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[MEANINGS OF HOUSES]

1. We have now explained everything which is indicated by combinations of planets, my dear Mavortius, and this book hastens toward its end. But here is still something required for the full development of this work; and this I shall now point out to you. Otherwise, unless the whole foundation is laid, we may not arrive at the secrets of the Mathesis which the seventh book will contain and to the Sphaera Barbarica77 which will be explained in the eighth.

2. Therefore we shall now show what you ought to seek, in which houses, and to what extent. For the fourth house does ijot in itself alone show parents or the life of friends, nor the seventh marriage, nor the fifth children, nor the third friends, nor the sixth illnesses. Since we are now about to fulfill our promise, receive now the full, true account so that you may be able to observe all these phenomena diligently and not miss the true reasoning in generalities. Thus you will find the house of the father exactly in this way.

3. If you wish to investigate the house of the father exactly and if the chart is diurnal, compute from the degree of the Sun to the degree of Saturn, and when you have reached the sum divide these among all the signs beginning from the ascendant, giving 30 degrees to each individual sign. The sign in which the last degree falls is the house of the father. In a nocturnal chart compute from the degree of Saturn to the Sun and continue in the same way.

4. When by this customary computation you have found the house of the father, from the nature of this sign you will be able to discover the character and fate of the father. Note to what extent this sign is aspected by benefic planets. If benefic planets either are in this sign or in favorable aspect, good fortune for the father will be discovered. But if malefic planets are either in the sign or in aspect, all things will go contrary for the father.

5. Also notice whether this is in the house of a benefic or a malefic planet, where the ruler of the sign is located, in what sign or terms and whether on the first or second angles, in houses in which it rejoices or in sluggish and dejected houses. From all this information you will find the nature of the father.

6. Thus if the house of the father is in the sign of Jupiter, and if Jupiter is in his own house, or in signs in which he is exalted, or on the first angles; or in the fifth or eleventh house and in a straight course; if he is in a morning rising and in trine or sextile aspect to the house of the father; this means high position for the father. But if Jupiter is on second angles, in dejected houses, hidden by the rays of the Sun, or retrograde, this indicates a mediocre position for the father.

7. But if the ruler of the father's house is Venus, you must observe the house in which Venus herself is located. If she is in the father's house, or on the first angles, or in signs in which she rejoices or is exalted, or in the fifth or eleventh house and in a morning rising and in a straight course, and from these places aspects the father's house favorably, this indicates the highest position for the father and personal charm and grace. But if she is in dejected houses and in signs in which she is debilitated, or retrograde, or hidden by the rays of the Sun, this shows a mediocre father.

8. If the house of the father is found in the sign of Mercury, consider the house Mercury is in. If he is in the father's house, or in his own house, or his exaltation, or his terms, or in houses or terms in which he rejoices, or on the angles, and if he is in a morning rising and in a straight course, this will involve the father in many duties and negotiations from which he will gain great profit; also he will love his children with gentle affection.

9. This will be a better forecast if a benefic planet is in aspect to Mercury. But if Mercury is in dejected houses, or in his debility, or on angles in which he does not rejoice, or is retrograde, or hidden by the Sun's rays, all the things we have described happen to the father but in a lesser degree.

10. If the house of the father is in the sign of Saturn, observe where Saturn is. If it is a diurnal chart and Saturn is found in the father's house, or in his own house or degrees, or in degrees or houses in which he rejoices; if he is in a morning rising and in a straight course, and Jupiter is in favorable aspect to him, this will make the father sober, modest, mature, fearsome with quiet severity, a cultivator of fields who gains great income from his crops and who wins many promotions.

11. But if it is a nocturnal chart and Saturn is in dejected houses or angles, in his debility, or is retrograde, or hidden by the Sun's rays, this makes the father low-class, hard-working, ill-kempt and mournful, always sluggish and hesitating, a slave, or given to servile habits and appearance.

12. If the father's house is found in the sign of Mars and Mars is in the house itself, or on the first angles, or in the fifth or eleventh house, or the ninth or third and in a morning rising, not retrograde, this will make the father severe, daring, short-lived, with monstrous sexual appetites, always involved in various troubles and crises.

13. Mars in square aspect or opposition to the house of the father means a violent death. But in a nocturnal chart, if Jupiter and Venus are in favorable aspect to the house of the father or of the mother, these predictions are to a certain extent mitigated; the father will be upright, soldierly, and severe, always pleased with arms and weapons. He will be a leader or a general according to the measurements of the chart.

14. If the house of the father is found in the sign of the Sun in a diurnal chart, observe the house or sign the Sun is in. For if the Sun is in the father's house, or his own house, his exaltation, or on the first angles, or in the fifth or eleventh house, the father will be supplied with riches and hold the highest position, bringing him fame and good fortune.

15. But if he is in dejected houses on the second angles, in his debility, or bereft of all good influences, and is attacked by malefic planets, all the predictions we have described are lessened, especially in a nocturnal chart; for then he strikes the father among other things with an early death.

16. If the house of the father is found in the sign of the Moon, notice in what house the Moon is located. If she is in the sign itself, or in signs in which she is exalted, or on the first angles, or in the fifth or eleventh house, and is full in a nocturnal chart, and benefic planets are in aspect, the father will be famous and rich, winning possessions and high position.

17. But if the Moon is in dejected houses, on the second angles, in her debility or bereft of benefic influence in a diurnal chart, is waning and aspected by Saturn or full and aspected by Mars, all the things we have described are to a certain extent lessened, and the father either becomes an exile or dies a violent death. He will have an erratic character and be ignorant of the correct path of life.

18. But as we have said before, in the case of this house you must always carefully examine the combinations of the planets, their conditions and aspects, so that you may be able to put all the information together and explain the house of the father with true principles.

19. Carefully consider the degree itself and see who is the ruler of the degree and how he is located. He himself affects the house by his own nature. You should do this also in the houses of the mother, brothers, wife, and children, also in the houses of illness and affliction.

20. In other houses also we collect these same data. In general the Sun is placed in the house of the father, but we shall learn this better in detail.

21. If you wish to discover the house of the mother in a diurnal chart, begin from the degree of Venus, count the degrees to that of the Moon. Then begin at the ascendant and distribute the degrees among the signs. In whatever sign the last degree falls, that is the house of the mother.

22. In a nocturnal chart start from the degree of the Moon to Venus. Thus you will find the house with exact measurement. Look for everything we said in connection with the house of the father, that is, the aspects of benefic planets, powers of the houses and signs, also combinations of influences. All these you must put together with careful comparison and you will be able to explain the house of the mother.

23. If you wish to find the house of brothers in a diurnal chart, begin from the degree of Saturn and count to the degree of Jupiter. Then beginning from the ascendant distribute the sum of degrees among the signs. The sign in which the last degree falls is the house of brothers. In a nocturnal chart count from Jupiter to Saturn.

24. When you have found the house of brothers look to see whether any malefic or benefic planets are in aspect. Note also the powers of the signs and the house in which the sign is located.

25. If benefic planets are found in that same sign or in favorable houses, in signs in which they rejoice or in which they are exalted, or in their own houses, they indicate a number of good brothers. But if malefic planets are in the same locations with no benefic planets in aspect, the opposite is true.

26. But if malefic and benefic planets are equally in aspect, this both gives brothers and takes them away. But you will discover everything in accordance with the nature of the planets. Masculine benefic planets give brothers; feminine, sisters. Malefic planets remove them. Thus all things are fulfilled according to the power of individual planets. But in general, as we said in the book of principles, the third house shows the house of brothers. But let us investigate in detail.

27. If you wish to find the house of the wife, measure from the degree of Saturn to the degree of Venus and, beginning from the ascendant, distribute the number among the signs. In whatever sign the last degree falls in a diurnal chart, that is the house of the spouse.

28. In a nocturnal chart begin from Venus and count to Saturn. Some count from the Sun to the Moon both in a diurnal and nocturnal chart and distribute from the ascendant both in a man's or a woman's chart. We have proved this method in many charts.

29. When you have found the house of the wife, first look at the sign, whether it is fixed, double, or tropical. Next observe in what house the ruler of the sign is located. Third, observe this same house: who is the ruler of its terms and to what extent it is aspected by benefic or malefic planets. For when benefic planets, located in favorable houses, with no debility, following the power of their condidon possess that same house, they will join the natives in harmonious bonds with wives who are rich and famous.

30. They do not indicate marriage with many wives. Whatever wife is allotted, he remains with her to the end of his life in joy and delight. You may recognize the character of the wives from the nature of the signs. Also the kind of marriage.

31. If malefic planets are in aspect, they make all these the reverse. For then low-class and infamous wives are indicated; then there are quarrels and fierce struggles in marriage; and the wives are sterile and adulterous. All this you can explain according to the power of the planets.

32. If you wish to find the house of the husband in a woman's chart, if it is diurnal you must measure from Mars to Venus, in a nocturnal from Venus to Mars. Then from the ascendant distribute the number of degrees to the following signs and in whatever sign the last degree falls, that is the house of the husband. You can discover the kind of husband in the same way as the, kind of wife. You must remember that in general Venus shows the wife and Mars the husband.

33. Venus and Mercury always show the house of children. Whichever of them is first in the chart, beginning from that one, count to the other. Then, beginning from the ascendant, distribute the degrees among the signs; in whatever sign the last degree falls, that is the house of children.

34. How one of the two planets is first we shall show by example. If Venus is in Taurus and Mercury is in Gemini, Mercury is first. Beginning from Mercury count to Venus. If Venus is first, count from her to Mercury.

35. But if they are in the same sign, begin from the one that is in the earlier part of the sign. If they are in the same degree, begin from the one that is in the earlier minute. If they are in the same minute, omit this and count from Jupiter to Mercury in a diurnal, and Mercury to Jupiter in a nocturnal chart.

36. Thus when you have found the house of children observe to what extent benefic and malefic planets are in aspect to this house. But also investigate carefully the conditions of the planets and the nature and power of the signs. If benefic planets are in aspect in favorable houses, they grant children, according to the power of the houses and signs.

37. Malefic planets produce the reverse. But sometimes malefic planets, if the charts are of their conditions, indicate children: that is, Saturn in a diurnal and Mars in a nocturnal chart. The kind and number of children depends on the nature of the signs. You must remember that if the house of children is found in double signs there are children from two wives; if the sign is fixed, the man will have children from one wife, the wife from one husband.

38. But if benefic and malefic planets are equally in aspect to the house of children, they both give and take away children. If the power of the benefic planets is sufficient to grant children, then the children may have a certain weakness from the hostile rays of the malefic planets, or they will be suddenly separated from parents.

39. In the case of this house as in all others, you will carefully observe the combinations and modifications of the planets, the nature of the signs, and the powers of the individual houses. In general, the fifth house shows the house of children, but it is affected by the ruler of the sign, the nature of the sign itself, and the influence of good and bad planets.

40. If you wish to find the house of afflictions and illnesses, in a diurnal chart begin from Saturn and count the degrees to Mars; in a nocturnal chart go from Mars to Saturn; then from the ascendant distribute the degrees among the signs in order; the sign in which the last degree falls is the house of illnesses and afflictions.

41. In general the sixth house shows the house of afflictions. Thus in the first place you will define the kind of illness from the nature of the sign (in the book of principles we noted what parts of the body are controlled by individual signs); secondly, observe to what extent benefic or malefic planets are in aspect.

42. If the benefic planets in their own houses or exaltations are in favorable aspect to this house, they will free the natives from all attacks of illness. But if malefic planets are in aspect with threatening influence, they indicate bitter afflictions.

43. You will find these afflictions according to the nature of the signs and their power. Mars from his own house indicates bruises, small wounds in the body, falls from a height, and accidents from collapsing buildings; Saturn, spasms, trembling, blindness, attacks of malignant humors, dangers in water, and the like. These maladies are definitely attested if malefic planets are in aspect.

44. If the house is controlled by malefic planets and bare of all benefic protection, perpetual illness and endless calamities are indicated. Mars will bring illness within 15 years, Saturn within 30, and the Sun in 19 years. But if there are two who bring illness, measure the years of each and expect the attack of illness at both times. The type of illness is shown by the nature Of the planet.

45. If you wish to find the house of sexual desires in a diurnal chart, count from the degree of the Daemon to the degree of the Partof Fortune and again from the ascendant. In a nocturnal chart, from the Part of Fortune to the Daemon in a similar way: again, beginning from the ascendant distribute the degrees among the individual signs; when you have found the house from the kind of sign and the influence of the planets you will discover the whole nature of sexual desires. (We showed in the fourth book how to find the Part of Fortune and the house of the Daemon.)

46. If you wish to find the house of necessity in a diurnal chart, count from the Part of Fortune to the Daemon; in a nocturnal chart from the Daemon to the Part of Fortune; when you have found the house, in the same way as the others you will learn all about this house from the quality of the signs and the planets.

47. If you wish to locate the house of honors, count from the ninth house to the Sun and, beginning from the ascendant, distribute the degrees; whichever sign receives the last degree is the house of honors. The type of honors you will learn from the nature of the signs and from the testimony of the planets.

48. If you wish to locate the house of military affairs, count from Mars to the Sun and again from the ascendant; and in whatever sign the last degree falls, that is the house of military affairs.

49. If you wish to locate the house of travel, always count from the Sun to Mars and again from the ascendant.

50. If you wish to locate the house of reputation, count from the Sun to the MC and proceed as before.

51. If you wish to locate the house of physical courage, count from the Moon to Jupiter and proceed as before.

52. If you wish to locate the house of possessions, always count from Mercury to Jupiter and proceed as before.

53. If you wish to locate the house of accusations count from Mars to Saturn and again from the ascendant and proceed as before.

54. If you wish to locate exactly the house of enemies, by day you will count from Mars to Mercury, by night from Mercury to Mars and again from the ascendant and proceed as before.

55. If you wish to locate exactly the house of friends, by day count from Jupiter to Mercury, by night from Mercury to Jupiter.

56. For the house of glory, count by night from Venus to Jupiter, by day the opposite. For the house of Nemesis, by night count from the Part of Fortune to the Moon; for the house of power, by night from Saturn to the Sun.

57. If you wish to locate the house of slaves, count always from Mercury to the Moon and again from the ascendant, and in whatever sign the last degree falls, this shows you the house of slaves; and you can determine the nature of the slavery from the nature of the sign and from the planets.

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