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Houses: The Playing Field of the Planets
by Julene Packer-Louis

Quadruplicities of the Houses

Angular Houses: 1, 4, 7, 10 - begins quadrant, initiating energy, activation, generation
(red - corresponds to cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn - beginning of seasons)
Succedent Houses: 2, 5, 8, 11 - stabilizes, solidifies, materializes the angular
(blue - corresponds to fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius - season holds firm)
Cadent Houses: 3, 6, 9, 12 - ends quadrant, distributes, adjusts, reorients succedent
(green - corresponds to mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces - season morphing into next)

The self process that initiates in angular stabilizes in succedent and revises in cadent.

Triplicities of the Houses

Life Houses: 1, 5, 9 Fire Trinity of Spirit - creative spark begins stages of development
(red - corresponds to fire signs of Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
Wealth Houses: 2, 6, 10 Earth Trinity of Matter - provides substance, form, material
(green - corresponds to earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Relationship Houses: 3, 7, 11 Air Trinity of Relationships - communicate, collect, share
(yellow - corresponds to air signs of Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
Synthesis Houses:4, 8, 12 Water Trinity of Soul - feel, synthesize, absorb, immerse
(blue - corresponds to water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

The development process that begins in the life houses finds material form in the wealth (or substance) houses, is conceptualized and shared in the relationship houses and becomes synthesized emotionally in the houses of synthesis (or endings).

The Houses: The Stage Life Unfolds Upon

The overlay of the quadruplicities and triplicities provides an overlay where each house has its own unique energy. The houses are the playing field for the planets and can operate on different levels: physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. The houses provide us the landscape of the map of our inner and outer life. If we were to look at our life as a play, the houses are like the stage (planets being like the actors, signs being the costumes, aspects being the dialogue). Therefore the houses provide us with the information of when? and where? along life's path. They are the various areas of the settings in which life unfolds.

1st House - Angular Life: House of Self
Physical: embodiment, physical body, appearance
Psychological: approach to new beginnings, energies we need to develop
Emotional: filters we attach to our world as we interact w/ it
Spiritual: autonomous drive towards self actualization

2nd House - Succedent Wealth: Houses of Possessions, Money & Values
Physical: material earning potential, creature comforts, reveling in sensory pleasures
Psychological: self worth and values
Emotional: attachments to objects for security
Spiritual: release of attachments evolves into spiritual values and worth

3rd House - Cadent Relationship: House of Communication & Early Education
Physical: school, siblings, neighborhood, short trips, media, news
Psychological: communicating, developing concepts
Emotional: how we feel about above relationships, learning and communication skills
Spiritual: spiritual training ground for relationships and conceptual insight

4th House - Angular Synthesis: House of Home & Family
Physical: heritage, family, nurturing parent, home - early childhood & later life
Psychological: role in family dynamics, patterns developed for emotional security
Emotional: sense of belonging, emotional security, bonding
Spiritual: synthesis of instinctual development

5th House - Succedent Life: House of Children, Creativity & Play
Physical: children, recreation, play, gambling, talents, creativity
Psychological: pride, ego-gratification, admiration, recognition
Emotional: where ego is thwarted and squelched or admired and encouraged
Spiritual: who we are becoming, glimpse of individual purpose

6th House - Cadent Wealth: House of Service & Health
Physical: health, routines/regimens, service, apprenticeship (what we do w/ our talents)
Psychological: sense of duty, discernment, judgment, discrimination
Emotional: feeling useful, helpful
Spiritual: purification, devotion

7th House - Angular Relationships: House of Marriage & Partnerships
Physical: relations w/ spouse, best friend, business partner, open enemies, law suits
Psychological: harmony, diplomacy, tact, manipulation
Emotional: triggers involving projection, seeing our self reflected in others & vise-versa
Spiritual: feedback provides broader self view and understanding of projections

8th House - Succedent Synthesis: House of Joint Resources & Transformation
Physical: joint bank accounts, taxes, re-generative surgery, inheritance
Psychological: integration of the shadow, deeper recesses of the mind
Emotional: feelings of the synthesis of the ego process, intimacy, mergence
Spiritual: transforming of ego façade, ridding psychological garbage, rebirth

9th House - Cadent Life: House of Philosophy, Beliefs, & Journeys
Physical: travels, foreign affairs, higher education, expansion of experience
Psychological: wisdom of experience, beliefs, philosophies, truths
Emotional: sense of greater purpose, connecting to larger world, exploring new horizons
Spiritual: personal quest for metaphorical Holy Grail

10th House - Angular Substance: House of Career & Social Standing
Physical: society’s rules, bosses, social behavioral parent, authority figures, career, public self, goals, public recognition, social standing
Psychological: drive to achieve goals, parental & societal programs of "shoulds"
Emotional: financial security, feelings around social & career position
Spiritual: integrating our purpose into the world and doing our truth from the 9th

11th House - Succedent Relationships: House of Friends & Humanity
Physical: groups, organizations, causes, circle of friends, ideals for humanity
Psychological: integrating self into group, recognition of collective ego
Emotional: acting for greater good
Spiritual: awakening to larger purpose

12 House - Cadent Synthesis: House of Dreams, Self-Undoing & Redemption
Physical: meditation, dreams, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, ashrams, solitude
Psychological: recognition of beyond the mind, sacrifices, addictions, escapism
Emotional: feeling of separateness and feelings of being one with all
Spiritual: dissolution of the ego and recognition of divinity within and in others

© Julene Packer-Louis, 2006

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