One doesn’t need to have profound astrology knowledge to understand the concept of houses. There is no need even to be enthusiastic about predictions or planets. All it takes is to read regular horoscope forecasts, and you will likely notice that houses represent a significant element.
But, if your knowledge doesn’t go beyond the Zodiac signs and planets, it’s time to clarify what that term means.
Houses are among the fundamental principles and necessary for horoscope reading. With the planets and signs, they make the basics of every birth chart.
Understanding their meaning and what they represent will give you an advantage because you will get a fuller picture. Being familiar with houses allows you to have a deeper understanding of your natal chart, character, and relations.
There are 12 Zodiac signs and 12 corresponding houses. Each of them represents an area of your life. Their meaning explains what you find essential. That is why they are relevant for every aspect of a birth chart.
The planets move from one house to the other, but what is crucial is in which one they were when you were born.
At the time of your birth, all the planets were under a different Zodiac sign and house. Since these houses rule different categories, they give more specific meaning to each planet’s position.
For instance, the third house rules communication, while the 7th represents commitment, relationships, and love. Hence, they have a powerful influence on your birth chart.
What does that mean for the 1st house?
The 1st house – The conscious self, intentional actions, and physical appearence
The zodiac sign Aries and planet Mars rule the 1st house. It represents our identity and everything it consists of, covering the qualities we are born with and acquire through life. The 1st house stands for how we perceive the world and ourselves.
Moreover, it represents how we depict others and our personality through the lens of our environment. Hence, it is how we are based on our surroundings.
The first house governs our conscious self, what’s above the surface, and noticeable. It is why it rules the head and face, our first contact with other people. Besides, this house is associated with the Ascendant since they lie close to each other.
As the first house represents our consciousness, all planetary transits that occur here will affect the individual intensely. The planetary impact will be more strong concerning the natal planets.
The activity in the first house can change and shake the sense of identity. Planetary aspects in this house can be highly favorable, even if those planets are Uranus or Saturn.
However, the Sun, Venus, or Jupiter can have the most positive influence here. These are the planets that elevate energy, give joy and energy.
The first house is our body, how the world sees us, and our temperament.
Nevertheless, it mostly represents the qualities we show to people intentionally and for a higher purpose. It is the house of thought-out actions, goals, and intentions.
What does that mean for the Wounded Healer?
Chiron – The deepest wound, yearning to be healed
Chiron is a comet and one of the most recently discovered heavenly bodies. Some also classify it as an asteroid. Regardless of that, it’s one of the most underrated elements in a natal chart.
It was discovered in 1977, and the name Chiron is a nod to the Centaur, Chiron. Chiron was the son of Zeus and a water nymph who tried to run and hide from him by turning into a horse. She failed, Zeus found her, and that resulted in half horse, half boy baby.
Unfortunately, Chiron was abandoned right after birth, but that didn’t stop him. He became a scholar, mentor of ancient Greek heroes, and a healer.
But one day, in a set of unfavorable circumstances, he got struck by a poisonous arrow. As an immortal, he couldn’t die. That meant a lifetime of agony. But, in the end, the gods decided to let him die and put an end to his misery. It is why Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer.
As a result, Chiron in astrology represents our deepest wound and what we do to mend it. Besides showing our most challenging pain, it points to our healing potential, the one we gained through suffering.
The Centaur Chiron had low self-esteem problems that he had to confront before healing the hole that is eating him up inside. The same goes for us.
Chiron points to the source of our confidence issues and what makes us feel inadequate. It reminds us that even if we don’t manage to heal the wound, we will learn a lesson and become better people.
Since Chiron represents the agony we try to bury and that we fear confronting while the 1st house is about identity and intentional actions, this could be a fascinating combination.
Chiron in the 1st house – Meaning
People born with Chiron in the 1st house probably have a wound they can’t hide, and others are aware of their struggle.
Overall, it’s a problem, trauma, or weakness that’s the most challenging to conceal comparing to Chiron in other houses. That is because it is associated with the conscious self, and it is deeply rooted in one’s being.
The wound shows itself, and it manifests in one’s behavior, identity, or confidence. Hence, it is closely associated with a sense of self-worth. Others will notice it in how one presents themselves and acts when people are paying attention.
It is a wound that is inherently visible. Hence, it reflects on one’s physical appearance, physical health, or treatment of others. But it can also show in one’s emotional or mental well-being, although more rarely.
Chiron in the first house typically represents the pain originating from one’s formative years, usually when one learns how to accept its changing body.
Because of that, it likely starts in early childhood or teenage years when a person is vulnerable to how others perceive them. It doesn’t necessarily represent a physical impairment or deformity.
Instead, Chiron in the first house can indicate that how one looks or dresses doesn’t align with their culture, group, or society altogether. Sometimes these natives have an atypical lifestyle or clothing choices, which often shock or annoy people in their environment.
Self-esteem and self-love issues
People born with Chiron in the first might not fit in the typical beauty standards due to a crooked nose, body weight, or skin type. The sign where Chiron in the first house settles in determines where the issue could be.
Whatever the scenario, the trauma turned this pain into an integral part of one’s identity. These natives associate themselves with their wounds and often believe they are what others see in them.
For instance, if others used to call them freak, they start thinking they are. In a way, Chiron in the 1st house represents a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Since one has this pain from an early age, it tends to remain for decades, if not throughout life. These natives might learn how to conceal it or live with it without much disruption, but the wound will eat them up inside.
It is not difficult to notice when someone has their Chiron in the first house. If their wound lies in the physical realm, they might hide or improve some body parts, dress overly flashy or modestly. They aim to conceal their self-worth issues by emphasizing what others might like.
On the other side, if their pain lies in the emotional or mental realm, it will probably manifest in their personality and behavior.
People with Chiron in the 1st house should pay attention to how they present themselves, how they want others to see them, and what makes them feel vulnerable. If they are unaware of their traumas, this should force them to come to the surface.
Perhaps those with this position felt invisible, pushed aside, or ignore during their formative years. It is why they learned to come off as uninterested, cold, and detached. That makes others believe these natives can’t be hurt because they don’t care about anyone’s opinion.
People with Chiron in the 1st house could also be afraid of getting close with someone because they don’t like when others make them vulnerable.
Depending on the sign this placement lies in, one could also become too clingy and dependable but terrified of their loved ones getting to know who they are.
The most challenging position is Chiron in the first house conjunction ascendant because it is more intense. Because of that, it tends to manifest physically and more noticeable to other people.
Fear of other people’s opinions
These natives are typically hypersensitive and worried about what others might think of them. Their trauma often makes them blew everything out of proportion and make the problem worse than it is.
People with Chiron in the 1st house have a hard time loving themselves or a part of them. Whatever their wound is, they are so terrified of it that they can’t even look at it.
They could become so lost in their trauma that they would do anything to remove or hide the source of their pain. It is why people with Chiron in the 1st house are likely to enhance their bodies, undergo plastic surgeries, become obsessed with makeup or fitness.
However, regardless of what they do to conceal their wound, it usually remains because they didn’t genuinely confront it.
It is how this trauma could grow to become self-hate or despising society. People with Chiron in the 1st house could lose a sense of identity by becoming who others want them to be. If these individuals make everything about their trauma, they could neglect all the other qualities that make them who they are.
The risk of losing life direction
These persons also tend to lose their life path. Individuals with Chiron in the 1st house try hard to find themselves but end up getting nowhere. They tend to change lovers, friends, locations, and styles, looking for their identity, which often ends without any result.
The worst comes when they start believing that people around them have everything figured out. It is what typically makes them hate themselves more or envy others.
If they don’t confront their wound without making it look prettier or more acceptable, they could become frustrated and feel empty. These natives have to learn to live boldly and put themselves out there without fear of judgments. Chiron in the 1st house is about self-acceptance, self-love, and perseverance.
It represents the journey of embracing one’s flaws, weaknesses, and impairments and using them to become stronger. These natives must stop concealing their wounds because they will keep reappearing.
Instead, they have to confront them, identify where they come from, and what’s the best way to heal them.
Chiron in the 1st house represents a wound that lies in the realm of self-worth and identity. What does that mean for relationships?
Chiron in the 1st house – Synastry
The romantic synastric analysis is the interaction of houses between two birth charts. It shapes the relationship between two persons.
When one’s Chiron settles in the first house of their (potential) partner, it means that this relationship will likely center around self-acceptance and healing identity-related wounds. The 1st house native is probably the one who struggles with their self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem.
These two will likely experience a strong connection from the get-go, and the 1st house native will feel understood. The Chiron native will probably feel a need to protect the 1st house person, help them find their path, or teach them the importance of self-love.
The Chiron partner will see incredible potential in their partner, and they will help them become more authentic. The 1st house native usually finds their Chiron partner fascinating, wise, and generous.
On the other side, the Chiron person likes the 1st house native’s personality, although they believe there’s more beyond. They make it their mission to discover what it is.
By getting to know their 1st house partner, the Chiron native will point to their self-esteem issues and insecurities. The 1st house native might feel directionless, not pretty, or good enough. It is what prevents them from reaching their full potential and being their authentic selves.
However, through their actions, gentleness, and understanding, the Chiron native will help their partner confront their pain and discover how to start healing. They want their 1st house partner to reach their full potential, and they won’t stop until they find out how to get them there.
On the other side, the 1st house native might have a wound that’s an integral part of their identity, including sexual preferences. It might be that the 1st house person had to hide who they are all their life, and their Chiron partner is showing them it’s okay to be with who they love.
Perhaps other people insulted, mocked, or hurt the 1st house native because of their sexual orientation or inclinations, which forced them to shut down their true identity. With their patience, Chiron native will help them accept themselves and learn not to care about other people’s judgments.
Through this relationship, the Chiron native could revisit their old wounds and use that experience in teaching the 1st house native that self-love is essential for anyone else loving them.