The 7th House: The House of Relationships

The twelve houses acts as fields of experiences for the planets to express their significations. 7th House themes include:

  • Intimate Relationships
  • Business Partnerships
  • Marriage
  • Frenemies
  • Clients and customers
Photograph taken by Marlena Benedicto of Fernando and me in 2006 in Guanajuato, Mexico

In houses 1-6, we explore the self. We begin with our core identity in the first, our resources in the second, our conditioning and local environment in the third, roots and family in the fourth, our need to express and shine in the fifth, and optimizing our daily routines in the sixth. Once we cross over into the seventh, the focus shifts from ourselves to the other.

When John Donne penned “No Man is an Island”, he was making a 7th House statement. Here is where we find all kinds of relationships—business, legal, small groups, significant others, marriage, clients—and the contracts, conflicts and benefits that go with them. Interestingly, friendships belong in the 11th House, not the 7th.

Planets in the 7th

We can look to the sign on the 7th to see the kind of people you attract in your life and also your approach towards relationships. I’ll speak more to this in the column below. Planets in the 7th express themselves through relationships. For instance, Uranus in the 7th requires a lot of space and freedom in relationships. Mars in the 7th can point to conflict on one end and inspired action on the other. I’ve had more than a few clients with Mars in the 7th who married someone in the military, police force or fire department.


When planets transit through the 7th House, we experience their significations as well. Jupiter might bring us more clients. Since the 7th is our significant other, sometimes a Jupiter transit brings benefits to the partner. When Mars transits through the 7th, we might find ourselves getting into arguments and stirring up the dust a bit. On the other hand, we could be motivated to put more energy into cultivating our relationships, both business and personal.

We can look at our Solar Return chart to see energies available for our year: if our 7th House has a number of planets in it, this part of our life will be busier than usual.  Even if you don’t have any planets in the 7th House, transits and Solar Return placements will activate this area. In addition, whenever the ruler of the 7th is activated by transit or progression, you’ll see the impact in your relationships.