Understanding the Astrological Chart Wheel
How to Read the Houses in a Chart Wheel
The following tutorial can help demonstrate how to understand the houses of an astrology chart wheel by looking at the chart wheel itself. This mostly applies to uneven house systems, such as Placidus, Koch, Regiomontanus, Campanus, and more.
I am assuming that you know how to read the sign and planetary symbols for this tutorial. If you don’t, then please refer to the symbols here: Astrology Symbols: Signs and Astrology Symbols & Glyphs. You might also benefit from learning about the polarities or opposite signs here: Polarities: Opposite Signs and Houses.
I am using the example chart with data: January 1, 2000, at 12:00 PM, in Toronto, Canada. This is the default chart in the Free Report Section here.
When you enter this data in the Free Report Section of the site, you will see a list or table of planetary positions and house cusps in the report itself, which I have copied here:
I am going to address two very common issues or concerns that people have in the beginning stages of learning astrology:
- Duplicated or Missing Signs on the house cusps, and
- Planets in signs that don’t match the signs on the house cusps.
1. Duplicated or Missing Signs on the house cusps
With many house systems, including the popular Placidus house system (the default house system in the Free Reports Section), house sizes are uneven. Very frequently, only some of the 12 zodiac signs are represented on the house cusps. And, when this is the case, some signs are on two house cusps.
This is the case of interceptions. An intercepted sign is a sign that doesn’t appear ON a house cusp. I emphasize “on” because every sign is found in every chart. However, some signs are found within a house in their entirety and are not showing up on house cusps.
There is a basic rule: when a sign is intercepted, its opposite sign is also intercepted. Additionally, this happens in opposite houses.
As well, when a sign and its opposite sign are intercepted in a chart, you can be certain that you will see two signs that are each found on two house cusps.
Referring to the example chart’s table above, you can see that the sign of Cancer is found on both the fourth (IV) and fifth (V) houses.
This is not a mistake. Many people write to me about this issue, many of whom feel that it’s a software error, glitch, or mistake, but it’s not. This is completely normal and quite common, in fact.
Because Cancer appears on two consecutive houses, you can be certain that Cancer’s opposite sign, Capricorn, appears on two consecutive houses, as well. Not only that, you can be certain that this will happen on opposite houses. The fourth and fifth houses are opposite the tenth (X) and eleventh (XI) houses, and in this case, these are the houses with Capricorn on the cusp.
See the following. Please hover over the highlighted areas for further information: