The Seventh House
The houses of the horoscope are where the scenes of life’s dramas take place. The ASC/DC axis – the horizontal line – is the basis or starting point of the chart, marking off the first and seventh houses; two of the angular houses. Angular houses are where the main action takes place; where we see events, situations and relationships of all kinds manifesting in our lives.
The first house and ascendant represents “me” – my body, my personality, my identity, how I want to manifest and express myself in the physical world. The seventh house is all you others out there who are different and who are “not me.” Along with the twelfth house, the seventh is a house of projection in which we see all the qualities we don’t “own” in ourselves existing as attributes of important, significant other people in our lives, and where we try to use these people to fulfill and complete ourselves.
The seventh is the house of marriage, business partnerships, public relations (along with the 10th), open enemies, competitors. And the “worthy opponent” is a highly desirable person, as any tennis player will tell you, for it is only with these people that we are forced to hone our skills and improve our game.
We are initially highly attracted (though sometimes repelled – i.e. Mars-Uranus in Aries in the 7th) to people manifesting our 7th house qualities, but once we get them and have to live with them, we don’t like it. (Aries Ascendent/ Libra Descendent man, “I married Sue because she was a great listener and always liked what I wanted to do; now I’m divorcing her because she never makes up her mind, has no opinion of her own, won’t get mad openly, but plays passive-aggressive games, etc.”)
The seventh is an angular house, so it’s especially important to watch major transits.
Something will happen in terms of relationship issues, or to your partner. If single, you may get together with someone; if married or committed, you may separate.
You may begin seeing a therapist or have to deal with a lawyer. If it’s your partner, he or she may get a raise (Jupiter or Venus), have an accident (Mars or Pluto), have to take on big responsibilities, or become a burden of responsibility to you (Saturn), have a sudden change in personality or career (Uranus), etc.
The Ascendent is the mask we present to the world; it is our persona. The more insecure we feel with our identity, the more we tend to rely on the mask, and the more we tend to attract relationships with people who seem to be our seventh house types.
About the author:
Eleanor Buckwalter has studied, practiced and taught astrology in Los Altos, CA for more than twenty-five years, including three years with the late Richard Idemon, a psychological astrologer. Her primary astrological focus of interest is parent-child relationships and family dynamics.