The Astrological Houses

Bruno & Louise Huber 1998 116pp

Reviewed by Brenda Bolton

This book offers real insight into the significance of the houses in the birth chart. It shows the chart as a dynamic pattern, an instrument of growth, in which we all have free will to use or not as we choose. Each person can see his strengths and weaknesses and the way to use his potential. The houses comprise the outermost layer of the birth chart, and it is here where the individual meets his world and interacts with it as he lives his life. The house level is the person's world in a practical sense and we can see what interests him and how he behaves. We can tell from the birth chart what effect he has on his environment, and also how people react to him and his actions. This interaction enables him to reassess his behaviour and learn and grow, and from the position of the planets within the houses we can see how this is likely to happen.

The book is written from the Hubers' holistic approach to the chart, stressing that each part should be considered in relation to the whole. First they explain the five levels from the inner core to the outer world of the houses. By looking at the grouping of planets, first in the hemispheres, then the quadrants and finally the houses, we get a feel of the chart as a whole, and the issues the person is dealing with. This is dealt with in the first part of the book. The Hubers then describe the different zones within the houses and how behaviour is modified by position of the planets within each house.

In the second part of the book we are also introduced to the concept of the axes crosses, and what tensions here means for the individual. We see that oppositions or imbalance of energy across an axis can cause conflict that needs to be resolved. The idea of a third choice, not just either/or but an alternative, to break the deadlock of the tension, is reflected throughout the Hubers' work. If we are stuck in a situation and there seems no way out, we are helped by an alternative way of seeing the situation. This is a powerful tool for growth, both through understanding our own chart, and for helping others who seek guidance, by offering them a fresh way of approaching their dilemma. The exciting aspect of this method is seeing the chart as a dynamic rather than a fatalistic picture of the individual's reality. He has the power to direct his own life and effect changes. Life is not set in stone, where we carry on reacting in the same old way, but through examining the way others react to us, and reflecting on it, we are free to make choices about our outlook and behaviour.