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Also known as: The House Of Self

What it rules in your life: Psychologically and emotionally, it is the interface with the rest of the world that your chart passes through — and it is the first thing that people see when they meet you. Your Sun and Moon and all the other planets may be who “you really are”… but it all has to come out through the First House before anyone gets to see it. And that interface, in turn, has an influence on you too… it’s more than skin deep. Sometimes, people will get the wrong first impress and then can’t see past it.

(No matter what transits are happening, how they play out in your life depends on your individual birth chart. Write me with your date, time, and place of birth — and I’ll send you a copy and a free sneak preview!)

What it rules in an organization or mundane chart: Company image.

How the placement of the First House ruler affects it:

If the ruler of the 1st is in the 1st, it can make for a bit of impulsiveness and an unconscious assumption that everyone around you understands your intentions when you say or do things. It tends to make you generally pretty personable too. Even if you aren’t in sales, you’ve probably had people say something like “with your personality, you should be in sales.”

With the ruler of the 1st in the 2nd House, your personal behaviors and activities tend to be pointed towards “security issues”… whether that’s making money or establishing your place in the pecking order. You generally come across to people as pretty solid even if you don’t feel that way.

Ruler of the 1st in the 3rd puts the emphasis on communicating your needs and your thoughts to others. You like asking questions, are good at explaining the answers, and are probably kind of chatty.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 4th House means you like that feeling of security you get when you’re in a comfortable situation and are probably good at putting people at ease and at being a comfort to those in need… but an anarchic environment can really set your nerves on edge.

Ruler of the 1st House in the 5th House tends to make you a lot of fun to hang out with in general. You’re personable and probably fairly charming, and can handle children, games, and romance well when you put your mind to it. This can also give you some leadership qualities.

Having the ruler of your 1st House in your 6th House gives you a tendency to file and sort and organize the people in your life into the right slots, and you are probably most comfortable in an environment where you know your role and what is expected of you. You do good work and come across as fairly professional when you do.

Ruler of the 1st in the 7th gives you a concern for “the other guy.” it’s not your style to ruffle feathers just for sport or to step out of line, usually. Although you understand the natural “give and take” that comes with relationships, there’s a chance you might do too much of the giving for your own good.

When the ruler of the 1st is in the 8th House, you tend to express a lot of curiosity about life and love digging in a little deeper with the people you know. You can be cautious around other people at first until you’ve gotten a good sense of where they are coming from. You might get more sexual advances than you were looking for, and sometimes from the wrong people.

Ruler of the 1st House in the 9th tends to make you intellectually outgoing… a “student of life.” You work best in an environment where there is a free flow of ideas happening within a larger, more orderly context. Ultimately, you tend to act based on your own judgment of things, and usually it turns out you were right to do so.

Having the 1st House ruler in your 10th makes you goal-oriented, a good worker and employee, but also a good leader. You don’t necessarily want to be “famous,” but things go best when everyone understands why you’re hear and what you’re doing.Maintaining a stable world around yourself is important to you.

When the ruler of the 1st House is in the 11th, you tend to be good with groups, social circles, and understand “office politics” in whatever form they occur. You’re probably good at treating people fairly and equitably, and that sort of thing is especially important to you in your daily life.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 12th House tends to make you run on instinct, to have a sense for the deeper meaning of life, and to have a fair degree of psychic or intuitive ability. Sometimes that sensitivity helps your relationships with others… and sometimes it’s simply “too much information.” You deal best with the world when you occasionally get the chance to hide quietly away from it.

Things the First House rules you might not have expected: Your head, your fifth child, your friend’s short trips, friends of your siblings.

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