The 12th house is a difficult one for many astrologers and students to understand and interpret. In traditional astrology, it represents institutions, illusion, and self-undoing. In its deepest, esoteric meaning, the 12th house is our journey to cosmic unity through dissolving the boundaries of time and space—object/subject—to return to the universal home from which we emerged.
Astrologers have been blowing the horns of warning for at least a decade if not more that 2020 would bring huge changes in nearly every aspect of life on earth.
The gathering powerhouse planets have and are coming together in great clashes and in bellicose banging, clanging, and roaring. A planetary maelstrom of powerful energies twisting and distorting the way things were into the way they will be.
You can see, and probably have already figured out, that traditional astrology is like an intricate, complex mandala. I’m not complaining, I love astrology and the hunt for just the right interpretation of the beautiful web of patterns that horoscopes create to tell a story. But what if there was a way to discover even more? There is; Uranian astrology, sometimes called the Hamburg School, Moveable Dial, and a few other names that are more obscure.
Pluto is still in Capricorn (isn’t it there for fricken’ EVER) and it is doing battle in the skies to remake the mess humans have made of the world. It all started in 2008 and will continue through 2030, even after Pluto moves out of Capricorn in 2024. One referee in this turbulent time is the minor planet, Eris.
Eris is a newcomer to the astrology family. Named for the female counterpart to Mars, she is the goddess of war. Only discovered in 2005 and beyond Pluto, her wild elliptical orbit takes 558 years to go around the sun.
Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years…all familiar cycles within cycles. But there is another cycle that we seldom think about. It is the cycle of ages within what is called the “Great Year” and it, through astrological influences, affects, dictates, and impacts nations, weather patterns, governments, and changes in national tastes, behaviors, tendencies, and fashions.
The Great Year has a cycle of about 25,868 years, during which time all the signs of the Zodiac take turns influencing the Earth and its inhabitants. The time the Earth spends under the influence of each sign is called a “Great Month.” The Earth moves through each sign slowly (about every 2,000 years) creating the opportunity for its influences to affect large numbers of people and geological occurrences.
This whole process is due to something called the “Procession of the Equinoxes. Because of a slight wobble in the Earth’s rotation, the constellation that the Earth appears to be passing in front of at the vernal equinox (around March 21), gradually changes, moving backward through the zodiac. We are now in the “age” of Pisces, going into the “age” of Aquarius.
The astrological sign for each great month is also influenced by its opposite (six signs away) sign. This is known as “polarity.” For example, the influences now are Pisces and Virgo. When we enter the Aquarian age, Leo will also be a prominent influence.
Although this has been going on as long as there has been a Zodiac and Earth, the earliest Great Month we have any real knowledge of is Leo, around 10,000-8000 BC.
LEO/AQUARIUS (10,000-8000 BC):
Leo, ruled by the Sun itself was important to this age of humans. In their primitive, coming-into-being stage of development, creativity was the highlight of this age. Basic inventions and discoveries such as fire, the wheel, stone arrowheads and tools, beautiful and bold carvings and cave paintings all reflect the influences of Leo and its opposite sign of Aquarius.
CANCER/CAPRICORN (c. 9000 BC):
Here, humans emerged from caves and began forming more complex societies. They were less and less nomadic and started farming. This was first seen in China, Egypt, India, and Mesopotamia. Fertility cults and rites abounded and were characterized by round, female carvings with large breasts and stomachs.
These “Venus fetishes” were used in many of the emerging cultures of the time, but especially from Turkey and Yugoslavia. This strongly showed the influence of Cancer, ruled by the Moon and representing fertility and motherhood, as well as the home. The spiritual practices shifted, during this period from worshipping the Sun, to worshipping the Moon.
GEMINI/SAGITTARIUS (6000-4000 BC):
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, god of the intellect, communication, and mobility. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, god of gods, religion, large and dramatic changes, truth, and knowledge. Here is when writing developed. The written word is probably the first sweeping invention to change global society on a grand scale.
Starting with rough symbolic icons on pottery, writing was quickly refined into the complex cuneiform and the pictogram Hieroglyphics of China and Egypt. Religion also became more formalized and the first groups of humans came together in a formal setting to learn and acquire knowledge. This is the beginning of the university system. It is also in this age that we see the first widespread use of the wheel, which enabled humans to communicate and commune with others at greater and greater distances.
TAURUS/SCORPIO (4000-2000 BC):
In this age, humans become grounded. Taurus, the Bull constellation is ruled by the planet Venus and is concerned with physical comfort, beauty, music, and solidarity. Scorpio, ruled by Pluto is fascinated by death, rebirth, secrets, and intensity. During this time, worship of the sacred Apis Bull was a widespread cult.
The temples of the time were both massive and solid and light, graceful, and airy, an effect that is dizzying to the visitor even today. Scorpio came into play with the Egyptians (and other well-known cultures such as Crete and Mesopotamia) and their preoccupation with death. Their massive tombs and elaborate mummification rites reflect Scorpio’s influence. Even in the Judeo/Christian cults, the story of Moses coming down the mountain to see the followers worshiping a golden calf tells the story of a changing from the age of Taurus into the next age of Aries, symbolized by the Ram.
ARIES/LIBRA (2000 BC-100 AD):
As mentioned above, Moses symbolizes the change from the age of Taurus, into the age of Aries. Mars and Venus both rule this age. Mars whose Arian urge is for conquest and war was oddly combined with Venus’ Libran need for peace and balance. During this time the architecture changed from the massive stone temples and mud-brick palaces to the delicate elegance of Greek temples, homes and public buildings.
Ram worship abounded and war was everywhere. Conquest after conquest, humans tested their ability to expand and rule. The wandering warlike tribes of Israel are a good example. They were as bloodthirsty as they were religious and their daily temple sacrifices of goats and sheep had a river of blood streaming down a gutter day and night. Violence was typically depicted in art, especially in Greek pottery. And yet, this was the time when balance and equilibrium were also sought after.
Wars and conquests made way for more equality in government, human rights, and a voting senate. Architecture and literature had a symmetry and elegant beauty that can be found in every culture of the day.
PISCES/VIRGO (100 -2000 AD):
In religion, Jesus is the figure that most represents the moving from Aries into Pisces. The symbol of Christians was and is the fish, which also symbolizes Pisces. Jesus referred to as the Lamb of God, is also associated with “fishers of men.” Fish were scratched as secret signs on the walls of the catacomb meeting places near Rome, Italy.
The Pisces polarity of Virgo, the Virgin is aptly represented in the mythology of the Virgin Mary, and through the central theme of Christianity, which is peace, love, humility, and charity. Pisces is a sign of spirituality, inner exploration, and emotions.
During this time the birth of psychiatry, psychology, non-traditional spiritual practices, and the joining of the Eastern and Western spiritual thought have taken place. Virgo dissects, questions, finds out how things work, makes things smaller and more efficient. The rise in technology speaks for itself here. A computer that would once have taken up acres of room to operate even at the most basic level, can now be put on a chip so small it cannot be seen without great magnification.
AQUARIUS/LEO (2000 – 4000 AD):
Although according to many, the Aquarian Age doesn’t really start until around 2300, the “New Age” is showing its influence in space travel, a greater concern for the human rights in the world, a desire to disarm and practice what we preach about global peace, and an increasing dependence on technology and science.
The keyword for Aquarius is “humanity,” and hopefully, the age of Aquarius will bring more and more global unity and concern for the human race as a whole, aside from nationalistic greed and avarice. Leo can temper Aquarius’ tendency to leap before looking and to keep creativity flowing. Aquarius cares about humanity but sometimes neglects those close at hand. Leo can bring concern and caring to those near and dear.
The Great Months of the Great Year are also influenced by many smaller planetary cycles. And the whole process forms a complex web of effects that form a symphony of trends, changes, and evolution. As we grow more and aware and spiritually mature, we use these cycles and influences for higher and higher purposes. I am hopeful that there will one day be a real Golden Age.
Astrology has fascinated me since I was a child. My mother was an astrologer. I would sit and watch her piecing together numbers like a jigsaw puzzle then translate them into lovely symbols that she meticulously placed in drawing of a round circle divided into twelve segments (called “houses”)—like a pie. “Hmmm,” she would sometimes say, or mutter, “Oh my,” or “Well, that’s interesting.” She was like a surgeon probing into the secret spaces of a body, looking for clues and answers.
I wanted to be like her. to be able to read the hieroglyphs on the “pie” and know that they hold the secrets to all of our questions and all of our secret self.
When she started teaching me astrology, when I was about nine or so, I was like an Egyptologist discovering the Rosetta Stone. At last, I would be able to read the secret language of the stars. I was so eager. However, I had no head for math and some of it was a struggle, all that adding and subtracting, referring to charts, and such. Eventually, it sunk in and became a breeze. Now, like almost every astrologer in the world, use a computer to do the math. The good stuff is in interpreting it (called delineation in astrology-speak). The rest is just numbers.
So, by the time I was 12, I was doing astrology charts for schoolmates. Not really good ones; it took some more maturing for me to understand the nuances and depth of an astrology chart.
If everyone knew the magic contained in an astrology chart, perhaps this would be a better planet to live on. I’m not complaining, but I see what could be known if everyone could read the planets the way astrologers do.
Okay, so I’m starting with the 12th house instead of the 1st because it is the beginning and the end. It is where we came from and where we are ultimately going.
The 12th house has always been a difficult one for astrologers to understand and interpret. It traditionally represents our journey to cosmic unity—not just understanding and knowledge, as in the 9th house, but through the experience of dissolving the boundaries of time and space—object/subject—to return to the universal home from which we emerged.
In light of the traditional meaning of the 12th house above, I have to ask myself, what then is the logic and reason for us to differentiate and move from that pre-birth state of unity into individualism if only to rejoin the formless? Perhaps it is that because we are only an extension of the universe, we must also follow the same path as the universe—to come forth from the void with a bang, separate into individual galaxies, and then to dissolve back again into unity. Just like the stars that are born, live and die, their death provides the energy-matter for other stars to be born. Perhaps ours does too.
Unity is a strong urge within all humans, either conscious or unconscious, yet there are fear and resistance. This poses a major conflict. This conflict is symbolized by the 12th house’s “ruler” glyph of Pisces, two fish tied together but swimming in opposite directions.
As a human being, we face this dilemma—pulled in two directions. We want to lose our sense of isolation and separateness and yet fear disintegration of our individual consciousness. Because this fear is so deep-seated, we seek unification through sex, love, power, and sometimes altered states of consciousness (sometimes substance-induced).
It is in the 12th house where we find suicidal patterns and other forms of self-destruction because they are unconsciously motivated by our desire to return to cosmic wholeness and escape the lonely individualism of physical life. On a more positive note, our experiences with meditation prayer, and divine devotional practices are also shown here.
At another level, the 12th house shows our mother’s psychological state while we were still in the womb and how it affected us (prenatal imprinting). If you are a believer in reincarnation you can discover Karma from past lives—what we brought over and will operate in this lifetime. If not a believer, the genetic code for inherited challenges shows up here.
The 12th house describes unconscious self-undoing patterns and also secret “enemies,” which are a reflection of our unconscious drives manifested outwardly to reflect back to us. It shows how our subconscious can sabotage what our conscious mind says it wants.
Planets contained in the 12th house fill in the details, actions, and sub-forces operating in our lives, but they all go through the filter of the sign influencing the house.
How can you find out what’s on your 12th house? Have a chart done. Or, if you know what time you are born and in what city/country, email me and I will be happy to calculate it for you.
Below are brief descriptions of what your 12th house sign holds for you. Keep in mind that your complete chart can greatly alter and adjust what is here.
12th House Signs:
There is an underlying dissatisfaction with status quo and a restlessness to “get on with it.” You might feel that something is wrong with your life but can’t put a finger on it. The life lesson here is to deal with unconscious anger so it doesn’t become destructive to you or possibly others. Any unconscious anger will reveal itself in dreams and visions.
You need a practical reason, and an advantage to be had in order to apply yourself to study, understand, or use the power of your subconscious, metaphysics, dreams, or the past. Paradoxically, Taurus here can sometimes cause you to be stuck in the past and have a hard time letting go in order to move ahead.
It is important for you to build a bridge between your conscious and unconscious mind—to integrate into awareness what is operating in the hidden psyche. You can do this through introspection, soul-searching, psychotherapy, dreamwork, spiritual practices, or even through literature.
Watch negative thinking. It could be the root of many problems. Learn to transform obstacles into blessings. Clear thinking might be hindered by unconscious emotional fears and uncovering them allows you to transform them.
You have brought with you a natural ability with channeling and mediumship. Take it carefully though, you are very open and may go too fast resulting in overwhelming feelings you aren’t ready for. Your karma deals with emotions and secrets that will need to be faced and worked through before you can live up to your full potential in life.
Any unconscious feelings of self-importance need to be uncovered and dealt with. Pride makes you hide sorrows and troubles from others. Letting others in on your pain can be as painful as what caused it in the first place. You are better as a power behind the throne than in the public eye as a leader. During alone times, you discover the deepest levels of yourself that light the way toward your wholeness.
You want to integrate your whole self and know yourself completely. Do this through meditation, spiritual practices, dreamwork, and trusted teachers. Never let a fear of appearing foolish stand in your way of self-discovery. Don’t judge yourself against the ideals of a less aware public.
You are sensitive and can feel others’ emotions so acutely, you mistake them for your own. You have an innate desire to transcend separateness and merge with a greater existence, to abandon yourself to something divine and whole. Music is a way to do this. You also have a natural healing ability.
You have a strong, and tangible “shadow self” that you are dedicated to uncovering. Death interests you, either a fascination or a fear. Your dreams hold important keys to your destiny, your spirituality, and your deep fears. Dreams help yo resolve blocks, solve problems, and meet challenges/
You are someone who is one jump ahead of everyone else. You might have a mystery solved before anyone else has a clue. Sagittarius has a lot to do with lofty ideals and global thinking. In the 12th house, these things are under the surface of your consciousness. You often seek but don’t know why. You are secretive about your spirituality and philosophy. On the outside, you are cautious and cool, on the inside, or with those you feel safe with, you are a superhero with a witty sense of humor and playfulness.
You might spend much of your time alone, even though you can be outgoing and sociable with friends. Sometimes Capricorn here indicates a fear of being alone. Success in life must be earned rather than being handed to you. There are unfounded fears and worries. You have a gift with the occult but need a practical reason in order to study or develop it.
You might look “normal” to others, but you are a fierce individualist, a little hesitant to reveal your inner quirky nature. You would have a talent for astrology and psychic sciences if you studied them. Your innate psychic abilities might come through with flashes of insight and transformative experiences. If you are suppressing your psychic ability or your desires for an unconventional life, you will attract eccentric people into your arena who will mirror your unconscious self.
This is Pisces’ natural house where the best or the worst qualities of this sign could manifest. You are sensitive to undercurrents and unseen forces. You are in touch with the spirit world, even if you don’t know it. The danger with Pisces here is becoming swamped with emotions and feelings that other people seem to handle with ease. Learn to let go of needing to live up to the expectations of others. Be your own person and you will have fulfilled your destiny. Dreams, visions, meditation, and music are ways for you to fulfill the best potential in you.
There are at least 40 house systems for astrologers to choose from. Although how the house systems are derived can be complex there are basically two classifications: Quadrant/Equal division, and Lunes/Semi-arc.
Quadrant/Equal Division systems take a circle—either the equator, ecliptic, or prime vertical— and divide it equally into four quadrants. The 1st quarter is the ascendant to the IC (10th cusp), the 2nd quarter is the IC to the descendant (7th cusp), the 3rd quarter is the descendant to the MC (4th cusp), and the 4th quarter is the MC to the Ascendant. Various methods subdivide each quadrant into three smaller sections to arrive at 12 houses. These houses are divided by either a space system, measuring physical distance, or at time system measuring how long it takes to travel the distance of the chosen circle using Sidereal time.
In this classification is the Equal House system which simplifies matters by dividing one of the great circle, most commonly the ecliptic, into 12 equal arcs of 30° each.
Lunes/Semi-arc systems divide a sphere into 12 equal lunes. Lunes are crescent-shaped sections created when a sphere is divided by two intersecting planes—sort of like the sections of an orange. In this category are some of the most commonly used house systems and some you’ve probably never heard of:
In the Equal Lunes systems there are:
Ascendant Equal House
Meridian Equal House—also called Axial, Equatorial, and Zariel
In the Unequal Lunes systems there are:
In the Semi-arc House systems there are:
Koch—also called Birthplace system
Then there is a Miscellaneous subcategory here that includes:
What System is Best?
This is really an unanswerable question. Different astrologers will favor one house system over another making it a matter of preference rather than of correctness. However, certain house systems are better suited for certain types of charts than others, especially when casting charts for locations close to the poles.
What an astrologer intends to do with astrology may determine which house system is best to use. In forecasting work, for example, Placidus is preferred by many astrologers. Cosmobiologists often prefer the Koch system.
In history, politics have played a part in what house system astrologers used. From the 16th through the 18th centuries in England and France whether an astrologer used Regiomontanus or Placidus was determined by whether you were a Protestant (Regiomontanus) or Catholic (Placidus). Placidus was a Catholic monk and what house system an astrologer was loyal to made social statement.
There is no widespread agreement about which house system works best. Below are brief descriptions of the most commonly used systems.
Introduced in the 10th century by Arabian astrologer Prince Muhammad ben Gebir al Batani, this system divides the prime vertical into diurnal and nocturnal arcs that are then subdivided into equal parts by two declination circles. This is thought to have been the foundation for the Placidean system.
This is the oldest known house system. It was devised by astrologer Alcabitius in the first century AD (although some think it was really 12th century Arabian astrologer Alchabitus who invented it).
This system works much like the Koch system using trisection of semi-arcs by time division. Alcabitian divides the diurnal circle (the small circle parallel to the equator, passing through the ascendant) of the ascendant into twelve arcs. The portion of this diurnal circle that lies in each quadrant is trisected to obtain the houses. The diurnal and nocturnal arcs are then divided by two declination circles. This produces unequal semi-arcs. This is considered a good system for any charts calculated near the polar regions because there will always be an ascendant.
This system always places 0° Aries on the ascendant and 0° Capricorn at the MC. the rest of the cusps are at 0° of their respective signs.
This system, adapted from an earlier Arabian system was devised in the 13th century by either astrologer/mathematician Giovanni Campano, or Johannes Campanus. No one is sure which was the original author. This is the house system favored by Sidereal astrologers.
Campanus houses are calculated by dividing the prime vertical (the great circle that passes through the east point of the horizon) into 30° arcs beginning at the Eastern horizon. These divisions are then projected onto the ecliptic by drawing circles from the north the south point of the horizon. Where these north-south lines intersect the ecliptic are the Campanus house cusps. Houses near the horizon are often larger and can cause more planets to be placed in the 12th and 1st houses than would be the case with other house systems.
Astrologers who hold that cusps should mark the center of the house instead of its boundaries like the Campanus system. This system doesn’t work well for charts calculated for the polar regions.
The Equal house systems go back to the 1st century BC. However, this particular system is accredited to 19th-century Australian astrologer Zariel. It is also called the Zariel Division system or the Ascendant Equal House system. The Equal House system should not be confused with an equal house chart where all cusps are equally spaced such as the Aries system uses.
To obtain the cusps, divide the ecliptic into twelve arcs of 30° each. Then project these points on to the circles that meet at the north and south poles of the ecliptic. Usually, but not always, the ascendant is the 1st cusp and the 10th house cusp is the Zenith’s longitude (nonagesimal). This system works well with charts calculated for the polar regions.
Koch is a variation of the Alcabitius system. Although made popular by German astrologer Walter Koch in 1962, it was really invented by two other Germans named Specht and Zanziger. Koch’s system is also known as the Birthplace system and the GOH system from the German “Geburtsortes Hausertabellen.”
In the Koch system, the diurnal semi-arc is trisected by time division. This produces a grid that can’t be used in the polar regions—something the Alcabitian system could. To create a Koch chart, trisect the MC semi-arcs from the ascendant to the Midheaven, and from the IC to the ascendant. Then project these trisected points on to the ecliptic with ascension (altitude) circles paralleling the horizon.
Koch has some unique features—some useful, some not. Because of the odd way the houses are derived, the 10th house can sometimes be on the horizon. And, the 10th house cusp on the ecliptic is the MC, but the 10th house curve off the ecliptic doesn’t align with the meridian circle. This causes other houses cusps to not be clearly defined from the ecliptic. This is a little hard to picture, but simply put, the Koch House system can sometimes produce some improbable results.
Cosmobiologists often prefer the Koch system because they believe that house cusps on the ecliptic are too sensitive to ecliptic transits, directions, and progressions. Another big problem with the Koch system is that it can only be used up to 60° latitude.
In the early 1900’s, David Cope, whose pen name was Zariel, devised the Meridian house system. This is a favorite of Uranian astrologers. To calculate a Meridian system chart, divide the celestial equator into twelve 30° arcs. Then project these onto the ecliptic with hour circles (circles that pass through the north and south celestial poles). Where these lines intersect the ecliptic are the Meridian house cusps. This produces houses that are exactly two sidereal hours long and places the MC as the cusp of the 10th house.
The difference between this and the Equal House System is that the divisions from the MC instead of from the ascendant.
Although named after 17th-century astrologer Jean Morin de Villefranche, he didn’t invent it. In fact, he used the Regiomontanus system. No one really knows who invented this system. to calculate it, divide the celestial equator into twelve equal 30° sections starting with 0° Aries. Then draw lines from the north to the south pole of the ecliptic through these 12 points on the celestial equator. The places where the longitude lines intersect the ecliptic are the Morinus house cusps. The MC and the ASC, determined by the intersection of the Lunes with the ecliptic, are not always the 10th and 1st house cusps. The problem with the Morinus system is that none of the conventional house cusps always apply. However, it can be used for the polar regions.
Named after 17th-century monk Placidus de Tito, no one really knows who invented it, although some historians think it was 8th-century Arabian astrologer, ben Djabir. Placidus, also called the semi-arc system, is a time system. The house cusps are derived by the time taken to cover a certain space. The time, n right ascension, is taken for each degree of the ecliptic to rise on its own parallel of declination. This is measured from the IC to the ascendant (nocturnal semi-arc) and from the ascendant to the MC (diurnal semi-arc). The house cusps are 1/3 and 2/3 points of these semi-arcs. This produces lines that resemble sine waves. This is not a good system to use for Polar regions and there are no ecliptic house cusps. This is the most widely used house system today.
This system is also called the Sripathi. Named after Porphyry, a 3rd century AD astrologer. to calculate a Porphyry chart, trisect the ecliptic angular distance between the Midheaven and the ascendant, and between the IC and the ascendant. This produces the 10th through the 3rd houses. From the ascendant to the MC the houses are equal. The houses from the MC to the descendant are equal, but not the same as the houses from the ascendant to the MC.
The problem with Porphyry is that it produces to different sizes of houses that can suddenly change without gradation as the angles are crossed. and, the houses don’t reside entirely on either side of the horizon. However, in Porphyry’s favor, cusps can be calculated at the polar regions even if they are unconventional.
Named after 15th-century astrologer Johannes Mulla (pen name Regiomontanus), this system uses trisection of a quadrant of the celestial equator by 30° arcs using house circles. the cusp of the first house is the horizon and the degrees where the circles intersect the ecliptic are the other cusps. this produces unequal houses that change progressively and gradually in size from house to house.
The ascendant is always the 1st house and the MC is always the 10th house. However, the cusps are in the middle of the houses instead of at the boundaries. Many astrologers say this system is useless for forecasting.
When a birth time is unknown, this system is the most commonly used. To calculate a Solar chart, the Sun’s position is set for the ascendant. The other cusps are assigned the same degrees and minutes for each successive sign. This isn’t really a house system, but a type of equal house chart. It’s important not to confuse this with a Solar system, which places the position of the Sun on the 4th house cusp or the MC (used for mundane charts).
This is my favorite because it corrects the distortion effects of the Placidus cusps at high latitudes. With Topocentric the polar axis is the fixed reference point. It measures is house cusps by the rotation of the geocentric horizon around the axis. The celestial equator is divided into twelve 30° arcs then these lines are projected onto the ecliptic. Ascension circles are used for latitudes above 60° or below -60°. The major drawback to Topocentric is that it is so mathematically intricate, it is all but impossible to calculate by hand.
Uranian astrologers us specific systems for their brand of astrology. These include Uranian house systems (all equal house), Sun Houses, and Moon Houses where the Sun or Moon are placed at the ascendant or MC.
For more detailed information about the house systems, look at “computers and Astrology, a universal user’s guide and reference” by Patricia Foreman, Good Earth Publications.
Oh, John, it would never work. You’re an Aries and I’m a Virgo….. Sigh.
Love, a complex topic, is probably written about more than any other subject. When it comes to love in astrology, your Sun Sign holds important guidance about your love nature but to find the whole story, you must look deeper into your astrology chart to Mars, Venus, Mercury, the seventh house, and more.
My clients often ask questions such as, “I’m an Aries. Am I compatible with Virgos?” or “Can two Aquarians get along?” This is something like saying, “I’m an American. Am I compatible with Italians?” The answers lie in who you are and what choices you make for partners. Those choices are reflected in your whole chart. Plus, any Sun Sign is compatible with any other Sun Sign if the rest of your chart is in harmony with the other person.
Astrology can show you, in fine detail, your love nature, what kinds of mates are better for you than others, what types you will be attracted to or draw to you, what you expect from a mate, whether you are likely to have one committed relationship or many, and what they’ll be like.
Determining all this, however, takes more than just looking at your “Sign.” A complete horoscope needs to be charted. The astrologer will then look at your Sun and Moon signs, the asteroid Juno, your fifth, seventh, eighth, and twelfth houses, what planets are there and what signs are on those houses and the planets that “rule” them.
Pretty complex stuff, but worth the effort. You’ll know more about yourself, or another, than years of traditional analysis could ever reveal. However, even without a complete love nature chart, you can discover some very important pieces of your love nature just from your Sun sign.
The Sun represents your basic inner self, your overall inner direction. Keeping in mind that other things in your chart will adjust the influences of the Sun, these energies will be a part of you and you will express them in many ways.
Sun Sign Love Nature
With your fire, you’ll be a driving force in any relationship. Your powerful libido energy can stir newly awakened feelings in your partner(s). Choose partners who aren’t likely to be singed by your passion and one who doesn’t mind you being in charge.
Your romantic nature is down to earth, constant and enduring. You are a generous lover and delight in pleasing your partner, but you expect loyalty and steadfastness in return. Choose a partner who is emotionally flexible, you don’t often give in when you want your own way.
You like variety. Whether you have many partners or one, you need change. The same lovemaking routine will leave you cold and bored. Choose a partner who likes to experiment and is willing to try new ideas or act out your fantasies.
You are self-protective where relationships are concerned and you may keep your intimate life secret. You tend to nurture lovers and can be very generous to them. Find a partner who will appreciate being cared for, wanted and needed.
Your romantic personality is generous and charming. You are tender, affectionate and free with your loving heart. In return, you want to be appreciated. You need a partner who is as lavish as yourself with affection.
Although Virgo is often viewed as “virginal” and analytical—not so in love. You are a caring and nurturing lover. You take the time to find out what your partner wants and to provide it. You also want a lover to know what pleases you. You set great importance on loyalty and faithfulness. You need someone who is interested in the long-haul. Casual affairs are difficult for you.
Scorpio is probably the sign most often associated with sensuality. Perhaps this is because you are passionate and feel your emotions with intensity. You have a charismatic magnetism and will attract many potential lovers. In love, you know what you want and go after it with single-minded attention, no matter how long it takes. You tend to be secretive about your relationships and don’t commit lightly. You need a partner who will match your passion but not want to be in charge all the time. You like running the show.
You find casual sex difficult and prefer to be intimately involved with your lovers. Your considerable passion is best when used as an expression of closeness and love. The closer you are with your partner, the stronger your sensual passion is. You also like your love life to be fun and playful. You need a partner who can have fun both in and out of the bedroom, and not take life too seriously.
You don’t commit to a relationship unless you’re sure. You are steady and reliable and want a relationship that is secure and likely to last. You also expect loyalty and faithfulness from your partner. You may be a sophisticated, aloof person in the boardroom, but in the bedroom, you can be extremely earthy and sensual.
You are understanding and sympathetic in a relationship but not necessarily one who takes commitment seriously. You like a variety of romantic experiences and need someone who can be adventurous as well as affectionate. You don’t like to be limited—physically, emotionally, or intellectually, and need a partner who gives you the emotional space you require, and at the same time, can create intimacy and closeness.
You can be passionate and sacrificing. Lovemaking, for you, is a spiritually elevating experience and you feel with body, mind, and soul. You tend to idealize your partners and overlook their faults until it’s too late. You need someone who is grounded and practical and won’t let you be too self-sacrificing. You require a lover who will also be able to use sexuality as a transcendent experience.
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Aries – Ruled by Mars
Drink lots of liquids, especially cool drinks, include foods that support liver and kidney function. Cooling foods are best.
Eat yogurt, raw vegetables, fruits, cold to moderately warm foods, wheat, fish, beans, brown rice, olives, cucumber, spinach, apricots, pumpkin, banana, fig. vegetable juices
Avoid: spicy or stimulating foods.
Foods that strengthen Mars’ energy, promoting courage, assertiveness, strength, sexual energy:
Artichoke, asparagus, banana, basil, beer, black pepper, carrot, chili peppers, chocolate, coffee, cranberry, garlic, ginger, mustard, radish, tea, watercress
Taurus and Libra– Ruled by Venus
Taurus tends to indulge with food, use moderation. Eat foods that support thyroid function.
Eat: iodized salt in moderation, water with lemon, lemonade, lemon drinks, pumpkin, cauliflower, cucumber, peas, almonds, chocolate (in moderation because of the sugar), coffee
Avoid: heating, fattening, starchy foods and malt beverages such as beer, sugary foods
Use a light diet. Eat foods that promote balanced blood sugar
Eat: Milk, game, fish, poultry, eggs, whole grains, cold water on arising and at bedtime, almonds, apples, strawberries, spinach, asparagus, corn, raisins, fish oil, seafood
Avoid: sugars, starches, malt, and alcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks, tap water (because of contaminants and additives such as chlorine).
Taurus and Libra: Foods used to promote Venus’ energy of love, reconciliation, beauty, youth, peace, pleasure, luck, meditation:
Apple, apricot, avocado, barley, blackberry, brazil nut, carob, cherry, licorice, nectarine, oat, pea, peach, pear, plum, rye, strawberry, sweet potato, tomato, vanilla, wheat
Gemini and Virgo – Ruled by Mercury
Foods support lungs and nervous system health and foods that promote clear thinking. Avoid eating before going to Bed.
Eat: fruit, milk, meat no more than once a day, spinach, oranges, green beans, celery, tomatoes, apricot, plum, carrot, cauliflower, coconut, walnuts
Avoid: caffeine, carbonated drinks, smoking, excess meat
Chew food well because Virgo’s traditionally have trouble with digestion. Eat at regular intervals to help digestion. Eat foods to strengthen nervous system.
Eat: moderately seasoned, well-cooked food, fruits, milk, vegetables, and lots of whole grains, lemon, almond, fish oil, chicory, avocado, eggs, seafood
Avoid: foods that take a long time to digest such as soft cheeses, and heavy meats, dairy (except fermented, like yogurt (with live cultures0, kefir, buttermilk, etc.), processed foods, foods with artificial ingredients
Foods that promote Mercury’s energies of strengthening the mind, studying, self-improvement, communication, wisdom:
Almond, beans, caraway, celery, dill, fennel, oregano, parsley, pecans, peppermint, pistachio, pomegranate, turmeric
Cancer – Ruled by the Moon
General Food Advice: Avoid stimulants. Eat foods to keep the digestive system in health. You need plenty of water and fiber.
Eat: Fish, whole grains plenty of cold water (especially on arising in the morning, and at bedtime), pumpkin, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms
Avoid: malt beverages, alcoholic drinks, refined grains, excess meat or cheese.
Foods used for stimulating the Moon’s intuitiveness, healing, love, friendships, fertility, peace, and compassion:
Blueberry, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, butter, coconut, cauliflower, eggs, melons, dairy, potatoes, soy, watermelon, white wine, yogurt
Leo – Ruled by the Sun
A mostly vegetarian diet is good. Eat a diet high in carbohydrates (not refined grains and sugar). Foods high in iron are beneficial.
Eat: greens, spinach, liver, sunflower seeds, apples, lemon, fig, asparagus, coconut, honey, meats, goat milk, blueberries, oats, salmon
Avoid: hot chiles, fatty foods.
Foods associated with the Sun’s physical energy, strength, health, and vitality:
cinnamon, corn, dried foods, pineapple, citrus, sunflower, squash, red wine, honey, cashew
Virgo – Ruled by Mercury (See Gemini)
Libra – Ruled by Venus (See Taurus)
Scorpio – Ruled by Pluto
Scorpios generally have delicate digestive systems. Using digestive enzymes and probiotics is recommended. Drink plenty of water. Eat foods high in zinc
Eat: milk, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and foods high in iron and zinc, oysters, escargot, figs, avocados, cultured dairy, onions, asparagus, mustard, watercress, parsnip, mustard, coconut, cauliflower, cherries
Avoid: all fatty, highly spiced, hot (with spice) foods. Avoid alcoholic beverages
Foods that promote Pluto’s energies for leadership, dynamism, deep feelings, and intensity are: Rattlesnake, cherries, pine nuts, eggs, chickweeed, dandelion greens, escargot.
Sagittarius – Ruled by Jupiter
Use only a moderate amount of animal foods. Eat foods that support liver function. Eat heaviest meal in the middle of the day and the lightest meal in the evening.
Eat: beets, tomatoes, plums, prunes, apples, oats, eggs, strawberries, dates, cherries, green beans, corn, fish, chicken, whole grains, moderate meat
Avoid: Stimulants and intoxicants, smoking
Foods for promoting Jupiter’s energy for money, employment, and overall prosperity:
Allspice, anise, buckwheat, clove, eggplant, figs, macadamia, Millett, nutmeg, peanuts, sage, spinach,
Capricorn – Ruled by Saturn
Because Capricorn is considered a cold energy sign, a diet of spicy foods and meat is recommended.
Eat: Malts, high protein foods, eggs, figs, citrus, organic dairy, whole grains, almonds, brown rice, fish, sardines, leafy dark green vegetables
Avoid: refined sugar, eating the same things over and over (in a food rut).
Foods for using Saturn’s energies for creating structure, order, and stability. Also for dealing with nervous stress:
Beet, cheese, meat, tamarind, quince, apple cider vinegar
Aquarius – Ruled by Uranus
General Food Advice: Aquarians often have trouble with circulation. Eat foods that stimulate blood circulation and that regulate blood sugar levels.
Eat: Spicy foods, moderately salty foods, beets, moderate organic milk, cheese, and meat (no more than once a day), lobster lettuce, tuna, clams, walnuts, pears, lemons, oranges, apples, radishes, corn, peaches, grapefruit.
Avoid: carbonated drinks and refined sugars, caffeine
Foods that promote Aquarius’ unique energy, independent, technological, and philanthropic nature: Wild game, salty foods, aged cheeses, olive oil, wine.
Pisces – Ruled by Neptune
This sign tends toward food intolerances, so moderation is advised. You need food that supports the liver, and brain. Eat animal protein in moderation.
Eat: beef, liver, lamb, onions, whole grains, prunes, citrus, apples, grapes, spinach,
Avoid: Milk, refined grains, especially wheat, intoxicants, salt,
Foods that promote Neptune’s energies of intuition, creative imagination, and spirituality:
Blue-green algae, brined foods such as pickles or sauerkraut, caffeine, chocolate, fish, waterfowl, green tea, ice cream, kelp, pork, potassium-rich foods, spring water, tomatoes.