The Seventh House in Astrology
The Seventh House is commonly referred to as the House of Partnership. With this house, we see a shift away from the self toward another - a partner. By cooperating with and relating to another we unite for the purpose of achieving something. Purpose is important to the Seventh House - the act of accomplishing something great or small for the self, the partnership and even society as a whole. In uniting with another, we also become a more valuable member of our world: we make a contribution, one small cog in the wheel of life. We have purpose. Cooperation and partnership help to expedite our purpose in life.
Through a partnership, we fill out our essential being. Suddenly, we see ourselves in context. Through a partnership in which we work, play, love and/or create, we are fully formed and completed. The other half helps to make us whole. Ultimately, how we relate to others will help to define the success we have as a human being and as a member of humankind.
The Seventh House shows us that partnerships can take many forms: marriage, business relationships, contracts, legalities, negotiations and agreements. We will cooperate to a greater or lesser extent in these varied partnerships. The quality of that cooperation, in essence how we relate to the other, is key to the Seventh House. Why do we choose this partnership? Is it for love or money? Practical reasons? Social considerations?
There are many reasons for uniting with another. We may choose to fill voids we see in ourselves. We may simply want the company and companionship of another. The partnerships we form say a great deal about ourselves and also serve to teach us much. This house wants us to know that the quality of our partnerships will enhance our lives, make them fuller, more special and better for everyone.
Tensions within a partnership also serve to teach us lessons. For this reason, the Seventh House also focuses on the darker side of our unions. Divorce, lawsuits and treaties all fall within this house. At its worst, a partnership may create enemies - and on a more global scale, these rifts can deteriorate into war. It is our reaction to this adversity which will shape the partnerships yet to come.
The seventh house shows whether you’re apt to partner up in business, or go it alone. An energized seventh house (Sun or Mars) makes it likely that working as a duo gets you farther faster. Jupiter in the house of partnerships is auspicious for tandem ventures, and ups the chances for financial rewards. Difficult aspects to, or karmic lessons (Pluto, Saturn) in the seventh turns relationships into a crucible... where what’s gained is deeply transformative in the end. If love hurts, see if you don’t deserve extra points for high degree of difficulty. Those with major seventh house lessons emerge knowing that love’s shadows are also expressions of the soul, and part of true intimacy. The Seventh House is ruled by Libra and the planet Venus.