What does all of this mean, anyway? As we wind down our journey through the zodiac wheel, the eleventh house brings us into the space of existential enlightenment.
Here’s where we can look back and have a good laugh at ourselves, finally getting the punchline that nothing in this mortal coil actually means anything anyway. Or does it? In the high-minded 11th house, you’re free to chew on that from sunup to sundown. And you might just emerge as a thought leader, social media influencer or the face of a new wave of activism.
In the 11th house we’re more concerned with the future than the boring past. This innovative zone rules technology and science, rocketing our minds into deep space and psychedelic dimensions. Astrology and metaphysical subjects are also 11th house matters. It can get woo here, but in a data-driven way that requires mathematical calculations. Can you say, sacred geometry?
Computers, electricity, the Internet—and all scientific developments are governed by the 11th house. This is the lab of the mad scientist. Look to your 11th house to learn where you are invited to be experimental and eccentric.
The meaning of the 11th house in astrology
The 11th house is the final of the four succedent houses, along with the 2nd, 5th and 8th houses. These sit in-between the initiating angular houses and the transitional cadent houses. Succedent houses are a lot like the fixed zodiac signs. Here is where we roll up our sleeves to turn the big ideas ignited in the angular houses into tangible realities—in this case through the power of teamwork and technology.
Human connection is prized in this “air house,” the third of the trio that includes the 3rd and 7th houses. But it occurs on grander scale here, in the “one love” realm of community and group collaborations. Diversity is welcomed so don’t bother printing team jerseys unless you’re open to everyone customizing them to taste. Think “chorus” rather than “unified voice.”
The calves are ruled by the 11th house, which makes sense, since this chart sector shows the things you may run away from. After the heavy adulting of the 10th house, there is a need for liberation and autonomy. Revolutions and uprisings live here, the kinds of revolts that occur after long periods of injustice.
Individual expression is prized as long as there’s room for everyone to be honored for their unique gifts. It’s only fair, and equity is a huge deal here. This house shares similar traits to free-spirited, radical Aquarius, the 11th sign of the zodiac. When it’s time for a protest march or to send in humanitarian aid, the 11th house shows how we give back to the world.
Since computers and social media are part of its domain, cancel culture was surely born here as a means of reclaiming a voice. Populism or any “power to the people” movement lives in the 11th house and can sometimes lead to societal breakdowns. It’s all a giant experiment here, but after all, what does all of this mean, anyway? Hey..that sounds like a great subject for an 11th house salon.
What are the houses in astrology?
The zodiac wheel is a 360-degree circle, divided into 12 segments, or houses. Each house represents a different essential aspect of our lives. In the Movie of You, the houses are like the different sets or stages where the planets (actors) play out their roles (given by the zodiac signs).
You must know your time of birth to accurately determine the houses in your chart. If it wasn’t recorded on your birth certificate, you may have to work with an approximation, as in “My mom says it was sometime right around 4:30.” Or find an astrologer who does rectified charts. This intuitive, investigative reading can suss out what your closest birth time may be.
If you use the Placidus method (which we prefer and recommend), you may notice that the houses of your chart are different sizes. This takes into account the Earth’s tilt. The further from the equator you were born, the more unequal your houses will be in size.
How do you know which planets are in your eleventh house?
Each house is like a movie set of your life where different types of action are taking place. When a planet is in that house, it’s like an actor on that set. To find out if you were born with planets in your 11th house, run a free birth chart here on our site. Then, look to see if there are any planet glyphs occupying that segment.
Here’s a handy guide to the planet glyphs for checking out your own chart:
Example using Bruce Lee’s birth chart
The meaning of the planets in the eleventh house
Which planets do you have in the 11th house? Here’s what each planet means in that position.
Which planets do you have in the 11th house? Here’s what each planet means in that position.
You may prefer casual connections to intensely intimate interactions that can flood your circuits with too much passion. Because of this, you can disengage as quickly as you connect. In fact, your platonic pals may get better treatment than your romantic partners.
Read more about the Sun in the 11th house
While you can be cool as a cucumber, you care deeply for humanity. That said, you may get stuck rationalizing your emotions by saying how you think, instead of how you feel. Learning to tune in to your heart instead of going right to your intellect will expand your empathetic range.
Read more about the Moon in the 11th house
Collaborations are your jam and you know how to get the party started basically anywhere. When you’re clear that an idea will benefit the world at large, you’ll be extra motivated. While you may feel like a lone wolf in moments, get out of isolation.
Read more about Mercury in the 11th house
Your emotionally cool Venus placement finds it a relief to plant into a relationship instead of playing all those aggravating head games of the courtship phase. The non-negotiable? Your mate must be a strong individual with a lush life outside of the relationship.
Read more about Venus in the 11th house
The conventional moires of relationships may feel confining to you as this Mars energy allows you to fully adore more than one person at a time. Some may accuse you of emotional detachment, even! Intimacy and vulnerability may be skills you have to work toward developing.
Read more about Mars in the 11th house
Naturally philosophical, you think so far outside the box that you’re not even sure if it’s a box anymore. While people appreciate your refreshingly unexpected POV, some of your concepts are too far afield for the average bear. Just make sure you’re not being a rebel without a cause.
Read more about Jupiter in the 11th house
You’re the ultimate team player…with an asterisk. You’ll be a joiner…if you feel a deep sense of synergy. There’s not much you’ll do in life, “just for the heck of it.” Life is a brief and wonderful opportunity to help humanity gain greater consciousness—and you’re here to be part of that.
Read more about Saturn in the 11th house
It’s not that you’re trying to be “different,” you just are. And that is totally your charm! The best part is, you have zero need to conform; in fact, it’s your individuality that makes you a hit. Part of you dislikes having any sort of “privilege” over others in this way.
Read more about Uranus in the 11th house
You’re a seeker and idealist who feels a little (or a lot) out of sync with mainstream society. Finding a place to fit in may be a long and winding quest. Ultimately, you are here to realize that true “divine belonging” is an inside job. You fit in nowhere and everywhere, and that is your gift!
Read more about Neptune in the 11th house
As you evolve, you come to embrace your individuality and see it as a gift. That said, finding a “soul squad” is definitely key to your happiness. As you gain confidence, you may discover that empowering people is one of your transformational gifts.
Read more about Pluto in the 11th house
What do the planets mean in the houses?
First and foremost, there is no “right answer” to this question. In fact, you could speculate on at least ten ways a planet is influencing a house at any given moment. This impact will also evolve over time.
To get you started on reflecting, below are some key words for each planet.
- Sun: Self-expression, ego, creativity, vitality, leadership, passion, what excites you
- Moon: Needs, desires, intuition, what comforts you
- Ascendant/Rising: The first impression you make, initial instincts, appearance, attractions
- Mercury: Communication, curiosity, thought processes, what you like to talk and learn about
- Venus: Romance, seduction, fashion sense, what brings you pleasure, what you’ll spend money on
- Mars: Instincts, turn-ons, lust, drive, motivation, pursuits, what you’ll fight for (and about)
- Jupiter: Luck, inspiration, adventure, risk-taking, travel style, expansion, what you like learning about
- Saturn: Time and karma, caution, challenges and struggles, boundaries, what you learn the hard way
- Uranus: Innovation, originality, idealism, where you’re a rebel and a revolutionary
- Neptune: Dreams, the subconscious, fantasy, glamor, addiction, healing, boundless imagination
- Pluto: Secrets, wealth transformation, evolution, the unconscious, power (struggles)
- North Node: Destiny, soul evolution, dharma, the new “language” you are learning to speak
How does each planet influence my eleventh house?
If you were born with any planet in your 11th house, it will influence the following areas of life:
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Social justice
- Hopes and wishes
- Astrology and other metaphysical topics
- Unconventionality and originality
When a planet is transiting (orbiting) through your 11th house, these subjects will likely arise.
These areas of life are thoroughly described in the 11th place planet links above.
Another example using Bruce Lee’s birth chart
Legendary martial artist, actor and filmmaker Bruce Lee had the intuitive moon, charming Venus, warrior Mars and communicator Mercury in his 11th house. On screen and off, Lee was an awe-inspiring disruptor, who stole the show with his imitible moves. True to the iconoclastic style of the 11th house, Lee not only starred in his films but wrote and directed them as well. A revered instructor, he remained devoted to his community of students before and after fame, choosing the film world as his career to avoid commercializing his teaching.
Planets in the Zodiac Signs
There’s one more layer to this! The zodiac sign that the planet is in directs the role that it plays in your life. For example, if motivational Mars was Lady Gaga (the “actor”), Mars in dreamy, artistic Pisces would cast her— far from the shallow—as Ally in A Star Is Born. Mars in calculating, status-hungry Capricorn could turn her into Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci.
Or in the case of Bruce Lee, his 11th house planets are all in Scorpio, the sign of death and transformation. After years of being denied a starring role in American films due to his Asian heritage, Lee moved to Hong Kong to become a star. In 1972, he finally broke through Hollywood’s racism to star in his film Enter The Dragon. Tragically, the martial arts icon died one month before the film’s release. Enter The Dragon went on to gross $200 million, turning Bruce Lee into a posthumous legend who paved the way for broader depictions of Asian Americans in movies and TV.
Keywords for the zodiac signs that appear in your chart
- Aries: independence, assertiveness, gutsiness, self-direction, novelty, trailblazing
- Taurus: stability, tenacity, values and ethics, routines, material comfort, sensuality, luxury, tradition
- Gemini: communication, curiosity, dynamic duos, variety, mobility, ingenuity
- Cancer: nurturing, sensitivity, emotions, home, family, roots, children, security
- Leo: passion, romance, self-expression, courage, loyalty, charisma, childlike spirit
- Virgo: wellness, efficiency, service, systems, organization, common sense, innocence, cleanliness
- Libra: commitment, partnership, equality, balance, mutuality, fairness, give and take
- Scorpio: intimacy, sex, secrecy, power, control, intensity, depth, obsessiveness, wealth, joint ventures
- Sagittarius: adventure, travel, expansion, wisdom, entrepreneurship, cross-cultural relationships
- Capricorn: ambition, structure, goals, long-term plans, achievements, prestige, status, time
- Aquarius: teamwork, originality, social justice, the future, technology, community, society, ideals
- Pisces: healing, dreams, fantasy, intuition, artistic ability, mystery, psychic abilities, compassion
What if my 11th house is empty, has no planets in it?
Empty houses still play a role—and we think of them like blank canvases where you might even have a little more freedom to say what goes. In some ways, this might even be a relief!
But no house will ever stay empty for long. The moon transits (orbits) through all 12 houses in the span of a month. The Sun visits each throughout one year. When a planet transits through a house, it lights it up with its energy. That area of your life will feel the influence!
For example, if abundant Jupiter is in your 11th house of technology and collaboration, you could make a windfall from an online venture, perhaps one you do in association with a development team. Transformational Pluto there could bring a swift change of teams or a betrayal from within the ranks that causes you to find a more suitable organization to engage in.