The Astrological birth chart is made up of all the Planets, the Sun, the Moon, the Rising Sign and the Midheaven. The placements of these components are recorded on the Wheel of 12 Houses. The Rising Sign or Ascendant is the constellation that was on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth and determines the beginning of the first house. The other 11 houses are placed anticlockwise around the wheel. |
Each planet has a relationship to the other heavenly bodies in your birth chart. These relationships are measured in degrees and are called ASPECTS. When planets are in an aspect of 0, 60, 90, 120, or 180 degrees, it is called a major aspect. When planets are in aspect of 30, 45, 72, 135, 144 or 150 degrees of separation they are considered minor aspects.
Each sign has a ruling planet, and that planet and sign is said to rule a particular house and each house represents a sphere of life.
The First house is ruled by Leo and the Sun. Leo's symbol is the Lion, its element is Fire and it is a Fixed sign. Leo represents the Heart and Back in the human body and the First house represents the 'Self'
The Second house is ruled by Cancer and the Moon. Cancer's symbol is the Crab, its element is Water and it is a Cardinal sign. Cancer represents the Stomach and Breast in the human body and the Second house represents 'Money'
The Third house is ruled by Gemini and Mercury. Gemini's symbol is the Twins, its element is Air and it is a Mutable sign. Gemini represents the Hands, Arms and Lungs in the human body and the Third house represents Brothers and sisters, Communications, Education, Ideas, Problem solving.
The Fourth house is ruled by Taurus and Venus. Taurus' symbol is the Bull, its element is the Earth and it is a Fixed sign. Taurus represents the Throat in the human body and the Fourth house represents Residences and property.
The Fifth house is ruled by Aries and Mars. Aries' symbol is the Ram, its element is Fire and it is a Cardinal sign. Aries represents the Head in the human body, and is impulsive, often rushes headlong into things, and the Fifth house represents Family, Fun, Love life, Pleasure and Romance.
The Sixth house is ruled by Pisces and Neptune. Pisces' symbol is the Two Fishes, its element is Water and it is a Mutable sign. Pisces represents the Feet in the human body and the Sixth house represents The Work Environment and Social survival.
The Seventh house is ruled by Aquarius and Uranus. Aquarius' symbol is the Water Bearer, its element is Air and it is a Fixed sign. Aquarius represents the Ankles, Calf's and the Blood in the human body and the Seventh house represents Adaptation, Change, Enemies, Involvment, Lawsuits and Marriage.
The Eighth house is ruled by Capricorn and Saturn. Capricorn's symbol is the Goat, its element is the Earth and it is a Cardinal sign. Capricorn represents the Knees in the human body and the Eighth house represents The Establishment, Inheritances, Legal issues, Mortgages and Personal survival.
The Ninth house is ruled by Sagittarius and Jupiter. Sagittarius' symbol is the Centaur, half man half horse, its element is Fire and it is a Mutable sign. Sagittarius represents the Thighs in the human body and the Ninth house represents Foreign Languages, Higher education, International Communications, Long distance travel and Spirituality.
The Tenth house is ruled by Scorpio and Pluto. Scorpio's symbol is the Scorpion, its element is Water and it is a Fixed sign. Scorpio represents the Sex Organs in the human body and the 10th house represents The Career, Occupation or Profession.
The Eleventh house is ruled by Libra and Venus. Libra's symbol is the Scales, its element is Air and it is a Cardinal sign. Libra represents the Kidneys in the human body and the Eleventh house represents Clubs, Friendships, Networks, Platonic relationships and Social Groups.
The Twelfth house is ruled by Virgo and Mercury. Virgo's symbol is the Virgin, its element is the Earth and it is a Mutable sign. Virgo represents the Intestines in the human body and the Twelfth house represents Hospitals, Monasteries, Prisons, Psychiatric Institutions and Retreats.
Author: Geoff Cooper Astrology: Natal Charts Explained >
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