The eighth house is opposite the second house, which deals with your money, income, your strengths, assets, and talents. The eighth house pertains to other people′s money and assets. This covers a wide area! Joint finances reside here, but so do unpleasant financial issues such as debt or alimony.
This house is very misunderstood. It′s sometimes called the ‘house of sex′—but it′s much more than that. It takes the pairing from the seventh house and intensifies it. The seventh is where you find your relationships and your mindset towards them. The eighth is how that coupling manifests itself, and the sign on the cusp and any planets involved will color that manifestation.
The eighth house is one of the three relationship houses, the other two being the fifth and the seventh. The fifth house is the ideology of love, the seventh house is commitment, and the eighth is the conjoining, through sex as well as finances. It′s a fixed house, and it belongs to the element of water. It′s ruled by the Sun sign Scorpio and by the planet Pluto.
The eighth house isn′t all about sex, but even when actual intimacy isn′t referred to, it′s a good metaphor. This area of your chart is where the cycle of life continues, where you reap the harvest that your skills and possessions have brought to you. It′s also the place where combining takes place; of your assets as well as your physical bodies.
‘La petite mort′ is an expression used to politely refer to orgasm or sexual climax. It translates as ‘the little death.′ It represents the rapture that is felt at the moment of climax when the body responds so strongly with pleasure that the senses are temporarily numb. It′s interesting that sexual ecstasy is seen as dying a little, particularly when studying the eighth house.
So many people are scared of death, but it′s just as much a part of life as birth is, and it′s nothing to fear. Death is represented in the 8th house, but so is birth. It′s all regeneration—something that this house of the birth chart represents well. It starts with the little death at climax which has the potential to create new life and ends with actual physical death.
Every ending has to have a beginning. Every beginning starts with something else ending. This is just the cycle of life. Sex, death, and rebirth are all part and parcel of that cycle. They′re represented in your chart by the house on the cusp and the planets in the 8th house. Attitudes towards death and rituals observed are also indicated here.
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