The 12 Astrological Houses

Example of the 12 houses
Example of the 12 houses or ‘pieces of pie.’

Any planet or sign in a house always suggests the most natural way to unfold the life plan in the area of life the house represents. –Howard Sasportas, in his book The Twelve Houses.

The meanings of the houses are deep and rich with metaphorical and literal content but here is a quick list to get you started.

Keywords for the astrological houses
Keywords for the astrological houses

The HOUSES are the pieces of pie, the sections of space divided into twelve 30 degree slices round which the zodiac spans.

They represent areas of life, inner and outer, and symbolize the environment where an intention or drive (planet/sign) is acting out. The ruler on the house cups and the sign or signs contained in the house suggest the climate found in that environment.

Any planets residing in a given house or transiting there show us where the needs and drives are operating. We meet those planets, and the archetypal characters they symbolize, in that area of life.

Special Note: There is no such thing as an empty house.

Even a house that has no planets in it will have a sign on the cusp, the sign that rules that house. The sign will have one or two ruling planets linked to it, and they also hold sway there. Then there are the transits that are daily, monthly and yearly traveling through the house. Also when we form relationships of all kinds, those other people will have planets that fall into our supposedly ’empty’ house. Bottom line: there is no such thing as an empty house!

For information and tools for working with the Derivative Houses, go here

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©Kim Falconer March 2013 – updated 2021

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