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Twelve Houses in Horoscope
Twelve HousesThe entire life aspects and qualities of the person are recorded in the twelve houses of a horoscope. The houses are also known as `Bhavas` or `Sthanas`.
From the point of view of the individual born, i.e. the exact location of the birth, and the exact time when the sky or zodiac belt was perceived, is drawn out in the form of twelve houses. Each zodiac occupies a particular house of the chart.

Imagine the just born child standing erect at the position and time of his birth. (we know he cant, but just imagine!)

If he looks directly East and points his hand at the Eastern horizon where the Sun rises, he is pointing in the direction of what is known as the first house of his horoscope. The first house governs the 30-degree span of space where the Eastern horizon is. First house is also known as the `Ascendant` or `Lagna`. It is the most important house of all. The inner personal traits of that person along with the general aspects of entire life is summarized by this house.

Directly across from it, or on the Western horizon is the 7th house. From the first to the 7th are the 2nd through 6th houses.

Directly over his head will be the 10th house. That is, straight up into space where the high noon Sun beams down on us is the 10th house. Straight below his feet covering the span of space on the other side of the earth from him, is the 4th house.

So the first house of horoscope governs the Eastern horizon, the 2nd house is just below the Eastern horizon, the 3rd house is deeply below the Eastern horizon, the 4th house is directly underneath the child, the 5th house is underneath him and behind a little bit. The 6th house is underneath him and quiet a bit behind him. The 7th house of horoscope is behind him covering the Western or Sunset horizon. The 8th house is just over his shoulder when he turns his head around and looks behind himself. The 9th house is above the top back part of his head, the 10th house is straight over his head, the 11th house is what he sees when he looks upwards but not straight up. The 12th house is just slightly above the eastern horizon and this brings us back around to the first house, which governs the eastern horizon.

In this way, the entire 360 degree circular span of space surrounding the child and the earth are divided into 12 equal 30 degree sections, each of which has a number from 1 -12 and is known as a house. Studying the aspects of life governed by these houses forms the core of astrology.

For example, the 10th house of horoscope, i.e., the span of space directly overhead, governs power, position and our career to a large degree. Any planets in this span of space at the time of our birth greatly affect our career, power and status in life. On observing astrological analysis, you will find this to be unfailingly true and eventually you will become so familiar with the effects of planets that effect this house that you will be able to tell much about the success and failure of any one`s career who`s chart you glance upon.

In conclusion, the 12 houses are always present. At every moment the 12 houses are present surrounding you and your earth. This zone described with details in astrology is casting its influence on us every minute of the day.
The tabular description of houses explains different related aspects of our life.


First house/ ascendant

(The house of Self)

(Lagnasthan/ Tanusthan)

The very first house of the horoscope (also known as lagna) happens to be the most important placement in the chart. It is indicative of an individual’s life in general. Looking at the house, one can figure out the physical appearance of the person, his basic instincts, health, longevity, nature, and the basic vitality with which the person will live his life. This house is the most important factor in analyzing about how one can live life to its grandest. In short, it defines the significant constituents of body and mind. In a human body, the house governs Head and face.

Second House

(House of Wealth)

(Dhanasthan / Kutumbsthan)

This is the house governing Wealth (Dhanasthan) and Family (kutumbsthan). A person’s financial state can be well analysed by studying this house. Our family, and relations with our family are also some aspects controlled by this potion. Other minor aspects ruled by it are early stages of life, servants and domestic comforts. Physically, the house influences our throat and eyesight. Speech is also one of the gifts of the second house.

Third House

(House of Courage)

(Bhatrusthan/ Parakram sthan)

The third house is all about being adventurous and a risk taker. Whether a man will stick to the mediocre routine life, or he/she will explore new avenues of life and success, can be well deducted from this house. This house rules courage, stamina, intelligence, self-esteem, and also younger siblings in a person’s life and his relationship with them. It also depicts writing skills, aspects of jewellery and clothes, along with prospects of short journeys.Physically, the house governs Arms, right ear and shoulder.

Fourth House

(Comforts in life)

(Matrusthan / Sukhasthan)

This house as Matrusthan tells about our Mother, and our relationship with her. As sukhasthan, it denotes prosperity, domestic surroundings and happiness in general. Our old age, private and public affairs and inheritance can also be determined from this house. In our body, this house defines our chests, breasts, lungs and stomach.

Fifth House

(House of education)


(Vidyasthan/ Putrasthan)

The fifth house defines our prospects in education (Vidyasthan) and children (Putrasthan). Other than that, it governs our intellect and luck. It is also the house of spirituality and pleasures of the world.In the human body, this bhava takes care of our heart, liver and spleen.

Sixth House

(House of challenges)

(Ripusthan / Rogsthan)

Sixth house tells the stories of our enemies, health and service life. It indicates about our possibilities of indulging in litigations. Our connections with uncles and aunts are also defined by it. Debts, mental worries, accidents or thefts are also the speciality of this house. Physically, the house influences kidney, intestine, uterus, and anus.

Seventh House

(House of union)

(Bharya sthan / Marakasthan)

Seventh house is an important house defining our spouse and conjugal happiness. It talks about how smooth or hard relationships we will have in life. That includes our prospects in business partnerships as well. This house also tells us about the honors and reputation we may gain in a foreign country. Seventh house rules external sex organs.

Eighth house

(House of obstacles)

(Mrityu sthan)

This house indicates diseases, Death and obstacles. It also determines sources of illegal income, mental pains, the mode by which we will die, and chances of imprisonment. This is the place through which longevity of one’s life can also be estimated. Scrotum, pelvis, seminal vesicles and external genitals are at the understanding of this particular house.

Nineth House

(House of Fortune)

(Bhagya sthan)

Wisdom, wealth, reputation and higher learning are all the gifts of this house. This house provides the person with foresightedness and prosperity. How deep a person goes in religion and faith is also well described here. This is an important house in order to cultivate the best rewards in life.

Tenth House

(House of work)


This house defines Father, professional life and overall status we achieve in our lifetime. Honor, power and authority are defined by our occupation and other worldly activities. All theses correlated aspects are also analysed by judging this house. It tells us about the responsibilities we take up in this life, and fruits harvested by it.

In our body, the house governs knees, joints, bones, back and hair.

Eleventh House

(House of gains)


Eleventh house talks about one’s income, monetary gains and accumulated wealth. Honour and social success also succeeds the above-mentioned qualities, hence these are also defined here. Along with that, this house indicates about our love affairs, friends and emotional attachments. Elder brothers and sisters, and our relationship with them can also be judged by studying this house. In our body, the house rules legs, left ear, teeth and ankles.

Twelfth House

(House of expenditure)


Private enemies, charity, pleasures of bed, sorrow, expenditures, losses and debts are defined by the twelfth house in our horoscope. Although it is the house of expenditure, its not necessary to be in terms of loss, the money can also be spent in form of charity, gifts and investments.It is the last house of our horoscope, hence is also known to tell us about reincarnation and nirvana. Travels and difficult works are also defined over here.In a human body, the house rules feet and left eye.

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