The 1st House
This house is also known as the house of self and is the first of the twelve houses of the zodiac. The planets and signs that reside in this house on the birth chart offer information about the self, about how one appears to the outside world and about what motivates them.
This is an angular house and hosts the Ascendant (or the rising sign), in each birth chart, this is the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of one’s birth.
The first house symbolises all types of beginnings, from the start of an activity to the first phases of a relationship. It covers the first impression, impulses and new initiatives. It is also said to govern inner motivation and the purpose of one in life.
The natural sign ruler is Aries, the first zodiac sign on the horoscope wheel, and the planetary ruler is Mars, the planet of energy and action.
This house represents the first phase in an individual’s life: childhood and carries a meaning that centres around how the person forms, who they are and what they will become.
The planet(s) and the sign(s) that are placed in this house on the birth chart offer information on how one can realize their potential and on how they will contribute to the world around them.
This talks about how an individual is shaped and what challenges they may need to face in the early stages of their life.
Talks about self
This house symbolizes both the physical and spiritual body and offers guidance on how the individual is perceived by the world. It governs the self and appearance and may talk more than other houses about the personality of the individual.
The planet(s) and sign(s) hosted by this house on the birth chart are said to influence the behaviour of the individual and the initial choices one makes in life. It pushes us to be more attentive with our physical body and talks about basic sensibilities.
The individual’s identity and self awareness, as well as all beginnings in life are said to be influenced by the astrological movement in this house.
There are bite sized meanings of each of the twelve houses in the Houses of the Zodiac article.