Understanding The Twelve 12 Houses In Our Lives

12 Houses in Astrology

Other than the 12 zodiac signs from the 12 constellations in our Universe and the 10 planets in our solar system, here comes the 12 Houses!


Like a clock, the zodiac belt is divided into 12 segments, or what we call, the houses. Each house is ruled by a zodiac sign. The houses functions in an anti-clockwise direction, forming from the 1st first house on the extreme left.


Each house is unique and it comes with it a distinctive quality of what it represents in our life. Beginning from the 1st house of the ‘Self’, and expanding outward in an anti-clockwise direction, integrating ourselves into the society and the collectiveness.

When we were born, our natal chart showed how the sky looked like and each planet, each zodiac and house has its unique function and message that only we can fulfill what the Universe has in place for us.

When planets visit a house, they light up that part of your chart, and energize that house’s traits. Professional Astrologers use houses to predict which parts of your life will come into focus, and where you can take the best possible action. To learn more about a house, read about the sign that’s associated with it.

twelve houses in astrology

The first six houses are known as the “personal houses,” while the next six houses are known as the “collective houses.”


The first house covers everything that is a “first”. Your first impression, the self and image, first reaction in any given circumstances, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts and new beginnings. The sign on the cusp of first house,  is referred to as your rising sign or ascendant.  This house is default ruled by Aries.

If you tend to get misunderstood for who you are most of the times, probably you have a conflicting zodiac sign that disharmonise your Sun, Rising Star and the Moon.


The second house covers all matters related to your immediate material and physical environment—taste, smells, sound, touch, sights. The second house also rules the way how you use your resources, earn your income, money, and development of your values and self-esteem. This house is ruled by Taurus by default.


The third house rules all forms of communications—talking, thinking, gadgets and devices (cell phones, pagers, Instant Messenger, etc.). The third house also covers siblings, neighborhoods, local travel, libraries, schools, teachers and community affairs. This house is ruled by Gemini by default.


The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, and thus, rules the “foundation” of all things. This includes your home, privacy, your basic security, your parents (particularly your mother), your roots, your own mothering abilities, nurturing, and comfort zone. As it is so deeply hidden, only very few people will be able to see this side of you.


Hail the King! The fifth house is ruled by default, the loud and dramatic Leo, and it governs self-expression, drama, creativity, color, attention, romance, fun and play.  It also represents the inner child of us and the house of children as well as our risk appetite. This is also the house of romance, before you enter into house of marriage to tie up the knot.


The sixth house rules our health, schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. This also rules our work environment. Because we spent so much time with our co-workers and at our job, our health is no doubt, indirectly impacted and influenced by it. This is by default ruled by Virgo, the detailed oriented and meticulous sign.


The seventh house is the sector of relationships and other people. It governs all partnerships, both business and personal, and relationship-associated matters, like contracts, marriage, and business deals. This is the house of how you see others. As this is the opposite of you, it can represents union, getting together with your other half or your open enemy. This house is by default, ruled by Libra.


The eighth house is a mysterious sector and the most powerful house in the 12 houses. It rules birth, death, sex, transformation, mysteries, merged energies, and bonding at the deepest level. The eighth house also rules other people’s property and money (real estate, inheritances, investments, etc) This house is by default, led by Scorpio.


The ninth house covers the higher mind, expansion, international and long-distance travel, foreign languages, inspiration, optimism, publishing, broadcasting, universities and higher education, luck, risk, adventure, gambling, religion, philosophy, morals and ethics. It is ruled by the free-roaming and adventurous Sagittarius.


The tenth house is at the very top of our chart, and most illuminated part of our chart govern. The tenth house governs structures, corporations, tradition, public image, fame, honors, achievements, awards, boundaries, rules, discipline, authority, fathers and fatherhood. The border of the tenth house (known as the cusp) is also called the Midheaven, and it clues astrologers into your vocational path. This house is default ruled by Capricorn.


The eleventh house is default ruled by Aquarius and this house rules friendships, groups that you belong to, technology, electronic media, networking, social justice, rebellion, and humanitarian causes. It also rules your originality, eccentricity, liberations, novelty, invention, astronomy, science fiction and all things futuristic.


The twelfth house is the last of the twelve houses and that signifies endings, completion and surrendering. This house covers the final stages of something in you, tying up loose ends, completions, the afterlife, old age, and letting go (ego). It’s also associated with separation from society, institutions, hospitals, jails, hidden agendas, medicine and secret enemies. And it rules the imagination, creativity, arts, film, dance, poetry, journals, and the subconscious mind. This is the powerful house of letting go of your ego and the theme is to embrace and go with the flow. Pisces is the default ruler of this house.



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