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The Eighth House: About You

DateNovember 10, 2009

How to Interpret Your Own Eighth HouseSummary of the Steps: It’s Easy!
In order to help you understand the nature of your Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity karma, we will walk you through a few steps. First you will learn which Sign contains your 8th House and how that sign affects your transformations, obstacles, longevity, legacy, chronic health issues and other 8th house indicators, such as inheritance, gains through others and sexuality. Then, we will get more specific in accessing your 8th House by examining the planets placed in that house, and also where the “ruler” of your Eighth House is placed. This will all be very easy to do. Finally, we will test your knowledge with a Quiz using Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

First, you need to know what your 8th House sign is. To do this:

  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your 8th House with the the number 8 in the box. The blue letters in the same box indicate the Sign. For your reference the abbreviated sign names are listed below.
Symbol Sign Name
Ar Aries
Ta Taurus
Ge Gemini
Ca Cancer
Le Leo
Vi Virgo
Li Libra
Sc Scorpio
Sg Sagittarius
Cp Capricorn
Aq Aquarius
Pi Pisces

Now that you know which sign your 8th House is, please read the description for the sign that rules your 8th house of “Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity”. This description offers you general inclinations you will have due to this sign ruling your 8th House. As you read the description, please also make note of the Ruling Planet. We will use this in Step 4 to better understand the specifics of your 8th house karma.We wish to remind you that there are many factors which influence your chart, your karma/dharma and your life, including condition of the planet ruling a house, condition of planets in a house, and what Dasha (planetary) period you are currently running. The ruling planet indicates qualities of mind and general nature of destiny.

Eighth House Ruling Planet “Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity” Nature
Aries Mars Purification of desires and dissolution of egocentricity. Brings difficulties for brothers (3rd house of siblings and Mars as the karaka for brothers). Mars (Dasha, Bukti, chart placement) can bring loss of vitality, health and accidents.
Taurus Venus Radical changes possible as heart awakens. Depth of character, Venus Dasha/Bukti can bring transformation of personality (1st house is also Venus).
Gemini Mercury Ability to negotiate way to fulfilling desires. Mercury associations can bring health issues. Gains through friends (Mercury owns 11th house of friends). Natural tendency toward fairness with others.
Cancer Moon Moon brings big changes as well as inheritance. Provoked by discomfort to look deeply into things. Understands letting go and moving on is a necessary part of gaining new increases.
Leo Sun Learning to develop detachment. Can bring sensitive ego, identity issues related to father. A vulnerable personality. Great potential to break free from past life karmas.
Virgo Mercury Deep thinker. Enjoys research, mysteries, occult sciences. Uses intelligence to make best of circumstances. Unconventional personality.
Libra Venus Talented, original artistic ability. Siblings are either troubled and/or involved with research/occult sciences. Venus can deplete life force energy. Purification and transformation of desires.
Scorpio Mars Interest in research and investigation. If afflicted, Mars can bring scandalous affairs. Great regenerative energies. Courage to undergo great change and face the unknown. Willingness to create a new identity.
Sagittarius Jupiter Can bring excessive desires (Jupiter owns 11th house of desires), knowledge of the Mystery schools. Able to benefit from difficulties.
Capricorn Saturn Saturn brings transformations and revelations of a spiritual nature (as Saturn also owns the 9th house of dharma). Fortune can be unsteady in early years. Often uses difficulties to deepen faith. Can grow in wisdom.
Aquarius Saturn Can bring transformation to relationships (Saturn owns the 7th house of relationships). If afflicted, brings scandal to relationships. Must learn to develop trust. Relationships improve as one gets older. Must learn balance with emotions to avoid weakening body with stress.
Pisces Jupiter Mind with love for probing the depths of mysteries. Can bring difficulty in having children. (Jupiter also rules 5th house.) Inclined to share with others. Naturally drawn toward spiritual practice for transformation.

Once you have identified which sign is your Eighth house, the next step in understanding aspects of your Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity house is to know which planets most directly influence it and modify its nature.To do this, run the “Chart Report” on Astroved. Examine your 8th House and note any planets in that sign, then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 8th House to see how they affect your 8th house indicators.

Planet in the 8th House General Effect If Afflicted
Sun Somewhat shy. Interest and skill in metaphysics, ambitious, self-acquired property, lucky, charitable, lover of music and poetry. Can live far from birthplace. Potential for government employment. Weak constitution, difficulty with father. Eyes or digestion may have weakness.
Moon Easy acquisitions, sensual, inner charisma, learned, changeable. Natural interest in occult. Potential for inheritance. Generous in heart. Loneliness. Health challenges, few children, capricious.
Mars Sensual, crafty. Persuasive in speech. May manage other people. Promiscuity. Vision impairment.
Mercury Enthusiasm, keen memory, insights into metaphysical matters, longevity, fame, elevated status, inherited estate. May change jobs or partners frequently. Good with details. Potential for world travel. Speech or nervous disorders, domestic grief.
Jupiter Luck through inheritance and other sources of unearned income, longevity. Generous. Liver/kidney problems, promiscuous.
Venus Long-lived, opulent, high status, generous physical comforts, unearned income. Often owns property. Spiritual interests. Sexual disease and difficulties in love.
Saturn Favorable for strong health and longevity. Work for everything you get. May need to work through anti-social tendencies. Skilled at their work. Many responsibilities in life. Perseveres against odds. Loss of strength after strong beginning. Perianal problems.
Rahu Fearless, luck in speculative ventures, but can also lose it. Must guard against quarreling. Developing detachment about critical opinions of others. Learning to trust and value relationships. Argumentative, immoral, promiscuous, jealousy from excessive desires.
Ketu Deeply mystical, interest in metaphysical studies. Some delays in developing one’s profession. Must learn to handle enemies. Covetous, mysterious reproductive difficulties, immoral.
8th House Sign Friend Neutral Enemy
Aries Jupiter Sun Mars Moon Saturn Venus Mercury
Taurus Mercury Saturn Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mars
Gemini Saturn Venus Mercury Moon Jupiter Mars Sun
Cancer Jupiter Mars Moon Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
Leo Jupiter Mars Sun Moon Saturn Mercury Venus
Virgo Venus Mercury Saturn Sun Jupiter Mars Moon
Libra Mercury Saturn Venus Moon Jupiter Sun Mars
Scorpio Jupiter Sun Moon Mars Saturn Mercury Venus
Sagittarius Mars Sun Jupiter Moon Mercury Saturn Venus
Capricorn Venus Mercury Saturn Moon Mars Jupiter Sun
Aquarius Venus Saturn Jupiter Mercury Moon Mars
Pisces Mars Moon Jupiter Saturn Venus Mercury Sun

The final step in understanding your personal 8th house is to examine where your 8th house’s Planetary Ruler is placed in your chart and what that means for you. Remember, the Planetary Ruler can be found in the chart in Step 2.Now, look again at your Chart Report. What sign is your planetary ruler of your 8th House placed? For instance, you may find that you have a Pisces 8th House. Pisces ruling planet is Jupiter. The Chart Report would show you in which House your Jupiter is placed. Perhaps your Jupiter is in your 2nd House.The placement of your 8th House planetary ruler will tell you how your Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 8th House planet is Jupiter and placed in your 2nd House (“Wealth/Finances”) of Virgo, this favors the ability to generate income from ‘others’ such as inheritance.

Keep in mind that as the planets have a range of values, so do placement of planets in the houses. Below are some indications of each House:

Planet that rules the 8th House is in your … How your Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity Karma is shaped
1st House A great range of fortunes: if strong (e.g. in its own sign in the 1st), it brings a skill for the occult, dream work, insights into the psyche as well as longevity. If afflicted, the opposite prevails. Must be precise in dealings with government.
2nd House Ability to earn income from ‘unearned’ sources. If afflicted, can bring addictions and speech difficulties. Must guard against critical speech. Must maintain balanced diet.
3rd House Brings metaphysics into creative endeavors. Can bring difficulties with siblings or health problems to them. Must eliminate abusive language and channel speech in positive direction.
4th House Can dampen happiness and relations with mother. Spiritual practice brings capacity to cultivate inner contentment and transcend material attachments. Must become practical in purchase of cars and not spend excessively.
5th House Creates obstacles in having children. Favorable for making money through speculative ventures and entrepreneurial endeavors. Good for learning new things and does well to take courses throughout life. Has real charity of heart toward poor and those without high status.
6th House Ability to overcome jealous adversaries. Favors healing ability. Possibility of chronic health issues. May have some difficult employers which they can use to develop humility.
7th House Spouse can have 8th house interests and career: research & development, investigation, metaphysics. May fail in business before succeeding.
8th House Longevity, money through inheritance or ‘luck’, charismatic persona, deep interest/knowledge in metaphysics. Excellent ability to influence others which they must use in positive manner.
9th House Favors mentorship from father figure, possible paternal inheritance. Must guard against renunciate tendencies and learn to support group success.
10th House Bring 8th house interests to career: psychology/psychiatry, R &D, investigation. Can do difficult things and triumph. May have some periods of poverty.
11th House Favors positive outcomes from speculative adventures through friends. Has influential friends. Can bring difficulties to siblings.
12th House Favors long distance travel (esp. foreign lands), spiritual attainment. Health away from home should be guarded. Interest in religious matters. Must guard against unnecessary expenses.

By means of another example, if your Eighth House is Aquarius, then your planetary ruler is Saturn. When you look at your chart, you see that Saturn is placed in its own sign of Aquarius in the 8th House. Saturn, being the planet of longevity, in the house of longevity, brings you the promise of a long life.

At this point, you now have an understanding of:

  1. What sign rules your 8th House
  2. What planets, if any, are in your 8th house
  3. What planet rules your 8th house; and
  4. In which house your ruling 8th house planet is placed in your chart.

This will give you a good basic comprehension of which signs and planets are influencing your transformations, obstacles and longevity. If you have 2 or more planets in your 8th House, look to which of the planets are weak and causing you difficulties based on the descriptions of the planets above. Then remedy that planet!

When Transformation, Obstacles & Longevity Karma Become Active
Overcoming obstacles and sustaining strong health are generally an on-going interest for most of us. But there are times when the lessons and opportunities for growth in these areas are most pronounced. To see if you are in a period especially influencing your 8th house issues, run your “Planetary Influence” report in Astroved for free. This report will tell you your “major” and “minor” planetary period, called Dasha (major) and Bukti (minor). If your major or minor planet is either the Ruler of your Eighth House or in the Eighth House, this will be a time of increased focus on 8th house conditions. If the planet is good for you, look for opportunities for transformational change through the loosing of old boundaries. If it is unfavorable, then there can be chronic health issues or challenges with reputation or moral conduct.

8th House Remedies
What Can I do About my 8th House Afflictions? There are several option to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your Eighth house.

There are secret mantras to help appease a planet that is destined to cause you problems. The powerful and secret mantra to improve your 8th house affairs can be found on the Personal Transformation Video for Level 2.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your newfound analysis. First, to strengthen your Eighth house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your Eigth house. The mantras for each house can be found on the Astroved site. Astroved is unique in that it also offers “Virtual Poojas” that combine Mantra and Visual depictions of the planets. This is another powerful way to win the grace of a planet that is not in your favor. Click here to try a virtual pooja now for free.

Alternative Ways to Propitiate a Planet
You can propitiate a planet on the day of your 8th house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 8th House (i.e. Gemini or Virgo), then on Wednesday, the day ruled by Mars, you can try fasting during daylight hours, but eat before sunrise and after sundown or remain vegetarian the entire day.

Depending upon the level of the affliction that planet is causing you, you can perform a fire ritual (called a homa or yagna) or pooja. Please see Astroved > Remedies > Planetary Fire Rituals for more information.

Astrologer Consultation:
Let our astrologers sending you their recommendations for your personalized remedy for your Eighth house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 8th House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart. Venus is the planet indicating relationships in general or the karaka for relationships. For women, Jupiter is the karaka for their mate.

Take our Eighth House quiz now >>

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