might as well know up front that if you don’t know the exact time (i.e.
11:38 pm) of your birth, then you won’t be able to calculate your Ascendant
(which in turn sets the stage for determining the 12 Houses).
Z and The 12 Astrological Houses
nothing else about the basic concepts of astrology really manages to
throw you a curve, then my attempting to explain the 12 Houses should
do the trick quite nicely.
I truthfully don’t know what to do about that. Hey! Give me break...
I'm good, but even I’m not a miracle worker.
Worth Learning, Though
But as difficult as it is to initially get a good grip on how the Houses
work... the Houses are also quite interesting and more than worth your
time and effort to understand.
Well, among other things, the Houses are when you first start to discover
that you’ve got all 12 of the Zodiac signs contained in your birth chart.
put: the Houses are the 12 places where stuff happens. And
so the 12 Houses map out the “general areas of life” where you’re naturally
the most attracted to and focused on during this lifetime.
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One way to think of the Houses is they are like the 12 different rooms
of a mansion. There are certain places in your 12 room mansion that
you'd naturally end up spending more time in than you would the others.
folks might prefer spending most of their time in the living room, some
in the dining room, and some would prefer hanging out in the den. (Elvis
Presley preferred hanging out in the Jungle Room.)
In her book Adventures of a Psychic, clairvoyant Sylvia Browne
relates this concept regarding her particular "road map of reality":
to Sylvia, prior to being born on planet Earth, we're sent to a celestial
"holding station" where we sit down and decide on 7 general areas
of our soon to be life on Earth. These 7 areas are: Love, Social Life,
Family, Career, Health, Finance, and Spirituality.
12 houses of the astrological chart are similar in concept to Sylvia's
7 areas of life. The main difference is however that astrology's "road
map of reality" is saddled with 12 rather complex and fluid areas
as opposed to Sylvia's simplistic road map that has only 7 areas. (By
the way, astrology may have originally had only 8 houses, and then through
the passage of time the number of houses was eventually expanded to
the 12 houses we have today.)
As mentioned previously, there’s a shortcut to understanding the themes
of the 12 different Houses... and the shortcut is that the themes of
the 12 Houses are very similar to the energies of the 12 Zodiac signs.
course, to benefit from this shortcut, you first have to become familiar
with the energies of the 12 Zodiac signs. So
begin get familiar with the energies of the 12 Zodiac signs, and then
learning the themes of the 12 Houses will be a cinch. Like any other
shortcut, it's not exactly perfect... however, for our purposes, it's
themes of 1st house are very similar to the energies of Aries.
themes of the 2nd house are very similar to the energies of Taurus.
so on and so on…. So, again, if you get familiar with the energies of
the 12 Zodiac signs, then the themes of the 12 Houses will begin to
make a whole lot more sense.
have a list of actual house characteristics a little further down below.)
Unfortunately, my little shortcut for learning the themes of the 12
Houses, can also cause confusion for some folks. The
confusion sets in when trying to factor in another main concept about
concept is: that each house of the 12 Houses is colored by the Zodiac
Sign actually located on the cusp of the house.
Need to Repeat That
Each house of the 12 Houses is colored by the Zodiac Sign actually
located on the cusp of the house.
all this works?
Take for example someone with “Gemini on the Ascendant” or "Gemini Rising."
This (generally) means that the Zodiac Sign of Gemini is on the cusp
of the person’s 1st house. (Relax.... “cusp” is just a fancy word for
the exact beginning of the house.)
Remember the shortcut.... and that the themes of the 1st house are very
similar to Aries’ energy? Aries is the “I am” sign. Aries is the first
rush of spring! The new birth! Energetic, bold, fiery, and impulsive.
So the 1st house is the place where “I am” stuff happens. It’s the house
of your outer identity that you display to the world.
with Gemini on the Ascendant, the 1st house of outer identity is colored
by the sign of Gemini. And Gemini says “I communicate.” Gemini says,
"I’m curious, youthful, flighty, mentally active, and often a wee bit
mischievous." So the "I am" energies that you display to the
world are that of Gemini.
Now let’s continue on to the 2nd house. The 2nd house themes are very
similar to the energies of Taurus. Taurus is the “I possess” sign. Taurus
is very concerned with matters of practicality, "I only believe in (and
thus) value those things that I can actually touch." Taurus says I love
comfort, physical security, and possessions. So the 2nd house is related
to personal values and physical security. It’s generally associated
with your money and personal possessions.
though, in our example you have Gemini on the Ascendant? So (most of
the time) you’ll have Cancer on the cusp (the beginning) of the 2nd
Cancer on the cusp of the 2nd house, this Taurean-like house of money
and possessions is where you’ll be the most Cancerian-like. Your 2nd
house of money and possessions is where you’ll experience the Zodiac
sign of Cancer. Cancer is the “I feel” or “I nurture” sign. So you may
choose to earn and/or spend your money in ways that makes you feel good
about yourself and that nurtures people.
The 3rd house is the house naturally associated with Gemini. As
already mentioned just above, Gemini is about communication, mental
concepts, curiosity - as well as - short trips, siblings and the neighbors
often with Gemini on the Ascendant, the Zodiac sign of Leo will be on
the cusp of the 3rd house of communication. Leo is the "I rule" or "I
shine" sign. This means you’ll experience your personal creativity in
the arena of communication and ideas. It also means you’re probably
quite proud of your ideas, and much of your sense of self worth is tied
up in your ideas and in your ability to communicate with all your neighbors.
And so, chances are that you probably don’t deal real well with criticism
about your ideas.
that's enough of that. Hopefully, you've got the idea....
Question: Dang it! I ain't got no birth planets in the
This house is not missing in your life. This just signifies that during
this lifetime you have chosen not to focus as much energy in these Houses.
You've still got the house, and you've still got a Zodiac sign on the
cusp of the house. You just won't likely be focusing on those places
(or areas) as much as you will in a house where you have planets.
and energy isn't always a pleasant thing. You might even consider yourself
lucky not to have planets in a house. Fewer "issues" to deal
Are some Houses inherently more spiritual or better than others?
Yes and No... The 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th house are often thought
of as being spiritual or universal Houses.
in my way of thinking, spirituality is being is the best you that
you can be. Spirituality is being fully who you are and living out
your full potential and dharma (life-path).
in the astrological "road map of reality" - your birth chart
house placements assist you in mapping out the places (or areas) where
you can potentially learn how to be the best you that you can be
during this lifetime.
it would be awesome... but not everyone is meant to be another Gandhi.
Not everyone is supposed to be another Martin Luther King Jr. Not everyone
is supposed to be another Mother Teresa.
each have different, distinctive, and unique road maps.
example, in your unique road map, you may have several planets located
in the earthy, practical 2nd Taurean house associated with money, values,
and personal possessions. Your mission in this lifetime (should you
choose to accept it) might be to build up a strong sense of inner-values,
and then spend your hard earned money on these inner-values.
Here's that list of house themes I mentioned before...
was feeling a bit lazy when originally writing this final tutorial...
so I borrowed (with permission) something a cyberpal named Chazz had
written regarding the Houses... The following house descriptions are
generally word associations (and I have expanded upon what Chazz originally
Aries house, ruled by Mars... "I am"...
personality, physical appearance, competition, how others see us.
Taurus house, ruled by Venus... "I possess"...
personal possessions, sense of self worth, what you value and inner
Gemini house, ruled by Mercury... "I communicate" ...
mental activity, need for knowledge, short trips, community involvement,
relationship to siblings, neighbors, primary education.
Cancer house, ruled by Moon... "I feel" ....
opposite sex parent *,
country, roots, home and family, nurture, history, tradition, memories-nostalgia,
dependence and dependency, real-estate.
Leo house, ruled by Sun.... "I shine" ....
Creative expression, romance and love affairs, gambling and speculation,
fun and games (partying), children, giving love.
Virgo house, ruled by Mercury... "I analyze" ...
service, commerce, physical health, diet, self-service, interaction
with coworkers, attention to detail and perfection.
Libra house, ruled by Venus... "I balance" ...
one on one partnerships (i.e., marriage or business), commitment to
others, appreciation for the arts, what we look for in others, open
enemies, fair play and harmony.
- Scorpio house, ruled by Pluto... "I desire" (this is the Jungle
Room that Elvis spent a lot of time in) ...
Death, rebirth and transformation, other peoples resources, hidden
mysteries, secrets, sex, mysticism, taboo, hauntings, intuitive understandings.
Sagittarius house, ruled by Jupiter... "I teach"
Higher education, philosophy, religion, law, the big picture, long-distance
travel, optimism, expansion and good fortune.
Capricorn house, ruled by Saturn... "I build"
Same sex parent *,
career, physical reality (i.e., the world), how we make our way in
the world, social persona, how we like to be perceived in society.
Aquarius house, ruled by Uranus... "I think"
Humanitarianism, ideals, hopes, friendship, receiving love, sudden
happenings, rebellion, and outrageousness.
Pisces house, ruled by Neptune... "I care"
self illumination, enlightenment, the collective unconscious, fantasy,
karma, self-deception, hidden enemies, hospitals and institutions,
serving others through compassion, psychic ability and sensitivity.
warned you in advance that the house themes are complex and fluid...
4th and 10th house meridian axis has historically experienced
some serious "difficulties." It appears the ancient
Greeks associated the 4th house with both "parents."
Medieval astrologers replaced "parents" with the Father
in the 4th house and shifted Mother to the 10th house. Many
modern astrologers have now placed Mother into the 4th and Father
into the 10th. If you noticed, I placed the different sex parent
in the 4th house and the same sex parent in 10th house. To make
matters even more confusing, Vedic astrology places Mother in
the 4th house and Father in the 9th house. When I get really
cornered, I simply call the 4th and 10th house meridian axis
the "parental axis."
to 4th house on this page.
to 10th house on this page.
to finish the Crash Course
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