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First House in the Horoscope
Your Identity in Classical Astrology
The immediate appearance
of the personality intended,
slowly penetrated by the observer.
The 1st House shows your identity - how others perceive you. It starts with the Ascendant forming the cusp of the House, which shows what impression you strive to make on others. That's how you present yourself to others, but the rest of the House shows what impression they actually get.
It's a dynamic thing. At first, people perceive you according to your Ascendant, the "role you play", but immediately after that they start to form their own opinions. This takes them further on in the 1st House.
Zodiac sign and PlanetSo, if the House changes Zodiac sign somewhere in its span, or if planets appear later on in it, that means people who have gotten to know you change their impression of you by time. They will experience it as "revealing" your true nature, but actually they simply see another ingredient in your identity.
Of course, it also happens that your outer appearance can change once or several times in your life. This is likely if your House is split between two Zodiac signs, also if it contains a planet. If it's Pluto, your change will be dramatic and surprising. If it's Pluto your change will take an effort on your part. If it's Venus, on the other hand, your change will be smooth and pleasant, probably frequent, too - but not as frequent as if Jupiter is in your 1st House.
Here are simple keywords as to how people will perceive you, depending on what Zodiac sign you have in the 1st House:
Here are keywords for how people perceive you if you have a planet in your 1st House:
The keywords are just simple clues to understand the 1st House. You need to consider the whole before deciding on the meaning of one single ingredient.
AspectsThe 1st House has the following aspect relations to other Houses:
These relations between the Houses are quite important when analyzing their influence. The opposition aspect to the 7th House, which regards partnerships, is evident: you cannot think about yourself at the same time as you think about your partner. One or the other. The trines to the 5th House, that of leisure, and the 9th, about travel and change, show that your identity and how people perceive you is a resource in these other fields of your life - and vice versa.
The squares to the 4th House, home and family, and the 10th House, career, show that these fields of life are partly conflicted. When you concentrate on your own image your family will probably be neglected accordingly, and you career usually demands of you to keep your attitude in some kind of restraint. The interests of these House are sort of competing, but contrary to the opposition it's possible to find solutions where none is at the cost of the other.
The sextile with the 3rd House, friends, and the 11th House, which is the big social arena, shows that these House stimulate one another. It's with your friends you express your identity and it's in the big social scene that your image can do you a a world of good.
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. Apart from fiction, I've written several books about astrology and spirituality. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Classical astrology is according to the age old astrological principles, which are just as relevant today. The complete horoscope chart consists of many more components than your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). The latter has quite limited applications, which should be respected. This website deals mainly with the complete horoscope, and states clearly when that's not the case.
About This WebsiteWelcome to the world of astrology and horoscopes! Here you find an introduction to the basics of astrology, in-depth presentations of the Zodiac and your sun sign, astrological predictions based on the outer planets, famous horoscopes and elaborate forecasts.
Mundane AstrologyHere are also several examples of mundane astrology - astrological principles applied to institutions, countries and the whole world. This way of using astrology was in the past much more common than personal horoscopes.
Astrology BasicsThe astrology basics present the astrological components and their significance in the personal horoscope. They are the twelve Zodiac signs, the twelve planets, the twelve Houses, and the five aspects.
There are astrologers who use additional celestial bodies, as well as additional aspects. I stick to the horoscope fundamentals specified by Ptolemy, the Greek mathematician of the 2nd century CE, in his classic on astrology: Tetrabiblos. It's the primary source to western astrology.