The chartwheel is separated and interpreted in various ways. These include:
Directions: North, South, East West
Angular Houses: 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th
Succedent Houses: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th
Cadent Houses: 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th
The directions as mapped out on a chartwheel appear to be reversed.
Northern Houses: Includes the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th houses. Shows the individual wants privacy if there’s an overbalance of planets.
The eighth house is the house of mysteries, but also of intense passions, jealousy and manipulation. Commonly known as the house of sex and death, planets in and transits to the eighth house all reflect transformation in one way or another, and transformation rarely comes easily.
On the plus side, the eighth house tells us about your sex drive and your sensuality. On the minus side, it also lays bare the lengths to which you will go if you feel wronged, and that’s often not a pretty sight. The sign on the cusp of the eighth house reveals your hidden depths, for better and for worse. You may have tremendous inner courage or resourcefulness, which will be shown here, but you may also have a dangerously manipulative or jealous streak – how that may pan out is hinted at here too.
Other hidden things are revealed by the eighth house too, particularly hidden knowledge. This is one of the places we look to find your interest in and knowledge of esoteric topics and your fascination with life’s mysteries. This is also where we find long-held grudges or deeply buried secrets.
Don’t fear the eighth house. Despite its popular association with death, it doesn’t reveal how or when you will die. We’re not really talking about physical death here – more the death of ideas, plans or dreams. Many endings are associated with the eighth house, but from each ending a new beginning can come – that’s why this is the house of transformation.
The fourth house is where you put down roots. From your current home and family to your historic ancestry and your genealogical history, this house identifies the foundations upon which your life is built. The sign on the cusp of the fourth house reflects your overall sense of home and belonging.
We look to the fourth house to see what kind of domestic environment you have or would like – from where you’d like to live to your interior decorating style, everything domestic has a signature somewhere in the fourth house. It also tells us about your approach to family life and your ethos as a parent. If you’re a strict disciplinarian, this house will help us understand why; if you’re a free-range parent, it will explain that too.
The fourth house also reflects your childhood relationship with whichever parent you were closest to. Difficulties growing up are evident here and so is the joy and stability which comes from a happy childhood.
Because of its connection with your ancestors and your history, the fourth house also expresses your attitude towards tradition and your approach towards “doing what has always been done”. If you’re the type who finds it hard to move on from the past, the fourth house will tell us so. It will also show us how well – or not – you learn from experience.
Transits involving the fourth house typically suggest changes at home and within the family; any planets which were here at birth will help us to analyze your reaction to such changes.
Expansion is a good keyword for the ninth house. This is where you expand your mind, your ideas and your physical horizons, whether through education or travel. It’s the house of philosophy, with planets here reflecting your worldview, your morality and your religious beliefs. Since the focus is on expansion, however, this house also reflects the way your ideas evolve and change as you learn and grow. Nothing stays the same forever and the ninth house will reveal how your knowledge accumulates and develops and how you handle challenges to your beliefs and opinions.
Higher education is a ninth house issue and so are the law and legal matters. Your attitude towards justice and fairness is shaped by planets in and transits to the ninth house. If you have experienced injustice on a personal level, the ninth house will also shed light on how that experience has shaped you, for better and worse, into the person you are today.
There’s a certain restlessness to the ninth house, because this is where your inner adventurer lives. Itchy feet and a desire to explore have their roots in this house, and the way in which travels broadens the mind is a direct link to this house’s intellectual roots.
The sign on the cusp of the ninth house reveal to what extent you seek change and adventure, or conversely, to what extent you cling to the status quo. It also shows how you react to inevitable change and how easy it is for you to adapt to new ways of life.
Ah, the house of love! The seventh house is where we look to find clues to your love life, your sense of romance, your commitment to a relationship and your own wants and needs from a partner. If you’re the cool, distant type, the seventh house will tell us; if you’re a hopeless romantic, that will show up here too. Planets in and transits to the seventh house are linked to your interpersonal relationships in many ways, from how faithful you are to how keen you are to settle down and what you’re prepared to accept from a lover.
It’s no coincidence that the cusp of the seventh house is directly opposite the cusp of the first house, which deals with your identity. The sign on the cusp of this house reveals how you blend with another person, becoming part of something greater than yourself as an individual. It’s not only about love, although that’s what this house is most known for – other partnerships like business partnerships feature here too. The seventh house also reveals how you deal with your enemies – love after all, is just a flip of the coin away from a very different emotion altogether.
The energies of the seventh house can be useful in showing your strengths and weaknesses in dealing with others, and this house also reveals how you cope with heartbreak and with disappointment in love. Whether you’re happily in love or wondering if the right person even exists, your seventh house is where we look for insight.