th house. This is the house of Union and, with another soul.

    The 7th house governs the nature of how we commit ourselves to others with regards to marriage and contractual agreements. It’s defines the nature of how we adapt and settle into shared environments and intimate spaces with another person. The planetary placements and aspects that occupy this house will determine for the most part, how harmonious and congenial our relations with others can be or how contentious they can be. It can reveal how obsequious and eager-to-please we are or how obstinent and bull-headed we tend to be about getting our way. The 7th house is about compromise and negotiations necessary for striking a deal and creating a mutually beneficial arrangement that both sides can be happy with.

    Additionally, the 7th house also deals with competitors and those who stand in opposition to ourselves. Competing for shared resources and common goals. It’s describes or indicates something about how we draw strength and security from other people. The planetary placements and aspects of the 7th house can indicate something about how independent or codependent we are in our relationships. How much validation we seek from others versus how much support and encouragement we give to others.

    Are we more “self” oriented or “other” oriented. The 7th house represents the shared self that extends the same considerations and protections normally reserved for the preservation of the ego and it’s self-interests. The seventh House deals with the one-to-one relationship as opposed to the more General and broader associations of the 11th house. Here, what is highlighted is the sacred bond between two people or otherwise small groups of people who are bound by an oath of loyalty to one another. It is about our obligations to other people and the Partnerships and contractual agreements that we form with another entity. When we enter into such contracts, we are duty-bound to respect and honor the stipulations and obligations outlined in our agreements. We provide mutually beneficial value to others that is reciprocal in nature.

    Through this physical and intellectual union we are able to extend our abilities and potential that is also enjoyed by others on the receiving end of our commitment. The planets that occupy the 7th house in the aspects they form will determine the nature of how an individual behaves in a committed relationship. Those who have I can break and break your Mars in their 7th house are therefore bound to be passionate in their devotion but also possessive at times. The 7th house defines how we come together with another person to achieve a common purpose. This coalition is formed for utilitarian purposes but also emotional and spiritual gratification. It is the need to connect and share our lives with another and avoid the pain of loneliness and isolation. 

    This house concerns our ability to compromise and sacrifice some of our own self interests for the sake of another. It represents our sense of value through The eyes of another and also how that value is augmented or enhanced by our affiliation and relationship with another person. This house is also helpful in discerning what types of partners are best suited for us. A woman with Mars in the 7th house for example is likely to be attracted to a partner who is forceful and masculine. With Venus in the 7th house, that same woman may prefer a more refined and genteel partner who is more affectionate and sensual as well as physically attractive.

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    6th House: The House of Work

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    6th House: The House of Work

    Mode: Cadent (Mutable) Earth
    Planetary Dignity: Mercury + Saturn/Virgo

    The 6th house in astrology governs the realm of work, and responsibility. It is also concerned with service to others, health and nutrition, exercise, routines and coworkers. Pets are also covered by this house. Virgo and it’s planetary rulers, Saturn/Mercury are the natural dignitaries of the 6th house. The 6th house encompasses our vocational calling and everyday mundane tasks and routines that we perform. 

    It indicates something about how service oriented we are and how we tend to be helpful to others. We look to the 6th house to also ascertain matters regarding health and wellbeing. Ailments and maladous conditions are typically interpreted through this house. A person with Saturn in this house will likely be health conscious and prone to exercise moderation in their diet along with a generous dose of veggies and physical activity to keep themselves trim and svelte. 

    Additionally, the 6th house is concerned with coworkers and how we relate to them. This house can indicate whether we tend to experience a contentious work environment or a harmonious one. It also describes how we approach work and tasks in general. Are we perfectionist and detail oriented or fast and loose? Do you like to improvise or plan things out in a methodical manner? 

    This house is associated with everyday routines, and the planetary placements and aspects therein can give a clue as to how well you handle responsibilities. A Saturn in the 6th house will suggest a very diligent and dutiful worker. Such a person would be inclined to handle their responsibilities with earnestness and dedication. They would feel remiss if they skipped out on their responsibilities or didn’t perform them as well as they know they could.

    The 6th house pertains to health and how well we take care of ourselves and others. An afflicted Saturn or Neptune in this house can indicate neurotic and paranoid ideations about contracting illnesses and diseases. They may develop obsessive compulsive rituals to soothe themselves and make them feel as though they’re doing something to keep their risk down and the danger at bay. 

    The instinct for nurturing and taking care of others in need of assistance is also covered here. Afflicted planets in this house may indicate a diminished ability or willingness to take on the burden of others or conversely indicate a tendency to impose their help on others that is overbearing and interfering with others ability to be self reliant and independent. Jupiter in this house can indicate a cheerful worker but also suggest someone who may be relatively lax if not lazy about getting things done. 

    The 6th house is where we take stock of what our priorities are and pull back from the self-indulgent exorbitance of the fifth house. Here is where responsibility and duty is highlighted as well as considerations surrounding cause and effect, consequences of our actions. What we eat, what we say, what we do, all have repercussions both good and bad. The 6th house is more mindful of the ramifications and outcomes resulting from our choices and behaviors. 

    To this end the 6th house can signify something about the wisdom and prudence of our decisions and judgments. Furthermore, the 6th house is concerned with the down to earth and practical needs of everyday living. In contrast to the idealistic and pneumatic pursuits of the 12 house, it defines how we structure our lives and perform our errands that are essential to our physical existence.

    The 6th house pertains to our boundaries and limitations but also our sense of purpose and Mission. We are all working towards something that we find meaningful and rewarding. Those who do not feel a sense of purpose and mission are bound to fall into a state of despair and hopelessness. The aspects of Our Lives that are routine and habitual are the domain of the 6th house. 

    It pertains to our sense of direction and productive action. It can also entail the processes, procedures and methods involved with making a set of objectives tenable and achievable. An Afflicted 6th house can mean that an individual struggles to find ways to fulfill their obligations duties and responsibilities. Working out sustainable routines and procedures for carrying out tasks can pose an issue when they’re depended upon to perform on a regular and consistent basis.

    People who have a prominent six house place a lot of importance on doing work that is meaningful and fulfilling to them. They are driven to serve others and be an asset to whatever organization or collective they are member of. Furthermore, they are no slouches and they are excellent team players who also generously help others when needed. There is ethics and principles involved with the 6th house that govern how business is conducted. It desires to keep it self busy with productivity and value of purpose.

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    5th House: The House of Creativity

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    5th House: The House of Creativity

    Mode: Succedent (Fixed) Fire
    Planetary Dignity: Sun/Leo

    The 5th house in astrology governs the realm of fun, entertainment and creativity. It is also associated with children, romance and gambling. The 5th house is ruled by Leo and the Sun. This house concerns the heart which is the vital organ that pumps life-giving blood through our veins. The heart symbolizes our life force and vitality. Additionally, as one of the Fire houses, the 5th house defines our creative energies and appetites. Our zest for life and what we like to do for fun. The 5th house deals with some vices as well, like gambling, overindulgence and promiscuity. It pertains to romance and casual flings as opposed to the more long-term committed partnerships and marriages associated with the 7th house. 

    Planetary activity at play in the 5th house will shape and define the nature of how we spend our leisure time and recreation. This is the house of fun and games and thus will reveal how big a part, pleasure plays in the life of an individual. Having Saturn in the 5th house of a birth chart for example, can indicate someone who isn’t highly pleasure seeking or perhaps is very responsible about how they enjoy themselves. This person may for example exercise moderation with regards to food and alcohol. They are likely to be more mindful of avoiding hazards and illegality when using mind-altering recreational substances. They are also probably very careful to use contraceptives when engaging in coital activities. 

    The aspect of children as it relates to the 5th house, is mostly with regard to them being the by-product of the aforementioned activities. But it is also part of the overall theme of play and games which are things children do a great deal of. In the 5th house, a sense of identity is extended upon through activities from which we derive a sense of being loved and creatively fulfilled. This house reveals how we differentiate ourselves from others through creative means of expression. The contents of our heart is given expression via the form of a poem, a novel, an illustration, a musical piece. This house encompasses the arts and drama. Emotional displays and performances that move others in a meaningful and exciting way. Anything in which we put our personal stamp or signature of authenticity upon is under the representation of the 5th house.

    People who have a very activated 5th house are likely to have an artistic temperament, and a strong compulsion to express themselves and be creative. They may also display a youthful spirit that carries with them throughout their lives. Too much energy in the 5th house, however, can engender a personality that avoids responsibility and wants to have fun without concern for consequences.

    Such a person may have an overactive and unrestrained libido that can get them into trouble. They are led by their passion and may have a “live fast, die hard” or “you only live once” attitude. Here, the aim is to soak up as many thrills as possible before life is over because eventually it will be for all of us.  

    A person with Venus in the 5th house is inclined to fall in and out of love easily and is strongly compelled by physical attraction more than mental connection. They are bound to be suckers for romance and delight in just the experience of falling in love over and over again often with many different people. This person is likely to be highly inspired by romance and love which are themes they will often explore in their art and writing. The process of seducing, wooing and sweeping someone off their feet or having it done to them is something that excites them greatly. This of course, is largely impacted by what aspects Venus and any other adjacent planets are forming. As well as where the 5th house’s ruler, the Sun is placed. If the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius or the 11th house, it could render certain issues of possessiveness and struggles for control, creatively or romantically. 

    Having Mars in the 5th house can make someone very risk prone, provocative but also exciting. This person chases after the next adrenaline rush. They are passionate and creative and for them, life is a canvas and the way they live it, is their masterpiece. They thrive on instincts and uncertainty and desire to be bold in going after what they want. A 5th house Mercury on the other hand can engender a personality that has a taste for games and activities that are mentally stimulating. Language and communication is their playground and creative workshop. Mercury in the 5th house is sure to foster a creative writer and witty verbalist. Puzzles are their pleasure and they have a knack for fun and witty banter. A moon in the 5th house would indicate someone with a poetic and sensual mind. Has an emotional need for creative outlets and to receive admiration and validation for their creativity. 

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    4th House: The House of Family

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    4th House: The House of Family

    Mode: Angular (Cardinal) Water
    Planetary Dignity: Moon/Cancer

    The 4th house in astrology pertains to domestic life, the mother, childhood and the private inner world of the individual. It also encompasses real estate, heritage and our ancestral roots. The 4th house is an angular house and thus considered as very significant in the birth chart. This house constitutes the private and very personal side of our lives that only our close intimates will be privy to. The 4th house is also known as the Imum Coeli and represents the bottom point or nadir of the birth chart. Some astrologers associate the 4th house with Hades and the underworld. Moreover, it is linked with the consummation or outcome of events. 

    The central focus of the fourth house is the personal and private world of the individual. It relates to a fundamental desire to connect with our roots and origins. Our sense of patriotism and belonging to a group, particularly that of cultural and hereditary significance. The fourth house concerns a more authentic and intimate side of ourselves in contrast to the public persona and image we project through our 10th house, also known as the midheaven or medium coeli. Those two have a prominent or very active 4th house and are likely to be very private and attached to their family and inner circle. They may likely be introverted and reserved or otherwise highly territorial about what is theirs and entitled to them based on heritage and birthright.

    A prominent 4th house can engender a conservative mindset and also a tendency to romanticize the past. The fourth house governs our memories and childhood. Experiences both good and bad can live and fester within the confines of this house. This house indicates whether the individual has positive and healthy relations with the mother and family in general or a negative and toxic one. An afflicted 4th house will by and large signify a contentious and fractured home life that can bring about unresolved anger that manifests into other aspects of one’s life. Furthermore, those with a strong emphasis in the 4th house are likely to be homebodies who prefer to spend most of their time in the comfort of their  home as opposed to going out and living it up.

    The fourth house is concerned with the inner soul and private emotions of the individual. It concerns the need for security and foundations upon which the individual needs to build upon and grow. The fourth house is also associated with the past and our personal memories of our childhood and experiences both good and bad. A lot of what goes on in the 4th house can shape and us as a person. Those who are imprisoned by their past, are likely to experience a lot of emotional turmoil and reluctance to move on with their life. Coming to terms with the past and the pain associated with it is necessary for cultivating a healthy and positive 4th house.

    In the birthchart, whatever planets and aspects that are formed in the 4th house will indicate the nature of your ties to family. Mars in the 4th house can manifest a person who is notably passionate and protective of their family. Such a person may be very active in their domestic roles and perform them with flair and energy. Moreover, they have protective instincts and their motivations often stem from a desire to support their loved ones. Someone with Mercury in their 4th house on the other hand, may find themselves maintaining close ties and communications with their family throughout their lives. 

    They are likely to be more talkative at home than at work or any other setting. They take a special interest in learning about their family history and the history of places and locations where they grew up. This may extend to an interest in history in general as a well as a joy in spending time at home reading books. Saturn in the 4th house can bring about a tendency to be more isolated at home and less involved with other family members. This person is not so likely to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth. It is possible that they are born into a strict household or one where finances were tight and they barely scraped by. On a personal level, someone with this placement is bound to feel inhibited or constrained by obligations to home and family although they may feel duty bound to do so. 

    The 4th house represents our physical abode but also the internal sanctum of our thoughts and emotions. The memories and impressions we gather from the outside world that seep into our subconscious. This is where a lot of our insecurities and worries as well as resentments and pains can collect and accumulate over time. Additionally, the 4th house represents what we need in order to gather our spirit and recharge our batteries. 

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    3rd House: The House of Communication

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    3rd House: The House of Communication

    Mode: Cadent (Mutable) Air
    Planetary Dignity:
    Mercury/Gemini

    The 3rd house governs the realm of communications, short commutes, neighbors, siblings and early education. The 3rd house corresponds to Gemini and is ruled by Mercury. The third house is where we discern from the chart, how an individual expresses themselves verbal or through writing. If Mercury is in the 3rd house, the individual could be described as “mercurial”, which is to say that they are likely to be mentally sharp and quick to change and adapt in their thinking. 

    The 3rd house indicates the nature of our interests and intellectual curiosity. What mentally stimulates us or piques our attention. It reveals our capacity to learn and study especially in formal academic settings. Additionally, the 3rd house pertains to our immediate environment and our everyday interactions with strangers, neighbors, peers, extended family and associates. 

    The 3rd house is all about the exchange and transmission of information, messages and to some extent, value. This house is associated with commerce in the general sense as opposed to the more business and profit specific concerns of the 2nd house. Here, what is highlighted is the giving and receiving of thoughts, ideas and info. It is linked to the post office, package shipments and deliveries in general, including pizza deliveries. 

    The 3rd house can reveal something about how well we get along with people we encounter in our everyday life and also the type of people we find interesting. It can also indicate the nature of your temperament, whether you are outspoken or reticent; opinionated or agreeable. If Aries is in the 3rd house, it can suggest that you speak your mind freely and can be a bit provocative with your words. If Mercury is also present, then your wit is bound to be sharp like a battle axe as well. 

    Your ability to relate with and understand people is also highlighted by the third house. If your 3rd house is occupied with afflicted planets, it can indicate tensions and sibling rivalries. Mars in the 3rd house for example, may suggest you are, or have been in competition with your siblings. In your early years, you may have been subjected to a competitive environment where you felt the need to fight for your parents attention and approval. 

    Alternately, you may have been the apple of your parents eyes and had brothers and sisters who felt they were in constant competition with you. Regardless, the competitiveness could be either good-natured or laced with contempt. At the same time, Mars can engender a passionate and commanding style of communication. It can confer an ability to motivate and inspire others with your words and rally enthusiasm from people with your message. 

    Having your moon in the third house can mean that you tend to share what you feel and can be something of an open book to most people. You are likely to show interest in other people’s feelings and encourage them to express themselves freely with you. Therefore, people with this type of third house placement can make for an empathetic and caring friend and family member. This can lend itself to careers in counseling and therapy or even customer service and positions in sales. 

    Saturn in this house can bring about a person of few words but concise and authoritative in how they communicate. The news media is also linked with the 3rd house and thus positions and aspects found therein can signify something about new developments going on in the world. Saturn being a malefic planet can indicate a long-lasting period of negativity taking place in the news. It can also signify restriction or downsizing in the news or media industry.

    The 3rd house also corresponds to the developmental stage in one’s life where you begin to crawl and then walk and also develop speech and the ability to name things. The 3rd house is associated with what astrologers dub the “concrete mind” as opposed to the “abstract mind” of the 9th house. The 3rd house is connected with mental activities relating to sequence, fact gathering and computation. 

    3rd house placements describe how we think and rationalize in a left brain sense. It can reveal whether we are original thinkers or inclined to follow the crowd. Whether we are open minded or wired to adhere to tradition and conservative beliefs. People with Mars in the 3rd house believe that knowledge is power while those with a moon in the 3rd house may use knowledge as a means for security.

    In our youth, our thoughts are largely based on what’s available to us in our immediate environment. Therefore, the signs and planets that reside in the third house represents what is out there for us. What we learn in our early years of adolescence in the school yard and from teachers is reflected in the third house. Also the consequences of how we act out the code of conduct and sort of street smarts acquired from youthful experience. People who have a very active third house are likely to excel in public speaking and possess a persistent thirst for knowledge and new skills. 

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    2nd House: The House of Possessions

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    2nd House: The House of Possessions

    Mode: Succedent (Fixed) Earth
    Planetary Dignity: Venus/Taurus

    The second house pertains to your money, personal property and overall security. It concerns personal possessions and objects that are movable like furniture and jewelry as opposed to fixed property such as real estate. The second house corresponds to Taurus and is ruled by Venus. Planetary aspects and positions that take place in this house will indicate something about the status and health of your finances and material resources. 

    While the first house highlights inner or self worth, the 2nd house focuses on the value of objects outside of the self. Especially objects that enhance one’s sense of self worth or serve as evidence of it to others. Having a nice car, nice clothes and nice home are things that can provide a sense of security above and beyond the basic and essential needs for survival. The 2nd house can indicate how relatively abundant or indigent your situation is or will be. 

    Financial ups and downs are often reflected in this house. Periods of long sustained prosperity or scarcity may be signified by a Jupiter or Saturn placement. Because of these planets’ long transitory periods, their effects tend to have a wide generational  influence that can impact the stock market and economy as a whole. On a personal level, Jupiter in the 2nd house of a birth chart can signify an individual for whom everything they need tends to come with relatively little effort. They may enjoy a lot of perks and privileges that they didn’t necessarily earn or have to work hard for. If Jupiter is afflicted, it can indicate a problem with extravagance, profligation, addiction and a penchant for taking things for granted or overestimating the value of things. 

    By contrast, when there is Saturn in the 2nd house, it can signal scarcity or periods where the needs and wants of an individual do not come easily. In this house, Saturn can engender a very meticulous and responsible attitude about finances and a true appreciation and understanding of an object’s value. Saturn can make this person very mindful and careful about their spending budget. They are always going to try and save money when possible. If Saturn is afflicted, it can engender a tendency toward miserliness and hoarding. Wealth and success can be amassed over time through persistence and hard work  but also a lot of struggle and sacrifice. 

    Furthermore, the 2nd house represents what an individual wants and needs to feel secure in themselves. It encompasses all the material things we need to survive and feel comfortable, safe and happy. This includes the essential things like water, food and shelter but also the luxuries of fine dining, a fancy car, and fashionable attire. The quality and abundance of resources available to us are indicated by the 2nd house. Short and long term investments are covered here as well as business in general. Your income and net worth are the focus of this house and transits can reflect the vicissitudes of your bank account. 

    Your material needs as opposed to your emotional or spiritual needs are what’s relevant here. This house indicates what you value, your perception of value, how well you handle money and resources and the type of lifestyle you prefer to lead. Sagittarius in the 2nd house for example can suggest a very generous attitude about spending and a penchant for splurging on travel and sports-related expenditures or putting a lot of money toward education. 

    Gemini in the 2nd house may indicate a stronger interest in books and amassing a collection of reading material but also “nerdy” collectibles of items related to their favorite fandoms like Harry Potter or Star Wars. Gemini is also associated with commerce and various exchanges which can also lend itself to a capacity for earning a good living via sales, marketing and promotion occupations. 

    The 2nd house also entails what you hope to gain in life which can change and evolve over time. It says something about what you are motivated by —be it money, romance or fame. Moreover, the 2nd house along with the planet Jupiter can also indicate in what way we are best able to attract money and acquire resources especially with regards to business. When Mars is in the 2nd house, money tends to come and go and is spent often on impulse and to satisfy spontaneous, exciting and impassioned desires. 

    The 2nd can reveal how superficial or ascetic an individual is. Neptune in the 2nd house for example, can suggest someone who places less importance on material wealth and vanity possessions. Neptune would elicit a stronger appreciation for spiritual wealth and wealth of wisdom. They would be more interested in accumulating karma credits than dollars and cents. For this person, peace of mind is achieved from giving more and taking less and aligning themselves with what they feel is meaningful and in harmony with the universe.

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    1ST HOUSE: THE HOUSE OF SELF

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    1ST HOUSE: THE HOUSE OF SELF

    MODE:ANGULAR (CARDINAL) FIRE 
    PLANETARY DIGNITY:
    MARS/ARIES

    The FIRST HOUSE is commonly known as the “house of self” and is home to Mars and it’s zodiac rulership, Aries. In astrology, the first house is an angular house or cardinal house and represents the “identity in action”. It governs the realm of self identity and the image we project. The 1st house concerns first impressions and the persona but also relates to how we take action and approach new situations and opportunities. Moreover, it is associated with physical appearance, movement and personal expression. People who have a strong emphasis on their 1st house may exhibit a heightened preoccupation with themselves and their self interests that can make them appear self-absorbed and narcissistic. Continue reading

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