THE TWELVE HOUSES OF THE ZODIAC
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* Introduction *
In astrology, every horoscope is divided into twelve sections and these sections are known as the houses of the Zodiac. Each house is carefully assigned to some department of life. It is very important that we understand that these different departments are not selected arbitrarily nor are they assigned in a haphazard way. They are the direct result of thousands of years of careful observations and recordings. After you have erected and delineated a few charts, you will begin to realize their accuracy. They are related to the signs but we must not confuse them with the signs because signs and the houses are two very different things. The signs are fields of potential energy and influence moving through the houses, or departments of life which remain stationary. The signs exert the heavenly influence and the houses represent the intricate allotments of our earthy assets and experiences.
The first House begins on the cusp of the ascendant and extends 30° below to the next cusp which is the cusp for the Second house. The rest of the Houses follow in a counter clock-wise manner. Depending exclusively on the exact time and location of birth, any of the signs may be on the cusp of the House or in the House. Whatever sign is at the cusp of the First House is known as the ascendant sign and is succeeded by the rest of the Zodiacal signs in their correct unbroken sequence. Where Pisces ends, Aries begins, for the zodiac is truly an unbroken circle. See Illustration A where Aries is shown as the ascendant sign and is on the cusp of the first House.
The modern division of the horoscope divides the zodiac into four distinct parts. The first is a horizontal line, or the equator, which divides the Zodiac graphically into a top and a bottom section. The second is a vertical line, or the meridian, which divides the horoscope into an eastern and a western (right) section. (See Illustration A.)
The division of the horoscope by the horizon or horizontal line into day and night is regarded as a real division founded on fact. The top half contains the houses from sunrise to sunset, while the northern half contains the houses from sunset to sunrise.
When casting a horoscope, if you find the majority of the native's (Native is the term used to describe the person whose chart is being considered.) planets are above the horizon, he will tend to possess extrovert tendencies, a preoccupation with externals, surrounded by an objective point of view. If you find the majority of planets below the horizon, you can expect the native to be largely subjective and to be strongly dependent on instinct and intuition and his character will be more of the introvert type. These broad concepts have been proven true by countless careful individual observations made over thousands of years.
Planets posited in the left or eastern half are rising and these planets have more inherent power than planets in the western half where they are setting. The eastern half represents the self, and planets posited here are said to afford the native a freedom of action to compliment the more apparent free will. If you determine that there are more rising than setting planets in a horoscope, then the course of life seems to be more under the personal control of the native. He enjoys his self made man concept. The western or right half of the zodiac is connected with other people, and an excess of planets in this half seems to bind up the life with the activities and destinies of other people. Malefic planets, posited in these western houses, are strengthened at the expense of the benefic planets whose influence is weakened.
Throughout the centuries the Houses have been grouped in innumerable different combinations. Astrologers have researched and tested all of the different combinations in a continual effort to discover the most efficient house bonds in the face of a horoscope. We have conducted our own research and selected certain groupings which we feel will help to clarify the relationship between the houses and the horoscope.
There are three distinct kinds of houses and it is crucial that we understand the basic differences. The first group of houses is known as the Angular Houses. They are referred to as Angular because they occupy the angles of the chart. (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) These angles indicate east, north, west, and south respectively. Plants posited in angular houses have a greater scope for dynamic action than planets in the other houses. The second group of houses (2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th) are known as the Succedent Houses. The explanation of the word succedent is relatively simple. These houses succeed the angular houses. When a planet is posited in any of these four houses, it lends an influence of stability, strong willpower, and rigidity of purpose. The third group of houses, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, are called Cadent Houses. Planets posited in these houses do not have much opportunity for action. They do not confer great stability, but they tend towards adaptability of thought, communication of ideas and the ability to get along with other people.
The house position of a planet modifies the nature of the sign in which the planet is found e.g. Suppose we are studying a person with the Sun in Taurus, an obstinate sign. If this should be located in a cadent house, this Taurean will be more adaptable and not quite so obstinate as one whose Sun is posited in a succedent house. We can see how critical the exact position of the planets in the houses is. When we are delineating a horoscope, it is necessary to make a list of the houses and to determine the exact location of each planet and to estimate the modifications that occur due to positions.
The next grouping is a fourfold division of houses known to astrologers as "The Houses of Function." Often it does not receive its due acclaim in some textbooks on astrology. We find it interesting and extremely helpful as an aid to a fuller understanding of the houses.
The first division is accorded to "The Houses of Life" (1st, 5th, 9th). These are the houses of dynamic energy, energy, enthusiasm, motivating power, and religious conviction. They respectively represent the body, soul, and spirit of the mind. They are often referred to as the Trinity of Life.
The second division concerns "The Houses of Endings" 4th, 8th, 12th. The fourth house refers to the end of life, the 8th refers to death, and the 12th refers to the end results of our entire course of life, particularly in regard to health, or wrong-doing. It also defines the psychological reaction to the contemplation of death, old age, etc.
The third division implies "The Houses of Substance" (2nd, 6th, 10th). These houses represent the temporal status of the native. The 2nd house defines the accumulation of money and the possessions of the native. The 6th house indicates the comforts of the native, food, clothing, health, etc. The 6th house also demonstrates the ability of the person to go out and work for these comforts.
The fourth division is "The Houses of Relationships" (3rd, 7th, 11th). The third house is associated with the ties of consanguinity, brothers, sisters, close relatives, etc. This house includes the native's neighbors. The seventh house tells of the ties of conjugality and legality, such as spouse and partners. The eleventh house points to the ties of friendship, close associates and advisers.
A simple chart will clear up any confusion you might find.
1) The Body
5) The Soul
9) The Spirit
4) The Grave
Another grouping, of modern origin and based largely on statistical research is:
In the following pages each House will be treated individually as we demonstrate the significance of each House and its relationship to the other Houses. It is crucial to realize that we are presenting this portrait of each House without considering the modifications that result from the positions and aspects of radical, progressed or transiting planets. In a future lesson you will learn the precise meaning of each sign and planet as they pass through each House. Before we proceed with this you must possess a solid, concrete knowledge of each House.
* The First House (Ascendant) *
The first House of the horoscope governs the general disposition or temperament of the individual. Broadly speaking it shows how a person will think, feel and act when entirely alone and free from contact or association with anyone else.
The sign which is actually on the cusp of the first House is termed the rising sign (ascending sign) or simply the ascendant. In its own way the ascendant is one of the most important of the signs in the horoscope. This is because the planet which rules it, applies its radiation more powerfully over the life and particularly over the general character of the individual than any of the other planets. This is due to the fact that it is rising above the horizon and is magnified by earth's atmosphere which makes its radiation more powerful. (See Illustration on page 12 in Lesson VI to understand this principle.)
Since the first House contains the cusp of the ascendant, it is the first and most important of the Angular Houses. The first House marks the culmination point of the eastern hemisphere and it implies a line of awareness of the self. Representing selfhood the primary significance of the first House lies in its call to action.
The first House contains the power for the individual to map out his Destiny. It defines and personalizes the native concerning his personal appearance, disposition and manner, and the moral and subjective viewpoint and motivating impulses. It distinguishes the personality from the viewpoint. The first House also exercises a distinct influence over the general conditions of healthy showing the strength or weakness of the physical body and the liability to certain kinds of disease.
When it concerns a Mundane Figure, the first House embraces the political aspects of human nature. It also signifies the masses of people with their prosperity and health or the reverse. It determines the interior national traits and habits of a country along with the public consciousness and collective expression. The first House proclaims the psychology of the masses and their reactions and conditions.
In a political campaign it represents the majority.
In a contest it signals the public favorite, the present champion or the underdog challenger, and the decision or decisions of the referee. In a lawsuit it promulgates the defendant and his success with the court or his sentence.
In an organization it spells the personnel, including the stockholders and all who work for the company in any capacity, the company's morale and its attitudes toward its competitors.
* The Second House (House of Finance) *
The Second House of the horoscope signals the personal financial interests of the native. It specifies the individual's attitudes towards money and it typifies the sources from which money can be obtained by personal effort and the ways in which it can be lost; either through personal extravagance, a wrong handling of affairs, as a result of other conditions intervening or through circumstances or persons associated in some way with the personal life.
It is necessary to point out here that when we talk about money gained or lost we do not mean as a result of speculation or investment for that comes under the influence of the Fifth House. When it is gained or lost through a legacy or an inheritance it is through the influence of the Eighth House. In the Second House we are concerned only with the gain or loss of money through the personal efforts.
The Sign which is on the cusp of the Second House exercises a very powerful radiation as it indicates the natural personal attitude toward financial affairs. It will show whether a person is naturally extravagant or the reverse, with all the intervening ratios. It will indicate the avenues through which money will be gained or lost as a result of personal action, and the people or things associated with such gains or losses. Since liberty depends largely upon the financial success or failure, this can also be referred to as the House of Liberty.
The Second House also stipulates the heredity and social background with which the native is equipped for the pursuit of his destiny. The secretive thoughts and desires of the native find their home in the Second House.
In a Mundane Figure the Second House exerts influence over the nation's wealth, taxation revenue, stocks, bonds, shares, and all places and activities connected in any way with money, such as banks, stock exchanges, trade and commerce. It sheds some influence on taxation but it does not consider the effect of the taxes on the people. It represents the purchasing power of the nation, its national expenditures and receipts, currency and its circulation and liquid assets.
In a National Figure it represents the Treasury.
In an organization it influences the liquid assets and voluntary expenditures and it will determine the ability of the Company to earn profits.
* The Third House (Travel, Studies, Relatives, Correspondence) *
The Third House, ruling over quite a variety of conditions, may be termed "one of the composite" Houses in contradistinction to some of those which concentrate influence on one particular condition. For instance, while the First and Second Houses rule the temperament and finance respectively, the Third House, although exercising chief rule over short and medium distance travel also exerts an influence over personal relatives and all matters pertaining to them. This includes studies, writings, correspondence and all forms of communication excepting the television which is associated with the Ninth House. It is important to note that regarding relatives, the Third House indicates one's own relatives and not those of the marriage or business partner, as the latter come under the influence of the Ninth House.
All forms of travel, rail, road, air, water, fall under the demise of this House. The elemental nature of the Sign which occupies the cusp of this House will, to a great extent, indicate the personal preference toward the particular type of travel which is desired. The Fiery Signs indicate an attraction toward road travel, the Earthy Signs toward rail travel, the Air Signs attract toward air travel and the Watery Signs signal travel by water. It is important to remember that the Third House deals strictly with short and medium distance travel. Long distance travel as such comes under the influence of the Ninth House.
The Third House also signals the synthetizying powers of the mind and its ability to form sense impressions and mold destiny within one's social environment.
The Third House also signifies the type of study which an individual will follow and how much energy he will pour into it.
In a mundane figure the Third House defines all inland transit, traffic and communication and the nature of the public demands upon and the degree of public patronage accorded to the nation's transportation and communication facilities.
In a court of law the Third House influences the court reports.
In an organization it affects the traffic, transits, transportation and communication departments, inter-office communications and the specific information transmitted within the organization.
* The Fourth House (Endings) *
The Fourth House begins at the point of midnight. For this reason it is assigned to all endings, to old age, and to old people. It also exercises power over the family life into which we are born, i.e., the home life created either by the parents or, in certain instances, the foster parents, or the communal type of home life of an orphanage. Obviously, in the latter instances there will be little if any parental influence. In general the Fourth House defines our environment no matter how often it changes during our lifetime.
The initial phase of the home-life obviously will be broken either by marriage or vocation and a new home image created. Thus, under normal circumstances, a new sequence of domestic conditions are created which can be completely different from those of the parental home due to the influence and desires of the marriage partner. Further changes in these conditions can, again, be set up when a child or children are born. When the vocational aspirations compel a change, they can be of quite a drastic nature. Vocational activity in any field can cause a departure from one set home arrangement to one invariably of a very different character. These domestic or "living" conditions are termed the environment as distinct. from the work or business sphere, and this is the chief function over which the Fourth House rules.
The Sign on the cusp of the Fourth House will show the kind of parental domestic arrangement and family life into which one is born as well as the subsequent changes which are possible in connection with vocation and marriage or the setting up of an independent home.
Note: Remember in a future lesson you will he given a chart demonstrating the particular influence of each sign and each planet as it passes through each House. For the present, however, it is important that your knowledge of the significance of each House develops.
Apart from conditions of environments again depending upon the cusp Sign, the Fourth House has a very dominant rule over the conditions in operation during the closing years of life - the period generally known as "the end of life."
In a Mundane Figure, the Fourth House represents circumstances and events affecting real estate values, mines and the products, buildings, crops, produce and all agricultural interests.
In a National Figure it portrays the characteristics of any governmental opposition, and the time that such opposition may be expected to culminate.
In a court of law the Fourth House defines the efficiency of the jury.
In an organization it signals the real estate investments and the holdings.
* ( The Fifth House (Family and Romance) *
The Fifth House of the horoscope governs the principle of creation - physical, artistic, and financial. This House is assigned to children and also to things that cause thrills and excitement, such as theatres, entertainment, gambling and speculation. It will show the physical capacity for procreation, whether one is likely to have a large or small family, and the sex which will be likely to predominate. At the same time, in judging matters to do with children it is essential to study the horoscope of both parents for the Fifth House of one may contradict the Fifth House of the other and the indication of a large family in one may be offset by the other.
The nature of the Sign on the cusp of the Fifth House is very important for certain Signs are known as fruitful Signs and others as barren Signs.
The rest of the Signs exercise a more or less normal radiation. Of course there are instances when, even with fruitful Signs on the cusp of the Fifth House, either a small or no family at all occurs. Alternatively, barren Signs on the cusp of the Fifth House do not always deny a family. A great deal will depend on whether or not there is a planet in the Fifth House or the Sign position of the planet ruling the Fifth House.
The financial creative power as far as speculation and investment of the native is also tempered by the aspects made to or by any planet in the Fifth House or to or by the planet ruling the Sign on the cusp of Fifth. Good aspects will assist matters to do with money but bad aspects will bring difficulties and accentuate denying vibrations.
The artistic expression of the native is determined by the influence of the Fifth House depending, once again, on the Sign and planetary determinants involved.
In a Mundane Figure the Fifth House signifies children and their attitude and their complete environment, schools, amusements, sports, etc. It also expresses public speculations and investments and the inclination to receive or pay debts. And since it is the realm of the country's creative and procreative activities, it indicates the probable changes in the birth rate during the period immediately following that for which the Figure is cast. In a National Figure it affects the upper legislative house.
In an organization it determines the executive personnel.
* The Sixth House (Health and Work) *
The Sixth House describes the general health of the native, and the type of sickness to which he is prone. It also determines the conditions with which the daily work is carried out, even though this normally is shown by the Tenth House. Its chief concern, however, is to elucidate the conditions surrounding the work or duty involved and the reaction where co-workers, employers or employees are concerned.
The Zodiacal Sign actually on the cusp of the Sixth House will show the degree of physical strength or weakness and the ailments to which the individual will be susceptible.
Naturally a blending of the Sign influence and any planet in the Sixth House must be made in order to gauge the outcome from the standpoint of health and sickness. In addition to the Sixth House effects, the Sign that contains the Sun, and the one containing the Moon, will exert a direct effect even though the Sun and the Moon are not in the Sixth House. The Sign containing the planet that is the ruler of the Sign on the cusp of the Sixth House affords some added information.
While studying these influences it must constantly be remembered that the Sun's position will show the physical strength whereas the Moon's position will influence the functional side of nature.
So far as conditions of work are concerned, considered apart from the actual nature of the vocation that is followed, one has to make allowance for one of three factors, i.e., whether the individual under consideration is employed, is an employer, or carries out vocational activities on his or her own initiative. The Cardinal Signs on the cusp of the Sixth House give the strongest indication of the exercising of control over others. The Fixed Signs show the greater capacity for the actual carrying out of work or duties. Mutable signs demonstrate such in-between positions as Foreman or Shop-Steward. The Fire Signs will undoubtedly increase the natural enthusiasm for the work being done.
In a Mundane Figure it enhances the public health and the laboring class including all involuntary services rendered by the people.
In a National Figure it favors any political party supporting Labor.
In a Court of Law the deliberations of the jury and the Court records and reports are influenced by the Sixth House. In an organization the Sixth House affects the attitudes, efficiency and general conditions of the employees.
* The Seventh House (Marriage and Partnership) *
The Seventh Home begins at the point of sunset. This home affects not the self, as does the First House, but the other people with whom you associate, or ally yourself. It rules all partners with whom you have contact. It, therefore, includes business partners as well as the marriage partner. The conditions of this house indicate how you act in public, and the type of public you attract. It shows the public's reaction to you. This House is the reciprocal or opposite of the First House and this is an extremely important note. (NOTE - Observation and recording have concluded that the six Houses below the Horizon are dependents of demand or of the inclination to act while the six above the horizon afford the native the facilities for action. Each separate House acts in a reciprocal or complimentary manner to its opposing house.
The Seventh House of the Horoscope is a very important House for it is one of the Houses of Association, and its influences, good or bad will bring great happiness or great unhappiness.
The Fiery Signs invariably show that there is a great deal of impulse in the forming of attachments and in the steps toward marriage and wisdom and care is always necessary not to confuse fascination with true love. They incline to an early marriage. The Earthy signs will lend more discrimination in the choice of a marriage partner and the tendency to rush marriage is absent. The Airy Signs attract towards marriage because of the desire for companionship and affection. The Watery Signs attract to marriage but more so because of the domestic comforts and amenities for all these signs manifest a natural desire for home comforts and the home side of life.
When considering marital affairs the position of the Sun in a female horoscope and of the Moon in a male horoscope must be scanned and its Sign position should blend with the Sign indication of the Seventh House. Of course, if the Sun is posited in the Seventh House in a female horoscope or the Moon in a male horoscope, then the influence of the Sign will be proportionately enhanced.
In the final assessment of marital matters and the prospects of marriage, the positions of the Sun and Moon should always be considered and the planetary influence analyzed.
In a Mundane Figure, the Seventh House stipulates the public as an organized social unit, depicting the social consciousness of the people and the relative status of the nation among the nations of the world. It also points to the conditions, circumstances and events affecting the social evolution of that nation.
In a Court of Law the Seventh House heralds the plaintiff and the lawyers.
In an organization it depicts the relationship with other organizations through contracts, trade agreements, mergers, cartels, or reciprocal arrangements.
* The Eighth House (Death and Inheritance) *
The Eighth House exerts influence over sex, death, legacies, insurance policies, regeneration, inheritance and the partner's money. The term legacy must be broadened to include not merely money but equipment, education help, etc., received from the family or other sources during the lifetime.
It has rule over the condition of death, both an individual's own death and the death of his aquaintances. In each case the condition can be viewed from either a disturbed emotional, or unhappy standpoint, or looked forward to from the standpoint of relief from personal anxieties and physical afflictions in the case of personal death. It can be viewed as a deriving of material and financial benefit as a result of legacy or inheritance, or the breaking of an uncongenial tie, through the death of another person.
The Fiery Signs on the cusp of the Eighth House are invariably indicative of a quick death but not necessarily a violent one. Inheritance under this Sign is a very bright prospect.
An Earthy Sign on the cusp here will generally strengthen the native's grasp on his life functions. He will usually not die suddenly or unexpectedly although there are exceptions to this rule if Taurus is on the cusp. This is because Taurus is a fixed sign and does have a definite influence on the heart. An Earthy Sign on the cusp does not give too strong an indication of benefit through the death of others.
A Watery Sign on the cusp promises a comparable lengthy life. Generally such Signs signify death through natural causes. The Watery Signs are the most likely to insure benefit through the death of other people.
When an Airy Sign resides on the cusp of the Eighth House the indications are somewhat contrary regarding the probable duration of life. Libra executes the longest duration with Aquarius next and Gemini exuding the shortest duration. The death of other people whether immediate family, relatives or others will bring a mental and emotional reaction usually because of a breaking in some way of the factor of companionship or association.
Financial and other benefits can come through the deaths and in many instances be associated with the death of the partner (Libra), or a relative (Gemini) or a friend or associate (Aquarius).
In a Mundane Figure the Eighth House affects the public income, income from exports, and the earning power of the nation chiefly from the standpoint of the man who pays. It also characterizes the birth and morality rates especially in different class groups.
In a National Figure it influences the national treasurer as a government official, distinct from the treasury itself.
In an organization it determines losses and gains through or on account of death, or in connection with the estates of deceased persons.
* The Ninth House (Travel & Religion) *
The Ninth House signals influence over long-distance travel, overseas travel, law, religion, marriage, relatives, philosophy, or the business partner's relatives. A long journey in astrology means one of over twenty-four hours. Someday no journey will take that long as science continues to unravel the mysteries of the universe. The Ninth House is also the House of publication, particularly bound books, and treatises that are meant to be long-lasting.
The Ninth House governs long-distance travel in contradistinction to the Third House which rules short or medium distance journeys. It stipulates the religious and associated interests concerning the higher minded rather than the ordinary studies of an educational and kindred nature as ruled by the Third House. It also influences matters concerning relatives by marriage or the business partner's relatives instead of one's own personal relatives. The nature of the sign on the cusp of the House will indicate the prospects of long-distance travel. It will influence the personal attitude of the native towards religion and the reaction of the marriage or business partner's relatives toward oneself and vice-versa.
The Mutable Signs exhibit the strongest signification of long-distance and overseas travel. They also point to the space age travel.
The Cardinal Signs are next in line as far as affects involving long-distance travel. They exert their strongest influence predominantly in regard to sea or water travel.
The Fixed Signs promulgate that long-distance and overseas travel will be more likely to depend on the material and financial situation in which the native finds himself. There may always be a strong desire for travel here but the means will not always be readily available.
The Ninth House also renders influence in legal matters. Depending on the Sign present on the cusp of the Ninth House, the native will approach the legal profession.
In a Mundane Figure the Ninth House distinguishes the long-distance passenger, freight transportation and communications, by or over sea, air, and land. It also indicates inclination towards religion and clergy.
In a National Figure the Ninth House heralds the Secretary of the State as a government official, the educated classes and those who control or govern the reading, writing or traveling habits of the public.
In an organization it influences advertising, long distance communications and the relations with educational institutions and publications.
* The Tenth House (Professions) *
The Tenth House begins at the point of noon. This House is assigned to all the ways through which your nature is revealed to the World. It signifies things such as parentage, social status and most essentially the profession which the native follows.
In the complexity of the modern day World the professions demand considerable forethought and discrimination owing to the vast complexities of modern activities and to the fact that women as well as men compete in almost every possible sphere. This means that the majority of the professions now deal with both the man and the woman and, although there still exists a degree of discrimination against women, more often than not qualifications and talent transcend sex.
Although the signification shown here apply specifically to the Tenth House influences it will sometimes be found that the activities indicated can be associated with the sign on the cusp of the Sixth House as this House also exerts an influence in matters involving profession and industry and in certain instances can apply when the native is working for other people.
The Cardinal Signs demonstrate the capacity for business activity connected with public and private companies, although Libra is sometimes associated with partnerships.
The Fixed Signs are more often concerned with the mechanics of medium sized public or private companies. They sometimes suggest the man in business for himself without any partners.
The Mutable Signs are in general more indicative of holding a position under others.
If a Fiery Sign is on the cusp of the Tenth House then the factor of personal energy, courage and initiative will be very distinct and opportunities more readily capitalized on.
If an Earthy Sign is on the cusp there will be greater capacity for hard work, for planning and attention to detail.
If an Airy Sign occupies the cusp there will be a distinct talent for modifying the differences and problems arising between groups of workers and management.
If a Watery Sign should be placed on the cusp there is invariably more adaptability to the fluctuations of circumstance.
In a Mundane Figure it donates a Chief Executive.
In a court of law it depicts the judge.
In an organization it influences the supreme or governing authority; the president, or chairman of the board.
* The Eleventh House (Friends & Hopes) *
The Eleventh House rules the friends you have acquired and among whom you circulate, also the groups you belong to. It exerts influence on your hopes and wishes and it will determine your main objective or goal in life. It exerts some rule over the money you earn from any profession since it is so close to the Tenth House.
The Eleventh House is one of companionable Houses. It has rule over friendships and associations and shows the degree of benefit or loss sustained through the influence or actions of friends and the nature of the associations that one formed.
If there are no planets in the House then the Sign radiation will be particularly strong but if there are planets therein then their nature will need to be taken into account with allowances for the Sign involved. If the natures are harmonious then the benefits will be enhanced but if the natures are discordant then the liabilities to loss and disappointments will be intensified.
Generalizing, you could say that the Cardinal Signs on the cusp of the Eleventh House will bring friendship that will help in the advancing of personal desires and wishes. The Fixed Signs will invariably help to create more lasting friendships, so long as, in the case of Scorpio particularly, the line of demarcation between friendship and sex is strictly observed. Mutable Signs indicate the attraction of many associations but do not always lead to definite and lasting friendships. Pisces being the best Sign so long as discrimination is exercised.
The Fiery Signs indicate the making of impulsive friendships and associations. The Earthy Signs seem to indicate that the native will exercise more thought and consideration in the formation of friendships and associations. These two usually prove to be lasting, although Virgo can destroy the friendships made by giving way to unwise criticism. The Airy Signs being the companionable Signs make friendships quite readily and easily although Gemini is not as likely to hold the association as the other two signs. The Watery Signs because of their emotional nature manifest a distinct desire for friendships. Cancer and Pisces are excellent here but Scorpio signifies possible difficulties as a result of jealousy or possessiveness.
In Mundane Figure the Eleventh House influences the legislative branches of the government.
In a National Figure it concerns the treasury, as distinguished from the Secretary of the Treasury.
In an organization it relates to any other friendly organization.
* The Twelfth House (Enmities & Secrets) *
The Twelfth House defines your foundations, together with the subconscious and all that hampers and restricts your power of expression. It denotes the basic strength or weakness of your body and soul. Hereditary weaknesses lie in the Fourth and Sixth Houses and not in the Twelfth. This House rules institutions of all kinds, hospitals, limiting circumstances, secrets of all kinds, and also secret enemies. It is the House of large animals.
This is one of the unfortunate Houses of the Horoscope and indicates some of the difficulties which one can expect to encounter, particularly as a result of the unfriendliness, enmity and unfair competition of other people. The Sign on the cusp of this House will show the avenues and interests of life most likely to bring enmity and unpleasantness whereas the presence of a planet in this House often accentuates the liability toward enmity, particularly if Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn or Mars happens to be there. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Jupiter are not so productive of enmity and can in certain instances bring compensations.
Restrictive conditions and liability towards imprisonment are also indicated and in certain instances should the planet Mars be therein it would signify the danger of being taken a prisoner of war, of being interned or of being put into a concentration camp.
The Twelfth House signifies in addition the things that one can do that interfere with the progress or development in the life and that constitute what is termed self-undoing. This often occurs when the ruling planet (that is the planet which rules the Rising Sign) happens to be placed in the House and sometimes when the Moon happens to be there. In certain instances it indicates financial and other losses connected with the business or profession more so when the ruler of the Sign on the cusp of the Tenth House happens to be there. If, however, there are no planets in the Twelfth House the liability towards enmity, loss and self-undoing is considerably lessened.
In a Mundane figure it heralds labor disturbances, plagues and epidemics and conditions that militate against the public welfare. Correctional institutions, jails, prisons and workhouses all come under its influence.
In an organization it represents the dissolution of the organization as an entity.
* Conclusion *
You are now roughly one third of the way through the course. The material will be getting more intricate now and patience and diligence will be your greatest asset.
If you are wondering exactly how the twelve houses should be divided do not worry. The system we employ will be explained to you in a future lesson when we deal with the details of erecting a chart.
You will learn how to calculate the exact cusp values for any given birth time.
The material in this and the preceding lessons is of excellent reference value to you. It is not necessary that you memorize it but know where to look it up in your files when you need it.
One final note. Be careful when completing your exam. Although some questions may seem easy they have been carefully worded to make sure that your comprehension of the material is complete.
The characteristics of these houses and the reasons why they exert the influence that they do is the result of thousands of years of research and careful recordings by astrologers since the beginning of astrological thought in years between 4000 and 8000 B.C.
These findings were corrected many hundreds of times through the years so that they are very accurate today and this is why true astrology carefully depicted produces such accurate readings.
However since we live in a continual changing and aging universe and are a part of it, there are changes, albeit gradually, always going on. Our Alumni Society keeps abreast of these changes and informs our graduates of the latest information.
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