Today, 8th house lord sitting in 1st house.
So first of all, let's see what 1st house/Ascendant and 8th house represent -
1st house/Ascendant is your self, physique, personality, overall health, life path and head in human body etc.
8th house is house of secrecy, occult knowledge, longevity, transformation, death and re-birth, In laws family, joint wealth with spouse, serving other people needs etc.
Now, what does it mean to have 8th house lord sitting in 1st house?
It means the planet which rules/controls/owns the 8th house of your horoscope is sitting in the 1st house/Ascendant of horoscope.
Now, what is the impact of having 8th house lord sitting in 1st house?
Its generic interpretation is that it basically shows that this person deals with lots of secret matters. His whole life becomes dealing with secrecy. So, people from Spy, Detectives to Occultists are seen from this position. As 8th house is considered as most malefic, it is one of the positions people are scared of but that malefic impact only comes with malefic planets in wrong dignity. One chart which easily comes into mind is of Indira Gandhi and being a PM of India at such a tumultuous times, she was certainly dealing with lots of secret matters. Here, the whole personality becomes so secretive that people actually get attracted to the native. With malefic planet involved, it also shows person's life path is full of upheavals and ups/downs.
Now, results may be different due to aspect, conjunctions of other planets or the planet being Retrograde or Combust. Moreover, now we also need to check the strength of 1st house lord as 8th house lord is going in 1st house. So again, Overall Chart Reading is important.
So, let's see how different planets will behave differently as 8th house Lord in 1st house.
Sun - Suppose it is a Capricorn Ascendant chart and Sun rules the 8th house with Leo sign and sits in the 1st house in the sign of Capricorn. Sun is Govt and Capricorn is Govt, so it is very much a Govt Officer who deals with lots of secret matters of Govt. He can be working as Govt Spy in other countries too. This person seeks to be authoritative. As Sun also represents Father and Capricorn is an enemy sign, it shows that person has limited and stressful association with Father. It shows lots of sudden events impacting his or father's health or both. Again, any other yoga or dasha can change the scenario totally.
Moon - So it is Sagittarius Ascendant Chart and Moon rules the 8th house with Cancer sign and sits in 1st house in Sagittarius. Moon is mind. So, here mind gets completely inclined towards research in matters of Occult, Mysticism and Higher Knowledge. In this case, sudden events and upheavals are coming to native's mind or mother but as Moon is in a friendly sign, native will be able to deal with same. They will be highly research oriented. Mother might be a Professor or Teacher. They are all about reading Ancient Texts, Religious Matters.
Mars - Mars can be 8th house ruler through its two signs. So, let's take both one after the other.
Virgo Ascendant - So if it is Virgo Ascendant, Mars rules 8th & 3rd house and sits in 1st house in Virgo sign. These people will be highly analytical and detailed oriented. They will be forceful and even aggressive in their communication. As Virgo is sign of Healing, it shows someone working in Emergency Medical Services, as 8th house is house of Emergencies. These people demand perfection and when they don't get it from other people, their mind goes all over the place. They can be short tempered too as Mars is not in good dignity in 1st house which represents Head. Also suggests that native went through some accidents related with Head. Again, any other yoga or dasha can change the scenario totally.
Aries Ascendant - Now if it is Aries Ascendant, Mars rules 8th & 1st house and sits in 1st house in Aries sign. This is much better position as Mars is in its own sign. This shows a person who goes through lots of turbulent events in his life but comes out as winner every time. This is a person who will always assert his individuality, i.e. if he has any logical opinion then he will never step back from putting it forward. This shows a Doctor/Surgeon who helps people in urgency, specially if Mars is in Ashwini Nakshatra. Over all, a very positive placement. A person of extremely high self confidence and strongest of will power.
Mercury - Mercury also can be 8th house ruler through its two signs. So, let's take both one after the other.
Scorpio Ascendant - If it is Scorpio Ascendant, Mercury rules 8th & 11th houses and sits in 1st house in Scorpio. This is very much an occultist or to be specific an Astrologer. Mercury is karaka of Astrology, Scorpio is sign of Occult and 8th house is house of Occult. So, this person is very much an Astrologer. He can collect huge amount of information in his brain, extremely sharp memory and great decision making skills. The basic difference here is that in all other scenarios of this placement, person is dealing with lots of secrets and keeping it with him. Here, person will communicate those secrets to world, just what an Astrologer does. It is real good position to be an occultist.
Aquarius Ascendant - If it is Aquarius Ascendant, then Mercury rules 5th and 8th house and sits in 1st house in Aquarius. This is a position where person can be working as an Accountant, Analyst or Auditor in Govt or Pvt Organizations. 8th house also deals with Taxes, Virgo is sign of Analysis and Details, Mercury is natural counselor. So, this position shows a Tax Consultant but as Aquarius is sign of Large Organizations, it generally shows someone working as Govt Auditor or in MNCs etc.
Venus - Venus also can be 8th house ruler through its two signs. So, let's take both one after the other.
Libra Ascendant - If it is Libra Ascendant, Venus rules 8th & 1st house and sits in 1st house in Libra sign. As Venus is in its own sign, it shows someone who has very attractive and magnetic personality. Due to secrecy they keep with themselves, they become attractive to other people and people naturally become attracted towards them. These are the people who love discussing secret matters and deal in secret ways. They might be having a love matter about which none knows. Their wealth may be coming from secret sources. Person will gain a lot from in-laws and other people money.
Pisces Ascendant - If it is Pisces Ascendant, Venus rules 3rd & 8th house and sits in 1st house in Pisces, where it is exalted. Now, this is even better situation as Venus is exalted here. We can expand the results given in earlier paragraph manifold as Venus is in highest dignity. Only thing which is wrong attached with exalted Venus is that it denotes spiritual love. So, these people look for a Devotional Partner like Radha and Krishna, who don't exist anymore. It is very hard for them to face this reality and hence they feel that they are in wrong relations and next partner may be that devotional one and hence search goes on. If they face this reality about being practical in relation then this is one of the best positions.
Jupiter - Jupiter also can be 8th house ruler through its two signs. So, let's take both one after the other.
Taurus Ascendant - If it is Taurus Ascendant, Jupiter rules 8th & 11th house and sits in 1st house in Taurus Sign. This is another position where person is coming with tonnes of Occult information and counselling people. As Jupiter represents Counselors, this position shows someone who has lots of Wisdom about 8th house related matters and who can counsel people as an Astrologer, Holistic Healer, Tantra Practitioner, Reiki Master and help them resolving their problems. As Jupiter is in enemy's sign, it takes sometime for person to find this life path but in 30s realization comes. This also shows benefits from in-laws and other people coming to native.
Leo Ascendant - If it is Leo Ascendant, Jupiter rules 5th & 8th house and sits in 1st house in Leo. This is much better position as Jupiter is in sign of its best friend Sun. This shows a Spiritual person who looks at occult matters in a spiritual way and gains authority in world by counselling people over these matters. As Mercury and Jupiter represents Counselors, these planets represent someone who communicates the secrets to world whereas in case of other planets, person keeps the secrets to himself. This position can give authority in the field of Spirituality and Teaching about Occult. This can also bring great wealth from in-laws and other people.
Saturn - Saturn also can be 8th house ruler through its two signs.
In either sign (Capricorn/Aquarius) as 8th house lord, Saturn in 1st house (for Gemini/Cancer Ascendants respectively) shows that person deals with lots of ups/downs and upheavals in life, specially in Saturn MD. Life Path is about dealing with Secret Matters and as Saturn represents Law & Order, it shows someone dealing with lots of secrets of Govt. As Saturn aspects 7th house, Marriage should be delayed and person will get a spouse who will bring responsibility, serious outlook and focus in person's life. Here relationship is not about Bollywood Romance but real serious stuff like burdens of marriage. Romance takes a back seat here. He will have to go through lots of hardships in finding his right life path. He will get success only when he puts his best effort. Normally, they get success only after mid 30s. They always have this sense of under achievement in their life. In this position, person has a very serious outlook towards life. They always want to be in discipline and keep everyone in order. They are not one of those fun loving people. Life becomes easier after 30. .
Rahu - If Rahu is 8th house Lord through its sign Aquarius, as it co-rules Aquarius along with Saturn, and sits in 1st house in Cancer then 1st of all we need to make sure of Saturn's position as it is the main ruler. Rahu in Cancer in 1st house will transform Rahu as Moon as Rahu changes its nature as per the lord of sign it is placed in. At the same time, Rahu's basic nature of being insatiable will remain there. Rahu in Cancer in Ascendant basically indicates that this person is highly emotional. They don't know how to control their emotions and hence when they are happy, they are on Moon and when they are sad, they will cry like small babies. As Rahu also represents illusion, this shows a person who has a very illusive personality. You can never know truth about this person, as actually they themselves don't know about themselves. They may be too much involved in Service to others but even there, there may be a hidden agenda. This also shows that sudden chaotic events disrupts their life path continuously till person attains mid 30s at least. Again, any other yoga or dasha can change the scenario totally.
Ketu - Likewise, If Ketu is 8th house Lord through its sign Scorpio, as it co-rules Scorpio along with Mars, and sits in 1st house in Aries then 1st of all we need to make sure of Mars' position as it is the main ruler. As Ketu isolates/separates a person from the things related to the house Ketu is sitting, here it actually separates person from himself, which means these people have lack of self-value or self-worth. They feel that other people are more blessed than them. They need a mentor on daily basis to remind them how blessed they are. At the same time, it shows someone who is a master mystic and who has high intuition powers. It is so important for them to do meditation to reach their true life path.
Hope this covers maximum points and is helpful.
Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer.
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