The eighth house in astrology is a house that can seem kind of scary when you're first digging into it. This house contains a lot in its depths, and is the darkest of houses. But as always, shine a little light, and it's not quite so scary! (hopefully, anyway, ha)
8th House Astrology & Your Natal Chart
Astrology charts have 12 houses, and each link to different parts of life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at. Each of your natal houses connects to different parts of your life and personality.
The eighth house is ruled by Pluto, master of the dark arts. Pluto is deep, intense, passionate, profound, and sometimes frightening. So, it's no surprise the house it connects with has this air to it!
At-a-Glance 8th House Keywords:
8th House in Astrology: Intense and Passionate
The eighth house is a super intense part of your natal chart. It's passionate, just like its ruler Pluto. This can be channeled productively and used in a way that allows you to become an expert at some point. But, it can also be used for the bad too.
This can become obsession, and it can be difficult to let go with the 8th house. Without a more positive purpose, it can kind of eat itself, so to speak. This energy needs direction, and it needs to be controlled as best as it can be.
8th House in Astrology: Transformation in All Ways
The eighth house governs transformations, just as its ruler Pluto does. You'll often hear this house rules death - well, that's just seen as another transformation, going from one form to another. Pregnancy is also ruled by the eighth house, again another transformation (new life). Restoration and renovation, of buildings or cars or other objects, is also ruled by the eighth house (yet another transformation).
You can see that the transformation can be literal and physical, but it also rules the transformations that are more subtle and internal. This house can show where we're constantly evolving, or where we must transform in big ways in our lives.
8th House in Astrology: Sexuality
The eighth house connects to sex. Some will say, oh no that's the 5th house! Well, both houses do. It's sort of seen as fifth house sex is more for fun, it's lighter, and casual sex would fall under the fifth house. eighth house sex is seen as more intense, more serious, and we technically say it rules "orgasmic sex".
The "orgasmic sex" rulership may come from orgasms being referred to as the "little death" (in French it's "le petit mort") - so it could just be another transformation!
8th House in Astrology: Other People's Money
Astrology gives rulership of money to two houses, the second house and the eighth house. The second house rules your own money, so the money you make or have yourself, your own resources and what you spend on yourself. The eighth house rules other people's money, so this is any money or resources that impact or involve other people. Like:
- joint finances
- business finances
- shared resources
Hence this house being called the house of death, sex, and taxes!
"Shared resources" can also mean beyond just money. It can be anything that is shared with others. This is another way the 8th house connects to sex (seen as "sharing your body" with another).
Also keep in mind with "inheritances" - this doesn't necessarily have to mean "money". Most of us don't inherit money, but we do inherit something else, and that can be seen through the 8th house.
8th House in Astrology: What You Hold Deep Inside
Since the eighth house is so deep, it can be where we house what we shove away, what we don't want to face, what we're afraid to deal with. We push it further and further inside of the 8th house.
The darkness within, the demons inside us all, reside there. The traumas and baggage that we run from live with them. The longer they stay there, the bigger they become, the more they fester and spread, and the worse it gets for us. Obviously this isn't good, and we really need to face it before it consumes us.
8th House in Astrology: Challenging Emotions
With the darkness and intensity of the eighth house, it's no surprise it rules the emotions that we tend to find more challenging:
I describe these as "challenging" and not "bad" because they're not really bad. No emotions are, they're neutral, it's our actions that dictate whether they're good or bad. These just may not *feel* great, and tend to be the most challenging, and we use them as an excuse for bad behavior.
In typical eighth house fashion, we need to TRANSFORM these challenging emotions into something beneficial. If you're envious or jealous of someone or something, use that as fuel to inspire you. If you're full of rage and hostility, use that to motivate you to change. If you hate someone or something, recognize where that's coming from and what you can do about it. If you want revenge, look within for why you can't accept what is.
8th House in Astrology: Magical
The eighth house rules the occult, and can be a place of magic. There's a real witchy side to this house. Power is ruled by the eighth house, and the witch can possess a deep well of power. The eighth house also wants to dig deeper, research and investigate, which can lead to great knowledge, so this house not only connects with the magic of the soul, but also the magic of science.
Where Your Eighth House Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign your eighth house falls in. The areas of life ruled by that sign are where you can find the intensity, transformations, and more in your life. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your eighth house (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your eighth house falls in) as this can also connect to the 8th house energy.
If you have any natal planets in your eighth house, this can make the eighth house energy a lot stronger for you. That planet has an extra degree of intensity, requires transformations, considers the darkness, but also some power in it.
Transit (moving) planets touring your eighth house can bring some temporary energy for eighth house matters. It'll be most intense when it's transit Saturn, since Saturn wants us to learn lessons, and we can become much more aware of the pain of our eighth house.
Transit planets aspecting your natal 8th house ruler can stimulate eighth house energy as well, and conjunctions, squares, and oppositions by transit Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, or Chiron can be especially challenging and require a LOT of focus. A major transformation is usually necessary.
A Strong Eighth House in Astrology
Some may have a super strong natal eighth house. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) in the 8th house
- your Sun, Moon, or Chiron in the 8th house
- your North or South Node in your 8th house
- your 1st house ruler in the 8th house
- your 8th house cusp or ruler anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars in the 8th house or ruling the 8th house
When you have a strong 8th house, this means a few things. You may be more prone to hiding things away deep down, running from trauma and baggage. You may be prone to more challenging feelings at times. You may have a lot of power within, but are scared of it. You may share too much of yourself or your resources with others, and not keep enough for yourself.
What is most important for you is to transform. Eighth house people usually need to transform, either many times in smaller ways throughout your life, or one or two really huge times (or sometimes both!). It can be a long and hard road, but your potential is often much bigger. But, only if you can avoid total self-destruction!
Suggested Reading: The 8th House page for general interpretations