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The Astrological Houses

The Astrological Houses

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The Astrological Houses is an in-depth essay which includes a explanation of the astronomy of the houses, a detailed description of each house, and a summary of the house systems. It also includes information on the ascendant, mid-heaven, descendant, vertex, and east point (equatorial ascendant).
The Astrological Houses is an in-depth essay which includes a explanation of the astronomy of the houses, a detailed description of each house, and a summary of the house systems. It also includes information on the ascendant, mid-heaven, descendant, vertex, and east point (equatorial ascendant).

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The Astrological Houses
 
A Time for Every Matter Under Heaven
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven
 — 
 
Ecclesiastes 3:1
We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Conduct of LifeTo me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle,
 
 Every inch of space is a miracle,
 
 Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
 
Walt Whitman
 
 Leaves of Grass
 
Providence has its appointed hour for everything.We cannot command results, we can only strive.
Mohandas Gandhi
One man cannot do right in one department of lifewhilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other departments. Life is one indivisible whole.
Mohandas Gandhi
The future is something which everyone reachesat the rate of 60 minutes an hour,whatever he does, whoever he is.
C. S. Lewis
To me, Sports is the toy department of human life.
Howard Cosell
 
The Earth’s Moon revolves around the Earth every 28 days. The Earth revolves around the Sun
in a little over 365 days. All that makes up our solar system the Milky Way
 — 
its planets,planetoids, asteroids, meteors, and comets
 — 
is constantly moving, each at its own unique speed.All of these bodies, including the Earth, Moon, and Sun, also rotate on their respective axes attheir own speeds and in diverse directions. Our Sun moves through our galaxy the Milky Way,and the Milky Way travels through the universe with its cluster of galaxies. The universe appearsto be expanding, creating more space for old galaxies to occupy as it gives birth to new galaxies.Our universe moves and we move with it.
 
Once the Moon has completed one revolution, the Earth has moved farther in its orbit around theSun. All the other bodies in our solar system have moved as well. The Sun has swirled a littlefarther along in the Milky Way, the Milky Way has moved a little closer to Andromeda, and theuniverse has expanded. By the time the Moon has returned to a particular point in relation to theEarth, the Earth has moved in relation to the Sun. The other bodies in our solar system havemoved as well. Our solar system has moved, following the Sun through space. The spatialrelationships among the objects in our universe are never completely repeated.The universe is constantly changing. It never repeats itself. No one moment in time is everduplicated. The stars and planets move at neck-breaking speed, but we notice very littlemovement from our point of view on Earth. The Sun, stars, and planets are so far away that we
don’t notice much of their movement in one lifetime. The ancients described the distant stars as
being
 fixed 
. It is the
apparent 
fixity of the stars that allows us to chart the relative movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets in our solar system and compare astrologically one moment of timewith another.In order to make sense of this ever-changing universe and communicate that sense, we need aframework of relative stability. The fixed stars serve as that framework. We describe themovements of the Sun, Moon, and other planets by measuring their movements against thebackground of the fixed stars. We also use the fixed stars to measure the spin of the Earth as itrotates on its axis.A natal chart, or birth chart, is simply a snapshot of the cosmos, in particular our solar system, atthe time and place of birth. It is a miniature diagram, usually in the shape of a wheel,symbolizing what the sky looked like at the moment of birth as seen from the birthplace. It is atwo-dimensional drawing of the sky surrounding the Earth at a particular point on Earth at agiven moment. It locates the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, and stars longitudinally for aparticular place at a particular moment. It includes those bodies that were below the horizon as if we could see in all directions through the Earth.
 
The Three Dimensions of the Two-Dimensional Birth Chart
In whatever form the birth chart is presented (circular, square, etc.), it is a two-dimensionalreplication of what we normally consider to be a three-dimensional phenomenon
 — 
the sky oruniverse surrounding the birth or beginning of a new entity at the place and time that the newentity was born or became an individual.The new entity or individual may not have been able to see the sky above it or below it due toeither man-made structures and limitations (buildings, walls, ceilings, etc.) or natural structuresand limitations (clouds, mountains, the intensity of sunlight, the limits of the physical eyes, theplanet Earth, etc.), but the universe was there at birth in spite of any obstructions.The place of birth was surrounded by the universe to the east, west (one dimension), north, andsouth (a second dimension). It was also surrounded from above and below. An imaginary linemay be drawn from what lies directly overhead of the place of birth, through the Earth, and out
 
into the sky or universe on the opposite side of the Earth. Thus, the place of birth and the birthchart have not only an east and west (one dimension) and a north and south (a seconddimension), but also a top and a bottom or up and down (a third dimension).The three-dimensional sky or universe is symbolically portrayed in the two-dimensional birthchart. In the typical calculation of a birth chart for someone born above the equator, the southernand the above or top coordinates are combined as are the northern and the below or bottomcoordinates. That is, the second dimension and the third dimension are combined into one seconddimension. For a birth chart of someone born below the equator, the north and top are combinedinto one and the south and bottom become one.The Earth rotates on its axis in a little less than 24 hours. Thus, due to this rotation one degree of sky appears to cross the horizon in about four minutes. Every four minutes a new degree of thezodiac appears to be rising on the eastern horizon. Practically speaking, in Western astrology adifferent birth chart appears for anyone born at any particular place every four minutes. That is,only people born at the same location within four minutes of one another have the same birthcharts.Unfortunately, many or most birth times are rarely recorded with such accuracy. Fortunately,most of us would not perceive the difference in character or personality symbolized by thedifference in a degree or two of space, let alone by the differences symbolized by changes of less
than one degree of space. However, the exact timing of events in a person’s life loses s
omedegree of accuracy if the birth time is inaccurate. This is especially true when certain astrologicalmethods are used to calculate the dates of events.The place of birth is just as important as the time of birth. Our solar system and the entireuniverse appear differently from one place to the next. Someone in the northern hemisphere seescompletely different stars than someone in the southern hemisphere sees. As a traveler movesfarther north or farther south in either hemisphere, new stars can be seen while some of the starsthat were visible before disappear.The planets in our solar system all tend to orbit the Sun around the middle or equator of the Sun.In Earth terms, this tendency means that the equators of most of the planets are parallel, or close
to parallel, to the Earth’s equator most of the time.
 
A person in the northern hemisphere must look south towards the Earth’s equator to see the other 
planets in our solar system. A person in the southern hemisphere must look north towards the
Earth’s equator to see the planets. A person on the Earth’s equator looks directly above to see the
planets.
 
The Horizon on the Two-dimensional Birth Chart
Most schools of astrology place the east on the left hand side of the chart and the west on theright hand side. A straight line is drawn from the east to the west. This line represents the east-west
horizon
. What was theoretically visible or above the horizon at the time and place of birth is

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