We began our understanding of Astrology last week with the Natal or Personal Cross
(the two axis: Ascendant/Descendant & Mid-Heaven/IC)
& its relationships with the themes of the dark & the light
(a repetitive theme in astrology).

As I mentioned we are always dealing with the relationships between opposites in Astrology.
This ability to learn to be fluid with contradiction helps to understand the house system, the zodiac & ourselves.
We need to balance both light & the dark (in all its definitions)
just as we are looking to balance the outside world with our inner reality.

To be clear again, as we look at the Map of the Chart
we are understanding it in
THREE different ways:

~ The Classic Layout of Day & Night (not individual charts)
where the Rising/Ascendant point means Sunrise, the Setting/Descendant point means Sunset
the Midheaven means noon (approx) & the IC means midnight (approx)
~ The Classic House System which leads us through the development of the personality
AS WELL as the movement through the Seasons & Zodiac
where each house is matched with a sign
& each quadrant is matched with a season
*(which doesn’t appear to follow the light/dark theme precisely
but does in the form
of development of the self & then heading out into the world
we will begin to discuss that below)
~ Our Individual Charts which use both these systems AND overlay our particularities due to time & place


We will continue to parse this out & through repetition it will make sense.
It is (exactly) like learning another language ~ not a complete fit to the world
as we (thought) we knew it.
Patience Pays, as Yogi Bhajan always says.
I so appreciate all of you jumping in as deeply & bravely as you have thus far.

Again, a bit of repetition:
The Ascendant is the point on the horizon where the planets “come up.”
The direction continues up to the Mid-Heaven (the top of the sky) &
around to the setting point of the horizon (the descendant.)
It then dips (still clock-wise) around to the bottom of the sky (the IC).
The arc of travel then comes back around to the Ascendant & rising point.
This is the path of the planets as they move through the sky.
Last week we spent time considering the actual time of day (where our Suns are placed)
& how that particular choice of light & dark influenced our personalities.

This week we will take it a bit deeper & look at a more abstract system of light & dark:
the House System as a Map of personal development.

In this system, the Dark, or below the horizon, is the development of the self
& the Light, above the horizon, is what we do with that self out in the world.
The houses are numbered counter-clockwise, away from the rising point,
but imagine your hand on the dial turning clockwise,
bringing the houses above the horizon slowly,
the first house rises into light ~ presence, physicality, first impressions, essential energy
then the second house ~ values, environment, daily routines
& so on through all the houses . . . building your personality
& taking you all the way through the twelfth house ~ mystery, endings, spirituality.
This is the evolution of the self.

Stay with this a moment.
Use your intuition to understand that the Twelfth house,
in that period just after Sunrise
is actually the most mysterious house,
the one closest to Spirit.
Think of a newborn baby, just opening it’s eyes to the light.
Perfect & New.
Where did it come from?
It is the closest we are to Spirit until we die.
It is hard for us to really understand the 12th house,
& it is the last house, in the development of the personality,
to cross the threshold of consciousness.
Like a clock, the chart is divided into 12 segments, or houses, each one ruled by a different sign.The zodiac
signs also begin with the first house & go counterclockwise around.

Each house is associated with a set of traits,
beginning from the self & expanding outward into society & beyond.
The Zodiac signs do the same thing.
At the moment you were born, the planets were all in specific signs & houses.
The signs & houses in your Individual Chart do not always match the Classic Form.
Sometimes those placement are in conflict & this tells a lot about the personality. When an astrologer interprets your chart,
s/he blends the meaning of each planet,
the house it’s in, and the sign it’s in,
to map the obstacles or gifts you’ll face in this lifetime.

Next week we will be learning about the Zodiac in much the same fashion as the houses, beginning in the Spring with Aries
(the Spring Equinox is the Astrological “New Year”) & following the signs chronologically through the Seasons.

For now, you can use your Intuition to understand that:

the 3 Spring Signs (Aries, Taurus & Gemini)
are the signs at home in the First Quadrant (the Physical below),

the 3 Summer Signs (Cancer, Leo & Virgo)
are the signs at home in the Second Quadrant (The Emotional below),

the 3 Fall Signs (Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius)
are the signs at home in the Third Quadrant (the Mental below)

& the 3 Winter Signs (Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces)
are the Signs most at home
in the Fourth Quadrant (the Spiritual below).

As we are focusing on an Intuitive approach, do your best to keep your knowledge
of the signs & their relationships to the quadrant organic, reflecting on the life of the seed.

Spring: sprouting just coming up

Summer: Flowering into full form

Fall: Being collected & utilized by the world, celebration of that union

Winter: Looking to the future, understanding the more invisible realms, putting things to rest.

The first six houses (below the horizon)
are known as the “personal houses,”
while the last six houses (above the horizon)
are known as the “interpersonal houses.”

The 12 Horoscope Houses and What They Represent



The first house begins the zodiac & covers the all “firsts”:
first impressions, the self & appearance, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts & beginnings.
The sign on the cusp, or starting edge, of this house, is referred to as your rising sign or ascendant.
(Ruled by Aries)


The second house covers all matters related to your immediate material & physical environment.
The Senses: taste, smells, sound, touch, sights.The second house also rules income, money, and self-esteem.
(Ruled by Taurus)


The third house rules all forms of communication ~ talking, thinking, gadgets & devices
(cell phones, pagers, Instant Messenger, etc.).
The third house also covers siblings, neighborhoods, local travel, libraries, schools, teachers & community affairs.
(Ruled by Gemini)



The fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel & rules the “foundation” of all things.
This includes your home, privacy, your basic security, your parents (particularly your mother),
your own mothering abilities, nurturing, & self-care.
(Ruled by Cancer)


The fifth house governs self-expression, drama, creativity, color,attention, romance, fun and play.
(Ruled by Leo)


The sixth house is the domain of health & service.
It rules schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet & exercise, helpfulness & being of service to others.
(Ruled by Virgo)



The seventh house is the sector of relationships & other people.
It governs all partnerships, both business & personal, & relationship-associated matters, like contracts, marriage, & business deals.
(Ruled by Libra)


The eighth house is a mysterious sector that rules birth, death, sex, transformation, mysteries, merged energies, & bonding at the deepest level.
The eighth house also rules other
people’s property & money (real estate, inheritances, investments)(Ruled by Scorpio)


The ninth house covers the higher mind, expansion, long-distance travel, foreign languages, inspiration ,optimism, higher education, risk, adventure, religion, philosophy, morals & ethics.
(Ruled by Sagittarius)



The tenth house is at the very top & most public part of the chart.
The tenth house governs tradition, public image, fame, honors, achievements, awards, boundaries,rules, discipline, authority, fathers & fatherhood.
The cusp, or border, of the tenth house is also called the midheaven & it clues astrologers into your career path.
(Ruled by Capricorn)


The eleventh house rules teams, friendships, groups, society, networking, social justice, rebellion & humanitarian causes.
It also rules originality, eccentricity, sudden events, surprises, invention & all things futuristic.
(Ruled by Aquarius)


The zodiac completes with the twelfth & final house, which rules endings.
This house covers the final stages of a project, tying up loose ends, completions, the afterlife, old age & surrender.
It’s also associated with separation from society: hospitals, jails, hidden agendas & secret enemies.
And it rules the imagination, creativity, arts, film, dance, poetry, journals & the subconscious mind.
(Ruled by Pisces)

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