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A Quick Guide to the 12 Houses

I’ve been thinking about writing a series of posts exploring each of astrology’s 12 houses, one by one, using specific examples and going into some depth. With that in mind, it seemed reasonable to write a quick guide to what each house represents first. I’ve already written a similar article about what each planet represents (The Planets As People), so the idea is for the two articles to work together as a (very) basic reference.

For example, Taylor Swift has Venus in her 1st house. She appears and seems to the world (1st) as artistic, aesthetically pleasant and connected to romance (Venus). Jiddu Krishnamurti has Moon in his 12th house. He lost (12th) his mother (Moon) at a young age and his state of mind (Moon) was focused on enlightenment i.e. loss of self  (12th) which he spent much of his life discussing in foreign lands (12th).

You get the idea. Saying the above method lacks nuance is putting it mildly 🙂 … so don’t go crazy with this, but hopefully it has some usefulness. I should note that I’m only including basic meanings here, so I’m not delving into concepts such as bhavat bhavam, for example, which is a valuable, but more complex method of finding further indications for each house.

1st House = You, as you appear and seem to the world.

2nd House = Your fixed assets, accumulated over time, including money, values/taste, family and close friends.

3rd House = Your peers and younger siblings, competition, talents, ambitions and achievements. Also short-distance journeys and publishing or production of the arts.

*Some astrologers feel the 2nd house involves writing and communication, while the 3rd only involves publishing. Other astrologers feel the 3rd involves writing and communication, as well as publishing.

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How I Got Interested In Vedic Astrology

I remember asking my dad about astrology when I was probably 13 or 14. Spirituality was a big part of our family life and both my parents practiced Transcendental Meditation, so astrology didn’t seem particularly far out. However, astrology as I knew it – which was basically western sun signs – also didn’t seem to have much in common with TM or the books my dad owned by J. Krishnamurti or Osho (who was still mostly referred to as Rajneesh back then). My dad’s response was that he imagined there was something to it, but it also seemed like nobody he’d come across really had a handle on it. He figured that maybe people would narrow it down more precisely in the future… or maybe somebody already had somewhere, but, if so, damned if he knew who or where. I think he also simply had far more interest in meditation and what he thought of as other more “direct” methods of self-realization.

Later on, my spiritual interests deepened and I began to read books by Osho, Krishnamurti, and also more deterministic teachers such as Nisargadatta Maharaj and his direct lineage of Ramesh Balsekar and Wayne Liquorman. I noticed that both Osho and Balsekar mentioned, essentially in passing, something about astrology as an accurate predictive method. Balsekar was referring to nadi leaves, which is a bit different, but Osho was talking about Vedic astrology in a more general sense. Later, I would learn that Osho had actually visited famous Vedic astrologer Chakrapani Ullal. Continue reading

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