The study of Astrology is the study of time and space, so where and when you enter this world is of primary importance. Let's say you're an Aries, but you're also still you. All Aries aren't the same. The houses of the zodiac help us to define exactly who we really are. There are twelve houses of the Zodiac, each corresponding with the date, time and place of our birth. The first house is our Ascendant sign, marking the moment of our birth by the ascending degree (rising) over the Eastern horizon.
The First House
Your first house represents the way you present yourself to others and the first impression you tend to make. Clearly, this is vital information which can be of help to us at home or at work. Our first house is a treasure trove of information. It’s about our appearance, our sense of well-being, our attitude and identity. Any planet within eight degrees of your ascendant sign will have a profound influence on your personality and characteristics. Aries and Mars are the natural rulers of the first house. Aries is driven and ambitious. Mars in this house reacts quickly and is dynamic and energetic.
The Second House
Taurus naturally governs in second house of the Zodiac. This second house of your birth chart concerns money and spending. It's also useful to learn about your material assets and spending patterns. Our second house describes how you view money and how you acquire it. It also describes how you feel about money. Some see freedom, while others see it as security. Taurus is a lover of creature comforts and rules together with Venus, the planet of love. Thus, our second house of our birth chart reflects our values and personal principles.
The Third House
Gemini is the ruler of the third house, a house which guides our communication and transportation in the world. In this house our communications with our siblings, relatives, neighbors and friends are reflected. It is fitting indeed the twins of Gemini should rule in this place. This is our house of inner emotions; it reflects our mental aptitude and attitude, reflecting anything requiring communication. So the twins of our conscious mind and our unconscious mind rule. Dividing our responsible side from the irresponsible, the person we show to the world and the person we don't. Which twin truly rules in this house can tell us much about ourselves.
The Fourth House
Our fourth house concerns home and family. The house of our roots and our nurturing, it is about our parents and family background. In this house your childhood memories are kept like a scrapbook, like a snapshot of you, explaining your past, examining the things which you have kept from your childhood and the things which you've let go. In the fourth house, the Moon and Cancer rule. It is the house of our conditioning and psychological foundations. It is the IC, the Imum Coeli, the lowest point of our zodiac wheel. This is why it's described as being our roots. It's located directly opposite from our mid-heaven or highest point of our zodiac wheel which is found in our tenth house.
The Fifth House
In our fifth house are the affairs of the heart, romance, entertainments, amusements, pleasures and creativity. It is the house which concerns romance but not love, pleasures but not fulfillment. It is the house of self-expression, explaining why some sing in the church choir and others crave the excitement found in casinos. It is the house of our desires, both conscious unconscious. Leo and the Sun rule in the fifth house; and inside are the things which excite you and the pleasures you enjoy in the world. This house is integral to our happiness; it helps us to understand those things which truly make us happy.
The Sixth House
In our sixth house, service and health are paramount. In this house are found the concerns of our general well-being, how well we take care of ourselves. Advice on sickness and wellness is found here, offering us knowledge vital to a healthy lifestyle. This house is also concerned with your job as well as your service in the world. In this house are displayed our daily routines and the services we do for ourselves, as well as the services we offer to others. It is a reflection of our work ethic and commitment to our employers, family and even our pets. Virgo and Mercury rule in this house. Virgo is fastidious and organized, so it reflects our attention to detail and how we see and understand service. It explains why you're a neat freak or why you're not.
The Seventh House
If our fifth house was about romance, the seventh house examines love and deep commitments. Traditionally, it's the house of marriage and of one-on-one relationships or business partnerships. This seventh house examines what we give and what we need in a deeply committed relationship. The seventh house is also known as our Descendant sign. Just as the Ascendant sign marks our birth sign rising on the Eastern horizon, the Descendant house is setting over the Western horizon at the moment of birth. The seventh house is ruled by Libra and Venus. Libra is balance and Venus is love.
The Eighth House
But as we look at love and relationships and at money and family, all cannot be unicorns and rainbows. Astrology is about life and life is not all smiles. So our eighth house concerns birth and death, sickness and healing. It is a house symbolized by the Phoenix rising from its ashes. The eighth house is about the cycle of our lives, bringing in the new and letting go of the old. Scorpio, Mars and Pluto rule in this house of regeneration. Scorpio is steadfast and passionate, Mars is passionate but impulsive. Pluto determines how you will change the world and how the world will change you. Pluto means change, love changes, life changes and money changes. Our own Phoenix rising.
The Ninth House
Traditionally, our ninth house concerns our long distance travel. Sagittarius and Jupiter rule this house and explains the eclectic nature of this house. Sagittarius is the explorer while Jupiter is the planet of luck. Yet Jupiter is also the planet of high ideals and sense of purpose. So our ninth house is also concerned with our personal journey. Jupiter determines whether our journey will be smooth and tranquil or rough and rocky. Sagittarius is expansive, intelligent and generous, but also reckless. The ninth house determines much of our personal philosophy. It reflects the ideas we believe in, our views on the world, our religion and our spirituality. Not all long distance travel is physical.
The Tenth House
The cusp of the tenth house is the highest point or mid-heaven of your birth chart. What else would it be concerned with other than your highest aspirations? It represents your career, status and achievements. Traditionally symbolized as the father of the house, it represents authority, responsibility and duty. The Tenth house is ruled jointly by Capricorn and Saturn. In this house, Capricorn is practical and ambitious and Saturn is about setting limits and structure. Your dreams of success live here, sandwiched between ambition and structure.
The Eleventh House
While the tenth house was about our status and achievements, our eleventh is about our dreams and wishes. In this house lie our humanitarian causes and our charity. In our tenth house we sought tangible goals, but in our eleventh house are our dreams of building a better world. Aquarius, Saturn and Uranus rule in the tenth house. Aquarius, the water bearer, is progressive, humane and intellectual, but also unpredictable. Ruling jointly, Saturn is the taskmaster while Uranus is the awakener, the bringer of sudden change, always shaking things up. While the tenth house was the struggle between our ambition and structure, our eleventh is about our dreams and responsibilities.
The Twelfth House
In this last of the twelve houses our secrets dwell, where the ideas of our conscious mind roam the hallways of our subconscious mind. In this house is escapism, drugs and alcohol. This is the house which tells of the damage which was self-inflicted. The twelfth house is about our fears, our paranoia and about the debilitating diseases of the mind. It represents all that is intangible, all which you deserve from the hand of Karma and all which you don't deserve. This last of the twelve houses are ruled by Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune. Pisces is loving and sensitive. Jupiter is one of the most beneficent planets. Neptune in the Twelfth house is inner strength and inner sensitivity.