What do each of the houses mean in astrology? The astrological houses define the exact areas of your life your horoscope is referring to. For instance, each house represents something completely unique; they determine the different types of people, places, and life circumstances you encounter in this lifetime. The Meaning of Each House. Aries= first house: Self (ruled by Mars) Taurus= second house: Material values and security (ruled by Venus) Genini= third house: Learning and communication (ruled by Mercury) Cancer= fourth house: Home life and the base of operations (ruled by the Moon) Leo= fifth house: Recreation, romance, and creativity (ruled by the Sun).
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The 12 Houses of astrology are arranged on a circle-shaped chart, or wheel.
Do not confuse the wheel of Houses with the zodiac wheel. They are 2 different wheels.
The 2 wheels join together at points derived by calculations involving your exact birth time and astronomical birth coordinates.
Then, the planets are described in 2 ways: as being in a zodiac sign, and also as being in a House.
For example, two people may both have a Libra Sun sign, but one may have the Libra Sun in his 12th House, while the other may have his Libra Sun in his 1st house. This could make for two very different types of people.
(Another reason why the popular daily Sun Sign Horoscopes are a bunch of silliness: they are written assuming everyone has their Sun in the 1st House.)
The 12 Houses of astrology are symbolic of the all the departments that make up human life. The planets and zodiac signs will manifest themselves most strongly in the sphere of life represented by the House in which they fall on your chart (and also in the House which they rule; more on House Rulerships below).
Remember, the houses are not “energies” like the elements or planets, nor do they color the expression of energies like the zodiac signs do. The houses are WHERE these energies are most likely to manifest. The houses are the fields of experience, not the experience themselves.
Notice how the order of the Houses follows the developmental path of a human’s life, from the original impulse of individual being (1st house), to learning what is “mine” and how to use what one owns (2nd house), to learning how to communicate within the limitations set by our environment (3rd house), etc. The following description of the Houses are short and topical, directed at beginners.
The most important houses are the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses. These are called the 'angular houses' because their cusps coincide with the 4 special angles: ascendant, I.C., descendant, and M.C. Planets in the angular houses will influence you the most.
The first House is the House of self. This includes self-awareness, the physical body, personality, appearance, personal views on life, self-identity, self-image, early environment, and beginnings; how we initiate, how we’re impulsive. Any planets in this house will greatly influence your personality and how others perceive you.
The second House refers to your own money and possessions, what you value, your hidden talents, sense of self-worth, self-esteem (how you value yourself, instead of describing your personality as in the 1st House). Possessions include anything a person owns (except the house/home which is ruled by the 4th House): cars, furniture, clothing, moveable property, investments and securities, etc. The 2nd house specifies how you gain and spend your own money (as opposed to other's money in the 8th house), your attitude towards wealth and material possessions, and your potential for accumulating it/them.
The third House is that of communication, which by extension includes one's immediate environment: siblings, neighbors, short journeys, and all forms of transportation. The 3rd house also includes the intellect, the lower mind (details and small bits of information as opposed to the higher mind in 9th house), thinking patterns, and early education (before college). Communication includes messages, deliveries, gossip, phone calls, visits, reading and writing.
The fourth House refers to the home and everything associated with it (both the childhood home & the current home): family, land, personal foundations (inner emotional security), your roots. Astrologers are divided over whether this house is associated with one's mother or father. What is clear is that a person's upbringing is associated with this House.
On a deeper level, the 4th house is the base of consciousness or the center of our concrete existence. See how the cusp of the 4th house is the I.C., the lowest point on the chart, representative of things below the surface of Earth. Due to that, the 4th house was believed to rule the conditions at the end of life, and graves. As the root or base of your real self, the 4th house rules where you go when you 'die' but also where you came from. For those who believe in reincarnation, the 4th house would give clues to your karmic lesson for this lifetime. It shows what karmic baggage you brought with you into this life. Even if you don't believe in reincarnation, you're likely to be surprised by what you find in your 4th house for it may move your soul.
Any planets in the 4th house affect your home life, your emotions, your subconscious, and possibly your relationship with your parents.
The fifth House refers to children, creativity, and the pursuit of pleasure. This includes personal interests, love affairs, sports, hobbies, speculation, risk-taking, teaching, drama, creative self-expression, love given, gambling. The 5th house is all about you being yourself and enjoying it.
Romance, dating, love affairs, and sexual relationships are ruled by this 5th house, yet marriage is assigned to the 7th. Why? Because, until very recently, marriage was not entered into for pleasure, for love, nor for personal fulfillment. Marriage was hardly even entered into by choice, but rather for the purpose of raising kids to preserve the values of a particular culture or religion. And these marriages were most often arranged according to class and financial status, a partnership befitting the 7th house.
Nowadays, it's common to marry for love. To avoid confusion, remember: affairs of the heart are in the 5th house, but cooperative partnerships are in the domain of the 7th house.
The sixth House refers to daily work, service, diet, health and physical sickness, physical ability to work, employees. This includes volunteer labor, civil service work, caretaking, and mundane daily tasks. The 6th house really involves the quality of your work, the quality of the jobs you perform, as opposed to an actual career (career is represented by the 10th house). Daily mundane tasks include personal hygiene and our method of responding to everyday crises.
The seventh House is sometimes referred to as the House of marriage, but it encompasses all one-to-one relationships: marriage, business partnerships, contracts, cooperative relationships, and also divorce, separation, quarrels, open enemies, and law suits.
The difference between the love affairs of the 5th House and love relationships of the 7th is that the 7th House refers to more permanently binding relationships, whereas the 5th House refers to affairs that may be temporary. When the 5th House affair progresses into a serious relationship, we can say that the relationship has 'moved into the 7th House.'
7th house relationships are about cooperation and sharing, and they generally serve some functional purpose in the larger social community (i.e. a marriage). This is different from a 5th house love affair, whose only qualification is 'butterflies in the stomach.'
The 7th house includes the way you relate to those closest to you. Planets in this house will influence your manner of relating. They also give clues to issues that arise in your relationships.
Simply put, the 8th house is the polar opposite of the 2nd house. Whereas the 2nd rules your own individual possessions, the 8th house rules what a relationship owns (joint finances).
The 8th House is one of the most misunderstood Houses. This is probably because the things represented by the 8th House seem to have nothing in common with each other, or they seem to be negative. This House governs death, regeneration, taxes, inheritances, wills & legacies, sex (the actual act of sex), latent occult ability, joint resources, your partner’s money and possessions, spouse's money, bankruptcy, losses, personal sacrifices, alimony, clairvoyance.
On a positive note, this House is about transformation and healing. But transformation and healing require some type of death, loss, or injury first. This House rules those processes and things by which we transform and become more powerful. Yes, this includes the act of sex.
The ninth House refers to philosophy, religion, law, learning, higher education (as opposed to early education by the 3rd House), ethics, morals, long journeys, travel, foreign countries and interests, spiritual urges, dreams, visions, higher mind, ideas, understanding and wisdom, books, publishing, ceremonies, and rituals. This is the House of big thoughts and big ideas.
9th house 'understanding' is more complex than 3rd house 'knowledge'. The act of 'knowing' belongs to the 3rd house because it implies simply the direct contact of a person with something in his environment. Understanding involves the synthesis of known data.
While the 3rd house refers to an individual's need to understand his close and personal environment, the 9th house is an area in which one seeks to discover the significance of larger fields of social existence which one may not experience directly but which his mind may explore through the use of analogy, generalization and abstraction. The 3rd and 9th houses symbolize the 2 polarities of the human mind, the concrete and the abstract.
In summary, the 9th house includes experiences that we encounter when we search for the meaning of things. Whatever expands your field of activity or the scope of your mind – long journeys, contact with other cultures, great dreams, and even experiences with fortunetellers.
The tenth House is the House of status, honor, community power, prestige, reputation, and professional career. In our society, this includes financial success, but only as it relates to community power and prestige. It's not about gaining 'material stuff' as it is in the 2nd house. The 10th house wants success for the sake of honor and social status.
This house includes social foundations (as opposed to personal home foundations in the 4th), recognition, personal achievements, social responsibilities, sense of duty, authority figures, politicians. This House encompasses the most public areas of one's life, and the career that you grow into, as opposed to daily work and odd jobs ruled by the 6th House.
As with the 4th House, astrologers are divided over whether the 10th House rules one's mother or father. Those that say the 4th House rules the mother, say the 10th House rules the father, and vice versa. What is clear is that the 4th House rules the nurturing, home-body parent, while the 10th House rules the public, success-focused parent (the parent who 'wears the pants').
As with the other angular houses, any planets in this house are very important. Planets in the 10th house, the sign on the cusp of the 10th house, and its ruling planet will greatly influence your career and your general reputation in public.
The eleventh House is the House of community, large groups, and friends. It refers to memberships, hopes, goals, ambitions, wishes, social groups, associations, humanitarian interests. It also refers to self-realization, liberty, legislation and regulation.
This is probably the most misunderstood house of all. The twelfth House refers to the subconscious, the hidden self that exists apart from our physical everyday reality. This includes the unconscious mind, subconscious memory, subconscious habit patterns from the past, mental illness, karmic debts, self-deception, escapism, spiritual realization, limitations, frustration, and ultimately our self-undoing.
On a physical, material level, the 12th house includes things that take us away from everyday life: institutions (such as hospitals, prisons, government offices), places of confinement, secrets, secret relationships, hidden enemies, and self-sacrifice for others. It also refers to sorrow, tribulations, widowhood, grief, funerals, exile, seclusion, bribery, subversion, murder, suicide, kidnapping, and endings.
For those who believe, the 12th house is also considered to refer to the collective unconscious of all humanity.
Each planet and zodiac sign is naturally associated with a House, the House that most corresponds to its archetype. The planet, then, is said to be the “Natural Ruler” of that House, or more often, it’s said to be “at home” in that House.
The House/planet associations were adjusted with the discoveries of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The following table lists the current House rulers, along with the traditional rulers. The traditional rulers are still considered to be co-rulers of that House (along with the new planet that rules the House).
Note: in your own birth chart, the rulers of your houses are determined by the signs that fall on the cusps of your houses. However, the natural rulers, listed here, give a subtle influence.
|House||Keywords||Zodiac Sign||Natural Ruler||Traditional Ruler|
|1st||self, life, body||Aries||Mars|
|2nd||possessions, money, material circumstances, livelihood||Taurus||Venus|
|3rd||local movement, short journeys, communication, school, siblings||Gemini||Mercury|
|4th||home, family, roots, parent||Cancer||Moon|
|5th||creativity, children, romance, entertainment||Leo||Sun|
|6th||health, service, work, routine||Virgo||Mercury|
|7th||partners, marriage, open enemies||Libra||Venus|
|8th||sex, death, inheritances, other’s money, loss||Scorpio||Pluto||Mars|
|9th||travel, higher education, religion, spirituality, law||Sagittarius||Jupiter|
|10th||career, social position, dominant parent||Capricorn||Saturn|
|11th||friendships, associations, aspirations||Aquarius||Uranus||Saturn|
|12th||hidden matters, the unconscious, clandestine relationships, secret enemies, seclusion||Pisces||Neptune||Jupiter|
Take Note: The qualities of the zodiac signs are not exactly the same as those of the Houses which they are associated with. There are subtle differences between the qualities of the signs and Houses. More on the zodiac signs later; but first, learn about the star players, the Planets. See Lesson 5-The Planets.
Vedic Astrology- It is Hindu/Indian astrology and is called Vedic astrology since it is originated from the “Vedas”. It is the study of planets, moon, sun, stars according to one’s horoscope. With the belief that their movements have an impact on our body and surroundings.
It includes 12 zodiac signs i.e., Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Along with that, there are five elements in nature. Earth (Bhumi), water (Jala), fire (Agni), air (Vaayu) and sky (Aakash) as mentioned in the Vedas.
The astrologers keep these elements into consideration while checking a person’s horoscope.
Houses in Vedic Astrology defines and divides the exact areas of a person’s life depending on his horoscope which is found out on the basis of a person’ accurate time and location and date of birth. Different houses govern different areas of life which you will find out about further in the next section.
In astrology, the 12 houses just like 12 zodiac signs create the foundation for one’s life. Together they form a 360° angle as the whole birth chart has 12 equal sections comprising each house.
However, they’re not the same as the zodiacal wheel. All these houses links with a different sign. Each one represents a specific component of your life.
First House, also known as ‘Lagna’ or ‘Ascendant’. It’s the house of self since it represents you and the way you look. Basically, your physical personality which includes physical appearance, temperament, nature, body frame, childhood, health, ego and their sense to self.
It affects your life choices, sense of knowing your strengths, weaknesses. Along with your likes, dislikes and the way you might wish others to perceive through your opinions, attitude and viewpoints.
The mains parts depicted by the 1st house are the head and the face. It includes complexion, forehead, hair, brain, etc. As per the Vedic horoscope, if your 1st house is weak, you may face problems like headache, acne, scars, etc. This house corresponds with Aries energy.
The 2nd house in Vedic astrology is referred to as the house of possessions. It signifies Dhana or Income which includes the finances, the belongings that you own, possessions like car, furniture, investments etc. Using your possessions including your non-material things to the fullest also falls under the 2nd house’s realm. This house matches with Taurus.
An expert Vedic astrologer will tell you how the 2nd house rules body organs like tongue, teeth, eyes, mouth, nose and more. Also, the second house does not only limits the material holdings. It also comprises intangible things like one’s voice. For example, if a feminine planet like Venus sits in the second house of a person’s Kundali, his/her voice would be very appealing and melodious.
Priyanka Chopra would be a great example of that. Our expert astrologers have checked her horoscope and found out that Mercury is there in its own house and is sitting with Venus which is the lord of Ascendant making her a great singer.
The Third house relates to Gemini. It governs the mental inclination of a person and their ability to memorize. This house also relates to journeys, brothers, sisters, neighbours, interests, habits, mental intelligence and communication.
The 3rd house in Vedic astrology rules over different modes of communication, such as media, television, telephone, radio, writing, editing, etc. All sorts of professions related to communication are included in this dominion.
The body parts third house rules include legs, hands, arms, shoulders, collar bones, lungs, and nervous system. Imbalances in the nervous system, problems of the respiratory canal, shoulder pain, fracture in the collar bone and impartial deafness. Problems like these mainly arise out of a weak third house in your natal chart.
The fourth house in Vedic astrology relates to Cancer. It rules your houses as well as your roots, land, real estate matters, vehicles and your relation with your mother. This house is also called Bandhu Bhava in Vedic astrology as it is quite associated with the domestic happiness of a person.
The body organs governed by the fourth house are the stomach breasts and digestive organs. And it may result in coronary problems, lung disorder, and physical ailment in breasts, chests and so on if the 4th house is weak in your horoscope.
The fifth house in the Vedic horoscope, also known as Putra Bhava is the house of creativity, playfulness, joy, pleasure, and romance. It signifies your mental intelligence, your capability to create and innovate. The fifth house corresponds to Leo’s energy, the fifth sign in the Zodiac cycle. Since Jupiter signifies this house, which also relates to fortune, good luck, learning, and optimism.
Also Read: Effects of Mars in different houses
The body parts that the fifth house rules over include the Heart, upper and middle back, stomach, pancreas, and spine. If the fifth house is weak in your horoscope, it may cause heart problems, spinal cord disorders, acidity, diarrhoea, stone in the gall bladder, etc.
Plus if the house is oppressed by an air sign like Gemini or Aquarius, it may lead to mental illness or irrationality.
This house corresponds mainly to your health, wellness, and your daily life routine. Surely the body you’re born with comes under the first house but the choices that you make on a daily basis, that affects your body are found in the 6th house in Vedic astrology.
6th House is also known as Ari Bhava. Ari means ‘Enemy’ and hence this house also relates to debts, obstacles, enemies, and difficulties. However, a person having Rahu sat in the 6th house in his birth chart is nearly impossible to defeat. It corresponds with Libra Energy.
This house rules the body parts like waist, lower abdomen, kidney, navel, small intestine, the upper part of the large intestine, appendix, etc. A weak 6th house may cause sicknesses like constipation, appendicitis, hernia and even psychiatric problems.
The 7th house in vedic astrology (descendent) sits directly across from the first house (Ascendant). This house is also known as Yuvati Bhava. It’s the house of your spouse/partner. It is also the house of all kinds of partnerships including business partnership and also deals with the darker side of your relationships, the partnerships you form. Planets moving through the Seventh House help you close deals, securing the bonds by signing contracts and making things official.
As this house is ruled by the Libra sign, the planet Venus is the natural significator of this house that also signifies love, romance, and sexuality.
It governs various body parts including Kidneys, ovaries and the lower half of the back.
Also Read: Comparison of Significance of the Seventh and Eighth Houses
8th house in Vedic astrology, also known as Randhra Bhava, rules over death, longevity and sudden events like Lottery. It is also related to wealth. Sudden losses, gains, the share of properties fall under the 8th house realm. If Saturn is sitting in the 8th house of one’s birth chart, the chances are that the person will inherit paternal property.
This house is also the house of mysteries and transformations. It can bring depression, chronic illness, miseries, lack of mental peace, imprisonment etc to the person affected. However, on a positive note, our Vedic astrologer claim that the native of the 8th house is ought to have strong intuitive skills and such people can also master the fields of psychology, astrology, mathematics, and paranormal activities. Several various body parts governed by this sign include pelvic bones and external sexual organs.
Truth, principles, dreams, and intuitions all define the ninth house. Since this house is also known as Dharma Bhava in Vedic astrology, it deals with your religious instincts, immigration, good karma, dharma, ethics, higher learnings, one’s inclination towards good deeds and charity. The 9th house corresponds with Sagittarius energy which is signified by Jupiter that makes this house the house of luck, fortune, and favors.
A lunar node is either of the two orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the two points at which the orbit of the Moon intersects the ecliptic.The ascending (or north) node is where the Moon moves into the northern ecliptic hemisphere, while the descending (or south) node is where the Moon enters the southern ecliptic hemisphere. The North Lunar Node is called by a couple of other names sometimes. Since it is the point at which the interception is made while the Moon is ascending from the south to the north, it is also called the Ascending Node. From Hindu astrology, the term Dragon's Head (caput draconis) is used for the North Node. What is n node in astrology. Similar: Birth Chart, Karma. The north node occurs in our birth chart directly opposite of our south node. It is determined at the time of birth by the exact position of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Together, these two nodes form the Nodal Axis.
The various parts of the body under control of this house are thighs, thigh bones, bone marrow, left leg, and arterial system.
if you have a strong 9th house in your birth charts, there are high chances of travel, higher learning, and foreign settlement.
10th house, also known as Karma Bhava, deals with the kind of work you do, the profession you are in, your prestige, your reputation, etc. your area of occupation is defined by the planetary positions in this house. this house corresponds with the Capricorn energy and ruled by Saturn. if Saturn is in harmony with other planets in your natal chart, this planet can become the most powerful ally.
Different body parts ruled by this house are knees, kneecaps, bones, and joints. A weakness of the 10th house in Vedic astrology may cause health-related problems like broken knees, inflammation of joints, weakness in the body and skin allergies, etc.
Labha Bhava in Vedic astrology is the house of prosperity. ‘Labha’ means gains. It’s a strong indicator of wealth and income, gain in name, fame, and money, and also plays a role in determining what brings you profits. 11th House in Vedic astrology governs your social circle, your friends, acquaintances, your well-wishers and your relation with your elder brother.
11th House in Vedic astrology relates to Aquarius and Sun is the natural significator of this House. Body parts that this house governs include ankle, right leg, shin bone, left ear, and left arm. A native with weak 11th house in their native chart may have to face problems of low productivity of blood, pain in legs, fracture in the lower part of the body, etc.
Being the last house, the 12th house in Vedic astrology represents the ending of your life cycle and the beginning of your spiritual journeys. it is also called the house of unconscious, self- undoing, and imprisonment. A weak 12th house may give the native detachment from people like separation from their partner, parents, friends, and neighbors.
The detachment can also be in the form of death. Mostly it governs the intangible things. Things like intuitions, dreams, secrets, and emotions because this house corresponds with Pisces energy and is ruled by Neptune planet.
The twelfth house takes care of the body organs like the left eye, feet, and lymphatic system.
Also Read: Ranking Zodiac Signs Based On How Horny They Usually Are
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