Just as the signs are divided into three types depending on how they act (the qualities) so are the houses. Only the names are changed. Signs numbered 1, 4, 7, and 10 (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) are the Cardinal, or Action signs. The Houses numbered 1, 4, 7, and 10 are called the Angular Houses, and they show how this particular person starts things.
Signs numbered 2, 5, 8, and 11 (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) are the Fixed or Stubborn signs. Houses numbered 2, 5, 8, and 11 are called the Succedent Houses because the "succeed" or come after the Angular Houses. These are the result houses. They show the results of the actions taken by the Angular houses.
Signs numbered 3, 6, 9, and 12 (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) are the Mutable or Adaptable signs. Houses numbered 3, 6, 9, and 12 are called the Cadent Houses. They deal with communications, daily tasks, and service, things that provide the support that the angular houses need so they can take action.
The Second House
is usually listed as ruling money and possessions. Of course, there is more to it than that. Nobody possesses something unless they place a value on it. This is the house of values, the value you place on things. Included is the value you place on your own life, your sense of self-worth. Therefore, when you examine a horoscope for psychological problems, the second house has to be checked. The Second House shows how you develop and enjoy the things you begin in your First House. It shows how you posses things and make them your own. For a good contrast in second houses, check out the horoscopes of Bill Gates and Ghandi.
The Fifth House
is more than just love and romance. It rules everything connected with fun and games. Sports, hobbies, gambling and speculation. That's right. When you take a plunge in the stock market, your Fifth House shows how you do it, as well as the likely outcome. This is the house of self-expression in all forms. It corresponds to the fixed sign Leo, sign of creativity. The late Marc Edmund Jones pointed out that while the 2nd house shows how we posses inanimate things, the Fifth House is the indicator of how we make animate things our own. In other words, not just things, but creative experiences themselves. For a contrast in styles of romance, take a look at the charts of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski. Compare these to the horoscope of Henri Landru who married and murdered ten women.
The Eighth House
is opposite the 2nd. While the Second House shows our possessions and resources, the Eighth House indicates the resources and possessions of other people, our access to these things, and how they affect us. This includes the money and possessions we get through inheritance, so this house also rules death and all matters connected with it. Since the 2nd house shows our values, the Eighth House rules the values of others, including those of the society we live in. It shows how these change us and also our impact on them, how we can change these values and affect those around us. Of course, the Eighth House corresponds to the 8th sign, Scorpio. This means it rules sex as well. Actually, it shows what might be loosly termed as biological "energy". Sex is only one possible outlet. Another is rehabilitation. The Eighth House shows how well we can bounce back from ailments. Still, most people don't worry about that unless they're sick. Sex is what they want to know about. Look to this house to find out what "turns people on". Saturn, for instance, is controlled and controlling. Uranus is "kinky".
The Eleventh House
is usually shrugged off in most books as being just "friends, hopes, and wishes". But all the succedent houses have to do with possessions, and this house is no exception. One of the most valuble things we can "possess" are friends. The Eleventh House is opposite the 5th house, which is our self-expression, what we are already enjoying. By contrast, the Eleventh House shows what we want to enjoy, things we don't have yet. Our hopes and wishes. It also shows (and most books don't mention this) how we can help other people express themselves. Also, since this house is right after the 10th house, it shows money we get directly from career. Be sure to look to your 2nd house, however, to see if you will keep it.