The Astrology Lab

The 8th house in astrology: The monster hiding under your bed. (It’s you)

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The 8th house is home to the heaviest feelings, the darkest desires, and a very irrational, subjective state of mind. It’s where we find some of our most powerful, all-consuming emotions and drives. If I had to describe the 8th house musically, it would be comparable to Meg Myer’s “Desire” or Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# minor (Op 3, No 2). It’s when your blood is simmering beneath your skin, from anger, from betrayal, and you start fantasizing about your plan of revenge. It’s when we’re so deeply depressed, we consider the worst alternative. When we’re passionate. When we obsess over a person, an outcome, an idea. We all have the 8th house in our charts, but those with significant planets or the nodes in the 8th house will feel the intensity more than others.

The 8th house correlates astrologically with the sign of Scorpio or Pluto. So imagine that Plutonic energy wrapped up in a tiny sliver of your natal chart, and anything that lands in that house immediately plunges straight to the depths and lives there. Planets in the 8th house have emotional depth unseen to the eye, unseen to probably 99% of people that the 8th house person interacts with on a daily basis. It is a private house, the most secretive of all 12, and yes: 8th house people can keep a secret better than anyone else. Sometimes, even from themselves. Those with significant planets/luminaries in the 8th house are either very comfortable with their darkness or running from it. Ultimately, the goal is to integrate those darker aspects of self with the rest of you. You can’t be at war with yourself forever. Accepting those urges and emotions is where it all starts, and often this entire process is triggered by some sort of traumatic relationship or event.

If you meet someone with planets in the 8th house, chances are you don’t know them as well as you think. There will always be aspects of their personality that are completely private, known only to themselves or to a handful. But they do have a distinct, mysterious allure. You keep peeling away layers but can’t quite reach the core. Many 8th house individuals struggle with issues trusting and being vulnerable in relationships. When the trust of an 8th house individual is broken, they might struggle to forgive. And they’ll never forget. Fool me once, shame on you; that’s the only chance you get. Scorpionic personalities are not known for their forgiving nature. They’re known for their sting. Often 8th house personalities can get in their own way, over-analyze, obsess (no, really, obsess) far beyond the point of self-destructiveness. They’re curious about the depths of others, and sometimes even project their own nature onto those outside themselves. There could possibly be some interest in psychology and understanding the motivations of others. The individual’s maturity level depends on how conflicted the planets are falling in the 8th house and what life experiences have taught them. If a conflicted moon, squared by multiple planets for example, that 8th house moon may be considerably more self-destructive than one with trines, sextiles, and no hard aspects to it. Generally with age comes wisdom and integration of 8th house energies with those not so dense. 8th house individuals make loyal friends, accepting therapists, intense lovers, and some of the most ruthless opponents you’ll ever meet. If you get on their bad side, anyway. I wouldn’t suggest that.

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