beauty of astrology is in the simplicity and connectedness of the systems
it uses, which are multi-levelled but carry universal themes which translate
to our life's experiences as individuals. There are many different house
systems that can be used, but the house position all depend on an accurate
time of birth. This is why the time of birth is important as it sets
the chart within a twenty four hour period. Without a time of birth,
an astrologer can only work with planets in signs, but not know where
in the life these exist. Here is a simple description of each of the
This is the House where we meet the world and is known also as the rising
sign. It can describe our physical appearance or image and planets in
this house are used to communicate something about the individuality
of the person. For example, Mercury here would indicate that a person
needs to communicate through speech and writing to express their individuality.
There is an impulsive quality here, where we just are and are immediately
recognised by the sign qualities expressed.
The Second House is concerned with what we have in terms of material
possessions and also our ability to use our special skills and talents
to bring our possessions to us. It is the House of sustenance and what
we must do to maintain our physical well being. It can also indicate
our self esteem and the value we place not only on material things but
also ourselves. Are we worth it?
This House is associate with Gemini and is the area in our lives where
we communicate and disseminate information. It is also associated with
short journeys and our local environment and siblings. It describes
our early education, our schooling and is essentially a social house
as it is where we begin to mee the world in social terms.
In my experience this house can be the house of Karma. It is associated
with family, culture and traditions handed down through generations
and as such can refer to past lives and those who we associate with
in this life in order to help us work through our soul's purpose. The
family teaches values and behavious which may or may not be appropriate
as we grow up and leave the nest. A person with a strong planetary presence
here may need to continue the role of perpetuating strong roots in a
This house is where we experiment with our social skills through interacting
with friends and lovers. We learn about ourselves through others' reaction
too our behaviour. Here we are encouraged to express our individuality
and creativity and learn not to lose our spontaneity and our need for
play. So this house also shows hobbies and pastimes and also the results
of the most creative act, our children.
This House is associated with work and service to the community. It
indicates how we can be part of society and give our skills to it in
order society to benefit, not just ourselves. It is also the house associated
with health and healing and our ability to maintain our physical systems
as a cohesive whole. The work place becomes a macrocosm to our body's
microcosm and we need to be aware of each part making a contribution
to the wellbeing of the whole.
T his is the house of partnerships and commitment to others through
marriage or long term relationships. It is opposite the First House
and balances the needs of us as individuals with those we relate to
on a permanent basis. We learn compromise and respect for others' individuality
which can sometimes take several attempts to achieve! It is also traditionally
the house of open enemies, and business partnerships.
This is the House of Scorpio and reminds us that there is one certainty
in ife and that is death. It is the house of transformation, endings
and beginnings and the ability to regenerate through sex. It is also
associated with money and inheritance, and also the partner's money
and finances. Our dues to society are shown in this house, through taxation
and living by society's laws or dealing with the consequences.
The Ninth House is associated with religion, philosophies and belief
systems, as well as higher education as opposed to school education
in the Third House. It is where we formulate our code for living, either
through our own learning and experience or we can adopt our culture's
standards. Of course, this varies according to the different religons
around the world and this house recognises the importance of different
cultures and overseas travel. The key word is 'expansion'.
This is house is at the top of the chart and consequently refers to
our highest ambition, usually seen through our career, which is how
we are recognised and categorised by society. It represents the culmination
of work and experience to achieve the goals we set ourselves and the
authority other people invest in us as a result of all our hard work
and achievement. An emphasised tenth house usually indicates a person
who reaches the top and is acknowleged for that.
This is concerned with our special friends and groups of people (not
family) with whom we feel a common bond or association. There is a recognition
that other people share our ideals and goals for the common good, perhaps
through political endeavour or charities. It is where we can create
the sort of society we want and not be afraid of change or challenge
This house has been much maligned in the past as its concerns are more
to do with our inner world rather than outer achievements. However it
can be the House of excellence as it is where we can recognise our true
inner selves and act according to our greatest puspose. It may give
us cause for doubt and demand that we question who we are, but that
is its greatest strength. When we withdraw from the world and find a
place of peace and solitude then we are in a position to commune with
our higher selves, and planets in the Twelfth show a need for self reflection.
Tradtionally it was considered the house of seclusion in hospitals,
prisons etc..and the domain of secret enemies, but we are all capable
of being our own worst enemy by failing to nurture our needs. It is
the house where we return after the maelstrom of interacting with the
busy world and can be the source of great inner strength and tranquility.