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In this chapter, we have considered Pluto in many forms, both constructive and destructive. We have examined a few ideas on how to change the level of expression from negative to positive. As we are progressively more able to let go rather than hold on during periods of change and transformation, our experience of Pluto will seem more and more positive. In many ways, this process is the death of our old egotistical selves. Evangelical Christians say, 'Ye must be born again." This injunction contains a profound truth that goes beyond the church. We must be willing to let the old die so that something new can be born into our lives. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth for all of us.

Chapter 13-AGSA

THE TWELVE HOUSES OF THE HOROSCOPE: HOW INNER ATTITUDES DETERMINE OUTER REALITIES1

The table on the next page summarizes the subject matters of each of the twelve houses of the astrological chart. Each house describes what we are like in some particular area of life, but it is important to understand that the signs on the house cusps and planets placed in the houses illuminate, rather than cause, these conditions. Just as we can't blame the planets and signs for what happens to us, neither can we blame the factors associated with the houses in our individual birth charts for the conditions that surround us.

Many astrology books and magazines define the houses according to external circumstances. For instance, they might say that the second house shows how you will fare in money matters, the fifth your children, the seventh your marriage partner, and so on. These descriptions sound as though everything in your life is determined by something outside your control—Fate, people in authority, the economy, or heredity. If you have Jupiter in the second, they might assure you that luck will just keep coming your way in money matters, leaving the impression that you need only sit back and wait for it.

The modern astrological position based on psychology, and metaphysics is that definitions like these are over-simplified. The prevailing viewpoint is that external conditions alone do not determine your experiences; instead, your inner attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and needs act as magnets to determine the outer, tangible circumstances of your life. People with Jupiter in the second house, for example, aren't lucky due to Fate, but rather due to attitudes of openness, enthusiasm, and optimism that lead them to act on opportunities others might let pass by. For the most part, we make our own luck, good or bad. No doubt the truth lies somewhere between these two positions—the fluctuations of the economy cannot be ignored, and yet our relative position within the economic circumstances of our times is greatly affected by our attitudes and beliefs.

Meaty questions like these aside, we can analyze the planets and signs in a given house to see what part we play in any of our seeming misfortunes and what responsibility we need to accept for unwanted patterns in that area in order to make our lives better. The houses show what we attract to ourselves by our attitudes. People tend to manifest both the positive and negative sides of any given sign or planet at different times. Thus, you can improve your life immensely by analyzing the problematic ways of using the sign on the cusp of a house2 and any planets in that house, then working more consciously over time to express those energies in a constructive way.

1 Original version published in Dell Horoscope, 11/74, as "The Truth About the Houses—Inner Attitudes Determine Outer Realities." ©1974 by Dell Publishing Co., Inc. Reprinted with their permission.

2 The cusp of a house is the border between it and the adjoining house, e.g. between the end of the second house and the beginning of the third. The zodiac sign on the cusp of a house describes, in part, how you function in that area of life. For example, if you have Libra on the cusp of a house, you will show some Libra qualities in matters related to that house. You will also hear the term cusp used for the dividing line between two zodiac sign, and so to hear that someone is born on the cusp of Aries and Taurus means that their birthday is right on the edge of the two signs.

CHEAT SHEET: MATTERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TWELVE HOUSES

©2004 By Donna Cunningham

Note: "Related Planet and Sign" designations in this table refer to the planets and signs most naturally related to the houses in their interests and focus of energy. For instance. Libra, Venus, and the seventh house share a great emphasis on relationships, especially love relationships. The tenth house, Saturn, and Capricorn share a strong orientation toward career and long-range achievements. This traditional association should not be confused with the signs or planets in a given house of an individual's birth chart, for those specific placements depend on the time, date, and place of birth.

HOUSES & ASSOCIATED MATTERS:

RELATED SIGN*:

RELATED PLANET*:

First: First impressions and first approach to situations, appearance, image, self-presentation, the basic physical vehicle

Aries

Mars

Second: Money and ways of earning it, money management and attitudes toward finance, things valued more than money

Taurus

Venus

Third: Communication, thinking and learning style, siblings and near relatives, neighbors, basic coursework, commuting

Gemini

Mercury

Fourth: Home and home life, roots, family ties, heredity, family influence, the nurturing parent, senior years

Cancer

The Moon

Fifth: Children, romance, creativity, self-expression, performing, leisure activities, gambling and other forms of risk-taking

Leo

The Sun

Sixth: Work and its meaning, work habits, types of jobs, coworkers and employees, health and health habits

Virgo

Mercury

Seventh: Partnerships—personal and business, close, committed relationships, types of people we attract, sharing

Libra

Venus

Eighth: Sexuality, money you don't earn (inheritances, grants, etc), taxes, partner's resources, birth, death, transformation, healing

Scorpio

Pluto

Ninth: Religion and philosophy of life, higher education, advanced studies, legal matters, foreign lands, distance travel

Sagittarius

Jupiter

Tenth: Career and long-term goals, how you are remembered, parental authority, bosses and the type of boss you are

Capricorn

Saturn

Eleventh: Friendship, relationship to peer group, group membership, social consciousness, activism, aspirations

Aquarius

Uranus

Twelfth: Things that are repressed or hidden, self-defeating behavior, chronic illness, service, retreats, spiritual quest

Pisces

Neptune

In this chapter we will examine each house of the horoscope in turn to see how attitudes toward the associated areas of life influence our experiences. We can uncover these often-unconscious attitudes by considering the sign on the cusp of that house, any planets in the house, aspects those planets form, and the ruler of the house3. In working with this material, take time to look at your birth chart and determine the signs and planets associated with each house. If you are unfamiliar with the layout of a chart, the sample chart on the next page can help you sort it out. Match the glyphs in the table in Chapter One with the glyphs on the chart to figure out which planets and signs are in a given house.

Houses that contain two or more factors are strongly emphasized, as are the ones containing the Sun and Moon. (In the sample chart, the Sun is in the eleventh house, the Moon is in the sixth house, and the first and the tenth houses are also emphasized because they have two planets each.) The more strongly emphasized a house, the more time, energy, and attention you are likely to give the matters associated with that house. The particular planets in a house show important dynamics and needs that we play out in the areas governed by that house--for instance, if the Sun is in a particular house, that is where we tend to seek self-esteem and look for our identity. If Uranus is in a house, that is where we are likely to rebel against convention.

Newcomer Alert: Does this kind of analysis seem complicated? With this chapter and the two that follow, we are delving into some of the more technical facets of astrology. Chart interpretation is a complex subject, so if you are brand new to astrology, expect that it may take time--and even an astrology class or three to master it! After 35 years, I still learn something new with every chart I do, and that is why it continues to hold my interest. You can, however, gain a great deal of insight by simply identifying what planets are in the various houses of your chart and then reviewing the meanings of those planets given the chapters that discuss them.

One thing that may strike you when you look at your own chart is that many of the houses are empty. This is almost universal—we are dealing with only eight planets, plus the Sun, Moon, and Chiron, and because Mercury and Venus are near the Sun in the zodiac, they are most often in the same house as the Sun or the neighboring one.

An empty house, however, does not necessarily mean that the matters of that house are unimportant—for instance, if your seventh house is empty, do not conclude that you will never be married. The seventh house is associated with the sign Libra and the planet Venus, and so with an empty seventh house, you would look to see if there are planets in Libra or if Venus has many aspects. You would also look at the ruler_of the seventh house to see what house it is in, for that house gives valuable clues as to what partnership means to you. If you have Gemini on the seventh house cusp, for instance, you would look at Mercury, the ruler of Gemini. If you then discovered that Mercury is in the eleventh house, this would signify that you would want your mate to be your best friend, and the friendship dimension of the partnership would be important to your happiness in the relationship. With that introduction, then, let's consider what each house means.

3 The ruler of a house is the ruler of the sign on its cusp—for example, with Leo on the seventh house cusp, the Sun is the ruler, so you would look at the sign and position of the Sun. With Aquarius on that cusp, the ruler of the seventh would be Uranus. Unless the person has Aries Rising, the ruler of a house is different from the associated planet and sign given on the cheat sheet.

Johnny Depp june 9, 1963, 3:44 AM MidheW Owensboro, KY

H#: Cusp Sign: Ruler: Planets in house: H#: Cusp Sign: Ruler: Planets in House:

1

Leo

Sun

Uranus in Virgo Mars in Virgo

7

Aquarius

Uranus

Saturn in Aquarius

2

Virgo

Mercury

Pluto in Virgo

8

Pisces

Neptune

Chiron in Pisces

3

Libra

Venus

None

9

Aries

Mars

Jupiter in Aries

4

Scorpio

Pluto

Neptune in Scorpio

10

Taurus

Venus

Mercury and Venus, Taurus

5

Sagittarius

Jupiter

None

11

Gemini

Mercury

Sun in Gemini

6

Capricorn

Saturn

Moon in Capricorn

12

Cancer

Moon

N. Node Cancer

Note: Johnny's Depp's AstroDataBank record cites the information above, rated AA, Birth Record in hand. For more charts of celebrities, visit http://www.AstroDataBank.com

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