Every time there is a planet or any planet in the 8th house, there are secrets. When something is a secret, it simply means that it has been hidden from plain sight. But when someone really wants to hide something, they would not hide it in plain sight. They would bury it, burn it and ensure that it never sees the light of day.

I feel the 8th house speaks to the secrets we haven’t burnt or buried. It’s not even the type of secret we would go out of our way to hide. We would have hidden it in such a way that it would be out in the open–but no one would notice it, unless they knew what they were looking for. The person in question may not even have been trying to hide it. They may not even know that it is hidden from view, because it’s all out in the open anyway.

Can you think of someone who possesses a secret such as this one? Something or someone that you think you know well and maybe even walk past everyday… But you were not observant enough to notice that within this mundane matter, a great secret was hiding. They definitely didn’t try to hide it from you–but for some reason, you failed to notice it. It could be that you were not listening, seeing or paying attention at the time.

That’s what the 8th house represents. A great secret that was hiding away in plain sight. But if you had opened your senses–you would have seen it. Would it have shocked you?

The 8th House

The 8th house has been associated with all kinds of matters–from prostitution to taxes to shared income to underground activities. If you’re wondering what any of this has in common, you are probably not alone in your musings. The more convoluted we make something, the harder it is to understand it, right?

So what is the 8th house, anyway? It comes right after the 7th house. The 7th house has many meanings, but on a basic level, it refers to any long-term relationship with someone other than yourself. By long-term, I mean an intimate relationship that lasts more than a year. This relationship usually has some contractual aspects to it. If you don’t have a contractual relationship, then even if you have known someone for quite sometime, it isn’t considered an intimate bond.

Think of every contract you have ever signed. These are all 7th house matters. The most common contracts I can think of: mortgage, marriage, employment, investments and business contracts. So anytime you sign a contract with a long-term view in mind–these contracts fall into our 7th house obligations. If it’s a contract that lasts for less than a year, your 8th house would not be affected by this said contract.

If you think of the 7th, 8th and 9th houses as a quadrant in the chart–which is what they are–then you could see the 8th and 9th houses as the fortunes which ensue from our contractual obligations. But how do you know if there is going to be a gain or a loss?

In every contract, there are usually terms and conditions. This is where we outline, in ink, our requirements of each other. Once the contract is signed, there is also very little we can do to change the contract without extensive renegotiation. The only way out of this contract may well be death–but death, in effect, usually transfers the responsibility of the contract to someone else. The beneficiary of the contract will now have to fulfil the obligations that you entered into.

This, in effect, is saying that once a contract has been entered into; it is usually hard to get out of it without paying some form of compensation, penalty or losing something. But if we backtrack a bit, we would realise that we got into this contract to gain something, right? We didn’t enter into it thinking that we would lose.

The Beneficiaries of a contract

Please sign here.

Wait, I never signed up for this.

You have performed the act of signing your name to something. Did it occur under duress? Did it come about due to happenstance? Or did someone leave something very valuable to you in a will?

In contract law, a third-party beneficiary is a person who may have the right to sue on a contract, despite not having originally been an active party to the contract. Where a contract for the benefit of a third-party is breached by the non-performance of the promisor, the beneficiary can sue the promisor for the breach just as any party to a contract can sue the other.

Now, coming back to the 8th house–what contract did you, or someone you know, enter into—which was later transferred to you? It may not have been a contract that you personally entered into. It could have landed on your head vis-a-vis unpredictable, unlikely and even extremely difficult circumstances. How are you going to gain from such a contract?

The 8th house governs over all the unintended consequences of our contracts. I’m going to give you a very mundane example to illustrate this point.

Say, for instance, you taught someone English. You taught them some basic grammar and vocabulary. A few months later, they’ve picked up a whole string of profanities–which you didn’t teach them, but they somehow picked up from an external source. They come back and show you what they’ve learnt. You may chastise or reprimand them. Here is the law of unintended consequences at play.

In conclusion, the 8th house refers to all the unintended consequences of our contractual obligations. You could never have known that something like this would happen later on.

Planets in the 8th House

Planets in the 8th house represent the sudden events that transpire in an individual’s life. It could be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But we will not know till we reach the end of the contract term whether it was ‘good’ or ‘bad’. A lot can happen during the course of that contractual obligation.

The 8th house represents assets or joint assets held within a partnership–be it with someone who is deceased or someone who is alive. The 8th House rules the death and rebirth process of a person and how one rises after a great fall in their life. It is a stage in life that can be very vulnerable.

As the 8th house is the next house from the 7th house, it also indicates the gains that ensue from any contract that one has entered into. There are a large number of gains that can result from any partnership arrangement. The presence of any planet in the 8th house signifies the likelihood of sudden calamities occurring–which can thrust one into circumstances of fortune and misfortune. All of which are ultimately temporal in nature.

Due to this, there may exist a risk of getting into debt or incurring unexpected losses. There may even be issues that arise which pertain to: theft, ransom and even bankruptcy.

But through these difficult circumstances, you can gain… More than you ever thought possible.

The Secret

So what have secrets got to do with all of this? Remember how I told you that if you want to hide something, you should hide it in plain sight? Who reads contracts, anyway? We know we should, but we often don’t. We may sign on the dotted line without reading the contract. We may not even have understood what we are getting into when we sign the contract.

If we really want to take all aspects of a situation into consideration, we would need time. Adequate time. Why? Because there are always forces in your life–and in someone else’s life–over which we have zero control. The eighth house deals with these powerful forces which lie our beyond…

Historically, ‘a good death’ did not equate to a form of euthanasia–a quick, gentle, painless and compassionate end. A ‘good death’ was a death that was preceded with enough time to settle one’s affairs and to embark upon the journey into the afterlife. This would, of course, include attending to matters of inheritance and succession.

It would also have provided time to ensure that the appropriate rituals would be performed to assure one’s safe passage and voyage into the next life. The idea that consciousness continues to live on after the soul’s departure from the body is a time-tested belief regarding the human experience.

Many a times and more often than not, we are not given this ‘time’ before we depart from this world. How often is ‘death’ a planned affair? It can be sudden and often is. It can happen out of the blue. You can die out in the field and your loved ones wouldn’t even know that you had passed on.

What does this have to do with contracts and money? From the astrological worldview, if the money is not in your possession, it is ‘eighth house money’. How can you even have money that is not in your possession?

Hypothecation occurs when an asset is pledged as collateral to secure a loan. The owner of the asset does not give up title, possession, or ownership rights–such as income generated by the asset. However, the lender can seize the asset if the terms of the agreement are not met.

Hypothecation occurs most commonly in mortgage lending. The borrower owns the house, but as the house is pledged as collateral. The mortgage lender has the right to seize the house if the borrower cannot meet the repayment terms of the loan agreement.

Unsecured loans, on the other hand, do not work on hypothecation model since there is no collateral to claim in the event of default. As hypothecation provides security to the lender—the collateral pledged by the borrower—it is easier to secure a loan.

So what is so secretive about all of this? Nothing, really. If you had read the fine print–and actually understood it–you would have known. But most of the time, we have not read the fine print. We didn’t understand the contract and we did not know.

Is that uncommon when getting into a contract? No.

In addition to what you did sign up for, you most likely also signed up for many unforeseeable circumstances that were not within your control. So how are you going to rise from it? Your 8th house placement and planets hold the answer.

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