Every now and then you’ll hear an astrologer say that a certain planet rules a house in your chart. It’s good information, but what does it mean, and how can you use it?
The ruling planet is determined by the sign that is on the cusp of the house. So if you have Gemini on your 2nd house cusp, Mercury rules your 2nd house. That means that Mercury’s placement will tell you a lot about 2nd house matters. This is really useful to get a sense of how the house operates, especially if there are no other planets in that house. I’ll give an example from my own chart.
I have a totally empty 10th house. But does that mean I have no career, no ambition, no goals? Of course not! I have Aquarius on the cusp, which means the 10th house is ruled by Saturn and Uranus. My natal Saturn and Uranus are both in Sagittarius in the 8th house. I have spent my life learning about psychology, astrology, and what makes people tick, and have made a career of it. So the placement of the rulers of my 10th house have determined how my 10th house matters are expressed.
Or take a friend of mine, who has Taurus on the cusp on his empty 3rd house. This makes the ruler of his 3rd house Venus. He has Venus in Virgo in the 7th house. While he’s not much interested in schedules outings, and social events, there’s someone who is – his wife! She handles the small details of daily life and even manages his social media for him. Talk about Venus ruling communications!
So if you want to get a feel for how a house operates in your chart, especially an empty house, take a look at sign on the cusp and the placement of its ruler. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn!
What planets rule your empty houses? Do their placements in the chart resonate?