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.