The 8th house is naturally ruled by Scorpio and is traditionally known as the house of sex, death and taxes. The 8th house governs the finances of others including your spouse, business partners and the inheritances you receive. The 8th also governs the occult, what is hidden as well as death and transformation. The sign on the cusp and the planets inside offer insights into our shared resources, debts, sex life and transformational process.
Carmen Turner-Schott writes in The Mysteries of the Eighth Astrological house “The eighth house in our astrological chart is known as the house of death and rebirth. This does not just cover physical death experiences, but also encompasses symbolic death as well”
Paul Wade states in Be Your Own Astrologer “The eight house is concerned with shared resources, other people s values, and assorted financial dealings -including loans, insurance and tax. On a deeper level this house shows change, depth and complexity, including spiritual values far from the material world”
Please note when doing an interpretation, we always consider the entire chart; that includes aspects to the planets. Also, a house is never empty; you always have a sign on the cusp. Every house has a ruling planet if you follow the ruling planet you will find additional insights.
Sun in the 8th house takes on Scorpio Sun like energy; you are always dying and being reborn you are the alchemist. You illuminate the darker parts of others; all personal planets in the 8th house show someone that is psychologically astute when tapped in. You are a very private person and can see through the masks that other people wear. You are welcome to read about the 8th house planets or having a strong Pluto signature here:
Some famous people with Sun in the 8th house: Nicole Kidman, Lana Del Rey, Demi Moore, Warren Buffett, Sylvia Plath, Wiz Khalifia, Sylvia Brown and Shirley MacClaine
Moon in the 8th house can indicate someone that benefits from women financially. This shows a level of emotional depth, intensity as well as extremes. You rarely do anything half way, you are either all in or not in it at all. The person with the 8th house Moon has to watch for the tendency to be emotionally destructive. This is a person that experiences emotions in extremes; love and hate, passion and disinterest they should strive toward emotional equilibrium; the same can be said for Pluto in hard aspect to the Moon.
Some famous people with Moon in the 8th house: Nicki Minaj, Zac Efron, Charlie Sheen, Johnny Cash, OJ Simpson, Bobby Brown, Lisa Marie Presley and Eartha Kitt
Mercury in the 8th house wants to get to the bottom of things; they have hidden knowledge they like to probe, prod and discover. They may have a gift for dealing with others finances, they may have a knack for getting others to open up. They may ask questions but never offer up any personal information. A deep thinker but usually holds the cards close to the vest. As with all planets in the 8th house parts of them are likely always hidden.
Some famous people with Mercury in the 8th house: Emma Watson, Michael Jordan, Sean Penn, Carrie Fisher, Deepak Chopra, Maya Angelou, Ice Cube and Stephen Curry
Venus in the 8th house values sex and security in personal relationships. Similar to the Moon this placement can suggest destructive partnerships. All or nothing, love and hate, power and control themes are likely. This placement can also suggest benefiting financially from marriage. You may also be distrustful of others motives and it may be challenging for you to open up. You may be drawn to taboo relationships and hidden connections. You may be drawn to a partner with an edge and some mystery.
Venus in the 8th house may also relate to Venus/Pluto which I wrote about here:
Some famous people with Venus in the 8th house: Sharon Tate, Miley Cyrus, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Courtney Love, Ed Norton, Sophia Loren and Kendrick Lamar
Mars in the 8th house will likely have disputes over shared resources at some point in life. Strong sexual nature; you may go through periods where you have a lot of sex and periods where you have none. You are sexually intense. This is one of my placements for not experiencing physical pain (along with Pluto in the 8th) You may take life to the extreme and find it difficult to establish balance. You may find it challenging to forgive and can sit on a resentment for a long time; in some cases plotting revenge. You may work with other peoples finances, as a surgeon, a detective or psychotherapist.
Some famous people with Mars in the 8th house: Ariana Grande, Princess Diana, Brigitte Bardot, Fergie, Ava Gardner, Farrah Fawcett, Diana Ross and Lauren Bacall
Jupiter in the 8th house may gain monetary gifts from marriage partners as well as inheritances. With this placement you want to watch out for over extending yourself with loans and debts; Jupiter expands whatever it touches for better or worse. Overall I do feel if wealth should be lost you are able to regain it. Jupiter can assist you with personal transformation perhaps even making it easier. You may have a gift for helping others heal particularly during times of bereavement. You sometimes see this placement -as well as Neptune in the 8th- that have a gift of clairvoyance.
Some famous people with Jupiter in the 8th house: Elizabeth Taylor, Joe Biden, Gigi Hadid, The Olsen Twins, Sarah Palin, Martha Stewart and Priscilla Presley
Saturn in the 8th house sometimes has difficulty letting go you may resist change. Sometimes this person has a fear of death and of transformation. I find this to be a challenging placement; the person often resists deep intimacy on some level. I see this placement vary strongly sexually sometimes it shows up as the sexually repressed person. You can feel the energy is very uptight and the person can not go with the flow. I have also seen this placement in people who are responsible for someone elses finances in their lifetime and do not want to be. I had a client that wanted to turn down a large sum of money because the family of the deceased was mad she was receiving it. You also see this with limiting mindset regarding prosperity; you are worthy of abundance in all forms.
Some famous people with Saturn in the 8th house: Pope Francis, Ted Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Renee Zellweger, Ian Somerhalder, Ewan McGregor, Julio Iglesias and John Legend
Uranus in the 8th house can show unexpected financial gains through unexpected sources. This persona may be sexually uninhibited -anything goes – you may experience sudden deaths of loved ones in this lifetime. This placement can indicate sudden psychic hunches; you know things without knowing how or why-you just know. This placement can also create sudden and unexpected changes through our your life. You may feel as though you are one way and on one path and suddenly you are re-reouted and called to be someone else. You may take chances and like to live life on the edge
Some famous people with Uranus in the 8th house: Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Greta Garbo, Amber Rose, Warren Beatty, Jon Benet-Ramsey, Brandy and Ed Harris
Neptune in the 8th house has strong psychic energy! Seeks sexual experiences where they can transcend this plane of existence. If you have this placement run credit checks on potential spouses and business partners make sure you are seeing the full financial picture. This placement can be extremely emotional and may seek to transcend that sensitivity with some sort of addiction. As always the entire chart is to be considered. You may see lovers through rose colored glasses; try to see them as they are flaws and all.
Some famous people with Neptune in the 8th house: Whitney Houston, Jim Morrison, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Jim Jones (Cult Leader), Laura Dern. Naya Rivera and Jay Leno
Pluto is at home in the 8th house I wrote a complete entry about it here: https://starsmoonandsun.com/2013/01/16/living-with-pluto-in-the-8th-house/
Some famous people with Pluto in the 8th house: Shia LaBeouf, Margaret Thatcher, Goldie Hawn, Paris Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Rodman, Keifer Sutherland and Nipsey