Typically people call on an astrologer when they want help with their income or relationships. Oftentimes the astrologer will look into a specific sector (house) in your chart to determine where and how to focus your energy and attention to achieve the desired outcome. They may look at second house transits and activity for income, and fifth and seventh house transits and activity for romance and relationships. This makes sense and can offer a certain level of success for individuals who are already living in alignment with their charts, for the most part. But the cold hard truth of the matter is, if you haven’t taken care of business in your first house of identity, nothing else in your chart is ever going to work properly. It doesn’t matter how much love and attention you shower on your income and relationship sectors, if you didn’t take care of business in the first house, your income and relationships are going to be a mess.
The second factor that can derail an individual is astrocartography. Each location on the planet has its own frequency and resonance. If you are living in a location that is in dissonance with your personal energy signature and resonance, everything can feel like a struggle and the only real option is to MOVE! This can be especially important if there are complicated interceptions within a chart. Even though we may have needed to be in a particular place and moment in time, to get just the right frequency to slide into consciousness (to be born), oftentimes the place that was ideal for us at the time of our birth is not suitable for sustaining us over the long term. If we ignore this factor within our charts, we are not getting the full picture. We must work the wheel in the proper order and in a place that supports us energetically.
The astrological wheel, of the Placidus House system, is designed for each house to build upon itself. The lower houses, one through six, need to be fully developed in childhood, in order to create a strong foundation for one’s adult life. So here’s the breakdown of the houses:
- Identity – How you choose to present yourself to the world
- Basic Survival Needs – This house is often associated with income. And it is literally the easiest way for you to make income, which in turn provides for your basic needs, shelter, food, water, etc. And yes! This can be developed in one’s childhood. In my opinion, Kindergarten should be devoted to developing the persona and the identity of the first house. First grade through high school is best used to learn the basics of the core subjects AND developing the skills that are in alignment with one’s income sector and building on those skills with each successive year. As one does this, one’s identity becomes more firmly rooted, developed, and solidified.
- Communication and interaction with your immediate environment – This house governs the core subjects studied in primary school as mentioned above. The people you share your childhood home with as in siblings. The short daily trips you make. And the back and forth exchange of ideas needed to establish yourself as a valuable contributor within your immediate community.
- Your home – The environment and atmosphere you need in order to feel nurtured and supported.
- Play – The activities, atmosphere, and environment you need in order to feel rested and rejuvenated. How you best re-charge your own batteries and facilitate the natural flow of creativity.
- The daily grind – The daily activities and routines that you need to support you; body, mind, and soul.
- Relationships – The partnerships, business and marital, that support you best in this lifetime. What you naturally bring to the table and what you need from those partnerships. The environment you need to thrive in contractual relationships.
- Investments – What and how to invest in to create a stable, secure future for yourself. This can be investments in stocks, insurance, etc. or of a more spiritual nature as in investing in occult practices. This also can refer to inheritances. We typically choose to leave are fortunes to the people who invested the most time and energy into us while we were living. Therefore, inheritance is the result of our investments.
- Expansion – This is what one needs to expand one’s awareness to one’s highest state of consciousness through higher education and foreign travel. Exposing oneself to foreign cultures and philosophies.
- Career – This is the culmination of all the prior houses. This is where we find the type of career where we can be most effective and thrive. This house is our world stage. And it tells us what we need to thrive on that stage.
- Associations – This is typically referred to the house of friends and it does say something about the friends we choose. But the ultimate goal of this house is to connect with galactic consciousness. This is where we find the groups and associations that enable us to have the greatest impact on humanity. Again, it is the culmination of all the prior houses.
- Spirit – This house tells us how we can have the strongest and most powerful connection with the spirit realm. When we have honored all of the previous houses the culmination in this house results in the self-actualized human being. Once this occurs our energy becomes like a figure eight. We can dive down into the depths of the spirit realm and commune with the Divine gaining knowledge and insights that can be brought back to the surface and shared with humanity, then we draw from the collective, take what we learn and dive back down into the realms of spirit, birthing again something new to send out into the collective; and on and on for infinite.
The houses refer to a particular sector of your life. The zodiacal signs refer to the environment and atmosphere we need to focus on creating within each sector. The planets point to our special gifts and where and how to put those gifts into action. The asteroids point to highly specialized skills and talents. Interceptions can show where we have psychic and latent skills that need to be unearthed and developed. Astrocartography sheds light on the places that provide us the most energetic support.
This is just one way of using the zodiacal chart. I call it the Dharma Chart because I feel it is the single most powerful tool in the achieving of “not holding” suffering. It is not to say that all of the other forms of astrology are not helpful and valuable. The zodiac is “like an onion, Donkey”. There are many, many layers and just as many ways to tap into its secrets.