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Astrology for Magicians and Metaphysicists - Lesson 4

The Houses

As you have seen previously, it is the planets that reveal a person's inclinations and motivations and the signs of the zodiac that reveal the manners in which these inclinations and motivations operate. Now, you will see that it is the houses of the birth chart that point toward affairs of life upon which these efforts, functioning in a specified manner, will be concentrated.

First of all, the houses are traditionally referred to as mundane houses because they point toward worldly activities. Actually, the houses are divisions of the planet Earth; hence, Earth is the third art of the three part relationship that is the foundation for basic astrological conclusions: planets, signs, and earth. the fourth factor, aspects, depends upon this three part relationship, as you will see later.

In chart casting procedures, the houses always remain in the same position; Thus, the first house is the first house in all charts. It is the planets in signs that will move among the various houses, as determined by the birth date, the birth hour, and the birth place. Note, then, the following chart with the numbers of the houses in their proper places. This numbering will NEVER change.

The spokes, or dividing lines between houses, are called CUSPS: and it is on these cusps that the signs of the zodiac are recorded in the twelve equal wedges chart, as you will see later. Note that the cusps of the houses are numbered. They correspond to the houses that they in effect open, following a counter clockwise motion.

Further, the first cusp is called the ASCENDANT. This is so because it is the exact point on the eastern horizon that indicates the demarcation line between the end of the night and the beginning of day. Next, the tenth cusp is called MEDIUM COELI, or the MIDHEAVEN, because it marks the exact overhead point that separates morning from afternoon; then, the seventh house cusp is called DESCENDANT, because it is the exact point in the West that indicates the demarcation line between the end of the day and the beginning of the night. Finally, the fourth cusp is called the IMMUM COELI or MIDNIGHT, because it is the exact point that marks the end of one day and the beginning of the next one.

With these points in mind, study the following chart to see how, for purposes of chart casting, the motions of the signs and the planets are treated, remembering that the houses never move.

Now, begin to gain insights into the affairs of each house by studying carefully the key words that are listed below.
 

House

Affairs and Activities

First

Personal and self-related concerns

Second

Personal possessions and security

Third

Relationship to the immediate environment

Fourth

Personal home and private life

Fifth

Instinctive affections and re-creation

Sixth

Services given and received and health

Seventh

Partnership relationships at a personal level

Eighth

Material relationships involving shared resources

Ninth

Mental and physical explorations

Tenth

Place in society and standing in the world

Eleventh

Hopes and wishes and impermanent attachments

Twelfth

Freedom from restrictions

At this point, you should readily see that you can make another step in interpreting the Sun in a chart, providing you know the house in which the Sun falls. For example, if a person's Sun is in Libra and in the seventh house, you should construct this basic sentence: "The person's inclinations and motivations to integrate, to express, and to project will operate unitedly, harmoniously, vigorously, pensively, and enterprisingly, concentrating upon partnership relationships at a personal level." These key words, of course, are taken from the previous lessons for the Sun and for Libra, and from this lesson for the seventh house.

This basic sentence may still seem to be artificially formal or pompous. Nevertheless, if you will study it closely, you will see that after some experience with charts you would come to interpret it as follows: "This person will be very pleasant and cooperative, but at the same time actively watchful and clever, as he seeks to become a significant part of the environment and the society in which he finds himself. Of great importance to him in these efforts will be the formation of lasting partnerships, whether this be in a business, a profession, or a marriage. He will function best when he is not alone."

Reasonably, the planetary aspects to the Sun would modify this interpretation with either ease or difficulty. You would, however, have to complete the foregoing procedure and then revise it accordingly to accommodate the impact of the aspects.

Proceed now to make a close study of the houses, giving careful attention to the key word extensions, the planet and sign affiliations, and the concomitant relations.

First House

Key Word Extensions

Personal and self related concerns -- Matters pertinent to one's establishing oneself as a distinct personality and being

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The first house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Mars and Pluto and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Aries.

Concomitant Relations

The first house affairs are related to the physical body, the temperament, and the general disposition.

Second House

Key Word Extensions

Personal possessions and security -- Matters pertinent to one's accumulating material resources in order to establish security

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The second house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Venus and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Taurus.

Concomitant Relations

The second house affairs are related to resourcefulness in acquisition, appreciation of luxury, and satisfaction with the material.

Third House

Key Word Extensions

Relationships to the immediate environment -- Matters pertinent to one's adjusting to those close because of circumstances and to the beginning of the process of education.

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The third house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Mercury and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Gemini.

Concomitant Relations

The third house affairs are related to neighbors, brothers and sisters, short travel, and direct communication.

Fourth House

Key Word Extensions

Personal home and private life -- Matters pertinent to one's establishing a place within which to protect oneself and one's possessions

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The fourth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Moon and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Cancer.

Concomitant Relations

The fourth house affairs are related to the family unit and the property occupied.

Fifth House

Key Word Extensions

Instinctive affections and re-creation -- Matters pertinent to one's creating his own image through both the body and the mind.

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The fifth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Sun and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Leo.

Concomitant Relations

The fifth house affairs are related to sporting activities, speculation, love making, children, and personal creations.

Sixth House

Key Word Extensions

Services given and received and health -- Matters pertinent to one's serving others and being served in order to maintain good health through reciprocity

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The sixth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Mercury and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Virgo.

Concomitant Relations

The sixth house affairs are related to detailed work, health, hygiene, and interdependence.

Seventh House

Key Word Extensions

Partnership relations at a personal level -- Matters pertinent to one's attaching oneself to others in order to compensate for one's own sense of lack

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The seventh house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planet Venus and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Libra.

Concomitant Relations

The seventh house affairs are related to marriage partners and business and professional associates.

Eighth House

Key Word Extensions

Material relationships involving shared resources -- Matters pertinent to one's sharing his possessions with others and to his sharing the possessions of others

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The eighth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Pluto and Mars and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Scorpio.

Concomitant Relations

The eighth house affairs are related to material dependence, inheritances, and self sacrifice.

Ninth House

Key Word Extensions

Mental and physical explorations -- Matters pertinent to one's furthering the process of education through in-depth study and extensive travel

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The ninth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Jupiter and Neptune and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Sagittarius

Concomitant Relations

The house affairs are related to foreign travel, extensive research, philosophy, religion, publishing, and higher education.

Tenth House

Key Word Extensions

Place in society and standing in the world -- Matters pertinent to one's going outside his home to establish himself properly in the social, business, and professional circles through entering into a career

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The tenth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Saturn and Uranus and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Capricorn.

Concomitant Relations

The house affairs are related to ambition, special talent, and practicality.

Eleventh House

Key Word Extensions

Hopes and wishes and impermanent attachments -- Matters pertinent to one's relating successfully to group activity in order to participate in creative concerns that are communal in nature.

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The eleventh house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Uranus and Saturn and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Aquarius.

Concomitant Relations

The eleventh house affairs are related to friendships, societies, clubs, connections, objectives, and concerns.

Twelfth House

Key Word Extensions

Freedom from restrictions -- Matters pertinent to one's resisting impediments to his efforts to be a totally integrated part of the process of living

Planet and Sign Affiliations

The twelfth house has a close correspondence to the inclinations and motivations of the planets Neptune and Jupiter and to the attitudes and manners of the sign Pisces.

Concomitant Relations

The twelfth house affairs are related to limitations, barriers, isolation, solitude, confinement, the unconscious, and the hidden.

Review regularly the key words for the houses. Then, you should conduct yourself, using the chart below, a cumulative review of the planets, the signs, and the houses. Note that a planet may fall into any of the twelve signs as well as into any of the twelve houses. Thus, there are a possible 1440 combinations for the key words of these three factors of a chart.

Large though this number of combinations may seem, you need only to grasp ten concepts for planets, twelve concepts for signs, and twelve concepts for houses. You will then be able to make 1440 combinations as any one of the combinations is needed when you are reading a chart.

Practice, now, making the combinations, using this basic pattern for constructing a sentence:

The inclinations and motivation (inset the key words for the planet) will operate (insert the key words for the sign), concentrating upon (insert the key words for the house).

Planet

Keywords

Sun

to integrate, to express, to project

Moon

to respond, to react, to regulate

Mercury

to communicate, to concentrate, to transmit

Venus

to relate, to unite, to connect

Mars

to initiate, to activate, to move

Jupiter

to expand, to mature, to experience

Saturn

to limit, to control, to discipline

Uranus

to deviate, to invent, to reform

Neptune

to refine, to detect, to transcend

Pluto

to eliminate, to transform, to regenerate


 
 

Sign

Keywords

Aries

assertively, urgently

Taurus

possessively, enduringly

Gemini

versatilely, varably

Cancer

sensitively, protectively

Leo

impressively, creatively

Virgo

analytically, critically

Libra

unitedly, harmoniously

Scorpio

intensely, secretively

Sagittarius

freely, widely

Capricorn

prudently, reservedly

Aquarius

indifferently, unconventionally

Pisces

impressionably, intuitively


 
 

House

Keywords

1st

personal and self-related concerns

2nd

personal possessions and security

3rd

relationship to the immediate environment

4th

personal home and private life

5th

instinctive affections and re-creation

6th

services given and received and health

7th

partnership relations at a personal level

8th

material relationships involving shared resources

9th

mental and physical explorations

10th

place in society and standing in the world

11th

hopes and wishes and impermanent attachments

12th

freedom from restrictions

Aspects

You find the aspects in a computer printout of the astrological chart, usually in tables below the chart. Charts where planets and houses are inscribed in the circle of 360 degrees representing the zodiac (not the primitive twelve-equal wedges chart that is commonly used in the Anglo Saxon countries!) show the aspects as lines between planets and other important points of the chart.

The computer printout is sufficient for you to know the aspects. Usually the printout also indicates the orb of an aspect, i.e., how close the distance of the two planets is to the exact aspect. The larger the orb, the weaker the influence of the aspect will be.

Aspects are angular distances between planets in the zodiac, and between planets and the cusps of the first and tenth houses.

Distances between planets which are considered to be major aspects are the following:

0 degrees apart, or conjunction
60 degrees apart, or sextile
90 degrees apart, or square
120 degrees apart, or trine
180 degrees apart, or opposition.

In our present work we use the major aspects only.

When we say that two planets are in mutual aspect, we mean that the distance between these two planets is within a specific range. The distance is measured in degrees. This is so because the planets are inscribed in the periphery of a circle that represents the ecliptic, or the path on which the planets make their way through the zodiac.

To figure out the aspects is easy when you draw the planets and houses into the astrological signs. Each sign has 30 degrees, proceeding counter clockwise.

Aspects are strongest when they are correct. For instance when they are conjoint in the same degree, or exactly 60, 90, 120, or 180 degrees apart. When an aspect is exact, then its impact is strongest. The further planets are away from the point of the exact aspect, the weaker is the influence of the aspect. The range within which planets are effective is called the maximum orb of the aspect. Two planets that are 54 degrees or 66 degrees apart are still considered to be in the sextile aspect which would be exact at the distance of 60 degrees. However the influence of a sextile that measures 54or 66 degrees is much less than the influence of an exact sextile of 60 degrees.

As far as the orb of an aspect is concerned, opinions differ and so do computer programs. As a good rule you may consider 8 degrees maximum orb for the opposition and conjunction, 7 degrees for the square and trine, and 6 degrees for the sextile.

Besides the major aspects, astrologers work with many minor aspects such as aspects of 30, 45, 135, and 150 degrees. We will not consider these aspects at the beginning of our work.

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This web site contains a free astrology course in seven lessons. The approach that we take here to teach you natal astrology is the method of connecting astrological key words.  In fact, this course in astrology is designed that you can interpret an astrological chart after reading this course in astrology once.  Simply follow the instructions given in this course when interpreting the horoscope and others may be inclined to believe that you have been studying astrology for a long time!  Knowing your keywords, of course, will eventually be a must to practice natal astrology.  The mastery of natal astrology using the key word method will make it a lot easier to make predictions with the help of astrology and, eventually, help others and yourself by using the knowledge astrology in generating desired effects:  to cause positive permanent change in all areas of experience:  relationships, business, money, etc. Astrology is a powerful help in any form ofmanfestation technique:  In this technique of Astro Dynamic Manifestation, you can set the desired astrological trend and power such settings with life force. You find a good description of this powerful combination of astrology and manifestation techniques in http://www.astrodyn.com

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