The Houses are the places in the wheel of the zodiac where the experiences of the planets and signs take place. The house system divides the sky into 12 portions of experience. Each house is studied more closely to examine the different areas of life.
The First House or the ascendant, also known as the rising sign, is one of the most important houses in the zodiac. It rules the appearance and has a large influence on the personality. It is how the person appears to others. It is the house of new beginnings.
The Second House is the area of life that relates to finances and circumstances. It rules ones financial status and general living conditions.
The Third House is the area of life that emphasizes ideas, communication, writing, letters, brothers and sisters, short journeys, and daily activities.
The fourth house rules early childhood and end of life matters. It rules either the mother or the father depending on the astrologer. I personally go with the ‘mother’ astro crowd, but check aspects for the father too. It rules the home, especially the kitchen, real estate and land ownership.
The Fifth House rules ones children, speculation, gambling, the stock market, love and romance, creative undertakings, and leisure activities.
The Sixth house has to do with the kind of work one does, with health and hygiene related matters, nursing and employees and tenants. It also includes rulership of small animals and pets.
The seventh house rules marriage and partnership. As with the other houses, the conditions of the marriage or lack thereof will depend on the signs and planets in this and related houses.
The Eighth House is the house of death and taxes, of sexual matters and health conditions related to the reproductive system. It rules financial matters, including other peoples money, inheritance, death, taxes and insurance holdings.
The Ninth house is the house that shows experience with established religion, law, higher education, university learning, sports, long distance journeys, foreign matters and large animals.
The Tenth House is the house of career and reputation. It is thought by many astrologers to be related to the father but some say the mother. It is as important as the ascendant. The 10th house focuses on ones career and social standing, honors achieved and reputation.
The Eleventh house is the house of friendships, large groups, especially those of women, and new thought movements. It rules electricity new ideas and the future. It is related to humanitarian ideas and projects.