As in life, in astrology, one's birthplace has a shaping power. When you're born arranges the planets into signs and degrees. Where you're born drops them into particular houses. It assigns you an altogether different celestial citizenship than someone born at the same moment in another part of the world.
When you're discussing the 2nd house, you have to talk money. Yet in most spiritual circles, money is a dirty word. Craving dollars is an affront to spirit and decidedly uncool (except of course, for those spiritual teachers whose hands are always open for donations).
The 3rd house rules siblings, neighbors, short trips, grammar school, the acquisition and use of language. But underneath these keywords lies a profound mystery: our fundamentally human dance of development--of curiosity, imitation and communication, of adapting to and connecting with our immediate world.It is not so much a house of "things" as it is a zone of activity.
The 4th is where we go when we collapse. It rules home and family, ancestors and homeland. It provides a literal retreat. Push ourselves too hard and we'll likely end up at home, sick in bed.Suffer a devastating loss and we may knock on the door of a family member and ask to be taken in.
If you've seen the movie Chocolat, you'll understand an essential problem with the 5th house. This is the house of joy and spontaneous self-expression. It's the house of risk-taking, creativity, children, and love.
Anna Lee was one of my first clients. I gasped when I saw her chart. She had five planets in the 6th house: the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Pluto and Uranus. What¿s more, they were all in Virgo, the natural sign of this house. To my novice mind this information jumped from the page with exclamation points.
A good rule of thumb is that any individual who provokes us into a strong emotional response, who affects us, has unwittingly invited a shadow dance with our 7th house. Keep your wits. Hold your complaints at arm¿s length and study them.
Writing about the 8th house isn¿t easy. ¿After all,¿ says my friend Geraldine, ¿who truly feels comfortable talking about their experiences of love, death, and sex outside the privacy of personal conversation?¿
Here we feel adventurous and free. The 9th holds our personal Alps, where the spirit soars, the mind expands, and life acquires new meaning. The 9th takes us to uncharted territories and gifts us with new perspectives. It rules travel to faraway places, higher education, religion, philosophy, mysticism, divination.
Every astrological house has its secret anguish. In the 10th house it's failure, the discovery that we didn't make good on our dreams. I'll never forget the chilling confession of one of my high school English teachers, the one with the impressive Jesuit education and the faint smell of alcohol always on his breath.
The 11th is the house of friends. Opposite the 5th, that sandbox of child-like innocence and fantasies of our specialness, the 11th house describes our first experience of tribal society, the playground where we meet the world.
Over the years, I¿ve received more inquiries about the 12th than any other house. The ones who write are usually in distress. Sometimes they¿re new to astrology and are panicked to learn they¿ve got planets here: ¿I¿ve heard the 12th is a terrible house. Am I doomed?¿