The First House of Astrology: The House of Self


The 1 house of horoscope

Traditional interpretation:

  • individuality of a person;
  • the way in which a person manifests himself to the world;
  • physical appearance and body vitality;
  • the image of “I”;
  • potential means of self-expression;
  • conditions of birth.

Modern interpretation:

  • self-expression is a natural, spontaneous, unconditioned projection of a person’s “I” into the environment;
  • natural personality – a characteristic face shown to the world, “name-label”;
  • self-awareness – spontaneous awareness of the existence of the “I”, generated through activity;
  • borders are a “bridge” between internal and external realities; the lens with which we focus reality;
  • vitality – the general energy of a person related to the state of health in general. 
Study of the first house of the horoscope

The first house is the most basic area of ​​life experience. Traditionally, it refers to personality and body, focusing on physical characteristics such as facial features.

For example, the sign Leo, located on the 1st house cusp, may indicate a “regal” appearance, perhaps it indicates a high forehead or braids of red hair. Of course, our appearance affects the perception of us by other people, especially in a society as sensitive to the appearance of a person as ours, but for astropsychologists these interpretations are inappropriate, they lack depth, the essence is lost, they give astrology the status of a superficial discipline.

Infinitely more important is that the 1st house in the horoscope describes the manifestation of individual self-awareness, the fundamental event of awareness of the presence of the “I”, mysteriously associated with the existence of the physical body. The first house tells about the acquisition of a personal human individuality.

The location of self-awareness is usually inaccessible to human vision. It is where we feel our identity with ourselves, even if the nervous system permeates every cell of our body.

We know that our hands are part of us, but usually the hands or another part of our body are forced to pay attention to them only when they are hurt or they are exposed to other kinds of influences.

Only in a critical physical state do we really part with the old consciousness, but even at this moment there is a struggle between a short-term state of sublime consciousness and our usual center of self-identification.

The first house of the horoscope tells mainly about such a feeling of “I”, about such a conscious individuality, which is beyond visual access; talks about who observes, feels, thinks, interacts with life – both with life outside of us, and with life emanating from the depths of the “I”.

The qualities of the sign on the 1st house cusp and the planets in that house indicate the typical way in which we create self-awareness They reveal an automatic way of identifying the Self.

Yes, this house does bring out many of the characteristics that we spontaneously display under the non-technical label “personality” and that’s important. But this house fulfills a more subtle function of the boundary that defines and maintains the integrity of the individual.

The first house is a bridge that connects the “I” of a person with everything that is outside him. It reveals the way in which we protect our inner world when interacting with the environment.

Since the 1st house in the horoscope indicates the momentary types of experience of the individual as a human being, it is directly related to every event in our life. In some experiences in other houses, the influence of the 1st house can be neglected, but its underlying influence cannot be completely eradicated.

Any kind of experience in which a person expresses himself or where a person’s self-awareness is manifested, affects the influence of the 1st house. As a result, this house is the most important when analyzing our attitude to life.

It is for this reason that an ascending sign – a sign located on the 1st house cusp – is of such great importance in astrology. It is one of the four most important interpretative factors of the natal chart. Any question related to human life requires comprehension and consideration of the positions of the Sun, Moon and Saturn – sign, house and interplanetary aspects – along with an analysis of the state of the 1st house.

There are many specific pointers that we could (and should) take into account when considering specific life situations, but each situation requires an understanding of the interrelated work of these four fundamental factors.

Planets in the first house of the horoscope

Self-expression is a natural, spontaneous, unconditioned projection of a person’s self into the environment.

Every person has an inner self, a basic entity that governs outer life. This root “I” in astrology is symbolized by the position of the Sun: the sign and the house in which it is located, the house that it rules, and aspects to the other planets of the chart.

The inner self is the source of nourishment for the basic orientation of life. But this essential “I” is often not visible in the latent manifestation of the so-called “personality”. It exists inside, it is not completely separated from the personality, but often it is not revealed by it.

There are people for whom the essential self and the outer personality are virtually the same (these people are born just before dawn); we all sometimes reveal our inner “I” in situations that are important to us, or under strong stress, but in a normal setting, our obvious personal manifestations do not coincide with the essence of our inner “I”.

The first house describes the experience of personality radiation, the natural way of projection of a person into the world. This process is not conditioned or “conscious”, it is completely spontaneous. The first house also describes true activity; when we respond to the impact, then in this case we are least connected with the 1st house, and most of all with the planetary symbolism of the moon.

The state of the 1st house shows what kind of active radiation we seek to present as a visible person – mental or emotional, circumspect or optimistic, earthly or ethereal.

The natural personality is the characteristic face shown to the world; “shortcut name”.

At meetings or similar gatherings of strangers to each other, we are usually hung with a name-label. This label serves to identify us with other people; it allows them to communicate with us without hesitation, facilitates interaction despite the fact that they really do not know anything about us or about our life.

Each of us needs to “present ourselves to other people” so that we can define ourselves among our environment. This natural presentation, or “face”, maintains contact with people in the outside world, but also fulfills a more subtle task – it protects our inner world, giving us the opportunity to remain internally whole.

We are all incredibly receptive to other people, much more than we think, and so receptive that we need strong boundaries that protect us from being captured by the opinions and desires of other people, from losing ourselves in the desire to be accepted by others. The first house of the horoscope symbolizes this boundary through the natural creation of a working personality.

Such a person is indeed a mask, but the need for it is not associated with falseness or artificiality. Rather, it is a symbolic set of natural characteristics that reveal who we are while maintaining the integrity of our deeper self.

The state of the first house indicates the characteristics of a worn almost constantly natural “name-label”, which allows you to interact with other people, while protecting the inner self. This house also indicates the degree of importance of this “surface entity” and the special talents or difficulties that arise in the process of “presenting” a person to other people.

Self-awareness is a spontaneous awareness of the existence of “I”, generated through activity.

An essential characteristic of consciousness is the spontaneous generation of meanings coming from the depths of the individual being. A considerable part of these semantic patterns concern their own “I”, as if turned to the individual himself.

Self-awareness is the most important aspect of any activity, because the latter implies the creative subject’s awareness of himself: any goal-setting “I want” implies the presence of a goal-setting subject “I am”.

This is not about self-control and not even about self-observation – self-awareness is an act of accepting one’s own existence as a given, an act of spontaneous self-registration and self-activity. It is non-judgmental, of course, not associated with either intellectual reservations or emotional states. Self-consciousness is the experience of the fundamental fact of one’s own beingness – “I am, and that’s it!”

The position of the cusp of the 1st house allows you to orient yourself regarding the peculiarities of one’s own “I” – the peculiarities of the nature of the subject’s registration of himself. A person is largely determined by the clarity of understanding of his presence in the world and the completeness of self-activity. Self-awareness is such “self-presence”.

Borders are a “bridge” between internal and external realities; lens with which we focus reality.

The consciousness of a modern person (due to the peculiarities of the development of a dichotomous, binary way of perceiving oneself and the world) clearly distinguishes between the external (objective) and internal (subjective) worlds, while the consciousness itself is considered by him as being on the dividing (“neutral”) strip between two realities …

The position of the border of the 1st house indicates the nature of the correlation between the external and internal worlds and the interaction that exists between them, which unfolds in the space of individual consciousness.

The physical and mental unity of the subject and the effectiveness of his cognitive and operational activity largely depend on the specifics of this connection. How exactly do the external and internal interact? How do they affect each other? What happens on the border separating two realities, i.e. in consciousness itself, when the stream of life plunges the individual into one or another situation?

These questions can be answered by carefully analyzing the position of the First House of the horoscope. The peculiarities of the state of the border between the external and the internal should be taken into account when a person moves towards individuation – after all, the 1st house symbolizes the most important synthetic point about the subjective space of the individual.

It is on the border between the external and the internal that a balance of different realities of life is established – semantic and physical, individual and social, subjective and objective.

Vitality is the general energy of a person related to the state of being healthy in general.

The first house symbolically represents the zone of the release of the individual’s energy potentials into the actual state, their manifestation in life. This zone is full of forces and energies that the individual exists outside, which moves his whole life.

In the 1st house, these deep energies, pouring out, are manifested in their primary, original form, they have not yet been transformed, not “digested” either by social restrictions or by a person’s own craving for autotransformation.

The study of the 1st house allows to establish the type of primary energies, a kind of “fuel”, “fuel”, which “feeds” the existence of an individual – both bodily and mental. This determines the state of the etheric body of a person, and the richness of somatic experiences of his own identity, and the reserve of biological health reserves (“the safety margin of the body”).

Of course, many factors of the horoscope modify the energetics of bodily vitality, but nevertheless it is the 1st house that indicates the features of the type of functioning of the psychophysical systems of immunity and adaptation, which determine the level of health and feed psychoemotional processes.