The 12 Astrological Houses: 7th House of Partnerships

Posted on April 11, 2017

The 7th house in your astrology birth chart deals with all your partnerships. Of course, this pertains to your life partner, but also business or other types of partnerships, too. It’s any one-to-one pairing in your life. The cusp of this house is opposite your Ascendant. The 1st house is all about you; the 7th house is about other people in your life.

The cusp of the 7th house is called the Descendant. While the 5th house showed what kind of people you were attracted to have fun, the 7th house indicates those with whom you’d like a serious partnership. Your attitudes to commitment will be found here, too.

This house also points to your open enemies. If you think about it, you might have pretty personal and one-on-one relationships with people who don’t like you! It’s a cardinal house, and it belongs to the element of air. It’s ruled by the Sun sign Libra and by the planet Venus.

The 7th House Rules Partnerships

It’s easy to think that the 7th house is the house of marriage - and it is! However, marriage isn’t just two spouses bound together. Marriage also means a combination of two or more elements. That also defines a partnership. It doesn’t have to necessarily relate to romance.

The planets in this house and the sign on the cusp divulge a lot of information about how you feel about commitment. The Ascendant explores your relationship with yourself; the 7th house explores your interpersonal relationship with another person. That’s why it’s also the ‘house of open adversaries.’

The 7th House Shows How You Interact

The purpose of this house is to examine how you interact with one other individual for the purpose of reaching a goal or accomplishing something. These unions can be beneficial or detrimental. How many times have you met someone and thought you were going to be close friends, only to find out that the more you got to know each other, the more you disliked each other?

It is all part of the journey of the 7th house. It’s where failed relationships either become teachers or opponents. That one-to-one relationship is still there, even if you decide that you can’t stand each other. It’s a difficult concept, but one that needs to be understood to grasp the true potential of this house.

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The 7th House Reveals Friends & Enemies

While the 11th house is more to do with your friends than this house, information about your friendships will arise here. This is where you’ll find glimpses of your childhood playmates that are still your best friends through adulthood. It’s also where you’ll find that the residue of those you couldn’t stand when you were younger still stings.

The people who come into your life from a 7th house aspect are very different from those who interact with you from your 1st house. Remember, the Ascendant is part of the mask that you wear. What happens in the 7th strips away that mask, and have a lot to teach you if you’re willing to learn.

The 7th House Acts as a Mirror

This house is a mirror for how you feel. Any person who arouses a strong emotional response from you - whether it’s rooted in pleasure or abhorrence - has triggered something in your 7th house. No matter what they make you feel, they’ve opened the door for you to do some inner exploration as to why you feel that way.

A strong response makes this area of your chart a wonderful teacher. If you want to know why you feel the way you feel, look at the planets here, and study their aspects. What you uncover here will be vital information when it comes to delving deeper into the mysteries of the 8th house.


The 7th house is where you need to go when you want to find out more about the partnerships in your life. This could relate to marriage, friendships, even shed light on the people who will oppose your goals, or act as ‘enemies.’ This house reveals how you will get along and interact with certain people.

We have more information on the 8th house of your astrology birth chart. This is the house where aspects of your sex life, attitudes towards death, and also your religious, spiritual or metaphysical beliefs are held. Read on and find out more about your chart, and yourself.

Related Article: The 12 Astrological Houses: 5th House of Pleasure

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Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I’ve spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to… Read More »

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