How the Houses came to be
The houses were created by the Ancients by dividing the ecliptic plane. The ecliptic plane is the observed path, or “orbit” of the Sun from Earth and the plane itself passes through the constellations where the zodiac signs are found. Knowing the exact time of birth or any event is important for finding the ascendant. The ascendant is the constellation that was rising on the East during that time. With the ascendant, you are able to know and set the order of the houses of a chart.
There are several different ways the houses are aligned. These are the two most commonly used systems:
- Placidus house system - The exact degree of the ascendant is the starting point of the1st house and the houses are aligned based on the degrees the constellations were set at in relation to Earth at a specific time and location. Most times, each house is a different degree from the previous but is the same degree as the opposite house. For example, say a person is a 28° Leo ascendant, meaning the constellation Leo was rising on the East at the time, the 1st house will start at 28°. Since the7th house is opposite the 1st, the 7th house will also be at 28°.
- Whole sign house system - The sign of the ascendant is the whole 1st house instead of the ascendant and its degree itself being the starting point. For example, using the same 28° Leo ascendant, in this system their first house will be at 0° Leo. Their ascendant will be in the1st house but not setting the starting point of the 1st house. In this system, all houses start at 0°.
In all systems, the sign of the ascendant sets the order of the houses in descending, counter-clockwise fashion down the zodiac signs. Using the Leo ascendant example, the 2nd house will be Virgo, 3rd house will be Libra, and so on.
What do Houses mean in Astrology?
The houses are divided into three sections:
- Angular- 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th. These houses represent the four prominent themes in life
- Succedent- 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th. These houses represent the four sources of stability inlife
- Cadent- 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th. These houses represent the four personal aspects of life
Here are some general terms used to paint the picture of each astrological house:
1st house: This is the house of soul and personality expression. How you choose to express yourself is a reflection of how you view life in general.
2nd house: What we value in life is found in this house: material values such as money and possessions, and spiritual values such as morals and ethics.
3rd house: This house is your immediate surroundings and what is in close proximity and have access to. The kind of skills you possess will be found in this house.
4th house: This house represents home and family but not just the home you grew up in or biological family, it is anyplace you call or feel at home and the people you call family. What brings you comfort and the privacy you desire will be defined by this house.
5th house: This is the house of creativity. Things you have the ability to create and curate such as children, the future, and happiness are found here. The kind of talent you have will also be found in this house.
6th house: This house indicates your health in general. Work ethic, work environment, and what you are willing to work for is defined by this house.
7th house: This house is the house of relationships both romantic and platonic. It is the house opposite to the 1sthouse and thus creates the dynamic of self (1st house) versus others (7th house).
8th house: This is the house of legacy and inheritance: what you inherit and what others will inherit from your legacy. This house is also the house of death, metaphorical and very rarely literal. It is the opposite house of the 2nd house indicating your values (2nd house)shaping your legacy (8th house).
9th house: This house rules over mental explorations including but not limited to higher education, religion, and foreign travel. This house is opposite the 3rd house, encouraging us to grow and expand our knowledge.
10th house: This is the house that you are bound to receive recognition for including career and public status. This house is opposite the 4th house calling for boundaries on what you want to be kept private (4th house) and what you are okay with others knowing about you (10th house).
11th house: This house is our aspirations and the kind of friendships and community we attract and desire. The ideal people we want to surround ourselves with are found in this house. This is the opposite house to the 5th house indicating our ability to create the life we desire.
12th house: This is the house of alone time and isolation. When alone, we are left with just ourselves which can be good forgetting work done for some and terrifying to others. This is the opposite house to the 6th house prioritizing physical (6th house) and mental health (12th house).
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