Simple things to remember:
The PLANETS in our chart tell us WHAT is happening.
The SIGNS show us HOW it is happening.
The HOUSES show WHERE it is happening.
For those wanting to do further reading, there are 3 types of houses: Angular, Succeedent and Cadent. Each of these are plugged into the “Cross of Matter.”
Area of life governed: THE SELF, beginnings, birth, immediate / early environment, persona, image, how we understand ourselves as an individual / unique, the Ascendant being the lens we view the world through; what we see and what we expect to see.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: that which will aid you in self-discovery, the nature of your life journey, how you relate to the general public, the face you put on at a party or the supermarket.
Area of life governed: PERSONAL RESOURCES, emotional, financial, spiritual, intellectual, material, things you claim in your name, thing that give you worth & value, material possessions, priorities, what you spend your money on, how you earn money, talents, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, the body as a physical being – separate from birth parent.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: ability to tap into personal resources / what we can focus on to get there, emotional support systems, personal property, what we hope to gain, earning potential.
Area of life governed: Basic language and knowledge skills, early learning from family to school, writing & reading foundations, neighbourhood, extended family –siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, local environment, short familiar journey’s, socializing skills, mail, tv, radio, language.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: one’s ability to learn and communicate, one’s view of / how you approach communication and learning, left brain dominant, early schooling / learning experience, sibling narratives.
Area of life governed: HOME AND FAMILY. Origins, your place in your family, hearth fire, early childhood, hidden, unconscious.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: How we feel about home and family & what we need there. How you felt the atmosphere of the home. What was imprinted on you in the home / from your family. How you unconsciously seek nurturance.
Area of life governed: PERSONAL CREATIVITY, CHILDREN, LOVERS. The personal striving for immortality, all conscious and unconscious expressions of creativity, reveling in the joy of our individuality, how we shine, hobbies, recreation, romance, gambling, inner child.
Planets in this house and on the cusp show: How we are with children, the nature of our creativity / expression of creative individuality, how we express joy and what we need to do so.
Area of life governed: SERVICE, HEALTH. ROUTINE. WORK. Service on a conscious level (more personal than the 12th), daily life, rhythm, duties, employment: paid or not, aware of duties and expectations, traditionally was the house of slavery, health & bodily cycles, food and nourishment, healing/healer (from the doctor to the neighbour who is a good listener), illness, small pets/animals.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: how or if we approach service, how we are at work. What we need daily / as routine. Susceptibility to illness / health, how we attain self-definition, body-mind connection, relationships with people we work with.
Area of life governed: COMMITTED PARTNERSHIPS – RELATIONSHIPS. THE OTHER. Awareness of the other, the missing piece sought outside the self, all committed relationships – business and personal, open enemies, projection.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: What we seek in relationship, how we are in it, what we need and offer in relationship, what we learnt form our parents’ relationship, who are we when we share our ‘I’? What we notice most in others, what we have the hardest time owning in ourselves.
Area of life governed: OTHER PEOPLE’S RESOURCES. Inheritance, loans, grants, wins, tax, money, recycling – regeneration of all things; the cycle of life – sex, birth, death, taboo topics, wills, the deeper places we go once in a committed relationship, fears.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: shared collective resources and the access you have to them. Your attitude to sex, birth, death, how you share resources, the depth of intimacy we can access/share once in relationship – the ease or hardship etc, how we deal with change & crisis.
Area of life governed: HIGHER LEARNING, TRAVEL. Tertiary education, the Law, specialized knowledge, sport, religion – takes tertiary learning to a philosophical public place, other cultures, all the ways we expand our world, broadening physically with sport – mentally the mind and travel, migration, things that change your world view, publishing, Churches, airports, ceremonies, in-laws.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: your attitude to travel, learning, foreign things and people. our ability to view/think broadly, the way we approach religion / faith / things foreign / travel, journeys of the mind.
Area of life governed: CAREER. REPUTATION. STATUS. Position in the outer world, ambitions, labels you want to wear in society, visibility.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: how you are viewed in the world, what you present to the world, what you aim for out in the world, what you want to be remembered for leaving in the world, nature of career and reputation.
Area of life governed: GROUPS. FRIENDS. COMMUNITY. Clubs, group skills, associations, group activity, colleagues, casual friends, unemotional human relationships, acquaintances, socialization, parties.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: how we are in friendship and what we need. The types of groups we gravitate toward and how we are in them, how we go beyond the self & contribute to things greater than us, community values, social conscience,
Area of life governed: FEARS, FAMILY HISTORY. COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. The house of undoing and endings. Spirituality, mystery, wonder, where we receive human thoughts and emotions, loss of individuality but still connected to the human species, union, connectedness – not conscious, dreams, psychic/mediumship, intuitive, servant to unconscious family energy, fears – your own or those of your family, loss of self/ego, doorway to realization of the self, mysticism, addictions, institutions, loss of boundaries.
Planets in this house and signs on the cusp show: inherited family history, deep psychological fears, indicate the path to redemption / the way through, how we view separateness/connectivity, attitude to escapism, unconscious drives & urges, familial memory, our approach to oneness / wholeness / completion.