The Complete Astrology Guide on Houses

Houses in Astrology give an indicator of your overall horoscopic charts.

What are the Houses in Astrology?

For many people, the guide on Houses of the Astrology chart are one of the more difficult aspects of Astrology to understand. Non-astrologers are typically familiar with the planets and signs but not the houses.

They are another aspect that adds flavour to your overall chart and tells you about different areas of your personality and life. In this article we will reveal the complete Astrology Guide on Houses.

You can think of the houses as being the stage on which a planet acts out its energy. A person with their Aries sun in the 1st house is going to express that energy differently than someone with that same Aries sun in the 8th house.

The houses are aspects of your life, such as your self-identity, your creative expression, your romantic relationships, your family, your relationship to spirituality, etc.

The planets and signs in these houses determine how you interact with those aspects. 

The Houses in Astrology are created by dividing up the sky into twelve sections. The first house represents sunrise, and the seventh house is sunset.

This means that the houses between the 1st and 7th are the daytime, and the houses between the 7th and 1st are the nighttime. You can think of this in a literal sense.

Which house the sun is in will coincide with the time you were born. If you were born just after sunrise, your sun may be in the 12th house. If you were born around midnight, your sun would be around the 3rd or 4th house. 

The houses each have an orientation assigned to them: personal, interpersonal, or transpersonal.

This relates to the connection between the house, the person, and the world around them. You may also see the houses divided only into personal and interpersonal orientations. 

The personal houses are houses 1-4. These houses are all about you, your personality, personal development, self-identity, etc.

These houses also relate to how you grew up, where you lived, and your immediate family. People who have many planets in the personal houses may feel a strong focus on who they are, whether this means they have a strong sense of self or have challenges associated with that.

Whether this focus is positive or negative will depend on the exact planets and signs in each house. 

Houses 5-8 are the interpersonal houses. You may also see these referred to as the social houses. This is how you relate person-to-person.

Romance, relationships, shared resources and property and contracts are all things associated with the interpersonal houses.

People who have a lot of planets in interpersonal houses will have many challenges and strengths related to these topics. Again, this depends on which planets and zodiac signs are in the houses. 

Having no planets or signs within a certain house is not necessarily a bad thing. Some astrologers say this just means those areas aren’t ones you need to focus on.

This could mean that they aren’t necessarily important to realizing your true potential or achieving your life’s purpose. It may also mean that those areas aren’t challenging for you; in other words, you don’t need to work on them.

For example, someone with little to no planets in the 1st house may not be challenged or place a focus on appearances or identity. They may already have an easy time doing that due to other aspects of the chart.

The transpersonal houses are the last four – 9-12. Universal Houses as they’re also called. This is how you relate to the world and the universe as a whole.

These houses are concerned with things like universal consciousness, spirituality, higher thinking, ethics, self realisation, ego death and other topics that go beyond how we interact with ourselves and how we interact with others.

Some topics associated with houses do have to do with how we interact with other people which is why they are called interpersonal houses in systems that only divide the houses into two orientations.

However, they do contain within them more far-reaching and existential topics than the interpersonal houses discussed here do. 

One tricky thing about the astrological houses is that there are multiple house systems. Different systems have been developed by other people and cultures.

They are simply different ways of dividing up the sky. Most astrologers have a house system that they prefer to use, for various reasons. However, no one house system is considered to be better than others

One popular house system is the Placidus House System. Another name for this is the Ptolemaic House System.

The Placidus House System became popular during the Renaissance. It is still used by many astrologers today. This system is based on time and mathematics.

Essentially, the houses are divided based on certain points along the ecliptic – the apparent arc of the sun around the earth.

It also deals with the angles of the chart which are associated with sunrise, midday, sunset, and midnight. 

This system ends up having unequal houses, and the houses do not line up evenly with the signs of the zodiac. One problem with this system is that locations far from the equator can end up having houses that “swallow” up most of the chart. 

There are two systems – known as the Equal House Systems. As the name suggests, in these systems each house is equal in size. The chart is divided up into 30-degree segments. 

There are two ways of dividing the chart equally when using the Equal House System. One way is to have the Ascendant (sunrise) at 0 degrees of the first house.

Another way is to have the Midheaven (midday) at 0 degrees of the 10th house. In the system that uses the Ascendant, the Midheaven then does not always coincide with the beginning of the 10th house.

In the system that uses the Midheaven, the Ascendant does not always coincide with the beginning of the 1st house.

Another system that is steadily gaining popularity is the Whole Sign System. In this system, each house contains only one zodiac sign.

The sign the Ascendant is on is considered to be the 1st house, the next sign is the 2nd house, and so on. This system could also be considered an Equal House System, as all the houses are still 30 degrees each.  

1st Astrology Guide on Houses

The first house is known as the House of the Life or the House of Identity. 

Keywords for this house are:

  • Personality
  • Self-awareness
  • Individuality
  • Personal appearance
  • Self-fulfillment

This is the house that governs our physical body and our individuality, that which makes us who we are.

You can think of this house as being who we are as children, before the world has had a chance to act on our raw personalities.

First house people tend to have a strong sense of self. They are well connected with who they are as a person. They also tend to have access to that sense of who they were as a child.

The world has acted upon them, but they have not lost that childlike ego – that ability to connect to their unique self -and not feel ashamed by it.

The first house is the one that is on the Ascendant, the point where the sun rises. The Ascendant is the “mask” we wear or the face we show to the world.

This is the first impression we give people and how people see us before they get to actually know us. Some astrologers believe that as we grow, we move toward our Ascendant and take on more of those qualities.

To get an idea of the way the first house works, let’s take a look at how some of the planets function within the first house.

Planets in 1st

Sun in the 1st House: This is a very energetic placement. The sun is the planet that shows us our ego, and the 1st house is the house where we find our personality and individuality.

People with this placement have an especially strong sense of who they are as a person.

Moon in the 1st House: People with this placement feel a strong connection between how they feel and their own self-worth. They may feel that they are their emotions. 

Mercury in the 1st House: These people are quick-witted and curious by nature. They excel at expressing their opinions and who they are, both verbally and in writing. This person loves to talk, both with people and at people.

Venus in the 1st House: People with Venus in this house tend to be very artistic. Aesthetic and beauty are at the core of who they are. They are often sociable people and love to be liked.

Mars in the 1st House: This is said to be a strong placement for Mars. People with it are assertive and independent. They know who they are, they know what they want, and they aren’t afraid to show it.

Jupiter in the 1st House: When Jupiter is here, a person may be a strong leader. They tend to be confident in themselves and their abilities. 

Saturn in the 1st House: This placement can be a difficult one. It can often signal difficulties early on in life. People with this placement may be self-disciplined but feel their personality is hindered by something beyond their control.

Uranus in the 1st House: People with Uranus in the 1st house tend to be unconventional. They like to think up new ways to express themselves and pride themselves on being different from others.

Neptune in the 1st House: When Neptune is here, it can lead to some confusion over self-identity. This can result in anxiety or the inability to act independently from others. These people also tend to be idealistic.

Pluto in the 1st House: Individuals with this placement tend to be highly independent, even to the point of being loners. They may have deep, “dark” personalities and have an emotional intensity about them.

Having no planets in the first house does not mean that a person doesn’t have a personality. Instead, that person may simply not be focused on their own ego, their own appearance, or their sense of self.

This can play out in a number of ways. The person may not care how they appear, not paying attention to fashion trends, make-up, etc. They may not think much about who they are because it is so ingrained they don’t need to think about it.

They could also be confused about who they are and need to find that in another aspect of their chart.

Having many planets in this house can certainly mean that a person has a deep connection to their own ego. It can also mean they have a strong focus on their own appearance. These people may be extremely confident but also extremely vain.

2nd Astrology Guide on Houses

The second house is known as the House of Resources. 

Keywords for this house are:

  • Possessions
  • Values
  • Self-respect
  • Materials
  • Security
  • Self-worth

This house shows our feelings regarding money and material goods. It shows how well we save (or don’t save) money. If you’re lucky enough to have some strong second house placements, you just might be lucky with money as well.

The second house is also about things with sentimental value. These include photographs, family heirlooms, or anything else that has no monetary value but that you value anyway.

The planets that are in this house will tell you how you handle money and how you accumulate possessions.

They will also tell you about your own self-worth. 

Planets in 2nd

Sun in the 2nd House: People with this placement make themselves feel better with material goods. They may spend a lot of money in order to cheer themselves up.

A lot of their identity is based around the things that they have.

Moon in the 2nd House: This person’s emotional security has a lot to do with how much money and resources they have. They feel more secure when they have a good amount of savings.

Likewise, they feel insecure if they are suffering financially. They are also more likely to spend money as a way to show others they care, as opposed to spending on themselves.

Mercury in the 2nd House: Mercury in this house tends to mean a person is knowledgable when it comes to money. They tend to make good financial decisions that are not based on how they feel.

These people are good at getting ahead and strive for financial gain.

Venus in the 2nd House: This is considered to be a good placement for Venus. People with it tend to be collectors, not just of monetarily valuable things, but of things with sentimental value.

They like items to be of high-quality and tend to be extravagant.

Mars in the 2nd House: These people can be very impulsive. If they want something, they want it now, and they are going to buy it no matter what.

They may make enough money to keep up with this habit, but they definitely aren’t saving anything.

Jupiter in the 2nd House: Jupiter lends abundance to whatever house and sign it is in. This does not necessarily mean people with this placement have a lot of money. It just means they feel lucky with money.

They could be good at making money, but they may also be just as good at gambling it away.

Saturn in the 2nd House: Saturn in any house can be difficult, and this one is no exception. People with this placement tend to be cautious with their money and possessions.

They may not be terribly lucky with finances all the time, but that is how they make up for it.

Uranus in the 2nd House: People with this placement often have odd jobs or ways of making money. Uranus is an eccentric planet, so these people might also have inconsistent sources of income.

They may be making money hand-over-fist with odd jobs and freelancing one month only to make nothing at all the next.

Neptune in the 2nd House: This placement makes people block their ears and sing “la la la” when financial problems come up.

They can be idealistic and assume that things will all work out in the end, without actually doing anything to ensure that happens.

Pluto in the 2nd House: Pluto is a planet of extremes. People with this placement feel strongly about money; they either love it or they hate it.

These people might think money is pointless and worthless, or they might put all their stock into gaining wealth and possessions. There is no in between.

If you have no planets in your second house in Astrology, again, this does not mean that you have nothing of value. Also, it doesn’t mean that you are going to be poor or that you have no self-worth.

This just means you aren’t focused on these things. 

This could be a positive thing. A person may simply not care about finances and find their joy elsewhere.

This could also be a negative thing. A person may be entirely confused about financial matters or have a hard time identifying what contributes to their feelings of self-worth.

People with an abundance of planets in this house may be well-off when it comes to possessions and things they value, as many different elements are at work when it comes to their finances.

3rd Astrology Guide on Houses

The third house is known as the House of Perception. It was historically also known as the House of the Goddess.

Keywords for this house are:

  • Communication
  • Siblings
  • Neighbors
  • Education
  • Short-distance travel
  • Environment

This house covers a lot of different things, all having to do with your immediate community.

In ancient times, most communication took place in person, and the people you most often interacted with were your siblings, neighbours and other people in your small community.

You might make short journeys but, again, these were not far from your home community. Also, you often went with those people you lived near.

In modern times, this house can cover all aspects of communication, from letters to emails to phone calls and texts. This house shows how we communicate on these platforms.

Placements in this house in Astrology can make the difference between a chatty gossip and someone who mostly sits in silence.

This house also shows how we interact with our close community, such as our neighbors and siblings. This especially relates to how these interactions were when we were growing up.

Planets in 3rd

Sun in the 3rd House: These people tend to be witty and to use communication as a way to garner attention. They are often well-spoken (or at least they think they are).

They love to talk (about themselves), and they tend to be good at networking with other people.

Moon in the 3rd House: People with this placement are excellent at communicating how they feel. They might even share a little too much about how they feel.

They can be very sentimental and think back fondly on their childhood and the community they grew up in.

Mercury in the 3rd House: Mercury loves being in the third house. People with this placement love to talk and talk and talk! They and their siblings may have driven their parents up the wall with all their chatter growing up.

These people excel when they have an outlet in which they can voice their thoughts.

Venus in the 3rd House: These people value communication in relationships, both platonic and romantic. They are good at expressing themselves, both artistically and just in general, when speaking to others. 

Mars in the 3rd House: People with this placement tend to not think before they speak. Things enter their minds and come straight out of their mouths.

These are the people who often fought with their siblings while growing up. They may like to debate and often get fired up when talking about things they are passionate about.

Jupiter in the 3rd House: These people communicate a LOT. They may not know when to stop communicating, in fact. People with this placement also tend to be cheerful and love to bounce their ideas off of the other people around them.

Saturn in the 3rd House: Saturn in the third house can cause a person to appear aloof or icy. It’s not that they don’t communicate well, but rather that they don’t speak much.

Speaking, especially in groups, may actually make them feel uncomfortable. Public speaking is a no-go for these people.

Uranus in the 3rd House: If you know someone who often says odd things out of nowhere, they might have this placement. The things they say can often be funny, but they may also just be unexpected and odd. If anything, they are interesting people.

Neptune in the 3rd House: People with this placement can be very charming when speaking with others. They may also be good at communicating through artistic mediums.

Due to the dreamy nature of Neptune, however, they often hear what they want to hear and throw out what they don’t.

Pluto in the 3rd House: This is another all or nothing situation. When communicating in a positive manner, these people can be extremely witty and helpful.

When communicating in a negative way, they are often harsh. They tend to be “frenemies” with their siblings.

If you have no planets in the third house, it’s not as if you are unable to communicate entirely. It also doesn’t mean that you don’t have siblings or neighbors or a community.

Rather, you just may not be a very chatty person or you may not place a lot of value on communication. Your siblings and those smaller communities you grew up with might not be that important to you for a number of reasons. 

People with many planets in the third house in Astrology may feel a very strong tie to the communities of their childhood. These communities might still be relevant in their current lives.

Maybe they still live where they grew up, or perhaps they have a strong bond with their siblings. They also tend to be highly communicative. 

4th Astrology Guide on Houses

The fourth house is known as the House of Home and Family, or the House of Ancestors.

Keywords associated with this house are:

  • Roots
  • Ancestry
  • Beginnings
  • Domestic life
  • Family
  • Homelife

This house governs your home, including your current one and the one you grew up in. This does not always mean a physical house, of course; it simply means where you feel “at home”.

It also has to do with your parents and with your early life. Additionally, it covers your ancestors and all the traditions you adopted from them. 

The planets you have in this house will tell you a lot about your relationship with your parents.

Astrologers vary on whether this house has to do with the relationship between you and your mother or your father. So for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just talk about both parents.

This will also tell you about how you relate to your family’s traditions and whether you place a high value on them or not.

Planets in 4th

Sun in the 4th House: When the sun is here, this person likes to be the head of their household.

They take pride in their home and love to have people over in order to show it off. They also tend to have a strong connection with their parents.

Moon in the 4th House: The moon loves to be in the fourth house. People with this placement may seek solace in their home or in their traditions.

They may have had moody parents, and they tend to seek out nurturing people in their lives to make up for it.

Mercury in the 4th House: These people tend to come from talkative families. There is a lot going on at their house: lots of background noise, lots of media, and tons of talking.

These people may move a lot to indulge the restless nature of Mercury.

Venus in the 4th House: People with this placement also take a lot of pride in their home, but not in the same way as people with the sun in the fourth house.

Their homes tend to be beautiful and comfortable – truly a place they can relax at the end of the day. They also often have harmonious relationships with their parents.

Mars in the 4th House: Aggressive Mars can be overly protective when it comes to their family and their home.

If they feel either of these things are being threatened, they may lash out. They may also have not gotten along with their parents while growing up.

Jupiter in the 4th House: People with this placement enjoy being surrounded by their family and friends. They often have good relationships with their parents and may have been a little spoiled while growing up. 

Saturn in the 4th House: This placement can often signal an unhappy childhood or a lack of connection with the family and home.

These people might not have strong ties to their parents. They tend to not feel “at home” in one place for very long.

Uranus in the 4th House: Uranus finds “home” in all sorts of places. These people may move around a lot, or their idea of what home means may change as they go along.

They may also vacillate between being extremely caring and focused on home life and being absent. They often have strange, eccentric places of residence.

Neptune in the 4th House: These people may have had parents or guardians who were emotionally unavailable and this bleeds through into how they interact with the idea of “home” now.

They might feel like they don’t belong with their family or like they have no true home.

Pluto in the 4th House: People with this placement unwind by chilling out at home. Growing up, though, this may not have been the case. Their home life may have been tumultuous.

As adults, they create their own home space and focus on keeping it an area of refuge.

If you have an empty fourth house, obviously you still have some sort of family and ancestry. It just means that these things aren’t your main priority.

This is not to say that you don’t care about your family. Maybe your relationship with them is perfectly fine and so you don’t need to focus on it a whole lot. You might also just have other things in life that you’re more focused on. 

Many planets in this house may mean a person places a high value on the family and their home life.

This can be good or bad. Focusing a lot on a negative home life growing up can lead to feelings of unhappiness and discontent. 

5th Astrology Guide on Houses

The fifth house is known as the House of Self Expression.

Keywords associated with this house are:

  • Creativity
  • Children
  • Love affairs
  • Pleasure
  • Play and playfulness
  • Gambling

This house covers your creative outlets and how you find pleasure in life. Anything you find fun can be found here, from sex and romance to holidays and parties.

This house will also tell you about your parenting skills. This may seem an odd placement for this house.

If you think about it, though, don’t many people derive joy from having children? If you want to know what type of parent you might be, look at the fifth house.

Are you a wild child who expresses themselves in all kinds of creative ways? Maybe you don’t feel particularly creative at all.

Your fifth house placement can tell you something about this.

Planets in 5th

Sun in the 5th House: People with this placement love to be the center of attention. They might throw huge parties all the time or constantly be displaying their own art for others to see.

Their self-expression is important to them and their identity. Children are also extremely important to them, whether or not they have their own.

Moon in the 5th House: These people may find creative outlets help them to express their emotions.

They might be the type to make something in order to express love for their family and friends – knitting a scarf, writing a poem, painting a picture. They also tend to have a soft spot for children.

Mercury in the 5th House: Verbal or written expression is common in people with this placement. They can be very witty and funny. These may be people who like to engage in intellectual conversations with their sexual and romantic partners.

Should they have children, they will also be extremely proud of their intellectual and creative abilities.

Venus in the 5th House: Venus in the fifth house absolutely loves creativity, beauty, and, honestly, love itself. These people are warm and loving toward their romantic partners and their children.

They may overindulge at times due to their love of all the pleasures life has to offer.

Mars in the 5th House: These people express their creativity through physical means. They might be into sports, but anything where they can really dig their hands in will be something they enjoy.

They tend to have a lot of energy to channel into their creative outlets as well as into sex and romance. These might be the parents who have their children’s schedules jam-packed as they feel that is the best way to take advantage of all life has to offer.

Jupiter in the 5th House: People with this placement are never satisfied. They are constantly in pursuit of pleasure and the next best thing.

They feel bored if they are not always doing something, be it celebrating, creating, or having sex. Their self-expression is bold and can at times lead to them being overbearing, especially towards any children they have.

Saturn in the 5th House: Saturn can make this house a not so fun place to be. People with Saturn in the fifth house may have a hard time expressing themselves creatively.

They may not enjoy things other people typically consider to be fun. These people also might come off as extremely serious. They need to learn to loosen up and get out once in a while.

Uranus in the 5th House: These people are extremely eccentric. Uranus is wild and weird, and this comes across in the way people with this placement express themselves.

They might find odd ways to have fun. Going on a date or having sex will always be a trip. They also may have some unorthodox parenting methods.

Neptune in the 5th House: People with this placement are extremely imaginative, even to a fault. They might look past any “red flags” in a potential partner in favor of seeing them how they want to see them.

Additionally, they can make relationships out to be more than they really are. They have their heads in the clouds, and their creative outlet is dreaming.

Pluto in the 5th House: These people are all in or not in at all, especially when it comes to sex and romance. They might also have problems with gambling if they indulge in it at all.

They are passionate and intense with their creativity and can make protective parents.

People with no planets in the fifth house obviously does not mean that you feel absolutely no pleasure in life and have zero fun. This doesn’t mean that you are destined to be childless.

These things just aren’t always at the forefront of your mind. You’ll go out to a party if you’re invited and might even throw one for a special occasion, but you’re not constantly seeking out the next party to go to.

You may make an excellent parent, but children aren’t your entire world.

People with an abundance of planets in this house tend to be artists of one variety or another. They can be very playful and pleasure-seeking. They may also highly value being a parent and have a strong desire for children.

6th Astrology Guide on Houses

The sixth house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of Self Mastery.

Keywords associated with this house are:

  • Service
  • Work
  • Health and hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Daily tasks and rituals
  • Skills
  • Devotion

This house covers a lot of topics. You can think of it as being how you spend your day – what types of tasks you perform. It also has to do with your health.

When I say it covers the work you do, this does not mean what your career is. This may be work you do for pleasure, volunteer work, or hobbies.

The sixth house will show how hard-working you are, what value you place on service, and what your views on health and fitness are.

Some astrologers also look here to see what types of health afflictions a person could potentially have.

Planets in 6th

Sun in the 6th House: People with the sun in the sixth house have their identity wrapped up in the work they do and how they serve others. They enjoy being productive.

These people might volunteer often or just do small acts of kindness for others. They also like to receive praise for doing these things so they aren’t an “invisible” helper by any means.

Moon in the 6th House: These people need to help others in order to feel emotionally secure and healthy. They like to feel useful.

If they are unable to help or don’t have some sort of service-oriented work to do, they can become moody and depressed.

Mercury in the 6th House: Mercury in this house can make somebody a good planner. They have a lot of ideas about how to help, and they enjoy organizing things like charity walks.

Also, they’re great at communicating with people, which helps them to better serve others. People with Mercury in this position do have a tendency to over-plan or over organize, so that is something to look out for.

Venus in the 6th House: People with this placement might find joy in doing things to help their partners or other loved ones. They express love through acts of service.

They are thoughtful and caring. You will often see these people doing little things to show they care, like making dinner or tidying up your room.

Mars in the 6th House: These are highly active people. They really dig in and enjoy making things happen. They work best alone. These are the people you want on your team when you need somebody to plan your best course of action.

They will give their all to any service they happen to be doing, even to the point of exhausting themselves.

Jupiter in the 6th House: These are generous people. Jupiter in the sixth house can cause people to feel very fortunate in their own lives and want to share that fortune with everyone around them.

They can be very generous. Their type of service is often giving, whether it be money or material goods.

Saturn in the 6th House: This can be a very frustrating placement. People with Saturn here can feel unsatisfied with the work they do, perhaps because it doesn’t make them enough money or just because it doesn’t feed their soul.

They are extremely hard workers, however, and when they do find something they enjoy doing, they will give it their all.

Uranus in the 6th House: If a person has Uranus in their sixth house, they probably have some issues with authority. Working independently is what they love as they hate being told what to do.

They will feel absolutely stifled by a typical 9-5 job. Their daily routines aren’t exactly routine and can be erratic and ever-changing (creative, if you ask them). 

Neptune in the 6th House: These people love to help and serve and because of that trait, can often be taken advantage of. If someone asks for help, they have a hard time saying no.

This doesn’t always mean they will actually complete the task, however, as they can tend to procrastinate. They need to learn how to only say yes to things they can actually get done.

Pluto in the 6th House: People with this placement enjoy intense jobs. They need to be passionate about any work they do, be it volunteering or their actual job.

They might enjoy jobs that have a “transformational” nature, such as delivering babies or running a funeral home.

What if your sixth house is empty? This can mean a few different things, but it definitely does not mean that you are doomed to poor health or that you have no hobbies or daily routines.

You might exercise regularly or have a volunteer position you enjoy, but these are not your primary focuses in life. These things may also come easy to you, so you don’t need to spend a lot of energy on them.

People with many planets in the sixth house may place a high value on things like volunteering and fitness.

Maybe they work out all the time and have strong views on nutrition. They might spend more time at the local animal shelter than they do at home.

This all depends on the exact planets that are here, but you can definitely assume that the values of the sixth house are their main focus.

7th

The seventh house is known as the House of Partnership.

Keywords associated with this house are:

  • Marriage
  • Partnerships
  • Relationships
  • Commitment
  • Contracts

While the fifth house governs sex and romance, the seventh house is about those romances that you actually commit to. 

This house deals with all kinds of commitments. This will show how you are in a marriage, but it also covers strong friendships, business partnerships, and legal contracts.

Anything you commit yourself to can be covered by this house. 

Planets in 7th

Sun in the 7th House: These people feel like they need a partner. Without one, they just aren’t truly themselves. The opinions of others are extremely valuable to seventh house sun people.

They need to learn how to avoid letting their partners define them.

Moon in the 7th House: People with this placement find emotion support and security in their friendships, relationships, and partnerships. They thrive on having people around them.

They may actually have a fear of being alone and jump into relationships in order to avoid this.

Mercury in the 7th House: Mercury in this house needs relationships where they can communicate freely and engage in intellectual discussions.

They may enjoy debating things with their partners. They thrive on conversation and need people in their lives who keep them on their toes.

Venus in the 7th House: This is a house Venus loves to be in. These people absolutely love relationships. They make very caring partners but need to be careful to not become doormats.

Also, they can have trouble with getting into relationships just for the sake of being in a relationship. Those with this placement need to learn that sometimes it’s better to wait for lasting love. 

Mars in the 7th House: These people enjoy having partners they can argue with, even if that seems strange to some people.

They don’t want a relationship where the other person agrees with everything they say, but rather want to be challenged. Those with this placement often need to find constructive ways to release this energy so as to not get into violent relationships.

Jupiter in the 7th House: People with this placement tend to be lucky with relationships and legal matters. These areas come naturally to them. This can play out in many ways.

They might be someone who has many relationships or they could be someone who is lucky enough to find a deep connection with their partner.

Saturn in the 7th House: On the other end of the spectrum is Saturn in the seventh house. These people are not always lucky with relationships.

They may not marry until later in life or they may get divorced or have many break-ups before they find “the one”. People with this placement often enjoy partners who make them feel secure, especially financially.

Uranus in the 7th House: These people are either single for life or they settle into some sort of unconventional relationship.

Perhaps this could be a polyamorous relationship or a relationship where there is a huge age gap, for example. Their partnerships can appear strange from an outsider’s perspective, but it is what they enjoy.

Neptune in the 7th House: People with this placement have to be careful when it comes to things like co-dependence or allowing partners to walk all over them.

They always want to see the best in their partner, which can cause them to get into toxic relationships. They are great at taking on the problems of others but need to learn how to make time for themselves as well.

Pluto in the 7th House: Pluto in the seventh house makes for intense relationships. They thrive on having passionate partnerships and may even have some strong love-hate relationships. When they commit, they are all in. 

Having no planets in the seventh house does not mean that you are doomed to be alone forever or that committing to things is impossible for you. You may still get married, and you are not going to be entirely out of luck with things that require contracts.

Having an empty seventh house in Astrology can mean that these things are already things you’re lucky with, so you don’t need the help of any planets in order to flourish in these areas.

Either you don’t need to focus a lot of energy on this house, or the areas it governs aren’t your main priority.

8th

The eighth house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of Intimacy and also, interestingly enough, the House of Death.

Keywords associated with this house are:

  • Shared resources
  • The unconscious
  • Sexuality
  • Taboo
  • Hidden things
  • Occult
  • Death

This can be a difficult house for some people to understand, whether they are an astrologer or not.

This is because, of course, one of the things this house deals with is the hidden aspects of your life. It’s hard to know what that means because they are obviously hidden!

This house also covers occult and taboo topics and how you relate to them. Your views on death can often be found here, too.

This house also deals with metaphorical deaths (and rebirths).

Planets in 8th

Sun in the 8th House: These people are intense. They find self-identity through those life and death cycles and are constantly mixing things up and changing themselves.

Those with this placement may strongly identify with occult practices or align themselves with taboo topics.

Moon in the 8th House: The eighth house governs sexuality, as well, and this can be seen in people with this placement. They may have a strong tie between their emotions and sex.

They enjoy connecting deeply with people, and sex is often never “just sex”. 

Mercury in the 8th House: This person is not afraid to talk about sex or about topics others may not consider appropriate. They enjoy witty sexual partners they can banter with.

They can also be good at analysing topics most people don’t even think about.

Venus in the 8th House: People with this placement are very charming, and they enjoy equally charming sexual partners.

They may also find beauty in the topics related to this house and can have a morbid aesthetic. Their sexual encounters are also intense. They aren’t the people who opt for one night stands.

Mars in the 8th House: These people are very forward when it comes to sex. They aren’t afraid to make a move at all. They can be very energetic in bed but also impulsive.

As this house also governs shared resources, this placement may lead to tension when it comes to things like joint accounts with a partner.

Jupiter in the 8th House: People with this placement enjoy sex, and they enjoy it often. They are the types to have one night stands, though this isn’t a bad thing.

They might also have luck when it comes to other people’s money, possibly being on the receiving end of an inheritance. 

Saturn in the 8th House: These people don’t deal well with life/death, occult, or taboo topics. They may also be uncomfortable when it comes to their sexuality. They tend to be very “rigid”, even in bed.

However, they are great at managing other people’s money and can be excellent financial advisors.

Uranus in the 8th House: Uranus in the eighth house is a wild sexual partner. They like to try new things and are up for anything and may be the type to bring up taboo topics just for shock value.

Those with this placement like to be weird, and they want other people to know it.

Neptune in the 8th House: These people are strongly attuned to the occult. They may enjoy analyzing their dreams for the hidden meanings in them. Additionally, those with this placement can also have psychic abilities.

They may spend a lot of time thinking about life, death, and beyond. On top of this, they may also want to connect deeply with their sexual partners and can have a lot of sexual fantasies. 

Pluto in the 8th House: Pluto likes to be in the eighth house. This is a planet that also deals with life and death themes, so it feels at home here.

These people are highly dark in nature, and you will be able to tell right away that they are into the occult.

When it comes to sex, they have a complicated relationship with it, simultaneously wanting deep connections but also shying away from them.

An empty eighth house simply means you may have an easy time dealing with the topics of the eighth house. Maybe the occult is something that comes naturally to you because you deal with it a lot.

Death might not be a mystery to you. You may have an easy time dealing with endings in life and keeping things going until something else can begin again.

People with many planets in this house may experience many life/death/rebirth cycles in their lives. How these play out will depend on the exact planets found here.

They may also be heavily focused on understanding occult and metaphysical topics. A focus on the taboo (especially on bringing it out into the light) can be found when a person is strong in the eighth house as well.

9th

The ninth house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of World Views. Historically it was also known as the House of the God, mirroring the third house (House of the Goddess).

Keywords for this house are:

  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Ethics
  • Foreign travel
  • Adventure
  • Higher self

This house has to do with a lot of topics that are beyond you as a person. “Higher thinking” is a key topic for the ninth house. 

How you relate to religion, philosophy, and ethics can be found in this house. It also deals with things that are actually physically distant from you, hence why foreign travel is found here.

This house can also show you how you relate to other cultures and things outside of your own world view.

Planets in 9th

Sun in the 9th House: This person’s identity is strongly tied to knowledge about the world. They are enthusiastic about all topics related to the ninth house.

They may tip into being overly philosophical, turning even the silliest of conversations into a discussion of ethics and higher thought.

Moon in the 9th House: A person with this placement may feel restless and unsatisfied staying in one place for too long. Their contentment may be entirely based around their ability to travel or move around a lot. 

Mercury in the 9th House: People with this placement love to chat about the ninth house topics. You can often find them engaging in philosophical debates or discussing cultural differences with others.

They love to share their knowledge with others and listen to their opinions in order to expand their world view.

Venus in the 9th House: Venus in the ninth house loves being around people from cultures different from their own. They often get into relationships with people from other countries or have love affairs while traveling abroad.

These people also like to have a lot of freedom in their relationships and don’t enjoy partners who are too clingy.

Mars in the 9th House: If you want a great debate partner, look for someone with this Mars placement. These people are energetic and love to constantly be moving around, going from one place to the next.

One downside is that they can become overly invested in their own opinions and beliefs. They need to be careful to stay open-minded.

Jupiter in the 9th House: This is a harmonious placement for Jupiter. These people are natural-born philosophers and have an easy time learning all they can about ninth house topics.

They love to inspire others with their ideas. Their goal in life is to never stop learning and to continue to travel in order to gain new experiences.

Saturn in the 9th House: This placement actual creates a person who is very practical and, while they do enjoy travel, they aren’t impulsive about it.

On the other hand, these people can be very close-minded. They need to learn how to open themselves up to new ideas.

Uranus in the 9th House: These people have viewpoints other people may consider to be unorthodox. They are spontaneous and impulsive.

They are extremely open-minded and love learning all they can about the world. 

Neptune in the 9th House: Neptune in the ninth house tends towards optimism, which is not always a good thing. They can get lost in flights of fancy and may practice escapism.

The long trips they take can often be elaborate daydreams. They need to learn to stop avoiding things while still maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Pluto in the 9th House: These people need to discover the truth. They want to know the meaning of life, and they will settle for nothing less.

They can be extremely rooted in their beliefs but won’t argue them unless they are certain they can win the argument. 

So, what if you’ve got no planets in the ninth house? By now, you should realize this is nothing to worry about. You’re not going to be someone who never finds their higher purpose, and you’re not an unethical person by nature; you just aren’t focused on these topics.

Maybe philosophy and ethics come naturally to you, and you don’t give them a second thought. Perhaps they don’t take up a lot of your energy or focus.

People with an abundance of planets in this house make great philosophers. They are often highly focused on the higher self and the intangible things in life. They also tend to enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. 

10th

The tenth house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of Career.

Keywords for this house are:

  • Responsibility 
  • Public persona
  • Reputation
  • Status
  • Destiny

While the sixth house deals with how you work, the tenth house covers your actual career. This is what you are known for, your reputation in the world.

Your status in life is also governed by this house. Will you have a strong public persona or will you be a more behind the scenes type of person?

The tenth house can also show you what your “destiny” is. This may be the career you are meant to have – the one you will excel in the most and that will get you the best reputation. 

Planets in 10th

Sun in the 10th House: A person with the sun in the tenth house needs to succeed. They seek out status in the world and want to be well-known.

Their career often takes priority over other aspects of their life like relationships. They can make a great leader.

Moon in the 10th House: These people often spend a lot of time dealing with the public. Their emotions are tied up in their career, and they may have careers that require caring for or nurturing others. Their emotions may also hinder them when it comes to choosing a career, as they find it difficult to see things logically.

Mercury in the 10th House: Mercury in the tenth house doesn’t necessarily have one career. Rather, they may have many. Professions that involve communication and language are the ones they thrive at.

They could be journalists or even language teachers. They can become bored if not stimulated with an ever-changing environment.

Venus in the 10th House: These people love to be noticed. They live off of praise. Those with Venus in this position may have careers in art or fashion, going along with Venus’ love of beauty and may also seek out partners who have successful careers.

Mars in the 10th House: Mars in the tenth house can sure be aggressive when it comes to their career. They have what it take to get to the top, and they are going to get there no matter what.

They tend to be successful but their competitive and cutthroat nature can put others off, leading to them not having such a good reputation. 

Jupiter in the 10th House: These people can be quite lucky when it comes to jobs and their career, but they need to be careful not to rely too much on that luck.

These people are confident and charismatic, making them easy to work with. They are also great at networking. 

Saturn in the 10th House: People with this placement may find themselves going down a rough path on their way to success.

These people have the patience needed to see things through to the end and should not let themselves crack under pressure or become depressed when things don’t work out right away. 

Uranus in the 10th House: As with all Uranus placements, people with Uranus in this house are going to be unconventional, this time in regards to their career and public image.

They bring a unique flair to their jobs and are great at coming up with innovative ideas. People may find them odd, but they definitely get the job done, albeit in their own way.

Neptune in the 10th House: People with this placement tend to have creative careers. The idealistic nature of Neptune can actually be great to work with, especially when it comes to thinking up new ideas.

One thing is that these people often bite off more than they can chew. Stick to what you know you can reasonably do.

Pluto in the 10th House: You notice people with this placement. They have an intensity about them that makes them great at whatever job they do.

They enjoy things like research positions or forensics where they can “uncover” things. 

A lack of planets in this house does not mean you’re never going to find a career or have a reputation out in the world.

It just means you may not have to focus your energy or pay attention to these topics in order to reap their rewards. 

People with many planets in this house tend to be highly focused on how the world sees them. They may have high-status careers or otherwise be well-known in the world. 

11th

The eleventh house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of Community.

Keywords for this house are:

  • Friends
  • Groups
  • Collectives
  • Organizations
  • The future
  • Goals
  • Humanitarianism 

This is another house that deals with things beyond you as a person. This is all about the groups you belong to, your friend groups, the organizations you’ve joined, etc. 

This also covers humanitarianism and has strong ties to the future. This will show you how you work in the world and what your views on the future are.

Are you working toward making the world a better place? Are you strongly tied to the collective? 

Planets in 11th

Sun in the 11th House: These people can be extremely popular. They make friends easily and fit into many groups without a problem. They tend to have big, lofty goals and know what they want out of life.

Moon in the 11th House: People with this placement need to feel like they belong somewhere in order to be secure.

They may not have a huge group of friends, but the ones they do have are highly important to them. Their goals may change often, just as their emotions do.

Mercury in the 11th House: Mercury in this house enables a person to communicate across many different groups.

These people are very social and have no problem joining multiple clubs or groups. They don’t always attract the most honest of people, however, and have to be wary of that.

Venus in the 11th House: Oftentimes, these people will fall in love only after developing a strong friendship with somebody.

They want their partner to be their best friend as well. They may find love in one of the groups they are part of, such as at a club meeting or in a class. 

Mars in the 11th House: These people commonly attract friends who are just as assertive as they are. This can lead to disagreements being a common occurrence for these friendships.

People with this placement also have clear goals, and they are aggressive when it comes to achieving them. They tend to have many friendships rather than a few close and intimate ones.

Jupiter in the 11th House: Jupiter in the eleventh house really wants to help people and the world as a whole. They tend to attract friends who feel the same way and who can help them achieve their goals.

As with the other Jupiter placements, this one needs to be careful about relying on their luck. Sometimes you need to work to achieve your goals and can’t just assume they’ll come about on their own. 

Saturn in the 11th House: If you have Saturn here, you are going to achieve your goals. It is just going to take awhile.

You are going to have to work very hard. The reward will come eventually, and patience is definitely a virtue! People with this placement tend to choose their friends carefully and don’t always have a lot of them.

Uranus in the 11th House: These people stand out in a group and may have a hard time fitting in.

Their eccentric nature doesn’t always give off the best first impression, but they make a great asset to any group they join. They also value friendship highly and will develop strong relationships with people who are just as quirky as they are. 

Neptune in the 11th House: Neptune in the eleventh house makes for a great friend. Unfortunately, they can often get taken advantage of and be taken for granted by their friends.

They may try to take on all their friends’ problems or even the problems of the world at large. These people aim high but need to be careful to remain realistic about their goals. 

Pluto in the 11th House: Pluto also stands out from a group and, in fact, may not enjoy being part of the group in the first place.

These are highly independent people. Their participation in groups is often based on their own need for self-change. 

You probably know this by now, but having no planets in the eleventh house does not mean that you are doomed to never belong in a group.

You are still going to have friends, goals, and dreams for the future. These may already be naturally established things in your life that you don’t need to put energy towards.

On the other hand, people with many planets in this house have a strong tie to the group.

They may be part of many different groups or organizations, or their life may revolve around one particular one. They tend to dream big and focus on the future more than the present.

12th

The twelfth house of this complete guide in Astrology is known as the House of the Collective Unconscious and the House of Suffering. What a title! 

Keywords for this house are:

  • Spirituality and spiritual practices
  • Death of the ego
  • Dreams
  • Meditation
  • Self-transcendence 
  • Compassion

You will also see this house relating to places like prisons and hospitals. It is related to the idea of ego-death.

They are places where you must sacrifice some of who you are and let your ego die. 

This is another house that can be difficult for people to understand due to the topics it covers. Spiritual themes are strong in this house.

This will show you how you can transcend beyond your own self and how you can connect to a higher power and the collective unconsciousness. Your views about these topics and whether they come naturally to you can be found in the twelfth house. 

Planets in 12th

Sun in the 12th House: Oddly enough, this is one sun placement that needs solitude to shine. They have a lot of focus on their inner selves. They may not enjoy being in crowds, but they are also highly compassionate people.

Moon in the 12th House: These people may be prone to mood swings, but they don’t always show it. It can be difficult for these people to understand themselves and their needs.

They are often highly sympathetic, except for when it comes to themselves. They need to spend time alone focused on themselves in order to gain clarity.

Mercury in the 12th House: While Mercury does love to talk, this placement means that the person is going to be great at keeping secrets. You can confide in these people worry-free.

However, they don’t often like to talk about their own feelings and also tend to overthink, especially when it comes to aspects of themselves.

Venus in the 12th House: The planet of love in a house all about sacrifice of suffering is an interesting placement. These people may find themselves being hurt because they place all their stock into relationships.

It is hard for them to have their own needs and wants heard over those of their partners. 

Mars in the 12th House: Mars can be an aggressive planet, but people with Mars here often tuck that anger down inside of themselves. This can cause deep discomfort.

These people may feel as if they cannot express any dissatisfaction they feel. They may become anxious or allow others to treat them badly out of fear of expressing their anger.

Jupiter in the 12th House: Having Jupiter in the twelfth house can actually be a very fortunate thing. Meditating and focusing inward can help these people to achieve things they couldn’t otherwise.

These people also tend to make great personal sacrifices in the name of things they care about. 

Saturn in the 12th House: This can be a difficult placement, but it is not impossible. These people don’t always feel like they have somebody they can count on. This is unfortunate since they are often very reliable.

They may face a lot of difficulties in life and often need help overcoming depression and anxiety in order to fully understand and accept themselves.

Uranus in the 12th House: This Uranus placement may actually have difficulty expressing their desires. They want to be free, change the world, and they have unique ideas about things.

However, they don’t always express them or act upon their desires. They may actually feel better hiding some of their quirks. 

Neptune in the 12th House: Neptune feels at home in the twelfth house. These people may appear calm, but they possess a deep inner strength.

These are highly compassionate people, and they long to make the world a better place with all their hearts. It can often be hard for them to actually bring about change, however. 

Pluto in the 12th House: People with this placement tend to bury their emotions. If they are wronged, they remember it forever and have a difficult time letting go.

These people also seek to uncover the hidden depths of themselves, often through occult means.

What does it mean to have an empty twelfth house? Because of the confusing and oftentimes “negative” qualities assigned to this house, some people might actually think of this as a good thing.

This just means that the themes of the twelfth house are ones that don’t require your attention.

People with a lot of planets in this house are said to have a lot of “karmic debts”. If you believe in past lives, this may indicate some of the lessons you need to learn in this life.

This house isn’t entirely unpleasant, of course. These people may also be very kind and selfless, able to put their own ego aside for the sake of others.

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