Now we reach the third element, which, intelligently combined with the two others, will give us the most extraordinary inside view into the lives of the subjects under inspection.
This new and distinct element in our study consists in another method of dividing the Zodiac, discovered or prescribed by the ancient Magi, and their successors, the Egyptian Priests. Here again, the Zodiac is divided into twelve equal parts, called this time “Solar Houses,” and designated by the numerals I. to XII. in Roman figures.
The student will remember that, when we began our examination of the Signs of the Zodiac, we placed the first Sign, “Aries,” in what is called the “Orient” ( = East) of the Zodiacal circle. This same space (to the left hand of the reader when examining a diagram of the Zodiac) is permanently occupied by House I.
Proceeding downward to what is called the “Bottom” of the Horoscope, we place House II. in the compartment reserved for “Taurus.”
Continuing in the same direction we place:
House III. in “Gemini.”
House IV. in “Cancer.”
House V. in “Leo.”
House VI. in “Virgo.”
House VII. in “Libra.”
House VIII. in “Scorpio.”
House IX. in “Sagittarius.”
House X. in “Capricorn.”
House XI. in “Aquarius.”
House XII. in “Pisces.”
The illustration in this Chapter locates the 12 Houses in accordance with the above enumeration. Now, this is the position of the Houses in every Horoscope; they never change.
On the other hand, the Signs of the Zodiac, although keeping in their immutable order, are “oriented” (placed) in such a manner that the sign containing the date of the subject’s birth always occupies the space which is devoted to Aries when the Zodiac is, as above, examined by itself and without having any particular individual in view. In other words, the sign representing the date of birth is invariably placed in House I.
As an example, let us suppose that the subject was born on September 23, i. e., in the second degree of Libra. After drawing a circle and dividing it into twelve equal parts, we shall place the sign of Libra where, in our illustration, Aries is marked. Then, working our way downward, we will place:
Scorpio where Taurus was.
Sagittarius where Gemini was.
Capricorn where Cancer was.
Aquarius where Leo was.
Pisces where Virgo was.
Aries where Libra was.
Taurus where Scorpio was.
Gemini where Sagittarius was.
Cancer where Capricorn was.
Leo where Aquarius was.
Virgo where Pisces was.
In such a Horoscope the signs are located in the following Houses:
Libra in House I.; Scorpio in House II.; Sagittarius in House III.; Capricorn in House IV.; Aquarius in House V.; Pisces in House VI.; Aries in House VII.; Taurus in House VIII.; Gemini in House IX.; Cancer in House X.; Leo in House XI.; Virgo in House XII.
As each of the Houses embraces one or more of the leading features of man or woman’s physical, mental, and moral characteristics, as well as all the important events of his or her life, the clear understanding of the meanings of the Solar Houses — not only by themselves but in connection with the signs of the Zodiac which the fatality of birth has caused to be located in each of the Houses — brings us a wide step nearer to a complete comprehension of the Astrological mysteries.
Let me give you first the grouping of the twelve Houses in four divisions of high philosophical importance and at the same time of real practical utility for every student. And in this connection, allow me to remind you of the divisions of the Signs of the Zodiac into the four Trinocracies: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
Here we have also four groups:
First Group: House I., V., IX. — These represent the life of the subject: — House I., his own life and type. House V., his life in his children. House IX., his life in the upper world, in God; his religion.
Second Group: Houses X., VI., II. — These represent the activity, honors and money-making possibilities of the subject. — House X., refers to what is not financial, in one’s prosperity, such as promotions, honors, etc., House VI., to the possessions of the subject that are of an animated nature, such as slaves, cattle, etc. House II., treats of the other kinds of wealth.
Third Group: Houses VII., III., XI. — They represent love in its various manifestations. — House VII., refers to marriage, and in general to love between the sexes. House III., to blood relations. House XI., to friends.
Fourth Group: Houses IV,, XII., VIII. — They represent old age, illness and death. — House IV., refers to the various traits that come by heredity. House XII., to all the troubles that may affect us: disease, imprisonment, exile, etc. House VIII., reveals the time and manner of death.
Almost as a matter of course, its next neighbor, House IX., is devoted to such revelations as refer to the Supreme Being and a future life.
In these elementary lessons I try to avoid, as much as possible, the introduction of too many technical words, and yet I must speak here of two other divisions of the Houses, which are referred to frequently in more extended Astrological works. The first is as follows:
Houses I., IV., VII. and X. are called “Cardinal” or “Angular.”
Houses II., V., VIII. and XI. are called “Succedent.”
Houses III. VI., IX. and XII are called “Cadent.”
The second division is as follows:
Good or “Favorable”: Houses I., II., V., VII., X.
Indifferent or “Middling”: Houses III., IV., IX., XI.
Bad or “Unfavorable”: Houses VI., VIII., XII.
I wish I had the space and time to demonstrate to you that the apparent disorder in the arrangement of the Houses is, in reality, a most admirable and logical grouping of all the elements that compose a human existence. I will only add this — which applies to everything I have taught you so far: no single department of Astrological study — either the characteristics of the Signs of Zodiac, or the nature and position of the Planets, or the location and meanings of the Solar Houses, taken separately and apart from the other elements of study, could suffice to cast a reliable Horoscope, although in many respects it may furnish surprisingly accurate data. It is only the combined examination of all these three great components that brings forth a true and worthy Horoscope. We are studying now each of these elements separately, but in a short time I shall be able to initiate you a little further, and to place in your hands the key of one of the most curious and trustworthy of the occult sciences.
As stated above, we find in each House accurate information referring to some special characteristics or events concerning the person under examination.
Thus, House I., called also “the Horoscope” or “the House of Nativity,” is especially rich in details concerning the subject’s type, his physical, mental and moral propensities, and his past, present and future health. Here, also, we find everything concerning the duration of life and possible accidents, especially those that might affect the head.
House II. furnishes information about pecuniary transactions, their success or failure, the probabilities of becoming rich at some time or other, whether it be advisable to take risks in money matters or, on the contrary, to be satisfied with a moderate competence acquired without resorting to any speculative ventures. It also tells gamblers when, and when not, to tempt fickle fortune.
A close study of all the various features of astrology proves a fairly sure guide in all enterprises that possess an element of danger. But a long experience is necessary before such revelations are to be trusted at all. Beware of so-called astrologers who offer their services to speculators on the Board of Trade or the Stock Exchange; as a rule, they are absolute frauds, as they do not give themselves the trouble to go deep enough in the arcana of our science to obtain reliable answers to their clients’ queries. In most cases they are not astrologers at all, but simply swindlers.
House III. will tell you everything of interest concerning your brothers, sisters, and other collateral relatives. It reveals also when travels and minor changes in the subject’s existence are to take place, also the influence of passing acquaintances.
House IV. refers to parents and ancestors in the direct line; to inheritances, legacies, family secrets, mysteries of all kinds in which the subject, his parents and his direct descendants are interested. A loss of position due to some family stain or disaster is also occasionally found marked in this House.
House V. is known as the “House of Good Fortune,” and in it most of the joys of life are discovered. Our love affairs, either ending in marriage or otherwise; our children; success in our career, the satisfactions of our pride; the presents we receive, and the rewards that come to us — deserved or not — all these and many others of similar nature are predicted to us by astrological readings based on the occupants of House V.
House VI. used to be dubbed, by the ancient astrologers, the “Hospital of the Zodiac,” and it truly deserves this appellation, since it is there that we are notified of everything concerning our illnesses, our most serious disappointments, the cruel blows that Fate has in reserve for us, and our repeated failure to triumph over “what has been written.” In the same House we must look for all that concerns our inferiors, our servants, our dependents.
House VII. is the revealer of such things as relate to marriage and every kind of partnership. Strange to say, it is here also that we are apprized of our open enemies’ attacks, of fights, and — should we be rulers of our fellow-beings — of the wars we shall have to wage or which will be waged against us. The fact that this House is directly opposite to House I., the House of the subject’s birth — renders it dangerous and inimical to the very existence of the person under examination. Separations, divorces, grave disagreements in matters of affection and interest are also found predicted herein.
House VIII. divides with Houses VI. and XII. the worst prognostics that are furnished by astrological examinations. It tells of sorrows, of the loss of beloved ones, of serious wounds, of fatal accidents, of diseases, and of death. The only consolation we can sometimes extract from this House is the announcement of unexpected inheritances, of gifts of importance coming to us unexpected, but welcome.
House IX. reminds us of the resources and holy balm to be found in religion, of the possible development of our higher brain-power, of our abilities for philosophical studies, of our love for delving into the mysterious realms of the occult. Whenever this House is well endowed with Signs and Stars in their favorable aspects, you may feel certain that the subject is a person of very unusual accomplishments.
House X. is the revealing center of all the honors and dignities that may gild the life-horizon of the person under examination. Remember that it does not promise the realization of foolish ambitions, entirely out of porportion to the subject’s position in life. But, within the sphere where Fate has placed his lot, he will be looked up to as a leader, and if he is never to be “the second in Rome,” he is fairly sure to be “first in his village.” In one’s calling or profession, prominence is in the gift of this House; it is believed by many astrologers that House X. gives more vain glory than moneyed success. As a side issue, we often consult House X. for information on the subject’s mother, while in House IV. the father’s fate is found predicted or related.
House XI. is the revealer of the benefactors and the true friends it may be our lot to meet during life. They are, as we all know to our sorrow, few and far between, and so are the disinterested protectors also announced in this House. Finally, by the fact of its being exactly opposite House V. we obtain here supplementary information concerning our children, the alliances (matrimonial or other) we may contract, and we are also told sometimes of the chances of seeing our most cherished hopes realized.
House XII. is undoubtedly the worst of the 12 Zodiacal habitations, especially for those who do not consider death as being the greatest evil man is heir to. It refers to the troubles and heart burnings coming to us from the treachery of friends; to ceaseless persecutions rendering our life more than a purgatory; to calumny pursuing us relentlessly, to imprisonment, exile, wretched poverty, unutterable discouragement and despair.
And this ends my rapid examination of the 12 Houses, the close study of which I take the liberty of particularly recommending to my readers.
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From Practical Astrology by Comte C. de Saint-Germain
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