What are the Astrological Houses?

The houses in the horoscope wheel are like slices of a pie. There are 12 houses/slices in all and each one represents an arena of experience. The planets in houses tell you the energy that is to be expressed in that department of life.

The houses themselves are set up by the exact time of birth, with the 'front door' to the chart being the Ascendant which is the cusp of the first house. The houses are numbered from one to twelve. The First House begins at the Ascendant on the Eastern horizon. The houses are numbered in a counterclockwise movement.