Astrological houses are separations that divide the celestial field into 12 distinct areas. In Western astrology, there are several systems for identifying houses on a birth chart. The simplest method is to divide the sky into 12 equal areas called the Equal House System. Another standard system is the calm system ( which is used here on the website ) and which divides the houses according to the ecliptic, based on longitude and time. This system has become the most used over time, although that is not to say that the other methods are invalid. The use of one or another house system varies from the perception of each astrologer in his analysis.
Understanding of the Astrological houses
Astrological houses are numbered counterclockwise from the cusp of the first house and are constantly projected onto the ecliptic. Thus, in general, the Sun will be positioned above the horizon, between the 7th and 12th houses if the person was born during the day ( called the day map ), and below the horizon, between the 1st and 6th houses if you were born during the night (night map ).
In a birth chart, the planets reveal the type of energy being treated, the signs of how energy expresses itself, and the houses show where this combination is manifesting on the earth plane of existence. Mute houses symbolize the areas, the sectors that make up human life, where the planets and signs of the zodiac will manifest. Each house in the birth chart symbolizes an aspect of mundane life and will be impregnated with some planetary energy or just the degree of some sign. In other words, the analysis of the house will demonstrate the area of life in which the planet and sign will manifest themselves more clearly.
Houses do not emanate energies like planets, nor do they apply modes of operation like signs and their elements. Nevertheless, homes are precisely where these energies are most likely to manifest. These are the fields of experience in earthly life, not the experience itself. If no planets are found in a particular house, this does not mean that this area of life is unimportant: the house must be analyzed according to the energy of the sign on its cusp, that is, on the house’s start line.
The birth chart houses begin with the so-called Ascending Sign, which is the sign that is being born on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. It is the cusp (dividing line) of the first house . The squares that follow it circle the map counterclockwise, so in reverse numerical order (descending). Midheaven is the point the Sun would occupy at noon, the highest point on the map.
Angular, Successive and Cadent classifications are applied to squares in the same way that Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable classifications are used for signs.
Having a sign in a particular house means expressing yourself or acquiring something, then pondering the consequences and taking new action if necessary. For example, we express ourselves in the world, change our environment and reflect on everything to make a new action. Next, we establish a home, make children and then work to support them. Next, we have our partner to interact with, and as a result, we receive certain benefits based on our relationships.
As a result, we reflect on our life to perhaps make significant changes, aiming for long journeys. Each of these different experiences is parts of the houses divided into 12, complementary to each other, as you will see later.
The importance of Astrological houses
The interpretation of astrological houses in the birth chart analysis is something significant, although very sensitive. For example, in one day, an Ascendant (1st house cusp) will move through all the zodiac signs; that is, every two hours or so, the cusps change entirely from one sign to another.
This means that, in order for the information about the houses in your birth chart to be as accurate as possible, your birth data must be correctly informed, otherwise the entire analysis of the houses may be invalidated. Many people do not know or do not give due value to the time they were born, misreporting the creation of the map and having all parts of the houses invalidated. This information must never be overlooked.
The relevance of Astrological houses in map analysis
It is said that an astrological house is ruled by the planet that rules the sign where its cusp is. That is, if the cusp of the third house is in the sign of Aries, for example, the ruler of the house will be precisely the ruler of Aries, in this case, the planet Mars.
Relevant information in the delineation of an astral chart is that, angular houses manifest more intensely the action of their rulers. The following information is based on traditional astrology, as modern astrologers do not consider one house to be more influential than another, although this peculiarity seems quite interesting:
Planets in angular houses exert 100% of their power. In succeeding houses, only 50% and in falling houses only 25%. Traditionally, the force exerted by the houses looks like this: 1, 10, 7, 4, 11, 5, 9, 3, 2, 8, 6, 12, with the last three being less favored.
Northern and Southern Hemispheres
In the astrological chart interpretation, this is related to the fact that the chart has more planets above or below the horizon.
From 1 to 6 , the Northern Houses are considered to be subjective, inward-directed, that is, “introverted”. They are more “homey”, indicate that you are more considerate of internal reasons, your own opinions and views. It’s the polo that says you need to spend some time alone every day to recharge.
From 7 to 12 , Casas do Sul are considered objective, outward-directed, that is, “extroverted”. They are more mundane in their perspectives and consider external reasons and information, that is, dependent on other opinions. It’s the polo that says you need to also socialize each day in order to recharge.
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
The map’s interpretation is related to the fact that the map has more planets rising or setting. These boxes indicate your source of motivation, internal or external, that is, whether you do things more for your good or for an external reward or approval.
The East Houses, 1, 2, 3 and 10, 11, 12 , are considered independent, self-affirming or self-centered. They are intrinsically linked to motivation. Simply put, this means that they do things because of their own motives, desires, urges, etc. and not so much for external rewards. They want to feel free to do what they want and feel more in control of their destiny. Its main motivation is ego satisfaction.
Casas do Oeste, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9 , are considered cooperative, dependent or “on others”. They are extrinsically motivated, they are things linked to others or external rewards. They consider themselves to be, to a certain extent, dependent on fate. Your motivation is external approval and reward.
Angular, Successor and Falling Houses
While we use the words Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable to describe signs, we use the words Angular, Successive, and Fallen to refer to analogous house positions.
The sequence of angular, succeeding and falling works like this: the being appears in the world – or does something, and as a result, gathers many things and resources. Finally, these are lost, exchanged or data, that is, they are gone. And this repeats itself in cycles.
Another way to make an analogy is: we start something, and as a consequence, we acquire resources or skills, that is, things of value. Then, finally, we reflect on what we’ve acquired or learned and use that to determine what we’re going to do next, how we’re going to do it, and where we’re going to go.
Angular Houses – Astrological houses
The word “angular” here refers to the main angles, which are the first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses. The key word for angular squares is “I”. In this case, the “I” means “The Ego”. The angular houses tell us how to deal with reality, how to start things.
· House 1 – The first house governs personal potential, the way we start things and the body or appearance itself . For example, if Venus is in the first house, we tend to present ourselves harmoniously and diplomatically.
· House 4 – The fourth house, which is the family, or the “I” in relation to the family , means the ego we created from the past, genetic origins, memory, self-development, etc.
· House 7 – The seventh house is the “I” in relation to others (interpersonal).
· House 10 – The tenth house is the “public self” (fame, notoriety), or the “I” seen by people.
Successive Houses – Astrological houses
The word “successful” means “to follow” or “to achieve” (or means to follow or achieve success). The succeeding houses are the second, fifth, eighth and eleventh. The keyword for succeeding houses is “collection”. A collection can mean amassing money. It can also mean putting things together and protecting yourself for the sake of safety. A direct consequence of collecting things is organization. We need to organize and organize ourselves. This involves managing what you have and developing your resources. And all of this can be a pleasure, as you can enjoy your purchases. This is the cycle. They are linked to fixed signs.
· Casa 2 – The second home is often associated with wealth, personal assets . Of course, what we accumulate depends on the value we place. The second house is concerned with what we value, including ourselves and our self-esteem as well as what we earn.
· House 5 – The fifth house often refers to pleasures, resulting from some activity. It is concerned with love and romance and all types of entertainment, including any games and sports. It also concerns children.
· House 8 – The eighth house sometimes refers to shared resources, including inheritances. It also has to do with sex and regeneration – how quickly you can recover from an illness and so on. It’s about health, other people’s money and social values.
· House 11 – The eleventh house refers to friends and groups, which were also “collected” . It is also concerned with the hopes and desires we have. It is concerned about the future, and such concerns also involve the values we expect society to embrace.
Falling Houses – Astrological houses
Cadente in this case means “fall”, “to reach the end” or “resolution”. The falling houses are the third, sixth, ninth and twelfth. The keyword for falling is “scatter”. One of the meanings of dispersion is “to give” or “to give”. When a group of people go their separate ways, we say they disperse. Another way to exemplify is in terms of reflection (thought) and its consequences. Having taken action as conscious beings, we gain security or gather values and are able (or not) to reflect on something (think seriously about something or situation), so this is the reaction cycle of the action, of dealing with the consequences.
In the falling houses, we reflect on what happened before and what we will do next, that is, what will happen in the future. This is where thinking happens before taking the next action. In the world, fallen houses appear periodically, at times when the seasons are about to change. In astrology, it means thinking about the past and the future in a more or less critical, detailed and impersonal way, to use what we’ve learned to take our next steps in life.
House 3 – The third house is concerned with communication, which in a sense can be said to be “dispersing” our knowledge and experience to others. It’s the act of thinking things through, going here and there sharing our knowledge, and gaining more knowledge. This is not deep knowledge, which is the concern of the ninth house, but simply facts and information. Again, literature and verbal communication are highlighted.
House 6 – The sixth house is the service house , where we voluntarily disperse our personal resources and abilities to help others, maintain and improve things. It’s where we think seriously about work, routines and health issues, and as a result we share our knowledge, mainly in the sense of doing things for others, serving.
House 9 – The ninth house is that of philosophy and consciousness expansion , where major concerns and higher education reside, where we donate our time and effort to expand our highest potential. Here we think very deeply about things, taking longer trips in order to gain knowledge.
House 12 – The twelfth house can refer to karma, “law of return” or so-called religious or spiritual matters. This is a house of ‘not-me’, of breaking the ego, which means it’s preoccupied with big institutions and more impersonal ways of dealing with things, like hospitals, prisons, big bureaucracies, the civil service, the “beyond”, etc. which are the areas and subjects where it can be said that there is a tone of just serving rather than seeking some material profit, and where workers and managers are basically anonymous. It is the home of selfless and impersonal service. You can also link this house to occult matters, which can sometimes also mean something good that is not published (selfless service, modest) or sometimes an evil hidden, infiltrated evil. It also refers to hidden issues that are being discovered, like scientific research or something like that. It also refers to “backstage activities”, for good or bad. Anyone who reviews their life is likely to think of things they didn’t do or wish they had done, as well as things they did or wanted and didn’t have. This can result in feelings such as some sadness, guilt or shame, pride, and satisfaction when we think of the good things we’ve done (or even the temptations we’ve resisted).The twelfth house is also concerned with health , whether as a profession or how we deal with illness. It is also concerned with meditation (reflection), self-sacrifice (selflessness) and charity (selfless giving). It also indicates areas where we have secret enemies, which may even be certain aspects of ourselves, those who act as subconscious saboteurs that can lead to our downfall.