Sex, Death, Rebirth
The Eighth House is commonly referred to as the House of Sex. This House delves into relationships — interactions with another and how certain aspects of those interactions can take on a more communal nature. It speaks to what our relationships will bring us and how we can get the most out of them.
Returning to this House’s emphasis on sex, it’s important to note that the French refer to an orgasm as “le petit mort” or “the little death.” When we reach that exalted state of communion, we leave a little of ourselves behind — die a small death. One can also choose to view this as growth, a new beginning, the rebirth of the soul, or a gain for the partnership. The Eighth House is an equal opportunity House, placing sex, death, and rebirth on the same level playing field and acknowledging the viability and importance of all three. We will all experience death and rebirth as part of our lives: failed relationships leading to new ones, career changes, a new hairstyle. We are regenerated and reborn with each new phase and should welcome them thusly.
Shared resources also fall within the Eighth House: inheritance, alimony, taxes, insurance, support from another. Financial support as well as spiritual, emotional, and physical support are addressed by this House. While our relationships share many of the aforementioned things, they also have their own dynamics and grow from within (we grow through our sexuality as well as through other more tangible means). That said, much as our relationships are expansive, but they also have certain constraints, many which are placed on them by society. Again, taxes, alimony, and the joint nature of assets come to mind. Yes, with every opportunity we have, we may face a restriction along with it. Once again, death and rebirth.
In keeping with the transformative nature of this House, rituals are highlighted. Every group has its own way of peering in and looking deep into the soul and the past, if only to get a sense of what we truly are. What quality will our rituals take on? Exalted states or metamorphoses? What secrets do we keep and why? How we manage our interactions, relationships, and rituals is important to the Eighth House — will we be honest, effective, and responsible? Will the riches generated by our relationships benefit the group (company, humankind) as a whole? Our legacies are key to this House: how we conduct ourselves now and how that will play out for all time.
The Eighth House is ruled by the Sign Scorpio and the Planets Mars and Pluto.
The eighth house of the Zodiac holds death, rebirth and logically enough, inheritance. It should be mentioned here at the very beginning that astrologically, death is a passing, or a disposition of, and may be the completion of a cycle, or the end of a condition, as well as the passing of a person. For the Eighth House, the Sun is located in the feminine sign, Scorpio. Fierce Mars, the warrior planet and mysterious Pluto, the planet of transformation rule the eighth sign of the Zodiac, Scorpio. A fixed (strong and solid) sign, Scorpio governs will and authority. It is a water sign, which means Scorpio people are passionate and emotional, with very deep feelings. Although Scorpio is a loyal and dedicated friend, they are fiercely competitive, subject to fits of vindictive jealousy and can be quite manipulative in pursuit of their goals.