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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Astrology Houses

Jessica Lanyadoo
Photo credit: Mary Fama

From Cosmopolitan

They’re the cosmic version of a crystal ball—only way more legit. There are 12 houses, each representing a key part of life, from health to money to relationships and everything in between. Consider the wheel of houses as a map in the sky, with planets constantly moving from house to house. The locations of the planets at the moment of your birth (or throughout your life) can give you valuable insights—so if Jupiter (the planet of luck) was in your second house (which rules finances) right when you were born, making money will likely come easy to you. (Share the love, pls?)

Photo credit: Mary Fama

Now pair this handy guide, below, with your own natal chart and be amazed by the sneak peek at how all your hopes, dreams, and drama may unfold.

1st house

This governs what you look like and how you present yourself to the world. It’s all about how others see you (this is also known as your rising sign or ascendant).

2nd house

Where you’ll find the things you value on a practical level, like money (both your potential to make it and how you relate to it), and your general relationship to your stuff.

3rd house

Lots going on here: your attitude, intellect, and communication. Friends and neighbors too. Also, sort of randomly: early education.

4th house

This is about your home and your family—both the one you come from and the one you may someday create.

5th house

Watch out: This house is all about love affairs, creativity, fertility, sex drive, dating, romance, and fun. (Who’s sweating?)

6th house

It rules the things you do every day (even granular stuff like brushing your teeth and
petting your pup). This is also where you can see your physical health and habits.

7th house

Call up your crew. Here, you’ll find partnerships—who you like and how you relate to others—your BFF, your life partner, your frenemies, and your straight-up enemies.

8th house

Another one with A Lot going on: bigger money stuff like inheritances, taxes, and debt. Fun! Also, completely unrelated, orgasms. And how you feel about death. Casual.

9th house

Welcome to higher learning, ethics, and vision. Here’s where your view of the world is shaped. For this reason, it’s also all about international travel.

10th house

NBD, just your life calling—your purpose and your career are based here. It’s also the highest point in the chart, where you’ll want to be recognized for your achievements.

11th house

Your less emo social connections live here alongside humanitarian concerns. Look to the 11th for revolution, evolution, and the organizing it takes to get there.

12th house

PSA: So much of the stuff that gets caught in your blind spots stems from this house, which governs mental and spiritual health and your earliest developmental experiences.

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