First House/The Ascendant (Lagna) or starting point of the natal horoscope.

The First house reflects the basic characteristics of a person. It represents the life-essence, the environment and conditions of life and the general direction or Dharma that is suggested and further defined as:

  • physical appearance
  • personality
  • temperament
  • destiny in life
  • environment
  • destiny
  • early childhood

This house relates to our mission of attainment. It indicates how we manage our affluence and enjoyment of both our creative and material attainments. Several important aspects that are expressions of the Second house are:

  • speech
  • wealth
  • family relations
  • food and appetite
  • food

The Third house is our individual prowess, indicating how we develop our courage, strength and valor and how we express our thoughts and experiences. It represents your colleagues and younger siblings. The Third house is representative of the hands, therefore it indicates mechanical skill. It also relates to:

  • short journeys
  • fine arts
  • desires
  • adventure
  • writing

The Fourth house represents our sense of well being, which stems from the conditions of our early childhood including our nurturing, education and religious instruction. The nature of this house determines one’s general welfare, happiness, emotional stability and the degree of affluence attainable in life. As the Third house is short journeys, the Fourth house represents our conveyances. From the Fourth house we also see:

  • personal property
  • land inheritance
  • luxurious possessions
  • quality of life and end of life

The Fifth house shows us how we look at the world around ourselves. It is in the Fifth house that we find our creative impulse and one of the blessings of our expression is the creation of progeny. It is here that we express our play through sports, competition, hobbies and speculative interests. Intelligence is indicated through the Fifth house as well as love affairs and romance. Further study of the Fifth house indicates:

  • understanding of the life process
  • activities that guide the soul to its ultimate goal of liberation
  • the uniqueness of one’s individual path

The Sixth house represents our Karmic conditions from previous lives. Our painful experiences such as disease, debts and trials in life sometimes can only be understood from the theory of Karma. The unfortunate experiences compel and direct one to follow a particular course of action; our work and service and duty, which is advantageous to achieving our ultimate goals in life. It is through the Sixth house that we dismantle old thought patterns and habits. Difficulties arising are related to new possibilities in areas such as:

  • effort
  • litigation
  • marital difficulties
  • open enemies
  • employees 
  • relatives and pets

The Seventh house is now we begin to interact in the world through partnership. It is the arena where our energy and karma can be worked out. Social, business and legal partnerships fall under the influence of the Seventh house as the spouse, sexual unions and the winning of one’s object of desire. This house is further linked with:

  • foreign places
  • generosity
  • love
  • attainment of social status
  • one’s death

Unexpected and secret dimensions of life are represented by this house, which is difficult to analyze or comprehend. Represented here are upheavals and changes, obstacles, fears, accidents and longevity. It is also the house for surgeries and chronic illness. Issues of partnership are in the eight house as noted by:

  • partner’s assets
  • wills and estates
  • inheritance
  • other people’s assets
  • secret afflictions

The Ninth house is described as the house of destiny. It is the most auspicious of all the houses and it is the foundation of the spiritual triangle.  Mystic initiations and enlightenment are shown by the Ninth house. This is the house of the father, teacher (Guru), divine wisdom and knowledge and spiritual disciplines.

  • Secondary education
  • Opportunity
  • Luck and good fortune
  • long journeys
  • virtuous deeds
  • publishing

The Tenth house stands for an individual’s involvement through his inherent qualities in his environment. Described in the Tenth house is career, commerce and the manner in which one earns income. The determination of the vocation integrates the aspects of the personality; how we become known to others. Here we see the talents, achievements and power related to how one functions in the world. This is the realm of social interaction.

  • public recognition
  • reputation
  • government
  • authority
  • leadership
  • social status

The Eleventh house is where we invest ourselves in the mundane existence such as having to do with social activities, groups and organizations. Other aspects of this house have to do with the acquisition of what we wish for as well as financial gains as a result of our engagement. This house clearly defines the income produced as a result of our Tenth house livelihood. Other attributes of the Eleventh house:

  • awards
  • rewards
  • older siblings
  • friendships
  • aspirations
  • fulfillment of goals

The Twelfth House reveals the psychological make-up of an individual. It refers to the process that is undertaken on the journey through life and reveals our relationship with endings. It is in the Twelfth house where we find enlightenment and liberation from pain. Here we see the milestones on our journey as experienced through:

  • confinement 
  • solitude
  • foreign countries
  • expenditures
  • anxiety and mental anguish
  • conclusions
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