Everyone knows their birth sign, the sign of their partners, children and dogs. But do you know your houses?
Knowing a sun sign is great because, if you give the symbol the depth and breadth it deserves, there is nothing you do that doesn’t in some way reflect it. But adding the rising sign and the rest of the circle of houses is like reading a biography of your favorite author – you begin to make connections and appreciate the tapestry of their live as a whole.
This post was actually inspired by Natasha’s drawing of 12 houses that represent their place in our lives. Without further ado, here they are.
- Coliseum – this is where we collect all our traits, influences and processes into a cohesive personality and show up on the arena each day. This house is tremendously important because this is how we put – and keep – ourselves together. It speaks to our health, for example, as much as the sixth house of health. It may show the car we arrive in as much as the third house of transportation. How we act, how we see the world, and the first impression we make on it. It’s showtime. What kind of player are you? Do you know and love your style?
- Lighthouse – what we project into the world, our convictions, resources, confidence or a lack thereof. How we gauge our value, form our values and treat our valuables. How much we recognize our talents, skills and resources, whether we feel we deserve more, and whether we allow ourselves to receive it. What kind of a lighthouse do you want to be? Are you blocking your own light?
- TV tower – information, how we receive and share it, learning, teaching, communicating, writing, chitchatting, traveling and modes of transportation, our neighbors and siblings. How open and curious we are, how we seek, acquire and share knowledge. What stations are you tuned into? What do you tune out? What kinds of programs do you broadcast?
- Estate – our position – home, roots, family, parent of the same gender, clan, affiliations and titles. Where we are from, where we stand, our role and how we deal with that position. Do you like your house, neighborhood and town? Job title? Have you stepped into your roles, are you comfortable with your foundations? Do you make yourself at home wherever you go?
- Circus – imagination – creativity, fun, play, romance, children. What influences our imagination, how we harness the power of it. How we express fun and play. How we play with children and how we treat and express our inner child. Can you entertain an idea for idea’s sake, without shutting it down as unrealistic or demanding a business plan and a mission statement? Do you allow yourself to fool around? Are you afraid to be a child, a fool or a clown? When was the last time you really had fun?
- Watermill – communion – work, workout, practice, routine and health. How we become good at something with practice and collaboration. How we treat our tools, instruments or machines. How we train, prepare our body, mind and desk/workbench. How we structure our day, flowing with the process and the structure. What type of apprenticeship or coaching programs we seek and create. What is water to your mill? Do you use your tasks as grist for the mill? Do you treat your body with respect – keeping it moving and healthy?
- Condominium – circumstances and partnerships – what kinds of partners we tend to attract, how we treat them, how we deal with obstacles, difference and opposition, what qualities we “outsource” to our partners and how we “externalize” stages of our development. Who we become while interacting with our partners. Do we fight, please or lose ourselves in them. Do you keep boundaries? Do you invest time into your condominium, maintain jointly owned common areas and regularly communicate with other members? Are you a people pleaser?
- Firehouse – responses – responses to others, to changing circumstances, observation, evaluation of right/wrong. How do we watch and respond to actions and opinions of others, how aware are we of our own behavior and state of being. Our ability to predict responses, cause and effect. How we handle crisis, first responders. Do do we meddle in the affairs of others. How we take care of communal property and assets. Are you triggered by – and triggering – false alarms? Do you respond as a fireman, or fall to pieces, or overreact? Are you listening to fire sirens all day?
- Noah’s Arc – endurance – anything that lasts and endures, as well as requires endurance – religion, higher education, schools of thought, worldviews, cultures, scriptures, publishing, libraries, legacy. How we choose to view the world, meaning of life and other big questions. How we may intend to leave our mark on the world. Our attitude to other cultures, higher education, long distance travel. Traditionally “long journeys over water”. What are you carrying on your Noah’s Arc?
- Capitol – assertion – challenging status quo, leadership, taking charge. How do we upset the established order, how do we advance towards our goals, make ourselves to be heard. What laws do you pass or follow? What kind of new projects you fund? Do you build new roads and bridges? Do you create new positions and directions?
- Public Design – design, planning, implementing, networking. Public or community projects. How things are done. What future buildings do you design for yourself and others? Who are your teammates or birds of a feather? Do you choices today align with your direction and vision?
- Meditation Temple – mechanics – how we look deeper, zoom into, under the hood or sideways. Analyzing. How we function in solitude. How we connect to deeper layers of ourselves. How we drive ourselves crazy. Closet with skeletons, angels and demons. When was the last time you meditated? Is there unaddressed trauma that shapes your choices? What do your guardian angels look like? How does it feel to let go?
I am super proud of Natasha, who has never done any illustrating or drawing prior to this project, and I am really happy we are collaborating on the book. I was always fascinated by the houses, and I hope this illustration and the cursory descriptions pick your curiosity.
P. S. Astrological houses are not finished. They are continuously being built by each of us every single day.