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The Astrological Eighth House or "Death House"

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Are you in the 8th House, aka Death House? Find out what that means for you.

Are you in the 8th House, aka Death House? Find out what that means for you.

Death and Astrology

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, and 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 (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 comfort at the same time.

The 8th House and Death

The 8th house is thought of as the house of death in astrology. It is ruled by Scorpio and Pluto and traditionally governs and relates to death, inheritance, sex, personal transformation, and debt. This is why it's called The Death House or "the house of death, sex, money, and taxes." Overall, the 8th house acts as a key to our deaths in this lifetime and any surrounding issues it will entail.

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

When your 8th house is in . . .


You may live 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. 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, volunteering, being a caretaker for others, etc.). Be careful of your knees and teeth and work-related stresses.


This death is likely unexpected, quick, and painless. People with this placement typically pass very unexpectedly of some bizarre accident, shocking everyone around them. This death might even be related to their friends; they might die at the same time as some of their friends, while with a friend, etc. Stay aware of your surroundings and strive to not act with too must haste.


Those who have Pisces in the 8th house are often the ones who pass in their sleep in an easy, spiritual death. This death is usually an extremely spiritual happening; very peaceful, dreamy, and even beautiful. It could also be related to sacrificing your life to protect another. It might also be a water-related death or one due to drugs, alcohol, suicide, or fluid buildup somewhere in the body. Be careful around water and refrain from drugs and alcohol.


This combination typically shows a death which will be related to fire, anger, rash impulse (as in driving too fast or acting without thinking), blood illnesses or loss of blood, or 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.


Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, this usually indicates a very peaceful passing. The death could be related to your throat or neck, over-eating, diabetes, or caused by some "earthly" event like a natural disaster. These natives are usually quite old when they pass. These natives usually leave a legacy and their deaths make history.


Most of the time, this combination expires via respiratory complications. Pneumonia, asphyxiation, blockage in the airways, lung disease, smoking, emphysema, lack of breath. Be extra careful looking after your lungs. Quit smoking if you are a smoker!


This combination indicates a death that happens at home, surrounded by loved ones. It might also happen at the very same time as a parent's or other family member's passing. Could also be related to accidents in the home, food (obesity), breast illness or cancer, or stomach issues. Take extra care of your breasts/stomach areas. Regular breast exams are encouraged, even for men.


Most often, a Leo 8th House's death is related to the heart. Heart troubles and heart attacks are highlighted. It might also happen as a result of overestimating yourself (as in a fight or other risky venture). It could also be related to very grand, dramatic event such as on TV, in front of a crowd or audience, or in an otherwise bold way. Keep your heart in the best shape possible. Eat well and focus on getting cardiovascular exercise as often as you can.


This death is usually related to health issues, intestinal problems or illnesses, or virus or contagious illnesses. Stay on top of your health! Develop good hygiene, visit your doctors often, and protect yourself from nervous tension that may cause intestinal or stomach upset. Be careful with medicines.


This death is often related to diabetes or sweets. For these people, death will most likely be very peaceful, beautiful, and even artistic. It might also happen in sleep, at the same time as your spouse, or in another easy, loving way. This is a smooth death which will come at a time when you are totally at peace.


These are mysterious deaths, sexual deaths (possibly related to STDs), that possibly occur during war, or sometimes during a sexual experience. Hidden, quite often, these people pass alone—or, very rarely, by someone else's hand. This death 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 and refrain from provoking others.


This death occurs in a faraway land or while traveling. These people typically do not pass away near their homes. Probably while on a trip, while on the road, or overseas. However, they are likely to attain old age and only pass away when their bodies are too tired to carry on. It may be a carefree death that is quite easy. Since Sagittarius is also linked to sports, you should be careful of playing sports and sport-related injuries. This death could involve foreigners, and might also be related to growths (such as tumors or even obesity). Protect yourself from growths by dealing with stress and emotions quickly so that they do not build up. Be extra careful while traveling and driving.

Planets in the 8th House

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 influence the circumstances involved.

Common Questions About the Death House

I only fall partly in the 8th house. What does that mean?

Even if it looks like you fall almost entirely in the house of Scorpio, you need to look at the beginning to see exactly where it starts. If there is a little cusp in Libra, then you have a Libra 7th House, instead.

What if I'm on the cusp?

The main thing that determines which house you're in is where it starts rather than where it takes up the most space. If even a tiny cusp sits in Libra, that's where you are. Sometimes, the house isn't split between two signs, so it's simpler.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Yakubu Babatunde on May 05, 2020:

Gemini Sun

Capricorn Moon

Cancer Rising

Cancer North Node

Mars in 3rd

Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter in 4th House.

I have difficulty relationship with my family, and my life directions

Can you please shed more light on this?

Nicole on October 06, 2019:

When life was too much to bear and I felt like there was no escaping the situation I attempted suicide by downing a bottle of pills. Well, I'm still here thank goodness. When I was old enough to move away from home I began to build a life that I envisioned for myself and felt so much peace. I came to the point where I said, I want to die in my old age having seen at least 4 generations of my children. I'd take a bath, put on clean pj’s, go to bed and pass on peacefully in my sleep.

My 8th house cusp is Pisces.

Corey on August 01, 2019:

Mine is Aries in my 8th house too. but Im not dead yet. I have married and divorced 2 Aries. I read that the 8th house death is often called that when your life falls apart and you reborn yourself like a phoenix.... Did Sharon Tate not rise up again? Im worrid now

Ciara on April 23, 2019:

I was just reading up on Sharon Tate and looking at her natal chart. very strange she had aquarius in her eighth house. sudden death...maybe around friends. I don't like that mine is in Aries lol

chaya on August 03, 2018:

Very True.... My dad's 8th house was Aquarius and he died suddenly and we really dont know what happened. He was a fairly healthy person with no major illness.

Andie on July 29, 2018:

Holy sh*t. I've always had this weird feeling of knowing how I will die and I've been saying this since I was a kid, I said I would probably die of breast cancer in my 50s, idk, I just have a feeling. Now I find out that breast cancer is related to 8th house in Cancer. Wild sh*t, man.

Cristylez on February 12, 2018:

8th house Pisces, and truth be told I almost drowned in an ocean as a small child. I now have a fear an irrational fear of deep water. It's probably for the best.

nico on January 21, 2018:

south node in the eight house in pisces. i often think about suicide involving poison or drowning in the ocean and i feel kind of attracted to virginia woolf's death. may this also talk about my past-life way of dying?