It is through this that we are challenged to develop deep, committed relationships with others – with Libra most strongly influencing this. Planets located in this house determine our dealings with other people, influencing how we relate to others, what we value in relationships and what we expect from others.
The house is associated with intimate relationships, dealings with the public, cooperation, equality, awareness of our own identity, agreements and a desire to share close one-on-one interactions.
Planets in the Seventh House
Sun in 7th House. Marriage will add to the financial prosperity but the household will need much through its desire for luxury, comfort and pleasure. When afflicted rivals, both male and female, will cause domestic trouble, and jealousy will create a danger of rupture and separation.
Sun in 7th House also points to a somewhat selfish, authoritative attitude in marriage; if this does not entail domestic quarrels it will be owing to the cheery, pleasant character of the partner who will try to make the house sunny in every respect. To outsiders the couple with this position hide their feelings under a certain formal courtesy which might be taken for indifference.
If there is a Sun-affliction and one partner will not give in to the other, if there is no compromise, the sun will leave married life and partnerships will fail through egoism of the partners.
Moon in 7th House makes the native particularly fit to move in society of very opposite kinds, at one time formal and aristocratic, at another artistically and bohemian.
This position renders somewhat fastidious and undecided in the choice of a partner in life. When well aspected, in many respects the marriage will be happy, but the partner will in spite of his (her) great charm think much of having his (her) personal notions and feelings shared and will therefore cause many changing moods.
When afflicted especially by Mars or Uranus much tact will be wanted to prevent rash separations and alienations.
Mercury in 7th House makes one suppose that relations with intelligent people are most sought; the help meet will also be intelligent. In marriage a cheerful spirit usually prevails, more spiritual than sensual.
When afflicted differences of opinion will occur in ethical, religious or social matters, which will be much discussed; education and morals are also favorite topics. “La critique est aisee” is true here, but it would be a pity for the attacker himself, as well as his object, if his criticism were to overlook things which are really beautiful and instructive. That is why it is well for the native to accustom himself more to listen and appreciate than to attack and demolish. And especially when subjects are concerned for a skirmish of personal judgment.
Venus in 7th House points to the fact that love, affection, partnership will influence lite very greatly.
The native’s feelings are strong and faithful, sincere and devoted; meanness is much despised. The object of affection is made much of, the partner admired and respected.
If Venus is afflicted there will be difficulties and disappointments in the above-mentioned matters, resulting in a withdrawal of feeling. This is however not the way to enrich and intensify one’s inner life; for that purpose our love has to increase, to grow wider and more pure from selfish motives. As a rule whatever is hardest for us is precisely that which is best for us. Thus in this case when the native draws back too soon having experienced disappointment, the lesson of life will be: to give oneself for the weal of others, to open oneself to their sorrows, to give generously and plentifully, without caring for gratitude, or enquiring whether the others are sufficiently pleased with what we have done or said. If we can do that, sacrifice ourselves in love for others not only for another who is especially dear to us then this will enrich us inwardly to such an extent that the unkindness or ingratitude of others cannot in the least affect our feeling.
Mars in 7th house is a token of much passionate affection but at the same time of much strife and opposition, particularly with those for whom the most affection is cherished. The feelings are extremely vulnerable and when once though it may be only in imagination and not in reality the feelings are hurt, the attitude becomes combative, irritable, sarcastic and quasi-indifferent, which usually makes matters worse.
If well aspected everything will soon be smoothed over again, but if afflicted the breach which, was at first imaginary becomes real to the grief of both parties concerned. It is therefore advisable to think as little as possible of oneself and to try and imagine the other’s feelings. This is of course a difficult lesson for passionate Mars, the more so as the native’s choleric character may result in some degree of rancor and revengefulness. Much love, real self-less love will be necessary to mollify the influence of Mars. And not until then will the “fire” no longer scorch, but warm beneficently.
Jupiter in 7th House. Religious, social and moral ideas are very pure, and prominent. Thus placed Jupiter usually is a sign of pleasant reciprocity between the native and the world; and especially of a happy marriage. This will probably rise to a higher level than is the case with most marriages, husband (wife) will be inspired with the same ideals as the native, so that both inwardly and outwardly much happiness may result.
Many pleasant, intimate connections, which, although not always visible to others, are lasting, will have a very helpful influence on the native’s spiritual life.
Afflictions render marriage troubled through callousness, pride, self-will, wastefulness, in fact conflict between the higher and lower nature according to the planet aspecting inharmoniously. The date for the wedding is often postponed, possibly even put off altogether, owing to doubt as to the partner’s trustworthiness. When and if in the end the couple are married, much trouble will be caused by the partner’s laziness and egoism.
We starve each other for love’s caress;
We take, but we do not give;
It seems so easy some soul to bless,
But we dole the love grudgingly, less and less
Till ’t is bitter and hard to live.
Saturn in 7th House. An indication of many hindrances and troubles in intercourse with intimate acquaintances. An opposition aspect presupposes that again and again a pleasant understanding will come to a sudden end, while no possibility seems to exist of later conciliation or renewal. Disappointment in an ideal causes a lasting feeling of distrust and suspicion through which many possible openings for valuable relations of friendship pass by unnoticed and unused.
Saturn here somewhat hinders married life. For various reasons the wedding will more than once be postponed. Affliction renders it very difficult for the native to find the right person or to enter into a close relationship with him. If, however, love of another enables the native to conquer the egoism natural to Saturn by the magnanimity of soul also characteristic of Saturn, the tie will be more pure and strong and able to render others happier than might at first be expected. Saturn is excited in Libra, and this is Libra’s house. With favorable directions an older partner who is practically inclined will be the one chosen.
For a person with a similar Saturn position nothing is so bad as to sit idle and talk about himself and his own feelings, emotions and thoughts. We, humans, must act, act according to the best of our knowledge, and if we are not willing to do so, others will do it for us and by means of us – which puts us years back. We can always do more than we think we can, if only we try honestly!
Uranus in 7th House gives platonic ideas regarding marriage. The native wishes marriage relations to be more idealistic than the reality usually is or than the social relations of the day allow. A person who has this position of Uranus is not easily understood by a partner. This position often causes jealousy and slander or pharisaical criticism of the ordinary commonplace man who cannot follow a Uranus type with his crazes. A divorce followed by a continuance of comrade like intercourse is beyond the comprehension of the “sensuous” man. When there is a difference of opinion or something for which they have gone to law Uranus will lose his case before the earthly judge, but feel fully justified before the Heavenly Judge. But as so little reliance can be placed on Uranus’ impulses, it is advisable for the native to keep as much as possible current ideas rather than to walk on thin ice.
Uranus presupposes a very large circle of acquaintances. The intimates however will often vary, since great estrangement may arise from trifles and yet again and again comrades are wished for. The native’s own irritability is usually the cause of difference unless it be a kind of fear that he may not receive as much affection as he is conscious of giving. In this way sometime friends may turn into enemies, an end which might have been avoided. Here the best advice is ‘Do well and never mind the consequences’.
Marriage is often looked upon as too great a limitation and therefore banished from thought.
Neptune in 7th House indicates very lofty, ideal connections of soul, affections of a platonic nature, friendly relations with artists, mystics etc. things which might affect much that is good and noble, but that – when afflicted easily turn into a less desirable direction.
The native should demand more of his “intimate” friends. He must not be too indigent towards them, nor too ready to “sacrifice” himself, since there by he might do violence to his own inner nature. Neptune in 7th house inclines him to sacrifice himself, even for those who are not altogether “worthy”, so that it will be well for him to cultivate independence of character and ambition in order to be able to control this tendency and to remain himself. Pity or unbounded admiration usually form the basis of love, and the person for whom that love is felt, is probably someone who is physically not quite normal or healthy, or lower in rank or standing or one who possesses very strange talents.
When afflicted this position makes indeed high demands on the native’s morality. His soul will only be free, when it has strength enough to limit itself where necessary. In other words the constraining power of an inner sincerity should conquer instinctive tendencies.
Neptune and Uranus are planets to whose vibrations this earth finds it hard to respond – even when they form good aspects. – A crystal bowl is beautiful and precious, but it a child handles it there may be serious results.
In order to really profit by their influence, the native’s inner nature should be brought into complete concordance with it (the child should learn to realize the value of the bowl), the mind be opened to it; the lower self will then withdraw to the background or disappear altogether. Not until then can these planets exercise their full power and bring utter harmony also into earthly circumstances.