The Eighth House in Astrology

Zodiac Sign Ruler: Scorpio
Astronomical Ruler: Pluto (modern) | Mars (Hellenistic)
Element: Water
Type: Succedent (stabilizing)
Traditional Associations: sex, death, and taxes; inherited or shared wealth coming from partnerships, methods of regeneration; dream life (Oken, Rulers of the Horoscope, 194)
Modern: What I need to transform in myself so that I may better heal others. (Oken, RotH, 194) Sexuality. Crisis intervention work (paramedics, firemen, police). Healing relationships (doctors, therapists). Shared financial relationships (investments, taxes, debts). Personal taboos, shadows, and wounds. Interest in matters pertaining to danger, death, the occult, or simply the unknown. (Perry, An Introduction to AstroPsychology, 367)

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What Role the Eighth House Plays in Your Life?

Since the Eighth House represents our Quest for Intimacy, it is the area of the chart representing that quest by Signs and Points (if any are in this segment of the chart). If you have no Points in this House or Sign, then the energy is waiting to respond. Therefore, Points that progress or transit into this House will activate the energy at specific times in your life. People who have Points in the Sign that rules your 8th House will also activate this area of your life.

If you have a Point or several Points in this House, then the values and concerns of this House will take on the significance of the Point or Points involved. Suppose your Sun occupies this House. If so, then your Life Path will be devoted to “what you need to transform in yourself so that you may better heal others”. Your approach to sex, power, and intense moments of change will take on primary importance in your life journey.

The Eighth House and the Zodiac Signs

The Eighth House in astrology reveals your energetic disposition to change and disruption. Depending on the Sign of your 8th House, astrologers can interpret how you work, act, and make choices to bring about transformation in your life and the lives of others. The Air Signs will use their intellect and communication to catalyze people and situations. Fire Signs will use creativity and action. Earth Signs will be practical and conservative. Water Signs will invest their emotional energy and use close connections to bring or force change on situations and other people.

Aries Ruling the Eighth House

Aries is a Fire Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on independent and maverick thinking as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be direct and take the initiative when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will share openly with their intimate partner and move through transformations quickly and aggressively. Negatively, they can be great out of the gate, but lack endurance or follow-through. As life partners, they are most loyal when they can retain a certain amount of personal freedom.

Taurus Ruling the Eighth House

Taurus is an Earth Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to be steadfast, conservative, and careful as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be patient and resistant when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will share exclusively with their intimate partner and move through transformations only if they prove necessary. Negatively, they can be unwilling to change, even when it is necessary or helpful; they love the familiar more than any other Sign. As life partners, they are loyal by design and sensual by nature and can make ideal partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Gemini Ruling the Eighth House

Gemini is an Air Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to use communication, information, and networking as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be curious and open-minded when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will be open to their partner’s needs no matter how unusual; and they adapt to change quite well, and often enjoy it. Negatively, they are easily swayed into unhealthy relationships and constantly at the mercy of life if they do not develop inner focus or have healthy boundaries. As life partners, they are curious and experimental by nature and can make for flexible and adaptable partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Cancer Ruling the Eighth House

Cancer is a Water Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to use emotion, nurturing, and compassion as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will need to be emotionally invested when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will share exclusively with their intimate partner and move through transformations guided by their feelings and intuition. Negatively, they can be possessive, using vulnerability as a weapon to control another person and guide changes selfishly. As life partners, they are caring and nurturing by design and loving by nature, and can make lasting partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Leo Ruling the Eighth House

Leo is a Fire Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on creativity and performing as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be honorable and concerned with status when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will encourage joy and play with their intimate partner and move through transformations with a focus on the best outcome for everyone concerned. Negatively, they can worry too much about the perceptions of others, using that concern to affect how they make changes and even guide their intimate interactions. As life partners, they are creative by design and romantic by nature, and can make grand partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Virgo Ruling the Eighth House

Virgo is an Earth Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to be discriminating, service-oriented, and meticulous as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be thoughtful and methodical when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will take practical care of their intimate partner and move through transformations systematically. Negatively, they can overthink and over plan change, making it an unpleasant experience for everyone. As life partners, they are helpful by design and thoughtful by nature and can make reliable long-term partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Libra Ruling the Eighth House

Libra is an Air Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to use analysis, negotiation, and fairness as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be analytical and negotiating when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will consistently check in with their intimate partner and move through transformations with the input and help from others. Negatively, they can vacillate about making a change, stopping the process, and causing change to “happen to them”. As life partners, they are fair by design and temperate by nature, and can make harmonious and lasting partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Scorpio Ruling the Eighth House

Scorpio is the Water Sign that rules this House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to use intensity, power, and integration as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be fearless and unrepentant when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will help their partner get to the depths of their soul work and constantly grow, bringing “the power of transformation” to their relationship. Negatively, they can dominate a partner and control the relationship sexually and financially. As life partners, they are penetrating by design and intense by nature and can make devoted partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Sagittarius Ruling the Eighth House

Sagittarius is a Fire Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on exploration, authority, and adventure as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be adventurous and filled with conviction when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will share and promote a wonderful ride through life together, seeking opportunities for change that help the relationship transform. Negatively, they can force their beliefs onto their partner in an authoritarian and unforgiving way. As life partners, they are dedicated by design and worldly by nature, and can make exciting partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Capricorn Ruling the Eighth House

Capricorn is an Earth Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to be responsible, duty-bound, and status-oriented as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be ambitious and responsible when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will do their best to take care of their intimate partner through their efforts to succeed in the world and move through transformations with a sense of duty. Negatively, they can make unilateral decisions and force change in the relationship without input from their partner. As life partners, they are achievement-oriented by design and dutiful by nature and can make powerful partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Aquarius Ruling the Eighth House

Aquarius is an Air Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to use ideals, friendliness, and role-playing as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be open-minded and forward-thinking when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will accept and appreciate the individuality of their intimate partner and move through transformations with a sense of the bigger picture that changes unveil. Negatively, they can be detached and see relationships and changes as experiments performed with little or no attachment. As life partners, they are strategic by design and idealistic by nature and can make dynamic partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

Pisces Ruling the Eighth House

Pisces is a Water Sign overlaying a Water House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to use intuition, imagination, and sensitivity as their way to explore intimacy and transform themselves. They will be intuitive and empathetic when seeking or dealing with change and exploring their sexuality. Positively, these individuals will emotionally adapt to and support their intimate partner and move through transformations faithfully and sacrificially. Negatively, they can surrender too easily to unhealthy partnerships and make unnecessary sacrifices for changes they do not believe in. As life partners, they are adaptive by design and emotionally sensitive by nature, and can make supportive partners where shared resources and commitment are concerned.

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