Empty 7th House in Astrology: Meaning & How to Read Yours

An empty 7th House in your natal chart means that you don’t need planets there in order to develop cooperative or committed relationships. It does not mean that you won’t be able to have successful relationships or that they won’t be important in your life.


Is an empty 7th House something you should worry about? What could you expect with no planets in your 7th House?

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • You can still have healthy relationships with no planets present in the house.
  • The sign of your 7th House and its ruling planet can offer more information.
  • Planets will still visit your empty 7th House through transits.
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What does an empty 7th House in my chart mean?

Many astrologers consider 10 planets when doing a chart reading, but there are 12 houses in your natal chart.

Everyone has some empty houses in their chart.

But should an empty Seventh house be something to worry about? What should you expect if you find your 7th House empty?

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What does the Seventh House mean?

One name for the 7th House is the House of Marriage.

This house describes creating bonds and forming relationships.

While this house does describe marriage and romantic, committed relationships, it could also describe very close friendships.

Your Seventh details who you are looking for in life and also the style in which you behave within your close relationships and how you relate to others.

  • committed relationships
  • how you see the perspective of another
  • traits you are drawn to in others
  • cooperation
  • power balance in relationships
  • adjusting yourself to be in a partnership
  • traits you may not recognize within yourself

What are empty houses in astrology?

An empty house in astrology is simply any house with no natal planets sitting in it.

Astrologers may have different viewpoints on the meaning of an empty house but in the type of astrology I practice, Evolutionary Astrology, it simply means that you didn’t need a planet in that house to achieve what you came here to do in this lifetime.

Some people worry that an empty house means that you will lag behind in that area of life while others wonder if it is a house whose issues just won’t be very vital in their life.

My view is that any house may be important in your life, regardless of whether it sits empty or not.

Empty houses still have the potential to be a vital part of your life.

You can learn more about the meaning of empty houses in our article here, and reasons why your empty house may be more important than it may seem at first glance.

What if my Seventh House is empty?

If your 7th House is empty, then the act of forming relationships and being able to cooperate with those you have a connection with doesn’t require a planet present in your 7th in order to be successful.

example chart showing an empty 7th house
Example of an empty 7th House in a natal chart.

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In Evolutionary Astrology, your chart is always the “right” one for you”, and can lead you to a fulfilling life no matter which of your houses sits empty.

You were born with all of the tools and qualities necessary to build quality and healthy connections with people regardless of the fact that your Seventh House contains no planets.

With an empty Seventh House, you simply needed your planets to be elsewhere in your chart.

While I don’t feel as though an empty 7th means that you will simply breeze through the business of this house, I also feel that a lack of planets here won’t prevent you from bonding and interacting with others in a happy and healthy way.

Luckily, just because there are no planets to read, your chart still offers ways you can pull insight from your empty 7th House.

How do I read my empty 7th House?

Even with no planets in sight, your natal chart still holds many clues as to how you may navigate your empty 7th House.

The boundary line, or cusp, of this house is considered to be a vital angle in your shart and holds extra significance in astrology.

It has a special name, the Descendant, and it represents “who you are not.” These are traits that you may not recognize within yourself, but also qualities that you may be drawn to in others.

And, following the steps below, you can learn more about what your Descendant symbolizes in your life and gain more insight into your empty 7th House.

1. Your Seventh House sign

In your natal chart, determine which of the signs of the Zodiac the cusp of your Seventh House, your Descendant, sits in.

Taking another look at our example chart below, you can see that the cusp of their 7th House sits in the sign of Taurus.

an example chart showing their 7th house cusp in taurus
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This 7th House sign details traits and characteristics that may help to shape how you experience this house and may offer clues into strengths and weaknesses when it comes to how you bond and relate with others.

If you want to read more about the sign on your empty Seventh House cusp, you can learn more in our guide to the Zodiac signs here.

2. Look up the ruling planet of your Seventh House sign

You can also pull out more information about your empty 7th House from your chart by figuring out the planetary ruler of your 7th House sign.

Every sign of the Zodiac has one or two planets that rule it.

In the table below, find your 7th House sign to find out which planet or planets rule it.

Zodiac Sign of Your Seventh HouseZodiac Sign’s Ruling Planet or Planets
AriesMars
TaurusVenus
GeminiMercury
CancerThe Moon
LeoThe Sun
VirgoChiron (modern), Mercury (traditional)
LibraVenus
ScorpioPluto (modern), Mars (traditional)
SagittariusJupiter
CapricornSaturn
AquariusUranus (modern), Saturn (traditional)
PiscesNeptune (modern), Jupiter (traditional)

3. Locate the planetary ruler of your Seventh House sign

Find where this planet that rules the sign of your 7th House sits in your natal chart. Notice which sign and house this planetary ruler sits in.

The qualities of that sign will mix and merge with the traits of your 7th House sign, filling in more detail and adding more dimension to how you may experience your 7th House.

In addition, the parts of life described by the house that this ruling planet resides in could be linked to your 7th House also.

Back to our example chart, their 7th House cusp sits in Taurus, and from the table above, you can see that the ruler of Taurus is Venus.

an example chart highlighting venus, taurus' ruler
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In their chart, Venus is located in Pisces in the 4th House. So, the traits of Pisces and the areas of life described by the 4th House could influence how this person experiences their empty 7th House.

4. Find Venus in your chart

In the example chart we’ve been using, we already looked to Venus as the ruler of their 7th House sign. However, Venus also rules the 7th House in astrology, so where Venus is found in your natal chart will also influence how you experience your empty Seventh House.

The sign and house you find your Venus in may offer more insight into how you may experience your empty 7th house, blending its qualities with those you have already uncovered in the previous steps.

Will my empty Seventh House always be empty?

While it is true that your natal chart is a snapshot fixed in time at the moment of your birth, you will still have planetary energy in your empty Seventh House when visited by the transiting planets.

The term “transiting planets” in astrology describes the current and continuously moving planets. Find out more about planets in transit in this article from Astro.com.

Just because the planets in your natal chart are fixed in place, currently, the planets are always moving. As they orbit, they circle and light up areas in your natal chart with their planetary energy.

empty 7th house with transiting uranus
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I have brought back our example chart, but this time with transiting planets shown as well. You can see transiting Uranus sitting in their otherwise empty 7th House.

Uranus isn’t a fast-moving planet, so considering it just entered their 7th House, it will remain there for years, along with its energy and influence.

When you consider the planets in transit, your empty 7th House can still be a hotbed of activity.

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