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The Astrological Eighth House Cusp or "Death House"

Updated on April 18, 2016

Death, especially when it pertains to astrology, is a very sticky and uncomfortable subject. No one wants to think of it, no one wants to talk about it, no one wants to even acknowledge it half of the time. But that doesn't mean that it's not an extremely important aspect of life itself (or that it won't happen to each of us eventually).

I believe that many of us could benefit from a little more introspection and going face-to-face with our fear of death. Astrology is a wonderful tool that helps shed light on this taboo subject, while offering a sound comfort to us at the same time.

The 8th house is thought of as the house of death in astrology. It traditionally governs and relates to other things as well; such as inheritance, sex, personal transformation and debt. But overall, the 8th house shows a key to our deaths in this lifetime and any surrounding issues that will be related to it.

Look into your chart and find which sign your 8th House Cusp is ruled by. In order to prolong your life, take extra caution in the matters related to your 8th house cusp sign.

When your 8th house cusp is in:

Aries: It typically shows a death which will be related to fires, anger, speedy impulse (as in driving too fast or acting without thinking), blood illnesses/loss of blood, fights or disputes with other people which you may lose. Be extra careful in these areas. If you are anemic or have any other blood ailments or illnesses, pay extra attention to your health.

Taurus: Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, this usually shows a very peaceful passing; a bitter-sweet death. Could be related to your throat or neck, over-eating, diabetes, or some "earthy" way.. natural disasters, etc. These natives are usually quite old when they pass. These natives usually leave a legacy and their deaths make history.

Gemini: The highest majority of time, these people pass by respiratory complications. Pneumonia, asphyxiation, blockage in the airways, lung disease, smoking, emphysema, lack of breath. Be extra careful looking after your lungs and breathing. Quit smoking if you are a smoker!

Cancer: At home. These natives typically pass at home, surrounded by loved ones, or even at the very same time as their parents or other family members. Could also be related to accidents in the home, food (obesity), breast illness or cancer, stomach issues. Take extra care of your breasts/stomach areas. Regular breast exams are encouraged, even for men.

Leo: Most often a Leo 8th House's death is related to the heart. Heart troubles, heart attacks are highlighted. Or by overestimating yourself (as in a fight or other risky venture). It could also be related to very grand, dramatic deaths; such as on TV, in front of a crowd/audience, or an otherwise bold way. Keep your heart in the best shape possible. Eat well, stay focused on getting cardiovascular exercise as often as possible.

Virgo: Is usually related to health issues, intestinal problems or illnesses, germs or contagious illnesses. Stay on top of your health! Develop great hygiene, visit your doctors often and protect yourself from nervous tension that may cause intestinal or stomach upsets. Be careful of medicines.

Libra: Often related to diabetes or sweets. Death, for these natives, will most likely be very peaceful, beautiful and even artistic. In sleep, at the same time as your spouse, or another easy, loving way are emphasized. Smooth death which will come at a time when you are totally at peace.

Scorpio: Mysterious deaths, sexual deaths, possibly related to STD's. Hidden and quite often, these natives pass alone -- or very rarely, at the hand of someone else. Possibly in war, or somehow during a sexual experience. It is usually quite intense and spiritually enlightening. Be extra careful in matters of sex. Get regular checkups of your reproductive organs. Protect yourself from sexual illnesses, STD's and refrain from provoking others.

Sagittarius: In a far away land, or while traveling. These natives typically do not pass away near their homes. They are very likely to grow old, and only pass away when their bodies are too tired to carry on. Probably while on a trip, while travelling or overseas; could be related to foreigners, and also related to growths (such as tumors or even obesity). Since Sagittarius is also linked to sports; you should be careful of playing sports and sport-related injuries. Usually these natives will have a carefree death that is quite easy. On a physical front, protect yourself from growths by dealing with stress and emotions quickly so that they do not build up. Be extra careful while traveling, driving, and the like.

Capricorn: Very often lives to see 80, 90 or even an older age! These people have the ability to live the very longest lives, if they take good care of themselves and keep working. Their bodies typically begin to go downhill after retirement, so the key to an exceptionally long life is to keep on working; if not in a career, find other fulfilling "work" to keep yourself busy well into old age (hobbies, volunteer work, being a caretaker for others, etc). Be careful of your knees, teeth and work-related stresses.

Aquarius: Unexpected, quick and usually painless. People with this placement typically pass very unexpectedly, tending to shock everyone around them. Bizarre accidents, or even related to their friends; possibly at the same time as some of their friends, while with a friend, etc. Stay aware of your surroundings and strive to not act in too must haste.

Pisces: Pisces 8th houses are usually the ones you find passing in their sleep. Watery-related deaths, drugs, alcohol, suicides, or fluid buildup somewhere in the body are all related to Pisces 8th House cusps. Death is usually an extremely spiritual happening to you; very peaceful, dreamy and even beautiful. Could also be related to sacrificing your life to protect another. Be careful around water and refrain from drugs and alcohol. Easy, spiritual death.

If you have any planets inside your 8th house, they can also be interpreted to show the surrounding issues related to your death in this lifetime. Aspects to your planets within your 8th house and aspects to your 8th house ruler will also come into effect and slightly change the circumstances involved. Planets will be explored in part 2 of this series, and aspects will be explored in part 3.

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      Blake Ford Hall 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I like your approach and writing style immediately, I am sure it is only indicative of your future writings. Welcome to Hubpages, and maybe I'll see you around. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      Through my research the 8th house/Pluto/Scorpio is the most complex, interesting, confusing houses in astrology to talk/read/write about. Your hub is quite interesting and does the 8th house a bit of justice. :) Keep writing!!!

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      Rachel 2 years ago

      A friend of mine had Pisces on the 8th house cusp. As Neptune was transiting his 8th house, the ruler of his ascendant squaring his ascendant and opposing Saturn... He fell into a coma for a few days before his death. Seems like indeed a very spiritual and peaceful passing. Unexpected as he was young.

      Thanks for writing this, not many people like to touch on this subject.

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      sanjiv 2 years ago

      This is article is curious topic though many people wish to avoid reading. The research done for Sagittarius is cent percent true where my dad (Sagi) passed away recently in similar manner depicted. Thanks for this page and hope this article can act as guide for being cautious in some spheres of our life to avoid tragic end.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      thanks so. much for writing about this. I have Sagittarius on the cusp of the 8th house. I wouldn't like 2 pass away far from my home or in an accident or Overseas. In fact I like to stay close to home.

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      sam 2 years ago

      This is amazing! Smokers and asthmatics I know have Gemini in 8th house and my hubby (a diabetic)has Libra, so I know how they'll possibly pass. My bro dabbles in drugs n alcohol so Pisces in 8th house death is possible.

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      Shaloo Walia 14 months ago

      Very interesting and informative hub!

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      Megan 11 months ago

      So you write a post and fail to complete it with the follow up of part 2 and 3. Really? Great job.

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      ajbird 11 months ago

      Whilst some might find this kind of post of interest, for others that suffer from Anxiety disorders it can really frighten them and make them very ill with worry.

      This is what has happend to my daughter who has established that she has Aquarius in her 8th house and is now petrified that she will die in a bizarre accident.

      Can anyone help explain this further to give understanding or re-assure her ?

      Many thanks


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      Jean Bakula 11 months ago from New Jersey

      I've also noticed many with the Moon in the 8th house are morticians.

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      Jewels 11 months ago from Australia

      I am looking forward to an intense and enlightening death. Would there be a better way to go? As I do transformational spiritual work perhaps I will be very conscious through the transition phase. :)

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      Claire p Collins 11 months ago from Spain

      dear ajbird

      It makes me very concerned and upset when I hear of people being worried by astrology, this is certainly not what it is there for.

      Although I am recently retired I spent most of my life researching astrology closely with the school of astrology and it would anger us to hear of improper characters giving comments on the subject of astrology that they obviously do not know anything about and do not realise what effect their flippant comments can have on peoples life.

      Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means for divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events. Western astrology, is one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and is “claimed” to be able predict events in their lives based on the positions of planets and signs.

      With the onset of the scientific revolution astrology was called into question; it has been challenged successfully both on theoretical and experimental grounds, and has been shown to have no scientific validity or explanatory power. Astrology thus lost its academic and theoretical standing, and common belief in astrology has largely declined.

      Astrology is now recognized to be pseudoscience (Pseudoscience is a claim, belief, or practice presented as scientific, but which does not adhere to the scientific method). Pseudoscience is often characterized by the following: contradictory, exaggerated or unprovable claims.

      I can guarantee to your daughter that just because she has Aquarius in the 8th house it does not mean she is going to meet her fate in a bizarre accident. Yes of course death could happen in that way but if it did it is by no means because she has Aquarius in the 8th house, it is just as likely to happy to someone with Leo in the 8th house, Sagittarius in the 8th house and so on.

      I have seen many Astrologers in a test environment sat in front of people who portray to be able to claim they can predict that person fate including people on death row and with terminal illnesses, the astrologers did not on any occasion pick the person correct date, time, place or cause of death from the studying of that persons personal birth chart.

      Where astrology has made predictions, it has been falsified. The most famous test was headed by Shawn Carlson and included a committee of scientists and a committee of astrologers. It led to the conclusion that natal astrology performed no better than chance.

      There is no proposed mechanism of action by which the positions and motions of stars and planets could affect people and events on Earth that does not contradict well-understood, basic aspects of biology and physics.

      I challenge the author of this article to also comment and explain her/his writings by providing evidence to back up the claims he/she has made that by having a particular sign within the 8th house of your natal/birth chart determines your fate – I can guarantee he/she will either not comment or be unable to prove such a claim.

      I should add that I am not a sceptic, my profession has always been as an astrologer and I do give readings. I believe that astrology can have an effect on all of our daily life’s and someone’s personal birth chart can give clues to their characteristics thus giving us hints to their paths in life, this can then be used and interpreted by that person to either change or accept that path, but what I can assure you is that under no circumstances can it predict death.

      I hope your daughter finds peace, ultimately a birth chart has no ending so will long outlive the person. This should give reassurance that nowhere on anyone’s natal chart can it give any indication of that person’s date, time, place or cause of death.

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      ajbird 11 months ago

      Thank you so much Claire for your in-depth reply, its really helps.

      My daughter has been made very ill by this posting and your explanation will help with her recovery.

      One last question, do you know where the author would have got this information from in the first place in order to make such a prediction so she can get understanding ?

      Many thanks


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      Claire p Collins 11 months ago from Spain

      Hi Andrew

      Astrology has been dated back to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, when it was used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Since then many cultures have attached an importance to astronomical events, and some developed very elaborate but unfound systems for predicting events.

      These predictions have just basically been made up over time by people without even a basic knowledge of astrology, some people still like to copy and use those old meanings even though they long precede the scientific research that has since happened and what is now known in our current times.

      Some people used to believe that the planets dominate our fates, others suppose that they affect us by defining our character traits. Several customs, beliefs and traditions using astrological notions have appeared subsequently since it was first recorded its history 3,000 years BC.

      These believes have never produced any worthwhile and conclusive predictions, in spite of having several different formulations and investigations in astrology across disparate cultures.

      As far as astrological predictions go, they have been thoroughly falsified and are no better than guesswork. Any predictions such as the ones in this article have nothing to contribute to anyone’s life except false claims.

      I can only conclude that this author has come to his/her own interpretation from past readings and then displayed those personal views on here which of course they are entitled to do, however it is not the general view of modern day astrologers and there would be absolutely no evidence that has not already been examined to back up the claims made on here.

      Best regards


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      Jean Bakula 11 months ago from New Jersey

      Most people who are skeptics of astrology don't know anything about it. There are many factors involved, and just one planetary position or sign on a cusp doesn't predict anything. An important or meaningful event will show up in a chart in several ways.

      There are still people who think astrology is only about what sign your Sun was in on the day of your birth, not even the time. It's not worth it to bother to enlighten them.

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      Jewels 11 months ago

      Looks like someone is trying to take business from you Jean.

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      ajbird 10 months ago

      Please can the author of this post reply/get in touch on here.

      Thank you Claire for your reply which was very helpful but my daughter is still anxious and has been made extremely ill by this post, she is suicidal and although we are seeking medical help for her we just need the author to explain where, how and why they have come to these causes of death for everyone ! to put her mind at rest.

      Thank you.

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      Manal Mckinney 10 months ago

      Don't be fooled by this article ! Qaddafii has pisces in the 8th house and his death was Not peaceful at all !

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      Cubby-Cub 8 months ago

      What about articles 2 and 3? I want to see the planets and aspects, too.

    • profile image 6 months ago

      I'm a saggittarius. in the 8th house. I'm having major surgery on 27 this month. any insights?? I have mine and i wonder if anybody's insight is same as mune.

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      John 5 months ago

      @Manal Mckinney

      Gaddafi's 8th house is still in Aquarius. It certainly wasn't painless though.

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      S.c. 4 months ago

      Interesting how we all have the human tendency to extract only what we want to hear or see from a scenario, conversation or situation. The author wasn't stating that "this is your fate, bottom line scenario," in fact the author even stated other planets & aspects will affect outcome. These are just "faint" clues of possible scenarios.Not a death sentence. so many things effect an outcome it's unfathomable. much like a butterfly effect. Astrology isn't to be deemed as unfounded bull crap nor is it to be a set in stone unchangeable prediction that causes things to " happen" to a person. It is to be utilized as a tool to guide us ( if understood) thru the ebb & flow of the universes fluctuations & give us a greater opportunity to be in harmony with it. The only constant is change. & Actually it has been proven scientifically, as well that even the moon affects the tides of the ocean & we are made up of a profound amount of water ourselves so therefore are thereby affected as well. But not made slaves to such. Having Aquarius on 8th versus having Scorpio on 8th does not tell the story, it doesn't even give a summary 8th does not represent just the subject of death, it also has alot to do with taxes, sex taboos, possession's of others. Aquarius on the 8 th could Simply imply something bizarre regarding a tax situation or a quirky surprising way one gets a windfall of $$ or inheritance. Tell your daughter rest assured, live life consciously as one can with foresight not fear. As our own bizarre fears can become a prison enslaving us like a moth to a flame. I think the author now has an obligation to respond to this worried mother as she does have every right to be concerned over her daughter being put in fear. Hope this helps

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      steven 4 months ago

      the 8th house does not predict one's death.

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      Cheryl 7 weeks ago

      Go get some experience and then write about the 8th or about death. This is poor astrology.

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      NARAYANAN 4 weeks ago

      Very crisply compiled info. Thanks for sharing.

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