Astrological Houses are mathematically calculated locations on the birth chart. Therefore, they represent positions in the sky. There are twelve houses, each of which is ruled by a different sun sign. In Astrology, the Houses constitute the “where”, that is to say, the area of the life where the planetary energies act.
What are the Astrological Houses?
The Astrological Houses are the areas of life where we direct the energies . As with the signs, each House has its domain such as creativity, money, marriage, career, spirituality, health, among others.
The First House begins on the easternmost horizon, at the moment of our birth. It is governed by the Ascendant sign , or cusp of the 1st House, and so on, in the opposite direction to the needles of the clock, around the circle that forms the horoscope. The division between Houses is called the cusp.
The first six astrological Houses are known as “Personal Houses”, while the last six are known as “Interpersonal Houses” .
The 12 Astrological Houses and the Journey through the Zodiac
Symbolically, the Zodiac is much more than the path of the Sun across the horizon. It represents the journey of the human experience. It reflects the path of the soul (the Sun ) through the various phases of life from conception, through childhood and culminating in old age.
In the Ascendant, or cusp of the First House, the soul is embodied and assumes an ego, gains self-awareness. As it passes through the Houses, the soul experiences a symbolic progression culminating in Pisces, where it merges with everything and returns to the origin of all things.
How to Calculate the Astrological Houses?
Astrologers use various methods to calculate Astrological Houses. In the System of Equal Houses , each House covers a 30º segment in the birth chart (360º of the circle of the Zodiac between the 12 signs). The Midheaven (or MC) can fall in the 9th, 10th or 11th House, depending on the latitude in which the person was born and the time of year.
In the Placido System (or Quadrant methods), the MC always forms the cusp of the 10th House. The divisions of the Astrological Houses are not equal, and can include up to three signs. The sign that is placed on the cusp is the most important of all, but all signs are manifested in the sphere of life with which the house is related. The size of a House suggests the importance of this sphere of life in the person’s birth chart.
Ruling Planets and House Elements
In the astral chart , the information revealed by the Astrological Houses is complemented by the characteristics of the planets positioned in the respective Houses. For example, House 1 is dominated by the influence of Mars, while Saturn dominates House 10. Combined, the information of the Houses and the planets allows a more complete reading of the astrological profile, to which the characteristics of the sign are added. solar and Ascendant .
What Do Houses Say About My Personality?
The Astrological Houses are very important when reading an astrological chart because they express the way in which the energy is manifested in that person. The first six Houses are known as “Personal Houses”, while the last six Houses are known as “Interpersonal Houses”.
When you analyze your birth chart , there is a lot of information that will help you understand some aspects related to your way of being, behaviors and attitudes. Being sure that each of us is a unique and extremely complex being and that Astrology, by itself, has no answer for everything, this art can be a wonderful tool for self-knowledge.
Knowing how each of the 12 Astrological Houses influences your birth chart can be extremely revealing, especially if you feel totally in tune with the characteristics associated with your sun sign . If you meet other people with whom you share your sign, you may feel that your personalities are completely different. This is due to various individual factors , but also to the fact that each birth chart is unique , as it has different astrological influences depending on the position of the Ascendant sign, the planets, and the Houses .
On the other hand, when analyzing your astral compatibility with another person (synastry), an eventual astrological incompatibility does not mean that the relationship is doomed. But yes, there is potential to work on certain aspects of your relationship and personality. Here, Astrology can help to understand the personality of each one and give clues to make the relationship more harmonious.
For example, if Virgo occupies the second House of your birth chart but your partner has Sagittarius in the same House, it is possible that they disagree with the family financial management. Virgo tends to be more conservative and financially responsible, while Sagittarius has a hard time making long-term plans and takes finances more lightly. Putting value judgments aside, we can see that different ways of being can have a great impact on the daily life of a couple.
How Do Astrological Houses Influence the Reading of My Astral Chart?
At the time you were born, the planets were placed in specific signs and Houses. When an astrologer interprets your birth chart, he mixes the meaning of each of the planets and the House where they are positioned, which allows to foresee the obstacles or challenges that you may face in your life.
When planets visit a House, they illuminate that part of the map and energize that house. Astrologers use the Astrological Houses to predict which areas of your life stand out so that you can act and make better decisions.
Knowing the type of energetic forces that influence our astrological personality, we can tune into the most positive side of cosmic energies and use them to our advantage to evolve as a person and grow spiritually, fulfilling our destiny.
The 6 Axes of the Houses
Each of the axes formed by the Astrological Houses report a specific theme of the person’s life. There are 12 Houses and 6 axes:
- House 1 - House 7: Axis of the meeting
- House 2 - House 8: Axis of possessions or Axis of life and death
- House 3 - House 9: Thought axis (learning)
- House 4 - House 10: Axis of individualism
- House 5 - House 11: Axis of relationships
- 6th House - 12th House: Axis of existence
The 12 Houses in Astrology
- House 1 - Individual Identity (the “I”)
- House 2 - Money, Earnings and Possessions
- House 3 - Mind, Environment and Brothers
- House 4 - Home
- House 5 - Creative Self-Expression, Hobbies and Fun
- House 6 - Work, Health and Small Animals
- House 7 - Couple and Marriage
- House 8 - Sex, Death and Birth
- House 9 - Philosophy and Adventure
- House 10 - Career and Social Statutes
- House 11 - Friends and Community
- House 12 - Spirituality and Subconscious