Also very important is where the shadow falls over your chart, the house placement, as it will illuminate where the shadow is most alive in you. There is too much subtlety involved in a full analysis of the shadows in each house since the individual house rulers will be different for each chart but a brief sketch of the houses and their shadow focus follows:
First house – If your shadow falls in your first house (sun is in the seventh house) you must be wary of narcissism. The shadow in the first may present an “all about me” attitude with disinterest in anything outside your influence.
Second house – If your shadow falls in the second house (sun is in the eighth house) you must be wary of getting caught in the sensualities of life. Consumption, hoarding, avarice, and greed are dangerous pitfalls. When the surface seduces the second house shadow deceit and manipulation may follow.
Third house – If your shadow falls in the third house (sun is in the ninth house) you must be wary of using your intellect to create traps for yourself and others. Mental gymnastics and subtle manipulations are dangers. Disregard for the emotions of others and self-serving mental machinery is disruptive.
Fourth house – If your shadow falls in the fourth house (sun is in the tenth house) be wary of retreating into an inner world that never takes the chance to create anything of lasting value. Beware the victim mentality that sees everyone as “out to get” you and the world as a terrifying place.
Fifth house – If your shadow falls in the fifth house (sun is in the eleventh house) be wary of unbridled ambition masking deep seated insecurity. Keeping only “yes people” around and bullying with an impulse towards tyranny and an “its my way or the highway” attitude creates an unbalanced and non reflective life.
Sixth house – If your shadow falls in the sixth house (sun is in the twelfth house) be wary of self-indulgence and disregard for the physical body. Imbalances in daily living, poor health, and an underlying death wish may show up in this shadow. Physical health will point out when and how the shadow is feeding poison into the system.
Seventh house – If your shadow falls in the seventh house (sun is in the first house) be wary of losing yourself in relationships with others and defining the self based others’ expectations. Relationship issues will be paramount in showing where you need development.
Eighth house – If your shadow falls in the eighth house (sun is in the second house) be wary of falling into behaviors of obsession and control. There may be an extreme “need” to control others and everything within one’s space. Sexual control games, micromanagement, and manipulation are dangerous traps for this placement.
Ninth house – If your shadow falls in the ninth house (sun is in the third house) be wary of pursuing experiences for their own sake rather than for the soul’s journey. Disregard for consequences, unreliability, and preachiness to others without taking self-inventory are unfortunate possibilities.
Tenth house – If your shadow falls in the tenth house (sun is in the fourth house) be wary of building just to build and consuming just to consume. Unbridled ambition without an impulse to serve the greater good is dangerous. Looking to make a buck on the back of others and the CEO disease are warning signs.
Eleventh house – If your shadow falls in the eleventh house (sun is in the fifth house) be wary of demanding more from others than you would be willing to give yourself. Using and abusing connections of those who care will create an unhappy life.
Twelfth house – If your shadow falls isn the twelfth house (sun is in the sixth house) sbe wary of losing yourself in imagination, delusion, and addiction. Falling into patterns of paranoia, isolation, and waking nightmares (also known as worry).