The chart wheel represents the space surrounding where you were born. It is divided into 12 sections called Houses. Each house represents a different environment or set of conditions. We can describe the planets as the What, the energies themselves, the signs as the How, the ways in which the planets are modified, and the houses as the Where, the circumstances in which we meet the planets. Keep in mind that our Earth makes a complete turn on its axis every 24 hours, so that each planet will move through a house about every two hours. As the Earth turns, it brings each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac overhead (or to any part of the wheel) once in 24 hours — a new degree of the zodiac every four minutes. (Note. There is a relationship between the meanings of signs and houses, so that Sagittarius, the 9th sign, has similarities to the 9th house. But on average, only one chart in 12 will have the 9th sign on the cusp or border of the 9th house.)
Dawn. Self. Physical body. A change from thinking to being. The division between mind (houses above the horizon) and body (houses below the horizon). What others see in us. Persona. Head. Identity. The mask and facade we wear. The fresh exchange between self and others. The cusp, or border, of the 1st House is called the Ascendant or Rising Sign. The Ascendant, the eastern most point of the birth chart, shows how we come across to others; it’s who we see in the mirror and a very important key to one’s identity.
Material resources. Substance. Self-possession. Self-esteem. Values. Money and movable goods. The new body or what is drawn forth in response to new ideas. Reaction to novelty and new experiences.Tangible change in life due to new direction. How we own, possess, or embody things. Owning up to new ideas.
Communication. Thinking. The full development of new situations. Movement. Collection of information. Exploration of what is forming. Searches, investigations, inquiries. Gossip. Counterpoint. Brothers, sisters, and neighbors. Teachers. Meetings.Channels. Short trips.
Home, family, roots, foundations. Center of gravity. Base of operations. Where you’ve stored things up. The end of the matter. Repository of personal and family history. Real estate and property. Parents. The cusp, or border, of the 4th House is called the IC (for Imum Coeli, Latin for “lower heavens”), the northernmost point in a birth chart. The IC symbolizes one’s roots as it is the very base of the chart itself.
Self-consciousness, self-discovery, awareness, and pride. A pouring forth. Conveying and teaching. The extension of self. Stepping out. The search for recognition. The show. Children. Creativity. Fun, games, hobbies, and sports. Romance. Risk and venture. Celebration.
Service and industry. Harvest and repair. Care and cure. Maintenance. Work conditions. Health. The end of vitality and the beginning of attempts to prolong, preserve, and take care of the experience of the body. Criticism. Meticulousness. Craft. Purifying. Application of experience. Practice. Organizing the variables.
The other, partnerships and relationships of all kinds. Where we meet others as equals. A concentration of concern for others. Marriage and partnership. Yoga. Unity and harmony. Spirit of cooperation. Counselor. Signing contracts and agreements. Saying vows. The cusp, or border, of the 7th House is called the Descendant,the western point of the chart. The Descendant is the primary door to relationships and a key to understanding partnerships of all kinds.
Fusion with others. Physical and financial union. Transformation. Shared values. Approval by others. The results of relationship. Probing. Administration of others’ resources. Intimacy. Meeting the mysteries of sex and death. Psychological inquiry. What you need from others.
Philosophy, religion and higher education. The search for truth and meaning. Moral judgment. Long journeys. Foreigners and faraway places. Visions for the future. The law. Enthusiasm for experiences beyond the day-to-day. Wanderlust.
Career and vocation. Practical talents. Responsibility. Authority, parents, up there and out there. Management and supervisory skills. Government and foundations. Public face. What you do. Judges. Police power. Law enforcement. The cusp, or border, of the 10th House is called the Midheaven or MC. This highest point in the chart points towards the South and the direction of the noonday Sun. It indicates both one’s role in society and highest aspirations.
The resolve to put vision to work. Resources of the idea. Plans for action. Cooperation. Groups and teams. Colleagues. Larger goals. Hopes and wishes. Impersonal drives to realize personal ideals. Friends. Planning. Improving the community. Humanity and humanitarianism. Identification with a group or cause.
The area behind the scenes. Working in privacy, outside the limelight. Loss of identity. Impersonal institutions. Connection to God or the universal. Caring for the disadvantaged. Channeling. Limits and confinement. Hidden faults. Dues and karma.