An in-depth guide to 7th House astrology and what it reveals about your relationships, partnerships and more
The seventh house is commonly known as the house of relationships as it covers business and personal relationships. You might also see it referred to as the “house of marriage” or the “house of open enemies.”
The 7th House’s Natural Planetary Ruler and Astrology Sign: Libra and Venus
Characteristics of the Seventh House
While the 6th House describes how you work, the 7th House reveals how you interact with people close to you and the public in general. But it isn’t just about your friends and strangers, it also covers your rivals and adversaries. Thus, it isn’t a surprise that in astrology, the 7th House also covers lawsuits, contracts, and negotiations.
The 7th House also brings us to your Descendant. Your Descendant is the cusp of the 7th House and located opposite your Ascendant in your Astrology chart.
Your Descendant is about your awareness of others. It describes how you approach relationships and what you want in a partner.
As you can imagine, the more signs and planets you have in the 7th House, the more things you are looking for in a partner. It can lead to confusion as it may cause you to look for contradictory qualities in a partner. For example, if you have both Saturn and Uranus in your 7th House, you might want someone who is stable (Saturn) and unpredictable (Uranus) – two qualities that don’t often go hand-in-hand. It might cause you to bounce around from person to person, trying to find what you seek. It might cause you to remain with one person, but have an affair. Depending on your commitment to self-growth, it might cause you to remain with one person while developing within yourself the stability or unpredictability that you need, but your partner lacks.
But the 7th House goes beyond telling you what you want in a partner. It also explains what your relationship might be like – will it be love at first sight, calm or tempestuous, long-lasting or one relationship of many…
The legal system and agreements also come under the domain of the 7th House, particularly how you will fair in them. It’s only natural as this house begins to establish your awareness of others in the world, unlike the previous houses that revealed how aware you were of yourself.
When you begin to interact with others and society at large, rules of behavior and the legal system begin to have a play. It brings up the balance of Libra, the natural ruler of the 7th House, to see how you balance your individual desires (1st House) against those of society (7th House) Thus, the planets and signs in the seventh house show how you will fair in lawsuits and contracts.
Questions Answered by 7th House Astrology
- What are you looking for in a romantic partner?
- What will your romantic relationships be like?
- What qualities do you have that you have difficulty accepting?
- How will you fair in lawsuits and contracts?
- How do you interact with society?
- What might your rivals be like?
- What kind of enemies might you make?
- What qualities do you need to develop that you expect your partner to fulfill in order for you to feel complete and whole?
Examples of How Seventh House Astrology Works
If you have Aquarius in your 7th House, you may be attracted to a partner who reflects the qualities of Aquarius: someone who is unconventional, intellectual, focused on the future, and likes to have space. You value your independence in relationships, but you may have a tendency to be controlling. You don’t want to deal with a lot of emotional issues. Friendship is often the basis of your romantic relationships. Your ideal relationship may not be a traditional marriage.
If you have Taurus in your 7th House, you may be attracted to a partner with the qualities of Taurus: someone who is committed, sensual, calming and hard-working. You’re not looking for someone who is high maintenance or needy. You may not stay with the first person you meet, preferring to take your time to find the right person, but once you find them, you probably won’t leave, no matter what problems may arise. Thus, it’s important for you to find someone who is willing to work through issues and stay through thick and thin. A traditional marriage might make you happiest.