The Quadrants are: 1st Quadrant, 2nd Quadrant, 3rd Quadrant, 4th Quadrant
The chartwheel is separated and interpreted in various ways. These include:
Quadrants: 1st Quadrant, 2nd Quadrant, 3rd Quadrant, 4th Quadrant
Directions: North, South, East West
Angular Houses: 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th
Succedent Houses: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th
Cadent Houses: 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th
The third house is about your mind, your thinking processes and your communication style. The sign on the cusp of this house determines whether your head or your heart tends to lead in your decision making. Here we also get to discover whether you like to follow step by step logic or whether you’re more of a make it up as you go along type of person. A creative, imaginative, free-thinker or a studious, scientifically minded analyst – it’s all here, within the third house.
Your childhood education is also reflected in the third house and so is your relationship with your siblings, if any – here we can learn how you grew and developed as a child and how that has a bearing on the person you are now. Of course, one of the key things you learned to do as a child was to communicate, and the third house illuminates your skills in writing, talking, listening and getting others to listen. If you’re talkative and gregarious, your third house will show so; if you’re more of the silent type, that’s here too. Your learning style is also represented here, so it’s useful in understanding how you best absorb, process and today’s levels of information overload.
As adults who have left home, our neighborhoods often take the place of the family home and childhood friends, so this house also reflects how you interact with neighbors and your local community. Short, local journeys are also a topic for the third house.
How you express yourself, how you come across and how you react to your world – these are all first house issues, because the first house represents your outward identity. The cusp of the first house is your Ascendant or rising sign, and this tells us a great deal about the impression you make on others and about how you behave overall.
How you choose to dress and how you style your personal appearance are also first house matters, because this is how you present yourself to the world. Planets within the first house can also have some bearing on your physical health, highlighting particular strengths or weaknesses within your body.
Think of the first house as showing how you put your best foot forward. This house shows us how you act and react to life, and how you play the role you find yourself in, wherever you are in life. It’s not quite the same as who you truly are: your inner self is reflected in the position of your Sun, which could lie in any of the astrological houses. But your Ascendant, the first house and any planets within it show your style of being and your way of handling life’s issues.
Because it’s about your outward expression, your first house is typically the first thing that other people pick up upon, and how they may label you. If you’re “the chatty one”, “the moody one” or “the quirky one”, you probably have your first house to thank for that.
Angles include the ascendant, descendant, midheaven/MC, Imum Coeli/IC. These are the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses and are the cardinal points.
The second house is where we look in your chart to find your resources – your money and finances, but also your emotional resources, your self-esteem and your natural skills. We also look here for your personal values – the second house sheds light on what you value in life, and why.
For most of us, the one key thing that money can buy is security, so it’s no surprise that the second house also talks about your levels of emotional security – how secure – or not! – you like to feel, how you go about getting that security, and how you react when your emotional security is threatened.
The sign on the cusp of the second house, and any planets within it, tell us a great deal about your attitude towards what you have and what you’d like to have. If you spend like there’s no tomorrow, this is where that will show up. If you’re an expert money manager and a prudent investor, the second house will tell us that too. If debt leaves you lying awake at night, this house will let us know, and it will also offer some insight as to how you can get out of financial trouble.
As the planets move and transits hit your second house, we can learn when your most materially successful periods are likely to be, and when you may need to tighten your belt. We can track your levels of self-confidence too and see opportunities for you to pick up new skills – new resources, remember, going back to this house’s key theme.
As the house of friendships, hope and manifestation, the eleventh house talks of your connection to the wider world; it tells us what you wish for and how you can work with others to make those wishes come true. This is where we look to see how sociable you are, as well as how idealistic your goals are. If you want to change the world, that’s an eleventh house matter. If you’d rather stay home and hug the cat, that’s an eleventh house matter too.
This house rules anything which you’re a member of, so that’s clubs, societies, groups, social media communities and informal causes. The sign on the cusp of the eleventh house, and any planets in it, tell us about how you work within those groups – how much you enjoy them, whether you lead them or follow them, how you manifest change through them and where that change is aimed.
The eleventh house also rules freedom and individuality, so this is where we look for evidence of your inner rebel. Your political views are sometimes reflected here, and your humanitarian ideals certainly are. Here we also discover whether you pursue your goals through conventional or unconventional means, and we can find clues about your attitude towards technology and innovation. If you’re a social media expert, a gadget geek or an outright technophobe, it’s the eleventh house which will reveal this in your chart. This house also covers your leadership potential and your ability to inspire others.
The 1st Quadrant includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd houses. It represents the 1st stages of personal development through self, possessions and environment.
We spend so much of our lives working – so the tenth house, which rules careers, status, ambitions and success, is an enormously important area of the chart. The kind of career you’d like is shown by the sign on the cusp of the tenth house and by any planets within it. If you’re stuck in an accountancy job when actually you’ve always wanted to be a zoologist, your tenth house is where this disconnect will show itself.
The energies of the tenth house also reveal what you want others to think about you. This is where your public image lives and where we can see how important status is to you. The amount of time and effort you’re prepared to put into your career is shown here, as is the truth of what really brings you job satisfaction. The tenth house also reveals something about your work-life balance.
The tenth house is known as the house of authority: here we find out how you react to authority figures and indeed how you behave as one. If you always want to kick against convention and the rules, it will show up in your tenth house. If you’re more conservative in your approach to life, that’s here too.
Speaking of authority figures, the tenth house also reveals your relationship with whichever parent was the main breadwinner as you were growing up (the other parent being reflected in the fourth house, the house of home). Following on from that, this house reflects your views on traditional roles in society.
The 2nd Quadrant includes 4th, 5th and 6th houses. It represents the 2nd stages of personal development through the family, children, pets and health.