An astrology chart is divided like a pizza into twelve sections called houses. They're calculated using the highest point the sun reaches in the sky that day, wherever you are. Each house represents, or rules, different areas of life. A natal astrology chart places the zodiac position of the sun, moon, planets, and other significant points at their correct location in the twelve houses of the chart. Simply stated, the houses are the realms of life within which your personality traits play out.
To calculate the houses, start by noting the Ascendant, the horizon at dawn, 6am. Then, find the Midheaven by seeing
how high in the sky the Sun gets that day (in the summer the sun reaches
overhead; in the winter the sun doesn't go as high in the sky). Once
you know those two points, divide the distance between them into 3
sections, and you've got your Houses! Houses are counted in a
counterclockwise manner around the circle from 1 to 12, starting with
the Ascendant. The opposite houses have the same degrees.
understand the houses, begin counting with the Ascendant, the line at
9:00. The zodiac sign on the cusp of the first house is the
constellation that was in the East at the time of your birth.
Astrologers say that you will project yourself into your life based upon
the sign that was ascending. In the chart above, Virgo is rising.
as the houses are counted in a counterclockwise fashion, so too are the
signs of the zodiac. In the chart above, Virgo rules in the first
house; the next sign in a counterclockwise direction will be Libra in
the second house, followed by Scorpio in the third house, and so on
around the chart circle.
You'll notice that when the sun, moon,
and planets are placed in your chart, some houses will be loaded and
others empty. Houses containing planets require greater attention during
your life. Empty houses do not mean that you can ignore them; and, they
do not indicate that nothing happens in the area of life represented by
the house. For example, an empty 7th house (represents marriage,
partnerships) does not mean that you will never get married. It may mean
that your primary life emphasis is not focused on partnership issues,
or that it is only emphasized during specific life cycles called
transits and progressions. So don’t worry if you have an empty part of
your chart. It is common. Keep in mind that you must look at the entire
chart before making any determination.
Houses one through six are
located in the bottom half of your astrology chart. They represent
subjective matters. In other words, you view life in a highly personal
way when you have an abundance of planets in houses one through six. If
you work for a living (sixth house), you want to get paid. You want
personal feedback for you efforts.
The top half of the circle is
the objective part of your astrology chart. Planets located in houses
seven through twelve were above the horizon when you were born. If you
were born around lunchtime, the sun in your natal chart will be located
near the “high noon” 10th house cusp. Planets in the upper hemisphere
represent the larger world. For example, the 11th house represents
your life goals and ambitions in the world, whereas the opposite 5th
house represents personal fun, creativity, and romance.
- First House, Self
- Second House, Material Possessions
- Third House, Communication
- Fourth House, Home Life
- Fifth House, Pleasure
- Sixth House, Service and Health
- Seventh House, Relationships
- Eighth House, Life, Death, and Money
- Ninth House, Exploration and Philosophy
- Tenth House, Career
- Eleventh House, Friends and Society
- Twelfth House, Subconscious