The astrological houses: part two
The seventh house
represents the first true socialization of the individual.
The first deep awareness of another human being, and of romantic partners in particular.
This house will become one of the most challenging for the ego, because here
it must for the first time really consider the reality of Another as something important
enough to rival the self. It was known as the house of marriage,
and the state of this house was supposed to tell us about the traits of present, future
or past marriage partner(s). Philosophically, the seventh house concerns anything that could
be taken as a polar opposite to the self. Sometimes this opposite is something within
the individual herself.
A crowded seventh house is usually a sign of a rich life in terms of partnership. Such
a person is more motivated than most by the desire to form close, intimate, personal
relationships of any sort, and more than others tend to define themselves in terms of
the response they get from these interactions. These people can have quite a confrontational
personality, since they struggle with an inner duality where the need for compromise
fights independence and egotism.
The eighth house
has had to carry a heavy load: it is known among other things
as the house of death. As grave as this may seem, death is an inevitable part of all life
and has to somehow be represented in a horoscope that depicts the human, if only
symbolically. The eighth house is a house of forbidden and hidden things, in
this respect similar to the twelfth. Apart from death, it concerns sexuality; sexuality in
its animal lust-sense rather than as a playful activity or expression of romance. Traditionally
it was also connected to the "resources of other people" in the sense of heritage, banking, stocks
and the like.
The eighth house is deep and serious. Having a crowded eighth is a sign of profound and alluring
personality that defies definition. These people will direct their energy into spheres of life
where their sixth sense and emotionality can come into play in the most productive way. They refuse
to waste energy on insignificant or irrelevant things and crave to get to the core of any matter.
An eighth house individual is the archetypical detective, surgeon or occultist, thriving in
mystery and problem solving.
The ninth house
is a house of academia, religion, belief and exotism. It tells us
to expand whatever horizon has caught our interest, to broaden and invigorate our mind
with new, lasting impressions. Unlike its brother, the third house, the ninth is not so caught up
in the filtering and handling of everyday experience. It strives rather to speculate and gain wisdom
by deepening the intellectual understanding. The cerebral nature of the ninth associates it with
higher education as well as spiritual learning, and it is known as the house of travel and
foreign culture. It is a happy house, imbued with the enthusiasm of discovery and new perspective.
A crowded ninth house is usually a sign of restlessness and speculative, philosophical gifts.
Many with heavy ninths are drawn to religion, and it is not uncommon to have a streak of
strong, even dogmatic convictions which creates an interesting paradox with the open,
profoundly curious seeker that is also the sign of these people. Ninth house people will
desperately seek unity and meaning in all their experience, and tries to contextualize
and broaden their insights into progressive and high-minded ideas. They need freedom, and
are inherently adventurous. Independence is valued higher than loyalty, unless it is
loyalty to one of those ideals the ninth house person is so enthralled by.
The tenth house
, the house of the father, of authority, tells us about our professional
and public persona. It denotes career inclinations and what occupational themes motivate us.
In a deeper sense, it is about public image, as opposed to the personal
projection of image that is associated with the first house. The energy of individual planets
placed in this house will inform us on what direction the professional life of the individual
is likely to take. It also represents personal ideals and aspirations, what we would like ourselves
to be, what we strive for, idolize.
A strong tenth house is almost without exception a sign of high professional ambition, but it
can encapsulate many things. Such as the outward projection of demands and expectations
from the home environment: many people with strong tenth houses are unaware of how much
of their hard work is done for their own sake, as opposed to the will to conform to the
expectations of their surroundings. Status is typically important. They are good strategists,
with great organizational
skills and will often rise high due to their innate sense of responsibility and progress.
Tenth house people need to be aware that their impersonality can be off-putting to some
people, and sometimes need to confront a deep-seated lack of confidence or sense of self-worth.
The eleventh house
is known as the house of friends and associates. It is the most
collective of the 12 houses, wherein the person finds meaning in something beyond themselves
that is defined in terms of groups, societies, organizations, but also causes and ideals.
It is about creating meaning through relationships, but unlike the seventh house, the relations
of the eleventh house are of a grander scale and typically much more detached. What are friends?
Are they people similar to ourselves, substantiating our own personality with their
approving? Or are they first and foremost different individuals, there to challenge and
enrich us through the mere fact of them being different human beings?
A crowded eleventh house can denote a tendency to be strongly receptive to groups and/or
collective ideas, but can just as well (or simultaneously) signify someone who is influential
in this respect
and wishes to impress their own personality or their own ideas upon the group. It is not uncommon
that a strong eleventh house results in political aspirations, such as working for a cause or
party, and of wanting to promote the welfare of certain movements or peoples. These people are
limitless in the sense that they stretch out beyond themselves, seeking shared experience, looking
to include society or the entirety of humankind in their thinking. They can be unselfish, but also
difficult in personal relationships.
The twelfth house
was in the olden days considered to be the house of obligation, illness,
mystery and hidden enemies. There is some truth to this idea: the twelfth house is the last of the houses and
symbolizes what lies furthest
back in the mind, eluding the primary focus of our consciousness. Imagine an individual's face placed in its
own circle of houses - it will sit at the cusp of the ascendant and gaze out over the first house, the most self-
aware, conscious one. But what hovers, in stealth, right behind the head? The infamous twelfth house
in all its mystery and elusiveness.
Individuals with a crowded twelfth house will typically appear slightly peculiar and mysterious even to
people who know them well. Most of them dislike the spotlight, being at the center of attention, and will
prefer working quietly, often on their own towards remote, disclosed ends that they too sometimes are
unaware of. They are fascinated by institutions such as prisons, hospitals and laboratories. These people
constantly have a feeling as if they are being governed
by forces outside of themselves - as if fate has a much stronger saying with them than with others, and they
can sometimes by easily led and doped, or alternatively be the treacherous ones themselves.