The Twelve House Reading

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Astrology is used for character analysis and predictions for the future. Here is an easy, entertaining way to do both of these without the need to spend several years studying serious astrology.

REQUIRED Twelve cards depicting each sign of the zodiac. I use twelve cards from the Universal Zodiac Deck put out by the American Playing Card Company, 1702 S. Wolf Road, Wheeling, IL 60090. These cards are nicely produced with backs showing each sign of the zodiac. I have marked mine with a small spot of white ink under the picture that depicts the sign on the front. If you do not have a deck of these cards - and you should, as there are many things you can do with them - simply make up your own and mark the backs so you know what each card is from the back.

You will also need a copy of the astrological table of houses. I have included the one I had drawn up for you to copy.

ROUTINE Casually mix up the cards while drawing the spectator's attention to the twelve houses. I usually indicate a few and explain what each one represents. I then hand the cards to the spectator and ask her to take out the card that shows her sign. I ask her to study it for a few seconds and then place it face-down on the house that relates to a question concerning something going on in her life at the present time. This, of course, lets me know both her sign and what her main concern is. I then have her place the remaining eleven cards face-down on the other houses. I ask her to do this in a haphazard order as quickly as she can. I used to ask people to look at each card and think about where they would like to place it. Unfortunately, this sometimes took forever, which is why I now have them do it as quickly as possible. Once the cards are all down I start with house one. I turn over the card in this position and give a brief message concerning this area of her life. This is followed by the other houses in order. Before I arrive at the house she placed her zodiac sign on, I tell her what sign she was born under. This is probably best illustrated with a sample reading.

Frances is forty-five years old and is divorced. She put the card depicting her sign her sign on house seven, which relates mainly to partnerships and marriage. I noticed that she was a Taurean.

The cards ended up in the following order:

- Gemini House 1 -Capricorn House 2 -Leo House 3 -Aries House 4 -Libra House 5 Pisces House 6 - Taurus (her sign) -House 7 -Aquarius House 8 -Cancer House 9 - Virgo House 10 -Scorpio

House 11 -Sagittarius House 12

"This is not a proper horoscope chart, of course," I begin. "It is simply a table of houses and you created a completely random pattern by mixing the cards and placing them in each house." I turn over the card in house one. "For instance, this first one is Gemini. House one relates to new beginnings and your outlook on life." (All I do is read this from the chart!) "Gemini is a positive sign and indicates to me that you are contemplating a new beginning and that it will be an extremely positive move for you." (I know her question probably relates to a special relationship, because she placed her card in house seven. I place the Gemini card face-up in house one and turn over the card in house two.) "Aha, Capricorn! House two relates to money and possessions. You like having nice things around you." (A Taurean trait.) However, it looks as if money is sometimes rather elusive and hard to find. Slow and steady is what Capricorn means in this sign. It makes you a plodder, but someone who always gets where you want to go. You should aim high and work towards that goal. Capricorn is an earth sign, so in this placement, it bodes particularly well for people of the other earth signs - Virgo and Taurus." (The card is also placed down again, face-up in house two. I turn over the card in house three.)

"In house three we have Leo, an excellent placement in this house. This house relates to communication, short trips and your brothers and sisters. With Leo here, you would express yourself well, particularly with people you care about. You are affectionate and loving. Also a bit stubborn at times! (All Taurus traits.) You communicate very well, but sometimes it might be a bit hard to get your innermost feelings across. You have learned to hold back.

"Now on to house four. This relates to home, property and one of your parents. Aries is a fire sign, so I assume that at least one of your parents was outgoing and sociable. It shows that you try to make your home a happy place, and you put a great deal of enthusiasm and energy into your home. Given the right relationship, and that seems to be not very far away, your home is going to be filled with more happiness and joy than you have ever known. You love your home and have a very warm, affectionate nature. If I was to make a guess at your star sign, I'd look at that, plus the stubbornness and the placement of Capricorn back here, and probably go for either Taurus or . . . no, I'd say definitely Taurus. What sign are you?"

"That's amazing! I am a Taurus!"

"Yes, it fits with what we've done so far. You are very fortunate. Taurus is an excellent sign to be born under. It means that you will really live life. Naturally, this means a few of the lows as well as the highs, but fortunately, most of the lows are behind you now. Let's see what house five has to say. Libra is the charmer of the zodiac, and you have it placed right here with the areas that deal with children, creativity and romance. At the present time, I think the significance of Libra in this spot is to do with romance. It indicates someone who is charming, captivating and easy to get on with. Someone with a sense of fun. That could be you, of course, or it could be someone else. You'll know which person it describes." (Who doesn't like being told that he or she is charming, captivating, easy to get along with, and have a sense of fun? Naturally, I said all of this because her unspoken question probably relates to a close relationship.)

"House six can be a tricky one, but you have Pisces there. Pisces relates very well to health, service to others and all living things. You may need to be a little careful of stress and strain, but apart from that, it bodes well.

"Now house seven, with Taurus. Oh, this must be the house that relate* to your question. (Surprise, surprise!) House seven relates to marriage, partnerships and other people generally. It also includes enemies, but I don't think your question relates to that. Are you thinking about a relationship?"

"Yes, I am. In fact " At this point I am likely to hear more than

I really want to know about the new man in her life. As she talks, I am able to make comments relating to what I have already discussed. "Yes, remember way back here I said that you would be making a new start and that it would work out very well." "He has a good sense of humor? Remember what I said. . ." and so on. At the end of all this, she is going to think that I told her everything, including his name and social security number. The rest of the reading is now extremely easy, and is likely to be a conversation, even if she was extremely quiet during the first part.

"House eight relates to death and taxes - none of us can escape them! However it also relates to other people's earnings. Aquarius in this position is interesting, as it indicates that some of your partner's earnings could come from work in a progressive field. At some stage he will definitely be at the cutting edge of what is going on.

"The ninth house covers religion, philosophy, long trips and - of course - in-laws. Cancer is an extremely nurturing, home-loving sign, so it tends to indicate harmonious dealings with your future in-laws. It means that travel could be done for family reasons. Also, your philosophy of life will be built on a strong, stable foundation. It will grow and develop all the way through your life.

"The tenth house is an extremely important one as it reveals your self-esteem and your reputation in the community. Virgo is inclined to hold back a little, so you may sometimes be too modest or self-effacing. You may need to push yourself forward a little more to make sure that you get the full credit that you deserve. It also shows that you will always have an excellent reputation.

"Now we come on to your dreams, your hopes, your goals and career. Scorpio shows that you expect to achieve your high aspirations and have the necessary determination and stick-to-it-iveness to get there. Aim as high as you can. The eleventh house also shows the love that you receive. Scorpio is intense and emotional. You will receive plenty of love from the man you adore. However, he may be secretive at times or find it hard to get the words out that he wants to say. All the same, you will always be very aware of how much he adores and loves you.

"Finally, the twelfth house. This is often known as the house of secrets. It relates to frustrations, limitations and your subconscious mind. You couldn't have a better card here than Sagittarius, as it is so optimistic and positive. We all have limitations and restrictions placed upon us. None of us can do exactly what we want to do, when we want to do it. Fortunately, Sagittarius bounces back up again after every setback. Sagittarius is also a philosophical sign and you will ultimately grow enormously in this area. The twelfth house relates to latent talent, as well. Sagittarius is often inclined to try and do too many things all at the same time. Fortunately, being a Taurus, you are able to balance that and finish most of the things you start.

"It looks to me as if you are going in the right direction. Take each day as it comes for the next few months. There will be a few hurdles, but nothing you can't overcome. Your life is about to blossom and I see enormous happiness ahead."

As you can see, it is possible to make this reading last as long as you want. You can spend five minutes or an hour with someone going around the wheel, and they will wish it could go on for ever.

There is an extremely slight possibility that you may think the spectator is asking one question, when she is asking another. In the above example, Frances could have been thinking about enemies, rather than a happy relationship. It would make no difference ultimately. The information about relationships that I gave in the earlier houses would be either forgotten or interpreted in such a way that it fitted. If I had received no response to marriage or partnerships I would have moved on to other people and enemies. I can not recall ever having to do this.

If Frances had put her zodiac sign card down on house one, two or three, I would have started at the top of the wheel and covered houses ten, eleven and twelve first.

This is a great way to start giving cold readings. All you need is some basic information about the twelve signs. You can read the information on the houses while giving the reading. Once you know the keywords for the signs and houses, you have everything necessary to give full, satisfying readings.

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