Sign on the 7th House: Interpretations
Example: If you see the sign of Aries beginning the seventh house, then you can say that Aries is on the seventh house cusp of your chart. In the diagram to the right, the star shows the beginning of the seventh house. This is typically where you will see the sign that’s on the 7th house cusp. The seventh house cusp sign is also called the Descendant sign, and it’s opposite the Ascendant.
Seventh House: Partnerships, Marriage, Negotiations, Balance
Aries on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Aries Descendant Sign)
With Aries on the seventh house, you attract or gravitate toward confident, direct, assertive, and independent partners. A person who displays qualities for which you’re not as strong, such as taking action and asserting yourself, can be a strong draw. Over time, this can become a point of conflict or resentment.
You might turn to a partner to take on a strong, direct, initiating, or active role, and you can become quite an expert at mobilizing people in your life to take action for you. There can be challenges in your committed or long-term partnerships if you’re “owning” your peace-loving Libra Ascendant and “giving away” your assertive Aries Descendant to a partner. The key will be to recognize your need for action, independence, and assertiveness and avoid living these things entirely through a partner.
Your long-term relationships tend to be quick to form or impulsive. You are charming, tender, attractive, and appealing. You know how to compromise, but it can be hard for you to draw the line, take a stand, or make decisions, so passing these things off to a partner can be all too easy. Ideally, you recognize this tendency. Otherwise, you might become frustrated with what you see as selfish or dominating behavior in a companion.
Your partner may appear to be the more dominant party in the relationship, although your relationship’s true dynamics may not match the image. In fact, you refuse to be dominated, and you believe in fairness and equality. You look to a partner to encourage you, not direct you. More information about your partnerships and negotiations comes from the condition, sign, house, and aspects of Mars.
Taurus on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Taurus Descendant Sign)
With Taurus on the seventh house, you look for dependability in others, particularly partners. You may very well attract stubborn, determined, down to earth partners. You’re sensual and loyal. Themes of possessiveness can figure strongly in committed relationships. You approach marriage or committed partnership with some practicality. Financial considerations can be important, although this is often about feeling comfortable and stable. However, you can sometimes struggle with this. While you also want passion from your relationships, in practice, intensity can interfere with your strong need for stability.
Relationships tend to be long-standing due to your Ascendant and Descendant signs’ Fixed quality–you hold on. You often attract or gravitate toward people who are more easygoing or steady than you are, which can eventually lead to conflict. While you come across as quite independent, you are relationship-oriented, and you’re excellent at creating harmony or settling problems. You seek a partner who understands your sometimes intense or strong personality since, in general, you can feel you’re often misunderstood. You may be slow to proceed in a long-term relationship, but once in, you’re all in. Unless Venus is very challenged in your chart, long-term or committed relationships tend to be favorable overall. Relationships in which both sides are rather inflexible or stubborn are very possible.
Venus by condition, sign, house, and aspect in your chart can give more information about partnerships, negotiations, compromise, and balance.
Gemini on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Gemini Descendant Sign)
With Gemini on the seventh house, you want mental rapport more than anything in a partnership. You are attracted to (or you tend to attract) communicative partners, although they can also be nervous personalities, frequently on the move, talkative, fidgety, etc. If Mercury is well-aspected, the partner is intelligent, versatile, multi-talented, and witty. If very challenged, the partner can be deceptive, argumentative, or two-faced. Sometimes this position suggests frequently choosing between two partners or attracted to two at once. You might often rely on a partner to do the talking, connecting, and handling of details. Marriage and business partnerships are busy and stimulating. The condition of Mercury in the chart will give more clues (by condition, sign, house, aspect).
Cancer on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Cancer Descendant Sign)
With Cancer on the seventh house, you seek or gravitate toward partners who express warmth, care, and concern and value family or home life. You tend to enter long-term relationships somewhat cautiously, and your partnerships have a strong protective quality to them. You may seek to protect, support, and guide your partner. There can be strong emotional ties to a partner, and it’s mutual, suggesting some real long-term viability. While you are attracted to partners who need your support, there can be some resentment over time if you feel your partner is too passive or dependent. Because it can be difficult for you to express the more vulnerable side of your nature, you can often find yourself attracted to people who demonstrate this trait. In business deals, counseling, or negotiation, you are talented at understanding what people need, making you skilled at compromise.
Leo on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Leo Descendant Sign)
With the sign of Leo on the seventh house, you tend to gravitate toward strong partners. Your partner may appear the more passionate, active, fiery, or dominant one, although that’s not always the case. You are both strong, somewhat inflexible, and stubborn, and you stand out to others as very original and unique. You don’t usually enter a partnership lightly, and you’re not one to break it up too quickly.
Loyalty and devotion are essential to you in committed or long-term relationships. Watch for pouring too much of your identity or pride into a relationship. While you’re attracted to emotionally intense, charismatic, and passionate (possibly jealous) people, you can feel some resentment of these qualities over time. If so, consider that you may be taking on the role of the detached, cool-headed, or intellectual one and assigning your partner traits that you’re not comfortable with or fully owning.
Attention is particularly important to your mate, and with your many interests, this can be a challenge at times. You can often be the one offering perspective in the relationship. Your strong personalities can clash, but you are loyal and dedicated. Others tend to help you live from your heart if you meet them in the middle. Look to the condition, aspects, sign, and house of the Sun in your chart for more information about how you approach marriage or partnership, promotion, negotiation, and compromise.
Virgo on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Virgo Descendant Sign)
With Virgo on the seventh house, you might gravitate toward a partner who takes care of the practical side of life. They may be more down-to-earth than you or take on the role of the more grounded person in the couple. There can be a service, savior, or unequal theme to your long-term relationships, such as a large age gap, a teaching/guiding element, or another such notable imbalance. The idea of saving someone or being saved can be appealing, but it may lead to resentment or dependency down the road. Idealizing a person or the relationship itself can put unnecessary pressure on either. It may be a good strategy to avoid giving up all the tasks that require attention to detail to a partner, as this can eventually turn into a challenge.
You are attracted to an intelligent, perhaps critical or analytical partner–someone who could be more organized than you. You may take on the role of the dreamer in the relationship. You might also gravitate to someone who is reserved or, on the surface of things at least, not very emotional. Sometimes it’s a role the person has learned to play in reaction to your more emotional nature–they feel they have to compensate.
Your relationships can be quite protective, sometimes demanding, and dedicated. This position is often associated with more than one long-term relationship or marriage, the first being considerably less mature than the second. You are attracted to the suffering, the underdog, or the misunderstood. There can be a work or mental/intellectual theme to your partnerships, either because you meet through work/school or work together. It’s best to get an objective opinion before signing contracts.
Look to the condition, sign, house, and aspects of Mercury for more information about how you negotiate, compromise, meet others on a one-to-one level, and approach partnerships.
Libra on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Libra Descendant Sign)
With Libra on the seventh house, the desire for a true equal in a partner is strong. You want an ideal partnership or none at all. Reciprocity and equality are so important to you that you can become hypersensitive to any sign of imbalance. This is something to watch for since it can be difficult to achieve true balance, especially in the short term, and particularly if you’re counting scores. Fairness is important to you, but you need to develop patience since it can take time for things to balance out.
You tend to go all out or do whatever it takes to harmonize. However, you won’t tolerate a persistently tense relationship in which conflicts and fights are many. You gravitate toward a partner who is mostly cooperative, peace-loving, and ready to compromise, perhaps due to your own strong personality. Your partner may take on the role of the peacemaker or sociable one. You require gentle handling!
Still, if you more often play the role of the stronger one, it can eventually wear you and your relationship down, and a partner may resort to manipulative tactics to get the upper hand. If your partner takes on the passive role, you might eventually resent them for these qualities. Look to the condition, sign, aspect, and house of Venus for more information about your approach to partnerships and compromise.
Scorpio on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Scorpio Descendant Sign)
With Scorpio on the seventh house, you come across as very easygoing, simple, and peace-loving, but you tend to attract very complex partners. Your relationships are usually very passionate and often quite possessive as well. You want to cut through superficialities in your partnerships or long-term, committed relationships. You hold strong feelings about commitment and partnership, and you’re likely to think on the lines of “all or nothing.” You might frequently deal with trust and control issues in your partnerships, and perhaps most pronounced in your first long-term relationship.
Because of the intensity of your bond, your relationships could be more tumultuous than others. Possessiveness can be an issue. Be careful with this position if you take on the role of the calm or composed one and assign your partner the role of the emotionally messy or complicated person in the couple. While this can work in the short term, it can lead to troubles and resentment later if these roles are taken to extremes or become tiresome tropes over time.
Certainly, you’re stubborn and strong, and you’re attracted to stubborn and strong people, just in different ways. Your attachments are powerful and long-lasting, and if you do break up, your separation can also stretch out! There can also be a private theme. You attract, or you’re attracted to, people who are intense, complex, and emotional. Your security needs run deep, but up-and-down relationships can challenge this desire. If you’re insecure, you might gravitate toward a possessive or jealous partner, which can cause problems in the long run. An attraction to drama is possible. If so, consider that you may need to grow, improve, regenerate, and transform through your connections, and you’re confusing drama as these things. You seek a deep emotional bond in a partnership–an intellectual relationship is not enough.
Sagittarius on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Sagittarius Descendant Sign)
With Sagittarius on the seventh house, a major key to success in your long-term relationships is respect for one another’s views. Intellectual attraction is vital. Your belief systems or personal politics tend to bring you together. Freedom to discover, learn, move about, and room to make your own conclusions are vital ingredients to your partnerships. At the same time, a committed partnership gives you a feeling of being freer to enjoy and be yourself. You may feel luckier, in general, when you are in a committed relationship.
You seem drawn to people who are independent and strong-minded or opinionated. You seek a partner who stokes your curiosity and desire to learn. Restlessness is a possibility. The pursuit of adventure can be important to you or your partner. It would be best if you felt that you’re growing and learning through a partnership. This is one indication of multiple love connections, but this trait may be modified by Jupiter’s condition in the chart.
While your partner’s strong opinions or joie de vivre can be strong draws in the beginning stages of a long-term relationship, if you take on roles, there can be resentment about stubborn viewpoints, belief systems, immaturity, irresponsibility, and restlessness as the relationship develops. Conflicts in partnership may revolve around labeling one or the other partner as irresponsible or careless. Too much focus on shared activities is possible. Stability may not be a strong point in your one-to-one relationships. However, you can have a powerful and rare intellectual connection with a partner. You value honesty and integrity.
Capricorn on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Capricorn Descendant Sign)
Capricorn is on the cusp of your seventh house that rules relationships, partnerships, marriage, contracts, cooperation/competition, and one-on-one connections. You attract collected, reserved, or traditional, perhaps stoic close partners. You seek stability and security more than most traits in a partnership. You are cautious with your heart. In many charts, this is an indication of a delayed union, but in others, it’s more indicative of the practical or security-conscious nature of the partnership. May-December romances/marriages are also associated with this sign position.
You have a strong sense of responsibility to a partner, and you tend to take long-term connections quite seriously. You may take on the more emotional or sensitive role in your long-term relationships, and a partner can take on the opposite position. While this arrangement can work in moderation, you should watch for assigning or disowning qualities. For example, if one of you is known as the needy one and the other considered the rock, you can eventually resent one another for these very qualities (if someone’s too stoic/rigid or unemotional and the other too dependent). Watch, also, for relationships that become quite business-like or restrictive and obligatory over time. Emotional entrapments are something to avoid as well. On the other hand, your relationships can be admirably loyal, dedicated, and steady. You can delight in providing a nest or safe place for a partner.
Saturn’s condition and position by sign, house, and aspect can give more clues to your close partnerships, compromises, negotiations, and sense of balance.
Aquarius on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Aquarius Descendant Sign)
With Aquarius on the seventh house, you are attracted to, or you attract, steadfast partners who are perhaps a little unusual, free-spirited, and detached. You have a strong need for individual freedom in your partnerships. There can be alternative partnering setups or long-standing relationships that are at least a little bit unconventional or non-traditional, as Aquarius is an intriguing mix of stable and unstable energies (it’s a Fixed Air sign).
Your partnerships are unions between two headstrong individuals. You may slip into the role of the dramatic, emotional, warm, or attached partner, while your partner takes on the opposite role. If so, this arrangement can work for you in moderation, but you might want to watch for overdoing it to the point that your relationship or individualities suffer.
You are not one to give up on relationships easily, yet you’re not inclined to thrive in a partnership that’s common or routine.
Uranus and Saturn in your chart provide more clues to your attitude toward harmony, balance, and one-to-one relationships.
Pisces on the 7th House Cusp (DSC or Pisces Descendant Sign)
With Pisces on the seventh house, your close relationships tend to have strong themes of dedication, support, sacrifice, and compassion. You can be quite idealistic with your close partnerships and relationships. You either attract or you’re attracted to compassionate people, underdogs, artists, dreamers, and the misunderstood. You may attract impractical partners, and you tend to take on the role of the caretaker or the practical one in the relationship. Or, you strongly favor the human side to your connections over the practical elements.
Over time, however, if roles are taken too far, a partner may see your help as intrusive, critical, or condescending. You might also resent a partner if they’re not contributing as much as you, or if they’re neglectful of details or lacking common sense. You may often be the one who has your feet on the ground while a partner may seem to have their head in the clouds, for example.
Generally, your relationships are on the complicated side. Seeing things clearly in this area of life can be a real challenge since you often view others through the lens of wishful or fearful thinking. Your imagination is strong because you invest so much into your dreams and expectations in this life department. Relationships can be demanding and exhausting in the long term, but they can also be rewarding and powerful learning experiences. You are extraordinarily tolerant and forgiving, but you have your breaking point. Watch for trying too hard to live up to others’ expectations or giving yourself the short end of the stick in your relationships.
Your partnerships, contracts, and negotiations are further refined by the condition, position, and aspects of Jupiter and Neptune.