Dominant Houses



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What are Dominant Houses?

Dominant Houses, are those Houses with a high concentration of planets or significant planetary positions and configurations occurring within those particular Houses within our Natal Charts.

Dominant Houses reveal the life areas where we have the strongest interests and make the most significant contributions in life - and potentially gain considerable financial success.


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Understanding the 12 Houses

The astrological chart is a 360-degree circle, segmented into 12 houses, each flowing counterclockwise.

Each house or segment symbolizes a distinct aspect of our existence.

Here is a brief overview:

1st House: This house represents the self, appearance, and how you present to the world. It is about your personality and outlook on life.

2nd House: This house relates to personal possessions, material wealth, and your attitudes towards these resources.

3rd House: This house is about communication, short travels, siblings, and early education.

4th House: This house represents home, family, and your emotional foundation. It deals with your roots and ancestry.

5th House: This house is associated with creativity, romance, and hobbies. It's about what brings you joy and pleasure.

6th House: This house deals with daily routines, health, and work. It's about service and practical matters.

7th House: Known as the house of partnerships, this house represents all kinds of close relationships like marriage, business partnerships, and agreements.

8th House: This house is about transformation, shared resources, and intense life experiences. It deals with matters of life, death, and rebirth.

9th House: This house represents higher learning, travel, philosophy, and spirituality. It's about the pursuit of knowledge and broadening your horizons.

10th House: Also known as the Midheaven, this house is about career, reputation, and social standing. It represents your public image and ambitions.

11th House: This house relates to friendship, group activities, and your hopes and dreams. It's about your social network and how you fit into the collective.

12th House: Known as the house of the unconscious, this house represents the unseen, including hidden strengths, weaknesses, and karma. It deals with solitude and spiritual growth.

Understanding Dominant Houses:

Picture your life as a movie: the houses are the various sets or stages, and the planets — the "actors" — play their parts, dictated by the Zodiac signs.


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For instance, a dominant 5th House might suggest strong interests in creativity, entertainment, or romance, revealing a person's natural inclination towards self-expression, such as art, music, or writing, and an ability to entertain others.

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Conversely, a dominant 10th House suggests a focus on career, public image, and social status, indicating a strong drive for success and recognition in their chosen field.

Identifying our Dominant Houses can provide valuable insights into our strengths, weaknesses, desires, and motivations. It highlights the areas of life that may require extra attention or development. By embracing the energies of our Dominant Houses, we can tap into our inherent abilities to achieve personal fulfillment and success.

MatchMachine's Dominant House descriptions are honed to describe those who only have one dominant planet. Some people may have a 2nd and sometimes a 3rd House with comparable power, but our Dominant House descriptions are tailored for those who clearly have only one Dominant House.


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Ben has practiced Astrology for over 35 years and is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) Practitioner.  Ben holds 11 patents for the core functions that all dating sites now use today.  See Ben's Bio for more info.