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The first house of the horoscope is that sign of the Zodiac which you would see on the eastern horizon at the time for which the figure is made. It is called the ascendant. It rules the personal appearance of the native, and influences the mind to a certain extent, especially if any planet be in the ascendant.
The planet which rules the ascendant is called the ruling planet, and any planet in the ascendant is called co-ruler. If an evil planet – Saturn, Mars or Uranus-be in the ascendant, the native will have a mole, mark or scar on tb0 head. Mercury in the ascendant gives a quick, active mind, excellent intellect. Venus gives a pleasant, affectionate nature, love and talent for music, art, etc., and causes early marriage. The Sun gives ambition, pride, enterprise and ability. The Moon gives ambition, intellect, etc., but much depends on her aspects. Mars gives quick temper, determination, mechanical ability. Jupiter gives power to command and govern, executive ability, good business qualities. Saturn gives a deep mind, often scientific, but often causes ill-succees in marriage. Uranus gives persistency, eccentricities, love of travel. Neptune gives a love for the grand, sublime, poetical and ideal.
Much depends on the aspects which may be formed between planets in the ascendant and other planets. If the aspects are good, the native will have an excellent mind and may rise high in the world. The disposition will be good and he or she will have many friends, even though evil planets be in the ascendant but well aspected. If evil espects are formed, the native is fickle, changeable, unsteady, often quick tempered and deceitful. Therefore, the student should consider well what aspects are formed before giving a hasty judgment.
The second house rules the native’s wealth and worldly goods, and the planet which rules the second house must also be considered. If Mercury, Moon or Sun are in the second house and well aspected to other planets, it is a very good testimony that the native will have a fortunate life, but if afflicted (*), no ability or success in accumulating money. Venus is very fortunate but causes excessive generosity. Mars causes sudden losses. Jupiter gives excellent success. Saturn prevents the accumulation of wealth. Uranus acts as Mars unless well aspected, also Neptune.
The third house and ruling planet governs brothers and sisters, short journeys, neighbors. letters, writings, etc. Mercury or Moon in the third shows a good penman, love of the mysterious. Venus causes short journeys. Mars shows inharmony between brothers and sisters. Jupiter shows travel and profit thereby. Saturn or Uranus cause longer journeys, a love or adaptability for occult studies. Neptune causes water journeys, For good or evil indications, judge somewhat from thewaspects formed.
The fourth house and ruling planet rule the father, inheritances and shows the condition at the end of his or her life. The aspects which may be formed with planets in the 4th house will modify or increase good or evil indications. Mercury, Moon and Sun depend on whether the aspects are good or evil. Venus in the 4th shows an easy life, many friends. Mars shows much discord, many disappointments. Jupiter shows a fortunate and easy life, unless afflicted. Saturn and Uranus show that the native will work as long as he lives.
The fifth house and ruling planet rules children, speculation, games of chance. The Sun or Moon therein, well aspected, is a favorable testimony. Mars, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune, in the 5th are unfavorable, particularly so if in evil aspect to others.
The sixth house and ruler refers to servants, inferiors and the sickness the native is liable to. The Sun or Moon in the 6th, and afflicted, shows treacherous servants who will rob the native. Also shows weakness in the part of the body which the 6th house rules. Mars or Saturn in the Gth, and afflicted, shows many periods of ill-health. If well aspected, the health will not be bad.
The seventh house and the ruling planet, rules marriage, adversaries, partners in business, enemies, etc. Good planets in the 7th, and well aspected, are good testimonies for all these; evil planets are unfortunate.
The eighth house refers, with its ruler, to inheritance, death, and is the house of money of the husband or wife. Jupiter, Venus, Sun or Moon in the 8th, and well aspected, favors the inheritance of money or property. Mars, Saturn or Uranus, in the 8th, shows disputes over inheritances, the husband or wife will be poor.
The ninth house and ruling planet, governs long journeys, the religion of the native, his studies, etc. Many planets in the 9th, in a movable sign, shows much travel. Saturn, Uranus or Moon in the 9th, shows a stubborn nature, love and adaptability for the occult. Jupiter in the 9th, shows sincerity, honesty.
The tenth house is called the mid heaven. It is the place in the heavens directly overhead at the time the horoscope is made. The Sun, Moon or ruler of the aecendant, is a fortunate testimony, if unaffected. Saturn, Mars or Uranus in the mid-heaven, is very unfortunate, unless very well aspected; if afflicted, the native is liable to discledit or disgrace. Jupiter or Venus in the 10th house, is a most fortunate indication unless seriously afflicted.
The eleventh house and ruling planet, refers to friends; good planets therein shows many good friends; evil planets show friends who impose upon the native.
The twelfth house and ruling planet, refers to secret enemies, self-undoing, and imprisonment. Venus, Jupiter, Sun or Moon in 12th, and well aspected, shows no secret enemies, and many friends. Mars, Saturn or Uranus in the 12th, and afflicted, threatens disgrace, discredit, secret enemies or imprisonment, but if well aspected, this would be overcome.
From Guide to Astrology by Fredrick White
* Affliction in traditional Western astrology refers to a planet that is in aspect (particularly conjunction, square, and opposition) to one of the malefics – Saturn and Mars.
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