Astrology is a fascinating study and offers us deep insights into our inner life, motivations, and personality. But none of us exist in a vacuum; we learn even more about ourselves through our interactions with others: our relationships, our jobs, and our group affiliations.
In my first article in this series I introduced the ascendent, or eastern horizon. The ascendent and the first house represent you, your body, your temperament, and your vitality. The first six houses that fall below the horizon describe my inner world- from my values and resources to my family and my children.
The opposite point to the ascendent is the decedent, or the western horizon. If the ascendent represents “me” then the decedent represents “you” (or the other). We find the houses that are above the horizon (7-12) describe my experience out in the world and in relation to other people.
The seventh house in astrology is the house of relationship. It represents those people with whom we have some kind of relationship – a spouse, business partner, the party in a legal proceeding, a client, or known enemy.
The traditional and modern meanings of the seventh house tend to agree on these points.
The seventh house is an angular house and therefore planets in this house have the power to act. Remember that planets in angular houses are more apparent in our lives because the four angles represent the four main outlets in life- my body, my family, my relationships, and my job.
In horary astrology the seventh house represents marriage, the spouse, any type of contractual partner, the opposite party in a lawsuit, a known enemy, and just about “anybody” that the querant asks about.
In mundane astrology the seventh house represents public enemies, outlaws, fugitives, and agreements with other nations.
In medical astrology the seventh house represents the doctor and his ability to cure the disease. In the body it rules from the navel to the top of the legs, including the buttocks, lower intestines, bladder, womb, and reproductive organs.