How To Interpret Planets Near The Cusps Of Houses

Uranus symbol modConny asks:

“Sometimes a planet or a node is very close to the cusp of the next house. Some interpretations say they are “technically” in the next house. Let’s say the ascendant is 20º Aquarius and the north node is 18º Aquarius. How would you interpret it because having a planet or a node in the 12th house is different from having it in the 1st house. Thank you very much!”

I have several planets on the cusps of houses. I see them active in both houses. For example, I have Uranus on the cusp of the seventh and eighth house.

I partner with eccentrics. I partner within minutes of meeting someone. I have married and divorced in the space of 3 weeks… I’ve married on April Fools Day. I’m a total commitment phobic. Matter of fact, I called the deacon to cancel my wedding, the day before I was to be married in the Catholic church. I was already married, canceling my second wedding to my husband! This is textbook seventh house Uranus.

However, I have also crossed a picket line to have sex in an rent-by-the-hour adult motel when I was seventeen. That’s a pure example of Uranus (rebel) in the eighth (sex).

Considering this and the fact the other planets on the cusps of house in my chart also function this way, I would read that node in both houses. In the example given with the node in Aquarius, cusp of the first/twelfth, you would have to assert (first house) your independence (Aquarius) via service (twelfth house) to humanity (Aquarius).

Anyone else with planets on cusps? How do they play?

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13 thoughts on “How To Interpret Planets Near The Cusps Of Houses”

  1. Thank you Elsa, your explanation and examples make a lot of sense. Maybe these planets or nodes are there as a bridge between the 2 houses they touch. Thank you for these keywords too!

  2. I have Saturn almost right on the line between the 3rd and 4th (it’s in the 4th) but um…I don’t think it fits me very well in the 3rd. If you can’t tell by the abundance of comments on this blog, I don’t really keep to myself. I’m a talker, I am. Though, now that I think about it I do have weird rules about communicating with other people (they only want to talk about themselves, therefore be a listener) which I have trouble following, much to my detriment. Haha.

  3. Good topic! I have a similar aspect – N Node 22* Scorpio, Asc – 24* Scorpio. What this conjuction means? The only explanation I found is a superficial popularity for these folks(John Kennedy had it), there is a little info about it.

  4. I have Mars/Mercury in Scorpio on the 12th House side of my ASC and it does seem like it’s much easier to assert myself on behalf of others. I’d much rather investigate on someone else’s behalf too – suppose that’s why I enjoy being an astrologer. Also have Sun within minutes of the 12th House cusp conjuncting Jupiter on the other side – I was very shy growing up and only gradually learned others were interested in learning (Jupiter) from me.

    Uranus is just inside my 8th House in Gemini and like Elsa, I’ve never had any problem with others sexual orientation. Plus I made no secret of living with my boyfriend in a small town (in the mid-sixties)- my mom’s friends told her to disown me for my rebellious behavior, she didn’t thankfully.

  5. I have my moon in scorpio 28′ in the 9th house, and many astrologers would read it in the 10th house, but I feel like both of those energies are present. I’m very adventurous and I love foreign people and places. Obsession with asian culture =^-^=. But I’m highly ambitious and it does makes me feel good when I succeed in my career goals, and I had women help me in life.

    Also my Uranus is in the 11th/12th house. I love unusual creative people. Uranus is my chart’s ruler, and I’m artistic and interesting in metaphysics, so I can see the 12th house influence. I had always prided myself in being the true aquarian, cause I’m unpredictable and friend orientated.

  6. I have my scorpio sun just within the eighth house but I can see how it can express it self in a ninth house in way. Most of the time its eighth house stuff because its outweighed, i have a packed eighth house including pluto which is conjunct my scorpio sun, so its pulled to manifest more eighth house stuff, but i write alot. Always wanted to be a writer. As a kid my stories were published and used as an example. I actually lost cruical marks in my writing during an exam for writing about controversial topics eg: gay love. Interersted in foreign places & people. Learnt about various religions. So the sun gets ninth house expression too. I think jupiter being there helps.

  7. saturn’s on the cusp of my 12th, in the 11th. and i’ve experienced the social ostracism (mostly with people my age) and older friends an 11th house saturn can give you.
    but the affect on dreams and seeing into the unknown/the collective… the older i get the more i have premonitory dreams/feelings/impressions/visions. deeply unsettling.
    …and i have a powerful hermit instinct. that i don’t get to indulge nearly as much as i’d like to.

  8. I have a similar question with mine being 8 degree NN Sag and 10 degree ASC in Sag. Isn’t Sag also independence? So I assert my freedom via service to… foreigners? haha thats the best I can think of.
    Also hello in 2019.

  9. I have mars in aries in 2nd/3rd house cusp, 27 seconds away from 3rd house. I am annoyed just thinking about my mars because I like clean and clear cuts. Like it’s in this house or it’s in this other house. But now my mars went by progression in my 2nd house and I am more possessive of my stuff than before. It’s an afflicted natal mars so I am not happy if it affects two houses instead of one.

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    Shimmering Light

    Thank you for this interesting post which I just stumbled upon (in 2023).
    I also have planets/points conjunct house cusps/angles and I have always been in two minds about it as to where the influence is felt (lol).

    I would agree with Elsa that the influence is felt in both, purely from personal experience (of myself and others). I also have the nodes conjunct the ASC-DSC axis, from the 6th/12th and sense the effect in both. With NN conjunct ASC from 12th I read it as my path of growth (NN) does not only require my developing trust/faith (in the unseen, the divine, my higher self, the universe, spirituality, creativity, letting go of anxiety, etc.) but also to let that infuse my personality (ASC) and bring that strongly into my life, i.e. make it visible (ASC).

    Correspondingly, my SN conjunct the DSC from the 6th shows me that I value ‘reality’ and I’m very used to serving others/accepting responsibility in daily life, work and close relationships, and that I can used those gifts or tendencies to now learn to include myself (ASC) and develop my own (ASC) understanding/brand of 12th house matters which I can then share with others.

  11. My Saturn is 0 degrees Aries and it lands directly on my Second House Cusp (which is also 0 degrees Aries) – you can imagine that I don’t play when it comes to self-respect & manipulation through materialism.

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