Some of the questions that I receive quite often are: “What do the empty houses in my chart mean? Or, “Is it a BAD thing to have empty houses in my chart?”
First, for those who may be unfamiliar, the Astrological houses are the pie shaped sections of the birth chart. There are twelve of them. Most Astrological software identifies the houses with small numbers from 1-12 at the top of each house.
These sections of the chart symbolize various areas of life activity and development. Whenever a house is populated with a planet or planets, it means that the symbolism of that/those planet (s) is connected to how we experience that particular area of life.
For example, in the chart above, Pluto and Neptune (along w/ the North Node) are located in the 10th house, which symbolizes our vocation, public image and how we want the world to perceive us. It’s a stage for all to see, being that it’s highly visible being shined upon by the noonday sun.
One interpretation of this placement is that the individual holds the potential to exhibit transformative, healing energy (Pluto) in matters of vocation. They may want to be seen publicly as a spiritual, intuitive person(Neptune) who exhibits empathy for humanity.
If you’ll look closely at the chart, houses 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 are all empty. This is NOT a negative thing. It means that the areas where there ARE planets are more likely to be places of high focus.
When there’s an empty house, looking at the ruler (the sign on the house cusp) is an effective way to grasp the flavor of what’s going on, because “someone is always home”.
Although the 6th house is empty, it has Aquarius on the cusp, which is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. So, in addition to wanting to be seen by the world as a spiritual intuitive, this suggests that the work, although structured (Saturn) may have an unconventional flavor (Uranus). Or be an alternative (Uranus) business (Saturn).
If you’re hearing/reading that it’s “evil” to have empty houses in your chart, put the book down, or walk away.