Areas of Consciousness 3
The Houses of Relating Consciousness V-VIII
this article we continue the review of the twelve houses of the natal
horoscope, concentrating this month on houses V-VIII which comprise the
area of consciousness we are
calling relating consciousness.
this area of the chart a person learns about himself, specifically his
emotional nature, through his interactions with others.
the Sun, inner planets and Jupiter are in these houses, a person is
attracted towards situations to which the input of others is integral.
provide recognition and confirmation
provide a cutting edge against which to define self
others provide experiences which enable
a person to understand his
effect of these planets in these houses is to attract the qualities and
capacities which enable this kind of interaction with others.
the desire to create; creative capacity, the nature of which is
determined by the sign of the house cusp
the desire to be of service; vocational sense. The sign on the house
cusp, to-gether with that on
the cusp of the Vth house indicate how this will be best
to achieve justice and equality in
and through relationships; capacity to
weigh and balance
the desire to merge with
and be emotionally significant
to others; capacity to accept and
outer planets in these houses have a banishing or transcending effect upon
their presence indicates that a person is preparing to move on from
relating consciousness and
needing to come to understand and define himself
as something additional to his emotional reactions and his
experiences with others.
in any of the houses of relating consciousness, regardless of the
placement of the Sun and inner planets, indicates that others remind him
of his own inadequacies and perceived limitations, whether they concern
his creative capacities, as is the case when Saturn is in Vth House, or
whether they concern his capacity to stand alone or be loved (VIIth &
VIIIth). In these houses, Saturn will bring repeated challenges, using the
agency of other personalities, to bring a person to consciousness and
to enable him to set himself free.
area of consciousness is Second Ray. In these houses the principle of
attraction is at work and the impulse is gaining recognition.
presence of the Sun and inner planets in these houses makes a person a
‘people’s person’, even when the egotistical and self-expressive Vth
House is involved. For the Vth House person purpose of creative expression
is the recognition which this brings and recognition can only come from
follows from this, that the reactions of others can make or break the
personality working in the area of relating consciousness. His sense of
his own identity comes from the recognition given by others and rejection,
the negation the principle of attraction, is likely to produce an
existential crisis. This is particularly the case when the VIIIth house is
the focus of these planets is the VIIth & VIIIth houses, the self-
centeredness, commonly expressing itself in an artistic temperament and so
evident in the Vth House, appears to
have been replaced by other-regardingness, and
this is fact - as long as it is understood that the other-regardingness
is a tactic employed to secure what a person wants i.e. the recognition,
approval and love of others.
confusion about motivation is one of the principal causes of suffering
when the Sun and inner planets are in the houses of relating consciousness
where the glamours of unconditional love and selflessness are at their
strongest, and never more so than in VIIIth House where abusive behaviour
is often accepted in the name of unconditional love.
expose the true reason behind the self-abasement i.e. the fear of
rejection which recommends excessive compliance as a means of manipulating the other, can frequently dispel the glamour of selflessness
in the name of love and set a
the Sun and inner planets are in the VIIth House, being attracted to and
then reacting against another
tends to make relationships a place of struggle, contention and theorizing
which is usually a far cry from both the expectations of the VIIth House
person and the popular image of the House of Libra. Yet, within his
relationships, as a result of his experiences, the VIIth House person is
adding to and analyzing his
store of self-knowledge, polishing up his identity, and becoming ever-more
problems of the VIth House are less those of glamour and are more likely
to be the result of
adequately recognizing how strong is the need to be of service to others
in order to gain a sense of self-worth
Failure to acknowledge this and to arrange the life accordingly is
commonly behind the ill-health associated with the VIth House. It is not
unusual for people with the Sun, inner planets and Saturn in the VIth
House to wear themselves out with uncongenial, inappropriate work or to
develop conditions like anorexia where the physical vehicle is mortified.
A frustrated or unrecognized vocational
sense lies behind a lot of eating disorders.
trivialized in modern astrology, the VIth House is in fact the place of
interface between the Soul with its knowingness of purpose (Christ
consciousness) and the physical vehicle with its capacity to realize that
purpose ( c.f. the sign Virgo).
it comes to personal relationships and their purpose, the views of people
with an emphasis on the houses of relating consciousness tend to be better
represented than those of people working in other areas of consciousness
because these are the people thinking about others, talking to others, and
consciously processing their experiences. Yet they do
not always have a context in which to place and balance out the
particular perspective conferred by this
area of consciousness or the objectivity to avoid the glamour traps within
it. Their output adds to the weight of conditioning, pressurizing people
into a relationship/emotion dominated view of life, to experiencing a
sense of lack if they do not have a personal relationship, and into making
us not forget that people are
at all stages in the relating process. By no means is it given to all
people to have conventional relationships. Let us not forget either that
romantic idealism, a Sixth Ray manifestation, which came into being in
Medieval Europe and which, by dint of a few changes, has survived into the
twentieth century, encourages a state of pathological dependency. The
original purpose of romantic idealism which was a reflection of the
mystical trend in organized spirituality at that time,
was to generate a greater emotional sensitivity and awareness of
others after the brutality of the Dark Ages. It does not reflect either
the needs of the present time or the true requirements of most people, and
we limit ourselves when we yearn for it.
Sixth Ray is being withdrawn now. It is responsibility and
self-understanding that our
personal relationships need to be teaching
it has done its work, this area of consciousness releases a person from
domination by the need
for relationships, a freedom indeed but a stage frequently viewed with
fear by those who are as yet identified with that need.
us find out what our personalities really need for their development. That
knowledge is available.