Episode 157 is a solo exhibition in which I discuss the difficult question of which of the twelve houses rules sex in Western astrology.
This is a problematic question as it turns out that Western astrologers have assigned sex to three different houses in different eras over the past 2000 years.
In the Greco-Roman astrological tradition, sex was apparently originally assigned to the 7th house and later moved to the 5th house during the Medieval or Renaissance traditions before finally moving back to the 8th house in the modern era.
The fact that sex has not always been assigned to the 8th house is a relatively recent discovery due to the restoration and translation of older astrological texts over the past few decades, and poses an interesting problem in solving the problem.
While astrologers sometimes assume that the shift in the task has to do with cultural change, one of the things I point out in this discussion is that the shift often seems to be motivated by conceptual changes in the way meanings are made all houses were derived. As a result, this topic becomes a useful entry point for understanding how astrologers developed meanings for all twelve houses in different eras.
Demetra George Retreat in the twelve houses
Some of the statements made in this episode were based in part on research Demetra George has conducted into the design of homes over the past 2000 years.
Demetra is hosting a retreat later this year on the original meaning of the twelve houses for those who wish to delve deeper into the subject:
Third Annual Hellenistic Astrology Retreat: The Twelve Houses
The retreat will be held in Portland, Oregon, from September 27th to October 1st, 2018.
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