Pairs of Houses in Astrology
A standard astrology chart has 10 planets (including the Sun and Moon and excluding Earth), and 12 houses. The houses each govern a different part of your life and personality, and each house is exactly opposite another house in the Zodiac, so we have 6 pairs of houses. Each house pair is an axis, and each axis has its own energy.
What are the 6 pairs of houses?
The 6 pairs of houses in astrology are:
1st and 7th
2nd and 8th
3rd and 9th
4th and 10th
5th and 11th
6th and 12th
The 1st and 7th houses: Axis of Relationships
The 1st house represents the self, while the 7th house represents others. Depending on the house system you use (method of calculating house positions), the 1st house cusp is the Ascendant and 7th house cusp is the Descendant. This axis shows how you connect with yourself and with others. Planets in the 1st house impact you and your personality, while planets in the 7th house impact the people in your life and your relationships.
The 2nd and 8th houses: Axis of Money/Resources
The 2nd house represents your money and your resources, while the 8th house represents other people's money and shared resources. This axis shows how you give to yourself and to others, and what you keep and what you share. Planets in the 2nd house impact your financial attitude and how you make money, while planets in the 8th house impact how you share what you have and what resources others have you have access to.
The 3rd and 9th houses: Axis of Communication & Activity
The 3rd house represents your mind, how you learn and express yourself personally, while the 9th house represents how you build on and utilize knowledge, and shape your beliefs. This axis shows how you develop your mental abilities, how you put that out into the world, and is an active axis governing travel (short - 3rd; far - 9th). Planets in the 3rd house impact your general learning and communication abilities, while planets in the 9th house impact how you learn through experience and expansion.
The 4th and 10th houses: Axis of Foundation
The 4th house represents your home and family life and your core self, while the 10th house represents your goals and ambitions. Depending on the house system you use, the 4th house cusp is the Imum Coeli and the 10th house cusp is the Midheaven. This axis shows how you build a foundation in your life, internally (4th) and externally (10th). Planets in the 4th house impact your personal life and emotional needs, while planets in the 10th house impact your professional life and what you strive for.
The 5th and 11th houses: Axis of Connection
The 5th house represents love, both who and what you love, while the 11th house represents your friends and casual connections, causes and future dreams. This axis shows how you connect with others in a personal way (5th) and in a broad way (11th). Planets in the 5th house impact your love relationships and how you show love, while planets in the 11th house impact your social circle.
The 6th and 12th houses: Axis of Service
The 6th house represents the work you do, your daily life, and how you get things done, while the 12th house represents what you do for others, what you sacrifice, and your compassion and empathy. This axis shows how you serve, in small ways and more for the self (6th) and in bigger ways and all for others (12th). Planets in the 6th house impact your productivity and can be more realistic, while planets in the 12th house impact your compassion and imagination.
One Quick Note:
If you have planets in one house of an axis and not the other house of the axis, you may lean more toward the one with planets. The one with planets gets more of your attention, and you have to work on using the energy properly while not ignoring the other house. There may be an imbalance of attention with the axis, and evening that can be important.
Suggested Reading: Intro to Astrology Houses
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