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The Houses

ASCENDANT/1ST HOUSE: INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY

The Ascendant/first house shows your approach to life. It describes what you look like and how you express yourself. It shows your personality, disposition, and point of view.

The Ascendant is concerned with the outermost layer of the personality, the persona, the part of yourself you choose to mediate between yourself and the world. It defines the outer you, whereas your Sun sign describes the inner you. The sign of the Ascendant is as important as the Sun sign, and its effects are often more obvious to other people. Any planet in the first house will be a dominant feature in your life

2ND HOUSE: VALUES AND POSSESSIONS

The second house is the house of money, possessions and personal resources. It shows the value you place on yourself and what you have to offer others. This is also the house of your personal desires. The second house also covers our self-worth, as well as our values in general.

Any planet in the second house affects the way you handle your resources and money.

3RD HOUSE: COMMUNICATION

The third house is the house of the mind. It describes the way you think, the manner in which you communicate on an everyday level and the relationships that determine your daily life. It shows how you react to your immediate environment and learn from it. It describes how you express yourself and gather information. It is the house of early education, siblings, surroundings and short journeys.

Any planet in the third house influences the way you think, form conclusions, and convey your thoughts.

IC/4TH HOUSE: ROOTS AND ORIGINS

The fourth house shows how you relate to your home, family, past and early environment. It is your physical house as well as the place you call home. It describes your origins, ancestors and the circumstances influencing childhood and youth. It describes your inner nature and has come to be known as the root of your being. Traditionally it was the house of the mother.

Any planet in the fourth house will influence your family relationships.

5TH HOUSE: PLEASURE AND CREATIVITY

This fifth house is the house of self-expression, creativity and children. It is about the desire to express yourself through what you can create. It further defines love, romance and your emotional and romantic tendencies. It is the house of love affairs, leisure activities, gambling and sports.

Any planet in the fifth house will influence your romantic relationships and your children.

6TH HOUSE: RITUAL, WORK AND ROUTINE

The sixth house is the house of your daily ritual, routine, your work environment and your attitude to service. It defines the manner and setting in which you work. It is also associated with health, care, hygiene and diet. Small pets, exercising, volunteering and hobbies you cultivate are also associated with this house. A well-rounded sixth house has all the ingredients for mental-spiritual-physical balance.

Any planet in the sixth house further defines the nature of your daily life.

DESCENDANT/7TH HOUSE: RELATING

The seventh house is the house of relationships, marriage, partnerships and open enemies. The descendant sign and planets occupying the seventh house tell you about how you select your partners and describe the partnerships and relationships we seek.

The Descendant shows parts of your personality that you are unconscious of and seem to attract and have problems with, in others.

Any planet in the seventh house further defines relationships.

8TH HOUSE: CHANGING VALUES AND SHARED RESOURCES

The eighth house is the house of regeneration – sex and degeneration – death. It is the house of renewal, which involves a broadening point of view or understanding and also relates to psychic sensitivity. It relates to other people’s money, possessions and values, including material values. This often puts our own values into a different light, and they tend to undergo changes. It is a strongly emotional house and issues can arise here from the depths of your unconscious. It is where you have an opportunity to transform.

Any planet in the eight house further defines how you utilise the resources of others.

9TH HOUSE: PHILOSOPHIES AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES

The ninth house is the house of the higher mind and mental perception. It is the house of higher education, philosophy, law and religion. It shows your principles, aspirations and growth – both mentally and spiritually. It describes your spiritual leaning, your life philosophy and world-view and is associated with journeys to foreign countries/distant horizons. The search for the meaning of life and ideas about the future are described here, too.

Any planet in this house will help to define your principles and beliefs.

THE MIDHEAVEN (MC)/10TH HOUSE: PUBLIC PERSONA

The tenth house is the house of career, vocation, honours and public image. It defines your reputation and standing in society. It shows what you want to achieve and your long-term objectives.

The Midheaven is an important element in your horoscope because it can help you to find out what you want to do in life rather than merely show you how you do it. The sign of the Midheaven helps you to identify what you need to do with your life in order to grow.

Any planet in the tenth house can influence your career path.

11TH HOUSE: FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES

The eleventh house is the house of friendships, hopes and wishes. This is the house where you reach out and contact others and become integrated into a group.

It shows the role you play in group situations as well as the types of groups you are likely to become involved with. It describes how you relate to friends and social acquaintances that share your own interests and ideals.

Any planet in the eleventh house will help define how you relate to your friends.

12TH HOUSE: BEYOND THE PERSONAL

The twelfth house is the house of solitude, secrets and hidden things. It is the house of sorrows, secret enemies and the unconscious. It describes limiting circumstances, restrictions and experiences that test you. It is also the house of self-undoing – where you are your own worst enemy but are unconscious of it. This is the house of dreams and the yearning for unity.

Any planet in the twelfth house can influence spiritual practices and how you spend your solitary time.