About Planets in Houses
Interpreting planets in houses is an important part of professional astrology. Planets are considered to be the sun, moon, mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. You are probably wondering what are astrological houses? Well, houses are simply the sections within a natal chart divided into 12 regions. Each of the 12 sectors represent a particular area of one’s life. For example, the 4th house represents things like the home and family life. This is because the 4th house is ruled by the zodiac sign Cancer, which is known for those traits. Below is my astrology natal chart. I have annotated it so you can see what house each planet is in. Planets in houses highlight certain areas of life. They are very useful when it comes to making a natal chart reading more personal.
House Systems can affect Planet in House positions
When generating a natal chart you are often given the choice of what house system to choose from. Personally, I like to use the Tropical Placidus house system. Ok, I know you are thinking what the bloody hell is that. Well, it is the most commonly used astrology house system in western astrology. And has been the most commonly used one since the late 19th century. Now this is one of the reasons why I use it. To learn more about why I use this system, you can read my post about how I think astrology works. If astrology data (such as planet in house interpretations) are collected using the Placidus house system, then it makes sense to use such a system for planet in house interpretations. I always recommended you try out other systems to see for your yourself. You will know which one is more accurate by reading interpretations of your own personality, or that of close family or friends. Some of the other astrology house systems are called whole sign, kosh and equal. There are many more too.
Birth Time can affect Planet in House Positions
The time of your birth dramatically changes what house each planet is in. If you think your birth time may be out by half an hour, then you may have to eliminate the faster moving planets such as the moon, Mercury and Venus. I like to experiment by modifying the time backwards and forwards by half hour to see if a planet switches house. The ones that switch houses may be ones that provide you (or a customer) an incorrect interpretation. If so, then maybe it is better not to consider them. If you are experienced enough, you may be able to guess correctly what house that planet should be in. Usually this is alot easier if you already know something about the person.
How to Find your Planet House Positions
- First you need to generate your natal chart. This will plot the planets onto a chart at the exact time and location of your birth. To generate a natal chart, please refer to my natal chart guide here. The guides tells you everything about natal charts, and how to interprete them. One of the steps within this guide tells you to generate a natal chart here.
- You will notice that the chart you generate is split into 12 sections, these sections are known as houses. Each planet has a symbol, for example the sun looks like a sun, and the moon looks like a moon. Understanding these symbol is more complicated for the planets. You can find out what planet each symbol represents by looking at the table below the chart.
- Next you need to interpret each planet position. For example, sun is in house 1, moon is in house 5, mercury is in house 10, etc. You can view all planet in houses interpretations here.
- You should now have all your planet in house interpretations. Have fun interpreting your friend and family charts. Alternatively, you can let us do the hard work for you and purchase a full natal chart interpretation from JKS Astrology.