Astrology is a vast subject that covers the breadth and depth of human experience. What is most popular is what can be easily and personally related such as Sun-sign astrology or relationships. Some subjects are relatively simple and can be enjoyed by many without a great investment of time or contemporary houses. Some astrological subjects take more work and study and a student is born. Still other astrological subjects develop the professional reader, researcher or teacher. Whatever level of understanding you are seeking, there are plenty of astrological subjects to satisfy your intellectual itch.
This article is about mundane astrology, which in itself covers a myriad of subjects. The word “mundane” stems from the Roman word “mundus” or “of the world.” Mundane astrology is all about the world and our place in it such as weather, earth movements, politics, countries, etc. and is more general than personal. To me mundane is about living in the world as it affects a collective. My particular application stemmed from research on the USA as a country and the 43 presidents that have led and/or served this country. This specific use of mundane astrology is termed judicial or political.
To me there are two main topics to study for the political application of mundane astrology, planets and houses. In a previous article I covered the application of planets and in this article I will cover the application of houses. In order to adequately understand and apply the principles of mundane/political astrology you must have established solid comprehension of the basics of natal astrology. This is true of all applications of astrology. First you build your base or core knowledge of planets, signs, houses and aspects and general reading skills. The rest is adaptation and application of those core principles. These principles do not change from technique to technique or application to application. However, the words chosen to describe such application will change. There is a great difference in the words you would choose to describe an individual effect, a relational effect, a corporate effect, a national effect or a world-view effect. For example, Jupiter and what Jupiter represents has an essential nature that will not change, but our word description adapts and changes for each application.
Houses represent the physical arenas of life, our down-to-earth physical experiences. In a natal application houses represent twelve categories of experience such as your physical body (1st), your “stuff” (2nd), your family and home (4th), your job (6th and 10th), your spouse or partner (7th), your friends (11th), to name a few. Politically the houses retain their essence, but the words change to reflect the collective application. For example, instead of the 1st house being the physical body, image and self-projection of an individual, it becomes the collective body, image and self-projection of a country.
To me, mundane astrology is a work in process. Every time I do more research I learn more about the overall principles. That is what fascinates me about astrology; there is always more to learn. For example, as I worked to make the houses understandable for this article, I found additional concepts for the planets in a political application. That is exciting. I get to do more research and I grow. As I study and apply the principles, I also run into questions or issues that are not quite clear. Clarification of such conundrums usually takes time and multiple examples. And I grow. At the moment I am puzzled about where to place the elderly in the mundane house system so I am researching that. Here are the mundane houses from my current best effort.
1st House The nation as a whole – the citizenry, self projection of the collective, how the rest of the world sees the country – the image of the nation, the general condition of the nation, public attention or focus, how the nation responds to provocation or stimulus – the coping skill of a nation. The first and sixth houses also represent health and illness issues for the country with catastrophic illness, pandemic or accident also incorporating eighth house involvement.
2nd House Everything that has to do with money and the economy of that country, national wealth or lack of it, revenue, taxation, all activities and locations of money-making and banking including stocks, bonds trades, minting, commercial affairs, money markets, exchange markets, the assets of the nation. All national financial programs such as Social Security or Medicare as well as entitlement programs such as welfare, emergency funding and federal aid, There is controversy in some of these choices depending on which author’s rules you choose. Just know that this group is the financial core of the country itself but is related to within-the-country financial dealings, To go outside the country and involve other countries is eighth house issues.
3rd House Education in general as an intellectual and informational activity, language, communication and media in general, transportation in general. In particular: disseminating news and information such as magazines, publications, newspapers, literature, periodicals, authors, writing, legislation as written documents or contracts, the postal service, libraries; within the country communication such as telegraphs and telephones, media including radio, television, the use of computers, grass roots communication; within the country transportation such as automobiles and trucks, roads and bridges, railways; close neighbors such as nations with common borders; siblings as in inter-related nations such as England and her colonies. There are serious questions as to whether water travel and/or aviation belong to the third house as well. All transportation belongs here in general, however, it is naturally limited to local or within the country transportation. Transportation issues at a great distance or outside the country falls into the ninth house.