Meanings of the 12 Houses

To delineate each house in your birth chart, read the sign on the cusp* of the house, as well as any planets in the house.

First house: The house of Self
Planets here show the personality or character attributes. One’s outlook on life. Appearance, mannerisms. Identity. Early childhood.

Second House: The House of Possessions
Planets here show your sense of values and priorities. Earned income potential. How you handle monetary income. Material security needs. The physical substance of the body. The desire to accumulate personal resources.

Third House: The House of the Environment
Communication and self-expression. Day-to-day thinking. Intellectual interests. Primary education. Perceptions and speech. Your brothers and sisters, relatives and neighbors.

Fourth House: The House of Home and Parents
This is the house of things you inherit from your family. Your roots. The past. Family of origin, especially your mother. How you like your home to be.

Fifth House: The House of Love Given
This is the field of creativity and self-expression. It rules children of all kinds: physical offspring, as well as “brain children”— artistic creations or projects you love to work on. Also rules romance, love affairs, fun, and amusements. Your talents, hobbies, and pleasures.

Sixth House: The House of Duty and Health
People who work with you and for you. Duties, day-to-day responsibilities, and mundane tasks. Daily work. Servants and dependents. Pets and small animals. Diet. Sickness and health. Hygiene and sanitation.

Seventh House: The House of Partnership
One-on-one relationships. Duos and duels. Peace and war. Cooperation and lack thereof. Marriage and divorce. Open enemies. Joint ventures. Business partners. Legal contracts. Court trials.

Eighth House: The House of Renewal
Elimination. The extraction of essences. Expenditures. Death and legacies. Investments, other people’s possessions. Corporations. The stock market. Taxes. Sex and regeneration. Healing. Sexual attitudes and behavior. Marriage and shared resources. Inheritance. Insurance.

Ninth House: The House of Long Journeys
Sense of purpose and direction. Searches for new horizons. Distant travel. Residence in foreign lands. Philosophy and religion. Prophecy. Higher education, advanced training, teaching. Publishing, publicity. Law, the courts. Foreign travel. Organized sports.

Tenth House: The House of Public Standing
What the world remembers you for. Your public face. Positions of authority, honor, and prestige. Fame. Profession or career. Long-range goals. Your father. Affairs of state. Large-scale organizations.

Eleventh House: The House of Love Received
Detached or impersonal relationships. Humanitarian and philanthropic enterprises. Clubs, groups, organizations, and associations. Business connections and spheres of influence. The people who share your ideals. Altruism. The rewards derived from the ambition of the tenth house.

Twelfth House: The House with Drawn Shades
The private and hidden side of life. The unconscious and subconscious mind, dreams. Behind-the-scenes maneuverings. Deceptions, secrets. Hidden enemies. Solitude or confinement: prisons, asylums, and hospitals. Mysticism, meditation. Past life issues. Sacrificial service. Repression, neuroses, worry.

* Where’s the house cusp? Run your finger counterclockwise around the chart. The first “wheel-spoke” line you come to for each house is the cusp of that house.

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