The Twelfth House: Your Own Worst Enemy

sabotageIt’s no surprise to me, I am my own worst enemy
Cuz every now and then I kick the living shit outta me…
The smoke alarm is going off and there’s a cigarette still burnin’…
Please tell me why my car is in the front yard and I’m…
Sleepin’ with my clothes on;
Came in through the window last night and you’re
Gone…gone. ~ Lit, My Own Worst Enemy

Ah yes. Welcome to the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing, where you sabotage yourself and are the creator of your own downfall. Sounds pleasant, yes? Just wait, it gets better. The Twelfth House also governs secret enemies (yup, including the seemingly-kindly elderly neighbor lady who always smiles and waves hello, although she is the mysterious person who repeatedly calls the city to complain when your grass is 1/4 inch taller than she thinks it should be), things we hide from others as well as ourselves, difficulties in general, the subconscious, sorrow, suffering (perceived or actual), and places of restriction. The word restriction can refer to feelings of being, for example, emotionally confined but it also applies to more literal places of confinement, including but not limited to prisons, hospitals, jails, asylums, orphanages — if it’s a place where your freedom is limited, it’s covered by the Twelfth House.

As you have probably either already heard or now suspect, House number Twelve has a terrible reputation. Dane Rudhyar, who is considered to be the father of modern astrology, once stated that “there are no ‘bad’ houses.” But this matters not to clients who freak out wanting to know what brand of doom is inevitably going to befall them because Pluto is in their Twelfth House. And while it’s true that this House doesn’t govern a lot of the happier areas of life, these more unpleasant subjects are, in fact, parts of everyone’s life…and some House has to rule them. And so, here we are!

One of my favorite astrologers, the awesome Bob Marks, has stated that most of the folks he’s seen who have several planets in the Twelfth House are sensitive, caring people (typical of the sign of Pisces, this House’s natural ruler) who tend to put up with way too much bullshit from others. He goes on to say the rest of the people with many planets in this House are, and I quote, “serial killers and mass murderers.” (God, I idolize that man, who has been a huge influence in my own astrological studies and work…but I digress.)

This is the House where any bad karmic debts owed will be collected. We all have them. Every single one of us. And this is the House where we will paykarma the piper. The House where our anxieties, illnesses, losses, grief, and frustrations lie. Pisces is the depressive, dreamy sign which is the Twelfth’s House natural ruler; thus, Neptune and its rose-colored glasses of denial is the natural planetary ruler of this House. The House where the martyrs and the rescuers reside.

Woohoo! you cheer as you do a happy dance of relief around the room (stop it already, you look ridiculous.) You’ve just nervously scanned your natal chart and found that your Twelfth House is completely devoid of any planets, asteroids, or nodes. Therefore, one could reasonably conclude that you’ll breeze through life nearly worry-free, dealing with sunshine-filled days, not an enemy in the world, healthy as a horse, and good karma just falling right out of the sky and into your lucky little lap…right?

Wrong. (Broken record time.) There are ten planets and twelve Houses in a natal chart. It is obviously impossible to have a planet in every House, meaning everyone (yes, including you) will have at least two completely empty Houses…and most people will have more than two empties. It might seem that you caught a break that the Twelfth House happens to be one of your vacant Houses…but it just seems that way. Empty Houses are still interpreted in a natal chart, they are just interpreted in a few different ways.

One way we would look at an empty Twelfth House is to first determine its natural ruling sign (Pisces) and planet (Neptune.) We would examine the qualities of Pisces and the personal influences of Neptune which will reveal how you deal with the life areas covered by the Twelfth House. Another way to interpret an empty Twelfth is to look at the sign/planet by which it is ruled in your natal chart. Let’s say, for example, that it’s Scorpio/Pluto (and let’s also hope that actually isn’t the case.) We would then take a gander at the characteristics of the sign of Scorpio and the influence Pluto has on an individual in the life areas ruled by the Twelfth House. Either or both of these methods can give some interesting insight to your Life in the Twelfth House.

Occasionally, a House is vacant simply because it governs areas of life that are at least in order to such a degree that they don’t warrant a large chunk of your day-to-day attention. In that case…um, yeah…you can consider yourself one (fairly) lucky son of a bitch. So how do you know which of these scenarios applies to your empty Twelfth House? Easy: get yourself a personalized, detailed natal chart which will cover why, in your case, you might have gotten a little lucky (or not.) Check out prices for various charts on the right-hand side of this article and pay using the convenience and security of PayPal, email me at, or simply post your inquiries in the comments section. You can also visit (and don’t forget to “like”) Born Under a Blonde Sign’s official Facebook page (also to the right of this article) and post any questions or comments there as well.

Moving on…for those of us who are cursed with have planets in the Twelfth House, let’s take a closer look at the meaning of each of the planets when placed in this House and the personal influences they have on our lives.

niteowlsThe Sun in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
Normally, wherever the Sun is placed in the natal chart is where we shine or need to shine. In the case of the Sun in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing, the Sun is somewhat obscured by the clouds of dreary Neptune. This results in a native who needs their space and solitude to reflect in seclusion so that they are able to summon their inner strength. This one might actually avoid the spotlight or if they’re forced into a visible position, they might pretend to be someone they’re not. Are you a night owl? There is a fascinating trend among those with this Sun placement to be third-shift employees (especially in places of restriction) or simply be more productive in the overnight hours. A Sun-in-Twelfth often has trouble relating to others and feels alone and uncomfortable in a crowd. The native is compassionate and helping others is one way to part those clouds and let some rays of the Sun shine into this otherwise melancholic House. My Cancer-Gemini cusp love has this Sun placement and as I’ve previously stated, he will bend over backwards to do anything he can to help anyone who needs his assistance: a stranded motorist, a friend with nothing for lunch, you name it: if he’s got it and you need it, it’s yours; if he can do it and you need it done, he’ll do it. And he never complains about it. Ever. Although his schedule requires him to be at work at the ungodly hour of 8am, my man is a bonafide night owl. If it were up to him, he’d stay up til 4 or 5am, sleep til 1-2pm, piddlefart around for an hour or so, and stroll into work around 3 or 4pm. And oh, how the man requires his “me-time.” He will retreat to his man cave (we live in an apartment, so that’d be the bathroom), sometimes for 2 or 3 hours at a time, emerging only for a cold beer from time to time. He despises the spotlight and has a job behind the scenes, though not in a place of restriction (he works in a body shop.) The solar Twelfth House individual tends to be rather critical of themselves and wonders why no one understands them. Generally speaking, the Sun, which governs the ego, is uncomfortable in the Twelfth House as its light seems to be somewhat perpetually blotted out, leaving the Sun-in-Twelfth person feeling insecure, as if they don’t really fit in anywhere. The lesson here is to ease up on yourself. Simply knowing this is the case is beneficial because it allows you to recognize why you feel the way you do, giving you the home-court advantage in overcoming the limitations the Twelfth House tries to impose upon you. You go!

The Moon in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
Ohohoho, does this one have Moon-imposed mood swings! But when the Moon is in the Twelfth House, the native will usually try to conceal that fact. The Moon-in-Twelfth person frequently doesn’t understand their own feelings, despite the fact that they are otherwise incredibly perceptive. Their emotions often overcome — and overtake — them, and many times the native can’t quite define what they are feeling and isn’t even sure why they feel the way they do and have difficulty pinpointing what their own emotional needs are. Although empathetic and sympathetic toward others, their own inner confusion sometimes leaves them emotionally unavailable to help. There are many times when the native must withdraw from the world for a period of time to try and figure themselves out in a peaceful environment, even if its within their own home. If at all possible, they will avoid contact with others during this time of reflection and rejuvenation. The Moon here gives a native with sensitive feelings which are easily hurt. Their energy levels ebb and flow depending on their mood, as does their ability to deal with certain situations. Personal satisfaction is found doing anonymous random acts of kindness behind-the-scenes. This one definitely has an interest in all things metaphysical or supernatural, and most likely has a keen psychic ability. If the Moon is favorably aspected here, the native will find success in occupations out of the public eye, perhaps in places of seclusion or restriction (hospitals, prisons, or even working from home.) This lunar position also increases the likelihood of a secret love affair; if the Moon is positively aspected it will be able to remain a secret. However, if the Moon is negatively aspected it often indicates that any illicit affair in which the native might be involved will be revealed, leading to a great deal of trouble and moodswingsheartache (duh), as well as a tendency to attract two-faced, backstabbing “friends.” That’s right, I have this Moon placement (so does my lovely Libra former stepmother in-law.) Furthermore, my Moon forms a square (challenging) aspect with Mercury. This is where I sheepishly admit to having once had an affair when married to my now-deceased Sadge first husband, with my also-now-deceased Cancer ex-husband. Mercury is talkative, and when in a negative aspect with the Moon, it becomes super-chatty when anxious or nervous…which ultimately led to my own self-undoing and my affair being revealed. I have attracted my fair share of so-called friends and acquaintances whom I believed truly liked me, and whom I even liked, only to discover their true colors by what they spoke about me to others (yeah, but I didn’t like them anymore after that.) I wish I could blame the exposure of my affair on one of those friends in sheep’s clothing, but nope…it was my own self-undoing at work. While I don’t consider myself psychic, I do have pretty nifty intuitive abilities which rarely steer me wrong (when I pay attention to them, that is.) Additionally, I thrive on random acts of kindness, and I don’t require accolades for them. It truly nourishes my soul to do for and help others in any way I can. I’m not just saying that; it’s who I am. And yeah, my moods practically swing around on chandeliers…but with age, I’ve become more adept at hiding this…I think (I hope.)

Mercury in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
Mercury is usually a very active, chatty planet. But in the Twelfth House, when it comes to secrets, the native won’t blab your deepest, darkest confessions. Whatever you tell them goes into the vault and stays there, period. If you have a friend with this Mercury placement, confide your little heart out with no worries and hang onto this friend forever. Sometimes the Twelfth House Mercurian has difficulty developing confidence in their abilities of clearly expressing themselves, so they aren’t always ready to talk about their feelings…not because they don’t want to, but because they aren’t sure they know how. This leads to them feeling misunderstood, guilty, or even leaving them prone to shady situations and/or people who don’t have the native’s best interests at heart. Mercury-in-Twelfth sometimes thinks too much, overanalyzing their feelings, which makes it difficult for them to trust their intuition as all this overthinking causes difficulty distinguishing between intuition and fear. The native is drawn to symbols and imagery, and grasps ideas best when presented visually or emotionally. This one is intrigued by all things involving psychology and the workings of the mind, and they are naturally compassionate, more than willing to self-sacrifice to serve others or help anyone in need. There is an ongoing inner search for spiritual truth and enlightenment. The native is an artistic, poetic person; a humanitarian, a caregiver who would be successful in careers utilizing those qualities, such as nursing or counseling. My Scorpio daughter has this Mercury placement. It’s absolutely true: she’s a wonderful confidante, she’ll do anything in her power to help anyone. She’s the person who gives her spare change to the guy holding a sign on the exit ramp (and she doesn’t care what he’s gonna buy with it because “what if he really is hungry?”) She’s the one who takes in the person with nowhere to go, feeding them and giving them a place to sleep. She is definitely attracted to symbolism and this is evidenced by her numerous tattoos; not just random wtf-ever body art, but meaningful and spiritual sayings and symbols. She volunteers in her church’s child care on weekends, and her career aspiration? To become a nurse. And she would be wonderful in that capacity.

affairVenus in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
When the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure is in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing, the effect on the life of the native is one of romance. Their partner, when in a relationship, is the native’s world. As a result, this one is hurt in love rather easily and because of difficulty establishing boundaries between their needs and the needs of their partner, as well as their devotion being mistaken for weakness, they are prime to be taken advantage of as well as being/feeling used. A Twelfth House Venusian is drawn to partners with unusual backgrounds or eccentric personalities, as well as relationships that are secret, challenging, or unorthodox in some way. At the same time, the native is often hesitant to openly express their feelings or affection because of a fear of their love not being reciprocated. They are also likely to fall in love with someone who is married or otherwise unavailable and/or to have an affair while married themselves at some point. The Venus-in-Twelfth often feels like they have to sacrifice something for a partner; to give up someone, something, or even some part of who they are in order to be loved and accepted. In addition to a Sun placement in this House, my Cancer-Gemini cusp man also has this Venus placement. As arrogant and boastful as this might sound, I can assure you that I am, in fact, his world. How do I know that? Because he tells me…all the time. He is unbelievably devoted to me and to our relationship, and while I absolutely do not and would never take advantage of this unwavering devotion (a fact to which he will readily attest), it’s easy to see how, with the wrong woman (*cough* his cheating, lying, junkie whore ex-wife *cough*), it could happen (and with her, it did.) Which brings me to my next point: our relationship itself is unorthodox. How so, you ask? The way we met. In September 1993 at the age of 21, I was visiting a longtime friend one afternoon at her apartment when her new live-in boyfriend, whom I had not yet met, came home from work to grab some lunch. She introduced us and because he was there to eat, we didn’t really interact. But as the years passed, I became friends with him as well, they eventually married and had a daughter (both events at which I was an attendee), and long story short, we both found ourselves divorced and available with a decade-long (albeit secret) mutual attraction, both physical and intellectual, and in January 2003 we officially became a couple. Excluding what we refer to as the Great Hiatus of 2011, we have been together almost 11 years. I should note here that while we never even discussed with each other — in fact, we hid — our mutual feelings over all those years, let alone ever had an affair, we definitely had a connection and feelings for one another which we probably shouldn’t have…as we were both married and unavailable. He even confessed to having wished on many occasions that he had met me first rather than his wife/my friend…and I then revealed to him I too had wished that very same thing, way too many times.

Mars in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
Mars is the planet of aggression and assertiveness. Because we hide things in the Twelfth House, the native with this Mars placement will tend to hide or repress their anger. But they can’t do it forever and from time to time, it’s going to explode in one way or another. The native can even be fearful of asserting themselves. The influence of the Twelfth House saps the energy from the person with this Mars placement, often resulting in low self-esteem and a general feeling of weakness or defeat, particularly in childhood. They tend to be pleasant and agreeable, bristling at the idea of conflict or uncomfortable confrontation, regardless of how badly you treat them. But again, this can only go on for so long before the suppressed Martian energy erupts like a volcano and heaven help the unfortunate soul who triggers it. Even when the native has calmed down, don’t expect an apology, regardless of what they did in their tirade. If you were the one who provoked it, it was probably a long time coming and to the Twelfth-House-Martian, that doesn’t justify an apology. Here again, along with the Sun and Venus, my adoring Cancer-Gemini cusp man has Mars in the Twelfth House. Incidentally, with three planets in the Twelfth House, I should probably point out that my man is not a serial killer or mass murderer; he is one of the “most folks” to which astrologer Bob Marks referred when discussing people with many planets in the Twelfth House: my love is sensitive, caring, and definitely puts up with way more bullshit from people (yeah, including from me) than he should. He had a difficult childhood which involved some physical and mental abuse, about which I won’t go into detail; however, he definitely felt emotionally beaten; just mentally depleted. As a result, he cannot stand the notion of conflict and he will put up with a lot…until he just can’t take it anymore and he finally does blow his top. However, it’s never in the form of a violent assault and battery on the one who finally poked the bear one too many times. When he’s had enough — and it takes a lot to get him to that point — it’s mostly incredibly loud, telling you in no uncertain terms exactly what he thinks about you and/or what you’ve done to get him to that point, and lots of shouting, which is jaw-dropping in itself because it’s so atypical of his usual everyday gentle persona. And don’t hold your breath waiting for him to humbly apologize for his verbal tantrum once he’s cooled off. It won’t happen.

Jupiter in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
If you had to have a planet in the Twelfth House, lucky Jupiter is the one you would want it to be. When placed in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing, Jupiter is your veritable Superman, swooping in just in time to save you from whatever dubious debacle you’ve found yourself in. Good fortune comes to the native through spiritual work or the arts. This one finds inspiration using meditation, self-introspection, and seclusion. Whatever Twelfth House Jupiter’s idea of a worthwhile cause is, at some point in their lifetime they will likely make a great personal sacrifice to champion for it. It could be related to something in healing or medicine, philosophy, or spiritual or occult issues. Jupiter’s lucky influence tends to protect a native from physical harm as well, particularly from enemies. There might be some close calls and near-misses but these folks have a fascinating tendency to really catch a break when it comes to bodily injury: it’s often much less serious than it could have been. My older son, a 6’4″ Sadge in his mid-twenties, has this Jupiter placement. I hesitate to even mention any of his close calls with physical injury or harm lest I jinx his good fortune, but it’s true…even going all the way back to his time in the womb, the boy is lucky to have survived his C-section birth (as was I, who developed severe complications in late pregnancy.) He was once involved in a rollover Jeep accident as a shotgun-riding passenger — the only one wearing his seat belt (atta boy!) — and although he was hanging upside down from his seat belt after the crash, he escaped without a single scratch. (Thankfully, the others were not seriously injured, by the way.) And it does seem that he has quite a bit of last-minute luck in sticky situations where someone or something, just by chance, comes along to rescue him.

Saturn in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
If you had to have a planet in the Twelfth House, planetary schoolyard bully Saturn is the one you would not want it to be. (Sorry.) This is the planet alonethat throws up obstacles and limitations wherever it’s placed in the natal chart, and in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing, although we have a native who is quite dependable and can always be counted upon to be there for others, they don’t always have someone they can count upon to be there for them. Depression is often associated with this Saturn placement, and not just regular depression. When this one gets depressed, everything they have ever been depressed about in their lives seems to rise to the surface, sometimes to the point where it is so debilitating that the native can barely function in daily life. They often have long-standing feelings of guilt coming from somewhere they can’t even identify. The native frequently has bouts of intense anxiety and feelings of vulnerability, possibly from repressed emotions or situations dating back to their childhood. The Saturn-in-Twelfth tends to feel overwhelmed by life with a lack of control of their emotions. I highly recommend someone with this placement who strongly relates to this interpretation to seek the services of a professional counselor or a trusted friend in whom they can confide. This can help uncover the reason for the feelings of guilt and old issues resurfacing, which can then be dealt with and lead to a more peaceful, happier life with much less anxiety and fear.

Uranus in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
The native with this Uranus placement longs to change the world and has an intense need for personal freedom, but the restrictive nature of the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing results in a suppression of these desires. Instead, they could manifest in different ways such as the Uranus-in-Twelfth living vicariously through others; encouraging them to do the very things that they themselves want to do but shy away from. The native will continue searching for new and better ways to advance the world, but won’t necessarily act on them. This is because although the Uranian influence normally embraces change and forward-thinking, this is blunted by its placement in the Twelfth House. They are drawn to people with similar ideals, who are creative and value their own personal freedom as much as the native does. Though they are often eccentric geniuses, they tend to keep these qualities hidden because it feels safer for them to do so. They are attracted to the bizarre and will be attracted to study subjects that others find strange.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville…guilt
Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know…
It’s my own damn fault. ~ Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville

Neptune in Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
Neptune (a.k.a. my lifelong archnemesis) is the natural ruler of the Twelfth House so when its placement in the natal chart is in this House, it is in its dominion; in other words, it’s right at home. Does this increase Neptune’s influence over the life areas governed by the Twelfth House in this case? You bet your ass it does. The native with this placement has remarkable intuition and has impressive inner strength which they are able to summon at will, despite their mild-mannered nature. The Neptune-in-Twelfth is exceptionally compassionate to the plight of others and desperately wants to fight for the underdog, but the suppressive nature of the Twelfth House makes it difficult for the native to take action, resulting in feelings of depression and guilt. I’ve mentioned a hundred times (or close to it) how Neptune has us wearing rose-colored glasses, seeing and hearing only what we want to see and hear. That being the case, escapism behavior is very common with this Neptune placement, as Neptune rules drugs and alcohol so the likelihood of substance abuse and/or addiction is greatly increased here. Remember, the Twelfth House rules places of restriction as well and this combination could result in a Twelfth House Neptune individual finding themselves in a rehab facility — or worse, in prison for crimes related to drugs or alcohol, including DUIs, public arrestintoxication, possession, or even drug dealing. If you have this Neptune placement, this is valuable information I’ve given you, so please use it! You have the unique advantage of knowing, because of your natal chart, that the odds are not on your side so if you would like to avoid incarceration and/or rehabilitation facilities, be mindful of your drinking habits, never drink and drive (that applies to everyone, but especially to the native with this placement), and think twice before delving into the world of drugs, whether illicit street drugs or legal prescription medications such as opiates or benzodiazepines. The planets are not in your favor here. My Sadge sister in-law and best friend of 30 years had this Neptune placement. She was a raging alcoholic who regularly combined opiates and benzos with her booze. Not only did she find herself hospitalized for alcohol poisoning more than once and involuntarily locked up in rehab more times than I can count, she also wound up behind bars for alcohol-related offenses on at least ten occasions. On February 13, 2012 her body finally succumbed to her addiction and drug abuse at the age of 41, at which time she found herself in an urn…which is probably the most restrictive place of all.

Pluto in the Twelfth House of Self-Undoing
The all-or-nothing planet of extremes, Pluto is another one that can predispose a native with this placement to depression and addiction. Wherever it is found in the natal chart, Pluto does not know moderation. Emotions are repressed here, and grudges are held. Remember that holding on to a grudge or hate for someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Your hard feelings have zero effect on their daily life. On yours, however, it’s like carrying a backpack filled with unnecessary heaviness like anger and resentment. The lesson here is to put the backpack down, leave it, and walk away. It might sound difficult or even impossible, but you truly are only poisoning yourself by holding on to old demons. Once you conquer your own issues, you will be amazed at how much weight will be lifted from your shoulders and you will also be able to help others do the same. The Twelfth House Pluto individual is especially intrigued by anything hidden, mysterious, or taboo. The native seeks to uncover who they really are, and they find dream interpretation exceptionally fascinating and helpful in this process. Pluto-in-Twelfth probably has exceptional intuition or psychic ability with complex subconscious energies contributing to this. Death is no stranger to the native, and they probably will experience or have experienced quite a few more than usual losses of loved ones during their lifetime.


The Eleventh House: Your Wildest Dreams


Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It’s only me who wants to wrap around your dreams and
Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?

Dreams of loneliness like a heartbeat, drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering
What you had and what you lost
And what you had, oh what you lost… ~ Fleetwood Mac, Dreams

As we delve into the life areas covered by the final astrological Houses, we find ourselves in the Eleventh House, commonly known as the House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends. But it also governs how the native handles being in groups of people outside the home such as clubs or professional associations, as well as your goals and personal aspirations.

The Eleventh House reveals how our thoughts manifest in our lives. It also governs friendships and the support we give and receive in those relationships. Remember: the Fifth House, which is directly opposite the Eleventh House, concerns immediate pleasures and creativity that comes from within. Therefore, the Eleventh House takes a more outwardly look at long-term goals and collaborative creativity within a group.

Just for fun, let’s assume that you’re looking at your natal chart, eager to discover these facets of yourself and lo and behold, your Eleventh House of nofriendsHopes, Wishes, and Friends is completely empty, containing no planets, asteroids, or nodes whatsoever. That can’t be good, right? So what does this indicate on a personal level?

I’m so sorry to tell you this, dear reader/follower. But what this means is that evidently, you have no hopes, wishes, or friends.

I kid, of course. As I’ve repeated to death in the previous ten Houses and will do so once more in the upcoming Twelfth (and final) House, there are ten planets (counting the Sun and Moon) and Twelve Houses. Now, it’s not rocket science to figure out that it’s mathematically impossible for there to be a planet, asteroid, or node in every single House in any natal chart. Everyone (this includes you…and me) will have at least two empty Houses, and most of us will have more than two empties.

In the case of an Eleventh House with little more than the occasional cricket chirping or tumbleweed blowing by, we would interpret this in a few different ways. First, let’s ask ourselves, which sign is the natural ruler of the Eleventh House? That would be the sign of Aquarius, which is also — not coincidentally — the eleventh sign of the zodiac. What are the traits of the Water Bearer? We would examine those, in addition to Uranus — Aquarius’s ruling planet — to gain some insight into how you handle the life areas governed by the Eleventh House.

Secondly, we would determine the ruler of your natal chart’s Eleventh House. Let’s say it’s Libra. We would then take a look at the characteristics of the Scales and its ruling planet, Venus, to glean even more information on the ways in which you deal with your hopes, wishes, and friendships.

friendsIt’s also entirely possible that your Eleventh House is vacant either because the life areas covered here are simply not your primary focus — and that’s okay! — or it could be that your hopes, wishes, and friendships are already so well established, ordered, and functional that a large amount of your attention is simply not needed in these areas. If this is you, I extend to you my heartiest congratulations along with both of my middle fingers.

But for the rest of us who do have planets floating around in the Eleventh House, let’s see how the effects of each manifest in our lives.

The Sun in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friendsdiversity
Well, hello there Mr./Ms. Popularity! Wherever the Sun is in our chart is where we shine or feel the need to shine. In the Eleventh House, we have a native who makes friends wherever they go, attracting them and keeping them, often for a lifetime. This one is everybody’s friend. The Sun-in-Eleventh tends to become quickly attached to newfound chums, forming those aforementioned multiple friendships with lightning speed. But if they discover no common ground with someone, they’ll break that bond in an instant. Easily adaptable, the Eleventh House Sun can fit in anywhere, seeing everyone as equals and making an honest effort to avoid bias toward anyone. The native’s goals are set sky-high and opportunities are sought after rather than waited for. Oddly enough, this one doesn’t care much about their social status; in other words, this is the high school student who will embrace the friendships of cheerleaders, athletes, or spoiled rich kids…and outcasts, delinquents, or the proverbial underdog. Diversity and tolerance is a huge deal for this one. Curiously, unless there are negative Sun aspects in the natal chart, the native is usually quite compatible with those who have Leo Sun signs or a lot of Leo in their natal charts (Leo is ruled by the Sun.) On the downside (yeah, there actually is one), spreading oneself too thin among a large number of friends and acquaintances can cause the native to appear impersonal, in turn intimidating or discouraging others who would like to be closer to the native or get to know them better. My Scorpio daughter has this Sun placement. She has more friends than I can keep track of, and she forms friendships seemingly effortlessly. She gets that from her natal chart, not from her mother.

comfortfriendThe Moon in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
The sensitive Moon in the House of Friendship gives a native with a strong emotional need for belonging and support from a network of friends and acquaintances. This one is more than willing to offer that same support in return as well. Like the effect of the Moon on the tides, the Moon-in-Eleventh’s social life ebbs and flows, and feelings for others wax and wane which, needless to say, can cause some serious relationship problems. The native has a heart of gold with many dreams, but their goals tend to change as frequently as their moods, resulting in difficulty attaining their desires. The Eleventh House Moon person tends to be friends with their own family members and feels a strong bond with those who share similar ideals. It’s important for the native to remember to relate to others outside their own family. This one is wonderfully intuitive and charming in their interactions with others, but they are also prone to attracting friends who are depressive or moody, as well as undesirable or unreliable friends, resulting in the native’s unintentional involvement in some kind of trouble or scandal. One of my sons has this Moon placement. He is definitely closer to his family members than non-relative friends, and he has attracted some friends of questionable character in his day; one of which got him wrapped up in a shoplifting incident (the friend was the guilty party, my son was honestly unaware of what had happened.) Luckily, my son was not prosecuted as surveillance cameras proved he didn’t know what his shady friend was up to. His goals also change with unprecedented frequency: he’s interested in forensics, then he’s talking about video game design. He has a strong need to belong but being an Aspie, finds that difficult at times. The only real, best friend he ever had with whom he truly bonded and to whom he was able to fully relate, tragically committed suicide in September 2013 which, in my book, qualifies as a depressive friend.

Mercury in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Intellectual Mercury in this House results in an individual who is adaptable to a wide variety of people. Extremely social, Mercury-in-Eleventh has an talkativeinsatiable curiosity about others, community issues, trends, cultures, you name it. This one needs friends who have something to contribute intellectually. Forward-thinking, the native is drawn to those who bring fresh ideas to the table, as well as writers, talkative folks, and those who enjoy traveling a lot. Personal goals and plans will probably change or fluctuate often, and there is a tendency to attract dishonest friends. This one is likely involved in at least one or two clubs, groups, or societies and is clever about coming up with original ideas to see their goals to fruition. However, they can also be impractical and rather cynical. The lesson here? Skepticism is healthy and encouraged. Cynicism is refusing to acknowledge the facts or the evidence in front of your face. Yeah. Don’t do that. My adoring Cancer-Gemini cusp man has this Mercury placement. He’s incredibly intellectual, talkative, and ridiculously clever when it comes to problem solving, always ready with a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that idea which never in a million years would have entered my own blonde head. No doubt he’s attracted more than his fair share of shady, con-artist (now former) friends and has only one or two true, real friends. He’s also an enigma: while he’s quite open-minded in many ways, he’s also moderately cynical, which drives. me. insane. Worse, he’s cynical about the fact that he is cynical (“I’m not cynical!” he’ll vehemently protest, even when presented with irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Aaaaah…)

Venus in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
When the planet of love and pleasure is in the Eleventh House of Friendship, there must be friendship in order to develop a romantic relationship with someone. An Eleventh House Venusian looks for unusual or unique qualities in their friends; this is what sustains their interest in the relationship. The native tends to jump into friendships impulsively without always considering the implications or the character of the person involved. The Eleventh House governs groups and group activities while Venus rules love, and a love interest will likely be met through a group or activity, and many natives will eventually marry this person. The Venus-in-Eleventh often benefits financially through their friends and group associations as well. This one knows how to be tactful, but far too often confuses friendship with love. This Venus placement promotes self-indulgence, particularly in food. The same son with the Moon in the Eleventh House also has Venus in the Eleventh House. He definitely jumps into friendships without thinking and one of his greatest pleasures is good food, particularly rich desserts.

Mars in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Aggressive Mars in the Eleventh House of Friendship frequently indicates a native who has more than the normal number of arguments or disagreements with their comrades who, by the way, are typically quite active and assertive themselves. The native’s goals are well-defined and aggressively sought after. The Eleventh House Martian often has a lot of acquaintances but few close friends, which suits the native just fine. A born leader, this one doesn’t care to answer to authority in a group but quickly discovers that team cooperation will lead to quicker success in life.

What do I do when my love is away;helpfriend
Does it worry you to be alone?
How do I feel by the end of the day;
Are you sad because you’re on your own?

No, I get by with a little help from my friends…
Mmm, get by with a little help from my friends…
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends. ~ The Beatles, With a Little Help from My Friends

Jupiter in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Lucky Jupiter in the Eleventh House of Friendship often attracts helpful, influential, or otherwise beneficial friends to the native. The Jupiter-in-Eleventh prizes their personal freedom and have a great deal of tolerance. Open-minded and progressive, this one genuinely wants to help the world at large become a better place. There is one caveat to this otherwise awesome Jupiter placement, however: the native often finds themselves so incredibly lucky in situations which just seem to somehow work themselves out — be it goals, wishes, dreams — that they come to depend on that luck, therefore putting forth little if any actual effort into making these things happen, assuming their hopes and dreams will magically come to them. And they often do! But guess what: there are times when that doesn’t happen. The lesson here? Yeah, you are naturally lucky in friendships, dreams, and everything else governed by the Eleventh House. But do not allow yourself to sit idly by, assuming things will just work out as they always seem to do without any effort on your part. Guess who has this Jupiter placement? (*raises hand*) That’s right. And it’s so true. I have a knack for attracting friends who can — and do — benefit me in some way. This is not to imply that I consciously seek out friends on such a shallow level. It just happens: I meet a new friend or acquaintance, we get to talking, and whaddya know — they have some kind of influence or connection which helps me in my career, or they introduce me to something else that benefits me in some way. The list is endless and it happens all the time.  And I’m the first to admit that, when in a sticky situation, I am the worst at taking little action and just knowing it’ll work itself out; after all, doesn’t it always? Well, no, not really. Oftentimes, absolutely! But not every time. Yeah, I’ve really gotta work on that…

Saturn in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
There’s a saying that goes, “Saturn delays but does not deny.” If you have this Saturn placement, here’s what I want you to do. Get some Post-It notes, postitsjot down that gem of wisdom on about 200 of ’em, and stick them all over your house. Plaster them on your car’s rearview mirror and dashboard. Write it in Sharpie on the palm of your hand. Tattoo it on your forehead backwards so you can read it every time you look in the mirror. Why? Because when the schoolyard bully of planets is in your Eleventh House of Hopes and Wishes, you are going to have to work your ass off to earn everything of which you dream and for which you hope and wish. Attaining goals is not going to come easily to this one. The native will struggle, often feeling as if they are just treading water, getting nowhere, but I implore you: keep going. Why? Because Saturn delays but does not deny! (Weren’t you listening? Pay attention!) The Eleventh House Saturnian will reach their aspirations but Saturn is a bully who throws out obstacles and delays, so it will take them longer than most people to get there…but get there they will. When they do reach the top, the rewards of their efforts will be astounding and well worth it. Guaranteed. As far as friendships are concerned, the Saturn-in-Eleventh native often seeks friends who are several years older than they are, and they probably hung around more with older friends during their childhood. The native probably doesn’t have a lot of friends, but this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a result of being a bit more discriminating when choosing with whom they prefer to associate.

Uranus in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Eccentric, unusual Uranus in the Eleventh House of Friendships will result in a native who embraces being different and despises others who conform just to fit in, looking down upon them as being sellouts, for lack of a better term. Uranus-in-Eleventh definitely appears to be an erratic, aloof loner in group situations which can cause others to question whether or not the native can be taken seriously or depended upon. But over time they’ll realize the native is honest and open, which will be appreciated. The Eleventh House Uranian connects particularly well with those who share their offbeat, yet forward-thinking ideals, often resulting in lifelong friendships. However, friends and associations will often change as the native’s own goals do. Bottom line? Uranus, which rules the sign of Aquarius, values friendships more than just about any other sign of the zodiac and when in the Eleventh House, we have a native who is extremely devoted to their amigos through thick and thin.

neptune11Neptune in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Anddddd it’s back. Neptune, the dreamy, see-and-hear-only-what-you-wanna-see-and-hear planet still dons its trademark rose-colored glasses in the Eleventh House. Among other things, this can lead to a native who is easily taken advantage of by so-called friends, which is a damn shame because this person is incredibly accepting, flexible, and idealistic when it comes to friendships, always pulling for the underdog or the disadvantaged. Often, they are a rescuer — taking on the problems of friends as their own, wanting to fix all that is wrong in the lives of their buddies. A Neptune-in-Eleventh just doesn’t/can’t/won’t believe that a “friend” could ever have malicious intent. At least, they don’t want to believe it. As dreamy as Neptune is, it can be difficult for the native to get in touch with their deepest desires, as Neptune also imparts confusion wherever it is placed, and this results in the native not really knowing what would make them happiest. They tend to attract unusual, eccentric, sensitive friends but the boundary is somewhat blurry when it comes to how much of themselves the native should be able or willing to give. It’s very common for the Eleventh House Neptune individual to feel used because they do give of themselves so freely. The native has extremely high ideals, very pie-in-the-sky ambitions, and they are often disappointed or discouraged when they fail to meet these lofty, unrealistic goals. The lesson here? Aim high…but not so high that what you dream of is unattainable. Be realistic about what is doable.

Pluto in the Eleventh House of Hopes, Wishes, and Friends
Intense Pluto isn’t a big fan of being part of a group. If and when they do participate, it’s likely for their own personal growth or healing, or possibly centered around social change. But in a group setting, the Eleventh House Pluto will not sit silently while others run the show, particularly if they feel they have a better idea or way of doing things. The native has a powerful presence and if Pluto is afflicted in the natal chart, others can actually feed off of this power, like psychic vampires, if you will, leaving the native feeling drained and powerless. Power issues arise in friendships when Pluto-in-Eleventh might feel as though they are being urged to make some sort of change when they really don’t want to. But inevitably, circumstances will arise which force this to happen. Pluto is the all-or-nothing planet of extremes with no happy medium. The native might not have many friends but the ones they do have will be for a lifetime. That said, if a friendship goes south, it goes all the way south (remember: no in-between with this one) and it can switch from love to hate in the blink of an eye…and stay that way. Because Pluto imparts formidable energy and power when striving to reach goals, the native will probably attain whatever it is they set out to accomplish. This is where the phrase “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” comes in handy.

The Tenth House: Just A Job To Do

Welcome to the Tenth House! In the horoscope wheel, this House is positioned opposite the Fourth House, which you might recall governs home and 10thhousefamily. As its opposite, the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing rules issues occurring away from the domicile: work and career, your reputation, and social status. It reveals how highly regarded you are (or aren’t) by the community, your image, recognition in the form of honors or lifetime achievements, as well as your approach to responsibility. Additionally, while the Sixth House discusses the kind of work you do and the flow of your income, the Tenth House deals more with your life’s work and the legacy you leave behind as a result.

The cusp of the Tenth House is known in astrology as the Midheaven. The Midheaven reveals your public persona along with how you manage your inner authority. Because it’s ruled by earthy, dependable Capricorn, the Tenth House also covers materialism and what you achieve through your own hard work and toil. Furthermore, if you are an expert in a particular area, the Tenth House is going to tell us which area that is, as well as vocations for which you are well-suited. It is important to note that any aspects of the Midheaven should be paid particularly close attention to, as they are the strongest indicators of which career field is the best fit for the native as well as which vocations will bring the greatest success. (Look for an upcoming in-depth article on aspects in the not-too-distant future for more information; alternatively, you can request your personal natal chart by emailing or by inquiring right here on the website; the extensive natal chart contains in-depth explanations of all of the aspects in your natal chart.)

authorityBecause this House governs authority figures, many astrologers associate it with an authoritarian such as the father/father figure, while others (myself included) are of the opinion that it is more associated with whichever parent/parental figure was the primary authoritarian. The Tenth House governs other persons of authority including judges, law enforcement officers, and even your boss. Also included would be a mentor or other person you admire or strive to emulate. Regardless of who it is, this person is a significant influence in your life, teaching you the lessons the Tenth House requires us to master. (Think about it: when a judge sentences you to fifteen years in prison for your fourteenth DUI, does that not — hopefully — impart a lesson? There ya go.)

A Ph.D. from Harvard isn’t necessary to figure out that with ten planets (including the Sun and Moon) and twelve Houses in a natal chart, everyone is going to have a minimum of two completely empty Houses — meaning one containing absolutely no planets, asteroids, or nodes — and more often than not, there will be more than two empties. So what if one of your vacant Houses is the Tenth House? Are you destined for chronic unemployment and the apparent collective decision of every employer within a 500-mile radius to deny you a job opportunity? Or perhaps even more disturbing, when the time comes for you to depart this lifetime, will there be no legacy left behind?

Don’t fret, dear reader/follower. An empty House can still be interpreted using a few different methods. One way is to consider the qualities of the sign which naturally rules the Tenth House, which is Capricorn. This will reveal, at least to some degree, how you approach the issues ruled by the Tenth House. We would also consider the sign which rules this House in your natal chart. For example, let’s say that Pisces is the sign which rules the Tenth House in your natal chart. By examining the Piscean tendencies and characteristics, a great deal of insight can be gained into how you handle these particular life areas. Alternatively, perhaps the areas governed by the Tenth House are already so well-ordered in your life and in need of no extra attention, you lucky bastard, you.

So let’s take a look at the interpretations of each planet’s placement in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing and determine the ways in which they affect you on a personal level.

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Tom “Sun-in-Tenth” Hanks

The Sun in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
I’ve said this a thousand times (well, not really) but it bears repeating: wherever the Sun appears in the natal chart shows where we need to shine and be noticed; the area(s) in which our egos are most invested. A Sun-in-Tenth person is strongly driven to succeed…which most of them will, but a pattern with this one is for the peak of this success not to be achieved until mid-life or even later. The native might experience turbulence on the homefront due to a tendency to prioritize career and ambition over more personal issues such as relationships or family life. This one has the potential to be an influential leader, though they tend to come across as an arrogant dictator. The Tenth House Sun craves public recognition, bristles at the idea of taking orders, and need to be in charge. Although the Sun is unusual in the sense that it doesn’t point in any specific career direction, the native enjoys being in the public eye and are likely to find success with any career in that area. Regardless of the position they’re in, the Tenth House Sun will be satisfied as long as they can call the shots and be praised and recognized for their contributions and hard work.

careernurturerThe Moon in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
The Moon-in-Tenth native won’t have much of a personal life. Career frequently involves dealing with the public, as do social activities. There is an interesting pattern with a Tenth House Moon to suddenly change career directions in mid-life (remember, the Moon, like the tides, has the personal effect of a desire for change, as well as an ebb and flow in the life areas where the Moon is placed in the natal chart.) Associations with women or female family members often lead to career situations which result in financial success, though there is a strange tendency for a native with this lunar placement to become embroiled in a public scandal. This one knows exactly what the public demands and strives to deliver. Some concerns with a Moon-in-Tenth include indecisiveness when it comes to selecting a profession, resulting in somewhat frequent career changes, a propensity to allow emotions to cloud their career decision-making and/or having knee-jerk emotional reactions to situations in the workplace. If the native can recognize these tendencies, they will appear more professional, increasing their success and credibility with business associates. Because the Moon is a nurturing planet, a Tenth House Moon is frequently drawn to careers involving the care of others: nursing or other healthcare professions, child care, teaching, counseling, etc. Their emotions are often focused more on career and ambition than home or family concerns which can lead to discord. Although others, particularly family members — especially mom or a mother figure — will often try to dissuade the native from pursuing the career which their heart truly desires, the sensitive lunar Tenth House native needs to stand strong and stick to what they want; otherwise, career happiness and satisfaction will never be attained.

Mercury in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
Restless, communicative Mercury in the Tenth House gives a native for whom it’s not unusual to hold down more than one job at a time or have multiple irons in the fire. Mercury-in-Tenth has a knack for languages and this can be useful in any profession they choose to undertake. There is an air of authority with this one and they have a flair for communicating well and negotiating with supervisors or others in positions of authority. This one thrives in a job that keeps them on the go, traveling or what have you, as long as they aren’t chained to a desk or sitting still all day long. Easily bored, the Tenth House Mercurian requires frequent new challenges or changes of scenery to remain interested and stimulated. Easily adaptable to new and different types of people and possessing a witty communicative style which others find appealing, this one has an uncanny knack for success in writing or careers in journalism.

Venus in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
A Tenth House Venusian loves to receive public accolades, strives to achieve high social status, and often makes a successful career out of a hobby. They must receive credit for whatever they do, although they prefer being part of a team rather than working solo. This one can be misunderstood as being uppity or pretentious due to a tendency to associate more with the higher-ups of society, such as their company’s CEO or prominent people in the community, although this doesn’t usually indicate they are as snooty as they appear, although these connections do frequently financially benefit the native by opening doors and advancement opportunities. A Venus-in-Tenth is often attracted to romantic partners who are established and accomplished in their career, and usually this is someone who is somewhat older than the native. A marriage in this situation will probably bring career benefits to the native. Venus is the planet of love, pleasure, and beauty and this one is drawn to careers involving any of these, such as interior decorating, fashion, makeup artistry, or other similar professions. Interestingly, some natives gravitate toward careers which somehow serve or help other females — gynecology, obstetrics, rape crisis counseling, assisting battered women, or championing various female causes. This is a charming individual who is popular with the public, but also subject to public scandal or even downfall brought about by — surprise, surprise! — a woman.

marstenthMars in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
The Tenth House Martian has exception executive ability and more than likely will dominate others in their profession. They have uncanny initiative and determination, are in it to win it, and have a strong desire to attain public recognition for their efforts; however, because they can be viewed as ruthless, they aren’t always held in the highest public esteem, regardless of the level of success they achieve. The native’s intense competitive streak will stop at nothing to move perceived obstacles out of their way…and yeah, this means they aren’t above stepping on toes and leapfrogging over the backs of others in their quest to be top dog. But even with all this perseverance, even the Mars-in-Tenth isn’t infallible and there are times when their lofty goals do not come to fruition, which can result in an extremely cranky native as, more than nearly any other individual in the zodiac, they hate to lose and when they do, they don’t know how else to react except with anger, frustration, and an abundance of self-pity and incessant bitching.

Jupiter in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standingluckymoney
Jupiter is the planet of luck and abundance, and when its placement is in the Tenth House, the native is usually seen as being unusually lucky in career endeavors…and they are. Problem is, the Jupiter-in-Tenth can rely too much on that luck, becoming a bit reckless, and push the envelope just a tick too far at times, which can easily come back to bite the native right in the ass. Simply having an awareness of this tendency can be invaluable to the Tenth House Jupiter person. In any event, regardless of their chosen profession, success is usually easily attained and goals are seemingly effortlessly achieved. This is a sociable, confident, charismatic and persuasive individual who is popular with the public and will likely be recognized at some point in their lifetime with an honor. Social status is of utmost importance to this one, they prize their personal freedom, and often benefit from the influence of their many, many friends and associates.

jobstuckSaturn in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
As I mentioned earlier, the Sixth House governs work but the Tenth House rules the type of work in which you find the most personal satisfaction. Saturn loves to place obstacles and limitations in our paths wherever it is placed in the natal chart, and in the Tenth House this usually manifests as success that is eventually achieved, but not until later in life and when the native does finally make it, there will almost be a feeling of disappointment or loneliness, as though what they’ve strived so hard to attain isn’t quite what it was cracked up to be. But the Saturn-in-Tenth has the patience, stamina, and perseverance to keep plodding along to ensure they do eventually get there. They often approach their career goals in an organized, step-by-step approach with an admirable amount of self-discipline which many other folks lack. That said, the native has a selfish streak and will generally put their own needs before those of others, leaving them vulnerable to disgrace in the eyes of the public. There is a tendency to take on too many responsibilities at once and their stubborn streak causes them to resist delegating some of these tasks to others. Dear Native: It’s not a sign of weakness to dole out some of this work to others, who are more than willing to lend you a hand…on the contrary, it demonstrates that you recognize your limitations, which in turn gains you credibility. Slow down there, partner! It’ll get done. Promise. My now-deceased Sadge first ex-husband had this Saturn placement. He plodded along in the same position with the same company from 1989 until his cancer diagnosis forced him to take disability in 2000, and he didn’t stay in that position because he loved it so much: he was content, it was what he knew. “Later in life” in his case meant late twenties/early thirties and by that time, he was still making only four dollars an hour more than when his career began. But in those 11 years, the total number of days of work he missed could be counted on one hand and I assure you, they were for legitimate illnesses. He had an unbelievable level of self-discipline when it came to his job and his duties, doing his work the right way the first time, every time.

Uranus in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
Uranus is infamous for being unorthodox and unpredictable, and when it’s in the Tenth House, this translates to sudden or unconventional changes in career. But it’s this same uniqueness that brings the native success: they have a way of seeing things which many other people would never even think of. Their minds are constantly spinning up new and unusual ideas, thinking so far outside the proverbial box that the box isn’t even visible anymore. However, the Uranus-in-Tenth detests having to deal with people in authority, as they need the freedom to do things their way. They have no desire to work their way up anyone else’s corporate ladder. For this reason, many Tenth House Uranian natives will make the leap to becoming their own boss, and you can bet your ass that whatever business they enter into, it’ll be something truly original, perhaps even shocking, unlike any other business. Because Uranus is a forward-thinking, innovative planet, success with an internet business is probable and likely profitable.

Neptune in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
Imaginative planet Neptune, although I badmouth the hell out of it on a regular basis, gives a native with impressive creative talent. This could involve kingwriting or anything artistic, possibly a somewhat unconventional profession, and because Neptune is also the planet of illusion (*cough* rose-colored glasses *cough*), professional success might be attained using a pseudonym (example: for those who didn’t already know, Stephen King has also written under the name Richard Bachman.) The Neptune-in-Tenth native is intuitive, spiritual (though not necessarily religious per se), and idealistic…all of which can serve them well in their chosen field. One caveat to this Neptune placement (heh, like there’s only one) is a tendency for the individual to attempt to take on too many projects simultaneously, resulting in a native who is running around in circles, certain they are losing their minds. My now-deceased former Cancer husband had this Neptune placement. More than once he was working two jobs, literally leaving one and heading straight to the second without even stopping at home beforehand. Furthermore, while working those two jobs, he could often be found perusing the classifieds, searching for other jobs. His work was never anything necessarily unusual or unconventional, but he was definitely idealistic and one of the most intuitive people I’ve ever met. Additionally, there was a call center position he once held in which he was required to use a pseudonym.

Pluto in the Tenth House of Career and Public Standing
Pluto’s intensity manifests itself in the native’s career with this placement. The native definitely stands out among their peers, pursuing goals with unprecedented drive and determination. Pluto seeks to uncover the hidden, so a Pluto-in-Tenth person excels in any position in which research is involved. The native is naturally mechanically inclined and this will absolutely be noted in dealings with the public. Tenth House Pluto’s father/father figure might have worked in a healing or research profession, and there are likely some unresolved, deep-seated issues with that parental figure that will need to be dealt with. Because Pluto is an all-or-nothing planet of extremes, the native tends to invoke love-hate reactions in their professional or public life. This one has an incredibly intense personality and is quite persuasive, a bonafide perfectionist with no qualms about shaking up tradition and doing things in a new way that makes more sense.

The Ninth House – The More You Know

9thhousePhilosophy. In-depth study and higher education. Distant journeys; long-distance travels. Spirituality.  These are the life areas which are governed by the Ninth House, commonly known as the House of Mental Exploration. This is the House which reveals the ways in which we expand our horizons, quench our thirst for knowledge, and seek adventure and meaning in our lives.

Remember how the Third House dealt with the unconscious mind, communication, and short trips (ones not requiring an overnight stay)? Well, as its opposite on the horoscope wheel, the Ninth House covers the areas of life which are in direct contrast to those of the Third House. In the Ninth House, we’ll be taking a closer look at the inner workings of the rationalizations of our conscious minds, what intrigues us and makes us tick, in addition to long-distance travel (trips requiring an overnight stay, including journeys abroad.) Languages are ruled by the Ninth House, as are people of different cultures whom you might meet — and learn from — during your lifetime, along with foreign business dealings. Are you an author, or perhaps an aspiring writer (as I am?) You’ll want to pay particular attention to the Ninth House, as it governs literary pursuits and publishing.

Some astrologers associate the Ninth House with our destiny because it has been said that “signs” and synchronicities tend to destinymanifest in this House, which serve as signals that we are indeed on the path which the Universe has intended for us. In any event, this is a fascinating House which provides us with a great deal of valuable insight into the ways in which we, as eternal souls traveling around in these temporary Earthly bodies, are able to find meaning throughout this journey we call Life.

But hold on a second; what’s this you say? Your Ninth House is a veritable ghost town, completely devoid of any planets, nodes, or asteroids. This must indicate you are destined to spend your spiritually-empty lifetime wandering the Earth, never finding any purpose or meaning to your existence; or worse, your uneducated mind, rather than expanding and learning, will eventually shrivel up like a prune as you live out your unenlightened days in a tiny abode in an even tinier town, as a close-minded recluse…right? Wrong. As I have explained in each previous House article, there are twelve Houses and ten planets (including the Sun and Moon.) Even the aforementioned uneducated, closed-minded recluse in their itty-bitty corner of their teensy-weensy town can deduce that everyone will have at least two completely empty Houses; in fact, most folks will have more than two. So what does it mean if your Ninth House is the equivalent of a vacant lot? Well, for one thing, it might indicate that the areas of life governed by this House are simply not your primary life focus…and there’s nothing wrong with that. It could also mean that these particular things are already so well-ordered that you have no need to focus on them (which must be nice.)

An empty House can be interpreted in a few different ways. The first method is to look at the sign which is the natural ruler of the House and in the case of the Ninth House, its natural ruler is Sagittarius. We would look at the qualities of the Archer and it often reveals how you approach the life areas which the Ninth House governs. The other method of interpreting a vacant House is to look at its ruling sign based on the individual’s natal chart. Let’s say your Ninth House is empty, but in your chart it is ruled by Aries. As with the previous example, we would examine the characteristics of the Ram and it would provide insight into the ways you deal with the various Ninth House life areas.

But for those of us with planets in the Ninth House, let’s take a gander at the ways in which each of their placements affect our lives on a personal level.

The Sun in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
I like you already, Ninth House Sun person. You are someone who says what you mean and you stick by your word. This one is always looking to expand their horizons and is quite idealistic, which isn’t a bad thing at all, although it can work against them at times, causing a proverbial pie-in-the-sky outlook. Your ego is invested in your knowledge and you love, love, love to share what you know with anyone within earshot. While this enthusiasm is admirable, there’s a fine line between enlightening others and appearing to be a self-righteous know-it-all, so bear that in mind. The (fictitious) person who comes to mind when I think of someone with these qualities is The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper, theoretical physicist and eccentric genius, portrayed beautifully by the brilliant Jim Parsons. Sheldon knows exactly how intelligent he is, and makes no secret about it, always spouting off random factoids, which are usually met with annoyed eye-rolls by his friends and colleagues. A Sun-in-Ninth individual has an extensive thirst for learning, much of which is gained from people of different cultures or by visiting foreign countries. This one has a knack for foreign languages (Sheldon teaches himself Swedish, Finnish, and Mandarin — though not fluently — although being extremely well-versed in Klingon) and many of these folks will achieve more than one academic degree (just like Sheldon, who holds a B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., and Sc.D.)

longingThe Moon in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
There’s an old saying that goes, “wherever you go, there you are.” As tired of a cliche as it is, it’s 100 percent true. And this is a key lesson for a Ninth House Moon to master. They have a tendency to think that if only they were somewhere else they’d be happier, with a frequent longing to travel or relocate. The problem is, however, if moving or traveling truly made them happier, the desire would disappear once they made that change. But guess what: it doesn’t. It might work for a minute, but soon enough that wanderlust comes back and they realize they are the same restless, dissatisfied soul, only in different surroundings. They always seem to believe the grass is greener on the other side, but if they ever hope to achieve true contentment and happiness, they will need to water their own grass and focus on improving themselves on the inside, which is where our happiness ultimately originates. Repeat after me: there is no person, place, situation, or object on Earth that can “make” anyone happy (this includes you.) Happiness comes from within. That said, to maintain their sanity, the native should absolutely make an effort to indulge their desire to travel from time to time, enjoying a change of scenery and adventure, while simultaneously bearing in mind that they already have a home to return to. Oftentimes, a Moon-in-Ninth traveled extensively in their youth (army brat?) which gives them the enviable ability to relate to and understand people from many different cultures.

Mercury in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
Mercury is a communicative planet and when its placement is in the House of Mental Exploration, we have a native with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. They are naturally curious, and they will frequently study a variety of subjects that interest them, not because they have to but because they genuinely want to. This one is extremely adaptable to different situations and able to quickly establish rapport with new people. The Ninth House Mercurian person is intellectually gifted and able to solve problems both quickly and effectively. They enjoy sharing philosophies and opinions with others and are truly interested in what people have to say. The native might find themselves traveling long distances in mid-life for business or health reasons. A Mercury-in-Ninth loves few things more than to inspire others, and they find it extremely rewarding when seeing someone’s life change/improve as a result of something they taught or shared with the person. However, this one can be meddlesome, often offering advice when it is neither requested nor desired. A good thing for the Ninth House Mercurian to learn to do, when tempted to offer unsolicited advice, is to instead ask the person, “would you like my advice/opinion or would you like me to just listen?” Another tendency is for the native to not practice what they preach, and/or the advice they offer is advice they themselves don’t follow. This one is also prone to making promises too quickly, which they unfortunately are unable to follow through on later.

Venus in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
The Ninth House Venusian is frequently attracted to, or attracts, people from different cultures. This is because they are warm and able to easily adapt to folks from various backgrounds. Many natives with this Venus placement will marry abroad or marry someone from another country. A woman I once knew had this Venus placement. She was a born and bred Okie who met a man who hailed from London and happened to be working in the United States for British Airways. After a year-long courtship, she moved with him to his native Great Britain and they were married. Twenty-two years later and still happily married, she sounds as much like a Brit as her British husband and to hear that accent of hers, you would never guess she was born and raised in southern Oklahoma and once sounded as much like an Okie as I do. The Venus-in-Ninth native is not particularly needy or clingy, and they require a certain amount of freedom in a relationship or marriage so they can continue to grow as an individual and expand their horizons. Any attempt by a partner to restrict this will eventually result in the end of the relationship. At the same time, the native craves an enthusiastic partner who is as adventurous as they are and wants to explore the world around them along with them. A downside to this Venus placement is one that is similar to the Moon-in-Ninth feeling of the grass being greener on the other side, dreaming of the unattainable, which can hinder the native’s enjoyment and appreciation for what they do have. Water your own grass and focus on the wonderful things you already have in your life!  Many Ninth House Venusians receive a public honor at some time in their life.

Mars in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
This one is highly independent, open-minded, and loves few things more than the challenge of an intelligent debate. And while they are open-minded, they do tend to dismiss too quickly the opinions of others, causing the native to appear cynical or self-righteous, particularly due to their propensity toward bluntness and being too honest. While some folks admire and are attracted to this trait, others are turned off by it.  Willing to go to great lengths to fight for a cause, the Ninth House Martian has a tendency to become fanatical in their beliefs. The native with this Mars placement loves traveling and new adventures, and also welcomes change. They are energetic and playful, especially in the bedroom. An interesting Mars-in-Ninth trait is a distinctive laugh; many times it’s like a hearty or throaty chuckle, a contagious type of laugh which causes others to laugh just by hearing it. On that note, the native does have a wicked sense of humor and is drawn to people who make them laugh as well. This one is quite enthusiastic about life, with a half-full glass of optimism and a witty remark or comeback always at the ready. When the native pursues higher education, they will almost certainly succeed financially or attain some sort of honor because of it.

Jupiter in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
Planet of luck, expansion, and abundance, Jupiter is in its dominion in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration, as it rules the sign of Sagittarius, which is the natural ruler of this House. Sagittarius is the sign of the philosopher, and the native with this Jupiter placement is naturally philosophical, constantly seeking to gain wisdom and knowledge. This one truly enjoys learning as well as teaching what they’ve learned. They value the freedom to express themselves openly and are brutally honest at times. However, they are often an inspiration to others with their desire to continually learn, travel, and experience adventure. A Jupiter-in-Ninth frequently benefits from travel and higher education, both of which can lead to financial prosperity. In particular, success is often attained via people of foreign birth and/or foreign countries, especially in the fields of publishing, education, journalism, or sports. The native has a flair for foreign languages and an uncanny ability to express their thoughts clearly and concisely, which makes for an excellent writer or journalist.

Saturn in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
Saturn, although it’s what I like to refer to as the schoolyard bully of planets, constantly placing obstacles and limitations in our educationpaths, is actually a practical planet. When its placement is in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration, it’s actually not all bad as we have a native who is not prone to spontaneous flights of fancy and is rather logical in their thinking. They seriously ponder questions of philosophy and spirituality. On the other hand, this one is also somewhat closed-minded, sometimes even cynical and overly conservative…and those aren’t good things. Now, practicality is an awesome character trait to have, so kudos to you, Saturn-in-Ninth; however, keep in mind that without new ideas, our world would literally cease to advance in every imaginable way, so moderation is key here. While this one does have a desire to learn more, they are often way too quick to reject the same new ideas which could open up a world of exciting possibilities, either because they are threatened by change or they fear it. These are the “old school” people with the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Ninth House Saturnian might have experienced obstacles to receiving an education, be it because they dropped out of high school for one reason or another, or perhaps they couldn’t afford a college education. This is often part of the reason for the native’s resistance to the new and improved. I’m not implying that these folks are uneducated or stupid; I am simply saying that if their access to an education was limited in some way, for whatever reason, they are a bit more closed-off to learning as a result than they otherwise might have been. Connections with older people of foreign birth often prove beneficial to the Saturn-in-Ninth person. My younger son, a Taurus cusp, has this Saturn placement. It pains me to say that he has definitely had obstacles in receiving an education. First off, he has Asperger Syndrome (AS), with which he wasn’t diagnosed until he was a nearly-16 year-old high school sophomore; his education in the years leading up to that point had educators labeling him as a “behavioral problem” with a “learning disability” who was “uninterested in learning,” and each year brought yet another IEP which set goals for both his grades and behavior. It wasn’t until his diagnosis that we discovered not only did he not have a learning disability, he had an IQ of 156 (you heard me) and his “behavior” was due to undiagnosed, ergo untreated, AS. Because of this, my son was robbed of a proper education, which should have included programs such as occupational therapy in his curriculum, and I am still bitter about this. But that is a whole ‘nother article, another time…

Uranus in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
Weirdo planet Uranus in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration gives an individual who is drawn to unusual areas of study and unorthodox views. Long trips seem to come up suddenly or spontaneously, as Uranus is not known for planning anything. This one is one of the more open-minded people in the zodiac, always up for new adventures and ideas and seeking ways to expand their minds: the more, the better. A few of their passions include reading — they love higher thinking and learning as much as they possibly can — as well as coming up with new, inventive philosophies or ideas that are bound to be seen as radical or strange by more conservative folks who, by the way, make the Uranus-in-Ninth native almost feel claustrophobic. By nature, a person with this Uranus placement will test the boundaries of society and be rebellious simply for the sake of being different. This one is uninterested in the conventional or traditional; they pride themselves on being unlike anyone you’ve ever before known. One of my closest friends has this Uranus placement. She’s an Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus, so she is basically doubly unusual and a bit eccentric as a Ninth House Uranian. She is one of the most open-minded people I’ve ever met, is constantly seeking to expand her mind and gain new knowledge, and describes herself as “woo-woo” in her belief systems. Conservative individuals definitely cause her to feel uncomfortable; in fact, she once stated to me, and I quote verbatim, “when I’m around someone I don’t know, I’m ill at ease until I hear them curse…then I’m okay because I know they’re cool and I can relax.” And she is absolutely, without question, unlike anyone I’ve ever before known.

Neptune in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that Neptune and I have issues with one another. Neptune is the planet of illusion and rules the sign of Pisces, which is my Ascendant…but I digress. Anywho, Neptune’s effect wherever it is placed in the natal chart is to place rose-colored glasses over the eyes of the native, seeing and hearing only what one wishes to see or hear. In other words: D-E-N-I-A-L. When Neptune is in the Ninth House of Mental Exploration, we have a native who believes anything is possible and has unshakable faith that the unattainable will be attained. And what’s so wrong with that, you ask? A fair question, to which I answer that while it’s not all bad and certainly this “optimism” — for lack of a better word — can lead to wonderful things manifesting in the life of the individual, it can also lead to them believing things to be one way when the fact is, they simply are not. They will deny the truth even when concrete evidence is plunked down right in front of their face, which inevitably leads to the day when Neptune-in-Ninth can no longer deny the facts and that’s when they spiral into the deep depression to which they are already predisposed. Avoidance of reality is generally not mentally healthy. The native relies too much on things magically happening on their own “someday,” and their faith is of the blind variety; many times, they aren’t even sure whey they believe in what they do. This makes them easy prey for cults and controversial religious groups. On another note, the Ninth House Neptune individual is incredibly sensitive and sympathetic to stories of hard luck and the plight of others, even to the point of taking on the problems of others as their own to solve. The lesson for this compassionate, generous soul is that while it’s wonderful to genuinely want to help others, they need to learn to take their emotions out of the equation so they can offer assistance without draining their own spirit in the process. This one makes an excellent therapist, teacher, or counselor. I have this Neptune placement. While I’m not a professional counselor, I am inevitably the one whom friends call upon when they need to vent or need help with a personal issue…and I’m happy to help. I also admit to absorbing their problems as if they were my own, the wheels in my head constantly spinning, trying to think of solutions that might actually help them. I also own several metaphorical pairs of rose-colored glasses, and I can honestly say that about 99.9 percent of this entire interpretation is accurate for me. But to continue, these natives are also extremely persuasive and able to creatively win others to their cause, which can lead to success in the field of sales or marketing. When seeking higher education, the Neptune-in-Ninth is often confused about they want to do and because they often become lost in their own daydreams, with their heads seemingly in the clouds, it’s hard for them to muster the discipline required to effectively study and earn the diploma or degree they seek. Of particular note, the native is prone to obstacles or difficulties when traveling abroad.

arguePluto in the NInth House of Mental Exploration
Wherever Pluto is placed in the natal chart, it imparts intensity, obsession, and an extreme, all-or-nothing outlook. In the Ninth House of Mental Exploration, Pluto’s influence on the native with this placement gives a strong urge to uncover the hidden, to discover the truth. Because they are usually firmly attached to their beliefs, debates can quickly turn into heated arguments, and a Ninth House Pluto will never enter into such a debate unless they are absolutely certain they have proven facts to support their viewpoints. Creatively persuasive and intelligent, the Pluto-in-Ninth person is fixed in their opinions, suspicious, and is seemingly constantly probing for what lies beneath. Don’t even try to pull the wool over the eyes of this one. They will see right through you and I promise you, you’ll never hear the end of it. While they can be obsessive about trying to convert others to their point of view, they truly do have a desire to change things for the better. This one abhors hypocrisy and blind followers of any belief; ignorance is a cardinal sin for the Pluto-in-Ninth. The native probably has some quite unusual experiences during their lifetime due to their intense craving for adventure. They are genuinely interested in learning as much as possible about different cultures, philosophies, and religions, any or all of which can lead to intense, life-altering experiences. This one has some unorthodox, original ideas and points of view which make them ideal lecturers, speakers, or teachers.

The Eighth House: Get Born Again

painfulendingsnewbeginningsSo gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend…
Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. ~ Semisonic, Closing Time

Over our journey through the previous seven astrological Houses, I’d say, and hopefully you’d agree, that we’ve enjoyed an informative, relatively lighthearted safari as we’ve navigated the jungles of a vast array of life areas: money, ego, relationships, travel, communication, home, and family, just to name a few. Next we will explore the Eighth House. The House which makes many folks uneasy. It stirs our deepest fears and governs segments of our lives that most of us would rather not confront.

If you ever had a Tarot card reading and had the Death card placed in front of you, if you were unfamiliar with Tarot, your8th heart might have skipped a beat as you drew in a quick breath, praying the reader wasn’t about to deliver a death sentence to you or a loved one. Well, not unlike the poor, misunderstood Death card in the Tarot deck, the Eighth House of astrology is often referred to as the House of Death, understandably resulting in a negative, if not downright scary light being cast upon it. The first thing I’d like to point out here — and pay attention grasshoppers, because this is important — is that in the Eighth House, just like the Death card in a Tarot reading, the term “death” isn’t necessarily meant in the literal sense. Am I implying that whenever the word “death” is mentioned in the Eighth House that it’s never meant literally? Of course not. Sometimes it does allude to actual physical death. But just as often, “death” is a metaphor which refers to endings and/or new beginnings and/or changes. Although we touched on sex (but mostly romance) in the Fifth House, here in the Eighth House we’ll be taking a closer look at sex and sexual tastes/preferences, and even fetishes. The natural ruler of the Eighth House is the passionate, intense sign of Scorpio; therefore, this House also governs sex, death, and rebirth — which, again, are both literal and metaphorical life cycles.

Other areas of life covered in House Eight are what are known as shared resources. This includes inheritances, taxes, settlements, and other people’s money in general; i.e., credit cards, charge accounts, mortgages, loans from a bank or even from your best friend, as well as financial support received from another person such as alimony. Spiritual and emotional support are also areas governed by the Eighth House.

So let’s say you’re perusing your natal chart and there’s nary a planet, node, nor asteroid to be found in your lonesome, completely vacant Eighth House. Good GOD! Does this mean your life will lack passion, sex, change, new beginnings, or — wait for it — that you will live forever, never to experience death?

Great questions! Here are my answers to each of them, in no particular order: no, nope, nuh-uh, and not a chance. As previously mentioned (seven times, to be exact), there are twelve Houses and ten planets (including the Sun and the Moon) in a natal chart and as any six year-old can tell you, it is mathematically impossible for a planet to occupy every House. There will always be at least two empty Houses in a natal chart, and more often than not there will be more than two. If your Eighth House is vacant, it can be interpreted in a few different ways. First, we would take into account the traditional qualities of Scorpio, which is the natural ruler of the Eighth House. Additionally, we would examine the ruler of your natal chart’s Eighth House and use the characteristics of that sign, in addition to those of natural ruler Scorpio, to determine how you approach the issues governed by the Eighth House and in what ways these things affect your life on a personal level.

Furthermore, an empty Eighth House could mean nothing more than your life’s focus doesn’t revolve around the life areas here; perhaps you’re not overly concerned with the issues governed by the Eighth House. This isn’t to imply that these things mean nothing to you, it could be that you simply have other priorities. Or better yet, it can suggest that your Eighth House life areas are so naturally well-ordered that very little effort is required on your part to keep things running smoothly (you lucky bastard; what’s that like?)

But moving on: for those of us with planets in the House of Sex, Death, and Rebirth, let’s examine how the effects of each of these planetary placements would be expected to manifest in the life of the native.

improvementThe Sun in the Eighth House
A Sun in Eighth native feels an intense urge to experience more, more, more…particularly about themselves. Remember, the Sun is our ego and wherever the Sun is in the natal chart is where we want to shine. This individual is constantly seeking ways to make self-improvements, to change for the better. This could be in the form of a physical makeover but because of the native’s tendency to reject the superficial, it’s more likely the makeover would be one of a spiritual or emotional nature. You’ll find these folks browsing the self-improvement section at Barnes & Noble. They are especially interested in what society considers taboo; they want to uncover truth in these areas and are likely intrigued by the occult or metaphysics. The Eighth House Sun person is particularly intrigued by philosophical questions and theories about life and death…and life after death. This strong interest in spirituality could manifest as a result of a close, personal loss due to a death or it could be that the native simply finds this area of study interesting. It should be noted here that negative aspects in the natal chart of the individual with this Sun placement often result in premature, violent, or otherwise sudden death. This is not written in stone, it is simply something to take under advisement, rendering the aforementioned events 100 percent avoidable. That said, fame is often achieved posthumously, even if only briefly, possibly due to the cause of death itself which could be attributed to something which would make news headlines (plane crash, automobile accident, homicide, etc.) The solar Eighth House individual stands strong in a crisis and handles themselves well under pressure. Sexually speaking, this fiery individual likes their sex the same way: hot, intense, passionate. There is a curious pattern of Sun in Eighth folks losing a father/father figure relatively early in life; this could be due to his literal death or perhaps abandonment, either physically or emotionally (for example, he might have been alive and in the vicinity, maybe even in the home, but even though he was there, he wasn’t there. Make sense?) Another interesting trend is that Eighth House Sun natives seem to attract friends/love interests with Scorpio Sun signs. A good career for a solar Eighth House person is anything that involves managing other people’s money: accounting, banking, etc.

The Moon in the Eighth House
The Eight House governs sexual energy and change, while the Moon holds reign over, well, change as well. This can result in a native who is sexually restless and either constantly seeks new sexual challenges and/or changes sexual partners frequently. This is an unfortunate effect of the Moon which often gives an emotionally insecure native. In matters of sex, this one likes a lot of cuddling and nurturing, while simultaneously having an innate need to nurture a partner. The Eighth House Moon individual truly wants to connect deeply with another human being but the changeable lunar influence can be an obstacle here. If the native can recognize this, it’s entirely possible to push through it and obtain the intimacy they desire. Overly jealous and possessive, a Moon in Eighth person can send a partner/potential partner racing for the escape hatch faster than you can say “where the hell have you been?!” This individual is somewhat of a paradox: they desperately desire closeness with a partner, yet they are mistrustful of anyone who displays an interest in getting close to them. If the Moon in Eighth native can nip this tendency, they are intensely loyal, loving, devoted partners. While they want to accumulate their own material assets, they have an emotional need to control other people’s money. This one is also the type who races to the mall to embark on a monumental shopping spree during periods of melancholy. On that note, inheritances for these natives tend to come from the mother or maternal side of the family, though like the tides, finances tend to ebb and flow.

Mercury in the Eighth House
Mercury is the planet of communication and in the Eighth House of sex, here we have an individual who requires a talkative partner. Shrinking violets and quiet types need not apply, for an Eighth House Mercurian, whose mind and mouth both run about a mile a minute, is curious, spontaneous, and up for conversational marathons. Chatty Mercury in the House of sex also hints at a native who enjoys some naughty, sexy banter before — and during — a sexual rendezvous, as they are primarily aroused in the mind. If you’re witty, talkative, and up for some mid-sexual interlude play-by-play commentary, Mercury in Eighth wants you! Outside the bedroom, the native has a studious, inquisitive mind which serves them well in the areas of finance, medicine, or any field requiring intense study or research. They are masters at analyzing others, particularly any hidden motivations. The Eighth House Mercurian is authoritative and persuasive in their manner of speaking which benefits them well in almost any endeavor. Don’t even think about lying to this one, however; they’ll see right through you and they make uncanny detectives and investigators. They are highly intuitive and it’s not unusual for a Mercury in Eighth individual to have psychic or even mediumship abilities (also known as after-death communication, or ADC.) Because of a highly active mind that never seems to shut off, the native has a tendency to overanalyze and will sometimes become suspicious or paranoid even in situations in which these behaviors are not warranted.

Venus in the Eighth House
Charming Venus in the Eighth House of sex is drawn to charming partners. This one wants to be romanced, to enjoy dinners by candlelight, to have sex in luxurious surroundings, and for the love of all things sacred, please show a modicum of class and keep the vulgarity to a minimum. This one loves all the beautiful things money can buy…that is, all the beautiful things your money can buy, so get your checkbook ready because you’re gonna be dropping a LOT of money on this one. You should also be aware that an Eighth House Venusian doesn’t take sexual trysts lightly; there is an intensity to their physical interactions with a partner. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing — unless you’re looking for a one-nighter; this one ain’t goin’ for that — however, be advised that Venus in Eighth is bored by the mundane and if things become dull, it’s not beneath them to create drama for the sake of excitement. And drama isn’t a lot of fun…particularly the manufactured variety. The thing is, this one has a fear of allowing themselves to be vulnerable in love, and their fear of betrayal can result in a jealous, possessive native. If you manage to gain the trust of an Eighth House Venusian, once they are assured that you would never abuse that trust you will be richly rewarded with complete and total loyalty and devotion…with one caveat: they will expect (read: demand) the same from you. If you are aware of this going in and you’re good with that, you won’t be disappointed. The native here is attracted to the taboo, the things we’re not supposed to even think about, let alone talk about: the forbidden, the hidden. You’ve probably noticed that most Eighth House placements mention a native who is drawn to the taboo, and you’re right. But the key difference with a Venus in Eighth native is although they’re tantalized by taboo things, they are more likely to feel guilty for these thoughts, maybe even silently admonishing themselves (“Stop it; you shouldn’t think such things!”) or even blushing when having risque thoughts. In any event, the fact remains: the more off-limits something is, the greater the Venus in Eighth individual’s desire for it.

Mars in the Eighth House
Think about this for a minute: the planet of action in the House of sex. Hmm. This combo gives a native who has no qualms debtwhatsoever about making a move on the object of their sexual desire. Between the sheets, they have energy to spare…with one exception. According to astrologer Bob Marks, if the native’s Mars placement is in Gemini in the Eighth House, he or she will likely be the quintessential two-pump chump, if you will. If your sexual partner’s Mars is in Gemini in the Eighth House, my advice to you is to finagle things so that you get yours first! (You’re welcome.) On an unrelated note, because the Eighth House also governs other people’s money (as previously mentioned, credit cards, charge accounts, etc), when we add the Martian impulsivity to that, we have a native with a propensity toward overspending and shopping sprees they can’t afford, racking up massive debt on credit cards they won’t be able to pay off until circa 2045, resulting in a less-than-stellar credit rating and causing a great deal of tension between the native and their partner. A trend here is for the Eighth House Martian to become involved in a dispute over an inheritance. There is an unfortunate pattern with this Mars placement of early sexual trauma, perhaps in childhood, which the native struggles into adulthood to overcome. Frequently, true and lasting passion with a partner isn’t found until later in life than most, but it is definitely well worth the wait. The feeling in the native tends to be something along the lines of, I always thought I’d had good sex before, but this is the best sex of my life! A lesson for the native here, possibly resulting from earlier sexual trauma, is to learn to trust their sexual partner and to realize not everyone is out to betray them.

1nighterJupiter in the Eighth House
A Jupiter in Eighth native has a formidable knack for ferreting out information and uncovering the underlying cause of any problem, instinctively knowing how to solve it. This one loves mysteries and figuring out solutions to sticky situations. An Eighth House Jupiter individual…how do I put this…well, they enjoy sex, and a LOT of it (Jupiter is the planet of abundance) and they often take sexual liaisons somewhat lightly (read: they’re fine with one-nighters, so if you’re the type who forms quick emotional attachments and ready to propose after one roll in the hay, you’re better off not even going there with this one in the first place.) Multiple partners ain’t no thang for the free-loving Jupiter in Eighth; in fact, they are often attracted to sexual partners from different backgrounds or ethnicities, possibly folks hailing from another country. The native is a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do individual who doesn’t exactly practice what they preach, meaning they’ll warn you how risky unsafe sex with multiple partners is and shake their finger at you, demanding that you “don’t do that!”…as they head out to the local “no-tell motel” for an evening of indiscriminate sex with a couple they met online an hour ago who may or may not be bringing a goat and/or a midget with them. Jupiter is also the planet of luck and as long as the gold and platinum credit cards keep turning up in the mailbox, the native will continue to overextend their credit line (Jupiter’s abundance influence) which can obviously cause many a headache down the road. The good news here is that with Jupiter’s influence of luck and abundance, an Eighth House Jupiter individual often experiences a natural, peaceful death at a ripe old age.

Saturn in the Eighth House
Planetary schoolyard bully Saturn loves to place obstacles and delays in our path, and where in our lives those obstacles tend to manifest depends upon Saturn’s placement in the natal chart. When the planet of obstacles and limitations is planted in the Eighth House of death, legacies, sex, changes, other people’s money, and new beginnings, we will typically have a native who doesn’t benefit from any area governed by the Eighth House until later in life, usually age 40 or later, and even then it’s largely a result of the native’s own efforts, hard work and toil. Although the native can be somewhat anal about their finances because of all the difficulties and delays they’ve dealt with throughout their life, they manage other people’s money beautifully, even better than their own. The native’s credit score is usually relatively low, compounding their dilemma (damn you, Saturn!) This placement of Saturn is associated with longevity, surprisingly enough, which is wonderful news for the Eighth House Saturnian. The Saturn in Eighth approach to sex is controlled and anything but spontaneous; it’s practically scripted. Oooh, sexy!

Uranus in the Eighth House
Eccentric and downright strange Uranus in the House of sex, death, rebirth, change, and other people’s money results in a native with the unorthodox approach to sex you would probably expect: they don’t want to have the same sexual experience over and over, they want to experiment, and may God have mercy on your mundane soul if you dare suggest sex on top of the refrigerator two nights in a row. The Eighth House Uranian is a paradoxical oddball: while they reject socially accepted sexual practices simply for the sake of rebellion, they replace them with their own draconian and no doubt far-out set of unbreakable sexual laws requiring strict adherence. One of my closest friends (formerly a friend-with-benefits, now completely platonic) has this Uranus placement. He explained from the get-go that he had very stringent rules when it came to sex, and our encounters would be no different: we would only engage in sex at night, in bed, before going to sleep. Morning or daytime sex — any spontaneous sex for that matter — was out of the question. Furthermore, only certain positions (two) were acceptable. Third, although we were never in a traditional committed relationship, we were roommates and we agreed that as long as we were in the aforementioned FWB/roommate arrangement, we would not engage in sexual congress with anyone else (how’s that for an “it’s complicated” Facebook relationship status?) Now in his defense, he laid out these stipulations in full disclosure prior to our first sexual experience. (In hindsight, I’m a little surprised he didn’t draw up and then have me sign a Sheldon Cooper-esque “Friends With Benefits/Roommate Agreement”…but I digress.) Moving on to an unrelated topic, a Uranus in Eighth native is advised to practice extreme caution around electricity or machinery. Yeah, I know, that’s ridiculously generic advice that is applicable to everyone. But the thing is, for some reason there is a strange yet clear pattern of accidents, injuries, and even fatalities involving Eighth House Uranians and electricity/machinery. This is why I urge the native to pay particular attention to safety precautions if and when they must work on or around these things. This Uranus placement lends a remarkable gift for healing with the hands, such as with Reiki or even massage therapy. If the native isn’t already involved in anything like this, it’s well worth considering. Natives of this placement will often admit to struggles with suicidal ideations; though more frequently in their early years, it sometimes persists throughout their lifetime.

Neptune in the Eighth House
Dreamy Neptune in the Eighth House gives a native who is incredibly intuitive, experiencing frequent episodes of deja vu and prophetic dreams which they love to analyze. They are on a seemingly endless search for spiritual meaning and they often ponder questions of life, death, and beyond. This individual has an embarrassingly low tolerance for alcohol: two beers and they’re all yours. A Neptune in Eighth has a deep desire to connect on a soul level with a sexual partner. Neptune is the planet of imagination and in the House of sex, the native has an abundance of sexual fantasies and enjoys role-playing. Because Neptune sees what it wants to see (remember those rose-colored glasses), STDs are a concern here because of indiscriminate perceptions of sexual partners. The native tends to see a partner as they wish they were rather than as they actually are. The Eighth House Neptune individual frequently gives more pleasure in the bedroom than they receive…but they are totally fine with this. They need to please…they want to please. Outside of the bedroom, the native is incredibly generous and they live by the motto “what’s mine is yours.” The problem, however, is they tend to forget the other half of that motto, which should be “…and what’s yours is mine,” leading them to be easily taken advantage of or being deceived. The rose-colored glasses come into play when it comes to finances as well (“I have checks; therefore, I have money!”) and this can obviously cause much difficulty, and it’s usually not until mid-life or later when the native finally develops the willpower/ability to see the situation for what it is and manage their finances responsibly. If you are the partner of someone with this placement, the safest bet is for you to handle the finances. Alternatively, an Eighth House Neptune person is particularly prone to being defrauded by people they trust, so extra vigilance and care is required when allowing others to handle their financial affairs. An inheritance is likely but there will probably be delays or difficulties in actually collecting it, possibly due to a contesting of a will or a family feud. Neptune is the planet of illusion, and the death of someone with this placement often occurs under mysterious circumstances (this isn’t to imply any foul play; however, a cause of death might not be immediately obvious.) Drugs or alcohol, which Neptune rules, are common culprits in these deaths. Even if not directly responsible for the death, these substances are frequently found in the decedent’s system postmortem.

Pluto in the Eighth House
Pluto is an incredibly intense, all-or-nothing planet of extremes and it is right at home (or in it’s dominion) in the Eighth House, fetishwhich it naturally rules. With this placement, the native tends to experience an above average number of unusual events. Naturally drawn to the occult, all things taboo, hidden, or dark, the Pluto in Eighth individual has an uncanny knack for seeing right through people and getting straight to their underlying motivations or hidden agendas. These natives are naturally gifted healers and they make excellent hypnotists, therapists, crisis counselors, investigators, detectives, and psychologists. This person will ask questions that will make others’ jaws drop…and the answers they receive will be the truth; it’s as though people sense the native will know if they are lying (they’re not wrong.) Eighth House Pluto folks are intrigued by the darker side of life as well as mysteries. They crave deep, passionate intimacy yet are simultaneously fearful of it. Sexual relationships are often complicated and unconventional, with a frequent taste for submission and domination as well as control. As the planet of obsessions, Pluto’s influence can give an individual who is obsessed with sex (sorry, no, this is not necessarily a good thing!) When Pluto is in the Eighth House, the native can count on a lifetime of power struggles, especially in regard to finances. Pluto is the natural ruler of the Eighth House, so death and rebirth (read: change) is a constant theme in the life of the native.

Turn and face the strain
Don’t wanna be a richer man
Turn and face the strain
Just gonna hafta be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time. ~ David Bowie, Changes

FAQs: Everything You’ve Always Wondered About Astrology and Natal Charts (But Never Got Around To Asking!)


Most folks are familiar with their Sun sign. The typical person can be found perusing the newspaper for their daily horoscope each morning over a steaming mug of java, and when they take a look at the day’s forecast for their particular Sun sign, it’s usually a one-size-fits-all blurb of advice or wisdom, bearing a resemblance to the vague slip of paper one might find inside a Chinese fortune cookie: “You will get off to a sluggish start this morning but by this evening, you will be full of energy. Enjoy a night on the town!”

Pish-posh. These random, obscure, and beyond useless newspaper horoscopes are what I unlovingly refer to as “cookie cutter horoscopes.” Other than perhaps serving as entertainment value (and that’s pushing it), they are virtually worthless. On any given day, I guarantee you that if you read the day’s “predictions” for the remaining eleven Sun signs, you would be able to make each one of them apply to yourself and your own life. Seriously. Give it a try!

Many people are unaware that astrology involves anything other than a Sun sign when in fact, your Sun sign is just the tip of a massive proverbial iceberg. We also have a Moon sign and an Ascendant (or rising sign) in addition to planetary placements; for example, Venus in Leo or Saturn in Taurus. Furthermore, there are five asteroids which have placements in various zodiac signs, not to mention nodes, aspects, and the Descendant, which is the sign directly opposite the Ascendant.

In much the same way that our physical bodies are comprised of multiple organs and systems which come together to function as a whole human being, the components of an individual’s natal chart work in tandem to create an individual’s personality, life patterns, and experiences. If medical researchers studied only the cardiovascular system, for example, ignoring other vital areas such as the brain and respiratory system, we would have only a tiny fraction of the understanding of how a human body works. Likewise, if astrologers focused solely on Sun signs, ignoring other parts of a natal chart such as the Ascendant or Moon placement, we would only see a few pixels of a much larger picture.

What have you always wondered about astrology or your Sun sign? Are there things that just don’t make sense to you; for example, how two people with the same Sun sign can be  entirely different from one another? Well then, I have some good news: today is your lucky day because in this article, we’re going to explore some of the more common astrological queries, as well as some issues which you might never before have considered. However, if you have a question that isn’t addressed below or you need further clarification, feel free to fire away in the comments section or on Born Under a Blonde Sign’s official Facebook page. Alternatively, you can ask me directly via email at and I’ll be more than happy to help you understand whatever it is that’s tripping you up.

Example of a natal chart. This one belongs to a close Aquarian friend of mine.

Example of a natal chart. This one belongs to a close Aquarian friend of mine.

What exactly is a natal chart?
A natal chart, also known as a birth chart, is essentially a snapshot of the heavens at the exact time, date, and location (latitude/longitude) of your birth. The horoscope wheel looks much like a pie that has been divided into twelve 30 degree sections, which are known as Houses. Each section/House governs a specific life area.

Why does the exact time and place of my birth matter in my chart?
The exact time and location (city/state/province/country) of your birth are necessary in order to determine your Ascendant (rising sign), which is the sign that was on the Eastern horizon at the exact time and latitude/longitude of your birth.

I don’t know my exact time of birth. Can you still do my chart?
Yes. However, without an exact time, a default birth time of 12:00 noon is used. This results in a chart which you can’t trust to be accurate. Your time of birth is critical to a chart’s overall accuracy because it is used to calculate your Ascendant. Unlike Sun, Moon, or other planetary signs, the Ascendant transits through the signs fairly rapidly; it moves into a new sign anywhere from every 30 minutes to three hours. Your Ascendant is the point on which the rest of your chart is based. If your exact birth time is inaccurate or unknown, this will probably result in an incorrectly calculated Ascendant, which causes planets to be placed in the wrong Houses, which will in turn have incorrect interpretations…all of which means you now have a highly-detailed, thorough natal chart filled with absolutely useless information. If you don’t know your time of birth, it can sometimes be found on your birth certificate. If yours isn’t indicated but you have a rough estimate of your birth time, I can work with that. I’d like to point out here that if you know you were “born in the evening,” that is too broad of a timeframe for me to produce an accurate chart. But if you know, for example, that it was sometime between 7 and 8pm, that greatly increases the likelihood of a correctly calculated Ascendant; therefore, an accurate chart is a safe bet.

What is the Ascendant/rising sign and how does it affect me?
Your Ascendant is the sign on the cusp of your First House and is calculated using your exact time and place of birth. It is the face you present to the world; it’s how others perceive you. Your public persona. Which qualities you exhibit depends on in which specific zodiac sign your Ascendant is; in other words, you might have a Cancer Sun sign, but if you have an Aries Ascendant, you will come across to other people more as an Aries than a Cancer.

moonsignsWhat does my Moon sign mean?
Your Moon sign reveals how you express yourself emotionally. Like the Ascendant, the specific qualities in how you emotionally express yourself depends on the sign in which your Moon is. Building on the previous example, you might have a Cancer Sun sign but if your Moon is in Sagittarius, you will express your emotions more like a Sadge than a Cancer.

Isn’t my Sun sign more important than my Ascendant and Moon sign?
Negative. Your Ascendant indicates how the world sees you. Your Moon sign reveals the way in which you express your emotions. Your Sun sign tells us about the core of your personality, or your ego. While some astrologers do believe the Sun is the most important of all of your signs, I disagree. This trio of signs are of equal importance in the interpretation of a natal chart, as they all come together like puzzle pieces to create the broad strokes of who you are and what makes you tick. Saying that your Sun sign is your most important sign is akin to saying that your heart is more important than your lungs or your brain. They are all of vital importance and they work together. If one fails, so too will the others.

 What are “nodes” in astrology?
In a natal chart, the term “node” refers to the North and South Nodes of the Moon, which are in direct opposition to one another. nodesThey are not planets, but mathematical points which consider the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth at the exact moment of one’s birth. The Nodes represent karmic imbalance in an individual. The placement of the North Node in a natal chart reveals the experiences and life lessons we must master in order to balance our personal karma. The South Node’s placement indicates the ways in which one is likely to sabotage those crucial experiences; therefore, we can become conscious of these tendencies.

What are “aspects” in astrology?
The term “aspect” in astrology is defined as the angles the planets make to one another in a natal chart, as well as to the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, and lower Midheaven. Aspects in one’s chart can reveal specific timing of major life changes or transitions in the life of the individual. There are five traditional major aspects: the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition. Although whether the aspect itself is considered to be positive or negative depends upon which planets are involved, it’s generally accepted that a square is a stressful aspect, while trines and sextiles are generally harmonious. In any event, aspects between Venus, Jupiter, and/or the Sun, in any combination, are the most favorable, while aspects between Mars, Saturn, and/or the Moon, also in any combination, are the most negative.

What is the Descendant and how does it affect me?
The Descendant is directly opposite the Ascendant, on the cusp of the Seventh House in the natal chart. Where our Ascendant indicates the way we are perceived by others, our Descendant reveals the way in which we tend to perceive others. Our Ascendant and Descendant complement each other quite nicely much of the time but if, for whatever reason, we exhibit more of our Ascendant sign behaviors, this can result in our attracting people who are the opposite of the types of folks we’d want to attract. The Descendant also indicates what turns us off about others and how we deal with those people.

cuspWhat is the cusp regarding Sun signs?
The short definition of a cusp when it comes to Sun signs is the boundary between two signs. Such as when the Sun completes its transit of Scorpio on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:28pm EST and enters Sagittarius. Someone born before or at 10:27pm EST on that date would have a Scorpio Sun, while someone born at or after 10:28pm EST or later on that date would have a Sagittarius Sun.

Although the Sun obviously cannot be in two signs at once, the general thought among most astrologers is that being born close to the beginning or end of a Sun sign will result in an individual who is influenced more by the actual Sun sign, yet also exhibit tendencies from the influence of the cusp sign. Not all astrologers agree on what constitutes the cusp, while a few don’t believe the cusp even exists. Some astrologers believe that anyone born within as many as ten days before or after the first day of a Sun sign is on the cusp. Other astrologers believe you are only on the cusp if you were born on the day of the Sun sign change (such as November 21, 2013.) Others feel if you were born within five days of the beginning or end of a sign then you are on the cusp, while still others say it’s more like three days.  

My personal opinion here is that a person is on the cusp if they are born within roughly 3 degrees of another Sun sign. In other words, if your Sun is 27, 28, or 29 degrees Cancer, I would say that you were born on the cusp of Cancer and Leo and probably would have not only traditional Crab personality traits, but some Leo-ish qualities as well. For example, one of my sisters was born with a Sun in 28 degrees Cancer. She primarily has Crab characteristics but she also demonstrates some significant Leo-esque behaviors. This explains perfectly why she’s such a pretentious, show-offy bitch. 

What is the Midheaven and lower Midheaven?
The Midheaven is an important angle in the natal chart. It is located midway between the Ascendant and Descendant on the cusp of the Tenth House, and indicates our life goals, career, and public reputation. It reveals how one tends to react to stressful situations. Frequently, the individual identifies with and admires the traits of the sign on the Midheaven. Oftentimes, it represents a parent, usually the mother.

The lower Midheaven is exactly opposite the Midheaven in the natal chart, on the cusp of the Fourth House, which usually represents the father.

I am nothing like how my Sun sign is described. Does this mean astrology is just a bunch of crap?
Not at all. In my experience, astrology has proven itself to be all too real. In fact, I habitually (silently) try to guess a person’s Sun sign upon first meeting them, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I guess correctly about eight times out of ten. Quick example: a few years ago, I was at work, outside having a cigarette with my supervisor. I had only been in the position for a few months and didn’t know anyone’s birthday (except for one coworker who had already had a birthday in that time.) Anyway, she was ranting about the person whom I replaced and as I listened to her, honing in on some specific statements she made, I thought, “she’s got to be a Taurus.” At an appropriate point in the conversation, I said to her, “I’m sorry; being an astrologer, I can’t help but wonder: are you by chance a Taurus?” Know what? I was right. That’s just one example of literally scores. But I digress.

Many people will read their Sun sign descriptions and go, “huh?! That’s not me at all!” My response to that is twofold: one, as discussed above, we are so much more than just a Sun sign. We have an Ascendant and a Moon sign, planetary signs, all of which modify our Sun sign as well as each other to one degree or another. Or perhaps you were born on a cusp, which will give you some qualities of that sign. Two, maybe you aren’t as unlike your Sun sign as you think you are. For instance, my husband is a Cancer but he was born only 4 hours and 20 minutes after the Sun exited Gemini and entered Cancer. His entire life, he has believed himself to be a Gemini. He will tell you to this day he is a Gemini because he is “nothing like a Cancer.” Heh. Yeah, he is. Sure, he’s got a lot of Gemini traits. But he will never admit, even to himself, that he has a lot of Crab qualities. (Sorry, baby. You are a lot like your Sun sign. But I love you anyway.)

I have two friends who are both Capricorns but they are nothing alike. How is this possible?2capricorns
There are a plethora of possible explanations for how two people with the same Sun sign can seem completely different from one another. One of the more likely reasons involves their Ascendants. For example, let’s assume one of them has a Scorpio Ascendant while the other has a Libra Ascendant. (Remember, the Ascendant is the manner in which we present ourselves to the world.) Therefore, your two buddies would probably be perceived as a Scorpio and a Libra rather than Capricorns, which certainly explains how they seem to be nothing alike, at least outwardly. Inwardly, they probably share many similarities when it comes to ego and traditional Capricorn characteristics. In addition to looking at their Ascendants, we would also examine each of their Moon signs. The differences could also be due to how their Suns are aspected in their respective natal charts, the House(s) in which their Suns are placed, or a multitude of other possibilities. For further details on this topic, check out the article A Tale Of Two Cancers…And An Aries, in which I examine in more detail why and how dramatically different two people with the same Sun sign can be.

I read that there have been some changes in astrology and now I’m a different Sun sign. What is this about?

The tropical zodiac used in Western astrology: nothing's changed!

The tropical zodiac used in Western astrology: nothing’s changed!

Oh, I’m glad you asked this question. Here’s the thing: scientists say that because the Earth wobbles on its axis, the dates which the ancient Babylonians gave to astrological signs are now off by about a month. Always believed yourself to be an Aquarius? Wrong — hello there, Pisces! Guess what, you nitpicking Virgo — you’re really a Leo! If you thought you were a Scorpio, surprise — you’re actually a Libra! Your whole life has been a lie! And now what are you supposed to do about that foot-high Scorpio tattoo emblazoned across your chest?

Simmer down there, Scorpion. Although the above information is correct, it doesn’t change the dates of the tropical zodiac — which is used in Western astrology, the most commonly-practiced astrological system in the Western world (also known as natal, horoscopic, or humanistic astrology.) If you were a Scorpio at birth, you’re a Scorpio today. And you will be tomorrow. And the next day. The only astrological system that is affected by this scientific revelation is the sidereal zodiac — which is mostly practiced in the Eastern world, such as in Hindu astrology, a branch of which is Vedic astrology.

My boyfriend is a Leo and I’m a Sagittarius. I’ve always heard Leo and Sagittarius are an excellent match but we fight all the time!  If our signs our supposedly so compatible, why is this?


My wife is a Virgo and I’m an Aries. Everything I’ve read says we aren’t compatible at all, but we’ve been happily married for twenty years. How is that possible if our signs are so incompatible?
The short answer to these two questions is that we are so much more than our Sun signs.

Many factors aside from our Sun signs can affect compatibility. These include each partner’s Venus and Mars placements, stressful aspects between their natal charts (more on that in a minute), Moon placements, or Ascendants, just to name a few possibilities. Because of these variables, it’s interesting to note that the opposite can also be true: two signs which have historically been deemed as incompatible could be a match made in heaven.  

The key lesson here is to not make snap judgments about a love interest based solely on a Sun sign (it blows my mind seeing how many people actually do this.) Although there is a teensy grain of truth to the traditional good match/bad match Sun sign descriptions you’ve no doubt seen, it’s only one piece of a much larger puzzle. Never assume that just because your Sun sign is traditionally compatible with the Sun sign of the guy you’re crushing on, that you’re destined to live happily ever after together. Nor should you automatically dismiss that girl your friend  introduced you to simply because you’ve read that her Sun sign is incompatible with yours: you might miss out on something amazing!

Astrologically speaking, the most accurate method of predicting the probable outcome of a relationship/potential relationship is with a synastry chart. These relationship compatibility charts are incredibly helpful tools which can pinpoint — often in uncanny detail — possible problematic issues that could arise as well as positive points in a relationship/potential relationship. They are unbelievably accurate at predicting whether a union will be a walk in the clouds or a downward spiral into the depths of hell. For more info on love compatibility and synastry charts, feel free to contact me directly at

How many different kinds of astrology are there?
Dozens. Some of these include Western, Vedic, Chinese, classical, and traditional.  

Which branch of astrology do you practice?
Primarily, I use Western astrology (sometimes interchangeably called horoscopic, humanistic, or natal astrology) which is probably the system with which most folks are familiar. It uses the tropical zodiac which begins in the Northern Hemisphere at the spring equinox each year around March 21st with the sign of Aries. It involves constructing a natal chart (the horoscope wheel resembling a pie divided into twelve sections/Houses) based on the exact time, date, and place of a person’s birth. For those who don’t know their time of birth, I construct a natal chart using sun sign astrology, in which the horoscope wheel isn’t used; instead, I focus solely on the individual’s birth date and the Sun, Moon, and planetary placements on that date. Occasionally, I dabble in Vedic astrology (a branch of Hindu astrology combined with astronomy which shares some similarities with Western astrology), usually for no other reason than to seek a “second opinion,” for lack of a better term.  

Additionally, I practice relationship astrology and predictive astrology. I have an interest in medical and psychological astrology; however, I don’t typically construct stand-alone medical natal charts or psychological natal charts. Instead, these subjects are included and discussed when I construct a client’s complete natal chart.  

How long have you been practicing astrology?
That’s not an easy answer. While in the grocery store checkout line with my mother when I was seven, I spotted a little $0.69 booklet that caught my eye. It was red with an image of a ram on it, and it was titled, “Aries: March 21 – April 19.” Because my birthday is April 9th, I was intrigued and I asked my mom if I could get it. She bought it for me and from that day forward, I wanted to know as much as I could about astrology. I read books, bought Star Scrolls, you name it. But it wasn’t until 1998 that I began delving much more deeply into the subject, learning about Moon signs and Ascendants. I began constructing natal charts that same year, beginning with my own, then my children’s, my husband’s, and so on. Within a year, I had friends of friends calling me to request natal charts. People even began requesting natal charts to give as gifts. Astrology is one of my greatest passions and I have studied a great deal over the years, learning much from experience and continuing to learn even more all the time.  

Why would I want to pay you to do my natal chart/relationship compatibility chart/predictive chart when I can easily go online, fill in some blanks, and get it for free?
I’ll tell you why. Because when you go online, fill in some blanks and get your free natal/relationship compatibility/predictive chart, it is nowhere near as personal or in-depth as the one I create specifically for you. And if you have questions about that free chart, who are you gonna ask? Google? But if I do your chart and you have questions, included in the cost is a free phone consultation, up to one hour, to ask me specific questions about your chart or to have me explain something in greater detail. Besides all that, my charts are always infused with humor; therefore, my charts are much more fun to read than anything you get for free online. 

I would like for you to do a chart for me. What kinds of charts do you offer, what information is contained in them, and how much are they?
I currently offer three different chart types, each with subtypes: natal, relationship, and predictive.

  • COMPLETE NATAL CHART — Exactly what the name implies. Date, place, and exact time of birth are required. Includes detailed information on Sun sign, Moon sign, and Ascendant along with in-depth descriptions of planetary and asteroid placements. The Descendant is also explained and discussed. Personalized interpretations of each of the twelve astrological Houses are provided. Covers virtually every life area. Also contains a section on astrology and health which discusses medical issues that could arise based on certain factors in your chart. Highly-detailed discussion on each of the chart’s aspects as well as a love/relationship compatibility section which gives a general description of how well-matched (or not) your Sun sign is to each Sun sign and also looks at your Venus and Mars placements along with other factors which reveal the astrological characteristics of your “perfect partner” beyond their Sun sign. Chart weighting and chart typing are calculated and their effects on your life are explained.  Extremely detailed with in-depth interpretations of virtually every nook and cranny of your life, this chart consists of 50+ pages of revealing information with several “aha!” moments to be expected along this journey through your personality. Written in layman’s terms and fun to read with plenty of humor, it’s both entertaining and enlightening…even more so because it’s all about YOU! Makes a truly unique gift for just about any occasion: birthdays, holidays, even the birth of a baby:  parents can refer to their baby’s chart over the years as their child grows up! (I have created natal charts for newborns many times and it still amazes me when I see the traits and tendencies discussed in the chart actually manifest.)  Chart can be emailed and/or bound in an attractive report format and mailed via USPS at no additional cost.




  • BASIC NATAL CHART — Personalized natal chart primarily focusing on detailed interpretations of the Sun, Moon, and planets in the signs. Love/relationship compatibility section which measures your general compatibility (or lack thereof) with each Sun sign. A limited discussion on astrology and health is included. A great option for anyone who doesn’t know their time of birth as well as someone who simply desires only a basic astrological reading. Makes a great gift for almost any occasion. Averaging 20+ pages, this chart can be emailed to you and/or bound in an attractive report format and mailed via USPS at no additional cost.




  • RELATIONSHIP COMPATIBILITY/SYNASTRY CHART – Synastry report comparing the natal charts of two people (individual charts not included with report), examining planetary placements and aspects between the two charts, revealing detailed information on possible problems as well as positive points which can be expected in a relationship between the two subjects. Can be constructed with or without exact times of births for each partner, but will be less specific/detailed without exact times of birth. Written in easy-to-understand terms, this is a fun chart that will surprise you with its insight and accuracy. Averaging 20+ pages, a synastry chart is a useful tool that  demonstrates why your relationship has the issues it does…or why it seems to be a match made in heaven! The synastry report can be emailed and/or bound in an attractive report format and mailed via USPS at no additional cost.





  • RELATIONSHIP COMPATIBILITY/COMPOSITE CHART – A chart of the relationship between two people. It calculates the mathematical midpoints between each partner’s natal chart (individual natal charts not included with composite chart), creating a separate chart of the relationship itself. Date, place, and exact time of birth required for each partner. It reveals the dynamics between the individuals and indicates in which areas as well as when problems could crop up as well as strong points in the union. It looks exactly the same and is interpreted in much the same way as an individual’s natal chart. A composite chart shows how a couple handles day-to-day issues and, like a synastry chart, is a useful relationship tool. The composite chart averages 50+ pages in length, as it is much like an individual’s natal chart, and can be emailed and/or bound in an attractive report format and mailed via USPS at no additional cost.





  • PREDICTIVE ASTROLOGICAL CHART – Just what the name implies. Using several methods including solar return, secondary progression, and transits, a predictive chart is created for a specific future point in time of the client’s choosing. Date, place, and exact time of birth is required. This is NOT your one-size-fits-all newspaper horoscope. It is a highly-detailed, personalized forecast based on transits and progressions of the chosen future point in time as compared to the individual’s natal chart (natal chart not included.) Any future date/year can be chosen. Want to know what it’s looking like for you in the year 2045? Your wedding day next spring? The next couple of months? A predictive chart can answer all of these questions. The length of a predictive chart varies depending upon the timeframe requested by the client (i.e; a forecast for one day will be significantly shorter than a forecast for one week, month, etc.) The predictive chart can be emailed and/or bound in an attractive report format and mailed via USPS at no additional charge. A phone consultation, if needed, from 15 minutes up to 1 hour depending on length of chart, where the client can ask specific questions, is included.

                PREDICTIVE CHART – 1 DAY FORECAST – $9.99

                PREDICTIVE CHART – 2 DAYS UP TO 1 WEEK FORECAST – $19.99

                PREDICTIVE CHART – 2 WEEKS UP TO 1 MONTH FORECAST – $29.99

                PREDICTIVE CHART – 1 TO 3 MONTH FORECAST – $49.99

                PREDICTIVE CHART – 3 TO 6 MONTH FORECAST – $74.99

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Have you ever been wrong on someone’s natal chart?
Hmm…that’s an interesting way to phrase it. Let me try to explain how this works.  

I’m not a psychic. I don’t have a crystal ball. When I do a natal chart, I work with calculations based on the dates, times, and places of birth provided to me by clients. What I do is interpret what those calculations mean. I don’t guess or predict. That said, it’s absolutely true that no one’s chart will be 100 percent accurate. Not every single thing indicated will be spot-on. That’s not necessarily me (or any astrologer) being “wrong,” that’s simply the nature of astrology. Many things in a chart are tendencies, not necessarily predictions. For example, I frequently state that Pisces is the sign most likely to struggle with addiction as well as suicidal ideations. That doesn’t mean if you’re a Pisces, you’re GOING to be a junkie or a lush, or that you WILL attempt/commit suicide. It just indicates a propensity for these things. Similarly, Sagittarius is the sign most likely to cheat on you, and Aquarius is the least-likely sign to get married. Of course, not all Sadges are adulterers, nor are all Water Bearers confirmed bachelors/bachelorettes. It’s just a tendency. We’ve got so many other influences in our charts that can affect all of these things. 

There are a lot of conflicting statements in my chart; for example, it says I’m very outgoing but somewhere else it says I’m very shy.

This is extremely common. What this “discrepancy” usually indicates, such as in this particular scenario, is that although on the surface the individual appears to be outgoing, inwardly they might be somewhat shy or insecure, but they don’t want others to know this. Remember also that our Ascendant, Moon, and planetary signs have a dilution (or amplification) effect on our Sun sign (or vice versa), modifying one another. For instance, a Scorpio Sun native with an Aquarius Ascendant or Moon will probably be described in their chart as being intensely jealous and possessive (Scorpio) as well as being more emotionally detached and freedom-loving (Aquarius.) This example would probably result in someone who is less intense and jealous than a more-typical Scorpion would be (Aquarius Moon or Ascendant’s modification of the Scorpio Sun), yet more intense and jealous than we would tend to expect in someone with an Aquarius Moon or Ascendant (due to the Scorpion Sun’s influence on the Aquarian Moon or Ascendant.)

So: have I ever done a chart for anyone who has then said to me, “This is way off. None of this is remotely like me at all”? No. That’s right. Not one person has ever told me their chart was nothing like them. In fact, most people are surprised at how much of it is accurate. I would guesstimate that any given natal chart is about 80 percent accurate, give or take 5 percent.

However, I remember exactly one natal chart I constructed where I knew the person like the back of my hand. I read through it two or three times and still couldn’t believe it: about 90 percent of what was in their chart was inaccurate. I knew with absolute certainty I had an exact, correct time, date, and place of birth. Yet, there it was staring me in the face. The majority of what was in that chart couldn’t possibly have been more off base. There were a few things that rang true, but so much of it was wrong that it might as well have been someone else’s natal chart. It was the chart of my now-deceased Sadge first ex-husband and father of my three children. I can’t explain it to this day. 

What if you do my chart and it’s all wrong? Do I get a refund?
Oooh…no. Sorry. A lot of work goes into constructing and interpreting a chart. There are too many people who could take advantage of a money-back guarantee and I would have no way to know whether it was truly all wrong or not; furthermore, if it really was that far off base, I would have no way of knowing if it was because I was given incorrect information to work with (whether intentionally or not.) That being the case, I don’t offer refunds. When a client requests a chart, they should go into it with the understanding that I don’t claim everything in it will be 100 percent spot-on; that’s simply impossible and if any astrologer claims otherwise, don’t you dare believe them.

Still have unanswered questions? Need further clarification on any of the above? Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at


The Seventh House: Just The Two Of Us

7th HouseTraditionally known as the House of Marriage, the Seventh House encompasses much more than holy matrimony. We’re talking about all kinds of relationships (romantic, friendships, business) and partnerships. Who you are in a relationship/partnership. Are you happiest as one-half of a twosome, or do you prefer to fly solo? Will you marry more than once…or not at all? The Seventh House also touches on the subjects of open enemies or rivals, contracts, litigation/legal matters, and business associations.

On the cusp of the Seventh House is the Descendant, which as the term implies, is the opposite of the Ascendant on the First House cusp. While the Ascendant tells us how we are perceived by others, the Descendant reveals how we perceive others; how we behave towards them.

Let’s suppose that as you sit looking at your natal chart, you see a big fat bunch of nothing in the Seventh House. With the exception of some cobwebs, it’s completely empty. No planets, asteroids, nodes…nothing; not a damn thing. It couldn’t be any more vacant. You begin to fret, and a wave of hopelessness washes over you. Oh my GOD, you wonder, if I’m taken to court and sued for everything I’ve got, am I doomed? Or perhaps more disturbing, Does this mean I’ll never marry, I’m just gonna die alone?


There, there (this is the part where I gently and reassuringly put my arm around you.) It doesn’t mean any of that. As I’ve discussed previously (and like a proverbial broken record, will discuss again in each upcoming article about the remaining five Houses), there are ten planets (counting the Sun and Moon) and twelve Houses. Everyone is going to have at least two empties, and most people will have more than that. It’s like saying that if your Second House of Money and Possessions is empty that you’ll never own anything or have any money, or that if your Fourth House of Home is empty, that you’ll be homeless. An empty Seventh House could indicate a couple of things. If you’re lucky, it might mean that the life areas governed by the Seventh House are naturally so well-ordered that you have no need to expend much energy focusing on them…yay for you (and pfft…must be nice!) Or it could indicate that these issues aren’t your primary concern in life. It doesn’t mean they don’t matter at all to you, it just means you might be primarily concerned with other areas in your life. An empty Seventh House is interpreted by looking at the sign by which it is ruled in your natal chart — which also happens to be the Descendant — as well as its natural ruler, which is Libra. Examining the traits of these signs can reveal the manner in which you approach partnerships and relationships.

But for now, let’s take a look at how each individual planet’s placement is interpreted when in the Seventh House.

Sun in the Seventh House
A Sun-in-Seventh individual doesn’t feel complete unless they have a partner. They need to be liked and are highly sensitive to rejection. There is a tendency for solar Seventh House folks to base their identities on other people’s opinions of them, and the lesson here is for the native not to allow what others think to define who they are. The Seventh-House-Sun is a chronic people-pleaser who will bend over backward to gain the approval of others. An example of how this tendency might manifest on a personal level would be a woman who is in a relationship but isn’t really ready for sex yet does it anyway, lest her suitor reject her or dislike her if she refuses (yeah, if he did, she would be better off without the loathesome son-of-a-bitch anyway, but that’s not the issue here.) The solar Seventh House native is charming and usually will have a successful, long-term/til-death marriage (although it might not happen on the first try, or even the second or third, but it does eventually tend to happen), and they have a respectable amount luck in legal proceedings or litigation.

Moon in the Seventh House
This one is definitely a pack animal who can’t begin to imagine doing things alone. Table for one at the local eatery? Why, that’s needywomanpreposterous. One ticket for the matinee movie? Won’t happen with this one. A Moon-in-Seventh needs someone around for emotional support, or even just to get out of the house with. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for the Seventh House lunar native to go through several relationships, each time confidently declaring that “this is definitely The One!” to such a point that folks around them, upon hearing this for the fourteenth time, are just kind of like “uh huh…that’s nice.” This is due in no small part to a marked fear of being alone coupled with a belief that any partner is better than no partner, thus they will remain in an unfulfilling or unhappy relationship way too long. Without a partner, a Seventh-House-Moon feels insecure, anxious, and incomplete. Female relationships play a big role with this one, whether the native is male or female, for they are quite influential, particularly when it comes to emotional support.

Mercury in the Seventh House
It’s hard as hell for a Mercury-in-Seventh to make a decision. Why? Because the natural ruler of the Seventh House is Libra…the sign which is infamous for hesitating, vacillating, and enduring self-imposed torture by the most trivial decisions (credit or debit, paper or plastic, soup or salad…it’s truly excruciating to watch.)  But they do love to bounce ideas off others and engage in debates, which helps them to gain more insight into their own thoughts and therefore come to conclusions a bit more easily. This one is often in the position of devil’s advocate, partly because they are gifted at seeing both sides of a situation. Chatty Mercury never lacks for stimulating conversation to contribute to a relationship and they require a lot of communication in return from a partner, be it romantic or otherwise. This one also enjoys hearing the thoughts and opinions of others in matters of partnerships. They love few things more than analyzing their own marriage or relationship and the Seventh-House-Mercurian needs an equally communicative partner who enjoys dissecting and examining the guts of their relationship as much as they do. Furthermore, with this interest in analyzing relationships as well as the aforementioned ability to see both sides of a coin, this one makes an excellent marriage counselor or legal mediator.  Romantic partners are frequently met via some method of communication; this could be anything from being introduced to one another over the phone, an online chat room, connecting on a social media website such as Facebook or Twitter, or even through written letters (do people still write letters?)

Venus in the Seventh House
A Seventh-House-Venusian lives and breathes relationships. Harmony is extremely important to this one; therefore they will go out of their way to ensure their relationship remains as peaceful as possible. However, this can result in the native being a virtual doormat for their partner. A Venus-in-Seventh native is usually strikingly attractive and they tend to marry either an equally good-looking individual or someone who is quite wealthy (which, to the native, is pretty attractive as there is sometimes a tendency toward being shallow or materialistic.) The native might also tend to overindulge once settled in a committed relationship, essentially becoming too comfortable and letting themselves go; i.e., gaining weight or paying less attention to their personal appearance. Because the Seventh-House-Venusian is in love with love, they tend to jump into relationships simply for the sake of being in a relationship, only to discover that — d’oh! — they weren’t as prepared as they might have first thought for the issues which come with being in a committed relationship, or that — d’oh! d’oh! — they don’t even really like their partner all that much. I have an Aquarian hippie friend with this Venus placement. While it’s true he’s quite attractive, he has yet to marry, aside from a long-term live-in relationship which was rather turbulent, to put it mildly. However, when single, he would frequently sigh as he lamented, “I need to find a girlfriend.” As much as he has always insisted that due to his whatever’s-clever Aquarian Sun he has this superpower which allows him to remain emotionally detached, not only does his Venus in Pisces (the sign infamous for denial/avoidance of reality) tell another story, but its placement in his Seventh House reveals even more of the truth. And it is my third-party opinion that he does tend to settle, simply for the sake of being in a relationship. This isn’t to imply that he doesn’t truly love a partner — and he does in fact have a lovely live-in Aquarian girlfriend whom he clearly adores, and by no means am I inferring that he settled for her — but that being said, from my vantage point, it certainly appears that he chose her somewhat hastily because of his Venus-in-Seventh need to be in a romantic relationship. This doesn’t mean they won’t ultimately stay together, but their initial decision to commit and rapid subsequent decision to shack up was definitely abrupt from where I’m sitting. Jussayin’…

violenceMars in the Seventh House
The Martian energy is intense with this placement and the native requires a challenging partner. The Mars-in-Seventh individual is turned off by a yes-man/woman; they want you to argue with them when you disagree with them. They have zero respect for a partner who lacks a backbone.  As a result, the native tends to gravitate toward partners who stir their aggression and this means there are arguments aplenty in their personal relationships. Seventh-House-Martians are also notorious for lacking empathy, or the ability to see a situation from a partner’s viewpoint, almost as though they actually do possess the ability to empathize, but they flatly refuse to do so. A propensity toward physical altercations with partners and/or domestic violence is unfortunatey common with this placement as well. Making sure to keep an active, busy life will help release some of this Martian energy and reduce the frequency of clashes in the relationship. The Seventh-House-Martian must master their ability to compromise if they hope to ever have a harmonious relationship. The native often marries or commits to a long-term relationship relatively early in life. My now-deceased Sadge first husband had Mars in his Seventh House. We began our nine-year relationship when he was barely 20. Surprisingly, we rarely fought but on the few occasions when we did, oh sweet lord, we really went all out. Furniture threw, as did other household items, shoving, hitting, scratching, hair-pulling, kicking. The works. He brought that out in me, and if he was alive today, he would readily testify that I was quite skilled at bringing out his aggression as well, and that’s absolutely true. I knew exactly which of his buttons to push, he knew which of mine to push…and push each other’s buttons we most certainly did. So although I was by no means an abused wife, we had our fair share of physical fights (in which, as I just explained, I fought right back. After all, I am an Aries. I’m naturally Mars-ruled. Recognize.)

Jupiter in the Seventh House
When the planet of luck and abundance is in the Seventh House of marriage and partnerships, we have a native who truly believes in fair play. The Seventh-House-Jupiter native is usually quite fortunate in legal matters and litigation, and they make outstanding mediators. Partnerships are more often successful than not, and the native’s natural charm effortlessly wins the approval of others. But the danger here is for the Jupiter-in-Seventh person to get a bit too comfortable with their luck, only for this overconfidence to come back to bite them in the ass (remember: wherever Jupiter is in the natal chart is the area of life in which we feel most confident.) Abundance in the House of marriage can sometimes also indicate a literal abundance of marriages. Jupiter is ruled by Sagittarius, which is the sign of the philosopher, the long-distance traveler, and the knowledge-seeker, and the native’s marital partner could be someone who hails from another country, a completely different background, or who is fairly well-off. Sweet!

Saturn in the Seventh House
And here’s the schoolyard bully of planets, back to beat us without mercy, kick us when we’re down, and steal our lunch money independent the Seventh House of marriage, partnerships, and legal issues. Saturn’s speed-bump effect here can delay marriage until later than other folks, with the native often not marrying or committing long-term until they are at least well into their late twenties to early thirties. Marriages occurring earlier than this with this placement almost always fail. You’re right, that is a bold statement but it’s an honest-to-goodness pattern among Seventh-House-Saturnians…and bear in mind, I didn’t say they always fail, I said almost always. To the tune of close to nine out of ten times, in fact. The Saturn-in-Seventh native often marries or commits long-term to a partner who is four to eight years older than they are, and the partner is frequently a dependable, responsible type, often someone with an earth Sun sign such as Capricorn, Virgo, or Taurus. The native might be drawn to this partner for financial security which can come back to haunt them if/when the partner ends the marriage/relationship; or if Saturn happens to be well-aspected in the Seventh House, it can motivate the native themselves to become more dependable and responsible as a result of the marriage. My now-deceased Cancer second husband had this Saturn placement. When we began our relationship, he was 20 and I was 24. We married four years later, when he was 24 and I was 28, and we separated three years after that. By his own admission, he found our relationship and marriage made him feel quite secure, both emotionally and financially. Although there was a period of a few years in which my then-hubby was highly self-motivated, even holding down two jobs just so he could put one entire paycheck into a savings account while contributing the other paycheck to our household,  more often than not, I was the sole breadwinner and when I filed for divorce, he didn’t have two dimes to rub together because he had become so dependent upon me.

Young enough to be his granddaughter?

Young enough to be his granddaughter?

Uranus in the Seventh House
Unorthodox Uranus in the Seventh House of marriage and partnerships often gives a native who is a confirmed bachelor/bachelorette. If they do commit long-term or eventually marry, I promise you there will be something unusual about the relationship or the partner. They might marry someone with a significant age difference (by significant, I mean a partner who is at least old enough to be the native’s parent or young enough to be the native’s child.) Perhaps the Uranus-in-Seventh marries an eccentric individual or one who is just perceived as strange for whatever reason. Whatever the case may be, something will be unconventional about the situation. In fact, if the marriage or relationship is not bizarre in some way, it will not work. End of story. The Seventh-House-Uranian places enormous value on friendship; therefore, they do not want to simply be their partner’s lover, but their buddy as well. This is mandatory if the relationship is to succeed.

Neptune in the Seventh House

"But deep down he's a really good person, and he says he loves me..."

“But deep down he’s a really good person, and he says he loves me…”

Oh good lord, here we go again with Neptune, seeing what they want to see in the Seventh House. What this translates to is a native who could be married to or in a relationship with a complete douche or a miserable bitch, but bless Neptune’s rose-colored heart, they will gloss that right over and refuse to acknowledge their partner for the drug-addicted, drunken, verbally/physically abusive, polygamist, con artist, lowlife, deadbeat criminal they actually are. Either that or the native will make excuses for how poorly treated they are by their partner, or even if they are just an unlikeable a-hole in general. This placement is a textbook example of an abused, co-dependent spouse who stays with their abuser either because they believe they can change them if only they could uncover the wonderful, loving human being they just know is lurking in there somewhere behind the veil of this worthless bastard, or they will put a spin on their circumstances in an attempt to justify their partner’s behavior and the fact that they remain in a negative or even potentially harmful situation. Because of their sensitivity, the Seventh-House-Neptune individual makes a great counselor or therapist. They can go too far, however, absorbing the problems of another as if they were the native’s own, and feeling responsible for fixing everything or solving that person’s issue for them.

Pluto in the Seventh House
The planet of extremes in the Seventh House of marriage and partnerships brings an unparalleled intensity to a relationship. Very often, a native will find that they are in a love-hate relationship. It definitely doesn’t lack for passion, but the Pluto-in-Seventh should be careful that what they are experiencing is in fact passion, rather than just a fancy word for drama. Wherever we find Pluto in the natal chart indicates the life area in which we seek truth and meaning. This intense planet in the Seventh House also brings with it changes, obsessions, distrust, paranoia, and power struggles to marriages or partnerships. The native’s behavior in a relationship frequently brings out the worst qualities in their partner, such as jealousy, possessiveness, and obsessiveness. A Seventh-House-Pluto often feels trapped in a relationship, yet has a simultaneous craving for a partner to possess them completely. The lesson for the native here is to recognize their tendency to provoke a partner’s anger and defensiveness by lashing out because of their own deeply-rooted fears of betrayal, and to ultimately realize that not everyone is hiding something or otherwise betraying them in some way.

The Sixth House: Serve The Servants

The appropriate question here isn’t “what is covered by the Sixth House?” It’s “what isn’t covered by the Sixth House?”


Here’s the thing: the Sixth House covers a vast array of life areas, all of which are intertwined. It deals with the hours in your day and how you tend to spend them. Your health is governed by this House. It reveals the kind of work to which you’re drawn — but not necessarily your career (we’ll talk specifically about career in the Tenth House.) This House is about your daily rhythm. Service to others. Volunteer work. Productivity. Exercise. Hobbies. How you handle physical limitations.

Virgo is the natural ruler of the Sixth House and the Virgin ideals are governed by this House. “What,” you might ask, “are the Virgin ideals?” Well, for the answers let’s take a look at the sign of Virgo. Hard-working, dedicated, detail-oriented, health-and fitness-minded, and always willing to help another. Hence, service to others, your general health, and everything that falls under that Virgo umbrella will be examined in the Sixth House.

So you’re looking at your natal chart and wouldn’t you know it: your Sixth House is completely empty. You squint and study it, but you’ll be damned if you can find a planet, asteroid, or node anywhere. With the exception of an occasional cricket chirping, you’ve got nothin’. Does this make you a selfish, lazy couch potato whose only hobby will ever be being a selfish, lazy couch potato? Of course not. Okay, then it must mean your health is less than stellar, you haven’t been productive since…well, ever, and the most strenuous exercise you get comes from changing the batteries in your remote or a trip to the bathroom or the fridge? Sorry, wrong again. As I’ve previously discussed in the preceding House articles, an empty House is gonna happen…in everyone’s chart. It’s inevitable: there are ten planets (in astrology, the Sun and Moon count as planets) and twelve Houses. Would you like me to do the math for you or do you see where I’m going with this? Not only will everyone have at least two empty Houses (meaning devoid of any nodes, planets, asteroids, etc.), it’s very likely that you’ll have more than two.

A vacant Sixth House can be interpreted in a number of ways. It can mean something as simple as the areas of life governed here don’t happen to be priorities for you in your day to day life. This isn’t to say that hard work, health and fitness, or helping others doesn’t matter to you. In fact, for example, you might even be a dedicated volunteer worker on a regular basis. It might just infer that those things aren’t your primary life focus. And that’s not a bad thing. Another possibility is that these areas of your life are already so well-ordered that you don’t need to expend a lot of energy on them. Definitely not a bad thing!

We can also look at the natural ruler of the Sixth House — in this case, Virgo — and examine the qualities associated with that sign to see how they apply to the way you handle issues covered by this House. Furthermore, we would examine the ruler of the Sixth House in your own natal chart and its qualities, which are also indicators of your approach to these areas of your life.

So for those of us who do have a planet or two hanging around in the Sixth House, let’s read on and see what their placements in the House of Service and Health mean on a personal level.

productiveSun in the Sixth House
I’ve said it to death and — that’s right — I’m gonna say it again now: wherever the Sun is in your natal chart is where you feel a need to shine. The Sun’s influence in the Sixth House of Service and Health gives a native whose identity, for all intents and purposes, is tied directly to the type of work they are drawn to as well as what they are able to do to help others. A Sun-in-Sixth reaps great joy and gratification from being productive, to feel as though they’ve accomplished something and made a difference in some way. The Sun doesn’t like to be the subordinate, and they perform at their peak when they aren’t slaves to a schedule. There is a tendency here for the Sixth-House-Sun to connect their self-worth to the amount of praise and accolades they receive for the work they do…and to be hypersensitive when receiving criticism (whether or not it’s constructive.) There is often a weakness related to physical health in an individual with this Sun placement that must be overcome. Yeah, you’re right: that is a pretty broad statement. Let’s look at a few of a multitude of possible examples of what to this might refer: a congenital disorder such as cerebral palsy, chronic illness such as multiple sclerosis, or perhaps having to re-learn to physically function after an accident. A dyed-in-the-wool perfectionist, the Solar-Sixth-House native pays sharp attention to detail and this often leads to excellent job opportunities with loads of responsibilities; after all, with their love of detail and enviable ability to keep a cool head when it comes to deadlines or other crises, they are definitely the right person for the job. I have an Aquarian hippie friend with this Sun placement. He will wither away in angst if he is unable to work; furthermore, he is in a profession where he is able to set his own schedule (to a point) and he’s not the subordinate. He’s beyond detail-oriented, well into OCD territory, and he is probably the best in his profession, at least in his area. Know what else? He knows it. And he doesn’t take kindly to criticism regarding his work (no matter what he says!)

Moon in the Sixth House
When we take a sensitive, nurturing Moon and place it in the House that governs health and service to others, we have someone who has an emotional need to help others, to be productive, and to be healthy. They truly need this for their livelihood. This one’s health will suffer if they are stifled or unable to get out and contribute in some way. Even if it’s something as simple as volunteering in their child’s classroom, or walking dogs at the local humane society, that’s fine. They need something, anything to keep them feeling useful. The emotions of a Lunar-Sixth-House native are directly tied to their health. This one is likely to have a nervous stomach, feel nauseous, or develop wicked headaches when they are stressing over a problem. Their negative emotions, particularly the most extreme ones, will manifest physically, almost always. Luckily, the opposite is also true: when the native is able to keep stress at a minimum and be in a more positive emotional mindset, it shows physically because they are more energetic and feel better. But isn’t that true for everyone? you ask, to which my answer is: actually, no — it’s not. In fact, this Lunar placement often results in a hypochondriac native, or possibly someone who will exaggerate — or even feign — illness for attention and sympathy. Ever heard of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy? That refers to folks, often a parent, who will deliberately harm their own children or make them sick so the parent themselves can get sympathy. (Sick, sick, sick. I refer you to the case of Marybeth Tinning, who systematically murdered all of her children over a period of many years for that reason.) Well, there is a related disorder called Munchausen Syndrome, in which a person will fabricate or create an illness or injury in themselves for that same attention. Many Munchausen sufferers have this Moon placement, including a former girlfriend of one of my second ex-husband. She exaggerated and downright faked a potpourri of conditions: from black eyes and broken bones (claiming beatings that never took place–the “black eye” was poorly applied makeup, a perfect solid black circle around the entire eye area) all the way to claiming she was being medi-flighted to a major hospital due to a pancreatic condition. We checked out her many tales, none of which ever proved to have a single shred of validity. But it’s not all bad with this Moon placement. The native genuinely enjoys helping others, even trying to fix what can’t be fixed. They feel a responsibility to make everything better for their loved ones, which others often find quite frustrating as they might not want to be “fixed” or “changed.”

monicacleaningMercury in the Sixth House
When the planet of communication is in the House of service and health, we have a native with an Energizer Bunny-esque mind that just keeps going and going and going…which can understandably cause them to be perceived as somewhat antsy, and that is a fairly accurate assumption. A Sixth-House-Mercurian is so detail-oriented, what with their endless list-making and their hyper-organizing, and their endless lists about organizing and organizing all the lists they make about organizing, that they frequently forget to step back and look at the big picture. This one is extremely helpful and loves to dish out advice, make arrangements, and plan everything to a tee. When I think of someone who might have this Mercury placement, my mind goes straight to Monica Geller, the OCD neat freak from the hit TV sitcom Friends (1994-2004) who was portrayed spot-on beautifully by Courteney Cox. (Remember when she planned Phoebe’s wedding? She went so far as to not allow the groom to use the restroom until a certain time, as it didn’t fit in with her rehearsal dinner agenda.) Because of this sometimes-unhealthy attention to detail, a Mercury-in-Sixth individual will notice little twinges and aches that most other folks would never think twice about, and this can lead to some degree of hypochondria. These natives work well with their hands and are often mechanically inclined. My now-deceased second ex-husband was a Sixth-House-Mercurian. Although he was no Monica Geller, he was a stickler about having things organized (even if he didn’t actually do the organizing), and everything we embarked upon had to have a plan attached to it, away from which he could not stand to stray. And a hypochondriac he most certainly was. He would mention the most random, weird twinges and blow them up to such an extent that he would declare it must be a symptom of some mysterious ailment that would ultimately result in his premature demise. Needless to say, he frequently did come across as having a nervous temperament: everything was an emergency with him.

Venus in the Sixth House
Venus, planet of love and pleasure and all things beautiful, gives a person with a Sixth House Venus a deep desire to do anything they can to help make their partner’s life easier. They express love in a helpful, practical way. This one will drop everything to be available at their partner’s beck and call, which can make them an easy target to be taken advantage of by their beloved. They especially enjoy doing the little things that show love, be it lovingly and cheerfully folding and putting away their laundry or knocking themselves out to make a favorite dinner, and far too often they will find that the reciprocity from their mate is just not there. Doesn’t matter. The Sixth-House-Venusian will continue to do so, as if they are trying to ensure that their partner will come to depend upon and need them; therefore, never leave them. The lesson here is for the native to realize these things, while incredibly thoughtful and admirable, ultimately mean nothing if they go unappreciated. They will be better off seeking out a partner who will not only appreciate their loving, giving nature and willingness to serve as well as treat them the same in return.

Mars in the Sixth House
Action-oriented Mars in the Sixth House of service and health results in a person who will frequently work themselves ’til near collapse. imagesCAEDDXWKThis one works best individually, as they quickly become impatient if, when working as part of a team, other folks are dragging their feet or otherwise not keeping up with the frenetic Sixth-House-Martian pace; they’re the ones who will push the slowpoke out of the way and say with obvious exasperation, “here, I’ll do it.” They are superb organizers, analyzers, and planners, and they have zero tolerance for procrastination. The native throws all their energy into a project and are quick to take offense at any criticism of their work or any suggestions given as to how it might be improved upon. Mars-in-Sixth puts forth a great deal of hard work, sweat, and toil into a project and expects (demands) the same from everyone else involved, yet when the time comes to get credit for the finished result, the Sixth-House-Martian has no qualms whatsoever about taking most, if not all of the kudos. The lesson here is to learn to suck it up and share the credit, especially when everyone else contributed as just fully as they did. The native might be surprised to discover that when they pat their colleagues on the back and point out the significant contribution they made, it also makes the native himself/herself look good as gold, secure enough in their own right that they are able to readily acknowledge the hard work put forth by others.

Jupiter in the Sixth Houseovereating
Jupiter is abundance, and the Sixth House covers, among other things, health. Here we have a native with a marked tendency toward overindulgence in fatty foods which you don’t need an astrologer to point out can cause them a lot of heartache (no pun intended) down the road. Jupiter-in-Sixth is an honest individual, especially in matters related to serving others. They usually feel rather lucky (wherever Jupiter is, we feel lucky) to have what they have, and they share generously with those less fortunate. A problem here is that the native themselves is honest and trustworthy and assume others are the same way…sadly, that’s not the way the world always works, and this one could find themselves scammed by someone’s hard luck story. If a Sixth-House-Jupiter should ever win the lottery, they need to remain anonymous; otherwise, long-lost relatives, “friends,” and even strangers will come out of the woodwork to prey on the native’s generosity, which the native finds difficult to ignore. So then what happens? Lottery winnings gone faster than you can say “sucker.” While luck easily comes to the native when job searching, this one is at their best in a position in which they get to move around quite a bit (Jupiter rules the legs.) The native’s coworkers are usually fairly easy-going, and frequently come from other countries.

Saturn in the Sixth House
Remember, the Sixth House governs how you work and your working environment, not your career (that’s the Tenth House.) Wherever Saturn is in the natal chart, it places obstacles and limitations, as it’s the “schoolyard bully” planet of the solar system. In the Sixth House, this frequently manifests as difficulty seeing much on-the-job success or not earning as much money as one should for several years after beginning work. This in turn leads to frustration, the native will go in search of something better, and the cycle starts all over again. A Sixth-House-Saturnian will often decide to go into business for themselves for that very reason. The native is a hard worker, highly organized, and despite the numerous setbacks, they will at least take away a lesson from their experience when they eventually get there: they will wisely invest and save every penny they worked extra hard to earn because after all, who wants to go through that bullshit again?

Uranus in the Sixth House
Eccentric Uranus in the Sixth House of service and health gives a native who absolutely detests being hovered over by an authority figure while they work. They also cannot stand adhering to a typical 8-to-5 work schedule and require much more freedom in a job. The ideas presented by the native at work are usually viewed as either ridiculous, insane, or pure genius (remember that fine line between genius and madness?) The native’s work area is in all likelihood a sty because turning the daily mundane into something creative and different is more of a priority. Those with this Uranus placement can expect to quit or get fired more often than most, and no doubt the native sees their coworkers as complete imbeciles. As an employee, it is guaranteed that this one will say things that shock (and sometimes appall) their coworkers, at least from time to time. Others aren’t always sure how to take a Uranus-in-Sixth. The native excels in unusual lines of work (duh) and/or any field involving technology and innovation. In health issues, this one is usually pretty well-read on the latest advancements in medicine but even so, they still have their own more unorthodox views about health and fitness.

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Sensitive Neptune in the Sixth House of Service and Health gives a native who seems to be surrounded by way too many psychic vampires on the job. What this means, for those of you who have never heard that term, is a person who is absolutely emotionally or mentally draining to be around. And these spirit suckers are all-too-quick to sap the life energy from the unsuspecting, yet tenderhearted Neptune-in-Sixth, who frequently finds themselves being taken advantage of because of their nature to help anyone who needs it. This one is also a procrastinator, often putting off important tasks ’til the last possible minute as if they secretly hope that the longer they wait, the more likely the dreaded task will magically disappear (hint: it won’t.) A Sixth-House-Neptune person tends to have strange ailments that are difficult to diagnose, along with allergies and sensitivities to certain drugs. Alternative or homeopathic remedies are of great interest to the native, and many have an extreme soft spot for animals.

Pluto in the Sixth House
The native with Pluto, planet of extremes and obsessions, in the Sixth House of service and health requires a job with a fairly high degree of intensity. Something they are passionate about; so much so, this one probably brings their work home with them (both figuratively and literally.) Depending on other aspects in the natal chart, violence from coworkers or others with whom the native comes in contact as part of their job is more likely with this Pluto placement. Furthermore, their work often deals on some level with beginnings or endings. This could be anything from the more literal examples of midwife (birth) to funeral director (obviously, death.) It can also represent careers that deal with more figurative beginnings and endings such as divorce lawyer or sanitation worker. In any event, power struggles on the job are commonplace here. This one is a truth-seeker by nature and they thrive in jobs involving research or detective work. A Pluto-in-Sixth is often instinctively drawn to homeopathic remedies before traditional medicine.

The Fifth House: Party Up

5th-house-243x135You’re gonna love it here. The Fifth astrological House governs the activities and areas of life that most of us would consider to be fun or enjoyable. This would cover creativity, celebrations, holidays, gambling, passion, romance, sex, games, amusement, kids, and also represents what kind of parent you are if you have children. Some astrologers believe the Fifth House also governs the father/father figure, although that is up for debate and my personal stance on the matter is that dear ol’ dad is represented more in the Fourth House. It reveals how you express yourself creatively; for example, are you a painter or do you write poetry? Or maybe the proverbial cat has got your creative tongue so to speak, and you don’t really express yourself in an overtly-creative way; it’ll clue us in on that as well.

The Fifth House’s natural ruler is the spotlight-hogging sign of Leo, a proud, fun-loving fire sign. If you are looking at your Fifth House and it is completely devoid of any planets, asteroids, or nodes with nary a tumbleweed blowing through, it doesn’t indicate that you are a stick-in-the-mud dullard who can count on having a life sans excitement, entertainment, creativity, or sex (good GOD no!) It also doesn’t imply that your womb is dusty or that your testicles merely serve as decoration, destined for an infertile life, never to procreate and produce your very own young hellions or mini-yous. Remember: there are ten planets and twelve Houses (in astrology, the Sun and Moon count as planets.) There will be at least two empty Houses in everyone’s natal chart, and more often than not, more than two empties. In such a case, we can interpret the Fifth House’s meaning in your life by examining the qualities of its natural ruler, Leo, as well as the meaning of which sign rules the Fifth House in your own chart. As mentioned above, Leo is a fire sign and it is associated with traits such as pride, attention-seeking, egoism, and generosity, just to name a few. In an empty Fifth House, this can be translated in a nutshell to mean the native loves to throw extravagant parties, sparing no expense, or host huge holiday bashes, as they are very generous and always on the lookout for ways to let themselves shine. Conversely, an empty Fifth House could indicate that the life areas governed here simply aren’t a major focus for you. You might genuinely enjoy a friendly get-together or be a doting, devoted parent, but its not your main focus.

Other questions that can be answered by examining what is — or isn’t — in your Fifth House include in what way (or whether) you outwardly express your happiness, how you approach sex and romance (but not marriage, which is governed by the Seventh House of partnerships), and the way in which you are inspired by any of the Fifth House-ruled areas of your life.

So let’s take a look at the influence of each planet when its placement is in the Fifth House of fun and creativity.

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The Sun, planet of self and self-image, is where we shine. When its placement is in the Fifth House of all things fun, the native will have a tendency to try and be the center of attention in a lot of areas; for instance, as described earlier, by throwing over-the-top parties or anything that will grab attention. This individual is very competitive and their ego massive, and this is an ideal placement for anyone who is athletic or in the performing arts. That said, the Fifth-House-Sun can sometimes hog too much of the spotlight and because of their desire to stand out and to be numero uno in everything they do, their ego is easily bruised and when they don’t win they can become quite pouty and huffy, resulting in the (often accurate) perception that they are a sore loser. Even so, a Sun-in-Fifth native is generally cheerful and optimistic, which wins them attention. They are pretty original in their self-expression, which contributes to their sunny disposition. For this one, expressing themselves creatively is tied directly to an artistic interest (anything from poetry to acting to doodling) as well as to sex and romance, and they are probably up for almost anything in the bedroom. Children are front and center in the native’s life with this placement, be it their own little minions, nieces or nephews; perhaps even their students if the native is a teacher.

Moon in the Fifth House
The Moon is an emotional, nurturing planet that is prone to bouts of moodiness. In the Fifth House of fun, it gives an individual who loves sharing their innermost emotions with those close to them, often through poetry or some form of art. They typically take great pleasure in creating something for their loved ones; for example, they might build a piece of furniture as a gift, write a poem for their spouse, knit blankets for their children, or even paint a picture to present to someone. Whatever it is, it is a tangible symbol of the innermost feelings for those they care for. Although their approach to sex and romance is intense, the Moon’s influence here means their love affairs and sex lives ebb and flow like the tides, constantly changing. This doesn’t necessarily indicate that they will have multiple romantic partners; in fact, many times it just means the relationship in which they are involved undergoes more change than most, and that isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, these little changes can keep things new and fresh over the long-term. The native often feels like a child at heart or like they don’t want to grow up, and they have a particularly soft spot for children, regardless of to whom they belong. If the Moon is negatively aspected here, we will often see a Fifth-House-Moon who struggles with impulsive spending or a gambling addiction, or their romantic life might be unstable because of a tendency to seek happiness outwardly through a partner, which will never happen; the native’s lesson here is to realize — although they’ve heard it ad nauseam and it’s a tired cliche — that ultimately, they must look inwardly for happiness. This one can be overly dramatic and they are all but unable to quell their emotional responses to people or situations.

Mercury in the Fifth House
Planet of communication and short trips (ones not requiring an overnight stay), when Mercury is in the Fifth House of fun, the native Homer-Simpson-Pants-on-firetends to creatively express themselves using their voice or even in written communication. They are extremely witty and often have a talent for mimicry or impersonations, and this is a wonderful Fifth House placement for voice-over actors or comedians. They can be skilled liars as well (my apologies, but there’s no delicate way to put it) and have the ability to come up with some plausible stories, and life would be much easier for the rest of us if one’s pants actually did catch fire when being dishonest. This placement can also be indicative of someone who has more than one sex/romantic partner at once; therefore, that talent for lying and spinning believable tales can be invaluable when crafting an alibi. The native tends to bite off more than they can chew, resulting in promises that are ultimately unkept although malice is not usually intended in such instances. A Mercury-in-Fifth person must be first stimulated intellectually by a partner/potential partner to have a sexual attraction to them. Simply put: if the partner is an idiot incapable of engaging in intelligent, witty conversation, sex is off the table. This is a curious individual and a great placement for a teacher, as they take pride in their own children’s (if they have any) intellectual abilities and they love to communicate creatively.

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Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure and when combined with the Fifth House of fun, we have a person who is in love with love. Charm is what attracts them first and foremost in a mate. Crudeness or vulgarity is an instant turnoff here. They find immense joy when their surroundings are beautiful or lavish, and this often plays into their date night scenarios as well as their sexual rendezvouses, whether they are single or spoken-for. Venus-in-Fifth natives are extremely loyal in love and make great long-term romantic partners. They are warm and loving, and devoted beyond question. If they have any children, Fifth-House-Venusians are fun yet nurturing parents who they take great pride in their children, at least one of whom will be a little charmer. The native has an artistic bent along with exquisite taste, but has a propensity toward overindulgence in anything they find pleasurable, such as food, sex, shopping, or anything else they consider to be fun. The lesson here? Too much of anything isn’t a good thing.

Darts-Trophy-Room-1024x768Mars in the Fifth House
In the Fifth House of fun, Mars, planet of assertiveness and action, gives an individual who expresses and directs a great deal of their creative energy by way of competitive sports or games. The native probably has shelves filled with trophies and walls lined with medals and ribbons from just about any sport you could think of. The planet of action in the House that governs creativity, sex, self-expression, and anything fun equals an individual with energy to spare in any of the areas ruled by this House…and yup, that includes sex. They have energy to spare and will wear your ass out in the bedroom (so to speak) and you will never be bored (woohoo!) However, the native is impulsive in matters of sex and romance which can result in multiple love affairs, as well as adrenaline junkies who find anything with an element of risk irresistible. The unofficial Mars-in-Fifth motto is: it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, which sums up their impulsive nature quite nicely. If they have children, a Fifth-House-Martian is an active, involved parent whose children’s schedules are booked solid with a plethora of after-school and summertime activities and sports. My older son is a Mars-in-Fifth and while I can confirm that the unofficial motto above fits the boy to a tee and that he does love sports, having played on soccer and basketball teams in his school days as a young Sadge lad and still skateboards even today as a nearly-24 year-old man, we will just have to speculate (well, you will; I don’t want to) about his prowess and stamina behind the bedroom door. I won’t be hitting up my lovely Leo soon-to-be daughter in-law anytime soon for the scoop on that.

Jupiter in the Fifth House
Planet of luck and abundance, Jupiter expands whatever it touches. It also shows us in which area of our life we seem to attract luck. Jupiter in the Fifth House of all the fun things in life is indicative of someone who is seemingly insatiable, always wanting more, more, more. Jupiter’s “expansion” effect here means the native has unshakeable confidence in regard to everything this House governs: romance, sex, parties, celebrations, you name it. That isn’t all bad, but the Fifth House also covers gambling; therefore, this individual feels lucky and optimistic when it comes to wagers and takes more chances than someone else might take, which can (obviously) result in some pretty big losses. Any offspring of a Jupiter-in-Fifth will be pretty feisty but good-natured, particularly the first child or only child. The native expresses themselves boldly and oftentimes can be overbearing. They demostrate their confidence to such a degree that they are frequently perceived as egotistical…and that’s not wrong, as the ego in this one is ginormous. However, it’s important to note that Jupiter, if negatively aspected in the natal chart, can have a different influence on the native altogether.

Saturn in the Fifth House
Saturn, the planet that loves nothing more than to stick its figurative foot out in front of you so as to trip you, can make the areas of your life governed by the Fifth House of fun not so much fun at times. For example, Saturn doesn’t much care for spontaneity; therefore, the native probably doesn’t either. The native might be infamous for being a buzzkill or party pooper, which is no fun for the unfortunate romantic partner or buddy with whom they’re out on the town. Life is taken a tad too seriously by the Fifth-House-Saturnian, and they usually don’t prioritize anything enjoyable. They feel guilty for having a good time when they could be working or otherwise being productive. The lesson for the native with this Saturn placement is that the Universe will not implode if they let their hair down once in a while. Depending on how its aspected in the natal chart, another possible effect of Saturn in the Fifth House is social anxiety. There is a beneficial side to this House placement, however: patience. A Saturn-in-Fifth person has no problem taking their time when working on anything creative, and they are saints when it comes to children testing this patience (what’s it like to have patience?) Good thing: the kiddos of a Fifth-House-Saturnian, if they have any, often give their native parents more difficulty than usual.

Uranus in the Fifth House
Here’s a riddle: What do you get when you cross weird, strange, unusual, and eccentric with romance, sex, kids, and celebrations? Correct: a Fifth-House-Uranian! Uranus is the planet of individuality, eccentricity, and things that are just weird. When its placement is in the Fifth House, we have a native who loves, loves, loves to say or do things for shock value, just to get a reaction. Because the Fifth House governs sex and romance, you can count on teenage Uranus-in-Fifth to bring home some pretty bizarre dates or romantic partners. This one wants to be different solely for the sake of being different. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that if you are the parent of one of these young natives you should always expect the unexpected. The forward-thinking influence of Uranus also indicates that your teenage bundle of joy might be bringing home a romantic interest who is considerably older than they are, so consider yourself warned. Furthermore, the native can expect the same out of their children if and when they become parents. Any progeny of the native will likely also be remarkably intelligent yet unorthodox or eccentric. Are you familiar with the saying “there’s a thin line between genius and madness”? Whoever first uttered those words was probably talking about a Fifth-House-Uranian in their life. In any event, part of the Uranian influence is to bestow imaginative creativity and an enviable ability to easily adapt to different people and situations, which fits quite nicely in the House that covers romance, sex, parties, and anything else enjoyable.

Neptune in the Fifth House
Unless you have never before read my articles or you haven’t been paying attention, you are already aware of my feelings about cantseeNeptune. Its placement in the natal chart reveals where we are idealistic, where our dreams are. It’s also the rose-colored glasses-wearing-planet of denial, influencing us to see only what we want to see. In the Fifth House of things we enjoy including sex, gambling, romance, and kids, Neptune’s effect is to lend an imaginative bent to the personality. A Neptune-in-Fifth person wears those aforementioned rose-colored glasses when dreamily gazing at a romantic partner/potential partner which can result in a few possibilities. One, the native will gloss over any visible personality flaws, downplaying them nearly into nonexistence. For example: “So, she’s a convicted violent felon with a little meth problem. She committed that armed robbery more than five years ago but she had a good reason for doing it; and okay, so she’s a tweaker; at least she’s not a raging alcoholic, and she doesn’t even do it very often; I mean, once a day isn’t that bad, and after all, she does have a job, so what if it’s ten hours a week, it’s still something…” That’s a bit extreme, but you get the idea. Two, because this one only sees what they want to see, they might make more out of a sexual or romantic relationship than it actually is; for instance, while it’s painfully obvious to everyone else that the native’s other half is a lying, cheating douche, the native doesn’t (choose to) see it, and by avoiding this reality, they wind up staying way too long with someone with whom they aren’t truly happy. Now: take the same general idea from those two scenarios and apply it to everything governed by House Number Five. The Fifth-House-Neptune individual is a rescuer, so the more fucked up a love interest is, the better chance this one will be drawn to them like a magnet. The thing is though, the native needs this drama in their life, even if they don’t realize it, and even if they loudly declare their hatred of it from the eaves and the rooftops. Because Neptune governs orphanages, a Neptune-in-Fifth will frequently adopt a child. If they have biological children, you can bank on the oldest (or only child) frequently having their head in the clouds, daydreaming. My Cancer cusp man has this Neptune placement. He left his first wife only after denying to himself for well over a year that she was actually a “lying, cheating whore” (his words, not mine) who wasn’t in love with him. He didn’t want to believe it. Can you blame him? Although he “knew” (read: suspected) what was going on, it wasn’t until he got irrefutable evidence of her extramarital escapades (read: busted her in the act) that he was able to take off the rose-colored glasses and exit stage left.

Pluto in the Fifth House
You might remember from other House article that Pluto is a very intense planet of extremes. Wherever Pluto is placed in the natal chart shows us where in our life that there’s no halfway, no moderation of anything. It’s all or nothing, end of story. In the Fifth House of fun, which encompasses sex and romance, the native is usually either involved 100 percent with someone or completely uninvolved with anyone in any way whatsoever. Pluto encourages obsessive behavior wherever its placement is in the natal chart and when in the Fifth House, the native should be careful not to let themselves become obsessed with areas governed by this House. Examples include obsession with a romantic interest (stalker tendency here), gambling (for obvious reasons), and sex (I know, I know, but it really can become a problem if it spirals into a full-on addiction. Just ask David Duchovny.) It’s also possible, depending on aspects in the natal chart, that the native’s romantic interest could be the one who is prone to stalker-ish behavior, so they should be wary of this as well. As a parent, a Pluto-in-Fifth is intensely protective of their children, if there are any, and the firstborn (or only child) will either be a Scorpio or exhibit the traits of Scorpio — which, by the way, is Pluto-ruled. A Fifth-House-Pluto individual takes a deeply intense approach to fun and games, which yes, I realize using the word “intense” to describe fun and games sounds like a complete oxymoron. You’re right: it is. But this is a very passionate Pluto placement, and there is nothing half-assed about their approach to anything.

The Fourth House: Hi Honey, I’m Home!

homeRover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will…
But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere…
And I’ll redefine anywhere, anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home.  Metallica – Wherever I May Roam

Welcome to the Fourth House! Come on in ‘n set a spell and I’ll give you the grand tour. This House covers many areas of life, the most obvious of which being your actual physical home, your refuge from the world, where you hang your hat and kick back and relax in the comfort of your personal space.

But wait: there’s more! The Fourth House also governs our parents and parenting in general, particularly the parent who was the lesser influence although some astrologers believe the Fourth House parent represented here is strictly the mother or mother figure, while others insist it’s the father/father figure. My personal view is it’s often both. But if your mom was MIA for whatever reason in your early years, the mother figure referred to in this House could also represent dad. Additionally, it encompasses our ancestry, traditions, and how we behave behind closed doors.

The Moon, ruler of the nurturing sign of Cancer, is the Fourth House’s natural ruler. Therefore, this House reveals our early nurturing as inthewombyoung-uns, going all the way back to our days in the womb prior to our birth. At the other end of the spectrum, the Fourth House shows us how or where we might find ourselves in our twilight years. The emotional Moon which naturally governs this House will indicate how we react emotionally to situations beyond our control.

So let’s say you’re reading through your natal chart and Oh. My. God: your Fourth House is completely empty. Vacant. Not a planet, node, or even an asteroid to be found. What gives? Does this mean you are destined for homelessness or perhaps a life as the crazy cat lady with no family whatsoever with the exception of your extensive clowder of feline companions?

Calm down. There’s no cause for alarm here. As mentioned in my previous House articles, there are ten planets (the Sun and Moon count as planets in astrology) and twelve Houses. It doesn’t take a degree in mathematics to conclude that everyone on the planet will have a minimum of two completely empty Houses, and quite often there will be even more than two empty Houses. In the case of a vacant Fourth House, meaning it is completely devoid of any planets, asteroids, or nodes, we would first take a look at which sign rules the Fourth House in your natal chart. For example, let’s assume you have an empty Fourth House which in your natal chart happens to be ruled by, say, Scorpio. We would then examine the qualities of a Scorpion, which include secretiveness, jealousy, possessiveness, highly sexual, and truth-seeking. Those qualities would be indicative of how you tend to approach Fourth House issues. In this hypothetical case, it might mean you were influenced more by the parent of the opposite sex, bucking tradition and rebelling against parts of your family life which you felt/feel don’t accurately represent who you are, and a strong desire to keep your family affairs private: there’s no airing of dirty family laundry with this one! While jealousy and grudges might have played or continue to play a big role in your home life, you are incredibly protective and will be the first to rush to the defense of any loved one who has been wronged in any way.

Alternatively, an empty Fourth House could mean that home and family life are not your top priorities in life. This isn’t to say you couldn’t care less about your family or your home, or any other issue governed by this House, it could be as simple as your home and family relationships are so perfectly harmonious that they don’t require your constant attention (although if Scorpio rules this House, the chances of complete harmony at home and/or with family are damn near nil.) Or it might indicate that you are more concerned with other areas in your life, such as your career or health.

Now, for those of us who do have planets here, let’s take a walk through the Fourth House and see how they affect you on a personal level.

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Wherever the Sun is in the natal chart, it needs to shine. In the Fourth House, the Sun wants to be the decision-maker of the household and call all the shots. The Fourth House Sun individual insists on living in the most extravagant dwelling that finances allow and they love few things more than having friends or family over to bask in the glory of their abode. This one enjoys throwing parties and impromptu get-togethers simply for the thrill of showing off their home and everything in it. The native’s father was probably a very outgoing guy, unless there is an interfering aspect in the natal chart. A Fourth House Sun person might get off to a slow start in life but by later life they will usually find that their luck and prosperity increases and comes much easier than it did earlier on, but that fear of never having enough tends to linger due to that aforementioned slow start which is always in the backs of their minds. Family is of tantamount importance to the native, and they probably have a stronger-than-usual attachment to whichever parent was the primary caregiver in their childhood, regardless of whether the parent in question was loving and nurturing or nasty and hurtful.

Moon in the Fourth House
As I stated earlier in this article, the Moon is the natural ruler of the Fourth House, therefore it is exalted here. When the native is experiencing a bout of melancholy, they tend to hole up in their home, which is the equivalent of the figurative shell into which a Cancer (ruled by the Moon) reactively retreats when upset or depressed. The Fourth House Moon is prone to extreme mood swings with family beginning fairly early in life and often increasing in frequency and/or severity over the years. The native’s father or father figure was probably somewhat moody and in childhood, they likely felt as though they had to walk on eggshells around daddy, lest they trigger an emotional mood swing. This person prefers to live near the water, and either changes residences frequently or can often be found rearranging the furniture, sometimes to the chagrin of the rest of the family. In the instances where the Fourth House Moon moves often, it’s usually in an attempt to figure out where they belong, yet they inevitably (eventually) come to the realization that wherever they go, there they are. Whether male or female, the native frequently seeks out a partner who will mother them, as their actual mother/mother figure might not have been very emotionally demonstrative in her mothering.

Mercury in the Fourth House
Mercury is the planet of communication, and if you have this placement, ten bucks says that when you’re at home, you’ve got the TV or radio on, even if you’re not specifically watching or listening, simply for the background noise, even if you’re busy screwing around on the internet or even when you’re talking on the phone. Your dad/daddy figure was probably a nonstop talker or he was moving around a lot, perhaps for his career. As you enter midlife or later, you will likely find yourself writing or otherwise communicating more. Mercury is restless and a mover and this is yet another Fourth House placement that gives a native who packs up and moves more than the average person. Even if they don’t actually change physical residences, the home and family life are usually quite changeable. A Fourth House Mercurian’s ideal career would be anything involving travel, as this indulges their insatiable wanderlust. If Mercury is afflicted, the native probably won’t have children until they are well into their thirties or even forties, if they have children at all.

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Venus loves beauty and pleasure. When its placement is in the Fourth House, we’ll find the native has a quaint, cozy home that isn’t on the same grand show-offy scale as a Fourth House Sun’s home would be. This one has an uncanny knack for interior design with original, unique decor ideas and to them, indulging in items to adorn their charming little home is money well spent. The native’s father/father figure was likely a self-indulgent yet pleasant guy and the Fourth House Venusian’s childhood was probably a happy one. There is a tendency toward marked weight gain in a Fourth House Venusian, particularly as they advance in age. However, this Venus placement is actually a positive one overall, as family relationships, especially with parents, tend to be harmonious. The native doesn’t give their heart away easily but when they do, they really give it away and quickly become attached and emotionally dependent on their partner. Fourth House Venus is big on romance and they love spending a quiet evening at home with their significant other, sharing a simple dinner or cuddling on the couch enjoying a movie. In charts where Venus is afflicted, this could indicate divorce of the native’s parents or some other disruption of family life which the Fourth House Venusian doesn’t handle very well because by way of their peaceful nature, they shy away from conflict or discord of any kind.

Mars in the Fourth House
When Mars, the planet of assertiveness and aggression, is in the Fourth House of Home, this gives an individual who is extremely protective of their home and family. The native might have a tendency to swallow their anger, keeping it to themselves until one day — BAM! — every pent up emotion they have held inside comes at those unlucky enough to be around the native at the time. Alternatively, depending on other factors in their chart, their anger could manifest as passive-aggressiveness which really doesn’t do anyone involved any favors as it only serves to foster resentment.  The lesson here is for the Fourth House Martian to try and vent a little at a time rather than waiting for the inevitable full-on blow-up. The native probably didn’t/doesn’t get along too well with their father/father figure, who likely was/is an overbearing, aggressive guy and in some cases, perhaps even abusive, mentally and/or physically. Mars is an action-oriented planet and in their later years, the native will be still be running circles around others of similar age who are slowly getting from point A to point B by way of their Rascal scooters or being escorted through crosswalks by Boy Scouts.  Writer Robert Shanks once stated in American Astrology magazine that women with this Mars placement are unlikely to marry and if they do, more likely to divorce because the second they suspect any inkling of what they perceive to be male domination, they race for the door. I have this Mars placement and I’m twice-divorced, and not only am I the first one to admit I’m extremely passive-aggressive, I also hold things inside way too long and then I explode all over who happens to be nearest to me (usually my Cancer cusp man, the poor bastard; he’s almost always a saint about it because he knows how I am in that way.) My detached Virgo father would probably qualify as having been emotionally abusive to me, although I can promise you that was never his intent. I think he truly felt his incessant criticism of me and/or something I had done was to help me. Yeah, it didn’t really work out that way though.

wpid-senior-couple-sitting-on-the-beach.jpgJupiter in the Fourth House
Planet of luck and abundance, when Jupiter finds itself in the Fourth House of Home, this makes for one lucky son of a bitch. In childhood, they were either sans siblings or they were the favorite child, and the native will benefit in some way from their parents. They are the most likely to be ridiculously wealthy and retire to an extravagant Jupiter palace in an exotic locale at the ripe old age of 30. Even if they live alone, the native requires Jupiter Manor to be large, or at least have a lot of windows, and a beautiful view is a must because of a tendency toward claustrophobia. Fourth House Jupiter’s father was probably a pleasant enough guy but somewhat of a know-it-all. The native is generous and loves to be surrounded by friends and family at home and in fact, this one will likely have lots of children and/or grandchildren; if not, they will have otherwise enormous families, such as scores of cousins, aunts, and uncles.  If Jupiter is in retrograde in the natal chart, this will cause the individual to dwell too much on the past, kind of in a Pisces- or Cancer-esque fashion. Furthermore, any Jupiter affliction in the chart can bring issues with meddling in-laws to such a degree that it could create an irreparable marital rift. After you go to the Great Beyond, an afflicted Jupiter can also cause your will to be contested and/or your belongings to end up somewhere or with someone for whom you never intended.

Saturn in the Fourth House
Our favorite solar system bully, Saturn throws up obstacles and causes limitations wherever it appears in the natal chart. In the Fourth House of Home, the native probably felt unloved during childhood, whether or not they actually weren’t. They often don’t have a strong sense of ties to family because of instability in early family life, and it’s for that reason that this is another one that tends to move around a lot. Fourth House Saturn’s upbringing was probably fairly strict with rigid rules. A Fourth House Saturnian was likely forced to undertake adult responsibilities at a relatively young age, it’s most probable that their parents were either divorced or together and obviously miserable with one another. There are frequently negative family legacies related to racial issues or a country from which their ancestors hail. This is a person who doesn’t usually get settled in one place until midlife or later, as it takes them a while to establish roots anywhere. I have this Saturn placement, and while my parents were divorced when I was very young, my upbringing was not like anything that I would refer to as strict. I had clear boundaries (and often pushed them as far as possible, thanks to a rebellious Aries Sun) and though we only moved once during my childhood, I have been a frequent mover since the first day I set out on my own. Which brings up another point: I became a mother for the first time at the age of 17, so while my peers were going to the prom and studying for their SATs, I was living with my now-deceased Sagittarius first hubby in a one-bedroom apartment, struggling to make ends meet while expecting a baby. I wouldn’t say I felt unloved during my childhood, but I definitely felt like I was a disappointment and the family’s proverbial black sheep…and I still feel that way to this day. This is primarily due to having a hypercritical Virgo father, for whom nothing I did was good enough (“well, that’s not bad, but if you woulda done this, it’d be better” — words spoken by him to a three year-old me, upon proudly presenting him with a picture I had colored for him. Yup. And there would be much more where that came from) and obvious sibling favoritism. But in case it needs to be said, even through all of that, if given the opportunity to do things differently, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Uranus in the Fourth House
Weirdo planet Uranus gives a native with an unusual nurturing style in the home. It’s expressed in unorthodox ways and doesn’t necessarily come naturally to the native. Because Uranus is a planet that resists being tied down, wanting to run off and do its own thing, the Fourth House Uranian probably bounces back and forth between being a loving caregiver and an aloof non-presence in the home, even if they are physically there. In fact, many Uranus-in-Fourth natives received this exact kind of nurturing during their own childhoods, and often didn’t receive enough emotional support. They really do have good intentions, however. There will be unusual, eccentric items in the home, quirky gadgets, and there will typically be something strange about the home itself. As astrologer Bob Marks pointed out, Jacques Cousteau had this placement and for all intents and purposes, he lived on a ship. Furthermore, I have a friend with this Uranus placement. His dream house goal? A tree house. I’m not kidding.

Neptune in the Fourth House
Neptune: ruler of Pisces, the nemesis Ascendant that rears its moody head and comes out to play far too often in my own life. Its presence often lisa052manifests as a “see what you want to see/hear what you want to hear” attitude in the affected area of the native’s life; in this case, in affairs dealing with home and family, and in the early and latter parts of life.  Neptune also rules the sea and in the Fourth House of Home, it inclines the individual to a preference of living near water. The native’s father is frequently the kind of guy that fell apart or was emotionally unavailable, especially when he was most needed. Ruler of drugs (both street and over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals) and alcohol, Neptune can also give a tendency to a substance abuse problem when placed in the Fourth House, particularly when it is negatively aspected, and the individual’s father might have also had a struggle with this. Those who have this Neptune placement often feel that they don’t fit in with their family, that they are somehow different, and those with Neptune here are often adopted (Neptune rules places of restriction such as prisons and orphanages) or perhaps felt/feel they were/are so different from the rest of the family that surely they were adopted…even if they weren’t. When I think of someone who might have this placement, I think of fictional character Lisa Simpson from the hit Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons. Lisa is an incredibly studious, intelligent overachiever in stark contrast to her dimwitted father Homer and her underachieving (“and proud of it, man”) brother Bart. She tends to question everything and think differently than the rest of the family, including her mother Marge, on one occasion shunning the family’s Christian beliefs and becoming a Buddhist. Lisa is a doer rather than a talker, actively and loudly protesting a wide variety of causes, while everyone else in the family just kind of goes along with the proverbial flow (although once in a blue-haired moon, the others will take an active stance on an issue, but far less often than Lisa.)

Pluto in the Fourth House
This is the planet of death (both figuratively and literally) and regeneration. Changes. New beginnings. Pluto also covers power struggles and shows us the area which can help us heal when we are wounded. In the Fourth House of Home, the native is at their strongest and best able to recharge and unwind at — you guessed it — home. At the same time, there is the propensity for power struggles in the home, particularly between the native and a controlling or intense father/father figure. This often results in lingering resentment and a lot of emotional baggage with the native. Alternatively, depending on how it is aspected in the natal chart, Pluto in the Fourth House can give a father who is somehow not present during the native’s childhood, whether due to his abandonment of the family (a physical absence or emotional one) or even his actual physical death during the individual’s formative years. Each of my three children have this Pluto placement, and their father passed away from cancer when they were 11, 9, and 4 years of age. Furthermore, their stepfather was also lost to death, although they were 23, 21, and 16 when that happened. In any event, Pluto — planet of change in the Fourth House of Home and Family frequently indicates instability or some sort of ongoing upheaval affecting the entire family. On a lighter, more trivial note, it can give a native who likes to redecorate or change the surroundings in the home frequently.