Astrology has lots of different points to decipher, from planets to asteroids, fixed stars to midpoints, various charts, and more, and one of the most important to understand are the astrology houses.
What are the astrology houses?
There are 12 houses in astrology, and each rule a different part of your life and personality. There are a variety of ways of calculating their exact positions in the Zodiac, and these are called house systems. The most commonly used in the West are Placidus, Koch, Equal, and Whole Sign (if you use astro.com for creating charts, Placidus is their default).
The houses are also divided up by house type: angular, succedent, and cadent. The angular houses are the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses, and are connected to the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Their keyword is action. The succedent houses are the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th houses, and are connected to the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). Their keyword is fixed. The cadent houses are the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th house, and are connected to the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). Their keyword is adaptable.
You'll first and foremost focus on the sign the house cusp falls in (the cusp of a house is the very beginning of that house). You'll then see if there are any planets in the house. Houses that have multiple planets tend to get more attention from you and play a bigger role in your life, while empty houses usually mean there isn't much for you to work out with it in this life (less baggage). You can also take a look at the natural ruler of the sign on the house cusp in your natal chart and get some further insights (the sign and house location of the ruler in your natal chart can tie into the house).
What do the houses mean in astrology?
Each house has rulership over different parts of you and your life. Let's do a rundown of each astrology house:
1st House Astrology: House of the Self
The 1st house governs you overall, and shows your outer self. This is the face you put out into the world, and it's the way people see you. We tend to play up the positives of the sign on the 1st house cusp so we can put our best foot forward. Planets in the 1st house can also be apparent in your outward personality. This house is naturally ruled by Mars and connects with the sign of Aries.
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2nd House Astrology: House of Finances
The 2nd house governs your money, and can show both how you make and spend money. This is your own money rather than the money impacting others (8th house). This house also shows your values, and what impacts stability and security in your life. Planets in the 2nd house can impact your financial life, values, and confidence. This house is naturally ruled by Venus and connects with the sign of Taurus.
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3rd House Astrology: House of Communications
The 3rd house governs your communication overall, showing how your mind operates, how you connect with your immediate environment and engage. This house rules your siblings, neighbors, and young people, and your younger/primary years of learning (not advanced learning). Planets in the 3rd house can impact your communication and learning abilities. This house is naturally ruled by Mercury and connects with the sign of Gemini.
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4th House Astrology: House of Home & Family
The 4th house governs your home and family life, the ones you're born into and the ones you create as an adult. It shows what you want/need at home and from family, and your roots. This house also shows your internal foundation. Planets in the 4th house can impact your home and family life and foundation. This house is naturally ruled by the Moon and connects with the sign of Cancer.
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5th House Astrology: House of Love
The 5th house governs love, both who you love (and date, as well as your children) and what you love (your hobbies). This house is a creative house and focuses on the lighter side. Planets in the 5th house can impact your hobbies, your love life, your children, and your creative side. This house is naturally ruled by the Sun and connects with the sign of Leo.
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6th House Astrology: House of Work
The 6th house governs your work life and environment, and can show your approach to work and the kind of jobs you have. This house also rules your daily life, routine, and health, and your approach to them. Planets in the 6th house can impact your work life, daily life, and health. This house is naturally ruled by Mercury and connects with the sign of Virgo.
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7th House Astrology: House of Relationships
The 7th house governs your relationships in general, and the people in your life. It can show how you approach relationships, partnerships, and commitment, and what you want and need from others, the kind of people you attract, and what you're willing to give. Planets in the 7th house can impact your relationships and the people you encounter. This house is naturally ruled by Venus and connects with the sign of Libra.
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8th House Astrology: House of Shared Resources
The 8th house governs your shared finances and resources, so the things that don't only impact you (debts, loans, inheritances, taxes, joint finances, business partnerships, etc.). This house also governs your darker side, what you hold deep inside, and transformations. Planets in the 8th house can impact your sharing ability, your approach to transforming, and what you hold inside. This house is naturally ruled by Pluto and connects with the sign of Scorpio.
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9th House Astrology: House of Higher Learning
The 9th house governs higher learning, so the learning you do beyond the basics (colleges and universities and specialized learning). This house rules expansion, so this can be expansion of the mind through learning, or through life experience and travel. It also rules your beliefs. Planets in the 9th house can impact your beliefs and ability to expand or what you need space with. This house is naturally ruled by Jupiter and connects with the sign of Sagittarius.
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10th House Astrology: House of Goals
The 10th house governs your goals in life, which usually is professionally and the career you have. But this can be any goals, anything that you strive for in life. This house rules your responsibilities, status, and public image. Planets in the 10th house can impact your career and goals, your life direction, responsibilities you have, and the image you try to present. This house is naturally ruled by Saturn and connects with the sign of Capricorn.
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11th House Astrology: House of Dreams
The 11th house governs the dreams you have for your future and what you hope for in life. It also rules your friendships and groups you belong to, the causes your champion, and the changes you focus on. This house is highly independent and unconventional. Planets in the 11th house can impact your dreams, friends, causes, and independence. This house is naturally ruled by Uranus and connects with the sign of Aquarius.
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12th House Astrology: House of the Hidden
The 12th house governs what you hide, your subconscious mind, your spirituality, and your karma. Energy associated with the 12th house is often hidden in your subconscious, and planets in the 12th house usually manifest subconsciously, or show baggage that needs to be released. This house is naturally ruled by Neptune and connects with the sign of Pisces.
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So, there's your quick rundown of the astrology houses! You can look up the general interpretations for them by sign and for planets in each house and get information about what they mean for you. Happy learning!