The Twelve Houses of the Zodiac

The "natural rulers" of each house describes the specific area [or field of experience] of each house. Learn the natural rulers of each house in order to become familiar with each house's unique energy pattern. (See Study Guide: Symbols of Astrology)

The sign on the cusp of each house in your own natal chart shows the external conditioning you receive in regard to the affairs of that house.

Each of the houses in your natal chart corresponds to, or is said to be "ruled by", a specific Astrological sign that represents a field of experience that challenges you to develop the qualities of it's corresponding Sign.

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FIRST HOUSE   (ARIES is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to develop your own unique identity and present it to the world.

Traditionally this house is associated with personal appearance.

SECOND HOUSE    ( TAURUS is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to define and refine your personal sense of values. The things, talents, and qualities that you treasure, cherish, enjoy, and hold on to for security are here.

Traditionally this house is associated with ; inner and outer talents and resources, personal values.

THIRD HOUSE     ( GEMINI is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to organize personal experiences to form your own unique picture of the world, and then communicate your perceptions to others.

Traditionally this house is associated with; brothers and sisters; basic education; eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.

FOURTH HOUSE     ( CANCER is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to develop your capacity for emotional closeness; to find a feeling of security ; and to face the effects your early childhood experiences had upon you.

Traditionally this house is associated with; nurturing; inherited traits; unconditional love; the type of home you establish.

FIFTH HOUSE     ( LEO is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to develop your creativity and self-esteem, and to find joy in living.

Traditionally this house is associated with; children; enthusiasm; creativity; and motivation.

SIXTH HOUSE    ( VIRGO is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to seek competence; to function efficiently, in your physical body and in your work.

Traditionally this house is associated with ; work; health; services; habit patterns; food; diet; pets.

SEVENTH HOUSE    ( LIBRA is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to develop committed relationships with others.

Traditionally this house is associated with; your attitudes toward spouses and partners; intimate relationships; friends; dealings with the public; what you look for in others.

EIGHTH HOUSE    ( SCORPIO is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to boldly wrest all the powers of your psyche from the deep, dark underworld; focus all that power with ruthless intensity on the process of breaking down your reality structure into little pieces, then reassemble all the pieces into a new whole. Here is the place where all the taboos of society are addressed; where you dig into your own "internal garbage" to find the treasure hidden there. Think of a compost heap where all the bits of decaying food break down and eventually turn into fertilizer to nourish new growth.

Traditionally this house is associated with; other peoples's resources (possessions, money); sex; death and regeneration.

NINTH HOUSE    ( SAGITTARIUS is the natural ruler. )

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to broaden your philosophical perspectives and to realize your highest potentials.

Traditionally this house is associated with; the higher mind; higher education; law; in-laws; grand children.

TENTH HOUSE    ( CAPRICORN is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to earn respect and recognition in the world.

Traditionally this house is associated with; ambition; status; reputation; career; the parent who set limits for you as a child.

ELEVENTH HOUSE    ( AQUARIUS is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to establish a relationship with group consciousness and contribute your gifts to community.

Traditionally this house is associated with; humanitarian organizations; associations; friends; hopes, wishes and and ambitions; shared ideals.

TWELFTH HOUSE    ( PISCES is the natural ruler.)

This is the field of experience in which you are challenged to explore your inner depths in solitude and silence; to discern between illumination and illusion, between spiritual growth and escapism. Before you can transcend the definitions of reality that confine you, you must be willing to let go of them. These definitions often have to become uncomfortable before we want to let go of them. Disillusionment and the experience of "bad luck" can create the desire to move through and beyond what is causing the pain.

Traditionally this house is associated with; the unconscious; self undoing; sacrifice; karma; secrets; secret enemies; hospitals and institutions of confinement.

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