Remember that line in HAIR? "When the moon is in the seventh house..." The idea of each sign ruling a quadrant (or, I suppose, a dodecant) of the heavenly sphere goes back to Medieval astrology, when the each zodiacal sign was thought to rule over a lot of different things -- body parts (as in this print by Gregor Reisch from 1525, which I snagged from http://wwwihm.nlm.nih.gov/ihm/ but have here in a more optimized format) and areas of human endeavor, for example, as well as the more obvious seasons. These areas are related to the traditional attributions of the signs and planets ruling each house.
So there I was, in the midst of an email to David, who has the "Wonderful Web Women" site, (I had aspirations to get listed, but he told me I had too many links and not enough original content. Ah well... actually, I think my choice of links says rather a lot about me...) (and as it happens, I rather like better being listed with the fem*mass site) (but enough of the parenthetical remarks), when it occurred to me that areas of my personal endeavor fit pretty nicely into the old House scheme, and in fact, it'd be kindof a neat way to organize a web site. So there you have it.
Oh, right, you want to know what they mean, don't you. Sorry. Here:
|House||Zodiacal Ruler||Traditional Meaning||Modern Meanings|
|1st||Aries||Self||self image, personality, behavior, appearances|
|2nd||Taurus||Money||finances, resources, self-worth, earnings|
|3rd||Gemini||Communication||immediate environment, siblings, studies, inquiries, connections, thinking, writing|
|4th||Cancer||Home||roots, real estate, father|
|5th||Leo||Children||creativity, self-expression, love, pride, play|
|6th||Virgo||Servants||responsibilities, pets, work, routines, employment, health|
|7th||Libra||Marriage||relationships, business partnerships, intimacy. If the First House is Self, the Seventh House is Other.|
|8th||Scorpio||Death||instincts, sexuality, morality, the occult, mysteries, initiation, purification, regeneration|
|9th||Sagittarius||Journeys||higher education, religion/philosophy, long-distance travel, psychic development|
|10th||Capricorn||Honor||ambition, reputation, status, profession, vocation, mother|
|11th||Aquarius||Friends||associations, hopes, goals, dreams, community|
|12th||Pisces||Troubles||hidden things, visions, secrets|
You can see how I interpret each house to my own experience now, if you like.
Oh, and to answer the other two questions I most frequently get: