Tuesday, March 28

The Houses Interpretive

The Houses Interpretive

* The Houses Interpretive :-

The houses represent the fields of experience wherein the energies of the signs and planets operate. Rather than symbolizing just the outward experiences and environmental circumstances specified by most traditional astrology, the houses are also revealing of the inner state and of one's personal subjective experience and attitudes. By noting the planets' placements in the natal chart, an astrologer can tell which levels and areas of experience will be strongly emphasized in a person‘s life. The keyword system discussed on the following pages is meant to clarify interpretation and understanding primarily of the psychological and inner significance of the houses. It is an attempt to perceive the essential meanings of the fields of experience known as the “houses.” If the essential meanings ale understood, they can then be applied to and illuminate all the diverse activities and experiences traditionally symbolized by the houses.

* The Wholistic Approach to Interpreting Houses :-

Emphasizing the type of house containing planets in a natal chart helps one to see the chart as a whole. One familiar way of defining the houses is to separate them into the classifications of angular, succedent. and cadent.

The angular houses (1, 4. 7, 10) are associated with a self-activating quality and have an immediate impact on the structure of one’s life. The keyword for the angular houses is ACTION.

The succedent houses (2. 5, 8. 11) are associated with individual desires and the areas of life we want to control and consolidate. The keyword for this type of house is SECURITY.

The cadent houses (3, 6, 9, 12) are areas where there is input. exchange, and distribution of thoughts and observations. The keyword for these houses is LEARNING.

The progression of houses from angular through succedent and cadent and back to angular again symbolizes the flow of life experience: we act. we consolidate the results of our actions in order to gain security, we learn from what we have done and become aware of what remains to be done; and therefore. we act again. Thus, a person with a strong emphasis on one of these three types of houses by planetary placement invariably pours a lot of energy into and experiences many challenges related to action, security, or learning.

The houses can also be divided into groups of three. depending upon the element of the signs associated with that group of houses. Key phrases and guidelines for understanding these groups are as follows. [Please note that the terms “Psychic Trinity,” “Trinity of Wealth," etc. are quite old terms, and are used here primarily as convenient labels.]

WATER HOUSES (”THE PSYCHIC TRINITY"-4. 8, 12]: All of these houses deal with the past, with the conditioned responses that are now instinctual and operate through the emotions. Planets in these houses show what is happening on subconscious levels and indicate the process of gaining consciousness through

the assimilation of the essence of the past, while simultaneously letting go of the useless memories and fears that hold us back. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives a great deal in the feelings and in his or her deeper YEARNINGS. The emotional and soul needs dominate much of the person’s life activity and energy expenditure. Planets in the water houses affect the individual's emotional predisposition, how he or she copes with fulfilling private needs and confronting obsessive feelings, and to what extent the person lives in a private way or in the inner life. The keywords for the water houses are EMOTIONAL and SOUL.

EARTH HOUSES (“THE TRINITY OF WEALTH"-2, 6. 10): These houses are associated with the level of experience wherein we try to satisfy our basic N BEDS in the practical world. Planets in these houses indicate energies that can most easily be put to use in dealing with the physical world. and that can be developed as expertise in management of resources. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives energetically in the physical world, building. doing. achieving. acquiring, and defining his or her purpose in life by the status and security achieved. Those with a strong emphasis in the earth houses tend to want to settle into a niche in life. as they are searching for the place where they can be the most productive and most easily satisfy their practical needs. This person experiences self most immediately through work. through feeling useful. and through practical achievement. He or she wants to fulfill a calling or role in the great world outside. Planets in the earth houses affect the individual's attitudes toward vocation, career ambitions. and the capacity to produce effective results. The keyword for these houses is MATERIAL. for the earth houses deal chiefly with concerns of the material world.

FIRE HOUSES (”THE TRINITY OF LIFE”-1, 5, 9): These houses are associated with one's attitude toward life and the experience of being alive. They represent an outpouring of energy into the world and the aspirations and inspirations that motivate us to do so. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives in his or her enthusiasms. ideals. and dreams for the future. Faith and confidence (or the marked lack of it) and the need to see an effect on the world at large through one's initiatives dominate much of the person's life activity. The person experiences self most immediately through projecting dreams into the world and seeing them manifested as reality. Planets in the fire houses effect the individual's ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE ITSELF and the person's entire sense of faith and confidence in self. The keyword that sums up the essential meaning of the fire houses is IDENTITY; for our sense of identity, our sense of being, determines our attitude toward life in general.

AIR HOUSES (“THE TRINITY OF RELATIONSHIP”-3. 7. 11): These houses are associated not only with social contacts and relationships of all types, but also with CONCEPTS. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives in the mind and in relationships. Concepts and the sharing of those concepts dominate much of the person's life activity. The person experiences self most immediately through a sense of mutual understanding with others and through discovering and expressing the reality and importance of specific ideas or theories. Planets in the air houses affect the individual's interests, associations. mode of verbal expression, and social life. The keywords for the air houses are SOCIAL end INTELLECTUAL.

The following presents a concise formulation of the keywords described above:

Mode of Expression 

Angular: Action

Succedent: Security

Cadent: Learning

Level of Experience 

Water: Soul & Emotional

Earth: Material 

Fire: Identity

Air: Social 8 Intellectual

* The Water Houses :-

The Fourth House 

The fourth house is the area of direct ACTION on the EMOTIONAL and SOUL level. All action at this level of experience is necessarily conditioned by factors beyond our control. Traditionally the fourth house is related to, among other things. the home and family. In what area of life do we act so much on the basis of habit and emotion as when dealing with our family members? This house also symbolizes the home as a source of renewal and nurturing (or the lack of it).

Those who have a strong emphasis on the fourth house have a need to act at the deepest emotional level in order to assimilate the essence of their experience in childhood and youth. They yearn for peace for the individual self and therefore almost always have a strong need for privacy. There is often a focus on activities that develop the inner life and encourage soul development.

The Eighth House

The eighth house represents the need to find EMOTIONAL SECURITY and SOUL SECURITY. The sexuality associated with this house is prompted not merely by instinct, but also by a need to experience ultimate emotional security through merging with another person. Many people also attempt to gain this feeling of security by achieving power and influence over other people or through financial dealings.

Although people with eighth house emphasis may seek security in material values, power. sex. or psychic knowledge. a reel feeling of emotional and soul security can only exist when the tumultuous emotional conflicts always symbolized by this house begin to subside. The occult studies associated with this house are primarily useful as a means of attaining inner peace through knowledge of the deepest laws of life. The sexuality of the eighth house is an expression of the urge to be reborn through union with a greater power than the isolated self. In short, this house symbolizes the desire for a state of emotional peace which can be arrived at only by growing free from desires and compulsive willfulness.

This house is also concerned with issues and activities associated with energy released from various forms and the energy underlying form: thus, healing, occult studies. sex, transformative methods. and investments and financial obligations.

The Twelfth House

The twelfth house is the area of LEARNING on the EMOTIONAL and SOUL level. This learning takes place through the gradual growth of awareness that accompanies loneliness and deep suffering, through selfless service, or through devotion to a higher ideal. At the deepest level, this house indicates the urge to seek peace for the soul through surrender to a higher unity. through devotion to a transcendent ideal. and through freedom from the ghosts of past thoughts and actions.

* The Earth Houses :- 

The Tenth House

This earth house deals with ACTION on the MATERIAL level; and. traditionally. it is said to represent one's position in the world. reputation, ambition, and vocation. The action that anyone performs in the material world is the basis upon which his reputation rests. And, in order to act effectively in the material world. one needs the authority to do so-another meaning of the tenth house. The keywords also clarify the tenth house’s traditional association with the specific ambition that one hopes to accomplish in the world or feels called to contribute to society, the latter case being a sense of destiny beyond personal ambition.

The Second House

The second house's keywords are MATERIAL SECURITY. These words aptly describe the relationship of this house to money. earnings. possessions, and the desire to control things and people. The keywords also clarify a broader principle underlying such inclinations, for many people with a strong second house emphasis are concerned not with money itself as much as they are hungry for security in the material world. To ensure this security, they require an abundance of resources. often including money. Attitudes toward all these things are usually clearly symbolized by second house factors.

Another source of material security often seen in those with an emphasized second house is the importance of the relaxing, stabilizing influence that the experience of nature gives them. For many, an innate and meaningful attunement to the natural environment is a source of security of equal importance to material possessions. Along the same lines, one can say that the attachment to form and to things is an expression of a strong relationship to the earth.

The Sixth House

The sixth house has been associated with work. health. service, duties. and helpfulness. When we see that the underlying principle of the sixth house is that of LEARNING through immediate experience with MATERIAL affairs. we can easily understand the motivation behind these activities. We learn about our material body's needs and limitations chiefly through health problems, and gain practical insight into ourselves through everyday performance of our work and duties. All these areas of experience help us to learn humility, to accept our limitations, and to take responsibility for our own state of health, both physical and psychological. When it is understood that the sixth house represents a phase of purification. refinement, and developing humility through immediate contact with the material level of experience. we can begin to interpret this house in a true and positive way.

* The Fire Houses :-

The First House 

The angular fire house is the fifth house and represents one’s IDENTITY in ACTION. Traditionally, this house is associated with the energy and appearance of the physical body. Using the keywords. one can see that the body is one's identity in action. People recognize us and are influenced by our most characteristic manner of physical movement and expression. The keywords also point toward the forms of creativity, initiative, leadership, and self-expression that are unique] y ours and shown by first house factors.

The Fifth House

The succedent fire house, the fifth. represents the search for IDENTITY SECURITY. Those with an emphasis on this house are seeking a secure sense of self by identifying with things or people in which they see themselves reflected: things we have made. things and people we love. being appreciated, noticed. or acclaimed by others. An urge toward significance and the attempt to gain a secure sense of identity are reflected in each matter commonly associated with this house: children, creativity. and love affairs.

This house is also associated with risk-taking. Virtually all fifth house matters (gambling, love affairs. having children, creativity. and publicly expressing oneself] are essentially risky. We can learn from this that we become more secure in our identity by developing the ability to take risks. A rigid. static sense of identity is not secure.

The Ninth House

The cadent fire house, the ninth, represents LEARNING on the level of IDENTITY; in other words, learning who one really is. Rom this essential principle flow all the religious and philosophical attitudes. travels, searchings, and activities with which this house is usually associated. People with an emphasis on this house are drawn to activities which widen their horizons of self-awareness. enlarge the scope of their understanding. and help them to gain a perspective on human nature and the broadest possible overview of the universe. Those with a strong ninth house need a sense of personal development and a feeling of space and vast possibilities.

* The Air Houses :-

The Seventh House

The seventh house symbolizes ACTION at the SOCIAL and INTELLECTUAL level. One-to-one relationship is the basic experience of this house; and all social structures and activities depend on the quality of personal relationship. On the individual level. the quality of a person’s chief partnership has such impact that its influence pervades all the other areas of life: health, finance, sex. children, professional success. etc.; and therefore such partnerships have a powerful impact on one’s social life and intellectual development.

The Eleventh House

The succedent air house is the eleventh and represents the search for SOCIAL and INTELLECTUAL SECURITY. Those whose natal charts focus on the eleventh house tend to join groups or align themselves with friends who share their intellectual bent, although they may not agree at all on specifics. Their search for intellectual security also leads them into vast systems of thought. whether political, metaphysical, or scientific. The most effective way that a person with a strong eleventh house can achieve the security he or she seeks is to establish a strong sense of individual purpose which not only fulfills his personal needs but also harmonizes with the needs of society as a whole.

The Third House

The third house is the field of LEARNING at the SOCIAL and INTELLECTUAL level. It therefore represents all forms of exchange of information. such as basic communication skills, media work. merchandising. etc. Those with a strong third house emphasis have a deep. sometimes insatiable need to communicate with others and often an ability to deal in an easy and friendly way with people of the most diverse qualities and interests (depending on which planets are in this house). Whereas the learning of the ninth house comes about through the use of the inspired intuitive mind, the learning of the third house occurs through the application of one’s own logic, reason, and endless curiosity.

This house represents not only all issues of communication with others, but also how the person’s mind functions. Planets in this house reveal how we use our mind and communicate our thoughts and also how our thinking patterns have an impact on our life in general.