Author: Alison Price   –   Published: March 2024

Chart Ruler and Chart Overlays

Planets as the Chart Ruler

The chart ruler is the planet which rules the sign on the Ascendant. As the Earth rotates every planet gets to rule a chart as its own sign takes up the Ascendant position. When a particular sign is on the Ascendant, we can see that the signs will be on the other house cusps in sequence. Each sign lies on a house cups in order but not if there are intercepted signs.

 

Chart Overlay

A chart overlay will indicate that certain signs will be on the house cusps and we can discuss them in relation to the chart ruler. When the chart ruler is in the different houses its drive is modified in line with the house. Very often the meaning of this planet by its placement and complex is the main thrust of a person’s life.

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Intercepted Signs

If you use Placidus cusps, or some of the other houses systems, you may have an intercepted sign. An intercepted sign is a sign that is fully engulfed in a house. The intercepted sign will not lie over a house cusp. An intercepted sign’s planetary ruler, (the planet that rules the sign), may not have a house to rule. This makes the planet weaker.

Intercepted sign come in pairs. There will either be two intercepted signs or none.

 

House Rulers

Always check which sign is on the cusp of each house and adjust your interpretations accordingly. For example if Libra has no house cusp then typically Scorpio may have two house cusps in a row.

 

David Bowie: Virgo and Pisces Intercepted

In the birth chart for David Bowie shown below, it has Virgo and Pisces as intercepted signs. Note the intercepted signs are a pairs of opposite signs.

 

Virgo Intercepted

Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, has no Virgo houses to rule. However, Mercury still rules the 4th and 5th houses through its rulership of Gemini.

 

Pisces Intercepted

However, Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces, has no house to rule. This makes Neptune slightly weaker in this chart.

 

Consecutive Houses Same Sign

In Bowie’s birth chart, the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius (opposite pairs) are on two consecutive houses.

Gemini is on the 5th and 6th houses. So Mercury rules the Gemini house (and not the Virgo houses because there are none).

Sagittarius is on the 10th and 11th houses. This indicates that Jupiter has more influence through Sagittarius being on two house cusps.

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Luminaries Signs Intercepted

If the intercepted sign is Cancer or Leo it means that the Moon or the Sun do not have houses to rule. This makes them weaker which is unfortunate but typically another planet will step forward as the most influential in the chart.

 

Sylvester Stallone: Cancer Intercepted

In the birth chart for Sylvester Stallone shown below, it has Cancer and Capricorn as intercepted signs. Note the intercepted signs are a pairs of opposite signs.

 

Cancer Intercepted

The Moon as the ruler of Cancer has no house to rule! This make the Moon weaker in this chart.

Additionally, all planets in Cancer (the intercepted sign), that is the Sun and Saturn, will take step backwards as well and they will struggle to be prominent in his chart both natally and by transit.

By the way the Moon is the most elevated planet (nearest to the Midheaven), so this is a slightly redeeming factor for the Moon.

 

Capricorn Intercepted

Saturn the ruler of Capricorn, as the traditional ruler of Aquarius still rules the 2nd house. So Saturn does have a house to rule but not through Capricorn only through Aquarius.

 

Consecutive Houses Same Sign

In Stallone’s birth chart, the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius (opposite pairs) are on two consecutive houses.

Gemini is on the 6th and 7th house cusps and Sagittarius is on the 1st and 12th house cusps. This indicates that both Mercury and Jupiter will have influence through Gemini and Sagittarius. 

 

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The Chart Ruler in the Houses

First House

When the chart ruler is in the first house you are the embodiment of the ruling planet. This is a very strong position for the chart ruler.

Second House

When the chart ruler is in the second house you want to go through life by using your own resources and talents. You love to rely on yourself and do things for yourself.

Third House

When the chart ruler is in the third house you want to communicate exactly who you are to others. You can be a conduit for information.

Fourth House

When the chart ruler is in the fourth house you are a product of your family and parents. You want to go from whence you came and create yourself a better future.

Fifth House

When the chart ruler is in the fifth house your creative drive is tantamount to your existence. You enjoy life to the full.

Sixth House

When the chart ruler is in the sixth house you pursue self-improvement of your skills and talents through the nature of the ruling planet. A workaholic.

Seventh House

When the chart ruler is in the seventh house you see yourself through the partners you choose. You may dominate your relationships.

Eighth House

When the chart ruler is in the eighth house you have the urge to transform your life through change and renewal. You will take extreme measures to get there.

Ninth House

When the chart ruler is in the ninth house you want to expand yourself through education and understanding of the larger issues in life. The journey is all with this placement.

Tenth House

When the chart ruler is in the tenth house you strive to establish yourself in the world and will focus on this against all odds. You micro manage.

Eleventh House

When the chart ruler is in the eleventh house you want to be an individual in a group with many connections and use the internet.

Twelfth House

When the chart ruler is in the twelfth house you tend to live alone or apart from the rest of humanity. You seek solace in privacy. This is a weak placement for the chart ruler.

The Sun as Chart Ruler

The Sun is the chart ruler when Leo is on the Ascendant. This is a super duper power position for the Sun and no other planet will be able to dominate it unless the Sun is retrograde. laughing

 

Leo Overlay

When the First house cusp is Leo, you present yourself in a dramatic way.

When the Second house cusp is Virgo, you are careful with pennies but not so much the big money.

When the Third house cusp Libra, you see school as even handed and fair.

When the Fourth house cusp Scorpio, you keep your home life private.

When the Fifth house cusp Sagittarius, you have a broad creative life with many projects on the go.

When the Sixth house cusp Capricorn, your work ethic is good, arrives on time and is a good employee.

When the Seventh house cusp Aquarius, you marry an unlikely person.

When the Eight house cusp Pisces, you have sympathy for those who have passed over.

When the Ninth house cusp Aries, you may decide to travel on a whim.

When the Tenth house cusp Taurus, you can achieve a solid career path in a traditional field.

When the Eleventh house cusp Gemini, you have a variety of friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp Cancer, you take care of your imagination.

The Moon as Chart Ruler

The Moon is the chart ruler when Cancer is on the Ascendant. This is a very good situation for the Moon.

The Moon may dominate the chart and the only other planet likely to give it a run for its money is the Sun. Whether the Sun can outshine the Moon will depend on the Sun’s position, the lunar phase and any eclipses in the chart.

Cancer Overlay

When the First house cusp is Cancer, you are soft and round looking.

When the Second house cusp is Leo, you spends on gifts for others.

When the Third house cusp is Virgo, you love school and reading.

When the Fourth house cusp Libra, you have a beautiful and tranquil home.

When the Fifth house cusp is Scorpio, you love dating and the opposite sex.

When the Sixth house cusp is Sagittarius, you work overseas, and may hitchhike for jobs.

When the Seventh house cusp is Capricorn, you marry up and well if not for love.

When the Eighth house cusp is Aquarius, you can be experimental in the bedroom.

When the Ninth house cusp is Pisces, your religion, faith and prayer is important.

When the Tenth house cusp is Aries, it is the sign of the entrepreneur.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Taurus, you have a steady group of friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Gemini, you read in bed at night before sleep.

Mercury as Chart Ruler

Mercury is the chart ruler when Gemini or Virgo is on the Ascendant.

Gemini Overlay

When the First house cusp is Gemini, you always looks different and has many looks.

When the Second house cusp is Cancer, you are a good saver. Takes care of the money.

When the Third house cusp is Leo, you have tantrums when at school.

When the Fourth house cusp is Virgo, you generally have a clean home if a bit cold.

When the Fifth house cusp is Libra, you love romance and falling in love.

When the Sixth house cusp is Scorpio, your daily rituals sooth any demons.

When the Seventh house cusp is Sagittarius, you are likely to marry a foreigner.

When the Eight house cusp is Capricorn, your debt is curtailed. Lives a long life.

When the Ninth house cusp is Aquarius, you love travelling alone.

When the Tenth house cusp is Pisces, you are attracted to a career in the arts or support services.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Aries, you like male friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Taurus, you have little imagination.

Virgo Overlay

When the First house cusp is Virgo, you have a well-coordinated look.

When the Second house cusp is Libra, you spend on beautiful things.

When the Third house cusp is Scorpio, you stays in local neighborhood.

When the Fourth house cusp is Sagittarius, you like a rambling home and may have a separated family.

When the Fifth house cusp is Capricorn, you fall in loves for life. Lost loves can hurt.

When the Sixth house cusp Aquarius, you are an intellectual employee.

When the Seventh house cusp Pisces, you marry someone, who has a dream.

When the Eight house cusp is Aries, you have an active sex life.

When the Ninth house cusp is Taurus, you are an armchair traveler.

When the Tenth house cusp is Gemini, you are attracted to a career in communications.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Cancer. your family are your friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Leo, you have subtle private drama in your life.

Venus as Chart Ruler

Venus is the chart ruler when Taurus or Libra is on the Ascendant.

Taurus Overlay

When the First house cusp is Taurus, you project a calm demeanour.

When the Second house cusp is Gemini, you attracts a variety of income streams.

When the Third house cusp is Cancer, you are happy to remain in the local neighborhood as home.

When the Fourth house cusp is Leo, your home has an impressive front door.

When the Fifth house cusp is Virgo, you can be critical of dates.

When the Sixth house cusp is Libra, you require a balanced work/home life.

When the Seventh house cusp is Scorpio, you makes deep connections with spouse.

When the Eight house cusp is Sagittarius, your debts can get out of hand and run away.

When the Ninth house cusp is Capricorn, you achieve higher education.

When the Tenth house cusp is Aquarius, you want to be known as a humanitarian.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Pisces, your associates are many and varied.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Aries, you may drive at night to clear the head.

Libra Overlay

When the First house cusp is Libra, you have beautiful or handsome features.

When the Second house cusp is Scorpio, you value others dedicated support.

When the Third house cusp is Sagittarius, you find that school is an adventure.

When the Fourth house cusp is Capricorn, your home has cool and crisp interior design. 

When the Fifth house cusp is Aquarius, you loves spontaneity.

When the Sixth house cusp is Pisces, you believe their work is important. 

When the Seventh house cusp is Aries, you marry in haste, repents at leisure.

When the Eighth house cusp is Taurus, you understand the importance of stability.

When the Ninth house cusp is Gemini, you talk a lot about travels.

When the Tenth house cusp Cancer, you feel that a family business is best.

When the Eleventh house cusp Leo, your friends are extravagant.

When the Twelfth cusp Virgo, your down time is appreciated.

Mars as Chart Ruler

Mars is the chart ruler when Aries or Scorpio is on the Ascendant.

Mars as Chart Ruler: Aries Overlay

When the First house cusp is Aries, you have a strong physique.

When the Second house cusp is Taurus, your money is amassed slowly.

When the Third house cusp is Gemini, your school was enlightening.

When the Fourth house cusp is Cancer, your home and family are important.

When the Fifth house cusp is Leo, your children bring pleasure.

When the Sixth house cusp is Virgo, you works hard all life.

When the Seventh house cusp is Libra, your relationships are important.

When the Eight house cusp is Scorpio, you have many secrets.

When the Ninth house cusp is Sagittarius, your philosophy and religion are interesting.

When the Tenth house cusp is Capricorn, you can achieves high status in the world.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Aquarius, your friends are intellectually stimulating.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Pisces, you enjoy a peaceful life.

Jupiter as Chart Ruler

Jupiter is the chart ruler when Sagittarius or Pisces is on the Ascendant.

Jupiter as Chart Ruler: Sagittarius Overlay

When the First house cusp is Sagittarius, you have an outgoing personality.

When the Second house cusp is Capricorn, you are frugal with money.

When the Third house cusp is Aquarius, you commute in strange ways.

When the Fourth house cusp is Pisces, your home is hard to find.

When the Fifth house cusp Aries, you compete in sport brings pleasure.

When the Sixth house cusp Taurus, you work well and like it.

When the Seventh house cusp Gemini, you need a partner to talk to.

When the Eight house cusp Cancer, you are secure and safe with secrets.

When the Ninth house cusp Leo, you are generous with their knowledge.

When the Tenth house cusp Virgo, you are detailed in the work and career.

When the Eleventh house cusp Libra, your friends provide balance.

When the Twelfth house cusp Scorpio, you are optimistic about hidden outcomes.

Saturn as Chart Ruler

Saturn is the chart ruler when Capricorn or Aquarius is on the Ascendant.

Saturn as Chart Ruler – Capricorn Overlay

When the First house cusp is Capricorn, you have a serious disposition.

When the Second house cusp is Aquarius, you buy tech stuff wisely.

When the Third house cusp is Pisces, you walk the neighborhood footpath routes.

When the Fourth house cusp is Aries, your home has limited space in the attic.

When the Fifth house cusp is Taurus, your children are well spaced out.

When the Sixth house cusp is Gemini, your works in strict communications.

When the Seventh house cusp Cancer, you have legal issues with your family.

When the Eight house cusp Leo, you have restrained enthusiasm in the bedroom.

When the Ninth house cusp Virgo, you respect the ins and outs of foreign cultures.

When the Tenth house cusp Libra, you are slow to find a balance in their career.

When the Eleventh house cusp Scorpio, you have secret friends and alliances.

When the Twelfth house cusp Sagittarius, you judge others’ private lives.

Uranus as Chart Ruler

Uranus is the chart ruler when Aquarius is on the Ascendant.

Uranus as Chart Ruler – Aquarius Overlay

When the First house cusp is Aquarius, you have wild hair and clothes.

When the Second house cusp is Pisces, your money slips through their fingers.

When the Third house cusp is Aries, you jog the streets.

When the Fourth house cusp is Taurus, your home and family is all that matters.

When the Fifth house cusp is Gemini, you have good chat-up lines, flirts.

When the Sixth house cusp is Cancer, your daily rituals are completed.

When the Seventh house cusp is Leo, your partner is grandiose and stylish.

When the Eight house cusp is Virgo, you are careful with borrowing money but still does so.

When the Ninth house cusp is Libra, you seeks to meet others when travelling.

When the Tenth house cusp is Scorpio, you require care at work to avoid a toxic environment.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Sagittarius, you have lots of acquaintances and busy social life.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Capricorn, you find composure through meditation.

Neptune as Chart Ruler

Neptune is the chart ruler when Pisces is on the Ascendant.

Neptune as Chart Ruler: Pisces Overlay

When the First house cusp is Pisces, you have a dreamy personality.

When the Second house cusp is Aries, you earn and spends well. Suffers from buyer’s remorse.

When the Third house cusp is Taurus, you keep going at school.

When the Fourth house cusp is Gemini, you believes communication is key with family.

When the Fifth house cusp is Cancer, you care for children but allow them to blossom.

When the Sixth house cusp is Leo, you probably likes cats as pets.

When the Seventh house cusp is Virgo, you choose a partner by and believe the little things matter.

When the Eight house cusp is Libra, you have the impression that your partner is cheating.

When the Ninth house cusp is Scorpio, your travel is transformative.

When the Tenth house cusp is Sagittarius, you enjoys their magical outdoors life.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Capricorn, you take enlightenment groups seriously.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Aquarius, you find solace in the peaceful contemplation of science.

Pluto as Chart Ruler

Pluto is the chart ruler when Scorpio is on the Ascendant.

Pluto as Chart Ruler: Scorpio Overlay

When the First house cusp is Scorpio, you have a powerful personality and presence.

When the Second house cusp is Sagittarius, your finances are either very good or very challenging.

When the Third house cusp is Capricorn, you are a perpetual student of human nature.

When the Fourth house cusp is Aquarius, your home may be a commune or private.

When the Fifth house cusp is Pisces, your lovers are deeply intuitive.

When the Sixth house cusp is Aries, for you yoga is actively transformative.

When the Seventh house cusp is Taurus, you want a sensitive partner, who understand them.

When the Eight house cusp is Gemini, you discuss deeper issues intensely.

When the Ninth house cusp is Cancer, you enjoys cruise vacations.

When the Tenth house cusp is Leo, you intensely wants a life with status.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Virgo, you may be deeply critical of groups but goes anyway.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Libra, you like special moments alone with their partner.

Book Recommendantion

The book I recommend to explore this topic further is Rulers of the Horoscope: Finding Your Way Through the Labyrinth by Alan Oken.

 

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Author Bio

Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

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