House Rulership Connections Made Simple

Consider the following simple chart:

1st house identity
2nd house self worth
3rd house mindset
4th house parental/family/home concerns
5th house giving love, sexual identity
6th house cooperation
7th house relationship
8th house other’s self worth
9th house education, internationalism
10th house career
11th house receiving love
12th house health issues

While you can choose to be a lot more complex, this is more than enough to get you started. If you have Saturn opposing Mars, you consider the following points:

1)the houses ruled by Saturn and Mars
2)the houses occupied by Saturn and Mars

All the houses thus involved will be under developmental tension, as Saturn stresses Mars and vice versa. If Saturn rules 5th (Virgo rising most likely) there is a developmental delay or inhibition related to giving of love – which begs you to ask the question “why?” In this case Mars most likely rules the 8th – other’s self worth (also related to sexuality) – is there competition with the partner? Does the person feel somehow inferior to one’s partner, which results in withholding behavior? How does that affect his/her sexual relationship?

If Saturn rules 7th and Mars 10th, how did the parental modeling (10th) affect one’s relationship patterns (7th)? Who taught you that work (10th) always has to get in the way of relationship (7th)?

If Saturn rules 11th and Mars 2nd, how does your not feeling worthy or lovable inhibit you from claiming or receiving what you want?

Through awareness, the archetype can begin to shift – Saturn can change into discipline or wisdom through time – Inhibited Action or Frustrated Desire becomes Disciplined or Resourceful Action. This shift is one productive result of astrological meditation.

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  1. Hi Hiroki,

    Thanks for this simple explanation. I still have a question though :)

    How would you interpret the following? –
    If ruler (Mars) of the 12th house (Aries) is in the 1st house; and
    Ruler (Venus) of the 1st house (Taurus) is in the 12th house…essentially if the rulership is switched from 1st to 12th and vice versa..?

    Some extra information…
    Aside from Venus in the 12th, this lady also has Moon and Mercury in the 12th house (Aries).
    And aside from Mars in the 1st house, she also has Saturn in the 1st, but not conjunct Mars.

    Thanks so much for your time!

  2. Hiroki Niizato says

    Dear Lupanu,

    Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I think you made a good start here already…

    Naturally the planets involved are factored in the analysis too: In the case of Sun-Moon opposition you listed first, you would also think about ways in which the two houses ruled by the luminaries can blend together well (e.g. 8th & 9th could mean a study about healing). In that way the tension can be used creatively to build something.

    About rulership and tenancy, you pay attention to both – with perhaps a slight preference to the rulership.

    Best regards,

  3. Hello,

    I just started reading your blog and I've decided to read all your posts back to the beginning.I'm very impressed with the depth of analysis in your posts.

    Being an amateur astrologer myself and coming across your simple scheme of this post I decided to apply it to my own aspects (Sun Tau, Moon Sco, Sag Asc). Can you please pick one as an example and explain how I should interpret them. I will try to do the rest.

    Can you also please explain what is the difference in the influence between the "rulership" and the "presence" analysis. That is if you can spare the time.

    Many thanks,

    (developmental tension)

    rulership: 8 opposition 9; others self worth opposition education, internationalism

    presence:12 opposition 6;health issues, eliberation opposition cooperation


    rulership: 9 quincunx 2; education (int) quincunx self worth
    presence: 6 quincunx 10:ooperation quincunx career


    (developmental tension)
    rulership: 6 opposition 5; cooperation opposition giving love, sexual identity
    presence: 4 opposition 10;parental/family/home concerns opposition career

    rulership: 6 quincunx 1; cooperation quincunx identity
    presence: 4 quincunx 11; parental/family/home concerns quincunx receiving love, friends

    rulership: 6 trine 3; cooperation trine mindset
    presence: 4 trine 1; parental/family/home concerns trine identity

    rulership: 5 square 4; giving love, sexual expression square parental/family/home concerns
    presence: 10 square 1; career square identity

    rulership: 3 conjunction 1; mindset conjunction identity
    presence: 1 conjunction 1; identity conjunction identity

    rulership: 4 sextile 12; parental/family/home concerns sextile health issues, eliberation
    presence: 1 sextile 11; identity sextile receiving love, friends

    (developmental tension)
    rulership: 7 opposition 3; relationship opposition mindset; 10 opposition 3; career opposition mindset
    presence: 7 opposition 1; relationship opposition identity

  4. Hiroki Niizato says

    Thank you for visiting! :)

  5. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  6. Hiroki Niizato says

    Hey Antonio,

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Best wishes,

  7. António Rosa says

    “Made simple” and very clear.

    Nice text.


    Tudo de bom [all the best].


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