Planets in the 12 Houses
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Planets in the Twelve Houses

How the energy of the planets is felt in the houses

The planets exert a great deal of energy in the house in which they are physically located in the birth chart.  This energy is directed toward the function of the house.  The planets modify the tone of affairs told by the sign on the cusp of the house.  Planets represent action in the horoscope, and the house in which the planet resides is the home of the action in question. Thus, having several planets in one house can make the entanglements of that house very complex and often more significant in the life.

To set the placement of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets in your chart you must have already obtained a copy of your chart and become familiar with the symbols of each planet. If you haven't obtained a free copy of your personal horoscope, visit the Astrodienst website to get one. Check out the symbols here.

Here are readings for the Sun, the Moon, and the planets in each of the twelve houses of the horoscope: 

 Sun   Moon  Mercury  Venus  Mars
 Jupiter  Saturn  Uranus  Neptune  Pluto
Here's a little more on planets in houses in case you aren't totally confused already. When you purchase a computer reading of your horoscope, the reading you will get regarding each planet in the houses will surely be the precise house in which the planet is located. However, when you look at your chart, there may be a few instances when this should come into question. Suppose, for example, that the Ascendant (the first house cusp) in a chart is at the 15th degree in Libra, and that Jupiter was positioned at the 13th degree in Libra. That would place Jupiter in the 12th house, right? That's what the computer would say, but many thoughtful astrologers would read this as Jupiter being in conjunction with the Ascendant, and end up reading it as bringing its action to bear in the first house, rather than in the 12th.

This same idea would apply for each and every house cusp. If the planet is IN THE SAME SIGN as the sign on the next house cusp, and close enough to be considered IN CONJUNCTION WITH that next house cusp, the action of the planet will most likely be directed into the oncoming house. In these cases, I might modify my reading to say "Jupiter is in conjunction with the Ascendant (or 5th house cusp, as the case may be), rather than saying "Jupiter is in the xxx house...." In other words, I would consider the "planets in houses" readings as suitable to delineate the conjunction of a planet with the Ascendant or with any other house cusp.

© Michael McClain 1996-2012.  Permission is granted for unlimited noncommercial use.  All other rights reserved. 

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