Houses 1, 5, and 9

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These are the ‘fire’ houses.

Starting with house 1, the sense of self rushes to the forefront bursting into the world as new consciousness is birthed. This is the house of birth and shows our first breath, our first feeling, and our first desires. We start our minds out with ‘me, me, me’ and this house does nothing but cater to it. Our personality is molded through the 1st house, and there are many different lenses. Any influence on your first house influences the way you see the world and how you see yourself. This is the house we take action in getting what we want, and often times, we need to take a time out and reflect on the first house to determine who we think we are and who we truly are and how our actions relate to both.

Moving on to the 5th house, we take our identity and use it to create. When we create, we are taking pieces of ourselves and birthing those pieces into independents. This is the house of artistic talent, and all types of creative ability. It is where we take our individual talents and use them to the best of our ability to represent ourselves. This house urges one to create in their own image- and therefor also rules children. Our offspring are our ultimate creation, the ultimate independent, the ultimate version of ourselves. We teach them according to our own ways. The 5th also rules joy, spontaneous affairs, and the enjoyment of life. We discover what makes us feel blessed to be alive.

Ending with the 9th, we ask ‘why?’ to the question of life. We ask ourselves why what we have discovered makes us happy, makes us happy! We ask what happiness even is. We ask how to preserve it. The 9th house is constantly learning and wondering and asking questions. It is not content with simple answers, however, and gets out there to experience the questions they have themselves. The 9th turns to religion, science, philosophy, psychology, spirituality, etc. to gain insight on every type of knowledge. We pack our bags in the 9th, and set off on daring adventures, planning on taking everything as learning material, and hoping we discover what it is we’re looking for. Standing still is rarely an option, but there are times we enjoy sitting and reflecting when in the 9th. The main goal is to gain as much experience as necessary to create our own truths.

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Saturn’s Chains

Saturn is a giant ball of gas floating out in space, complete with extremely fast swirling winds and a core of iron and rock. It’s is somewhat intimidating with its guards surrounding it in the form of rock and ice, like a ring of warriors waiting to attack in case anyone or anything tries to get close. As if the rings around Saturn weren’t enough company to keep, it has at least 62 moons that orbit it. Its biggest moon is Titan, being a little larger than Mercury. Some of its other moons are quite strange, holding different shapes than the traditional sphere.

Saturn, in astrology, is not an easy persona to peg. He can sway from extremely suffocating to outright justice. Mercy isn’t exactly Saturn’s strong suit. Justice, however, is. He gives out rules and puts boundaries on everything. He works hard to teach us how to work hard. He accepts responsibility and sees ways around it as pathetic. He does things the hard way. Saturn is structure. Saturn is the master of time and makes sure you don’t forget that. He organizes, perseveres, and doesn’t take short cuts. He disciplines roughly in order to get the seriousness of his cause across. He is, as he sees it, the ultimate authority. And he very well may be in many people’s lives since we live on a material plane and see this as the ultimate. He bows to no one. He nods his head only to those who have stood his long, tedious trials and come out on top all while being ethical.

Where Saturn sits in your chart will show you where the burden of harsh realities are felt the strongest. It will show you where you limit yourself or where others try to limit you. It will show you resistance and self-made boundaries. Saturn shows where you are hardest on yourself and others. It can cause difficulty in that area of life, but, following Saturn’s rules and putting in hard work and focused effort, also show where you will reap the most rewards. Most don’t rise to Saturn’s challenge and instead wallow in the ‘unfairness’ of life. Saturn is NOT unfair, he is just strict. He wants devotion to discipline and doesn’t allow excuses no matter how valid one may think they are. Once winning the favor of Saturn, one will win the favor of society and the hard work one does will be recognized.

Saturn spends about 2 and 1/2 years in each sign. This means that the sign your Saturn is in doesn’t affect you extremely personally, unless of course it is highly aspects. The sign can still tell of ways you work, however, especially when coupled with your house placement.

Saturn in the 1st house; Shows a strong sense of responsibility. Possibly very self-limiting and serious minded. May feel as if life is a daily struggle. Hard working. Always thinking about right and wrong. Hard on yourself and often have feelings of guilt. Feel as if there are too many demands placed on you at once.

Relieve this by taking control of your own decision making and don’t base it on whether you’ll feel guilty about it or not. You must learn to not take the weight of the world on your shoulders. Learn to relax and do things for yourself every once in awhile.

Saturn in the 2nd house; Constantly aware of their financial standing and possible low self-esteem regarding their ability to gain resources. Strong feelings towards the way our society works and feelings of being stuck in materialism. Doesn’t spend recklessly and may denounce others that do. Struggle between needing to possess and wishing to be free of the need.

Relieve this by positive reinforcement and telling yourself that you are able to support yourself. Then go out there and do it. Find something you enjoy that you can do to help finance the life you want. Realize you don’t need a lot to be happy and put more emphasis on values outside the physical realm.

Saturn in the 3rd house; Extremely self critical when it comes to communicating with others. Bounds self-expression inside in order to not be ridiculed. May find day-to-day life somewhat limiting and uncomfortable. Strong focusing powers that may leak into social area making them seem very serious. Possible difficulty learning or processing information, this can be purely mental or rooted in physical problems.

Relieve this by learning how to make mistakes and not feel traumatized by it. Put yourself out there and express yourself without rehearsing every once in awhile and don’t judge yourself so harshly when you slip up. You can do so much more when you aren’t critiquing every word you say, action you take, etc.

Saturn in the 4th house; Possible difficulties in childhood do to lack of affection or a parent that was overbearing and dominating. This person may have difficulty bringing out their nurturing side and find it awkward or non-existent (it is inside all of us). Feelings of inadequacy can lead to extremely low-self esteem and inner self being stunted and unexplored. Possible bitterness towards taking care of others.

Relieve this by reconnecting yourself with your inner nurturer. Start with yourself and allow yourself to be little again. Once you open up to your inner child it will be easier for you to see the beauty in helping others feel nurtured and loved.

Saturn in the 5th house; Seriously stunts self-expression. Feels as if expressing one’s self is unnecessary and bothersome. Spontaneity and optimism is possibly lacking. The need to work and exclude pleasure. Unable to relax or enjoy the little things in life with a laugh and a smile. Children, casual sex, and romance aren’t appealing and may be seen as a waste of time or tedious.

Relieve this by allowing humor, joy, and adoration back into your life. Don’t limit yourself. Do something silly. Don’t stifle your giggles. Go out and play. Watch a funny movie. Take a day off of work to dance, sing, paint, draw, swim, write poems, explore the woods, cuddle with a partner. Do something spontaneous.

Saturn in the 6th house; Denying self of pleasure. Strict daily routine. Living to work rather than working to live. Seeing things in black and white, feeling responsible for everything and leaving yourself no leeway. Feel in debt to others. Need to help others above yourself.

Relieve this by doing something little every day that is just for you. It can be a walk with your dog in the evenings followed by a scoop of ice cream, doing yoga in the mornings, etc. Also do something regularly a little bigger, such as going out dancing or spending time with your friends on a dinner date sharing stories over tea- whatever it is, make sure you enjoy it and are doing it for yourself. You must let go of all the responsibility you feel for everyone and everything and realize that you’re just one person and deserve to enjoy yourself while living your life. Even if it’s just the little things!

Saturn in the 7th house; Relationships may suffer. Feelings of suffocation when in relationships. Possibly attract domineering partners or are one yourself. Commitment is not taken lightly. Need time to grow bonds. Putting too many restrictions on how one relates to others, especially in romantic relationships.

Relieve this by opening your mind a little bit when it comes to relationships. There is not just one way to be in a relationship. There is not just ‘single’ or ‘married’. There are many gray areas in between and not all of them need to be so serious. Relationships should be fun! Whether they are a firm commitment or not. You can still enjoy yourself in them. Don’t let the feeling of impending doom in committed relationships linger- brush it off and use that energy toward making your partner feel loved. Find someone who is your equal rather than someone you can control or tries to control you.

Saturn in the 8th house; Extremely prone to transformations throughout lifetime. Anxiety regarding change. Sexual restriction. Exaggerated difficulty relating to death and the expectation of death. Strict on one’s view on their inner self and feels the need to put in hard work to change what is not working. Saturn in the Pluto house is rough- leaves no short cuts and the native puts a lot of pressure on themselves. Possible difficulty with money.

Relieve this by accepting change as a way of life. This means little changes as well as big changes, such as death. Release the constructs you have created around yourself in order to truly become who you are. Allow yourself to be lost in sexual union rather than limiting yourself or stressing out about it. Don’t be so harsh on yourself and know that with Saturn here, it may be hard, but transformation will always bring about a better and brighter you.

Saturn in the 9th house; Not open to new ideas. Possibly low educated or had difficulty in school. Possible travel anxiety or stress regarding traveling or broad subjects. Easily overwhelmed by new subjects or lots of information to learn. Unimpressed by philosophy and highly analytical and skeptical.

Relieve this by not dismissing new ideas too quickly. Broaden your mind. Don’t immediately get frustrated over new topics because of the excess of information, instead take small steps to learn it easier. Listen to other people’s opinions and experiences and don’t judge them or try to fit them into a category. Just take them as they are. Read some fiction! Possibly even science-fiction or fantasy to help deconstruct your strict view on reality.

Saturn in the 10th house; Feels scrutinized for life-decisions. Feels as if they’re always being judged. Need to take care of others or set them on the right path. Need to discipline and give rules to others ‘to help them’. May be seen as strict or serious-mannered by others. Sees themselves as upholding justice to the greatest degree. Possible father figure being domineering. Feeling the need to do what is expected of them.

Relieve this by letting go of the idea that you need to do what others expect you to do. Instead, look inside yourself and find what makes you happy and set out to do that. Also, resist the desire to constantly tell others how to live their lives. You may be trying to be helpful, but with Saturn in the 10th it seems domineering and restricting and can push others away. Instead use soft words and suggestions rather than rules.

Saturn in the 11th house; Friendship is taken extremely seriously and so you aren’t friends with just anyone. Possible loner. Doesn’t enjoy superficial conversation and feels disdain for those who partake in it. Difficulty making or keeping friends. Possible need to control others or have friends that want to control you. Feels responsible for friends. Doesn’t enjoy being part of a group and sees themselves as unique and mature.

Relieve this by seeing the beauty in every person you meet. Find positive characteristics in those you aren’t fond of. Let your friends make mistakes without ridiculing them or saying ‘I told you so’. Be more open to others and don’t put so much seriousness into communication and connecting with others when it doesn’t need to be. Be by yourself when you want, be with friends when you want- just don’t do something you don’t want to do because you feel responsible when you really aren’t. Take responsibility for yourself and your own actions and let others take theirs.

Saturn in the 12th house; Feelings of guilt intensified and the source may be unknown. Difficulty in life pushing native to consult other areas of relief. Possible addiction problems. Anxiety over losing hold on the emotions. Anxiety over losing one’s mind. Possible constant feeling of dread over life’s responsibilities. Possible strong devotion to spiritual matters. Loneliness and isolation. Deep sadness going unexpressed. Feeling the weight of the world.

Relieve this by getting all your secrets and difficulties out in the open. If it’s a lot, talk to a therapist or someone you trust. Express them all and then release them all. Realize that you aren’t an island. Many others have felt the things you do or did. Nothing is unfixable. Meditation is highly helpful for those with this position, as is making small adjustments to the daily routine such as daily yoga, writing, or exercise. Fear is unnecessary. Let go of it. Instead, visualize the positive things you want to manifest in your life. Don’t be afraid of your own power.

Chiron in the houses

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I believe that the comet Chiron is a very important part of our charts. It is the bridge between the personal planets and the outer planets, showing us the way to healing and the transcendence of personal pain. Once we get past the personal planets, if we wish to make a journey into the spiritual, we must first appease Chiron. He is the gatekeeper to our deepest wounds. He is there, guarding them, so that they cannot escape into your consciousness until you are ready to come to terms with them. It takes a certain level of awareness in order to work with Chiron, and if one battles what’s behind the gate without being fully prepared, they will be blasted back and have much ground to go back over until they come upon Chiron again. Though Chiron can only be worked on when approached, his ill still lurks inside our subconscious and affects us. That is why it’s best to make your pilgrimage past the personal to the domain of Chiron and finally start your self-healing.

Where Chiron is in your chart shows us where we will approach Chiron. It is where our deepest wound resides. The aspects that Chiron makes should only include major aspects to personal planets. This means aspect in conjunction, opposition, trine, or square (I also look at tight orbed quincunxes) your personal planets. Astrologers use a variety of orbs for Chiron but I stick to no more than 4 degrees (though I’ve seen some 5-6 degrees manifest in charts I’ve worked with in the past).

Chiron in the 1st house: This shows your deepest wound residing in your sense of self. You may neglect your own personality or self-interests in order to appease others. You are a fighter for those who are less fortunate and give wonderful advice to others who seek your council. Helping others help themselves and find their true potential is your strong point. Your weak point is doing the same for yourself. You may have trouble defining yourself and finding meaning in your life. You often neglect yourself or feel unworthy. The lesson you need to learn is self-love and self-respect. Let yourself do what you love and take your own advice as if you were giving this same advice to someone you love. Build up your personality, don’t limit yourself or feel selfish for it, you must learn to accept yourself as a unique individual with personal power in order to transcend.

Chiron in the 2nd house: This shows your deepest wound residing in your sense of self-worth. You may have trouble seeing the worth in your own being without having something to offer. This placement usually shows disappointment in one’s self when one is having financial difficulties. It can give one an exaggerated need for material assets. When one is well equipped materially, one will still not be happy until they find the worth in their spirit and their own being rather than what they own. You are not your possessions, your worth is not what you have to physically offer. You can see the worth in others who aren’t well off and can be very helpful in getting them to see the positive sides to themselves that exclude the material, but when it comes to yourself, you are not as kind. This placement shows a need for finding things of value inside yourself rather than outside yourself. When you truly find your personal worth you will be able to transcend your deepest wound.

Chiron in the 3rd house: This shows your deepest wound residing in communication. This could mean constant feelings of being misunderstood or not being listened to. It can also show unintentional or intentional insults in childhood that have left you with low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. Some with this placement feel that they cannot express what they truly feel either because they don’t know how to put it into words or they feel they won’t be listened to. Some say that difficulties with siblings can occur with this placement. You are an advocate for those who are not heard. You can easily speak up for others who are being bullied or put down but you cannot do the same for yourself. The goal of Chiron here is to show you that your words are important and you are worthy of attention. You can admit your mistakes and praise your accomplishments without feeling guilty. Realizing your divine being can help you gain confidence in yourself. When you learn to speak without need to be heard, but instead just being able to express yourself, and knowing that it is valid and important, then you will have healed your deepest wound.

Chiron in the 4th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in your family life. It can predict a difficult childhood, confinement to home, being cast out, or even having a disabled parent that was in need of your constant attention. This can manifest in many ways but the important factor is that you must learn to separate yourself from your past and not let the chains hold you down. This is a hard placement to dig into because the 4th house shows the deepest part of your soul, and therefore, Chiron nestles far down and is almost invisible. Being objective in approaching the past is necessary to get anywhere. Forgiving the past is needed. Forgiving yourself and those who made you feel the way you felt is needed. You have a strong sense of empathy for others and a desire inside you to nurture those who feel displaced. You must learn how to nurture yourself the same way. Once you forgive the past, learn to allow self-nurturing, and open yourself up to world without fear of getting hurt- you can transcend the pain.

Chiron in the 5th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in your creative expression. Creative expression does not just mean art or music related, but also in experiencing joy from things that make you happy. Quick relationships and children are ruled by this house, as well as recreational sex. You may have been held back from being able to do what you wanted to do and therefor feel restricted. You must learn that doing purely for pleasure is absolutely okay and crucial to your happiness. You do not have to be so serious all the time and can afford to relax every once in awhile. This is the placement that needs to abide by the advice- ‘take time to smell the flowers’. You can easily help others branch out and express themselves and know what they need in order to feel joy, but when it comes to you personally, you feel you can’t let yourself do that. Free yourself, express yourself, laugh and smile and enjoy your life for the simple fact of being alive! This will bring you healing.

Chiron in the 6th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in daily needs and health. You may be preoccupied with your own health and possibly even be a hypochondriac. You worry incessantly yet don’t do much to remedy it. Routine is difficult for you and you prefer to do things of your own accord, but you can easily tell others how to organize their own life and keep up with healthy habits. On the flip side, you may be too obsessed with keeping up with your own routine and become quite inflexible in the ways you work. You may wish you could relieve yourself of all the strict rules you place on yourself but feel you cannot risk it. This placement can show health problems early on in life, or even throughout life, and this can stem from or lead to your worried state of mind. It can also lead to possible eating disorders and obsession over weight and health. The goal here is to allow yourself some freedom. It is to accept the way you are and make only necessary boundaries for yourself, and leave the rest up to your whims. If you deny routine, try adding a little structure to your life here and there and you might find yourself benefiting from it. Relaxation, essentially, is the key word. Your physical wounding doesn’t need to add to emotional wounding. Free yourself of the worry and RELAX.

Chiron in the 7th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in close relationships. It can physically manifest through parental divorces or the parents having a rough relationship. It can also show lack of closeness with the parents while growing up. In turn, this can lead the native toward uneasy feelings regarding relationships. You may feel unwanted or rejected by those you wish to form close partnerships with and therefore avoid them all together. With this being so, you have great insight into relationships and can easily detect problems in others’ relationships and show them how to remedy them. For yourself though, you may feel blinded or cursed. You fear being abandoned. You need loyalty and commitment in a relationship, and confidence in those, in order to be happy. But the key to truly being happy, despite the outside factors, is to get over the fear of rejection. You can do this by learning how to be alone. You must cure this Chiron placement by kneeling to it, and in this case, that is kneeling to yourself and coming to an understanding that you are all you need.

Chiron in the 8th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in resources, deep connection, death, and sex. There are many different ways this placement can express itself. Materially, it can manifest through dependence on others or others depending on you too much. Physically, it can manifest through difficulties in feeling fulfilled sexually, yet being able to fulfill partners easily. Emotionally, it can manifest in great sorrow regarding death. Possibly having deaths in your early childhood or having those close to you die. You may be able to console those who are feeling sorrow, but are unable to console yourself. Whichever these are, the important thing to remember is to respect yourself, accept the cycles of life, and let go. You can heal each of these wounds by being honest and upfront. You must learn to share your emotions in order to transcend them. You know transformation lurks behind disaster better than anyone. Clear the soot. Embrace the change.

Chiron in the 9th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in expansion. This can be physically, meaning travel, or mentally, meaning philosophy or religion. You may go through a transformation of beliefs at least once in your life and it can be very prominent and life-changing. You are a life long learner and strong advocate of constant learning yet you may stress yourself out in trying to do just that. You are a great teacher, but if you don’t allow your mind to expand and see other sides to things, you can be arrogant and unwavering. You put a lot of stress on yourself to follow what you currently believe, yet allow others to be flexible in their approaches and offer up multiple ways of doing things. You enjoy helping others expand, yet you are afraid to yourself. It’s important to continue to expand your mind, and you can do that through travel and study and listening to others. To heal this wound, you must let truth shine through rather than holding convictions that you’ve grown out of as well as DO what you feel your soul pulling you toward. Everything is a learning experience after all.

Chiron in the 10th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in reputation. This is an easy explanation, but not so easy in practice. You desire to be recognized and admired. You want to be seen as accomplished and respected. It may be difficult for you to find worth in yourself unless others see worth in you and that there is tangible reasons behind it. On another side, you may feel that what you do always caters to others rather than yourself. You may be scared to succeed because of the fear of failure. In any of these cases, fear is the backdrop. You want to succeed because you fear rejection. You are scared to try and succeed because you fear ridicule. You fear your current career because you’re always neglecting your own needs and the further you go the more you neglect yourself. This can all be remedied by acceptance and coming to terms with who you truly are what you want. Ask yourself who you are and what will make you happy and go after that. Don’t do things to appease other people, do them to make yourself happy, whether that is being super successful or sitting in the middle of a daisy field writing music. Heal yourself by accepting yourself.

Chiron in the 11th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in friendship and hopes. You may often feel rejected by others and this can lead you to be quite lonely. You are unique and you know that you don’t fit in with the normal crowd, so instead you seek out those that have similar points of view in order to not be rejected anymore. You can easily help others fit in somewhere you are, but you find it difficult to fit yourself in with others. It’s important to recognize that we are all divine beings, interconnected, and that we belong everywhere- not just with those who are of like mind. You may feel lonely and a little bitter because of this and reject anyone that doesn’t fit into your description of ‘friend’ because you fear the connection not working out. Learn to make connections without preconceived notions of how it’s going to go, and remember that ‘everyone you meet is your guru’. You have something to gain from everyone just as everyone has something to gain by coming into contact with you.

Chiron in the 12th house: This shows your deepest wound residing in your psyche. Any placement in the 12th house is a very spiritual one, and those not on a spiritual path will feel 12th house energy in a ‘negative’ way because it is relentless in sending lessons our way until we learn them. This placement shows that you have difficulty opening yourself up to others, yet are extremely empathetic and desire to help those in need and often encourage others to share with you their problems so you can help. You may be fiercely private. You may have special psychic abilities. You may reject these abilities and deny them to much frustration. Chiron in the 12th will keep throwing difficulties your way in order to teach you lessons in acceptance and seeing the bigger picture. One may feel plagued, but the plague shall end when once simply accepts. Accept yourself, accept others, explore your own spirituality and find a path that suits you and walk it. Compassion is the necessity behind this house, and that means for yourself as well as for others.

Venus in the 1st house

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Venus is the planet of beauty and love. Wherever it is placed in your chart tends to denote what you find attractive or what you truly love. Venus has different temperaments depending on the sign, house, and aspects.

Venus in the first house is a very fortunate aspect. The first house goes hand in hand with your ascendant. It is your personality, how others see you, who you are on a humanly level, your ego, etc. With Venus in your first house, love and beauty is prominent. You will have definite ideas about what you find beautiful. These are unique from person to person, but the commonality is that it’s important to you. You may care too much about how others see you. This can be remedied by learning how to love yourself, which should be easy when you try, since your Venus is in your house of self. There’s a fine line here between feeling not worthy enough and feeling that no one is worthy enough for you. This can denote a big ego, but that is with a lower evolved person. With a higher evolved Venus in the first house, the person will be very loving towards everyone they meet. They will be charming and exude a beautiful vibe that attracts people to them. Others tend to fall in love with this person easily because their Venus in the first house reflects the other person’s beliefs on love right back at them. It mostly has nothing to do with them, but their mirror others see them as is full of beauty. They are mostly physically beautiful, but if not, others still find them beautiful in their mannerisms or their personality. They tend to make an impression on others that isn’t easily forgotten. It can be difficult for a Venus in the first house that has a compassionate nature to let others down with ease because they want to be able to fulfill others wishes. Those who aren’t as concerned with others’ emotions take this to their advantage in not so nice ways. The maturity of the person affects this position A LOT. Ones with a lower maturity level will be self-centered, egotistical, selfish, and expect things to come to them easily without any effort. Ones with a higher maturity level will be a light unto others, showing them how to love themselves and how to see and appreciate the beauty around them. These people are truly inspirational when they let go of selfishness. They can be somewhat lazy at times or adamant in getting what they want . This is because they find it hard to be happy if things they feel are necessary aren’t met. This doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t do these things for themselves because they definitely will.  When in love, they are fully committed and adore making their lover happy. They can almost fuse into their lover and need to learn how to keep clear boundaries between their own personalities and their lover’s. They adore making others happy. Beauty, in any way, is appealing to them. Whether it is the arts, nature, emotion, physical, etc. They tend to be open and honest about how much they care for others and aren’t shy about expressing their love. Venus in the first house has some Aries influence, so their love may be quick reacting and quick receding. A Venus in Aries in the first would make this doubly true. In other signs, the Aries influence isn’t as strong, but still gives that gift of attracting others immediately with a sort of exciting innocence or upbeat determination.

Of course all of this varies depending on aspects and what signs their Venus is in, but overall, this is the influence. If you have this position let me know what resonates with you!