FOUR OR MORE PLANETS IN A HOUSE OR A SIGN
by Lynn Koiner
A stellium occurs when 4 or more planets fall in a House. One can have a Stellium with 4 or more planets in a sign (that can cover more than one House) but I am focusing upon the House Stellium.
This configuration creates too much energy coming into the activities and affairs of that House. It generates obsessive energy. The individual becomes obsessively focused with the activities of that House. A better term is HYPER-ENGAGED.
Yes, a Stellium portends talent in its House and Sign activities but the affairs of that House take up all of the energies of the individual. It is essential that the individual GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE by going to the opposite House. A stellium likes an opposition to it. The opposition makes the individual clearly aware that there is a choice whereas a stellium without an opposition can get trapped more easily in the congested House.
Besides the obsessive quality, the House activities will be upset for long periods when any planets transit a hard aspect to the planets in the Stellium. Everything goes awry!
1st HOUSE: When 4 or more planets fall in the 1st House, so many energies are coming into the personality segment that the individual can change from one day to the next. This can cause physical disabilities. If the individual cannot control the energies of all of the planets, they become too strong. Lessons in patience and self-control are needed. Since self-centeredness can become a problem, working through partnerships and 7th House matters such as counseling or consultant work can be helpful. A partner or other people, such as clients, can balance the personality by drawing the energy, the focus, away from the individual’s own personality. One young man with a stellium in Libra was excessively self-conscious. He did not like the focus to be on himself. He submerges his identity with others. He went into the most dangerous brand of the Israeli army. His mother commented that “You cannot say anything to him. He is sensitive to any criticism (self-absorbed).” His attitude is “What’s wrong with me?!!”
Lyndon Johnson had a stellium in Virgo with Leo rising. He was a very arrogant man but he accomplished great things when he took the focus away from himself and obsessed upon human rights issues.
2nd HOUSE: Too much energy in the 2nd House is not good for finances, even though these people can do well salary-wise. With too many energies, too many choices, the financial reins should be given to a partner, a financial consultant – letting go of attachments to the physical is essential here! These people can get so wrapped up in managing their own possessions and finances that these things rule their lives. Any little transit from Mars or, worse yet, an outer planet, will cause chaos in the area of finances and possessions. This, in turn, can affect the health. One client had real estate holdings around the country and he wrote a book. He would not release the energy to an agent – he was promoting the book himself and he traveled around the country trying to sell his properties. He exhausted himself holding on to everything.
A friend with that unpleasant outer planet stellium in Leo (late 1940s) says that she is always being sucked into financial crises.
Years ago, a man with a 2nd House Stellium, kept canceling appointments – which was very unusual for this long-term client. I think subconsciously he did not want to hear what I had to warm him. Transiting Pluto was opposing his 2nd House Stellium and I knew that he was going to get into a professional project that was way over his head. Pluto warns against anything complicated. I later hear that he did indeed get into a project way over his head and had to declare bankruptcy. Many of his investors lost a lot of money.
3rd HOUSE: Many planets here can produce a “mental collector” with all sorts of ideas and mental interests. Too much energy here can short-circuit the mind so that it does not feel comfortable in literary areas – too many choices. They find it hard to relax mentally. The mental energy should be thrown into the 9th House wherein knowledge is shared and theories and concepts are developed from what is acquired mentally. There is a potential for consciousness expansion. Formal education is essential here.
I have talked with many clients with this pattern. They know they have abilities for writing and teaching but they do not know what subjects they should choose. Yet, when they focus, they obsess mentally, losing perspective and becoming oblivious to what is going on around them. Travel without any mental activity is a release.
The daughter of one client writes ads freelance but she obsesses over ideas causing mental frustration. She acted as a surrogate mom to her siblings (obsessing over them). She is very into her own thinking.
Anytime many planets are focused in a cadent House the individual becomes a mental ponderer. They think so much that they actually miss opportunities. They find their timing is bad as a result. It is like sitting at the bus stop thinking so hard about what you are going to do at the Mall once you get there that you miss the bus – all of the buses! People with many planets in Houses 3, 6, 9 and 12 need to get out of their heads and be more physical.
Ideally, using the Astro-Carto-Graphy chart, the Cadent Stellium individual can relocate so that the Stellium is on an angle and it can be activated more easily.
An old astrological axiom is that, if the ruler of the 2nd House is part of a 3rd House stellium, the individual has a lot of ideas about making money but NO MONEY!
4th HOUSE: There is a need to take the energies out of the “personal” home and put them into a professional activity that deals with 4th House issues. The home life is often tumultuous, especially being upset with every little transit. They do well in such 4th House areas as real estate, building and construction, archeology and anthropology, genealogy, history, historical preservation or activities connected with the past. It favors working with weather conditions and environmental issues. One woman helps adoptees find their biological parents. Another was a mortician! Their obsession is dwelling too much on their own past when they keep their energies in the personal sector.
The past is always a frame of reference for almost any 4th House placement, stellium or not. The individual gets emotionally stuck in the past. Getting out and working the land is very helpful. I have observed that people who work with environmental issues obsess and lose perspective about what is really workable.
The 4th House is a Water House and events portended there can denote childhood traumas that control the life. One individual born around 1989 with Neptune in Capricorn as part of a Stellium had problems around the father. He had a successful career, he was physically active but something happened – the father began to drink, he lost his job, he went through the family money and finally lost the house. This individual, as a child, had to move to a distant place and live with relatives. Being extremely bright, I believe that he is driven by a fear of failure like his dad.
5th HOUSE: This is the house of creativity but, with a Stellium, there can be too many options. Hence, there may be a potential for helping to cultivate their own creativity. They work well with creative groups. In romance, the love life can be a maze. There is a need to concentrate more on social relationships in order to take the heat off of the solar plexus and its personal, emotional involvements.
They need to work with impersonal relationships and KEEP them impersonal. While they often do not have children, their own children do take up too much of their energy. They frequently have child-like qualities – do whatever is fun. I know 2 individuals with a 5th House stellium. One was a teacher whose students were like her own children. She invited them to her home. She became very involved in their problems. She loved being a teacher because she was the drama teacher and helped the students create films.
The 5th House rules a specific field of psychology – the development of the personality, psychodramas and the use of the chakras in healing and personality training (Carolyn Myss). The 2nd individual is a psychotherapist. She has studied chakra therapy. Her favorite is child therapy. She never has clients hang on for years. They work on their problems and they get cured and leave.
6th HOUSE: Many Virgo traits show up with a Stellium in this House, even when there are no Virgo planets. They obsess upon their jobs and their work. They are perfectionists who too easily get wrapped up in their work and menial tasks. Work and service activities absorb too much energy because of their affinity with the menial. This can lead to hypochondria or, at least, a lot of complaining about their work. They are dedicated to some service work – professional and personal (care-taking others).
They need to be in charge and to be self-sufficient (people never get so close that they can criticize, try to change or tell them what to do) but they also need to learn to delegate the menial to others. Always, there is a need to go to the 12th House and get away from work and find some seclusion. They must also find work that has a purpose. Unfulfilling, menial, routine tasks can lead to health disorders in the nature of the sign but relating to assimilation and elimination.
A Libra Stellium would cause lower back pain (kidney connected) when work and work relationships become chaotic, Virgo would produce skin irritations or constipation (holding it all in), Leo causes back problems from shouldering too much of a work load, Cancer would cause stomach and digestive disorders due to fears and insecurities in work activities, Gemini could cause allergies and respiratory problems when the individual feels trapped and cannot “breathe” in the workplace. The emphasis here is to take charge in service activities, delegate the menial and get away from work as much as possible. Never work more than 40 hours per week.
One individual with a Virgo stellium has lupus. She is a perfectionist and becoming ill forced her to take a break from her work obsessions. NOTE: I have found that the 6th House rules congenital health problems or health weaknesses.
7th HOUSE: Individuals with a 7th House stellium as the least likely to marry or stay married. So many energies come out in a relationship that they feel swallowed up by other people in close relationships. They are often loners or they suddenly end relationships to break the relationship obsession. Libran traits manifest in relationships, specifically indecision when dealing with others. It is excellent for work in counseling or consultant occupations. These de-personalize the one-on-one relationships. The many planets in the 7th can describe many types of clients with whom the individual would deal. This is excellent for a lawyer, arbitrator, psychologist and business consultant.
I have observed this Stellium firsthand. The individual complains that the relationships take up so much of their energy that they lose their own identity. It is easier to be a loner. However, upon closer inspection, I observed that, when involved in a relationship, the individual obsesses upon that relationship to the point wherein he or she loses perspective, becoming oblivious to anyone or anything else.
A friend with such a Stellium visited the United States. He stayed in Baltimore for 2 weeks and then he stayed with me. When he was with me, he forgot all about his friends in Baltimore. And, when he left to stay with one of my students, he became oblivious to me and certain obligations that he had to me. He focused in on the person he was with and lost sight of everything else. If I had not seen this myself, I never would have understood this phenomenon. A very independent friend with such a Stellium would always lose herself in a relationship, devoting all of her energies to what the partner needed without regard for her own needs. To end this obsession, she would just run away from the relationship.
8th HOUSE: The 8th House Stellium must be in control of one’s own resources and finances. If not, situations that seem totally beyond his/her control or upheavals seem to plague the life. Gaining control over the uncontrollable is important so that studies in the occult, life after death, medicine, holistic health, financial planning are good outlets. In handling large amounts of money, the individual should always be personally in charge. Accountants and other financial planners can really mess things up. This House also rules the partner’s finances.
I believe that the 8th House rules all things totally beyond our control and our attitude towards such affairs. There is a pattern of taking control and then knowing when to release. Obsessions with the uncontrollable can greatly complicate the life. One individual with a stellium in Cancer is a financial planner yet he always feels out of control in his relationships because I have observed that he disempowers his relationships – he does everything and makes all the decisions, and then the other person cannot stand alone. This is a problem in knowing when to release.
The healing talent of the 8th House is taking control, orchestrating the changes and repairs alone and then releasing it (to a client). Healing can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic and even technological. One client with an 8th House Stellium said that “I do not repair computers, I HEAL computers.” He set up the computer system for a branch of the government.
There can be problems sorting out sexuality or a conflict between sexuality and spirituality.
Another facet of the 8th House is to obsess to the point of distorting reality. One friend confessed that her 8th House sibling had a totally different perspective on her childhood than any of the other siblings. Another woman only saw the positive in her husband – she was in total denial that he was a very controlling and abusive man. I observed this firsthand and was amazed that the 8th House woman could not see what he was like.
9th HOUSE: As with all Cadent Houses, the individual can come to live too much in the head – the ponderer — and not enough in the practical reality of life with real, livable philosophies. These mentally oriented people can easily live in a world of philosophy and theory. Theories about life and relationships can keep them from living in the real world which is so typical of Sagittarius. Rather than become moralistic, they need to teach and share what they know – then allow others to draw their own conclusions.
They should never be oriented towards any single religious, spiritual or academic point of view – of course, they are never really sure of what they believe anyway! Instead of always searching for a philosophy, something to believe in, a meaning to life, they should share what they know and travel to learn from others. Travel always helps to gain a perspective.
I have observed some people with a 9th House Stellium in Fixed signs always thinking about travel but they stay at home! In going to the 3rd House, you teach what you know, get the information out rather than just consuming more.
In a class with two 9th House stellium students, one was aggressive and one was passive but both agreed that THEY HAVE AN OPINION, especially about religion and politics! They were obsessive in their beliefs. One was offended when people asked for advice but did not follow it or ignored it.
10th HOUSE: With a stellium in the 10th House, there are problems with the professional choice and dealing with authority figures. The professional life should be connected with the home and one’s own property (hotel, day care or just being a house wife) or working out of one’s own home or property.
Being one’s own boss takes the pressure off of authority figure confrontations with every minor transit that afflicts the 10th House! There could have been a very intense relationship with one parent and this, in turn, can create intense confrontations that affect the career.
Years ago, I had a client with a Stellium in Pisces in his 10th House. Mars in Pisces, when hit by a transit, often describes a person who comes into the life who like working out in a gym. My client was a self-employed CPA. Transiting Neptune began squaring this Stellium. I told him that he would get a client who worked out in a gym. Indeed, this client came in second in a Mr. America Body Building contest and own a gym. Because it was a square, I knew that he could be cheated and lose everything while Neptune was squaring his 10th House Stellium. I told him to tell the client, if he did not have a check to pay his newly expanded staff on Friday, that no one would show up on Monday. This happened twice but a courier came on Saturday with a check! He told me that this job took up his entire life but, if the man ever did not pay him, he would have lost everything. But, because of my advice, he made a lot of money, sold the business and because a coach in a gym (a retirement job). This demonstrates how, using astrology, can turn a bad transit into a good transit.
11th HOUSE: Involvements with groups, associations and organizations swallow up the individual and keep the individual from gaining a perspective (lost in the group Cause or values, like a lemming going to sea). They find that they become part of the herd in terms of collective values when in any group. They need to work with more personal goals and values and work with small, creative groups in which they feel a sense of control and stability.
In going to the 5th House, I say to stay with a group of about 5 people. This could be a scouting group, an exercise gathering, a study group or a small support group. Greater fulfillment goes through focusing with one’s own children. Too much socializing can be neglectful.
12th HOUSE: This is the Serve-or-Suffer House. These people may have come from a past life monastery experience. In this life, they need to get outside of themselves and involve themselves with service to others or they can become quite neurotic! I have only 2 planets in the 12th, including the Ruler of my Ascendant so I know this House all too well.
In coming from a past life situation of seclusion which formed a life pattern of isolation, they must break this pattern now! There is a need to get outside of one’s self and work with others. It is easy, however, to escape within rather than go out into the world. One woman with a Stellium in Aquarius had her finest hour when she dedicated many years of her life to taking care of a disabled child. When not involved in service, she retreated to being a neurotic recluse!
It must be noted that 12th House people can never be out-and-about all of the time. They need to retreat, to be alone and to be quiet. They cannot be ON 24 hours a day. They find it easy to disappear, to be invisible and tune out when around more aggressive or assertive types. I have observed 12th House students simply shut down when more assertive types speak up or interrupt.
NOTE: Only in more recent times have some astrologers said that only 3 planets form a Stellium but this is not true. I have 3 planets in the 10th House and they definitely do not work like a Stellium. Three planets in Gemini do describe my career but I am definitely not hyper-engaged with my career. A transit to the first planet in the 10th, the Moon, is the most powerful but any transits to Uranus and lastly Mars tend to be less eventful.