E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
House (1 syl.).
In astrology the whole heaven is divided into twelve portions, called houses, through which the heavenly bodies pass every twenty-four hours. In casting a mans fortune by the stars, the whole host is divided into two parts (beginning from the east), six above and six below the horizon. The eastern ones are called the ascendant, because they are about to rise; the other six are the descendant, because they have already passed the zenith. The twelve houses are thus awarded:
(1) House of life; (2) House of fortune and riches; (3) House of brethren; (4) House of relatives; (5) House of children; (6) House of health.
(7) House of marriage; (8) House of death (the upper portal); (9) House of religion; (10) House of dignities; (11) House of friends and benefactors; (12) House of enemies.