Composite Chart: Houses
The Composite Chart – Houses
Houses in the Composite Chart
The houses of the composite chart reveal areas of focus in a relationship, as well as how the energies of the planets play out. Thinking in terms of the polarity of houses with the composite chart makes a lot of sense due to the fact that the composite chart is a derived midpoint chart.
I find it particularly revealing to look to house placements in order to determine how overt a planet’s energy will be in a relationship. An angular Sun square Moon, for example, will be a dynamic that is more overt in the relationship than if neither planet is close to angles.
Angular planets, occupying the 1st, 7th, 4th, and 10th, will be more dynamic and obvious. Those found close to the angles in the 3rd, 9th, 6th, and 12th will be similar in their strength, but slightly more challenging to deal with because they are not quite as blatant–powerful, but working under the surface. Planets in the 6th and 12th, those not close to the angles, can be especially challenging as they are less overt, sometimes unrecognized, and they can act to undermine the relationship because they are not as obvious.
Planets found in the 5th and 11th house are generally playful and “easier” than the angular ones (because they are not “in your face”) and easier than planets found behind the angles (because they are not felt as urgent but under the surface). Although the relative position of planets in the 2nd and 8th houses to the angles are similar to the 5th-11th ones, their nature is somewhat more intense. 5th-11th houses are pleasurable in many ways.
The first and seventh houses in the composite chart are dynamic and personal. The energies of the planets in the first house are apparent to others, and they are felt strongly and directly by the couple. The energies represented by the planets found in the first and seventh houses in the composite chart are powerful and dealt with straightforwardly and directly.
For example, with the Moon in the first house, the couple copes with daily demands with emotional reactions. The couple takes in the energies of the composite Moon like others take their coffee first thing in the morning. The aspects of the composite Moon will show how effectively they deal with the energies.
A heavily posited first house suggests a powerful and active relationship. The individuals involved may feel stronger as a couple than they do on their own. The composite Sun in the first suggests the couple has come together for strength. Venus here, and the couple is demonstrative. Their need to share pleasures with one another is strong. With Mars here, can suggest a relationship that starts off with gusto, one that is very active and even combative, and a highly responsive partnership. Sometimes it indicates a couple whose fights are everyone’s business, and sometimes it suggests a couple who exudes physical and/or sexual energy.
With a heavily posited first house, the couple needs to be wary of the fact that many of their relationship issues are out on show, and they should avoid falling into the trap of getting so caught up in their image that they forget what they are really about. With a heavily posited seventh house, the partnership inclines toward being exclusive of others, and the couple may struggle in an effort to become “one”. The individuals may feel incomplete without each other. If challenging, competitiveness can be a real issue, as there is a continual struggle to find a balance.
The second and eighth houses in the composite chart deal with the couple’s ability to share with each other–and to share each other. Issues of commitment and “ownership” are addressed in these houses. These houses, and in particular the eighth house, have to do with power, including the giving away of power. Issues of indebtedness to each other, and how the couple handles finances, are ruled by these houses.
A heavily posited eight house suggests a bond built on indebtedness and intimate sharing. When challenged, and if the partnership were to end, untangling the finances, custody issues, and the like, can be a huge struggle. A heavily posited eighth house suggests a partnership that can be rather heavy in responsibility and emotion. The expression “there is a fine line between love and hate” applies here.
Strong second house relationships are built on security. They may not be business set-ups, but they can often feel like them. The couple has come together to rely on one another, to feel secure. The composite second house shows how the couple shares their resources. The composite Sun in the second house, for example, can suggest a strong focus on comfort and security.