where the streets have no name…

This is an astro basics post for students..

Houses.

We live in them…right?

So why do I talk so much about them in astro posts, or on the Facebook page?

In astrology, we divide the birth chart up into (usually- depending on what system you use) 12 uneven chunks. Like slices of a pie.

Each of those chunks represents a part of life.

Different astrologers use different “systems” to determine house size. The default in the free chartware is usually “placidus”- but don’t worry too much about this now.

The Ascendant is the most left hand point of the chart- and is a picture of what the planets were up to as you came kicking and screaming into the world.

Where your Sun is, will depend on what time of the day you were born. If, like me, you were born before dawn, the Sun will be in one of the houses below the horizon. At noon? The Sun will be at the top of your chart. Sundown? On the right hand side of the chart? Midnight? Down at the bottom.

I like to think of the houses as the stage where the action takes place. Take Jupiter in my chart, for example. Jupiter’s behaviour will be modified by Cancer, the sign it is in, but it will be active in a 5th house way- ie creativity, kids, risks, fun stuff.

House Meanings (in brief)

House House Meaning/ Key words Associated With
1st
  • Health, the Body, self esteem, appearance. This is your mask & how you face the world. It’s your personality.
  • The Ascendant is on the cusp of this house
AriesFire
2nd
  • Personal money, personal values, “emotional bank account”, possessions. The things & concepts that we value.
TaurusEarth
3rd
  • Communication, early learning, siblings, routine, short routine journeys.
GeminiAir
4th
  • The home, the family, roots, history. The father, the end of the matter.
  • This is the IC.
CancerWater
5th
  • Creativity, children, pleasure, love affairs. The things we take risks on, have fun with or give birth to.
LeoFire
6th
  • Sickness, servants, pets. The stuff we outsource.
VirgoEarth
7th
  • Relationships- marriage, professional partnerships, open enemies.
  • This is your Descendant.
LibraAir
8th
  • Death, transformation, taxes, inheritances, other people’s money, the money of the partnership, sex (sex also belongs in the 5th- love affairs)
ScorpioWater
9th
  • Travel, spirituality, higher education- the things that make your viewpoint wider
SagittariusFire
10th
  • Career, public persona, fame, Mother.
  • This is your Midheaven or MC.
CapricornEarth
11th
  • Groups, community, friendships. Hopes and Dreams.
AquariusAir
12th
  • House of self undoing, escape, institutions.
PiscesWater