What are the Astrological Houses?
Imagine a large Blueberry Pie split into
twelve segments. Imagine now that each
segment has two separate food types that
combine to make an overall enjoyable dish:
one of the food types is the pastry, the
casing, holding it all together, and the
other is the luscious filling: the blueberry
Just like the Blueberry Pie the
Astrological Chart is split into twelve
segments. The Ďpastryí of these segments is
the twelve Zodiac signs. Where the planets
are; which sign the planets are in and which
signs are empty forms the basis of the daily
or weekly Horoscopes. Planetary
interactions are interpreted to offer
general trends for that day or week.
Now here is the Blueberry filling. These
segments (defined by each Zodiac sign) are
also known as Houses and each segment or
House represents a different key area of
What is your First House?
Well, that all depends on the exact time
and place of your birth.
A personís First House doesnít depend at
all on their Sun Sign. You might be an
Aries, but your First House could be Libra.
It could be Pisces. It could even be Aries.
It all depends on your precise time and
place of birth.
Once you have figured out the sign of
your First House, it is easy to figure out
the rest of the House signs, because the
House signs always follow the same order as
For example: if your First House is
Gemini, then the second house will be
Cancer; the third, Leo and so on.
If your first House is Libra; the second
will be Scorpio; the third will be
Sagittarius; and so on.
For the purpose of a personalized Birth
Chart, where the planets are positioned and
in which the planets are located House can
make a tremendous difference to a personís
However, for the purpose of reading the
daily Horoscopes, it is more productive to
focus on the planets within the Zodiac
signs. Some references to Houses may crop
up, but this is usually generalized into
public life; personal life; money; or
Once you figure out your personal House
positions, though, you can actually gain
quite a lot from your daily Horoscopes.
For example, an Aries whose First House
is Virgo, might do well to read Virgoís
Horoscope too, to get a flavor of the more
subtle forces at work.
Once youíve figured out your First House,
itís easy to calculate your Romance-related
Houses too. So if youíre an Aries, with your
First House as Virgo, then your Fifth and
Seventh Houses will be Capricorn and Pisces
respectively. Knowing this can offer some
great insights when it comes to matters of
The Individual Houses:
The First House
This House shapes your identity; this will,
despite whatever your Sun Sign happens to
be, influence your personality too.
The Second House
This is the money and resources House. Are
you a saver? Do you splurge? Are you a
hoarder? The reasons why are likely to be
found in this House.
The Third House
This is the House of communication. It
includes short trips; it influences your
reactions to those around you and your
reactions to your environment.
The Fourth House
This House governs domestic matters; the
home; family relationships and can sometimes
explain deep rooted tendencies or tensions.
The Fifth House
Romantic matters can be affected by this
house, which also covers artistic
tendencies; leisure time and creative
drives. This is, if you like, your House of
fun and games.
The Sixth House
This dictates your day-to-day routine. This
House will either encourage or discourage,
according to the planets in it, your health
and fitness drives and your efficiency
The Seventh House
This house is reflects the varying aspects
of your personal and professional
relationships. Marriage, unions, and bonds
are included here, as are business
The Eighth House
This represents important people in your
life who arenít represented elsewhere. This
House denotes support, backing, assistance
and resources. (Or lack of it.)
The Ninth House
Educational and vocational courses are
affected by this House. This is the House
that either nudges you on into
self-improvement or has you drifting into a
The Tenth House
This affects your public front and how
others see you. This isnít just restricted
to work or your career, but quite often
career aims are the main focus.
The Eleventh House
Your friends and platonic relationships are
defined by this House. This also touches on
your social interests; your likes and
The Twelfth House
This is the last House and is sometimes
referred to as the House of Secrets. This
contains inner fears, doubts and
uncertainties. It can offer closure to past
matters, or open up a can of worms, all
depending on which planets are in here.