Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd, Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction.

About me

I'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website:


Your Own Horoscope

Your Health Horoscope

Sex in Your Horoscope

Daily Horoscope Guide

What Are the Zodiac Signs?

Zodiac Archetypes

Disappearing Ascendant

The Astrology Bible

The Envelope Chart


Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

Mike Pence

Barack Obama

Anders Behring Breivik

Michael Jackson

Sarah Palin

Brad Pitt

USA Horoscope


Future of the Internet

The Age of Aquarius

USA 2016 Election

2016 World Horoscope

Mundane Pluto

Mundane Neptune


US Credit Crisis

Stock Market Astrology

Pluto in Capricorn

Saturn in Finance

NASDAQ Horoscope







About this Website


Astrology Links

Astrologi på svenska


My website about the astrology based on the Zodiac sign (sun sign).


My twelve websites devoted to each of the Zodiac signs and their traits.

Aries Sign

Taurus Sign

Gemini Sign

Cancer Sign

Leo Sign

Virgo Sign

Libra Sign

Scorpio Sign

Sagittarius Sign

Capricorn Sign

Aquarius Sign

Pisces Sign


What astrology predicts about the year 2016 for your Zodiac sign, and how that horoscope forecast is made.


Check what's your sun sign, and the exact grade within that sign.


Find out what Zodiac sign you are most like.


What astrology reveals about how the Zodiac signs match in relationships.


Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot Card Meanings. Website by Stefan Stenudd.
Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.

I Ching Online

I Ching Online. Website by Stefan Stenudd.
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.


Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative method of reading the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Cosmos of the Ancients

All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.
Sunday Brunch with the World Maker

Fiction. A brunch conversation slips into the mysterious, soon to burst beyond the realm of possibility. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

The Houses in the Complete Horoscope

Life Environments in Classical Astrology

The Houses of the horoscope.

In the complete horoscope chart, the twelve Houses are environ­ments, fields in life where planetary energies are ex­pres­sed, according to those planets and the ten­dency given to them by the Zodiac sign they are in. Where the planet explains what, the aspect why, and the Zodiac sign how, the House says where.

       Here are the twelve Houses with keywords for what part of life they describe:

  1. Identity. How others see you.

  2. Resources. Your personal resources (economy, ability).

  3. Communication. Your friends and acquain­tances, also education.

  4. Home. Your home and family.

  5. Pastime. Your personal preferences, pleasures and interests.

  6. Work. Your daily work.

  7. Partners. Your partners (in love and other relations).

  8. Unknown. What you cannot control (fate as well as blood­line).

  9. Travel. Changes in your life.

  10. Career. Your social status.

  11. Ideals. Your ideals, and your interaction in the commu­nity.

  12. Shortcomings. Your sacrifices, what you are unable to express.


The Houses are sort of mirrors of the twelve Zodiac signs, so that the part of life each House concerns is deducted from the quality of its corresponding Zodiac sign:
Horoscope chart with Zodiac and Houses.
  1. Aries
  2. Taurus
  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces
       In the complete horoscope chart, the House system spins around the Zodiac counter-clockwise. What decides the House positions is the Ascendant, the Rising point in the east. That's the cusp of the 1st House. The Ascendant travels a full 360° through the Zodiac each day, so it can be in any position in the Zodiac. The rest of the Houses follow in strict order.

Complete horoscope chart.
A complete horoscope chart, with the Houses numbered and marked as "cake slices" inside the Zodiac circle.

       Because of the fast movement of the Ascendant through the Zodiac, the House positions can differ considerably even for people born not too far apart. In the case of twins, for example, the House position difference is just about the only significant one in their horoscopes.

House systems

There are several ways of calculating the House positions. The most established ones in western astrol­ogy are Placidus and Equal House. In the former, Houses have differing sizes, and Medium Coeli (MC) is at the cusp of the 10th House. Also, the Decendant starts the 7th House, and the IC starts the 4th House. In the latter, all Houses are of the same 30° size, as its name suggests. The MC can be anywhere from House 7 to 12, but the Descendant is always at the cusp of the 7th House.

       I prefer the Equal House system, for several rea­sons. For example, it matches the sizes of the Zodiac signs, which are equal, and it is the oldest system, supported already by Ptolemy. Furthermore, it keeps the aspecting relations between the Houses intact - a relation that helps a lot in understanding the Houses and interpreting them in the chart.

Martin Luther's horoscope.
Martin Luther's horoscope chart, made in the envelope fashion that was the standard in the renaissance. Each triangle represents a House, with the cusp of the 1st House (the Ascendant) to the right, marked as 2 Virgo. The Equal House system is used.


Opposition aspects A good example of the aspect relations between the Houses is the oppo­sition, 180° apart. This aspect points out irre­concilable differences, opposing interests or per­spectives that usually relate only as "either or".

       These are the oppositions of the Houses:

    1st House - 7th House

    2nd House - 8th House

    3rd House - 9th House

    4th House - 10th House

    5th House - 11th House

    6th House - 12th House

       The opposition is very clear and indisputable in many of the above - such as between one's home and one's career (4th and 10th) or one's personal interests and one's ideals (5th and 11th).

       The opposition is present also in non-Equal House systems, since opposing Houses are the same size also there, but that is not necessarily the case with other aspects.

Trine aspects        The trine points out harmonious relations, things that work in accordance with each other. Here are the trines (120°), which correspond to Zodiac signs being of the same element:

    1st House - 5th House - 9th House (fire)

    2nd House - 6th House - 10th House (earth)

    3rd House - 7th House - 11th House (air)

    4th House - 8th House - 12th House (water)

       The element fire signifies activity, earth signifies material matters, air thought, and water emotions. What each House signifies has a lot to do with these elemental characters.

Square aspects        The square (90°) points out conflicts, things that work against each other - either in a productive or a destruc­trive way. In the Zodiac, signs at square dis­tance have the same quality - cardinal, fixed or mutable.

       Here are the House squares:

    1st House - 4th House - 7th House - 10th House (cardinal)

    2nd House - 5th House - 8th House - 11th House (fixed)

    3rd House - 6th House - 9th House - 12th House (mutable)

       The cardinal is the leading, the fixed is unwilling to change at all, and the mutable is the following. The Houses can be described accordingly.

Sextile aspects        Finally, the sextile (60°) describes coope­ration, things that work well together. In the Zodiac this corre­sponds to signs that are said to have either a positive or a negative charge. Fire and air signs are regarded as positive, while earth and water signs are negative. Thus, in the Zodiac circle, every other sign is positive and every other negative. Here are the House sextiles:

    1st House - 3rd House - 5th House - 7th House - 9th House - 11th House (positive)

    2nd House - 4th House - 6th House - 8th House - 10th House - 12th House (negative)

       There's no preference or evaluation implied by the words positive and negative. Rather, they are to be regarded as complementary, sort of like the Chinese idea of yin-yang. Positive is expansive, negative is contracting. The Houses also show these tendencies.


So, much of the significance of each House can be told by the characters described above, shown by the aspects and the Zodiac signs they correspond to. Still, it must be remembered that the Houses do not equal the Zodiac signs. They just carry their characters in what environment, what part of life, they relate to. Here it is combined for each House:

  1. Aries   fire - cardinal - positive
  2. Taurus   earth - fixed - negative
  3. Gemini   air - mutable - positive
  4. Cancer   water - cardinal - negative
  5. Leo   fire - fixed - positive
  6. Virgo   earth - mutable - negative
  7. Libra   air - cardinal - positive
  8. Scorpio   water - fixed - negative
  9. Sagittarius   fire - mutable - positive
  10. Capricorn   earth - cardinal - negative
  11. Aquarius   air - fixed - positive
  12. Pisces   water - mutable - negative
The Houses of the horoscope.
The Houses of the horoscope.

House positions

Remember that in the complete horoscope chart, the Houses can be in any other signs than those they have gotten much of their characters from. The 1st House can be in Aries, but also in any other sign of the Zodiac. The rest of the Houses follow in strict order, so a certain position of the Ascendant leads to the Houses arranging them­selves accordingly.

       One could say that if the Houses are indeed in their "natural" signs - 1st in Aries and so on - it would be the most agreeable position, but that is not necessarily so. When House and Zodiac sign match that well, it can tend to dim the dynamics of the chart, so that things get a bit too predictable, too typical, with little room for originality and surprise.

       If the Houses are instead in signs of opposite charge - positive in negative, and the other way around - already this stimulates, gives ground for creativity. In opposing signs there is a chance to accomplish bal­ance in one's life, in trine signs different aspects of life can run quite smoothly, whereas in square signs it can either be very constructive or a mess... It is the unique mix of the ingredients in a chart that shows personality, and what makes life an intriguing challenge.

Split sign

Of course, it also often happens that Houses are split between two signs - rarely are the cusps of the Houses exactly at the cusps of the Zodiac signs. This must be taken into account in the interpretation of the horoscope.

       There are two major considerations to be done - that of time and that of dominance.

       Time works so that the environment of a House will at first have the character of the first sign, and later on of the next sign. Their extension in time will be com­parable to the share the signs have of the House. For example, if the 6th House is one third Pisces and then two thirds Aries, then that person's work will first be a bit confused, searching for a way to do it right, and then active, intense, maybe rushing it. Each new work the person gets will follow this pattern, and in the same proportions - one third of the employment according to the first sign, the rest according to the following sign.

       Dominance is something less precise. If most of a House is in one sign, that sign character will have a tendency to dominate, through all time. Even more so, if one or more planets in that House are in one sign and not the other. The positions of the planets are the most important, when interpreting how things will be in the environment that House describes.

Empty Houses

Houses with no planets in them signal fields of life where not that much happens, at least not very significant things. Those environments are not the most important ones in that person's life.

The Houses

Here are the twelve Houses of the horoscope, with links to the webpage of each:

1st House

2nd House

3rd House

4th House

5th House

6th House

7th House

8th House

9th House

10th House

11th House

12th House

© Stefan Stenudd

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My Astrology Book

Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book by Stefan Stenudd explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology.

       You learn what the zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made.

       The book contains a quick introduction to astrology, as well, and instructions on how to read a birth chart in general. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.