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The Path to Becoming: Meaning of Natal Chart Ruler Through the Houses

Your rising sign ruler, also known as the chart ruler, is the planetary ruler of the sign sitting on the cusp of your first house, which you may know as the “ascendent” or the “rising sign”. The first house rules our identity, ego association and outer personality, while your rising sign shows the characteristics and traits you embody in your ego and identity assertion, the house placement of your first house ruler reveals which area of life is pivotal to your personal development, it adds a second layer of information that has significant influences on all first house matters. Some consider the meaning of the chart ruler house placement as the anchor and foundation where the work of other houses is built upon.

Finding Your Chart Ruler

Each zodiac sign has a corresponding planetary ruler, you can easily find their modern ruler from the table below. If you don’t know your rising sign, you can get a free birth chart on astro.com here.

First House SignModern RulerTraditional Ruler
Aries RisingMars
Taurus RisingVenus
Gemini RisingMercury
Cancer RisingMoon
Leo RisingSun
Virgo RisingMercury
Libra RisingVenus
Scorpio RisingPlutoMars
Sagittarius RisingJupiter
Capricorn RisingSaturn
Aquarius RisingUranusSaturn
Pisces RisingNeptuneJupiter
Chart Ruler Through the Houses
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Chart ruler in the 1st house

With your first house ruler located in the first house, your journey to soul development is through the self with a focus on self-identity and empowerment. The first house is a natural Aries house, you are confident and independent, it is likely that life will put you in circumstances that help you develop these first house qualities, you will learn to be your own biggest cheerleader and that you have all the tools in the box to get what you want, and to be who you want to be. Learn to find that inner voice, make decisions without outside influences. Keep going, but don’t go overboard.

Chart ruler in the 2nd house

With your first house ruler located in the 2nd house, your journey to soul development is through the self with a focus on personal finance, beauty and values. The 2nd house is a natural Taurus house, you have a strong drive to build your wealth and a comfortable lifestyle, you take care of your appearance and enjoy the finer, materialistic side of things and rightfully so as they are the fruits of your labour. You may not grow up in the most abundant environment, which motivates you to be practical and to achieve financial freedom. The 2nd house also rules our persona values, developing and finding your own self worth in the world will also be a priority in this lifetime.

Chart ruler in the 3rd house

With your first house ruler located in the 3rd house, your journey to soul development is through the self with a focus on your communication skills and thought process. You have a strong pull to communicate your thoughts, you are likely to be an active member of your neighbourhood or communities you are involved with, the preacher of your religion if you are religious. The 3rd house is a natural Gemini house, you are open to taking in other people’s points of view and learning through conversations. At a lower vibration, you may have the tendency to indulge in gossips and create drama in the circles.

Chart ruler in the 4th house

With your first house ruler locating in the 4th house, your journey to soul development expands from the self to your immediate environment with a focus on your home, roots and family. Influenced by the Cancerian energy of the house, you put a lot of effort into staging your home, making it a cosy abode and foundation that give you a sense of belonging and a sense of security, emotionally and physically. You are a family-oriented person and it is likely that you will prioritise finding a life partner before anything else.

Chart ruler in the 5th house

With your first house ruler located in the 5th house, your journey to soul development expands from the self to your immediate environment with a focus on self-expression (creativity), fun and children. The 5th house is a Leo house, with this influence, you enjoy being in the spotlight, acting, theatre or any other performance-based professions are craft that is likely to be your main focus in life, you are/will become playful and confident. You are here to learn how to express yourself creatively.

Chart ruler in the 6th house

With your first house ruler located in the 6th house, your journey to soul development expands from the self to your immediate environment with a focus on routines, health and service to others. You have a solid routine and health habits that you build around your daily life and you maintain it diligently, it gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment. You have a strong sense of responsibility and enjoy working – being responsible for something/someone. Just like Virgo, which is the natural sign of the 6th house, being of service is your love language. You are reliable but may come across as too rigid for change at times.

Chart ruler in the 7th house

With your first house ruler located in the 7th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your immediate environment to other people, especially one-on-one relationships with a focus on partnerships and marriage. Being in successful long term partnerships, both platonic and romantic ones, give you a great sense of purpose and security, you possess Libra’s diplomatic skills to make partnerships work, however you should be careful of who you choose to enter partnerships with, healthy relationship is key here, you should never forget your own needs, they need to be met as well.

Chart ruler in the 8th house

With your first house ruler located in the 8th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your immediate environment to other people, especially one-on-one relationships with a focus on shared finance, sexual intimacy and transformation. The 8th house is a Scorpionic house, you have a desire to uncover the darkest secrets of things and people of your interests, having all the information on hand in a way gives you a sense of control. You may be interested in niche, thrilling subjects like criminal psychology, occults, secret society, astrology and witcraft to name a few. Being in the know gives you the ability to facilitate changes for improvements.

Chart ruler in the 9th house

With your first house ruler located in the 9th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your immediate environment to other people, especially one-on-one relationships with a focus on travel, culture and higher education. This placement gives you a Sagittarius flare that is outgoing and adventurous, travelling, meeting people from different countries excites you and you may long for a nomadic lifestyle that will continue to broaden your horizon. Gathering concepts from around the world, you are likely to build a unique philosophy that you can call your own. You may have trouble settling down or sticking to one subject long enough to grow something out of it. Be sure to make good use of your endless energy.

Chart ruler in the 10th house

With your first house ruler located in the 10th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your association with other people to the society and collective with a focus on career and public recognition. You have a desire to be respected not only by those around you but also by the public. This placement gives you the drive and Capricorn’s dedication to establishing yourself in the world, you believe that slow and steady win the race and you do not give up easily, are you in it for the long game.

Chart ruler in the 11th house

With your first house ruler located in the 11th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your association with other people to the society and collective with a focus on group association and humanity. You have an innate need to bring people together for a cause, it could be for a charity, a craft market or an art exhibition as an example, depending on your interests. A natural house for Aquarius and its ruler Uranus, Technology is also ruled by the 11th house, you bring people together through the internet, improve lives with technology.

Chart ruler in the 12th house

With your first house ruler located in the 12th house, your journey to soul development extends beyond your immediate environment to other people with a focus on spirituality, philanthropy and healing. You are drawn to the unknown and want to seek the higher, existential truth, you want to know why we are who we are, you want to find out the birth of consciousness and what’s beyond life. Transformative life events will point you in this direction. Since the 12th house is a Neptunian house, the house of Pisces, you may also be drawn to music, poetry and art, if not these are good tools to help you explore the bigger questions that consume your thoughts on late nights or lazy afternoons. Since 12th house matters are hard more define and solidify before you find this part of yourself and the right outlet to develop it, you may feel lost in the world, you may not find much of an interest in things that the society values, such as money, status and relationship, you may also be prone to excessive partying, or struggle with alcoholism or addiction as an escape. It will work to your advantage if you start building the tangibles first, even if it is not what you value (you may even reject these things), as they will provide you with the freedom you need to explore the 12th house matters.

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