The first house in astrology is a house that is full of energy and excitement. It's the very first house, the very beginning of our houses, and where it all starts for you.
First House in Astrology & Your Natal Chart
Most astrology charts have 12 houses, and each rule different parts of life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and 12 houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at. Your natal houses each rule different parts of your life and personality.
The first house is naturally ruled by Mars, ruler of energy and drive. Mars is the fiery planet, and needs constant movement forward.
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First House in Astrology: New Beginnings
The first house is the very first house out of the 12 houses, so it relates to new beginnings. This is the house where new ventures, new projects, and new journeys begin. There can be excitement for it, and triggers and catalysts can be strong.
First House in Astrology: Outer Self
The first house is part of the triad along with your Sun and Moon, and this trio are the basis for you, who you are, and your life. The Sun is your true self, the Moon is your emotional self, and the first house is your outer self.
This is how you come across when you meet people. We all wear masks when we're out with others and strangers, and that mask is your first house.
This can be shown via the sign your first house is in, but also via planets located in your first house.
First House in Astrology: Energy
The first house is a house full of energy and enthusiasm. It's the first house, so it's brand new, full of zest for life, and ready to go. This is not a patient house, it's one that wants action, and now!
First House in Astrology: Initiative
The first house can show taking initiative for what you want for yourself. It's less focused on others and more about you, and your own desires.
You can take the energy and enthusiasm you have and use that to make things happen. You don't need to wait for others, or for permission. On the downside, this can mean impatience is an issue.
First House in Astrology: Attention
Since the first house connects to your outer self and how you come across, it also can be a place that gets a lot of external attention. This is attention you can get for what you put out there yourself, and you can be comfortable with the attention you get.
First House in Astrology: Self-Focus
The first house is focused on you, and not so much about others. Since this is a basic part of who you are in astrology, it can be an area where you're giving yourself attention, focusing on your own wants and needs.
Your relationship with yourself can be found here as well, and how you connect with yourself, or can in a healthy way.
First House in Astrology: Gut Instincts
The twelfth house rules intuition, the fourth house rules emotional instincts, but the first house connects with gut instincts, the very first thing you feel. You can jump to act based on these instincts.
Whether or not they're actually honed can depend on the condition of your first house as well as your natal Mars.
Where Your First House Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign your first house falls in. The areas of life ruled by that sign are where you have gut instincts, energy, focus on yourself, and take initiative for new beginnings. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your first house (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your first house falls in) as this can also connect to the 1st house energy (and is also usually considered your chart ruler).
If you have any natal planets in your first house, this can make the first house energy a lot stronger for you. That planet can impact how you come across, and you may seem more like that than the sign sometimes.
Transit (moving) planets touring your first house can bring some temporary energy for first house matters. It can be especially strong when it's transit Mars (bringing extra energy and drive), transit Saturn (restricting you so you learn), transit Uranus (causing personal changes), transit Pluto (bringing transformations), or transit Chiron (focusing on healing ego wounds).
Transit planets aspecting your natal 1st house ruler can stimulate first house energy as well, and conjunctions, square, and oppositions by transit Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, or Chiron can be especially challenging and require a lot of focus on yourself.
A Strong First House in Astrology
Some may have a super strong natal first house. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) in the 1st house
- your Sun, Moon, or Chiron in the 1st house
- your North or South Node in your 1st house
- your 1st house ruler in the 1st house
- your 1st house cusp or ruler anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars in the 1st house or ruling the 1st house
When you have a strong 1st house, you can give yourself extra attention, and prioritize your own wants and needs. This can be good, until it develops into selfishness or being an egomaniac. You need to make sure you're considering others.
You can feel extra drawn to new beginnings, and may have little trouble pursuing new ventures. The problem is that without other things in the chart to ground you, you may not see things through to the end, and have a lot started, but nothing finished.
You may be someone who gets a lot of attention for your personality, looks, or some other way in which you come across. You may need to work more on having a rounded personality and life, and not focusing solely on how you come across.
Suggested Reading: The 1st House page for general interpretations