The angular houses are those that have one of the four angles – ascendant, midheaven, immum coli or descendant on the cusp. The angular houses are houses 1, 4, 7, and 10. They correspond to the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn and are symbolic of viewing life from different angles. These are the signs which have one thing in common; they are all cardinal in nature. The Cardinal mode is known as the “initiating” or leading signs, and they create a primary experience. The cardinal signs also mark the change of the seasons. The term cardinal comes from the zodiacal position of these signs (Aries – east, Cancer – south, Libra –west, Capricorn – north). Astrologers believe that if you have many planets in the angular houses, you may display some of the cardinal qualities. In traditional astrology, the angular houses are said to indicate an action.
The four angular houses represent the four primary areas of life and connect us to the greater world. However, out of all the angular houses, the fourth house is the most hidden, private and secret. Nonetheless, the house of the family home (4th) is a very active area for many people and there are always lots of comings and goings, plenty of activity happening. Marriage and family (4th and 7th) are often two primary areas in any person’s life. The 7th and 10th house are the most public orientated of the houses, and planets in these houses may bring the individual prominently into the public in some way. In fact, astrologers say that many planets in the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th house indicate a prominent position in the world. Astrologer Carol Rushman believes that having the nodes in the angular houses is an indication which also bodes well for success.
I have found that having either the north or south node in the 10th house is favourable for success. Having the nodes in the first and seventh houses seems to be good too. The seventh house talks about patronage, and when a node is there, it can promise lots of clients or business for that person. When the nodes, which are destiny points, are in angular houses, success is meant to be. If a client had the North Node in the tenth, it is his or her destiny to have a great career.
The 1st and 10th houses relate to the self and to the individual’s personal ambitions, personal authority, and advancement in life. A study was done which correlated that if there was a conflict in the family or origin (4th) it would lead to low self- efficacy in career decision making, low individuation, and dysfunctional career thoughts (10th). Therefore, addressing issues in the family background would have a profound impact on the person’s career. The balance between the demands of family (4th) and career (10th) is highly stressful for most people, and it is thought that a career requires more time and energy than a regular 9-5 job.
The Ascendant is the house of the self, and here is we can see a person’s body language, mannerisms, and approach to life. The first house shows how we are perceived by others, and how we see ourselves. It represents how we view life and describes the social mask we wear. The Ascendant represents the external appearance and physical body of the person. It is also thought to represent the early conditions of a person’s life.
The fourth house represents our roots, family of origin, and shows the foundation of our lives. It rules our sense of belonging, including family, home, country, tradition and heritage. It also relates to our inner sense of security and is symbolic of our past conditions.
The seventh house represents others and is connected to our partners, associates, and the public in general. This house represents how we relate to others and serves as a mirror that reflects facets of ourselves that are unknown to us.
The tenth house represents the social status of the person and where the individual contributes to society. It symbolises the person’s professional image and represents all those in authority.
The four angles are considered to be the main doorways of the astrological chart. Planets making a conjunction with an angle in the horoscope are called “angular” planets and these are said to have a powerful hold over the horoscope. Any planet at an angle needs to be expressed, and planets placed in these houses are strengthened, whether positively or negatively, depending on the nature of the planet and the aspects formed. Planets on an angle exercise the greatest influence over a person’s life. Most astrologers tend to use an orb of up to 8-10 degrees for planets conjunct a house cusp.