Houses in astrology


Houses are symbols which represent in astrology different areas of life. Any planet placed in a house works in the area of life symbolised by that house.

Even the meaning is simple, houses generate other important problems like the systems used to divide house or where should be placed the beginning of a house influence.

Nowadays, the most used system of houses is Placidus. Other house systems with many users are: Koch, Whole Sign Houses or Campanus. I use Whole Sign Houses.


For a better understanding of the houses symbolism, let’s read Liz Greene’s opinion:


"It is useful to think of the houses as stages sets representing particular spheres of life. The houses are like the empty stages at the beginning of the play, before the actors appear, and each one has its characteristic decor, furniture, and objects, according to the domain which the house rules and the sign on the cusp of the house. We all have the same twelve houses in our chart, and they are the broad arenas in which we seek and encounter life experiences. A house in the abstract sense has no backdrop and no lighting; this is dependent on the sign on the cusp, which gives it its particular colouration. But then the actors come on stage, and these are the planets. Then we are going to meet something very powerful in this sphere of life, and we will have to engage in a dialogue, and involve ourselves in the drama"


"When a planet is placed in a house, it is like meeting a god. There is a archetypal pattern at work, a kind of vortex of energy in which one immediately becomes caught up. The moment one enters the affairs of that house, all the matters concerned are affected by the planet. A sign on cusp doesn’t have this kind of power."    


The meaning of the Houses


House 1 – Ascendant, personality

– physical body, health, vitality;

– appearance;

– what a person can do in the world, her ability to be useful, her skill, how she is perceived by others, personality;

– character, will, intellect.


House 2 – Money, values

– wealth, money, property;

– our attitude toward money and other values;

– financial matters;

– resources which support the physical body or our personality;


House 3 – Communication, relatives

– "lower mind", communication, day to day level;

– interactions with immediate environment, neighbors, relatives, brothers, sisters, friends;

– information, news, books, to read;

– short journeys;

– education;

– messages, writing.


House 4 – Home, traditions

– home, personal life, intimacy;

– family, mother or father, forebears;

– childhood, traditions, past;

– real estate, lands;

– hidden treasure, hidden resources;

– collective unconscious;

– end of life.


House 5 – Self – expression, creativity

– amusement, play, creativity, originality;

– what we enjoy to do, to have fun;

– children;

– gambling, sport;

– love affairs, pleasures.


House 6 – Work, sickness

– work, service, servitude;

– subordinates;

– sickness, problems of the physical body;

– small animals.


House 7 – Partnership

– marriage, one to one relations;

people that react to yourself, the reaction at the action symbolised by the Ascendant;

– open enemies;

– lawsuits.


House 8 – Other people resources

– partner’s money, assets, values;

– taxes, legacies, insurance;

death, transformation, resurrection;

– sexuality;

– emotional issues,

– psychic and occult matters.


House 9 – The higher mind

– wisdom, activities that let us to understand the world, to expand our consciousness;

– philosophy, religion, law, moral ideas;

– foreign travels, long journeys, far away places;

– higher education.


House 10 – Social status

– career, profession, social status;

– reputation, how you are seen in society;

– father or mather;

– employers, those in command.


House 11 – Friends, hopes

– friends, groups, acquaintances, clubs, society;

– hope, ambition, comfort, luck.


House 12 – Secrets, solitude

– self sacrifice, service to others;

– the unconscious;

– isolation, prison, anxieties;

– infirmity, bad luck;

– secret enemies;

– karma.

Horoscope Symbols


The horoscope is an image of a part of the universe in the moment we choose to cast.

The horoscope we use to cast has several important elements: signs, planets, aspects and houses. These are called horoscope symbols because each category symbolizes something from our life, as we will see below.

How can something from the sky symbolize or explain something from our life? That is the big question astrology meets from centuries and there are some answers like Synchronicity in C. G. Jung book, which means that events on Earth and aspects on the sky that symbolize the same thing just happen in the same time with no causal relationship between them. This means just that this kind of events exists and we should be aware of that. In fact, the reality is that in any moment what happens on Earth is an image of the Universe, as the human being in the moment of his birth is an image of the Universe, an image presented in his birth chart.

To understand the horoscope we must understand his important components and what every component symbolize. Let’s see which are the corresponding principles between the sky (world) and the human being, what every component of the horoscope represents in our lives.




Planets are the most important elements of the horoscope and symbolize processes attributed to a human being or a group of people. When astrologers say planets, generally they will refer also to the Moon and the Sun, so it is not so strictly as in astronomy. 

The Sun symbolizes the processes by which we present ourselves to the exterior (world), our courage, energy, our power to impose on others.

The Moonsymbolizes the processes of nurturing, the way we act with our family, with the close ones, how we act in solitude, our unconscious. 

Mercury shows how we think, Venus shows how we love, Mars shows how we fight and so on, every planet symbolize some processes of us.

One can find a description for every planet here: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.


Signs are the most popular symbols in astrology and represent areas on the sky. Commonly people know their sign, which is the sign where the Sun was positioned at the birth.

Signs give a specific kind of behaviour, attitude. Signs signification is based on their correspondence with seasons,as Aries is the beginning of Spring, Cancer the beginning of Summer, the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are fixed because they are in the middle of seasons and the whether don’t change, Cancer and Gemini are near the Summer solstice (when the heat is maximum) and this symbolize sociable, friendly, lovely people etc.

One can find a description for every sign here: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.


Aspects represents the angles which are measured between two points in the chart. We are interested especially by the aspects between planets, and by the aspects of 0, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45 degrees. The degrees of the aspects tell us about the way the two energies of the planets combine. So, aspects show what relation is established between different points of the chart.

How we can find the type of relation symbolized by every aspect? Well, aspects signification is based on their correspondence with numbers, more exactly by the number with which we must divide the circle (360 degrees) to get the aspect. Following this principle we can see that the opposition (180 degree aspect) is signified by number 2, because 180 is 360 divided by 2. So, the square (90 degree aspect) is signified by number 4, because 90 is 360 divided by 4.

One can find more details about aspects here: Aspects in astrology


Houses show which planets are above or below the horizon, which are culminating or setting depending of our position on the Earth. The most important position are the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and Imum Coeli.

One can find more details about houses here: Houses in astrology