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A Treatise on Astrology, Liber 536 by Aleister Crowley, 1917

The Houses of Heaven

The first house describes the individuality and temperament of the native; also his physical condition and appearance. It also describes all those things which pertain to him as an individual, irrespective of heredity, circumstance and environment.

The second house gives information with regard to the possessions of the native, and his capacity for increasing them. This does not include gain by inheritance or legacy, nor does it refer to his aptitude for business.

The third house deals, in the first instance, with the mentality of the native, and in general with every kind of medium through which he interprets his personality to his fellows. It also describes short journeys, by which is meant those in which his main interests are not involved, and which are undertaken casually. It also describes his brothers and sisters, near relations, and neighbors, in which terms are included those acquaintances or friends whose connection with him are intellectual rather than emotional.

The fourth house describes the birthplace and the home of the native. It further designates his prospects in regard to inheritance, especially from the father; it describes the father himself. A further signification is that of houses, lands and any property connected with the earth, especially mines. From it indications are drawn with regard to the latter years of life, the place of death and the end of the matter in general.

The fifth house describes the affections of the native, his pleasures including gambling, and the desires of his heart. It has an especial signification with regard to his vita sexualis. It also describes his children.

The sixth house describes the health of the native, and other things intimately connected with his body, such as his food and clothing. It has also a very secret and peculiar reference to the occult development of his ego. It further describes his relations with any persons whom he may employ to serve him in any function, not merely domestic servants and it indicates his relations with small animals, particularly domestic pets. It is further related, in a very special way, to agriculture, and also to any speculations he may undertake, exclusively for the purpose of gain without any idea of amusement.

The seventh house describes tl1C partners of the native, primarily in marriage, but also in business and in other affairs of life which demand the co-operation of another person. It also deals with litigation, and describes any person openly opposed to the native.

The eighth house indicates the probable length of life and the manner of its termination. It indicates any gain which the native may have through legacies or bequests.

The ninth house is the house of science and religion. It deals also with long voyages, that is to say, voyages to which great importance is attached, and which are closely interwoven into the life of the native. It describes his capacity, but even more his aspirations in the matter of spiritual advancement and will indicate the nature of his religious teacher.

The tenth house describes the occupation of the native and indicates also his career. Upon this house his fame depends, as also his rank and honour among his fellows. It describes the employer, master, or superior of the native and his relations with the government of his country. Finally it denotes the mother.

The eleventh house is the house of friends. It describes those persons to whom the native is naturally attracted, and the character of his relations with them. It also describes his ambition, but this must be carefully distinguished from his aspiration on the one hand, and from his desire, on the other.

The twelfth house is the house of restraint and describes any influence which may, in any way, restrict his free-will. It also describes his secret enemies and the characters of any intrigue in which he may take part or which may be aimed at him. It refers also to any secret associations with which he may be connected. It also signifies large animals, such as horses and the fortune of the native in respect to them. Finally, it indicates any places in which he may be in which discipline is the first consideration.

There is a rough and ready method of ascertaining the fortunes of any person indicated as pertaining to the life of the native by shifting round the horoscope so that the house which describes that person is in the Ascendant. For example, the wife’s mother is indicated by the fourth house; the mother’s brothers by the twelfth, and so on” But this is a very rude, crude, amateur, inaccurate, and unscientific way of judging, and should not be resorted to if the horoscope of the person in question is available.