Looking at an astrological chart, you’ll see that the wheel or circle of the chart is divided into 12 sections or houses. Each house has a distinct meaning and is associated with a particular sign and ruling planet, and as a result it’s going to be associated with particular tarot cards. 


We’ve covered a simplified guide to the 12 astrological houses here,(https://zodiacshack.com/blogs/guide/short-guide-to-the-twelve-astrological-houses ), and now we’re going to look into what tarot cards are associated with each house as well as their general meaning and how it can play out in the context of that house. 


The First House is also called the House of Self. It’s associated with the sign of Aries and the ruling planet Mars. The Major Arcana cards that are associated with the First House are The Emperor, and due to the Mars ruler, also The Tower card. 


These two Major Arcana are cards that carry Divine Masculine energy: powerful, in charge, authoritative, active, with leading roles in someone’s path and identity. They have a clear and strong sense of self. In their shadow side, they can also talk about an inflated sense of self or the ego, and maybe a tendency to be controlling or try to micromanage things, having not just confidence in one’s self but seeing one’s self as the be all, end all. Another shadow side of this area is the possibility of giving one’s image or reputation too much importance, or only relying on that image or reputation as a way to make an impression and running the risk of coming across as shallow or pedantic. 


The Minor Arcana tarot cards associated with the First House are: Ace of Wands, Two of Wands, Three of Wands, Four of Wands, Queen of Wands, and potentially any of the Knights, since they are the Fire element of their respective Courts. 


This area in the Suit of Wands is the place where the spark of inspiration comes to life in an environment which is full of active energy and it has the ability to manifest in a very powerful way. This element of ignition can burst to life into a roaring fire of creation, but be mindful that the fire doesn’t get out of hand and turn destructive. The shadow side in this side of the suit of Wands is the fact that doing too much can become counterproductive and self-sabotaging through exhaustion or burnout. There can also be a flurry of activity which is not run through some second opinion because of an inflated sense of self, perhaps, which may result in unwanted or counterproductive results.


Keeping these cards in mind, you can now pick up on the First House energy when it comes up in a reading.