The sign on the cusp of this house is called the rising sign. or the Ascendant.
The presentation of the self: the physical body type and appearance; childhood. The
first house manifests the power of any planets and indicates the personality as well as
the appearance. It can enable us to shield any weaknesses in our sun sign. The sun sign is
what we are meant to be, and while we are developing this ability, we can shield ourselves
with the sign on the first house cusp and any planets in this house.
The first house tells how we begin things, particularly how we present ourselves. With
Leo on the cusp, we present ourselves in a grand manner. With Virgo, we do so in a
detailed and critical manner, in the service of others. With Aquarius, we do so in an
indifferent and intellectual manner.
The first house tells how we approach life, and also our general health.
The second house is concerned with resources which we have developed as a result of our
presenting ourselves in the world. It is concerned with possessions, including money. It
shows how we value things through whatever sign is on the cusp. And it also indicates our
talents, the five senses and our self-worth. It indicates our attitude to what we own, how
we get these things, how we treat or manage them. And whether we retain them.
The second house indicates how we can acquire the wherewithal in order to survive,
and can refer to liquid assets (that is what we can quickly sell to
produce cash, or to trade). We can own land, houses (fixed assets), etc, yet not have the
ready cash to pay for our living expenses, and the second house is concerned with this.
Naturally, this also means the second house is concerned with survival, because our money
is used here to buy food, shelter, etc. In a more primitive life, we might need hunting or
farming skills in order to survive, so it is obvious that the second house deals also with
talents and skills that we can use to enhance our survival.
The third House is the House of Thought. There is a big emphasis on communication,
including language skills and literary work. It can indicate cleverness
and also being cagey and shrewd. It refers to education, particularly school education. It
concerns writing, recording and lecturing.
It is concerned with the learning we do, such as learning the ABC, how to read and how
to write. It concerns an awareness of ignorance and awareness of ability, which mean
knowing when you don't know something and knowing when you are able to do something if you keep your mind on
it and you are careful. (Unawareness of ability flowers in the sixth house.
Unawareness of ability means you can do it without
thinking, as in driving a car on auto pilot.)
The third House tells of the communication style. It also tells of siblings (especially the first
brother or sister) and short journeys or minor changes. It involves the environment,
The Fourth House is concerned with that which surrounds and protects.
It is concerned with the base, origin or root of the self. Therefore, it
includes: the home, roots, family history and
origins, life, self development, memories, the past, upbringing, the
womb, end of life, inner life
and foundations. Traditionally, it tells of the mother, when
mothers devoted themselves to the home. In this sense, it can refer to
anyone who spends a lot of time caring for the home. The final stage of life
is shown here, and so is what we become. Matters to do with
growth and creation (domestication): houses, land and gardens.
It is secret and hidden (like all water houses) so it deals with the
psychic matters. It also refers to the unconscious mind (the hidden,
This is the house of creativity and pleasure. It is associated with the heart, or
source of emotions, love and passion. It tells what things are dear to you. It is the
house of children, creative self expression, and romance. It can refer to ideas, ideals,
inventions (depending on the planets and the signs), or anything, really, which you love.
It is about anything that we make and do, in a creative manner from the heart. Of course,
hobbies, parties and all forms of entertainment, sports and games. It is concerned with
drama, acting and writing as forms of creative expression and with education. It also
includes parties, holidays and recreation. It is the house of fun. However, it is not
necessarily pointless fun. You might enjoy serious subjects and find your fun there. In
addition to fun, this house is concerned with taking risks, which might mean gambling or
investing. It refers to love and relationships prior to marriage (the seventh house refers
to the marriage partner). It refers to the first child and second sibling (see derived houses).
This house can be thought of as being concerned with (daily) routines and necessities,
such as work, health, diet, clothes and jobs. These are the details of life, and this
house tells how you deal with the details and practicalities of living. It is concerned
with people who work for you. And with how you provide a service (work) for others. It is
also concerned with tools, expenses, overheads, landlords, and pets. It also indicates
your attitude to cleanliness and order. This house refers to things that you willingly do,
but only because you have to do them in order to attain comfort, or some other goal. For
example, cleaning the house is done for the sake of having a comfortable place in which to
live, rather than because it is interesting! This house also concerns your taste in
clothes. It is a house of mind and thinking and is associated with education, teaching and
This is the place where the tyres meet the road. Where you have to get down to the
nitty gritty in order to achieve anything.
Ability begins with ignorance of inability, when we think something is easy because we
have never done it before. This is typically Aries, charging in, full of confidence, and
oblivious to any difficulties.
When we try, we realise it is harder than we thought and we become aware of our
inability in that area. We become more cautious and reserved. This is a bit like Taurus:
being reluctant to do things it doesn't know about, and avoiding the unfamiliar.
As we learn, we find we can do it, but only when we think what we are doing. We have
awareness of ability. This is like Gemini, but the process continues through to Virgo.
By practice and by following routines, our skills become automatic and we can do things
without thinking about them. We have attained an unawareness of ability, the ability to do
things in our sleep! This is the Sixth House, or Virgo where we have learned our theories
and practiced enough to be, well perfect!
The first house deals with the self, and the seventh house deals with the opposite,
that is, those who you meet on a one-to-one basis, and includes marriage and business
partners. It also includes open enemies. When we meet others we have to give and take and
agree ground rules, and in the process we get into conflict, hopefully friendly conflict,
until we find a solution. This house is also concerned with competition. In this house are
close friends, live-in-lovers and other people in general. And also contracts, law-suits
and divorce. Balance is a keyword for this house. More specifically, it indicates the
first marriage partner, the third sibling and second child.
Community resources, sex, ultimate issues and financial institutions are part of this
house. It concerns birth, death and rebirth, reincarnation, healing, the occult, other
people's resources (money) including credit cards, taxes, partner's resources, wills,
inheritance, insurance, taxes, unearned money, recycling, garbage, pollution, losses,
renunciation, letting go. It is said to indicate the manner of death. It is concerned with
power − power over others and self control. That it rules the sex organs and the anus shows
how some of the items above fit in. For instance, those dealing with
refuse. While the second house indicates your resources, this
eighth house indicates other people's resources, particularly those of the first partner.
While the third house is the house of mind, this house is the house of the higher mind.
It is more dependent on other things and people, or it is more open to them, than the
third house, but it is an active house and is ultimately independent. Here you can
entertain and examine beliefs, without necessarily believing them. Higher education,
foreign travel, ethics and legal principles are part of this house, as are philosophy and
religion. While these may refer to university education, they do not have to.
For instance, higher education refers to considering many different viewpoints and
being able to come down on the side of one of them, while knowing that it isn't absolutely
true, but it is the best one for the current situation. That is, wisdom in addition to
knowledge, whether gained at the university or at the university of life. Similarly,
philosophy can mean enjoying discussions about fundamental things, and also your
philosophy of life, whether you can put it in words or follow it instinctively.
The third house gives us knowledge of a basic kind that we can use if we think about
what we are doing. In the sixth house, our knowledge can become automatic, so we achieve
unawareness of ability. Our knowledge has become part of us. In this house we can think
deeper and to higher levels because our basic knowledge is done unconsciously, so we can
see the big picture and try out various ideas in our minds. This is less self-based in
that other viewpoints can be considered. The heart of higher education is the ability to
consider various theories, viewpoints, etc, from an objective viewpoint. In the twelfth
house, there is, the striving to view all things without an awareness of self, with a kind
of unknowingness, where there is an automatic scanning of all viewpoints, and an automatic
The ethics and legal principles can be simply what you think is right and what you
think is wrong. Religion normally refers to conventional organised religion. Long journeys
can be journeys in the world or in the mind (deep study), and they also refer to major
changes. Freedom, independence and justice are important attitudes suggested by this
house. Dreams and visions are applicable in this house as are the fourth sibling, third
child, and second partner. Languages, foreigners, and success are also relevant to this
house. The word "foreigners" refers to people from far away and also to local
people with different backgrounds and beliefs. This house also refers to brothers and
sisters in law.
The tenth house shows what you are aiming for, it shows your career, reputation and
what you become known for. Personal image, authority, honour, prestige, career, ambition,
organisations, rulers and employers are involved in this house. If the fourth house refers
to the base, roots, where you come from, then the tenth shows where you are going. It also
involves: goals and aspirations, social standing, person with power over you, and the
government. It indicates the parent of greatest influence.
This is a house of friends, hopes and wishes. It is concerned with the future. In the
third house, you have friends who are brothers or sisters, or neighbours. In the seventh
house, you have close friends and partners. In this house the friends are ones who relate
to your public image. For instance, if at work you are Beryl the accountant, then your
friends are your workmates. On a more grand scale, the leader of a political party would
have the people in this house as their friends, or supporters.
This house is also concerned with plans, ideals, groups, contacts, clubs, political
parities, unions, social groups, humanitarian activities, and altruism.
Well-wishers, high hopes and aspirations also belong here. It is generally
materialistic and can indicate money earned from a career. Also stepchildren, fifth
sibling, fourth child, third partner.
This house shows how we think about our lives and how we think about the hereafter, or
about spiritual things (cadent house).
It can refer to karma and spiritual matters. This is
a house of non-self, which means it is concerned with large, impersonal,
institutions, such as hospitals, prisons, large bureaucracies, the civil service, etc.
That is areas where they claim to serve rather than seek a profit, and where the workers
and managers are somewhat anonymous. Here we think of unselfish service.
This also adds up to hidden matters. Sometimes this is because the
good is not published (selfless service, modesty), and sometimes it is because the bad is
concealed. But it also refers to hidden matters which are being uncovered, or research
in science, or something else. It refers to activities behind the scenes,
for good or bad.
Anyone who reviews their life, is likely to think of things that they did not do, which
they wished they had done, and things they did do, and wished they hadn't. This can result
in some sorrow, and can also result in guilt or shame. It can also result in pride and
satisfaction when we think of the good things we did (or even the temptations we
In the third house, we learn basic things. In the sixth we make this knowledge
automatic. And in the ninth we can range far and wide in thought because we have the
knowledge which is unconscious within us. In the twelfth house, we can range even further
through an unawareness of ability and an unawareness of self. In some ways we transcend
ourselves and think not of our own selfish needs and viewpoints, but the viewpoint of
humanity, or of all life. We can in a similar way transcend knowledge so we can understand
it in what appears to be a mystic way, to those who have not attained this level of
development. There is a no-mind unknowing where all knowledge is "routine" as
are all viewpoints, so there is intuition.
The twelfth house is also concerned with health, either as a profession, or how we deal
with illness. It is also concerned with meditation (impersonal), self-sacrifice
(selflessness) and charity (selfless giving).
The twelfth house also indicates areas where we have secret enemies, which could be
those aspects of ourselves which lead to our undoing.
The following is for historical interest, really, as modern astrologers do not consider
that one house is less influential than another.
Planets in angular houses have 100% of their power. In succedent houses, only 50%. In
cadent houses only 25%. Traditionally, the strength of the houses is in this order: 1, 10,
7, 4, 11, 5, 9, 3, 2, 8, 6, 12, with the last three being less fortunate.
In chart interpretation, this concerns whether the chart has most planets above or
below the horizon.
Judgements of the horoscope based on hemispheres and quadrants should not be taken as
more than a rough guide as other elements can invalidate these general comments.
These houses are concerned with the degree in which you take into account external
The Northern Houses, 1 to 6, are considered to be subjective, that is
directed inwards or introverted. They are more home oriented. They indicate you
consider internal reasons and information, that is, your own opinions. You need to spend
some time each day alone in order to recharge.
The Southern Houses, 7 to 12 are considered objective or outward
looking (extroverted). They are more worldly in their outlook. They consider external
reasons and information, that is they dependent on others opinions. You need some
socialising each day in order to recharge.
In chart interpretation, this concerns whether the chart has most planets rising or
These houses indicate the source of your motivation, whether from
within or without. That is, whether you do things for their own sake or for the sake of an
external reward or approbation.
The Eastern Houses- 1, 2, 3 and 10, 11, 12 are considered to be independent,
self-assertive or self-referring. They are intrinsically motivated. In a simple way, this
means that they do things because of their own motives, wants, etc, and not for external
reward.. They want to feel they are free to do what they want and are masters of their
destiny. Their motive is self satisfaction.
The Western Houses, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, are considered to be co-operative,
dependent or other-referring. They are extrinsically motivated. And they do
things because of others, or external rewards. They consider they are to some extent
dependent on fate. Their motive is external approval and reward.
The meaning of the emphasised quadrants is a combination of the
meaning of the hemispheres.
The subjective people, with most planets below the horizon, look
within themselves to their personal experience to seek information and answers.
Of these, independent people, those with most planets in the first
three houses, (1, 2, 3), are motivated through enjoying what they do for its own sake
(intrinsic motivation). They believe they are in control of their destiny and while they
may enjoy any rewards they receive, thanks, money, etc, they do not do what they do for
this reason. Also, they act from within and may not do what is needed and wanted by
others. The yardstick with which they judge things is based within them (and not
based on the opinions of
others). They prefer to do things alone and by themselves, and are therefore not good at
Subjective people, dependent people, who have most planets in the next
three houses, (4, 5, 6) are motivated by external reward, and do what they do because of
the reward they expect to get. They may believe they are pushed to do things, and are
subject to fate and luck. The are people who need some time alone each day to refresh
themselves and tend to rely on their own experience to judge things.
Objective people are those born with most of their planets above the
horizon. They look to others (or external sources) to seek information and answers. In
contrast with subjective people, they need some time each day with people to charge their
Objective people with most of their planets in houses 7, 8, and 9, are motivated by
external rewards and are called ambitious. They pay close attention to
other people and base their judgements on the opinions of others (or at least take their
opinions into account).
Objective people with most of their planets in houses 10, 11, and 12 are motivated by
internal processes and not external rewards. They provide a service.
Whilst we use the words "cardinal, fixed and mutable" to describe the signs,
we use the words angular, succedent and cadent to refer to the analogous house positions.
The sequence of angular, succedent, cadent is like this: the being appears in the
world, or does something, and as a result brings together many things. Finally these are
lost, given away, or go away. This recurs in cycles. Another way of saying this, is that
we begin something, and as a consequence we acquire things or abilities; that is, things
of value. Finally, we reflect on what we have acquired or learned, and use this to
determine what we will do next, and how we will do it.
The word "angular", refers to the main angles of the
chart. It refers to the first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses. The keyword for the
Angular Houses is "self". The self means "the self
as...", in contrast with "selfish". Another keyword is
powerful, because the angular houses are thought to be
more powerful. The angular houses tell us how we
deal with reality, how we begin things.
For the first house it is the potential personal self, body or
appearance. If Venus is in the first house, we tend to present ourselves in a harmonious
and diplomatic manner.
In the fourth house, it is the family, or self as family, It means the
self we have created including: the past, the genetic origins, memory, self-development,
In the seventh house it is the self in relation to others
(interpersonal) (my other half).
In the tenth it is the public self (Fame, notoriety), or self as seen
by the public.
The word "succedent" means "following or
succeeding". (succeed means to follow or to attain success). The succedent houses
are the second, fifth, eighth and the eleventh. The keyword for the succedent houses is
"collection". Things are grouped together. A collection can
mean raising money. It means gathering things together, when done for protection it means security.
A direct consequence of collecting things is organisation. We need to
organise. This implies the management of what we have and the development
of our resources. And all of this can be a pleasure, if only because
can enjoy our acquisitions.
The second house is often associated with personal, movable wealth.
Naturally, what we accumulate depends on what we value. And the second house is concerned
with what we value, including ourselves and our self-worth. It concerns matters which we
The fifth house often refers to pleasures, which are the result of
some activity. It is concerned with love and romance, and with all kinds of entertainment,
including games, sport and gambling. It also concerns children. In other
words, it is the house of delightful things we have collected, either
physically, mentally or spiritually: pet ideas, delightful studies,
sports and games (that delight us), and of course, our beloved children.
The eighth house sometimes refers to shared resources, including
legacies. The eighth house is concerned with sex, and also with recuperation - how quickly
we can bounce back from illness, etc. It concerns health, other people's money including
credit cards and other loans, and social values. It is the things we
have collected from other people.
The eleventh house refers to friends and groups, which
"collected". It is also concerned with hopes and wishes, what we want to have
(collect). It is concerned with the future, and as such involves the values which we hope
society will adopt.
Cadent means "falling, or coming to an end or resolution".
The cadent houses are the third, sixth, ninth and twelfth. The keyword for cadent is
"dispersal". One meaning of dispersal is "giving
out". When a group of people separate and go their separate ways, we say they
disperse. Another way to express this is in terms of reflection
(thinking) and consequences. Having taken action as some
being, we gain security, or gather together values and having succeeded (or not) we
reflect upon (think seriously about) the cycle of action and deal with the consequences.
In the cadent houses, we think about what has gone before and what we will do, or what
will happen in the future. Here we do our thinking before we take the
next action. In the world, the cadent houses come at a time when the seasons are changing
from one to the other. In the natal chart we think about the past and the future in a more
or less critical, detailed and impersonal fashion, with the intention of using what we
have learned to take our next steps in life.
The third house is concerned with communication, which in one sense
could mean we disperse our knowledge and experience to others. After
thinking about things, we go here and there and share our knowledge, and also to gain more
knowledge. This is not deep knowledge, which is the concern of the ninth house, and may be
simply facts and information. Literature and verbal communication are stressed.
The sixth house is the House Of Service, where we willingly give
our personal resources and skills to help others. We think seriously about matters of
work, routines and health, and as a result we share this knowledge, mostly in the sense of
doing things for others.
The ninth house concerns philosophy and higher learning, where we give
our time and effort to expand one's potential. Here we think very deeply about things and
travel long distances in order to gain knowledge.
The twelfth house can refer to karma and spiritual
matters. This is a house of non-self, which means it is concerned with
large, impersonal, institutions, such as hospitals,
prisons, large bureaucracies, the civil service, etc. That is areas where they claim to serve
rather than seek a profit, and where the workers and managers are somewhat anonymous. Here
we think of unselfish service.
This also adds up to hidden matters. Sometimes this is because the
good is not published (selfless service, modesty), and sometimes it is
because the bad is concealed. But it also refers to hidden matters which are being
uncovered, or research in science, or something else. It refers to activities
behind the scenes, for good or bad.
Anyone who reviews their life, is likely to think of things that they did not do, which
they wished they had done, and things they did do, and wished they hadn't. This can result
in some sorrow, and can also result in guilt or shame.
It can also result in pride and satisfaction when we think of the good things we did (or
even the temptations we resisted).
The twelfth house is also concerned with health, either as a
profession, or how we deal with illness. It is also concerned with meditation
(impersonal), self-sacrifice (selflessness) and charity (selfless
The twelfth house also indicates areas where we have secret enemies,
which could be those aspects of ourselves which lead to our undoing.