This report an interpretation of the birth chart designed for beginning learning of astrology. This report helps you apply basic astrological meanings of the planets, signs, and houses  to a birth chart so that you can learn how to interpret the birth chart on your own. The author untangles the complexities of the astrology chart with a straightforward method of translating the symbols in a chart wheel into meaningful statements about the person.

Astro-Analysis Chart Interpretation for

Margaret McElroy

October 19, 1946

5:31 AM

Nottingham, England


    Your birth chart interpretation is based on the positions of the planets at the time of your birth. For the benefit of students of astrology, these positions, along with other technical information, are listed below:

Sun     25 Lib 14               Pluto    13 Leo 12

Moon    16 Leo 30               N. Node  12 Gem 57

Mercury 16 Sco 16               Asc.     12 Lib 55

Venus    1 Sag 00               MC       17 Can 14

Mars    16 Sco 51               2nd cusp 11 Sco 04

Jupiter  5 Sco 02               3rd cusp 10 Sag 01

Saturn   7 Leo 56               5th cusp 16 Aqu 26

Uranus  21 Gem 36               6th cusp 14 Pis 34

Neptune  8 Lib 59

Tropical  Koch   Standard time observed

GMT: 05:31:00   Time Zone: 0 hours West

Lat. and Long. of birth: 52 N 58    1 W 10   

Aspects and orbs:

Conjunction: 10 Deg 00 Min

Opposition : 10 Deg 00 Min

Square     : 10 Deg 00 Min

Trine      : 10 Deg 00 Min

Sextile    :  7 Deg 00 Min



“Now  that  I’ve  cast  it,  what  do  I  DO  with  it?”,  asks  the  student  who  has  just  finished  casting  his  own  horoscope.  The  next  step  usually  involves  the  purchase  of  many  books  and  the  attempt  to  memorize  what  the  authors  have  to  say.  Unfortunately,  this  does  not  help  the  student  to  think,  but  only  results  in  his  feeling  ignorant  and  inadequate.  I  have  told  students  that  their  best  book  is  their  brain,  and  that  they  need  not  invest  in  a  library  of  books  in  order  to  learn  chart  interpretation.  Their  reply  has  been  that  they  needed  something  to  get  them  started–a  catalyst.  This  program  is  designed  to  be  just  that.  It  is  not  designed  to  be  memorized,  but  to  help  you  think  and  to  give  you  confidence  in  your  own  ability  to  interpret  a  chart.  If  you  first  understand  the  principle,  you  will  then  be  able  to  apply  it  to  any  situation.  With  the  use  of  the  BASIC  SENTENCES  you  will  be  able  to  do  that.  This  approach  is  easy  to  grasp—and  it  works.

                        THE HOUSES

When  interpreting  a  chart,  the  three  most  important  things  to  look  at  are:

                    1)  planets  in  houses  (and  signs  on  cusps)

                    2) planets in signs

                    3)  aspects  between  planets

The  best  way  to  understand  the  meaning  of  any  house  is  to  think  of  the  sign  which  rules  it  in  the  natural  zodiac,  for  that  sign  will  color  the  house  with  its  own  personality.  For  example,  suppose  someone  has  three  planets  in  Capricorn  in  the  7th  house.  In  spite  of  the  fact  that  those  planets  are  in  Capricorn,  there  will  be  a  strong  Libran  tone  to  the  chart  because  of  Libra’s  natural  rulership  of  the  7th  house.  Another  point  is  that  a  planet  falling  in  its  “own”  house  will  be  much  stronger  than  in  another.  This  holds  true  no  matter  what  sign  it  is  in.  For  example,  let’s  suppose  that  someone  has  Venus  in  Aquarius  in  the  2nd  house.  Venus  is  in  its  “own”  house  because  of  Taurus’  natural  rulership  of  the  2nd.  This  means  that  Venus  will  be  much  stronger  here  than  elsewhere.


The  1st  house  rules  the  personality,  appearance,  physical  body  and  personal  mannerisms.  The  person  with  1st  house  planets  is  a  disguised  Aries,  for  the  “me  first”  quality  predominates.  He  is  not  intentionally  selfish.  It’s  just  that,  as  far  as  he  is  concerned,  he  comes  first.  Because  his  personality  is  strongly  developed  and  his  appearance  is  quite  striking,  others  are  attracted  to  him.  While  he  enjoys  the  attention,  he  does  not  want  to  feel  obligated  or  restricted.  He  wants  to  be  free  to  throw  himself  into  a  new  project  at  a  moment’s  notice.  If  anyone  blocks  his  path,  he  takes  on  the  challenger  by  intensifying  his  efforts  and  ramming  right  through  the  obstacle.

(Note:  the  1st  house  is  how  you  are,  but  the  7th  is  the  way  others  see  you  one-on-one.  In  other  words,  you  send  out  your  1st,  but  others  pick  up  your  7th.)


The  2nd  house  describes  the  basic  need  in  all  of  us  for  fulfillment  of  our  personal  desires.  It  also  describes  the  tangible  possessions  (people  or  things)  which  we  substitute  when  our  personal  desires  go  unfulfilled.  Because  of  Taurus’  rulership  over  this  house,  the  2nd  house  person’s  needs  are  often  very  practical  and  deal  with  the  basics  of  life:  food,  shelter,  love  and  the  money  to  buy  what  he  needs.  Many  people,  however,  have  fulfilled  their  basic  needs  sufficiently  enough  so  that  they  are  working  on  fulfilling  their  secondary  needs.  For  this  reason,  the  2nd  house  deals  with  our  values,  priorities  and  all  security-giving  possessions.


This  Gemini-influenced  house  deals  with  the  conscious  mind,  ideas,  memory  and  all  forms  of  communication,  including  the  manner  in  which  we  actually  think  and  speak.  It  rules  our  childhood  and  the  people  who  played  a  part  in  it,  especially  our  siblings.  A  person  with  planets  in  the  3rd  house  is  never  at  a  loss  for  words  and  can  talk  as  much  as  any  Gemini.  However,  like  Gemini,  this  person  does  not  necessarily  come  up  with  the  idea,  but  hears  it  and  then  communicates  it.  This  gives  the  3rd  house  person  the  ability  to  mimic.  Traditionally,  this  house  rules  short  trips,  and  the  person  with  a  strong  3rd  has  to  get  in  his  car  at  least  once  a  day,  if  only  to  drive  around  the  block.  He  just  has  to  keep  moving  or  he  gets  bored,  nervous  and  jumpy.


Because  of  its  relationship  to  Cancer,  the  4th  house  triggers  our  deep  emotional  need  for  personal  security.  While  most  students  know  that  the  4th  house  is  related  to  the  home,  family  and  real  estate,  they  are  not  always  aware  of  the  importance  of  this  house.  The  cusp  of  the  4th  is  the  foundation  on  which  the  entire  chart  is  built,  and  determines  the  strength  of  the  whole  structure.  If  our  security  needs  are  fulfilled,  our  structure  is  sound.  If  we  go  through  life  unfulfilled  on  this  deepest  of  all  levels,  our  structure  can  suffer  because  we  will  be  constantly  trying  to  firm  up  our  foundation,  to  compensate  for  any  lack  therein.  Who  fulfills  this  security  need?  That’s  where  the  home  and  family  come  in,  but  most  importantly  the  parent  described  by  the  4th  house.  Often  this  is  the  mother  because  she,  traditionally,  spends  more  time  at  home.  However,  with  the  changing  times,  this  does  not  always  apply.  More  and  more,  mother  is  getting  out  of  the  home  (4th  house)  in  order  to  pursue  a  career  (10th  house).  This  raises  the  question:  is  mother  the  4th  and  father  the  10th,  or  vice-versa?  That  depends  on  the  chart  and  will  vary  from  person  to  person.  The  importance  of  the  4th  and  10th  houses  cannot  be  overstated,  for  these  houses  relate  to  our  parents,  and  their  influence  in  our  lives  is  enormous.  Keep  in  mind,  though,  that  the  4th  house  rules  the  second  half  of  life,  and  it  may  be  that  our  security  needs  are  fulfilled  at  that  time  other  than  by  the  4th  house  parent.

There  is  a  strong  relationship  between  the  4th  and  10th  houses  because  our  need  for  power  and  authority  (10th)  is  determined  by  our  need  for  emotional  security  (4th).  If  our  4th  house  needs  are  unfulfilled,  we  will  compensate  for  them  in  our  10th  house.


Because  of  its  kinship  with  Leo,  the  5th  house  deals  with  our  creative  urges  and  how  we  express  them.  It  is  the  outward  expression  of  the  2nd  house  of  desire,  and  shows  how  we  have  fun—mentally,  emotionally  and  physically.  For  this  reason,  and  because  the  5th  deals  with  all  sorts  of  amusements,  hobbies,  sexual  and  social  activities,  I  refer  to  it  as  the  house  of  “fun  and  games”.  The  person  with  planets  in  the  5th  loves  all  sorts  of  amusements,  from  sports  to  cocktail  parties.  He  also  likes  any  kind  of  speculation,  from  gambling  to  investing.

You  can  see  the  relationship  between  the  creative  urge  and  the  creation  of  children,  so  the  5th  house  deals  with  children.  People  with  a  strong  5th  house  attract  children  to  them  like  the  Pied  Piper.  Keeping  the  element  of  creativity  in  mind,  the  5th  house  deals  with  schools,  the  implication  being  that  through  the  educational  process  we  develop  our  creative  abilities.  (Teachers,  take  note.)

The  5th  house  deals  with  drama  and  the  theater,  and  the  person  with  5th  house  planets  is  dramatic,  even  in  everyday  situations.  He  has  a  flair  for  the  elegant,  the  showy  that  makes  even  humdrum  events  come  alive.


Traditionally,  this  house  deals  with  work,  health  and  service,  but  like  Virgo,  its  natural  ruler,  the  person  with  planets  here  does  not  just  want  to  keep  busy.  He  wants  to  provide  some  necessary  service.  He  is  only  happy  when  he  is  useful,  busy  and  needed.  Because  of  this,  he  does  not  mind  taking  care  of  the  small  details  of  a  project.  He  knows  how  important  those  details  are  to  the  project’s  success—and  he  knows  that  no  one  else  is  willing  to  handle  them.  Perhaps  this  is  why  the  6th  house  rules  small  matters  and  loose  ends.

The  6th  house  illustrates  the  relationship  between  our  health  and  work.  (Keep  in  mind  that  the  career  is  the  10th  house.  The  6th  rules  the  work  or  actual  service  performed.)  When  things  go  wrong  at  work,  our  health  can  suffer.  Perhaps  we  are  having  difficulty  with  an  employee  or  co-worker.  The  6th  house  has  rulership  over  these  people.  Our  diet  plays  a  major  role  in  determining  our  health–or  lack  of  it.  The  6th  rules  this  area,  also.

Traditionally,  this  house  rules  small  animals.  (Large  ones  are  ruled  by  the  12th.)  However,  some  people  regard  their  pets  as  children.  If  they  treat  them  like  children,  the  pets  ARE  their  children,  and  should  be  read  into  the  5th  house.


The  7th  house  deals  with  the  interpersonal  relationship  in  all  of  its  forms.  The  person  with  planets  in  the  7th  house  lives  for  and  through  his  partner,  and  prefers  to  deal  one-to-one  in  all  interactions.  Like  Libra,  the  7th  house  person  is  looking  for  his  “other  half”  in  order  to  complete  his  life.  The  7th  house  also  deals  with  litigation,  the  lower  courts,  contracts,  treaties,  deals,  contests,  rivalry,  competition,  open  enemies,  the  public,  war,  and  harmony  or  separation.  If  you  have  difficulty  relating  these  seemingly  diverse  areas  to  the  house  of  partnership,  just  apply  them  to  one  of  life’s  situations:  after  finding  your  mate  (7th),  and  signing  a  marriage  contract  (7th),  the  balance  between  you  (7th)  often  develops  into  a  form  of  competition  (7th)  and  your  spouse  (7th)  becomes  our  open  enemy  (7th).  You  then  return  to  the  courts  (7th)  where  you  took  out  your  original  marriage  license  (7th)  in  order  to  dissolve  your  contract  (7th)  and  separate  (7th).  Remember  that  business  partnerships  come  under  the  rulership  of  this  house,  as  well  as  those  momentary  one-on-one  situations  you  encounter  in  your  daily  activities.  The  7th  reflects  the  lesson  of  Libra:  share  or  separate.


Because  the  8th  house  rules  all  the  secrets  of  life,  the  8th  house  person  is  secretive  and  hard  to  get  to  know.  He  is  a  loner  and  likes  it.

Scorpio  is  a  sign  of  extremes.  Because  of  this,  8th  house  planets  can  manifest  on  their  highest  or  lowest  levels.  No  matter  what  the  present  level  of  manifestation,  however,  planets  in  the  8th  undergo  a  constant  regeneration,  permitting  their  more  positive  qualities  to  shine  through.  The  8th  rules  sleep,  dreams  and  the  astral  plane,  where  much  of  this  regeneration  takes  place.  For  this  reason,  people  with  planets  in  the  8th  can  need  more  sleep  than  others.  (They  need  to  spend  more  time  on  the  astral.)

The  8th  house  rules  desire.  This  can  manifest  as  either  sexual  or  psychic  energy,  depending  on  the  individual.  The  8th  house  deals  with  our  (hidden)  attitudes  toward  sex.  If  these  attitudes  are  not  understood,  they  can  cause  difficulties.  Understanding  our  desires  and  the  cause  of  our  emotions  is  a  major  function  of  the  8th  house.  However,  many  8th  house  people  prefer  to  manipulate  and  control  others  rather  than  dealing  with  themselves.

The  8th  house  deals  with  psychic  energy.  Because  of  this,  if  the  8th  house  person  uses  his  power  indiscriminately,  or  if  his  motivation  is  not  pure,  this  house  can  be  a  cosmic  boomerang.  Manipulation,  secret  dealing  and  abuses  of  sexual  and  psychic  laws  are  lower  manifestations  of  this  house.  Understanding  the  cause  of  the  problem  and  releasing  it  is  the  higher  manifestation.

On  the  mundane  level,  the  8th  house  deals  with  debts,  loans,  joint  finances,  legacies  and  inheritances.


The  9th  house  deals  with  truth  and  honesty.  It  reflects  our  higher  mind,  which  is  in  tune  with  God’s  law.  Many  books  speak  of  the  9th  house  as  religion.  I  see  it  more  as  the  attitude  toward  God.  This  is  because,  more  and  more,  religion  seems  to  be  a  10th  house  matter.  With  the  running  of  the  church,  the  collection  of  money,  the  paying  of  salaries,  the  advertising  for  members,  etc.,  religion  has  become  a  big  business.  The  person  with  a  strong  9th  house  has  a  desire  to  expand  his  horizons  on  all  levels.  This  can  be  accomplished  through  higher  education  (another  9th  house  matter)  or  long  distance  travel—either  in  or  out  of  the  body.  (The  8th  house  rules  dreams;  the  9th  rules  the  trips  we  take  during  sleep.)  This  house  rules  publishing,  foreign  lands  and  foreigners.  (It  is  interesting  to  note  here  that  traditional  astrology  gives  the  9th  house  rulership  over  in-laws  as  well!)  It  also  rules  foreign  trade,  justice,  the  law  and  the  higher  courts.  Think  of  Sagittarius  and  you’ll  understand  the  9th  house’s  need  to  expand.


The  10th  house  rules  the  career,  the  reputation,  the  honors  that  have  been  won,  the  standing  in  the  community,  the  leader  and  anyone  who  might  be  considered  an  authority  figure  (a  parent,  boss,  officer,  etc.)  Just  like  Capricorn,  the  10th  house  person  wants  to  be  on  top,  be  the  authority  figure  and  be  respected.  Conversely,  he  finds  it  difficult  to  accept  direction  from  anyone  in  authority  he  does  not  respect.  The  10th  house  also  rules  the  government  and  politics.  Successful  politicians  often  have  a  strong  10th  house.  However,  the  10th  house  deals  with  the  test  in  the  use  of  power.  An  abuse  of  power  can  have  serious  results.  If  you  have  planets  in  the  10th  you  will  be  placed  in  a  position  of  authority  in  order  to  learn  how  to  deal  with  power.


According  to  traditional  astrology,  this  house  deals  with  friends,  groups,  hopes  and  wishes.  You  might  expect,  then,  that  the  11th  house  person  would  have  many  friends.  However,  such  is  not  always  the  case.  There  are  two  types  of  Aquarian:  one  type  likes  people,  but  doesn’t  need  them.  Rather  than  having  many  friends,  he  prefers  to  BE  a  friend  whenever  needed.  The  other  type  loves  group  activity  of  all  sorts  and  is  always  joining  clubs,  organizations  and  gatherings.  These  two  types  of  Aquarian  can  be  seen  in  the  two  types  of  11th  house  people.  Both  types,  however,  believe  in  the  group—that  whatever  is  best  for  the  group  is  ultimately  best  for  them.  This  is  just  the  reverse  of  most  people’s  thinking.

The  11th  house  also  deals  with  legislative  bodies  and  step-children.


The  12th  house  seems  to  function  on  two  levels.  Those  with  planets  in  the  12th  are  either  very  spiritual,  sacrificing  people,  or  “escape  artists”  who  retreat  to  the  privacy  of  their  own  world  in  order  to  avoid  the  responsibility  of  reality.  The  12th  house  person,  like  the  Piscean,  wants  to  identify  with  something  greater  than  himself.  He  wants  to  find  a  oneness  with  God.  The  spiritual  type  serves  God  by  serving  mankind.  The  other  type  is  simply  a  martyr,  bemoaning  his  fate.  While  all  people  with  12th  house  planets  need  to  be  alone  at  least  once  a  day,  the  “escape  artist”  carries  this  to  an  extreme  either  daydreaming,  sleeping,  and/or  indulging  himself  on  all  levels.  The  12th  house  rules  behind-the-scenes  activities  and  places,  such  as  hospitals,  institutions,  etc.  The  spiritual  type  works  in  these  places,  while  the  “escape”  type  can  retreat  to  them.  The  12th  house  rules  our  hidden  strengths  or  weaknesses.  The  spiritual  type  finds  strength  through  God,  while  the  other  type  laments  his  own  weakness.  The  12th  house  rules  our  subconscious  mind.  Because  of  this,  the  spiritual  type  is  able  to  go  within  and  receive  inspiration,  which  he  can  channel  creatively  into  music,  art,  writing,  etc.  The  other  type  can  be  confused  between  reality  and  imagination,  unable  to  tell  one  from  the  other.  The  12th  house  traditionally  rules  self-doing  or  -undoing,  implying  that  we  are  either  our  own  best  friend  or  worst  enemy.  If  we  retreat  and  escape  from  reality,  we  bring  about  our  undoing.  If  we  serve  selflessly,  we  receive  spiritual  and  worldly  blessings.

Additionally,  the  12th  house  rules  large  animals  and  hidden  enemies,  real  or  imagined.

                             SIGNS ON CUSPS

Each sign represents a principle to be learned. The house cusp on which a sign falls indicates the area of life in which you will learn that principle. The BASIC SENTENCE approach makes it easy to apply the meanings of the signs to the different areas of life. Think of the qualities of each of the signs and compose a few BASIC SENTENCES to describe them, then apply these sentences to each house. The sentences I offer are suggestions. Feel free to compose your own.


Aries is the principle of beginnings. Wherever Aries falls in your chart is where you want to do your thing NOW. It is that area of life in which you throw yourself into activity. Aries wants to be first, and so the area of life in which Aries falls comes first to you.


       __________________COMES  FIRST.


       YOU  THROW  YOURSELF  INTO______.

Aries on seventh house cusp

Partnership comes first. You are impatient with others. You throw yourself into partnership situations.


Practical Taurus teaches you your values and makes you tenacious of your possessions. Wherever Taurus falls in your chart is where you hang on for security. It also shows you that area of life about which you feel deeply.


       YOU  HANG  ON  TO_________FOR  SECURITY.

       YOU ARE PRACTICAL ABOUT ___________.

       YOU  FEEL  DEEPLY  ABOUT  _____________.

Taurus on eighth house cusp

You hang on to your secrets for security. You are practical about the metaphysical. You feel deeply about your dreams.


Gemini teaches the principle of communication. This many-faceted sign gives you curiosity and the ability to see both sides of the picture.


       YOU  ARE  CURIOUS  ABOUT______.


       YOU  TALK  ABOUT_____________.

Gemini on ninth house cusp

You are curious about far away places. Your philosophy is dualistic. You talk about your concepts and principles.


Cancer is a nurturing, protecting sign. It represents the need for emotional security.


       YOU  ARE  PROTECTIVE  OF______________________.

       YOU IDENTIFY PERSONALLY WITH_______________.



Cancer on tenth house cusp

You are protective of your public image. You identify personally with authority figures. Your career fulfills your need for emotional security. You are sensitive and defensive about your public image.


Leo is the sign of creativity. It is dramatic, proud, and fun-loving. To Leo, life is a game to be played, a movie in which to star.


       YOU  ARE  PROUD  OF__________.

       YOU ARE CREATIVE IN_______.


Leo on eleventh house cusp

You are proud of your friends. You are creative in groups. You want your hopes and wishes to be the center of attention.


Virgo is a humble sign that does not want the limelight, but simply wants to be needed and doing something useful. Virgo teaches the principle of service.


       YOU  WANT  TO  SERVE  IN  __________________________.



       YOU HAVE A TALENT FOR ANALYZING________________.

Virgo on twelfth house cusp

You want to serve behind-the-scenes. You have a tendency to be subconsciously insecure. You are an excellent critic when it comes to behind-the-scenes activities. You have a talent for analyzing the subconscious


Charming Libra, while looking for balance and harmony, can argue for the opposition in order to present the other side. Libra likes to make things harmonious, but often finds it difficult to live in a situation where harmony has already been established.


       YOU  SEE__________________FROM  BOTH  SIDES.

       PARTNERSHIP IS IMPORTANT IN_____________.


Libra on first house cusp

You see yourself from both sides. (You see both sides of yourself.) Partnership is important to you. You want to be treated as an equal.


Scorpio deals with the principle of regeneration. Whatever house Scorpio rules is that area of life over which you want total control. However, that is the very area that will have to undergo a change.


       ____________CAN  UNDERGO  A  CHANGE.


       YOU  CAN  MANIPULATE______________.


Scorpio on second house cusp

Your values can undergo a total change. You want to have control over your possessions. You can manipulate financially. You can be secretive about your finances.


Sagittarius deals with expansion on all levels. Sagittarius wants to be free to live according to his principles. The reason he is free from worry is because he can rationalize anything that comes along.




       YOU  ARE  HONEST  IN__________________.


       YOU  ARE  GENEROUS  WITH______________.

Sagittarius on third house cusp

Your thinking is philosophical. You want to keep expanding your mind. You are honest in what you say. You don’t worry about what you say because you can rationalize it.


Capricorn is traditional and believes in reward for hard work. Capricorn’s goal is to be in a position of power, authority and respect.




       APPROACH  TO__________________________________.


Capricorn on fourth house cusp

You want to be respected and powerful in your home. You are conservative and traditional in your need for security. You accept your responsibility with your family.


Aquarius often feels like an alien because, while he likes people, he does not need them. He is a loner, but he’s not lonely. He marches to his own drumbeat, uninfluenced by others.


       YOU  ARE  INDIVIDUALISTIC  IN  _______.

       YOUR ________IS AHEAD OF THE TIMES.



Aquarius on fifth house cusp

You are individualistic in your approach to children. Your creative approach is ahead of the times. Either your social life combines the traditional with the original, or it is torn between the two.


Pisces is even more of an extremist than Scorpio, for he can either function on the highest of spiritual levels, or completely avoid reality by escaping into day-dreaming and/or self-indulgence of all sorts. Pisces is looking for something greater than himself to serve.




       YOU  CAN  BE  UNDECIDED  ABOUT________________________.

Pisces on sixth house cusp

You can either serve at work or escape through illness. You are either idealistic about or inspired by your work. You can be undecided about your work.

                        PLANETS IN HOUSES

Planets are the roving delegates or representatives of the signs. They, like the signs, represent principles to be learned. The sign in which a planet falls tells us HOW we will learn the principle, the house in which it falls tells us the area of life (WHERE) we will learn the principle, and the aspects between planets tell us if we will learn all this with ease or difficulty. After understanding the principles that the signs on the cusps teach, it is important to know what the planets themselves indicate in the houses in which they fall. The easiest way to do this is with the BASIC SENTENCE. Once again, compose a few BASIC SENTENCES to describe each planet, then apply them to the house in which the planet falls. As with other BASIC SENTENCES, some of them may need modification in order to apply. Keep in mind that these sentences are suggestions and should be used as a starting point.

                              THE SUN

The  Sun,  called  “the  Giver  of  Life”,  is  the  center  of  our  solar  system.  Symbolically,  then,  it  is  the  center  of  the  chart.  It  rules    your  individuality,  your  ego.  It  rules  the  creative  urge—and  pride  in  what  you  have  created.  The  Sun  represents  the  positive,  aggressive  or  masculine  principle  and,  consequently,  your  father  and  other  male  authority  figures  in  your  life.


      YOU’RE PROUD OF ____________.





Sun in 1st house:

You’re proud of yourself. The center of your life is you. You are creative. You express your individuality through your personality. You want to express your authority.

                            THE MOON

The Moon is the negative, receptive or feminine principle in each of us and, in its mundane manifestation, represents the females in our lives, especially our mother. Because of this, the Moon governs the protective urge. The Moon rules the personality. It is changeable and rules our emotions and moods. On a large scale, it rules the public. Just as mother fulfills (or doesn’t fulfill) our emotional security needs, so the Moon shows us where we seek fulfillment of these needs. Because it deals with what we have brought over from the past, it rules the subconscious. The Moon also relates to our health because it rules function and form, the ebb and flow of life.


      THERE  ARE  CHANGES  IN______.


      YOU’RE  PROTECTIVE  OF______.



Moon in 11th house:

There are changes in your hopes and wishes. You’re emotional about your friends. You’re protective of your friends. Your mother’s influence is felt in your attitude toward friendship. Your emotional security need is fulfilled by being a friend.


Mercury  takes  the  instinctive,  emotional  and  subconscious  reaction  of  the  Moon,  brings  it  to  consciousness,  and  thinks  and  talks  about  it.  Mercury  is  the  communicator,  whether  from  subconscious  to  conscious,  or  person  to  person.  Mercury  does  not  come  up  with  the  idea—it  puts  the  idea  into  words.  In  its  mundane  manifestation,  Mercury  rules  communication,  correspondence,  short-distance  travel  and  siblings.


Mercury in 2nd house:

You think and talk about your possessions.


Venus is the principle of love, beauty, rhythm and harmony. It rules the social urges and all the pleasures and luxuries of life.



   YOU LOVE_______________.

Venus in 2nd house:

(Venus is stronger here due to Taurus’s rulership of the natural 2nd house.) Money and possessions are beautiful to you. You love all the pleasures of life.


Mars is the principle of energy and action. It intensifies the house in which it falls. Mars is the polar opposite of Venus. By contrasting the two, we can better understand them.

Venus is love; Mars is passion (sex). Venus rules the social urges; Mars rules the personal desires. Mars is active; Venus is passive. Venus is love; Mars is hate. Venus rules rhythm and harmony; Mars is impulsive and explosive. Mars is war and anger; Venus is conciliation and peace. Mars rules sports, mechanical abilities and the young men in our lives.


      YOU  RESENT  (OR  EVEN  HATE)_____.

      YOU’RE AGGRESSIVE IN__________.

      YOU  THROW  YOURSELF  INTO_______.

      ___________________COMES FIRST.

      YOU’LL  FIGHT  FOR  OR  WITH______.

Mars in 2nd house:

You resent not having money. You’re financially aggressive. You throw yourself into making money. Money comes first. You’ll fight for or with money.


Jupiter, the Great Benefic, is the planet of reward, giving us abundance (financially or spiritually), happiness, optimism and friendship. Jupiter teaches the principles of God’s law and, for this reason, wherever it falls in our chart, we seem to be blessed. Those who do not understand God’s law consider these blessings to be merely luck, and so Jupiter has come to be considered the planet of luck. Mundanely, Jupiter rules legal affairs, religion, philosophy, friendship, long trips and the higher mind.


      YOU’RE  LUCKY  IN_______.

      YOU HAVE A LOT OF_____.


      YOU BELIEVE IN________.

Jupiter in 1st house:

You’re lucky. You have a lot of personality. You’re generous. You believe in yourself.


Saturn is the polar opposite of Jupiter. By contrasting the two we can better understand them. Jupiter is expansion; Saturn is contraction. Jupiter is law; Saturn is order. Jupiter is God’s law; Saturn is man’s (society’s) law. Jupiter is freedom; Saturn is discipline, restriction. Jupiter is abundance; Saturn is limitation. Jupiter is wealth; Saturn presents financial restriction. Jupiter is optimism; Saturn is seriousness. Jupiter is impulsive; Saturn is disciplined. Jupiter is outgoing; Saturn is reserved. Jupiter is idealization; Saturn is wisdom through experience. Saturn tests; Jupiter rewards. Saturn is the principle of crystallization and the test in the use of power. Saturn rules time and the lessons time teaches. It rules the earth and real estate, old people and things, and falls. Saturn rules fear. By looking realistically at what we fear we can overcome it.





      YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT________________________.


      YOU’RE TRADITIONAL ABOUT____________________.

Saturn in 10th house:

(Saturn is stronger here due to Capricorn’s rulership of the natural 10th house.) You’re afraid of the responsibility involved in being a leader, but you have to deal with this fear in order to overcome it. You’re unhappy about the restrictions that power brings. You’re serious about your career. You want to assert your authority in your career. You’re traditional in your attitude toward power and leadership.


Uranus  is  the  awakener,  and  shatters  the  crystallization  of  Saturn  by  breaking  up  old  habit  patterns.  Instead  of  following  the  rules  of  order  set  down  by  Saturn,  Uranus  permits  individuality  and  inventiveness  to  break  through.  Saturn  does  things  slowly;  Uranus  acts  suddenly  and  unexpectedly.  Saturn  says,  “Why?”;  Uranus  says,  “Why  not?”  Saturn  rules  the  old;  Uranus  rules  the  new.  Mundanely,  Uranus  rules  electricity,  intuition,  invention,  machinery  and  astrology.


      YOUR_______________IS UNPREDICTABLE.



Uranus in 9th house:

Your philosophy involves being unpredictable. You’re original and inventive in your concepts. You can be self-willed and rebellious in your philosophy.


Comparing  Neptune  with  Saturn  will  help  define  Neptune.  The  crystallization  of  Saturn  is  dissolved  by  the  spirituality  of  Neptune,  just  as  the  restrictions  of  the  earth  plane  are  dissolved  through  a  oneness  with  God.  Trying  to  describe  Neptune  is  like  trying  to  grab  a  handful  of  smoke.  Saturn’s  vibration  is  heavy;  Neptune’s  is  tenuous.  Saturn  is  practical;  Neptune  is  dreamy  and  idealistic.  Saturn  deals  with  reality;  Neptune  deals  with  inspiration.  Saturn  is  the  earth  plane;  Neptune  is  the  spirit  plane.  Saturn  builds;  Neptune  dissolves.  Wherever  Neptune  falls  in  the  chart  is  where  we  are  looking  for  Divine  Perfection.  This  can  be  achieved  through  service  (Neptune).  Sometimes,  in  our  search  for  our  dreams  (Neptune),  we  lose  sight  of  reality  (Saturn).  As  a  result,  we  sacrifice  (Neptune)  some  part  of  reality.  Neptune  can  inspire  us  to  follow  our  dream  or  it  can  cloud  our  vision  and  deceive  us  so  that  we  lose  sight  of  our  goal.  Neptune  goes  to  extremes.  It  can  manifest  in  its  most  beautiful,  spiritual  form  as  selfless  service  and  sacrifice,  or  in  its  most  negative  form  as  self-indulgent  escapes  of  all  sorts  (make  believe,  day-dreaming,  sleeping,  smoking,  drinking,  sexual  indulgences,  etc.)  Mundanely,  Neptune  rules  liquids,  gases  and  smoke.


      YOU’RE IDEALISTIC ABOUT__________.





      YOU  MAY  WANT  TO  ESCAPE  INTO______.

      YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT____________.

Neptune in 12th house:

(Neptune is stronger here due to Pisces’ rulership of the natural 12th house.) You’re idealistic about service. You’re either confused or inspired. You must sacrifice through service. You can be spiritual or may just be deceiving yourself. You want to escape into your own private world. You have subconscious guilts.


Pluto  is  the  principle  of  transmutation,  and  brings  total  upheavals.  It  rules  the  cycle  of  death  and  rebirth.  Pluto  is  the  planet  of  frozen  fire  and,  in  its  mundane  manifestation,  rules  television,  atomic  energy,  the  hydrogen  bomb,  undercover  activities,  mass  movements,  archeology,  extremes  in  anything,  and  psychic  perception.  Pluto  teaches  us  control  over  our  own  lower  nature.  If  we  cannot  accomplish  this,  we  will  try  to  manipulate  others  in  order  to  control  them.



      YOU  WANT  TO  BE  IN  CONTROL  OF_____.

      YOU ARE INTENSE ABOUT____________.

      YOU  GO  TO  EXTREMES  IN____________.

Pluto in 10th house:

There are total changes in your public image. You want to be in control in your career. You are intense about your career. You go to extremes in your career.

                          PLANETS IN THE SIGNS

As we know, planets are principles to be learned. The sign in which a planet falls tells HOW (in what manner) we will learn that principle. In other words, the planet expresses itself through the sign and seems to take on the sign’s personality. The best way to link the planet with the sign is to think of the planet in question as being conjunct the ruler of the sign in question, then compose a BASIC SENTENCE linking the two. For example, if Venus were in Aries, our thinking would go like this: Venus is in Aries. Mars rules Aries. Venus rules love, beauty and pleasure. Mars rule energy, action and passion. Venus is conjunct Mars = BASIC SENTENCE: YOUR LOVE NATURE IS VERY PASSIONATE AND ACTIVE.

The following BASIC SENTENCE examples illustrate the planet-in-sign part of the delineation:

Uranus in Gemini:

You express yourself originally and unpredictably.

Moon in Leo:

Your moods express themselves dramatically.

Saturn in Leo:

Your authority expresses itself nobly.

Pluto in Leo:

Your self-control expresses itself dramatically.

Sun in Libra:

Your ego comes alive in partnership.

Neptune in Libra:

You dream of partnership.

Mercury in Scorpio:

Your thinking is secretive.

Mars in Scorpio:

(Mars is stronger here because it rules Scorpio.) Your passions are very intense.

Jupiter in Scorpio:

You have many secrets.

Venus in Sagittarius:

Your love is expansive and generous.

                            ASPECTS TO PLANETS

Aspects between planets indicate whether the principles the planets represent will function with ease or difficulty. Traditionally, the trine and sextile are benefic aspects, while the square, opposition and quincunx are considered malefic. The conjunction is the strongest aspect of all, being either benefic or malefic depending on the planets involved and the aspects they make to other planets in the chart. (The terms “benefic” and “malefic” can be misleading, since every aspect is an opportunity to grow and learn.)

A simple illustration of the aspects will explain them. Let’s pretend that I have a box of cookies which I give you as a gift. You do not have to earn them or give me anything in return. You just sit there and receive them. That’s the trine, or luck aspect.

Let’s now imagine that I enter the room with the same box of cookies. I am willing to give them to you if you will just get up out of your chair and come over to me. You have an opportunity to receive something pleasant, but must exert a small amount of effort in the process. This is the sextile, or opportunity aspect.

Let’s now imagine that you have a cake that I want. I am willing to exchange my cookies for it, but if you won’t give me the cake, I won’t give you the cookies. We must work in cooperation with each other in order to get what we each want. This is the opposition, or balancing aspect.

Let’s now imagine that I enter the room empty-handed, run over to your desk and snatch your cake. You now have a decision to make. You can either run after me and try to retrieve your cake, possibly risking a fight in the process, or you can do nothing and fume —or you can make the most of the situation and realize that this is a golden opportunity to begin that diet you’ve been meaning to start all week. In this way you can benefit from what, at first, appeared to be an unpleasant situation. This example represents the challenging square aspect. Your reaction to it will determine whether it “gets” you or whether you grow from it.

If I enter the room and plop myself on top of your desk, blocking your view, you and I form a conjunction. A conjunction is variable, depending on the planets involved. If you are a happy person with a sense of humor, our being conjunct will not bother you at all, but if you are a serious person and do not like the idea that I’m wrinkling the papers on your desk, our being conjunct will annoy you. Conjunctions are affected by the aspects made to them by the other planets. Let’s say you are a neutral person, neither serious nor happy. When I drop myself onto your desk, it neither makes you laugh nor upsets you, but a negative reaction from someone else triggers a negative response in you. This illustrates a square acting upon a conjunction. A trine or sextile to a conjunction would be illustrated by someone triggering a positive reaction in you.

The quincunx aspect involves an element of adjustment. If this adjustment is not made, a separation can ensue. For example, if I knew that you were on a diet and, nevertheless, offered you some cookies, you would refuse and I would be left with the cookies. However, if I “adjusted” my offer and, instead of cookies, offered you whatever your diet permitted, you would accept my generosity.

The best way to understand aspects is to understand the principles the planets teach within the framework of the aspect. “Harmonious” aspects help the principles manifest positively, while “inharmonious” aspects can cause them to function with difficulty.

The following lists describe the principles taught by each of the planets. Combine any word from one planetary category with any word from another category, link them up in a BASIC SENTENCE, and you will better understand the interactions between the planets.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: creativity, individuality, strength, dignity, vitality, leadership, power, pride.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: self-will, egocentricity, dictatorialness, overbearing ness, abuse of power, overconfidence, pride, self-centeredness.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: protectiveness, intuition, positive emotions, personality, imagination, sensitivity, subconscious mind, instincts.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: moodiness, changeability, introversion, depression, emotional insecurity, over-protectiveness, negative instincts.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: ideas, words, verbal ability, mental ability, conscious mind.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: talkativeness, nervousness, restlessness, criticalness, indecisiveness.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: beauty, love, art, charm, pleasure, affection, courtesy.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: self-indulgence, laziness, phoniness, ostentation, superficiality.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: energy, action, passion, spontaneity, fearlessness, frankness, impulsiveness.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: personal desires, impatience, negative sexuality, anger, cruelty, selfishness, recklessness.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: optimism, friendship, friendliness, abundance, justice, generosity, expansiveness.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: over-optimism, overbearing ness, rationalizing, extravagance, exaggeration, overabundance.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: responsibility, discipline, maturity, thriftiness, respect, authority, crystallization, strength, tradition.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: restriction, limitation, cruelty, dominance, depression, miserliness, rigidity, fear.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: inventiveness, nonconformity, individuality, unpredictability, psychic ability.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: rebelliousness, eccentricity, irresponsibility, unpredictability, explosiveness, negative psychism.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: idealism, spirituality, dreams, inspiration, service, sacrifice.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: daydreaming, martyrdom, escapism, self-indulgence, self-deception, idealism.


POSITIVE MANIFESTATION: metamorphosis, transmutation, self-control, intensity, psychism.

NEGATIVE MANIFESTATION: upheaval, destruction, manipulation, rebellion, intensity, negative psychism, resentment.

Here are some suggested BASIC SENTENCES showing how to apply these words:

Sun in soft aspect to Uranus:

You are proud of your individuality.

Sun in hard aspect to Jupiter:

Your self-will can be excessive.

Moon in soft aspect to Uranus:

You are intuitively inventive.

Moon in hard aspect to Mercury:

You change your mind easily.

Moon in hard aspect to Mars:

You are impatient and moody.

Moon in hard aspect to Saturn:

You can be moody and depressed.

Moon in hard aspect to Pluto:

You can manipulate others emotionally.

Mercury in hard aspect to Mars:

You speak sharply and aggressively.

Mercury in hard aspect to Saturn:

Your thinking can be rigid.

Mercury in hard aspect to Pluto:

Your ideas can be destructive.

Venus in soft aspect to Saturn:

You are loyal when it comes to love.

Mars in hard aspect to Saturn:

You can become angry and cruel.

Mars in hard aspect to Pluto:

Your anger and resentment are strong.

Jupiter in hard aspect to Saturn:

Generosity can fight with miserliness, triggering frustration.

Jupiter in hard aspect to Pluto:

Your extravagance goes to extremes.

Saturn in soft aspect to Neptune:

Your inspiration is practical.

Saturn in hard aspect to Pluto:

You can resent authority figures.

Neptune in soft aspect to Pluto:

Your inspiration and intuition are positively directed.

                          ASPECTS TO ANGLES

A confusing issue for many students is how to interpret the angles when planets make aspect to them. The solution is simple: apply the same rules we used in interpreting aspects between planets. Keep in mind that while a planet that is in the 7th house and close to that cusp will operate in the 7th house, it acts as if it were in opposition to the ascendant. The same holds true for a planet in the 4th house and close to the cusp. It acts as if it were in opposition to the midheaven (mc). The ascendant is the most personal point in the chart. It is the YOU of the chart. The mc describes your public image, your career. It’s the way the world sees you.

Applying the same words we used when we took aspects to the planets, we compose a BASIC SENTENCE linking the concept of help or hindrance to the mc and ascendant. Here are some examples:

Asc. in soft aspect to Moon:

You have good intuition.

Asc. in soft aspect to Saturn:

You are mature.

Asc. in soft aspect to Uranus:

You are inventive.

Asc. in soft aspect to Pluto:

You are self-controlled.

Asc. in hard aspect to Neptune:

You can daydream and escape.

MC in soft aspect to Mercury:

Your ideas can help your career.

MC in soft aspect to Mars:

Your energy can help your career.

MC in hard aspect to Sun:

Self-centeredness can hinder your career.

MC in hard aspect to Neptune:

Daydreaming can hinder your career.

                          ROVING DELEGATES

                     LINKING  PLANETS  WITH  SIGNS

An  added  dimension  to  chart  interpretation  is  the  linking  of  the  planets  with  the  signs  they  rule.  The  signs  are  the  principles  to  be  learned.  The  house  cusp  on  which  a  sign  falls  tells  us  the  area  of  life  in  which  that  principle  will  be  learned.  Usually,  though,  that  principle  will  manifest  in  more  than  one  area  of  life.  That  is  where  the  planet  comes  in,  for  as  the  ruler,  or  roving  delegate  of  that  sign,  it  acts  as  a  messenger,  carrying  the  sign’s  message  to  the  house  in  question.  For  example,  if  Cancer  is  on  the  11th  cusp  and  the  Moon  is  in  the  2nd  house,  the  energy  begins  in  the  11th  and  manifests  in  the  2nd.  Keeping  in  mind  that  the  ruler  of  the  11th  is  in  the  2nd,  we  compose  a  BASIC  SENTENCE  which  links  the  two.  Our  thinking  goes  like  this:  the  11th  house  sends  it  energy  into  the  2nd.  The  11th  house  rules  friends,  hopes,  wishes  and  groups.  The  2nd  house  rules  values,  possessions,  money  and  talents.  Therefore,  we  could  say  that  our  friends  influence  our  values.  (Notice  that  I  did  not  say  that  our  values  influence  our  friends.  This  is  because  the  energy  is  traveling  from  the  11th  to  the  2nd,  and  not  from  the  2nd  to  the  11th.  Notice,  too,  that  I  did  not  use  Aquarius  as  the  ruler  of  the  11th  house  because  we  are  not  talking  about  the  natural  ruler,  but  about  the  sign  that  happens  to  fall  on  the  11th  cusp.  In  this  case  it  is  Cancer.)  Some  BASIC  SENTENCES  that  apply  to  this  illustration  are:  OUR  FRIENDS  CAN  HELP  US  EARN  MONEY.  OUR  FRIENDS  ARE  OUR  POSSESSIONS.  OUR  FRIENDS  TRIGGER  OUR  TALENTS.  OUR  FRIENDS  MAKE  US  ACQUISITIVE.

Keep  in  mind  that  it  makes  no  difference  what  sign  falls  on  the  cusp  in  question.  We  simply  link  the  sign  with  its  ruler’s  house  position.  For  example,  we  could  use  the  very  same  BASIC  SENTENCES  we  just  composed  if  Gemini  were  on  the  11th  cusp  and  Mercury  were  in  the  2nd  house.  The  ruler  of  the  11th  falls  in  the  2nd  in  both  cases.

The  following  suggested  BASIC  SENTENCES  can  help  you  link  the  planets  with  their  signs.  As  with  all  BASIC  SENTENCES,  some  of  them  may  need  modification  in  order  to  apply.

Ruler of 1st house in 2nd:

You identify with money. You are your own possession. (It’s hard for you to let go of yourself.)

Ruler of 2nd house in 10th:

Your money is recycled into your career. Your energies are spent in an attempt to be an authority figure, to be in the limelight. Your finances and/or values come to the attention of the public.

Ruler of 3rd house in 1st:

Your ideas are centered around yourself. You think and talk about yourself.

Ruler of 4th house in 10th:

The 4th house parent becomes like the 10th house parent, assuming both roles. Your  need for security is fulfilled by being an authority figure. Your security need is fulfilled in your career. Your home, or homes in general, can be involved in your career.

Ruler of 5th house in 9th:

Your creativity can be put to use in higher education. Your social life may involve long-distance relationships.

Ruler of 6th house in 12th:

Your work takes place behind-the-scenes. Your health may be such that you are hospitalized more often than other people. You escape through your work. You serve through the work you do. Your work can involve the subconscious.

Ruler of 7th house in 2nd:

Your partner influences your values. Your partner is your possession. Partnership can be financially profitable for you.

Ruler of 8th house in 2nd:

Other people’s finances can contribute to your own. You can make money through the public. Your psychic ability is your possession.

Ruler of 9th house in 2nd:

Travel can bring money and can change your values. Higher education can increase your earning power. Your philosophy influences your values. Your philosophy is your possession. You can earn money through long distance communication, correspondence or transportation.

Ruler of 10th house in 11th:

You want to be the leader in the groups to which you belong. You can deal with groups in your career. Your goals involve power and authority. You want to impress your friends with your authority.

Ruler of 11th house in 1st:

Your friends influence you strongly. You reflect your hopes and wishes.

Ruler of 12th house in 2nd:

You can earn your money through institutional work. Your past influences your values.

                         A FINAL WORD

Now that you have all this wonderful information, your next step is to synthesize it, to combine all the different parts so that it comes together as a whole. If you get seemingly contradictory messages, keep in mind that you are a multi-faceted individual, and your chart is reflecting this.