The twelve signs of the zodiac show the positions
along the orbital path where the planets can be found on
any date. These planetary positions don't change very much
during a single day.
the earth's rotation brings a new
rising sign into play about every two hours. Remember
the zodiac is fixed in space, it just seems to move
across the sky because of the earth's rotation each day.
This is why the time of birth is critical in a natal chart.
It is the ascendant or rising sign that determines the remaining
houses represent the different departments or "sets" of
life in which your planetary energies find their expressions.
For example, your character and personality that are set
up by your planets in the different signs, will be directed
by either personal or public matters, depending on whether
they fall into the houses of the Northern Hemisphere (House
numbers 1-6) or Southern Hemisphere (House numbers 7-12). Additionally,
you will be self-sufficient if they fall into the eastern
houses (House numbers going COUNTER CLOCKWISE around the
wheel: 10th through 3rd) or lean toward
needing interaction with others on a daily basis if they
fall into the western houses (House numbers going COUNTER
CLOCKWISE around the wheel 4th through 9th).
house represents a cluster of interests and activities just
as each sign represents a cluster of traits or characteristics.
The spheres of interest of each house are as follows again
not all inclusive:
appearance, your outward looks.
possessions, the money you earn
short distance travel, siblings, public and earlier
house of the Mother, Real estate house
children,creativity,the love you give
physical health, and your service, where you earn
partnerships, legal dealings and judgements, divorce
regeneration,sex,taxes, other people's money
distance travel, higher education, religion
status,how you earn your money, House of the Father
aspirations,the love you receive and large institutions,community
limitations, hidden enemies,the Void, subconscious
The distribution of
your houses into different groupings of hemispheres and groupings
of elements and positions determine the over-all focus of
your activities. If most of your planets fall into one of
the hemispheres the significance may be interpreted as follows:
Northern: A focus on
Southern: A focus on
are self-started and individual oriented
are more committee and partner oriented
useful grouping of houses corresponds with the grouping of
houses into the four elements. The houses can be grouped
into fire, earth, water and air houses. The significance
is as follows:
or Life Fire
Houses Life Identity
First, Fifth, Ninth
focus on achieving life's aspirations.
Houses Material Wealth
Second, Sixth, Tenth
focus on meeting material needs.
Third, Seventh, Eleventh
focus on social contact and mind-sharing.
Fourth, Eighth, Twelfth
Activities focus on achieving emotional tranquillity.
another important grouping corresponds with the qualities of
the signs, corresponding to the Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable signs
of the zodiac .These are also referred to as the quadruplicities of
the Zodiac. The significance of a cluster of planets in a
group of these houses is as follows:
are self-starting for immediate effects.
Second, Fifth, Eighth, Eleventh
are aimed at managing and controlling things.
Third, Sixth, Ninth, Twelfth
are acquired to improve relationships.
at your own natal chart (go
here to order a free wheel chart to be emailed to you)
and determine where your planets lie. Do they lie predominantly
in the EASTERN, WESTERN or NORTHERN, SOUTHERN hemisphere?
Does one house have more than one planet? What is the significance?
What are the empty houses? Does this have any innate significance?
Determine the characteristics of your rising sign. How many
planets do you have in FIXED, CARDINAL and MUTABLE signs?
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