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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Seventh House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Seventh House

Enough about me; let's talk about you! But there are so many of you, we have to do this one at a time. The Seventh House is democratic that way. Sure, it's the house of marriage and represents the one person with whom you hope to spend your life, but it's also the house of every other one-to-one relationship. The Seventh House influences how you relate to other individuals. You might think that the way you relate to your spouse is different from how you relate to your business partners, salespeople, competitors, or open enemies, but it's not. There's one thing all of these people have in common. They're all mirrors reflecting your own issues back to you.

It's time to meet the real Seventh House. 


Angular House: The Seventh House is an angular house. No matter what house system you use, the Descendant will always be associated with the Seventh House. In most house systems, the Descendant defines the cusp of the Seventh House. When working with whole sign houses, the sign of the Descendant defines the Seventh House.

Prominence: Planets in the Seventh House are very prominent. They're clearly visible to the outside world, both because they're associated with an angle and because they're above the horizon. A planet in the Seventh House receives as score of +4 in prominence.

Relationship: The Seventh House describes your relationships with other individuals. Although it's often used to describe your primary relationship (i.e., your spouse), it's the house of other individuals and includes anyone you encounter in a one-to-one relationship.

Triggers: Triggers to the Seventh House, the Descendant, and/or the ruler of the Seventh House affect your one-to-one relationships. Remember, it's still your Seventh House. It relates to your perceptions and experiences of the people in your life, not to the actual people in your life. 

The Seventh House in the Natal Chart: Other People Reflecting Your Issues Back to You

The Universal Law of Relationships states that our partners in relationships are mirrors; they reflect our issues back to us. So, essentially, the Seventh House is a giant mirror. This makes sense when you remember that everything in your chart is a part of you. There's no one else here. You don't personally identify with the qualities of your Seventh House because they always seem to show up in other people and seem to be outside of you. But what you see in others is nothing more than what you fail to see in yourself.

This applies to the good, the bad, and the ugly. One of the key lessons in this human experience is to accept and integrate the qualities you judge as unacceptable in others, because those qualities live in you, too. Another key lesson is to recognize that you also embody the qualities you admire most in other people.

Each individual you encounter in one-to-one relationships reflects certain qualities back to you, but often it's like looking at yourself in a fun house mirror. All you can know for certain is that whatever you see in others lives somewhere in you, but you can't assume it shows up in the same way, or to the same degree.

The lessons of the Seventh House are about integration and acceptance. As you learn to love and accept other individuals — both in spite of and because of their flaws — you learn to love and accept yourself. The corollary to the Universal Law of Relationships is: "It's never about the other person." 

Planets in the Seventh House

Planets in the Seventh House express in relationships and involve other people. In fact, you're so used to seeing these planets reflected back to you through your relationships that you may forget that they're your planets. Other people seem to embody these planets, but remember: other people are mirrors.

You will always experience planets in the Seventh House in relationship to other individuals, but you must learn to own these planets. If you give them away to your partners in relationship, you give up your power and step into Victim Consciousness. 

The Ruler of the Seventh House in a Natal Chart

The planet that rules your Seventh House represents your partner in one-to-one relationships.

Aries or Scorpio on the Seventh House

If you have Aries or Scorpio on the cusp of your Seventh House, Mars, the Archetype of the Warrior is your partner in one-to-one relationships. You look to other people to embody your Warrior energy: to protect, defend, and most of all, to express anger. And yet until you own your anger and learn how to use this energy yourself, you will give away a significant amount of your power. Keep in mind that the ways you see other people express anger are not the only ways to express anger.

Taurus or Libra on the Seventh House

If you have Taurus or Libra on the cusp of your Seventh House, Venus, the Archetype of the Beloved is your partner in one-to-one relationships. You seek the Beloved in other people, but struggle to find the Beloved in yourself. You are endlessly drawn to individuals who embody your Core Values, and you get to experience these values while in relationship with them. But so long as you believe that the qualities of the Divine exist outside of yourself, you will never be truly happy.

Gemini or Virgo on the Seventh House

If you have Gemini or Virgo on the cusp of your Seventh House, Mercury, the Archetype of the Storyteller is your partner in one-to-one relationships. You look to other people to fill in the details and provide much of the content in your "little s" story. You prefer to look at the big picture and see the forest but not the individual trees. And as important as it is to establish the context of your story, you must also be responsible for a majority of the content. If you delegate too much to other people, you abdicate control over your life.

Cancer on the Seventh House

If you have Cancer on the cusp of your Seventh House, the Moon, the Archetype of the Reflection is your partner in one-to-one relationships. You become conscious of your safety needs and your attachments through your relationships. You consider yourself to be the rock, and surround yourself with people who rely on your stability to anchor their own emotions. And yet, what you experience in others is a reflection of your own issues. You must learn to recognize your own reflection and locate the feelings and emotions within you. This is how you will discover true safety.

Leo on the Seventh House

​If you have Leo on the cusp of your Seventh House, the Sun, the Archetype of the Hero is your partner in one-to-one relationships. The qualities that you admire and find attractive in other people are, in fact, qualities of your authentic "Big S" Self. Your partners in relationship are mirrors, reflecting your own issues and identity back to you. Until you recognize this and own these qualities, you will give your power away and deny the truth of your identity.

Sagittarius or Pisces on the Seventh House

If you have Sagittarius or Pisces on the cusp of your Seventh House, Jupiter, the Archetype of the Dreamer is your partner in one-to-one relationships. Your dreams, your faith, and your freedom live in other people, at least until you wake up and reclaim your power from them. By comparison, your life seems small and meaningless, while other people in your life grow by leaps and bounds, and claim their greatness. Let yourself be inspired by what you admire in others; it's a projection of your own potential. You may believe that you ride on their coattails, but this is not the case. Be careful about investing your faith in other people; you must learn to build faith in yourself.

Capricorn or Aquarius on the Seventh House

And if you have Capricorn or Aquarius on the cusp of your Seventh House, Saturn, the Archetype of the Judge is your partner in one-to-one relationships. You look to other people to play the role of Saturn in your life, setting boundaries, enforcing rules, and holding you accountable. You must learn, however, to take on the role of Saturn yourself because when you project Saturn on others, you give away your power. Learn by observing your partners in relationship and notice how the Law operates in their lives. Then incorporate those lessons in your own.

Houses Related to the Seventh House

The main houses related to the Seventh House are the First House and the Fifth House.

The Seventh House is “you,” while the First House is “me.”

The relationship between the ruler of the First House and the ruler of the Seventh House is central to questions about competition and relationships. The ruler of the First House always represents you and the ruler of the Seventh House represents the other person.

In the context of the natal chart, the First House contains everything that seems to describe "me" and the Seventh House contains everything that is "not me," because you encounter it in other people. 

The Seventh House is “marriage,” while the Fifth House is “love affairs.”

Modern romance has blurred the lines when it comes to defining romantic relationships, especially as so many couples reject or seek alternatives to the formal definition of marriage. On a personal level, this doesn't matter, but the distinction can be important in astrology. The rule of thumb is that the moment a couple move in together and live under the same roof, the relationship moves from a Fifth House "love affair" to a Seventh House "marriage."

By considering the nature and quality of the connections between the Fifth and Seventh Houses in the natal chart, we can see how easy it is for someone to move relationships between these houses. Some people are naturally fluid with their relationships, but others find it quite challenging to change the context of a relationship. If there is conflict between the ruler of the Fifth House and the ruler of the Seventh House, a relationship that starts casual will stay casual and rarely evolve into something more serious. In these cases, if you want a serious relationship, you have to treat the relationship as a marriage from the first date. Broadly, that means no sex without some kind of commitment. 

The Seventh House in Horary, Electional, and Mundane Astrology

The Seventh House shows up in a majority of horary questions because it represents other people. It's not the focus of every question, but it's usually a consideration. Unless someone has a clear association with a different house — a sibling or cousin belongs to the Third House, your father belongs to the Fourth House, a child belongs to the Fifth House, your mother belongs to the Tenth House — that person belongs to the Seventh House in the horary chart. And if the question involves some kind of competition, lawsuit, or sales transaction, the other party in the question belongs to the Seventh House even if they might also be associated with another house.

The Seventh House in a horary chart also represents the astrologer interpreting the chart. Before agreeing to answer a horary question for a client, an astrologer should consider the Seventh House and make sure there are no significant concerns there. Unless the question itself is specifically a Seventh House question involving marriage, relationship, or a lawsuit, an afflicted Seventh House warns that the astrologer may suffer if he or she agrees to answer the question.

All horary questions involving lawsuits, sales transactions, or competition are First House–Seventh House questions. The querent (the person asking the question) is the First House, and the other party is the Seventh House. To find the outcome of the question, you consider the condition of the rulers of the First and Seventh Houses, and look for any relationship between the two planets.

In horary questions about marriage or other relationships, the querent is the First House, and his or her partner in the relationship is the Seventh House.

The same principles apply in electional astrology with a few important caveats. In matters of competition and warfare, the aggressor (challenger) is the First House. If you're initiating the challenge or filing the lawsuit, you would look for a chart where the First House is stronger than the Seventh House, and where the ruler of the Seventh House moves into agreement or at least defers to the will of the ruler of the First House.

But when it comes to individual battles in a lawsuit, you can adjust the odds by choosing which side you want to be. In the case of mediation or arbitration on neutral territory, whoever shows up first takes control of the space, and assumes the role of the Seventh House. Since you will generally know the time and date of the mediation in advance, you can consider the chart of the event and judge which side has the advantage. If the First House dominates, show up a little late. If the Seventh House fares better, get there an hour early and wait.

In mundane astrology, the Seventh House represents open enemies to the nation, both individuals and nation states. It relates to all treaties, contracts, and agreements made by the country.

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