The Planets and How They Impact The 12 Astrological Houses
Each planet rules a sign of the zodiac. This detail does not change as a planet moves around an individual’s chart. However where a planet is situated at a person’s birth gives each individual a unique and special quality which might not be shared by anyone else except the individual.
The Sun – Leo
The Moon – Cancer
Mercury – Gemini
Venus – Taurus and Libra
Mars – Aries (Scorpio)
Jupiter – Sagittarius (Pisces)
Saturn – Capricorn (Aquarius)
Uranus – Aquarius
Neptune – Pisces
Pluto – Scorpio
[Traditional / (Previous) Ruler]
The Houses and Their Meanings
The First House and Your Rising Sign
The first house of a chart has the sign that was ascending over the horizon at the moment you were born on its cusp. This sign is known as the Rising Sign, or Ascendant. The first house has to do with how we appear or the way we come across, thus our appearance and personality. This is the essential stuff that bubbles up in us spontaneously and that is obvious to others as our trademark or activity. It is what makes us each so personally different. This house rules our personal self and everything about us that draws a reaction from our surroundings or others.
The Second House
The second house is concerned with how we respond to or field whatever impulses or unique and personal qualities we manifest via our first house. This is how we hold or “have” things (possessions, material goods, money, and the like). The second house always refers to how we secure ourselves, the kind of response we get from life and those around us.
The Third House
The third house is concerned with explorations, investigations, and inquiry and research of all kinds. It also rules connections, communications, wires, tubes — anything that we can get through with our body, mind, voice, letters, what-have-you. It is here that we explore and search for the limits of our life, whatever we are working with at the moment. A very mental house, concerned with finding, furthering, peering, and all manner of questioning. Traditionally rules short journeys, siblings.
The Fourth House
The fourth house is where we send down roots, find our limits, and generally secure ourselves. It is the end of any searching we might have done in the third house. Here we find or end our search, settle down, and manage to get in possession of the whole situation. This is our home and the base from which we can work, feel, and experience. This is the root of our experience, the core or thick of it.
The Fifth House
The fifth house has to do with awareness, emotion (to move out), and expression (to press out). Here there is always a growing sense of self-confidence and even a pride of ownership, since we begin to recognize and own our experience. We know that we have had or are having an experience. All forms of expression and offspring are connected to this house — children, animals, creative expression, and so on. A sense of direction and ownership takes hold at this point in our experience.
The Sixth House
The sixth house has to do with salvaging and preserving what is good and healthy in our experience. Here we separate the wheat from the chaff. We begin to care for ourselves and our experience and thus health, nutrition. The idea here is that we are able to analyze our experience and have thoughts about what is pure and what is not. The sixth house is an attempt to save the heart of an experience, one that already by that attempt is beginning to pass or not cohere.
The Seventh House
The seventh house is the house of partnerships, relationships, social life, and all that carries us beyond our personal self into an awareness of other people, community, and the like. This includes spiritual awakening and the discovery that we are more than just our personality. Here we begin to respond to our personal needs (and those of others) for the first time. We can see what is going on and are committed to it; thus, marriage and yoga, or union, is indicated in this house.
The Eighth House
The eighth house, traditionally the house of death, is concerned with getting rid of excess parts of ourselves that we see we no longer need. Thus this house also covers initiation and any activities where we are transforming toward a more integral position, getting to the heart of things. The no-nonsense quality of the eighth house makes it good for business ventures since here we are stripping away the dross to reveal the truth or essence of the subject.
The Ninth House
The ninth house covers long journeys and religion (the longest journey of all). Here is what remains of the purification that takes place in the eighth house — the seed, or essence, of an entire cycle of experience. Religion comes from a Latin word that means to bind back, and thus refers to all things that last or endure, such as the truth. Essential ideas, philosophy, and all that is the very heart of things belong here.
The Tenth House
The 10th house is a house of practical vision and clairvoyance, for here we can see clearly what is. Reputation and career are often connected to this house, since the areas where we can see with greatest clarity are those we most often can put to use to make a living. In summary, this house is where we have real vision and can see to do and work. Planets transiting this house may provide moments of insight and clear-seeing as well.
The Eleventh House
The 11th house has to do with putting our visions and dreams to work. We have been on the mountain and had a vision (10th house). Here we take our vows never to forget what we have seen and to work hard to make these dreams into reality. Thus this house has always been connected with altruistic and humanitarian goals and trying to set them in motion. It is the house of friends and community, because when we are powered by a real insight or vision we share with all — irrespective of differences.
The Twelfth House
The 12th house is about all that we go through in order to make our dreams into reality and manifest them in the world around us. It covers what we are willing to put up with, the sacrifices we will make in order to bring across what is really important. This is connected to prisons, institutions, betrayal, self-undoing, and the like, because it is here that we must choose to take some possible abuse for the sake of the message we are carrying, or blow it all away with a negative reaction.
The Planets and Their Meaning in Astrology
In Astrology each of the 10 planets rules a Zodiac Sign and a Zodiac House.
The following is a brief interpretation for each planet:
The Sun Rules Leo and the 5th House.
The Sun defines your personal identity, your ego and your unique self expression. It represents what you are trying to become. It’s the core of who you are, your spirit, your soul, your consciousness, your basic drive. These are all represented by the Sun.
It takes the Sun one year to complete its cycle through the Zodiac Signs.
The Moon Rules Cancer and the 4th House.
The Moon helps define our emotional development, or express the unconscious side of our personality. It explains why you do what you do. The Moon also influences our senses depending on its placement in the birth chart and is said to represent your instinctual self, which many people keep hidden.
The Moon spends 2-1/2 days in each sign and takes approximately 30 days to complete its cycle.
Mercury Rules both Gemini and Virgo. It also rules the 3rd and 6th House.
Mercury defines our mind and the way we use it. Intelligence, language, speech, writing and all forms of communication are under the influence of Mercury.
Mercury completes its rotation in a mere 88 days.
Venus Rules both Taurus and Libra. It also rules the 2nd and 7th House.
In Astrology, Venus represents the qualities of love, romance, sensuality, culture, beauty, affection and social appeal. The planet is therefore very prominent in aspects of love; influencing how you attract love as well as how you act in a relationship.
It also rules Finance, Money and what we value most, within our Value System. It also rules our aspirations and how we place and rank things in importance of achievements and goal-setting targets. This is because Venus also rules Taurus, the traditional ruler of the Second House, Money, Possessions and what we place Value upon. This can be tangible, intangible or spiritual.
The Venus cycle takes 227.4 days.
Mars Rules Aries and is sub-ruler of Scorpio. Mars also Rules the 1st House and sub-rules the 8th.
Mars indicates a sense of impulsiveness, aggressiveness, courage, action, will-power, enthusiasm, and even negative traits such as impatience, temperament, violence and conflict. Mars energy also motivates and drives a person to accomplish their dreams and goals in life.
Mars’ journey through all the Zodiac Signs takes approximately two years.
Jupiter Rules over Sagittarius and the 9th House. It also sub-rules Pisces and the 12th House.
Jupiter is considered the planet of luck. It symbolises expansion, development and good fortune. Jupiter can also show areas where you go to excess or can become extreme or fanatical, when in bad aspect to other planets. It can also show where over-confidence and poor planning can lead to unwelcome outcomes.
When people pass away, Jupiter can also be prominent in their chart as it is an opportunity for others to pay homage, respect and appreciation for a person’s contribution in life. It is also an opportunity for others to examine a person’s impact and significance in life, whether for good or for ill.
A Jupiter cycle takes twelve years to complete.
Saturn Rules over Capricorn and the 10th House. It also sub-rules Aquarius and the 11th House.
In Astrology Saturn is the learned Sage; the planet that teaches through experience, challenges, problems and situations. Saturn’s influence provides the endurance, patience and determination to overcome all odds.
Although often seen an a negative planet, if you have served your apprenticeship well, and learnt what you need from this planet, it can reward you with riches greater than you could ever imagine. If you have not learnt your lesson well, Saturn can bring you to your knees and take away what you already have.
Where Jupiter can bring luck, Saturn brings permanence and longevity. Saturn is a tough and unforgiving taskmaster, but once you have passed the test, you need not return to the examination hall and your path and progress can be that much easier and simpler.
If you have not passed Saturn’s Test, you just keep coming back and facing it in different scenarios and guises, with a greater degree of difficulty, until you get it right, according to Saturn. If you do not get it right in this lifetime, you will have to come back and face it all over again in the next Life. So Saturn is the ruler and master of the Human Spirit, Karma and Re-Incarnation.
You cannot escape Saturn.
Sooner or later you will learn and master what Saturn has to teach you, whether you like it or not and only then will you be allowed to move on with your life.
Where Saturn sits in your Natal Chart pinpoints the Life Lessons an individual has to face or overcome in their particular development cycle, in this current Lifetime.
Saturn moves slowly through the Zodiac Signs taking 29 years to complete one cycle.
Uranus Rules Aquarius and the 11th House.
Its expression is in the form of revolution, change, unpredictability and disruption. Uranus is associated with electricity, computers, astrology, inventions and Society as a whole.
Slow moving Uranus takes 84 years to complete its cycle; spending about 7 years in each sign.
Neptune Rules over Pisces and the 12th House.
Neptune expresses itself through mystical, spiritual and psychic forces. It also rules over drugs, alcohol, medication, the sea, photography, dreams and the subconscious.
Neptune spends about 14 years in each Sign and 168 years to complete one cycle.
Pluto Rules over Scorpio and the 8th House.
The energies associated with Pluto are power, death, rebirth, transformation, crime, secrets and that which is hidden.
Pluto is the slowest of all the planets. It takes approximately 246 years to make its way through all the Signs of the Zodiac.
Source: Celeste Teal: http://www.moonvalleyastrologer.com/the-planets-in-mundane-astrology/
The Planets in Mundane Astrology
The Sun – Signifies the head of the nation, the government or executive head. It rules the President, King, Nobles, persons of distinction, influential political or business leaders, corporation heads. The condition of the Sun reflects many things about the well-being of the nation and how it is viewed by other nations. Difficult aspects show tensions.
The Moon – Signifies the people, the masses, and the population as a whole. It rules women in general and the manner in which they are regarded and treated. It represents popular public opinion. If afflicted it shows unrest or discord among people. It has to do with the quality of life, water and food supplies, natural resources, health, utilities and jobs connected to public essentials. If in good aspect, the Moon promotes peace, promises plentiful harvests, and indicates conditions of well-being for the population.
Mercury – Signifies all forms of communication; newspapers, magazines, mail, speech, and all forms of transportation and manner of travel by road, highway, railway, sea, or air. Mercury governs education and intellectual trends, schools, and media events. In good aspect Mercury indicates high literacy rates, satisfactory educational systems and free flowing information. If afflicted, Mercury may show high rates of traffic fatalities or transportation accidents, or may mean suppression of information, problems connected to teachers or young people.
Venus – Signifies that which is pleasant and enjoyable such as the arts, entertainment, music and other social pleasures, as well as diplomacy, decorum and ceremonial functions.. It is associated with both peace (soft aspects) and with war, or involvement in negotiations leading to peace. It rules fashion and glamour, artists and the feminine, aesthetics and cultural areas. It is connected with national resources and finances through bankers, financial institutions and farming. Venus signifies young women, courtship and marriage. An afflicted Venus may indicate cultural or artistic suppression, or censure.
Mars – Signifies military leaders, police, engineers, surgeons, people liable to die, militants, agitators, incendiaries, criminals and crimes of violence. It rules men and signifies those who fight or quarrel. It rules war and the armed forces. Mars shows areas under stress, according to sign, house and aspects. In aspect to the Sun it can stir up commotions. When in favorable aspect it shows a firm but balanced use of power. If overhead, it usually indicates that military matters come to the fore. Mars transits through an Ingress often acts as a timer for action in regard to what was indicated in the chart.
Jupiter – As a planet of benevolence, Jupiter often signifies good where it falls. As an expanding force, it may mean increase or gains. It has to do with financial and trade relations globally. It rules religion, the clergy, judges and the high courts. It rules treaties and borders between countries. Jupiter’s favorable aspects promote peace and diplomacy. Afflicted, Jupiter may bring border disputes, import/export problems, international predicaments, overproduction, or religious suppression.
Saturn – Signifies land owners, farmers, mine operators, elderly persons, public buildings, national calamities, scarcities. It rules minor state execs, law enforcement agencies, state run businesses and corporations. Saturn represents the conservative side of society and governs justice, order, systems and prudence. In a Lunation, Saturn often shows where there is the devil to pay, associated with misfortune or lack, especially when angular or afflicted. If in favorable aspect Saturn stabilizes, strengthens, promotes safety and thrift, indicating conservative actions and responsible attitudes.
Uranus – Signifies air and rail transport, aeronautics, inventions, technology, electricity and radio frequency industries, civic and labor organizations. Afflicted, Uranus can bring strikes or riots, upheavals, revolution, lawlessness or protests. It may also bring air travel accidents, train derailments or explosions. If impacting weather by falling on the cusp of the Fourth House or angular, it can mean tornadoes, high winds, hurricanes, typhoons, severe lightning storms or earthquakes.
Neptune – Signifies social movements, socialistic political movements, charities, socialized medicine and hospitalization. It rules collective values, popular opinion fluctuations, utopian ideas and the little people. It has to do with the conditions of the disadvantaged. It rules drugs and pharmaceuticals, tobacco, alcohol, photography, oil, gas, petroleum, kerosene, and the oceans. An afflicted Neptune may indicate political instability, collapse, elements of distortion, fraud or corruption. If angular it may indicate landslides, marine disasters, dam breaks, tidal waves, gas leaks, contagion or infestations.
Pluto – Signifies the mob psychology and power of the masses. It has to do with regeneration and transformation and if in favorable aspect shows where improvements and better organization can come about. Pluto often shows where there are complications though and if afflicted may indicate sociological upheavals, power struggles, terrorism or corruption. Pluto rules nuclear power, plutonium, radium, zinc, tungsten, nickel, infra-red rays and lasers. Stressful aspects of Pluto may produce volcanoes, earthquakes, oil spills, fires, war, mudslide, avalanches or anything which involves widespread death and destruction.
The Houses in Mundane Astrology
First House – Corresponds to the country and its people, the masses, the outlook of the nation, its attitude as a unit, the strength and vitality of the country as a whole, national traits and habits. This house represents those being governed, the nation or group as a whole. The sign on the cusp and planets within represent outlook, image and characteristics. The First House concerns include domestic and interior affairs, general conditions, the health and well-being of the tax paying citizens, opinions, public consciousness and psychology of the masses. Planets in the First House are important, adding to the interpretations based on the sign on the cusp.
Second House – Corresponds to the economy, national wealth and prosperity, purchasing power of the nation, liquid assets, national expenditure, revenues and ability to make profits. This house represents banks and financial institutions, money markets, investments, stocks, bonds and shares. It represents the currency and its circulation, liquid assets, consumer spending, commerce and all activities connected with money. Museums and galleries fall here.
Third House – Corresponds to all forms and methods of transportation and communications. It rules roadways, bridges, railways, automobiles and buses, traffic, transit and public travel facilities by land, sea or air. It rules all communication departments having to do with news or information conveyance such as newspapers, periodicals, magazines, radio, television, mail, the Post Office, telephones, Internet. It rules advertising, the media, literature, schools, Board of Education, speech and language. This house also represents relations with neighboring countries and has to do with local losses sustained by accidents or storms.
Fourth House – Corresponds to the living conditions of the population, housing, real estate, farming and agriculture, crops and produce. This house represents the Homeland, the Flag, and patriotism. It has to do with the interests of the people. It rules mining, mines, minerals, coal pits, quarries. It reflects upon the land and weather conditions; earthquakes, landslides, forest fires, floods, mining disasters, holocausts of war. It rules the opposition party in government, or the party out of power. A planet near the cusp affects the weather according to its nature and if a malefic, may negatively impact the government.
Fifth House – Corresponds to children and their interests, amusement parks, movies, the theatre, arts, places of entertainment, sports and leisure. It rules gambling, lotteries, games of chance, speculative interests and is linked to the economy through speculation in the Stock Market. This house represents enjoyment, fun, social functions, high society, and public happiness or sorrow. It rules the birth rate, as well as the public school system (with the 3rd). It rules ambassadors and government representatives.
Sixth House – Corresponds to the laboring classes and volunteers who work for pay such as those who enlist in the Army, Navy, Police and Civil Services. It rules employment, unemployment and wage conditions. It rules labor unions, labor organizations, all branches of the Military and issues of national defense. It rules organizations that serve in times of crisis such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army. This house also represents public health, medical services and health workers; nursing, dentistry, practitioners and healers. Through its connection with health, this house rules food and drink.
Seventh House – Corresponds to foreign relations, international disputes, war and peace, treaties, alliances, truces and/or disputes, and open enemies. It also has to do with national disputes and anything that interferes with or contributes to public harmony. It rules dealings with others, business relationships, mergers and agreements. This house represents public attitude toward marriage and divorce and the marriage and divorce rates. It rules women or the status of women in the nation (the Fifth House also rules conditions impacting “women and children”).
Eighth House – Corresponds to mortality rates, funerals, morgue, coroner, the kinds of people who die and vital statistics. It rules foreign stocks and bonds, the Stock Market, taxes, the national debt, interest rates, inheritance and capital gains taxes. It rules insurance companies, settlement of damage claims, pensions and Social Security benefits paid out. This house represents public income and earning power from investments and frozen assets. This house also represents financial relations with other nations, debts from foreign countries, financial status of competitors and of enemies in time of war.
Ninth House – Corresponds to long distance travel whether for passengers or commerce; air travel, shipping, sea traffic, foreign imports and exports, foreign lands, high seas, and weather conditions around the coasts. It rules foreigners, exchange students, immigration and long distance communication. It rules ecclesiastical and legal professions, religious affairs and religion, the church, justice, lawyers and law courts. It represents universities, academies, higher education, science, publishing, books, publications and educated classes active in writing, publishing and professional fields such as professors, journalists and those who control the media. It reflects the attitude of the press toward the public.
Tenth House – Corresponds to the president or prime minister, the chief executive, the government and the person representing the government as its head. This house rules the leadership and it reflects upon the nation’s status among other nations, its honor and recognition abroad, the nation’s influence in the world and world opinion of it. It rules the party in power. This house also represents famous or eminent persons. The most favorable planets in this house are the Sun or Jupiter.
Eleventh House – Corresponds to the friends and allies of the nation and the legislative branches of government. This house rules the institutions of government such as the legislature, Senate, House of Representatives, as well as local governments. It rules the VP, legislation and politics, associations and community groups, and the Stock Exchange as an organization. The Eleventh House represents the nation’s aims, desires, purposes and projects. In a national figure, it rules the Treasury.
Twelfth House – Corresponds to disturbances or conditions that work against the public welfare. This house rules correctional institutions, places of detention, jails, and prisons. It rules places of confinement; hospitals, retirement homes and charities. It rules things that are hidden; secret groups, secret government entities, spies, and secret enemies. It rules crime and criminals, terrorist activities, hostage situations, behind the scenes manipulation, involuntary services ordered by law, organizations devoted to forcible control or condemnation of people, slavery, covert aggression or conditions of exile.
Source: Celeste Teal: http://www.moonvalleyastrologer.com/the-planets-in-mundane-astrology/