Astrology Quadrants

Posted By admin On 02.08.21


I'm going to talk about the four quadrants of the astrological wheel as an alternative to using common house systems. If you're a newbie to astrology, you might not even be aware there is more than one house system to choose from. This is important fact to understand, because your planet placements can change interpretation greatly depending on what side of a house cusp it's located in. House systems is how we divide the chart up into 12 sections that describe different areas of yourself.
AstrologyIf you have only seen your chart thru one perspective, let me tell you, that's going to be very limiting! Also, you might have just accepted the printout of your chart as you, yours - as unchangeable, but again, you are missing out on a bigger rage of potential for yourself and understanding by not allowing for a true full perspective of your chart to be seen here. Why would you want to limit yourself potential to just this one perspective of your life that some random free site gave you?

Astrology too uses quadrant systems to divide up its stars of interest. And the astronomy of the location of constellations sees each of the Northern and Southern celestial hemispheres divided into four quadrants. In fiction Star Trek 'Galactic quadrants' within Star Trek are based.

HemispheresIt's pretty common for western astrology sites to give you a chart using the Placidus House system. If you look at your chart under your name and birth data, there should be a word describing what house system the chart is produced from. Most of the time Placidus is used as default, but you can actually change the option to one of many others.
  • Division of the Birth Chart: Quadrants. If we superimpose the Ascending – Descending axis on the Midheaven – Imun Coeli axis, we obtain a division of the astrological chart based on four quadrants, each one grouping three astrological houses. It extends from the top of House I to the top of House IV (end of House III).
  • All the talk about ascensions and quadrants serve to make the astrologer appear to be an expert and authority figure, thus setting the stage for the quality of the encounter. In reality, the charts and horoscope are just smokescreens to deflect your attention from what is really going on, which is a cold reading.
  • 'Galactic quadrants' within Star Wars canon astrography map depicts a top-down view of the galactic disk, with 'Quadrant A' (i.e. 'north') as the side of the galactic center that Coruscant is located on. As the capital planet of the Republic and later the Empire, Coruscant is used as the reference point for galactic astronomy, set at XYZ.

Regardless what house system you use, only viewing your chart from one perspective will not be as accurate as testing out your chart in many different house systems so you can actually take time and thought to understand what version best describes yourself and life, rather than letting a computer do it for you that is relying on limited information.
House systems is the number one area of frustration in astrology, long debated. It's up to each individual to choose what house system works best for them. But honestly, no one house system will be totally accurate on its own. One system might describe one section of you the best while another system might have a more accurate idea of who you are in a certain other area of your life, while failing in other ways. That's why it's best to have all the many different versions of yourself and potential available for viewing & analyzing. After testing many different versions, then you can choose with confidence what system best describes you and your life.
The Placidus system was developed back in the Renaissance era. But long before that, Astrologers were using 'Whole Signs' where the sign Rising on the eastern horizon at time of birth determined the signs of all 12 houses (areas of life) on the wheel. That means, if you are born say..23 degrees Aries Rising, then Aries will be your 1st house, but not part of your 12th house. Regardless of degree the entire sign becomes that house. This is typically going to be a reliable house system to use when it comes to understanding what area of life your personal energies are activating. In fact, i believe all the many different houses systems usually end up pointing to this basic lineup of Whole Signs.
Another very reliable and older system than Placidus is 'Equal Houses'. I highly recommend you use this system as a foundation. It's much like Whole Signs except it bases every house equally on the Risings sign Ascendant degree. (Although both Whole Signs and Equal houses use the MC point of all systems but can be in different houses than 10th, adding more information to how your career point and public image functions. So if your MC is in 11th house, then your career might be with groups and organizations, etc). Back to the example of 23 degrees Aries Rising, then each house cusp will start at 23 degrees in the following sign. 23 degrees Aries Rising will have Aries a part of two signs, most of it in the 12th house while the last 7 degrees of Aries is in 1st house, while 23 degrees of Taurus will also be associated with the 1st house, making two different energies for each of the 12 areas of life. Using any other house system than Whole Signs does make understanding the energy of all 12 areas of your life more complicated. There is a basic energy to each house shown by Whole Signs. Still though, working with degrees is important, especially that Rising sign Ascendant degree - it determines the structure of the entire chart. So Equal Houses is also a very good system to use.
With all that said, haha, let me get to the main point of this post.
Taking out all the house divider lines (cusps) except for the main cross representing the horizon (left to right) and Meridian (above & below) can make things even more accurate, albeit simple. This technique is viewing your planetary placements thru the perspective of the four quadrants. Each quadrant has 3 houses.
The 1st Quadrant
For example if you have your sun in the 1st quadrant, you can interpret it as in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd houses all at once. Your main focus & purpose to life will be on self development & gaining self awareness about your inner world. There is divine permission to be self centered, focusing on what you need with lots of time being alone doing what you want, more so than any other quadrant placement. Who am i? What do i value? What do I think about? etc. If your Mercury is there, than it's the area you mentally focus on. If moon there, then it's the area you are most emotionally hungry for. Venus - the area of life most desirable and pleasurable, etc, etc, etc.

2nd Quadrant
If you have your sun in the 2nd quadrant then your sun can be interpreted as a combination of 4th, 5th and 6th houses all at once. This will make your main life focus and purpose about developing awareness around things outside of yourself, such as family, romance, children and daily people you might work with, etc. If your Mercury is there, then you think and communicate about them. Moon - you are emotionally hungry for those people and situations. Venus - you find time developing awareness about these areas of life pleasurable, etc, etc etc.
3rd Quadrant
Having your sun in the 3rd quadrant is like having it in 7th, 8th and 9th houses all at once. It puts the focus and purpose of life on forming and understanding relationships, partnerships, intimacy, life and death, world philosophy and discovering what you lust for and desire the most. Merging and balancing the self with others is what keeps you vital, and you won't have as much time alone. Interpret moon, Mercury, Venus, etc, etc in same way.
4th Quadrant
Having your sun in 4th quadrant is like sun in 10th, 11th and 12th houses all at once, putting the focus and life purpose on your public image, reputation & career ambitions such as your personal service to humanity, etc. You are here to gain self awareness about the world, groups, friends and humanity as a whole, figuring out where you fit into that, and what you have to offer. It's not about the self, it's about everyone. Having other planets here can be interpreted in same way. If your moon is there, that's what you are emotionally hungry for, but might not be your life focus and purpose unless your sun is there as well.
QuadrantThis 4 basic quadrant system can be insightful. Look to see what quadrant has the the most planets or cluster of energy. This will show you what you are here for. This also makes determining what side of house line your planet is on simpler. It's most likely an influence of all three houses. Take time to think about it, you might find it true!
This is a good foundation to use while studying the various versions of your chart thru different house systems, until you feel confident using a particular one. But again, if you only know your chart with the one version someone gave you, then you really are missing out on the full potential of understanding your energies thru the astrological perspective.
I hope you found this educational :-) Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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The less common theme is the quadratic emphasis. This is where the smaller area of the quadrants come into play. As mentioned before, each quadrant covers three houses. The first quadrant is the span of houses one, two and three. The second quadrant is houses four, five and six. The third quadrant is houses seven, eight and nine. Last is the fourth quadrant of houses ten, eleven and twelve. Similar to the hemisphere, the individual who has seven or more planets located in one quadrant will likely demonstrate that sector's influence in life.
Houses 1 - 3
First Quadrant: This individual is typically a 'self-made' person. Finds outlets through self-improvement, self-development and self-help. It is the emergence of the self where this person flourishes. The individual is expected to integrate personality with self-worth, value systems and communication. For this individual, it may be too easy to look inward at what is going on, but finds it difficult to see another's point of view without having already experienced the situation. It is believed that, at a past life level, this individual may have devoted too much of his life to others. If lacking in a support system, the individual is easily hurt by life's events. In general, the lesson is to evolve through the basics that the individual learns as a result of self-reliance. Unless this individual learns to reach out, others may have difficulty acknowledging this individual's talents because of the self-contained nature. Famous people with first quadrant emphasis: Tennessee Williams, Florence Henderson, Britney Spears.
Houses 4 - 6
Second Quadrant: This individual is typically a creative person. Perhaps the most complex of the quadrants, the adaptation of the energies can be draining. The self is defined through integration of relationships with peers, lovers, children and family. May not have any problem taking risks unless it involves disagreement or disapproval by others. It is believed that, at a past life level, this individual may have devoted too much time to socializing, politicking or defining their worth on the opinions of society. In general, the lesson is to evolve through the combination of family, creativity and co-worker exchanges. Unless this individual learns how to establish boundaries, others may try to take advantage of this individual's generous nature. Famous people with second quadrant emphasis: Robert Redford, Melanie Griffith, Prince Charles.
Houses 7 - 9
Third Quadrant: This individual is typically a partnership person. The self feels less important with the focus directed to integration of partnerships, psychological and philosophy with others. The problem for this individual is learning to distinguish his own issues without relating them to someone else's activities. It is believed that, at a past life level, this individual may have devoted too much time to hermit-like activities. In general, the lesson is to evolve through cooperation and not suppression. It is not this person's job to control other people's lives. Unless this individual taps into his own creative talents and sense of adventure, others may perceive him to be either too dependant or cunning.
Famous people with third quadrant emphasis: Jenna Elfman, Whoppi Goldberg, Martha Stewart.
Houses 10 - 12
Fourth Quadrant: This individual is typically a society person. The sense of self may become attached to the integration of reputation, belonging to groups and social participation. The problem area for this individual is learning how to tap into his own talents and personal successes. It is believed that, at a past life level, this individual may have devoted too much time to self-perpetuating activities. The lesson is to evolve through social contributions and social environments. Personal success or recognition would not be as important as the outcome of the activities. Unless this individual learns how to connect at an emotional level, others may perceive him as insensitive.
Famous people with fourth quadrant emphasis: Vincent Van Gogh, Ann Margaret, Al Pacino
It should be remembered that these are generalizations of the hemispheric and quadratic emphasis found in some charts. Overall chart interpretation should always be included when evaluating strong hemisphere or quadrant placements. The piece merely provides a starting point for the new student exploring this topic. Happy studies :)
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