When you first start learning to read your natal chart, one thing you quickly discover is that not every natal house has a planet in it, which means that is an empty house. Houses can be grouped together based on what they rule, and the 5th, 7th, and 11th houses can come together to form the social or relationship houses. But what does it mean when all 3 of these houses are empty?
What is an empty house?
There are 12 houses in an astrology chart, and each house rules a different part of your life. There are 10 planets (including the Sun and Moon, excluding the Earth), and each of them has their own rulers and energy as well. But you see, there are only 10 planets but 12 houses - which means every person has at least 2 houses without a planet (usually more than that).
The 5th, 7th, and 11th Houses - Your Relationships
The 5th house is the house of love. It rules the love relationships you have, romance and dating, as well as your children. This is the house of creation, so it's the start of a love relationship.
The 7th house is the house of committed relationships. You move on from the start with the 5th house and come to the 7th house, which rules partnerships and marriage (but do know that "commitment" doesn't necessarily mean marriage, it's whatever that means to you).
The 11th house is the house of friends and acquaintances. This house is a little more casual than the 5th and 7th, and governs your entire social circle. The groups you interact with and belong to also fall under the 11th house.
Empty 5th, 7th, and 11th Houses
So what if all 3 of these houses for you are empty houses? First, you need to know what an empty house means - in astrology, it actually represents a part of our life that doesn't have a load of lessons for you to learn and drama! It's actually kind of a good thing.
When a planet is in a house, it gets extra attention from us because it's something we have to work on consciously, whereas an empty house doesn't have that worry. Many worry that an empty house means you won't have that in your life, but that's not true at all.
If your 5th, 7th, and 11th houses are all empty houses, this means that connecting with others for you doesn't have the same kind of baggage as it does for everyone else. This may mean subconscious, early life baggage, or baggage from past lives/karmic. You're free to enter into love relationships, commitment, and friendships without the subconscious/spiritual blocks.
The way your empty house operates is focused on the sign on the cusp (the very beginning of that house), and what's going on with the ruler of that house. The house ruler becomes elevated when there aren't any planets in the house to have a say.
Of course, there are exceptions to this easy energy. If you have the Lunar Nodes (spiritual/karmic in nature) or Chiron (wounds and healing) in the 5th, 7th, or 11th houses, this can show you do have some baggage to deal with after all.
There may also be challenges if the 5th, 7th, or 11th house ruler is in a difficult position in your natal chart, like conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto; anaretic (at 29 degrees), intercepted (contained within another house), a singleton (only planet in an element, quality, or house type), or part of a challenging aspect configuration (like the apex planet of a t-square).
So, having an empty house by itself doesn't automatically mean it's easy energy all the way if these are present.
Honorable Mention: The 3rd House
The 7th and 11th houses are air houses, connected to air signs Libra (7th) and Aquarius (11th). The other air sign, Gemini, connects to the 3rd house. The air signs are the social signs.
The 3rd house rules communication, which is a mode for connecting with others. An empty 3rd house can help with forging that connection, while a challenged 3rd house/cusp/ruler can create some difficulties with connecting mentally. So, you may want to check out this house too!
Suggested Reading: Empty Houses in Astrology