The Twelve Houses - Natural Signs & Planetary Rulers

The keywords in the chart below provide insight into the major influence of each house, but does not cover the broad range of experiences involved in each house.

First House - Self-Image

The First House symbolizes the acting self, the personality as it appears to others, and the unfolding of one's individual destiny. Its beginning point is the rising degree, one of the most significant points in the birth chart. Planets in the First House affect your personality strongly. Their characteristics are a keynote of your personality as you express yourself to others. The cusp of the first house is a special angle, it is the Ascendant (also known as the rising sign).

1st House: Angular

Natural Sign Ruler: Aries

Planetary Ruler: Mars

  • The image we project to others.

  • The first impression we make.

  • How we start things.

  • Our defense mechanisms.

  • Our relationship with our immediate environment.

  • Our general outlook on life.

  • Our physical appearance.

Second House - Self-Worth & Money

The Second House symbolizes what the self has to work with materially: possessions, money, and physical resources. This house also represents your desires and values. Planets in the Second House operate in the field of material needs and also indicate what you value most highly.

2nd House: Succedent

Natural Sign Ruler: Taurus

Planetary Ruler: Venus.

  • Money and personal finances.

  • Sense of self-worth and basic values.

  • Personal possessions.

Third House - Communication

The Third House symbolizes thinking and communication, also traditionally brothers and sisters, writings, and short journeys. Your early environment is also represented by this house, as well as your powers of analysis and discrimination. Planets in this house indicate how you communicate and operate mentally.

3rd house: Cadent House

Natural Sign Ruler: Gemini

Planetary ruler: Mercury

  • The lower mind.

  • Interactions in our immediate environment.

  • Siblings and early environment.

  • Neighbors

  • Short trips.

  • Media and communications

  • How we formulate our thoughts.

  • Language skills, writing and speaking.

Nadir or IC

Indicates the cusp of the Fourth House. As the base of operations of the personality this house is quite important, because without a place to stand emotionally, the personality cannot function.

Fourth House - Family, Home, Roots & Security

The Fourth House represents the home environment, family life, and the father, or perhaps the same sex parent. Planets in the Fourth House reflect your family orientation, an ability to dig into the past in order to discover the roots of your being, and how your father (or perhaps your mother) was experienced by you.

4th House: Angular house.

Natural Sign Ruler: Cancer

Planetary Ruler: the Moon.

  • Our psychological foundations and roots.

  • Instinctive behavior.

  • Family

  • The mother or the more maternal parent/caregiver.

  • Ancestry: our connection with our past.

  • Home & Domestic life.

  • Our sense of security.

  • Real estate.

Fifth House - Self-Expression, Creativity, Pleasure; Romance

The Fifth House represents creativity and self-expression, also offspring, and is also associated with romance and affection. Following the base of operations represented by the fourth, the fifth house represents the arena in which your personal energies can be released into the world. Any area which is stamped by your personality, including the display of affection or any creative endeavors such as your artistic expression, is therefore represented by planets in the Fifth House or the sign on the Fifth House cusp.

5th House: Succedent

Natural Sign Ruler: Leo

Planetary Ruler: the Sun.

  • Creative self-expression.

  • Pleasure and entertainment.

  • All forms of play

  • Speculation and gambling.

  • Pastimes

  • Hobbies

  • Attitude towards romance.

  • Romantic relationships.

  • Lovers as opposed to partners.

  • Attitude towards having fun.

  • Drama

  • Adornments and costumes.

Sixth House - Health, Nutrition & Work

The Sixth House represents issues of sickness and health, and service to others, including conditions of daily life, or work. This house also relates to discipleship and mastery, and the overcoming of obstacles in producing the fruit of one's achievements. Planets in this house can manifest as challenges to your well-being, or as indications of a profession of service to others.

6th House: Cadent

Natural Sign Ruler: Virgo

Planetary Ruler: Mercury

  • Work and job (as opposed to career).

  • Techniques and methods.

  • Daily life, order.

  • Self-improvement

  • Health

  • Nutrition

  • Attitude towards food.

  • Service: Attitude towards service and co-workers

  • Helpfulness

  • Pets

  • Attitude towards routine and organization.

  • How we refine and perfect ourselves, aptitudes.


Indicates the cusp of the Seventh House. The sign on the Descendant often indicates the type of marriage partner you will seek.

Seventh House - Partnerships & Relationships; Marriage

The Seventh House represents marriage and partnerships of all kinds, and issues with relating to other people. As the opposite to the First House of personality, the Seventh House describes how you fit into the world of others. Planets in this house often indicate the type of marriage partner you will seek.

7th House: Angular

Natural Sign Ruler: Libra

Planetary Ruler: Venus.

  • Companionship

  • The alter ego.

  • Partnerships

  • One-to-one relationships.

  • Marriage; The first marriage.

  • The significant other.

  • Business partnerships.

  • Competitors

  • Our shadow self.

  • Lawyers, Mediators, & Counselors

  • Contracts

Eighth House - Transformation, Death & Sexuality

The Eighth House symbolizes issues of death and rebirth, sexuality, and transformation. As this house follows the house of relationship, it refers to the fruits of relationship, and these include the power to change based on new understanding made possible when one is no longer acting solely as an individual. Planets in this house are difficult to interpret, but may refer to how sexuality is manifested or to lessons you need to learn in order to grow and change.

8th House: Succedent

Natural Sign Ruler: Scorpio

Planetary Ruler: Pluto

  • Transformation and crisis.

  • Our attitude towards crisis and change.

  • Sex & Sexuality

  • Death and rebirth.

  • Personal growth and transformation.

  • Regeneration

  • Our partner's resources & others' money

  • Addictions

  • Psychology

  • Taxes

  • Divorce/alimony.

  • Inheritance

Ninth House - Belief Systems, Foreign Travel & Higher Learning

The Ninth House represents intuition and the study of religion philosophy, and higher learning. In addition, it represents travel to other countries, and legal matters. This house is interpreted similarly to the ninth sign of Sagittarius, and represents the expansion of horizons, mental, physical and spiritual. Planets in this house may symbolize your philosophical pursuits, or possibilities for travel.

9th House: Cadent

Natural Sign Ruler: Sagittarius

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

  • Our personal belief system.

  • Our sense of adventure, exploration.

  • Â Religious beliefs and personal philosophy.

  • Higher education.

  • Long-distance travel.

  • Morals

  • Foreign languages and cultures.

  • Personal truths.

  • Publishing

  • Commerce

Midheaven or MC

The Midheaven or MC (Medium Coeli) usually, but not always, indicates the Tenth House cusp. Symbolically, the Midheaven represents your individuality, the outward expression of your energies. It can also be referred to as ego identity, and has a strong connection with public life and career, as symbolized by the Tenth House. The Midheaven also represents your aspirations and ideals. Together with the Ascendant, it represents personality in interaction with the world. Natal planets in conjunction with the Midheaven are considered "elevated" and are emphasized in the chart.

Tenth House - Career/Profession, Responsibility, Reputation, & Personal Empowerment

The Tenth House symbolizes the public life, authority, career issues, and also represents the mother, or perhaps the opposite-sex parent. As standing opposite the Fourth House, the Tenth House represents how the foundation of the personality is made manifest and concrete in the world. The birth chart is often divided into four seven-year periods, one per quadrant, cycling each twenty-eight years of life, and the Tenth House is reached at age 21, the age of legal adulthood. Planets in the Tenth House will indicate what the energies and challenges are for your career, and also how your mother (or perhaps father) was experienced.

10th House: Angular

Natural Sign Ruler: Capricorn

Planetary Ruler: Saturn

  • Career and profession.

  • Contribution to society.

  • Position in society.

  • Social standing.

  • Reputation

  • Material success and position.

  • How we carve out an identity for ourselves.

  • Achievement

  • Authority figures

  • Paternal figures

  • The father or most paternal parent/caregiver.

  • Bosses

  • Governments

  • Attitude towards responsibility.

  • Attitude towards abiding by the law.

  • Desire for achievement.

Eleventh House - Aspirations, Personal Goals, & Group Associations

The Eleventh House symbolizes goals and objectives, also friendships and membership in groups or associations. The work in society represented by the tenth house is released through the individual in the activities associated with the eleventh house. Planets in this house indicate how visions for the future and also group associations and friendships will operate in your life.

11th House: Succedent

Natural Sign Ruler: Aquarius

Planetary Ruler: Uranus

  • Acquaintances and friends.

  • Groups & Organizations

  • Aspirations, hopes and wishes

  • Personal goals.

  • Our sense of our true inner purpose.

  • Our sense of the group.

  • Humanity

Twelfth House - Soul Growth, Karma, Privacy & Secrets

The Twelfth House refers to the unconscious and to things beyond the physical plane. It is traditionally associated with confinement and self-undoing, and has been called the house of karma. Planets in this house indicate functions that are hidden from your conscious personality, and are expressed in terms of psychic faculty or self-sacrifice.

12th House: Cadent

Natural Sign Ruler: Pisces

Planetary Ruler: Neptune

  • That which is hidden or below the surface.

  • Karma

  • Self-undoing

  • Soul growth.

  • Hidden strengths.

  • Hidden weaknesses.

  • Dreams

  • Private affairs

  • Lost items

  • Hospitals and prisons

  • Spiritual studies.


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