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About the Seventh House

DateOctober 5, 2009

The Seventh House: Relationships
What is the 7th House?
In the House 6 Makeover, we covered countering negative forces such as health, accidents and enemies in your life. Now, House 7 covers primarily relationships, marriage, business and personal partnerships. This is a very important House as relationships make life meaningful, and some of our past life karmas in that area will be indicated by the 7th House. We are all social beings with a strong desire to interact with others.

We have explained before that the Signs are filters which color how the Houses and Planets behave. This newsletter will cover the sign of Libra, which is considered the natural 7th House of the Zodiac. That means that the Sign of Libra naturally colors things in line with the qualities of the 7th House.

Let us begin by covering the general significators of the 7th House and what they influence in your life. Then in the 2nd week, we show you how to examine your own chart (and others) and find which planets are influencing your 7th House. As we progress through the final 2 weeks, you will be guided through a powerful meditation and transformation tools that will enable you to improve your ability to attract and sustain healthy, harmonious relationships. Your own personal 7th House is the subject of the next newsletter.General Characteristics of the 7th House
The Seventh House is known as the House of “Relationships”. It is one of the kama houses, a house of desires, specifically how desires get fulfilled. A strong 7th House could indicate a happy marriage life, high status in career and society, and harmonious partnerships in business. Libra’s symbol of the merchant scales reminds us that business commerce and partners are also 7th House issues.

Other significators of the 7th House include courtship, spouse, moral conduct, adultery, lust or passion, sex partners, secret affairs, foreign lands, life path, and home. (As we explained in Month 4: the 4th House is home; however, the 7th House is the 4th House away from the natural 4th House, so it also flavors home issues. This is only mentioned for those who have been working with Vedic Astrology a while. If you are new, this is not necessary to understand for now).

The 7th House also influences short journeys, sensory gratification, sexual desires, and lower abdominal organs (e.g. urinary tract, prostrate).

Your personal 7th House – its ruling planet and chart position, planets influencing the 7th house and its Lord (ruling planet) will also give clues as to the nature and character of your partners and your relationship to them. Keep in mind that as we evolve, so do our planetary qualities and influences. So an immature Mars as Lord of the 7th can be brash and angry, whereas a more evolved, mature Mars can bring devotion and loyalty. As you grow and develop, you can bring in more of the positive energies which are potential in your chart.

Characteristics of Libra, the Natural 7th House
Libra, Tula, is the 7th sign in the Zodiac, an air sign, and the natural 7th House. Venus is the ruler of Libra, giving its qualities to the 7th House as well. Libras are artistic and enjoy various forms of art: music, song, dance, theatre, and fine arts. They are lovers of harmony and peace, as symbolized by the balanced scales. They value relationships, and shape and experience their life through meaningful relationships. Libras are generally attractive, charming and charismatic. They live in beautiful environs and enjoy being able to influence others. Their love of truth and ability to tune in to higher planes of existence, allows them to transcend materiality with ease. Libras can be passionate leaders, such as Gandhi who had positive influence, or if afflicted, someone like Hitler who was damaging to others.

Venus as the Ruler and Indicator of the 7th House

Venus is beauty, refinement, love and harmony. She is responsible for the creative and sexual urge in nature. She inspires consideration and care for others, body care, and the desire to love and be loved. Venus is also the indicator for wealth, cars, clothes, lovemaking, social status, happiness, flowers, song and dance, perfumes aromatherapy, and sweet speech.

Traditionally, in a man’s chart Venus is the karaka (or indicator) for the wife. In a woman’s chart, Jupiter is the karaka for the husband. From the condition of these planets and their placement in the chart, the description of the spouse/partner can be indicated.

Planets Placed in Libra
Again, it’s important to remember that when assessing a chart, multiple factors must be taken into consideration. No one effect, such as planetary position in a sign or house, will be the sole indicator of fortunes and influences. In general, one must assess the strength of the house, its indicator, and its lord and occupants, as well as other planetary influences. The following are general indications for when a particular planet is posited in the sign of Libra. As always, the chart must be considered in the aggregate.

Sun in Libra
The Sun is debilitated or weak here, so one must guard against the influence of the lower nature of Venus such as addiction or overuse of alcohol, drugs or sex, loose moral conduct. However, the Sun here can make one both popular and frank. Can be impartial, with a strong sense of justice.

Moon in Libra
Intelligent, wealthy, lover of the arts, principled, amicable, professional, respects spiritual preceptors, flexible, idealistic. Must guard against being fickle.

Mars in Libra
Impetuous love nature, possible impulsive marriage, ambitious, self-confident, charming, materialistic, family-oriented, self-made wealth, may have frequent breaks in relationships and partnerships. Often skills in debate or sport. Must guard against enmity with women.

Mercury in Libra
Favorable for writing, studying and education, strong intuition, intellectual connection with spouse, faithful, discreet. Can be inclined to material excesses and must guard against overindulgence.

Jupiter in Libra
Good-hearted, devoted, popular, harmonious marriage and friendships and gains through them (unless Jupiter is afflicted in the chart, then the opposite), religious, some tendency to overwork, fair, courteous, open-minded.

Venus in Libra
Venus is in its own sign in Libra (a strong position for Venus). This strengthens Venusians qualities such as a loving, sympathetic nature, good friendships, and marriage, fidelity, passionate, sensual and very intuitive. Can indicate a statesman or other high status social position. Also potential for a profession in a Venus-related field in the arts.

Saturn in Libra
Saturn is exalted here in Libra, so Saturn is at full strength in this Sign. Respected, prominent, sound judgment, arrogant and charitable. Indicates a notable difference in age, social or financial status from the marriage partner. Position and power gained through older business partner.

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