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Introducing HoraryIdentifying SignificatorsTraditional Sign RulershipsHouses in HoraryMiscellaneous TermsTurning the Chart
Planetary Joys
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Learning Horary Astrology - free online tutorials written by Deborah Houlding

Planetary Joys

The 'planetary joys' are the houses that each planet most enjoys to be in.

This is a traditional arrangement for the seven visible planets which associates the planets with the houses most suited to their natural expression. Thus Venus 'rejoices' in the 5th house of love affairs and procreation and its influence is strengthened by its location in a house that is fundamentally suitable to its character. Generous, benefic Jupiter rejoices in the 11th house of 'good fortune, benefactors and friends' and when placed there it can be considered particularly strong. Mercury rejoices in the first house where it can have a marked effect upon the intellect and the ability to express oneself with eloquence. The Moon, the traditional significator of messages, messengers and writers, rejoices in the 3rd house which naturally governs those issues. The Sun, traditionally associated with prophecy, divination and the exposure of truth, rejoices in the 9th house of counsel, divination, guidance and religion. Malefic Saturn rejoices in the baleful 12th house, which supports its theme of limitation; and Mars rejoices in the 6th house which is generally held to be unfortunate and oppressive through its connotations of illness and burdensome tasks.

Planet Joy
Mercury 1st
Moon 3rd
Venus 5th
Mars 6th
Sun 9th
Jupiter 11th
Saturn 12th
Planetary joys

The use of planetary joys is very ancient - it was a prominent consideration in classical astrology and has remained a pertinent factor throughout traditional texts. There is good reason to believe that some house meanings have developed as a result of the strong association between the planets and their houses of joy. Manilius referred to a planet in its house of joy as being in its temple, illustrating the very deep and profound relationship that exists between the house and its associated planet.

Planetary joys are an important consideration in horary as a dignifying factor that points to an emphasised effect. Take some time to reflect upon them and commit them to memory. The test below can be used as a study aid - if it doesn't appear this is because you are using an old or unusual browser, in which case try refreshing the page or launching the test in a separate window.

When you are confident in your knowledge of planetary joys take the assignment below before proceeding to the final section of this part of the course.


Read chapter five (Planetary Joys: The 5th/11th House Axis) of The Houses: Temples of the Sky.

This chapter discusses how planetary joys have contributed to our understanding of the rulerships of the 5th house and 11th house and also introduces the concept of planetary sect. Don't be too alarmed if you find it difficult to follow all the arguments perfectly at this stage, since new concepts are being introduced that take time to settle. Planetary sect will be covered in more detail in the next part of the course.

The main benefit of reading this chapter is that it will help to solidify your knowledge of practical rulerships concerning the 5th and 11th house axis. After you have read through the chapter and reviewed the ancient and traditional associations of those houses, study the pages that outline their practical significations:

Rulerships of the 5th house

Rulerships of the 11th house

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Horary Astrology