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Houses in Sun Sign

The First House
House of Self
The First House is commonly referred to as the House of Self.
The cusp of the First House is the home of the Ascendant, the
Sign which was rising on the eastern horizon at the precise
moment of one's birth. By thinking of this in terms of sunrise and
new beginnings, one begins to grasp the concepts of the First
House. The new beginnings here are centered around the
individual: the self and the attendant voyage of discovery which
defines a person. Who are you? What will you become? How do
you realize your best self? The First House speaks to the
realization of one's ultimate potential. This process of becoming
a unique individual is one of the greatest contributions we make
to the world in which we live.
The distinct qualities which we possess are often referred to as
personality. The First House addresses the individual, his or her
comportment and approach to life. In other words, the sum total
of one's being. This is the package we give to the world. The
packaging itself, or our outer being, is also governed by the First
House -- think the physical body and the way in which we
present ourselves, and in particular, the head and face.
Early childhood is also ruled by the First House. Everything from
our earliest steps to our view of the emerging world is
considered here. How will we develop? What is our view on life?
It all begins at the beginning (the First House) and serves to
shape us for all time.
In sum, the First House speaks to the person we are becoming
and will become, both internally and externally. It addresses our
personality and presentation to the world, our essential qualities,
approach to life, demeanor and basic sensibilities. The inner self
and outer body is what the First House is all about.
The First House is ruled by the Sign Aries and the Planet Mars.

The Second House
House of Possessions
The Second House is commonly referred to as the House of
Possessions. While this speaks to that which we own, it's not
limited simply to tangible things. We own our feelings and
emotions, as well as our inner selves, abilities, needs and wants.
When we own up to something, we are in fact claiming
ownership of our greatest possession, our self.
Using our possessions, including material goods, to maximum
advantage is also within the realm of the Second House. Our
possessions should enhance our lives and those of others in
addition to fostering a general sense of well-being. This brings
forth the concept of value which is key to the Second House.
What do we value, both tangibly and intangibly? Why do we
value it? Who do we value? What do we really own? What do
we want to own? Why? Our effective resolution for these
questions are a large part of what the Second House is all about.
Specific possessions covered by the Second House include
earned income and our ability to influence it, investments and
moveable property (cars, clothing, jewelry and the like). Debt is
also part of the equation here, since we own the responsibility to
pay our bills. How we view money, the acquisition of wealth (and
debt), financial reversals, savings, budgeting and financial status
are all ruled by the Second House.
For those of us who believe that money will set us free, it's
interesting to note that this maxim finds a home in the Second
House. Personal freedoms as established by financial capability
and sensibility is addressed within this House. To a great
extent, our possessions and what we do with them help to define
us as viable human beings. Taking it a step further, will these
material goods help us gain social standing, recognition,
friendship and love? Used properly, they very well might.
Therefore, the goal implicit in one's possessions could be
defined as the ability to use those possessions honestly and to
our best advantage and for the greater good. If our possessions
work for us and those around us, what more could we ask? Well,
one more question does come to mind: what goes around
comes around? Sounds about right!
The Second House is ruled by the Sign Taurus and the Planet

The Third House
House of Communication
The Third House is commonly referred to as the House of
Communication. In this House, much of the communication is
going on between the individual and those he or she holds
close: brothers and sisters, as well as neighbors. While
communication here can be both written and verbal, it also has a
conscious quality to it. Think about kindred spirits and mental
connections. This serves to highlight the role of intelligence
within the Third House.
Intelligence, as viewed in this realm, is the analytical ability one
possesses within his or her environment, specifically a basic
grasp of things and a practical sensibility. We use this
intelligence to help us work effectively within our world and with
those in it. The Third House reminds us that it's okay to use our
conscious skills, as well as a more reflective intelligence, in
order to make our way. A symbiotic relationship with those we
hold close is also part of the plan. Let's not forget that our minds
are powerful, quick and dexterous. Some things will be well thought
out, others nearly automatic. Maximizing our sum
potential is the key.
Early education, effectively teaching us how to think and
communicate, is also covered by the Third House, as are short
trips. Again, the proximate nature of travel speaks to the intimate
nature of the Third House: those we know well, in our
environment, keeping that environment tight.
Harnessing our intelligence and sharing it effectively with others
is the essence of the Third House. How do we best state our
case with others, often those we love the most? Will our actions
be true to our environment, and our planet, for all time? This
brings to the fore emerging forms of intelligence-gathering, such
as computers. Will they make or break communication as we
know it? The questions posed by the Third House can be
answered by listening to that House: think, process, and share.
The Third House is ruled by the Sign Gemini and the Planet

The Fourth House
House of Family and Home
The Fourth House is commonly referred to as the House of
Home. When we think of home, we think of that place where we
put down our roots. We lay our foundation and plant ourselves
firmly into the Earth, as it were. One day, we will return to that
very same Earth. The Fourth House brings things full circle by
also addressing old age, endings and our final resting place.
Much of the emphasis of the Fourth House, however, is on the
concept of home. By laying down roots, we make a home for
ourselves, or more specifically, the self. It's worth noting that in
addition to the external home (all the bricks and mortar around
us), we have really brought the essential self home. 'I'm home.'
The words themselves have a peaceful ring to them. The self is
now centered, grounded, one and at peace with the Earth. We
seek to come home both physically and psychically, for
ourselves and for those we love. By creating home, we create a
meeting place, a sanctuary, a sacred place for ourselves and for
In our home, we integrate the self with all that has come before
us and helped to shape what we are today. We create a
domestic space which comforts and nurtures us and serves to
keep safe those we love. Also important here are family history,
cultural and societal norms, and ways of being. All of these are
ruled by the Fourth House, as are our ancestry, roots and
heritage. These qualities are brought 'home' through us and
integrated into the place we call home.
Helping to create the home we make are our parents, for it is
they who greatly nurture and shape our being. Therefore, the
Fourth House can also be thought of as the House of the
Mother, the Parent or the Nurturer.
Looking at things from a strictly tangible point of view, we can
see that the Fourth House also encompasses physical
structures (houses) and real estate. The Fourth House
represents family, history and traditions. All of these contribute
to the process of becoming a true, actualized and individualized
self. This is how we come home.
The Fourth House is ruled by the Sign Cancer and the Moon

The Fifth House
House of Pleasure
The Fifth House is commonly referred to as the House of
Pleasure. Oftentimes, pleasure is the result of a creative act.
The simple act of creating is, essentially, giving of oneself and
making something -- making another? Yes, the Fifth House does
speak to procreation and children, but it also addresses the
creation of art and culture. The creative life is one from which we
can derive much personal pleasure and self-satisfaction. Do I
like this? Does it make me feel good? Does it bring me
pleasure? The answers therein are the domain of the Fifth
Taking this pleasure principle a step further, one can give it a
more human face, even two faces. Romance and romantic
affairs, both emotional pleasures, are within the realm of the
Fifth House. Emotional satisfaction can be gained in many ways,
and yet another way addressed by this House is gambling.
While this implies a financial risk, it can also be viewed as the
willingness to take a risk -- on love, with money or in life. A gut
risk in the hopes of a pleasurable outcome is how the Fifth
House sees it. This House is actually quite rich with pleasures
since it also lords over fun, games and hobbies. Life is more
than just being or doing, it also includes finding -- finding the
pleasure in the acts in which we engage.
Children as a source of pleasure are also important in the Fifth
House. This brings us back to creativity, since through our
children, we create an extension of ourselves and then watch it
grow. Giving our children all the good we had (and have), and
then some, is certainly a pleasurable pursuit. How will this
manifest itself? What form of pleasure and emotional release is
best for our children? Music, dance, theater, art, science,
literature -- these fancies are for them and for us. Play for the
purpose of emotional enrichment and pure pleasure is what the
Fifth House is all about.
The Fifth House is ruled by the Sign Leo and the Sun.

The Sixth House
House of Health
The Sixth House is commonly referred to as the House of
Health. Implicit in maintaining good health is the ability to cope in
the face of adversity, and this theme rings truest in the Sixth
House. As human beings, we naturally have shortcomings. What
will we do with them? How will we react in the face of a personal
crisis? Crises, illnesses and reversals of fortune are all part of
our Earthly trek. How we confront these situations and deal with
the lessons they invariably teach us helps to define the person
we become.
Our fears may hold us back, but if we can meet them head-on
and come out stronger on the other side, we may learn the
valuable lesson of service or what our life's work should be.
Work and service are central to the Sixth House. The focus here
is on employment (employers and employees), training, those
who serve us (along with those we serve) and those who
depend on us. Keeping ourselves strong throughout these
efforts is also important here, which is why this House further
focuses on health (good and bad), diet, fitness and hygiene.
Essential to the work we do in life is the work we do on our self.
Duty, responsibility and personal growth all contribute to the
creation of a fully-realized being. We work for others as well as
for ourselves; we are at service to those who need us, including
our own being. There will be times when crises of health or faith
will stand in the way of our best self. At those times, we must
endeavor to heal ourselves (again, the focus of this House is on
health) so that we can return to the work of realizing our sum
potential, of serving our world.
The Sixth House also addresses the daily dailiness of life: what
will I wear today? Do I need a haircut? Has the dog been fed?
These simple matters keep our engines humming and enable us
to do the more important work of our choosing. It's a patchwork
quilt: the ability to serve others in health and through work which
is both valuable and fulfilling.
The Sixth House is ruled by the Sign Virgo and the Planet

The Seventh House
House of Partnerships
The Seventh House is commonly referred to as the House of
Partnership. With this House, we see a shift away from the self
toward another -- a partner. By cooperating with and relating to
another we unite for the purpose of achieving something.
Purpose is important to the Seventh House -- the act of
accomplishing something great or small for the self, the
partnership and even society as a whole. In uniting with another,
we also become a more valuable member of our world: we make
a contribution, one small cog in the wheel of life. We have
purpose. Cooperation and partnership help to expedite our
purpose in life.
Through a partnership, we fill out our essential being. Suddenly,
we see ourselves in context. Through a partnership in which we
work, play, love and/or create, we are fully formed and
completed. The other half helps to make us whole. Ultimately,
how we relate to others will help to define the success we have
as a human being and as a member of humankind.
The Seventh House shows us that partnerships can take many
forms: marriage, business relationships, contracts, legalities,
negotiations and agreements. We will cooperate to a greater or
lesser extent in these varied partnerships. The quality of that
cooperation, in essence how we relate to the other, is key to the
Seventh House. Why do we choose this partnership? Is it for
love or money? Practical reasons? Social considerations? There
are many reasons for uniting with another. We may choose to fill
voids we see in ourselves. We may simply want the company
and companionship of another. The partnerships we form say a
great deal about ourselves and also serve to teach us much.
This House wants us to know that the quality of our partnerships
will enhance our lives, make them fuller, more special and better
for everyone.
Tensions within a partnership also serve to teach us lessons.
For this reason, the Seventh House also focuses on the darker
side of our unions. Divorce, lawsuits and treaties all fall within
this House. At its worst, a partnership may create enemies --
and on a more global scale, these rifts can deteriorate into war.
It is our reaction to this adversity which will shape the
partnerships yet to come.
The Seventh House is ruled by the Sign Libra and the Planet

The Eighth House
House of Sex
The Eighth House is commonly referred to as the House of Sex.
This House delves into relationships -- interactions with another
and how certain aspects of those interactions can take on a
more communal nature. It speaks to what our relationships will
bring us and how we can get the most out of them.
Returning to this House's emphasis on sex, it's important to note
that the French refer to an orgasm as 'le petit mort' or 'the little
death.' When we reach that exalted state of communion, we
leave a little of ourselves behind -- die a small death. One can
also choose to view this as growth, a new beginning, the rebirth
of the soul or a gain for the partnership. The Eighth House is an
equal-opportunity House, placing sex, death and rebirth on the
same level playing field and acknowledging the viability and
importance of all three. We will all experience death and rebirth
as part of our lives: failed relationships leading to new ones,
career changes, a new hairstyle. We are regenerated and
reborn with each new phase and should welcome them.
Shared resources also fall within the Eighth House: inheritance,
alimony, taxes, insurance, support from another. Financial
support as well as spiritual, emotional and physical support are
addressed by this House. While our relationships share many of
the aforementioned things, they also have their own dynamics
and grow from within (we grow through our sexuality as well as
through other more tangible means). That said, much as our
relationships are expansive, they also have certain constraints,
many which are placed on them by society. Again, taxes,
alimony and the joint nature of assets come to mind. Yes, with
every opportunity we have, we may face a restriction along with
it. Once again, death and rebirth.
In keeping with the transforming nature of this House, rituals are
highlighted. Every group has its own way of peering in and
looking deep into the soul and the past, if only to get a sense of
what we truly are. What quality will our rituals take on? Exalted
states or metamorphoses? What secrets do we keep and why?
How we manage our interactions, relationships and rituals is
important to the Eighth House -- will we be honest, effective and
responsible? Will the riches generated by our relationships
benefit the group (company, humankind) as a whole? Our
legacies are key to this House: how we conduct ourselves now,
and how that will play out for all time.
The Eighth House is ruled by the Sign Scorpio and the Planets
Mars and Pluto.

The Ninth House
House of Philosophy
The Ninth House is commonly referred to as the House of
Philosophy. In keeping with that theme, it's our search for
meaning which is the focal point here. By virtue of exploring our
world, we start to grasp everything that is available to us. It all
boils down to understanding: understanding that which we see
and feel and probing further in the hopes of realizing true
Through higher education, we have the hope of understanding
concepts and theories which will enhance our world. Whether it's
philosophy or psychology, the Ninth House reminds us that we
are on a voyage of discovery. Along that road, we will come face to-
face with our ideals and further shape the ethics by which we
live. Another approach to clearer meaning and understanding of
that which we see, and more importantly, that which we do not
see, is through religion. Understanding and accepting that which
is greater than us and our world is key to the Ninth House.
Sadly, we might not always be humble in the face of what we
have. A concrete understanding of the possibilities in life may
well lead to ruthless ambition and greed and an over-expansion
of the self. To face these demons most effectively in society, we
institute laws. These laws provide for the orderly and positive
growth of that society. In much the same way, philosophy and
religion help add focus and purpose to a productive society. How
members of a society relate, and knowing and respecting the
laws by which they live, are core tenets of the Ninth House.
The way in which we expand our inner and outer lives is also
addressed by the Ninth House. Travel and interaction with other
peoples and cultures are a means to this end. Our dreams,
those which illustrate our past as well as those which speak to
future events, also help to mold our being and our relationships.
Taking this a step further, psychics as the bearers of relevant
information also come into play.
Additionally, the Ninth House addresses publishing and
multinational ventures such as import/export businesses. This
House also has a multigenerational view, taking into account
grandchildren, as well as in-laws. At the end of the day,
however, the Ninth House is best described as philosophically
inclined in the search for meaning and truth.
The Ninth House is ruled by the Sign Sagittarius and the Planet

The Tenth House
House of Social Status
The Tenth House is commonly referred to as the House of
Social Status. It is about the place we have attained in our social
(or work/career) grouping and in society as a whole. Think
status, the authority it conveys, and consequently, the role we
take in our community. It also speaks to any promotions we
receive, any fame we may have or will come to have and the
types of business and social activities in which we partake. With
respect to achievement, this House focuses on how we see
ourselves and how the community as a whole sees us (and our
efforts). Through this House, we work on manifesting ourselves.
Vocation is important in the Tenth House. What role will we
choose and how will we best fill it? How much do we want to
achieve? Career, professional goals, ambition and motivation all
come into play here. In a more practical context, employers and
their rules are covered here, as are any other organizations
(specifically the government) which have the ability to rule over
us. Along with our life's work comes the challenge of ruling over
others, although there will generally be someone who lords over
The prestige and social status we accrue by virtue of our careers
and vocations can be seen, intangibly, in the form of ego
gratification. How we manage this is addressed by the Tenth
House. It may be most difficult to tire of financial rewards in our
consumerist society; surprisingly, ego massage may grow old
more quickly.
The question of how we will manage these gifts, and the status
that comes along with them, is important to this House. Will we
use our power to truly help society, or will we be willful and
reckless? Not all of us are cut out for grand scale social success
or equipped to help society significantly. It's also worth noting
that many of our successes are achieved with the aid of society,
not in a vacuum.
The relationship of the individual to a group and to society is
also highlighted in the Tenth House. To improve things and to
make an impact, we must feel a real kinship to the cause; a
fervent resolve to change things is necessary. In this way, we
will achieve that social status which is truly worthwhile. Lastly, in
keeping with its focus on rulers, the Tenth House addresses the
father, who is generally the more authoritarian parent.
The Tenth House is ruled by the Sign Capricorn and the Planet

The Eleventh House
House of Friendships
The Eleventh House is commonly referred to as the House of
Friends. Through our friends, we find strength in numbers -- we
see the power of the collective, the group. Groups addressed by
this House include clubs, organizations, social groups,
networking organizations and professional associations. The
focus here is on the activities we undertake within these groups,
how we make a difference and as a result, how we grow and
actualize our true selves. Further, it's the group, by virtue of its
collective strength, which helps to define what we as individuals
will do.
As we grow, we have more opportunities and possibilities
available to us, and the Eleventh House addresses these. Our
interactions and efforts are in keeping with our priorities in life;
these interactions have the ability to enhance our lives. A labor
of love? Yes, in many ways. Through our friends and group
activities we add substance and meaning to our lives and to
The Eleventh House also speaks to destiny -- in simple terms,
our hopes and dreams, what we desire and what we want to
achieve. Our creative vision is highlighted, the simple act of
working toward our maximal selves. The power of collective
creation, as well as the creative sparks generated by the group,
are also important to this House. By banding together, we can
create so much more.
In joining with our friends, we not only accomplish a great deal,
but we can also enjoy the fruits of our labor. The Eleventh
House also addresses the kind of friend we are: what do we do
for others? How do we view our friends? How do they view us?
It is our basic character which, to a great extent, defines the
friends and groups we choose.
Oftentimes, we work with our friends toward a greater good and
in the hope of improving society. This is our philanthropic side
coming to the fore, the ability to selflessly and eagerly help
others. It is also our humanity manifesting itself most effectively.
At times, we may upset the proverbial apple cart, but the sum
total of our efforts should be to look at the end result. If that's
good, then the process of getting there, for better or for worse, is
worthwhile. Lastly, the Eleventh House also governs
stepchildren, foster children and adopted children.
The Eleventh House is ruled by the Sign Aquarius and the
Planets Saturn and Uranus.

The Twelfth House
House of Subconscious
The Twelfth House is commonly referred to as the House of the
Unconscious. The unconscious state can help engender our
successes, as well as assist us in coping with our failures.
Success vs. failure: do we consciously confront our lives or
subconsciously sweep things under the proverbial rug? This
House might more aptly be called the House of Reckoning,
since it is in the Twelfth that we review what we have been (and
done) and decide where we go from there. Along with these
unconscious musings, we also deliberate on strengths and
weaknesses which are hidden from public view.
Our subconscious works hard on our behalf, trying to make
sense of our lives. This shadow play is slow and long, and often
fraught with fear and pain. It is in this context that we are
confronted with our sorrows, suffering and the secrets we keep
from ourselves and from others. Ultimately, we are also
confronted with our fate: karma. Here we meet up with the
results of everything we have done. This further puts the focus
on repressed agendas and restraint. What have we wrought with
in our lives? This is a key question of the Twelfth House, and we
will deal with it both consciously and unconsciously. Will the
answers compel us to be transformed or reborn? This is another
cornerstone of the Twelfth House -- the manner in which we
move forward.
We can learn much from the unconscious. In its most noble
manifestation, we will be prompted to be charitable. If we learn
our lessons, both past and present, we are also better equipped
to move forward. The Twelfth House compels us to seek closure
in a spiritual way as an aid to positive growth.
The last House of the zodiac also recognizes that we can feel
bound in life -- stuck and confined. For this reason, this House
rules jails, hospitals, institutions, asylums and any space that
inhibits freedom. More gloominess in the Twelfth comes in the
form of danger, secret enemies and clandestine affairs. Beware!
While some may decry the Twelfth House as the garbage bin of
the zodiac, it's really an unfair term. Ultimately, this House is the
champion of positive transformations. It is here that we stand on
the precipice and determine how we will proceed. By visiting the
unconscious and meeting with the past, we begin to glean what
the future will bring.
The Twelfth House is ruled by the Sign Pisces and the Planets
Jupiter and Neptune.


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