Following the Ruler of the 8th House to Where Transformation Begins

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A golden rule in interpretation runs like this: Planets in a house carry a potential and may make things hard or easy, but the house ruler decides the way in which the potential is realized.

— Karen Hamaker-Zondag, The House Connection: How to Read the Houses in an Astrological Chart

The rulers of your houses in astrology show you how to access and apply the energy of those houses. If you’re not sure how to find your house rulers you can read How To Find Your House Rulers in Astrology or you can order a Find My House Rulers Astrology Report.

Transformation is a word astrologers use in association with the 8th house, but what does it mean to transform? But what is transformed in relation to the 8th house?

To Transform:

  1. to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
  2. to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
  3. to change into another substance; transmute.

When people transform they experience the change of one form, condition, or substance into another.

Form:

– external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material;

Condition:

– a particular mode of being of a person or thing; existing state; situation with respect to circumstances.

Substance:

– the actual matter of a thing, as opposed to the appearance or shadow; reality.
– the essential part of a thing; essence.

Transforming one’s essence implies changing who you are at the most fundamental level, becoming an entirely different being.

The Ruler of the 8th House

The location (by house) of the planet ruling the sign on the cusp of the eighth indicates the realm of experience where transformation will actually BEGIN and the part of the personality (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn) or unconscious (Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) that will be most involved.

– Marc Robertson, The Eighth House

  • Aries on the 8th: Follow Mars (Transforming the personality)
  • Taurus on the 8th: Follow Venus (Transforming the personality)
  • Gemini on the 8th: Follow Mercury (Transforming the personality)
  • Cancer on the 8th: Follow the Moon (Transforming the personality)
  • Leo on the 8th: Follow the Sun (Transforming the personality)
  • Virgo on the 8th: Follow Mercury (Transforming the personality)
  • Libra on the 8th: Follow Venus (Transforming the personality)
  • Scorpio on the 8th: Follow Pluto (Transforming the unconscious)
  • Sagittarius on the 8th: Follow Jupiter (Transforming the personality)
  • Capricorn on the 8th: Follow Saturn (Transforming the personality)
  • Aquarius on the 8th: Follow Uranus (Transforming the unconscious)
  • Pisces on the 8th: Follow Neptune (Transforming the unconscious)

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 1st house

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ransformation begins with self-awareness. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to present a particular image of myself. I transform in an effort to become aware of the impression I give. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved with my own persona.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 2nd house

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ransformation begins with my attitude towards ownership. My need for transformation is subservient to my need for material security. I transform in an effort to manifest my values. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved with the material world.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 3rd house

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ransformation begins with my communication skills. My need for transformation is subservient to my need for intellectual interaction. I transform in an effort to be both more receptive and proactive in routine interactions. I transform feelings of vulnerability by writing and conversing on a daily basis.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 4th house

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ransformation begins with my roots, heritage and foundation. My need for transformation is subservient to my need for privacy. I transform in an effort to understand my family and where I come from. I transform feelings of vulnerability by safeguarding my privacy.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 5th house

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y transformation begins with pleasure. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to have fun. I transform in an effort to express myself and be creative. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved in fun, self-expressive, creative, and risky activities.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 6th house

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ransformation begins by making adjustments. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to be healthy and have employment. I transform in an effort to make myself well and to be of service. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved with animals, work, and health issues, and by conducting self-analysis.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 7th house

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ransformation begins in one-to-one relationships. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to be involved in a partnership. I transform in an effort to understand “the other.” I transform feelings of vulnerability through relationships with partners, significant others and adversaries.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 8th house

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ransformation begins with the pure desire for transformation. For me, transformation can be an end in itself. I transform in an effort to deal with crisis, to dig deep, and to explore the unknown. I transform feelings of vulnerability through intense experiences.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 9th house

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ransformation begins with my opinions. My need for transformation is subservient to my need for expansion. I transform in an effort to expand my horizons. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved in larger world issues.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 10th house

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ransformation begins with my reputation in society. My need for transformation is subservient to my need for achievement. I transform in an effort to find my true vocation. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved in finding my life path.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 11th house

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ransformation begins with social reform. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to have friends. I transform in an effort to make connections with like-minded people. I transform feelings of vulnerability by realizing my hopes and dreams.

Following the Ruler of the 8th house to the 12th house

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ransformation begins with transcendence. My need for transformation is subservient to my need to be free of bad habits and old patterns of behavior. I transform in an effort to release what limits me. I transform feelings of vulnerability by being involved in solitary activities.

What happens if my 8th house ruler is Intercepted?

If you have a sign intercepted in the 8th house then the ruler of the intercepted sign is the co-ruler of the 8th house.

8th House Astrology

  • Sex
  • Death
  • Taxes
  • Legacy & inheritance
  • Your partner’s assets
  • Debt
  • The occult & taboo
  • Intimacy
  • Personal unconscious
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