Introduction To The Astrological Houses
Natal Chart 101
If you took a picture of the sky at the moment you were born, and then overlaid a pie with slices in it, you’d get something that looks like your astrological natal chart. The “pie” is called the zodiac wheel; and it consists of twelve sections, or houses. It begins with house one in the direct west, and moves counter-clockwise. Your natal chart can be used to unveil your karmic opportunities, lessons, gifts, and challenges in this lifetime, as well as provide clues on how to best navigate them.
Intro to the Houses
Each house is associated with a specific zodiac sign, which rules certain set of personality traits, a sect of the human psyche, or archetype. At the exact moment you were born each of the houses and planets was aligned with a certain zodiac sign, which naturally aligns with one of the 12 archetypes.
When you decipher your chart from an astrological perspective, you’re looking at the planets, what house they’re in, and the sign or archetype they’re in - which differs depending on your exact time of birth, and dictates where your first house begins.
Colored by the archetype it begins within, your first house governs how you show up in the world - your first impression, beginnings - and the houses continue from micro to macro from there. The first six houses are referred to as “personal houses” and the second six are considered “interpersonal houses”. While each house is ruled by specific sign in your chart, it is also naturally ruled by one of the twelve zodiac signs; which, if you know anything about the signs, you can use to guide your understanding of what each house correlates to.
The 12 Houses & Their Meanings
Ruled by Aries | First impressions, approach to life, appearance, perceived identity
Ruled by Taurus | Material and physical environment, finances, work ethic
Ruled by Gemini | Communication, your closest friends, social interests
Ruled by Cancer | Emotional wellness, foundations, femininity
Ruled by Leo | Creativity, self-expression, romance
Ruled by Virgo | Health, routines, organization, service
Ruled by Libra | Partnerships (personal + professional), interpersonal style, contracts
Ruled by Scorpio | Sex, intimacy, merging, shared resources
Ruled by Sagittarius | Education, philosophy, travel
Ruled by Capricorn | Career, status, masculinity
Ruled by Aquarius | Hopes, wishes, your larger community
Ruled by Pisces | Subconscious, hidden beliefs, healing, endings
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