about houses The 12 Houses of astrology are symbolic of the all the departments that make up human life. The planets and zodiac signs will manifest themselves most strongly in the sphere of life represented by the House in which they fall on your chart. Remember, the houses are not "energies" like the elements or planets, nor do they color the expression of energies like the zodiac signs do. The houses are the fields of experience, not the experience themselves. If the signs of the zodiac show “how” planets express themselves, the houses of the natal chart reveal “where” these energies play out. Each of the twelve houses of a chart rule certain areas of life, types of people and relationships, ideas, and life circumstances. Each house is associated with a set of traits, beginning from the self, and expanding outward into society and beyond. At the moment you were born, the planets were all in specific signs and houses. When an astrologer interprets your chart, they blend the meaning of each planet, the house it’s in, and the sign it’s in, to map the obstacles or gifts you’ll face in this lifetime.