Ruler of the 8th House in Houses

"House rulers and house connections provide us with a wider and deeper perspective of the chart, and supply answers to all kinds of questions that might otherwise remain a mystery." - Karen Hamaker-Zondag, The House Connection
Ruler of the 8th House in the 1st House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 1st house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve the image, persona, behavior, mannerisms and appearance. A tendency to live life at extremes is one of the first things people notice about you. Your desire for depth and intensity is one of the first things people notice about you. Your sexuality is one of the first things people notice about you. The debts you owe impact the way you present yourself. The image you present is one of a person who has emotional baggage. Your deep interactions with other people impact your behavior and mannerisms. An interest in shared finances is one of the first things people notice about you. Your attitude to life and death is one of the first things people notice about you. Your interest in occult subjects is one of the first things people discover about you. Your sexual activities influence the image you present. Sex partners have to contend with the mask you wear and the image you present. Sex partners have to bend to your behavior and mannerisms. Peak emotional experiences influence your approach to the world. Sex partners have an effect on your attitude to life. You approach life as if it were an investigation. Your interest in the occult has an effect on your appearance. Your interest in death and the occult influences your approach to life. The money you have tied up with other people affects your approach to life. Your capacity for research and investigation is one of the first things people discover about you. You approach the world as if you were a detective.

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
Ruler of the 8th House in the 2nd House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 2nd house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve financial stability, defining personal values and accumulating possessions. Emotional entanglements help you define your values. Sexual activities help you define your values. Sex is a survival need. You use your capacity for research and investigation to earn a living. You need to adjust your debt to your spending and earning habits. Inheritances affect your personal wealth. Your attitude to life and death affects your basic survival needs. Your capacity for deep emotional interactions with others can help you earn a living. Your interest in the occult can help you pay the bills. Debt affects your self-esteem and self-worth. You view sexual partners as possessions. You want to possess occult knowledge. Your ability to understand the motivations of other people helps you make money. You’d have sex for cash. You recycle other people’s things to earn cash. Peak emotional experiences make you feel physically secure. You enter sexual relationships in search of financial security. Shared resources add to your personal wealth. Sex affects the way you spend and earn money. Sexual partners have a say in what you own. Inheritances affect your survival needs. Transformations influence your self-worth.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 3rd House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 3rd house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve communication, information gathering and everyday interactions. Emotional entanglements affect the way you think and communicate. Sexual activities influence what you write, teach and talk about. You write detective stories. You keep a sex journal. You write a blog about sex and psychology issues. Sexual issues come up between you and your siblings. You bring your need for peak emotional experiences to your everyday interactions. You use your capacity for research and investigation in your writing. You bring intensity to everyday interactions. You are a researcher. Inheritances affect your sibling relationships. Inheritances affect relationships with neighbors. Your attitude to life and death affects your relationship with your siblings. You write macabre stories. You write about occult subjects. Deep emotional exchanges with others are part of your everyday interactions. Your interest in the occult is something you talk about on an everyday basis. Debt affects your ability to learn. Sexual repression affects your communication. Sexual partners become part of your everyday circle. Sex partners need to adjust to your everyday relationships with other people. Sex partners need to adjust to the way you communicate. Your sex life becomes the topic of a blog. Your ability to understand other people’s motivation gives you something to write and talk about. Talking to the dead is an everyday occurrence. Peak emotional experiences make you feel mentally alert. Transformations influence the way you think.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 4th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 4th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve emotional security, building a psychological foundation, familial relationships, roots and heritage. Your complex emotional entanglements influence your core psychological makeup. Sexual issues are part of your cultural inheritance. Being part of an intense union makes you feel emotionally secure. Intense exchanges occur in family situations. Sexual tension permeates your home life. You use your capacity for research and investigation to explore your psychological foundation. Shared debt is a family issue. Inheritances help or hinder your family. Your attitude to life and death affects your relationship with your family members. Your need for a peak experience affects your emotional security. Your capacity for deep emotional interactions with others expresses itself best with people who feel like family. Your interest in the occult has a positive or negative effect on your family. Sexual partners help you feel rooted. Sexual partners become part of your family circle. Understanding the motivations of other people helps you understand your family and your roots. You have sex to feel emotionally secure. Death affects your family. Peak emotional experiences occur in the privacy of your own home. Shared resources add to feelings of emotional security. Sexual partners have to adjust to your cultural inheritance. Transformation affects your psychological foundation.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 5th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 5th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve creativity, personal self-expression, risk-taking, hobbies, romance and interactions with children. You need depth even in lighthearted romance. Romantic relationships and dating take on a life or death feeling. You elicit peak emotional experiences in what should be ‘fun’ exchanges. Emotional entanglements compel you to take risks. You have risky sex. You take risks with other people’s resources. Stock brokers. Sex is for creating children. Sex is for pleasure and relaxation. Sex is your favorite hobby and sport. You use your capacity for research and investigation in your hobbies. You are an amateur detective or private investigator. You have to adjust your sexual needs when you have children. Inheritances affect your ability to take on creative projects. The occult is your hobby. Death is a hobby. You use the dead and dying influence your creative projects. You write funeral music. You bring intensity to your artistic projects. You are intensely, creatively, expressive. Your attitude to life and death influences the way you take risks. Bungee jumpers, sky divers. You probe people for your own amusement. The desire for peak emotional experiences compels you to engage in risky behavior.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 6th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 6th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve the need to be healthy, employed, have a routine and interact with animals. You deal with other people’s stuff as part of your everyday job. You work as an accountant, estate planner, IRS worker, bookkeeper, trash collector, “used” store or mortuary. Death or transformation is part of your everyday working environment. Sexual activities are part of your everyday working environment. You engage in depth interactions with animals. You are an animal hospice care worker. You are involved in the sexual aspects of health, diet and fitness. You work with AIDS patients. You create or take herbal supplements for sexual enhancement. Sexual activities influence your health. You use your capacity for research and investigation in health and fitness fields. You experience peak emotions around animals. You have complex emotions surrounding health and diet. Work is emotionally turbulent. Sharing resources is an everyday habit. Sex is an everyday habit. You give your inheritance to the animal shelter. You have obsessive or intense everyday habits.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 7th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 7th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve cooperation, conflict, significant partnerships and negotiations. You bring your debt to marriage. You have an intense approach to relationships. Shared resources come through business and marriage partnerships. You get emotionally entangled with your open enemies. Sex becomes an issue in marriage. You use your capacity for research and investigation in your business partnerships. You are part of a research team. You engage in research for contracts. Inheritances affect your marriage. Your attitude to life and death affects your significant relationships. Your capacity for deep emotional interactions with others can make your marriage easy or difficult. Your interest in the occult influences what type of marriage partner you will choose. You view sexual partners as potential marriage partners. Your ability to understand the motivations of other people helps you negotiate. Peak emotional experiences make you feel confrontational. You enter sexual relationships in search of a significant partnership.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 8th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 8th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep are an end unto themselves. You get emotionally entangled with other people to form deep connections. You need sex to form a deep connection with another person. Orgasm feels like transformation. Orgasm makes you deeply connect with another person. Orgasm feels like death. Sex is a shared resource. You research and investigate the motivations of other people. You investigate death. You investigate the debt and taxes that people owe. You’re a debt collector. Your debt affects your sexual relationships. Inheritances affect your sexual relationships. Your attitude to life and death affects your ability to deeply connect with other people. Your emotional baggage affects your ability to deeply connect with other people. Your interest in the occult makes you explore death. You apply your occult knowledge to sexual relationships. You recycle because you understand the cycle of death and rebirth. You enter sexual relationships for sex.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 9th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 9th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve the need to expand your horizons, travel, and explore foreign cultures and philosophies. Emotional entanglements help you expand your horizons. Sexual activities expand your horizons. You seek sexual experiences with people of other cultures and backgrounds. You have complicated relationships with people from foreign countries. You become a spy in a foreign country. Your attitude to sex shapes your philosophy of life. Your relationship with death shapes your belief system. Research and investigation leads you to travel. You research and investigate other cultures, religions and belief systems. You are an investigative journalist. Inheritances go overseas. Your attitude to life and death affects your ability to get along with people with different belief systems. Your interest in the occult leads you to travel. Debt or tax evasion causes you to flee to another country. Sexual partners encourage you to travel. You reach peak emotional experiences through religion. Your sex life must fit in with your religious views. You get sexual gratification through religious practices.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 10th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 10th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve the need to build a reputation, gain recognition for achievements and find a vocation. Emotional entanglements help you find your true vocation. Sexual activities build your reputation. The ability to dig deep builds your reputation. You gain a reputation for being intense. You express sexuality in your profession. Your sexuality is widely recognized. You use research and investigation in your career. Your debts become public. Inheritances affect your social status. Your attitude to life and death affects the profession you choose. Your capacity for deep emotional interactions contributes to the recognition and awards you receive. The occult can become a profession. Your interest in death can lead to a vocation. Sexual partners boost your social status. Sexual partners help you gain recognition and awards. You make a career out of understanding other people’s motivation. Sex is a way to climb the ladder of success. Your interest in recycling can make you well-known. Peak emotional experiences come through your vocation. You enter sexual relationships in search of social status. Shared resources affect your status. Sexual partners become involved in your professional life. Your ability to transform can help or hinder your career.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 11th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 11th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve connecting with like-minded people, attitudes to social reform, long term hopes and dreams, and gaining friends and fans. You get emotionally entangled with friends. You bring your financial debts to group interactions. Debtors Anonymous. You express your interest in life and death through group activities. Sexual activities happen in groups. Group sex. You have a sexual approach to friendships. You find it hard to be “just friends.” Your groups and clubs involve research and investigation. You join occult groups. You have to adjust your debt to achieve long term goals and dreams. Your attitude to life and death affects your capacity to become an icon. Your interest in the occult attracts fans. Your ability to understand the motivations of other people influences your friendships. You bring your need for depth interactions to friendships. You need to belong to groups of like-minded people who share your intensity.

Ruler of the 8th House in the 12th House

The activities of the 8th house serve the agenda of the 12th house. Transformation, attitudes to life and death, other people’s resources, sex and the desire to dig deep serve the need to release grief and sorrow, spend time alone, melt into formless bliss, escape from reality and become aware of the self-undoing. Emotional entanglements help you release grief and sorrow. Sexual activities help you release grief and sorrow. You research and investigate the paranormal. Inheritances can be the self-undoing. Debt can be the self-undoing. Tax evasion can be the self-undoing. Your attitude to life and death influences your interest in dreams and the paranormal. You investigate dreams. You become a dream researcher or dream therapist. Dreams are intense experiences. Your capacity for deep emotional interactions with others can be a way for you to escape from daily responsibilities. Sex can be a way to escape from daily responsibilities. Sex can be the self-undoing. Your interest in the occult can be the self-undoing. Your interest in hidden things leads you to explore dreams and ghosts. Your understanding of the motivation of other people makes you want to be alone. Sexual experiences come through meditation. Peak emotional experiences come through charitable activities. You investigate the sexual activities of the incarcerated. Emotional baggage adds to your karma.

Key Concepts for the Eighth House

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

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