the 8th house: your secret power

The 8th House: Your Secret Power

December 16, 2016 Susannah Meel 12 Comments

Did you know that your 8th house is the key to your secret power, your transformational potential?

The 8th house is the Scorpion’s lair and its modern ruler planet is Pluto. So what are Scorpio and Pluto known for? Scorpio is known for being a secretive and magnetic sign, and Pluto, at the initial stages of its evolution, is all about power and control in the name of self-preservation. The 8th house is like the “Underworld” of the chart and similarly to the 12th house it also hides things below the surface.

However, this should not be confused with the secrets of Neptune or the 12th house as that is where the dissolution of the Ego takes place. The 12th house is not a powerhouse like the 8th, it is traditionally known as the house of your self-undoing where your secrets can potentially defame you, which is very different from the 8th house where your personal power hides. The 12th house is the intermediate state between life and death, and as such it has no interest in exerting power or control over this world. Neptune is about letting go. Pluto is about control.

It is the most distant dwarf planet in our solar system and so it feels out of reach, elusive and mysterious, which is why Scorpio is often a very misunderstood sign. Pluto strives hard to protect its core because it fights its battles on its own. It is a lone wolf after all, far away from the biggest luminary (the Sun), all alone in this vast cosmic darkness. The 8th house as your secret power is often overlooked as it has a rep for mainly being the house of death, sex and inheritance.

From a Buddhist point of view, complete self-control is the true power. This type of power can act just as it desires in any situation. Buddhas (enlightened beings) have no limits to their willpower because they live in self-realization. A bodhisattva, one aspiring to become a Buddha, with a strong Mars placement (such as Mars in the 8th house) can quickly develop willpower. Buddhists consider this a blessing.

Some of the most extraordinary and famous people were born with a strong 8th house or a Stellium, and they probably mastered their hidden potential — no doubt! So take a look at your chart once again and see what your 8th house reveals about your secret power in your relationship with this world and its inhabitants.


Power: heroism, leadership, sex appeal

Your secret power lies in coming out on top, winning battles and going for what you want as you have incredible inner strength. You know how to defeat your enemy and you could be a great war strategist. You’re capable of significant breakthroughs, uncovering the truth behind a lie, leading the pack, surviving in the face of danger, effectively solving problems, overcoming death, mastering esoteric or occult topics, encouraging others to stand up for themselves, and being a hero for your people – you’re literally Katniss Everdeen in real life. In fact, you might become so famous for your deeds that you’ll be fondly remembered even post death. Your sex appeal is also highly attractive and your ability to bewitch the opposite gender will have people talking for centuries.

Famous people with this placement: Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Steve Jobs, Brigitte Bardot, John F. Kennedy, Robin Williams, Jackie Chan, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Deepak Chopra, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mark Hamill, Madonna, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Cobain, Mark Zuckerberg, Harrison Ford, Alizee, Brooke Shields, J.R.R. Tolkien


Power: sensuality, beauty, investments

Your secret power lies in your persistence and in making good investment deals. This is an auspicious house placement – you could reach the heights of wealth and become rich even if you were born poor or in a family with average income as you have an intuitive knack for attracting money and making a fortune. If you give yourself a chance you could develop great marketing skills as well and become a business coach. Your power and fame could also be in physical beauty – others might be drawn to your looks and feel compelled to get closer to you. You are highly sensual and know how to keep a lover interested long-term. You might be good at singing too and enchanting people with the deep sound of your voice.

Famous people with this placement: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwen Stefani, Sean Connery, Coco Chanel, Osho, Sophia Loren, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth I, Carrie Fisher, Ann Boleyn, Omar Sharif, Mata Hari, Katherine Kelly Lang, Johannes Kepler, Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears, Mahatma Gandhi, Aishwarya Rai, Frank Sinatra, Ewan McGregor


Power: higher knowledge, verbal expression, innovation

You secret power lies in higher knowledge and your ability to master multiple things at once. You have a powerful mind that could persuade people. You might beat others at languages, academics, humor, acting, creative writing, processing new information, holding powerful speeches etc. You could very well become famous for your intellect or for inventing a new method of communication. Your natural curiosity will lead you to places as you have great communication skills. You possess insight, so you could be a great writer – your words have a strong impact on people.

Famous people with this placement: Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Mark Zuckerberg, Eddie Murphy, Galileo Galilei, Charlotte Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Katy Perry, Grace Kelly, Prince, Vanessa Paradis, Charlie Chaplin, Robin Williams, Björk, Liz Greene, Edgar Allan Poe, Colin Firth


Power: emotional appeal, defense, a prophet or caretaker

Your secret power lies in maintaining the strongest emotional connections with people. You are able to appeal to others emotionally and they might see you as a mother figure, a defender of their home or a personal guardian. Your understanding of human emotions is very psychological, and with that Lunar energy in your 8th you might be psychic and able to sense things that others don’t. People look up to you as they feel nurtured by your sensitivity and concern for them. You could become a leader as you have the power to inspire people to follow you and fight for your cause – you take people under your wing and they love you for it.

Famous people with this placement: Vladimir Putin, Orlando Bloom, Sigmund Freud, Bono (U2), Nostradamus, Osho, Eva Green, Sathya Sai Baba, Carl Sagan, Emily Bronte, John Cleese, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Scarlett Johansson, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Leonardo da Vinci, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Taylor, Winona Ryder


Power: invincibility, willpower, a light in the dark

Your secret power lies in your personal charisma and confidence. Your powerful personality may grant you royal status among people. You are literally seen as a light in the dark as your Sun illuminates the dark depths of the 8th house and brings out hidden truths. You like to shine light on mysterious or taboo matters in this world and dismantle Pluto’s shadow with your Sun. This is a very spiritual placement – your Sun acts as your shield, blessing you with the ability to withstand psychic attacks.

Famous people with this placement: Mother Teresa, Michelangelo, Edgar Cayce, Elizabeth I, Deepak Chopra, Sylvia Plath, Julian Assange, Galileo Galilei, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Johannes Kepler, Robert Louis Stevenson, Swami Vivekananda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Oprah Winfrey, Prince William, Gerard Depardieu, Liam Neeson, Lorde


Power: intelligence, adaptability, healing

Your secret power lies in utilizing the full power of the mind. Your practical approach and realism keeps your feet on the ground even if the world would be falling apart. You are not the type to be easily fooled as you possess great detective ability. You are able to cover your tracks so well that nobody could ever find you nor suspect you. You’re incredibly smart and adaptable, and would excel at espionage. There could be communication with other dimensions or higher realms. You have the potential to master alchemy and act as a messenger between the mundane and the divine. Just like Hermes, the intermediator who visits the world of the living as well as the underworld. You could also become a keeper of sacred knowledge or teach mankind the art of healing.

Famous people with this placement: Barack Obama, Carl Jung, Marie Curie, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Anthony Hopkins, Ramakrishna, Howard Sasportas, George Adamski, Margaret Mead, Doreen Virtue


Power: beauty, charm, bringer of justice & harmony

Your secret power lies in relationships and your obvious charm or beauty. You are the embodiment of an especially seductive Venus that can make people easily fall at your feet. You know what people like and how to please them. This charm might also manifest in the way you carry yourself and in your personality traits. You could become famous for fighting for justice, peace and harmony in this world. You possess such powers of persuasion and diplomacy that you could easily attract followers. You might also indirectly gain a lot of personal power via romantic love.

Famous people with this placement: Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, Orlando Bloom, Adriana Lima, Abraham Lincoln, Antonio Banderas, Aamir Khan, Yves Saint Laurent, Bettie Page, Kajol, Madame de Pompadour, Chris Isaak, Edgar Degas, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston


Power: psychic abilities, transformation, sex

This is the most powerful 8th house placement of all as Pluto is naturally at home in the 8th. So your secret power lies in mastering the 8th house itself. This is the placement of a dark magician and the ultimate psychic. Your exceptional insight into human psychology, your ability to transform and embrace impermanence, your sexual power and lethal persona can easily intimidate others around you. Mastering the 8th house means going beyond the need for control, the fear of death, abuse of power, and the ability to tackle your karma and losses, and come out as a survivor. Pluto/Scorpio 8th house is like a dark tunnel but the key is to realize that there is light at the end of that tunnel – once you have grasped that truth and fought your demons, you could become unbeatable. You possess the power of transforming and changing the lives of others with your strong intuition.

Famous people with this placement: Bruce Lee, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Nostradamus, Margaret Thatcher, Liam Neeson, Sathya Sai Baba, Oscar Wilde, Katharine Hepburn, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Brandon Lee, Mark Hamill, Noam Chomsky, Shirley Temple, H.P. Lovecraft, Che Guevara, James Dean, Alexander the Great, Linda Goodman, Al Capone


Power: the “guru/teacher” archetype, truth & wisdom, exploration

Your secret power lies in an open-minded approach to the meaning of life and our role in the universe. You inspire people to go on a quest of truth and discovery. You bring new clarity and expansion to the mystical matters of the 8th house. Exploring foreign places can also bring you luck and fame. You could very well become the famous “guru” or teacher who shares his/her wisdom and philosophy with the people. You may face paranormal experiences in your life or literally go through things that are completely out of the norm – such as sudden fame or wealth out of pure luck and fortune. But your true power is in knowing that there is more to life than what we’ve been led to believe. You are able to see things from a more optimistic point of view, bringing humor and laughter into people’s lives, lightening up the darkness within a person. The sage of wisdom.

Famous people with this placement: Helena Blavatsky, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lawrence, Grace Kelly, Björk, Carl Jung, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Deepak Chopra, Paramahansa Yogananda, Yuri Gagarin, Martin Luther King, Nikola Tesla, Tim Burton, Vivien Leigh, Jules Verne, George Washington, Neil Armstrong, George Lucas, Amelia Earhart, Carl Sagan


Power: business skills, ambition, order

Your secret power lies in bringing order to chaos. You are very good at setting up a working structure, a stable system or keeping a tradition that holds the society together. Where others could crumble and fall, you will stand your ground – firm and strong until the end. Even when there’s failure you are still unshakeable in your passion and ambition. You could master the financial side of the 8th house, inspire a strong sense of discipline in others and build a fortune for future generations. You’re usually business savvy and possess a great scientific mind. You’d do well in almost anything because no matter how slow and steady you are, you’re a hard worker and you keep your eyes set on the goal. Mastering your Saturn in the 8th house means overcoming despair and rarely giving up even in the most desperate of times.

Famous people with this placement: Sigmund Freud, Osho, Ewan McGregor, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette, Liz Greene, Rene Descartes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Niels Bohr, Michael Ende, Augustus, Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling, Gordon Ramsay, Benicio del Toro, Judy Garland, Voltaire, Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy, Edie Sedgwick


Power: freedom, resistance, groundbreaking discoveries

Your secret power lies in being unconventional, breaking free from the old, rebellion against oppression and bringing humanity toward a progressive future with your revolutionary ideas. You are a visionary at heart, an advocate for human rights, and you stand out against the mainstream and the outdated. You’re able to bring significant change to society and make a huge difference. Fame through great scientific discoveries or advanced technology is also possible. You think outside the box and this can take you to places where no human being has ever been before – even to alien worlds. The Prometheus of mankind.

Famous people with this placement: The Dalai Lama, Leonardo da Vinci, Helena Blavatsky, Grigori Rasputin, Hermann Hesse, Jeff Green, Uri Geller, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Richard Gere, Steven Spielberg, William Shakespeare, Stephen King, Aleister Crowley, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Anne Frank, Shailene Woodley


Power: artistic skills, spirituality, emotional intelligence

Your secret power lies in self-transcendence, compassion and a great intuition. The veil that separates the realm of the living from the dead can become blurred as this spiritual placement represents a dissolution of the “Self”. In Neptune’s eyes, the universe is an infinite place of endless possibilities and there aren’t really any boundaries. Your power is essentially about being unbound by this world. A lot of famous artists, musicians and actors are born with this placement and you, too, have the power to make your dreams come true and bring your artistic talents to life. An outstanding ability to channel universal wisdom is also possible. A person with this placement could become a psychic medium.

Famous people with this placement: Edgar Cayce, Nicolaus Copernicus, Frida Kahlo, Indira Gandhi, Franz Kafka, Agatha Christie, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Aurobindo, Martin Luther, Nelson Mandela, Johann von Goethe, Henry Ford, George Orwell, H.P Lovecraft, Madame Soleil, Sergei Prokofiev

Thank you for reading, everyone, and stay tuned for Part 2 which will be about the North Node, South Node, Lilith, Chiron, asteroids etc! And in the meantime, remember that you’ve got the power. 😉


  • Priscilla March 30, 2020 at 4:55 AM

    Very Interesting!
    I have a natural chart, Aries rising, with Scorpio in the 8th house.

    Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Pluto in Scorpio. My sun 0° Sag, but in the 8th house.

    Very interesting…

  • cnas1987 April 13, 2018 at 1:08 AM

    Great article! ✌😃

  • Julie Luke November 9, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Thank you for this article. It is very informative and helps the puzzle pieces become more clear. I have a stellium of moon,mars,Jupiter, and Saturn in the 8th as well as my north node and juno.

  • Melisa September 2, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    But what if I don’t have any planets in the 8th house?

    • Susannah Meel September 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

      Then look at the ruler of your 8th house or what sign your 8th house is in. 🙂

  • quietglamour August 11, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Thanks for writing about the eighth house in a more positive light 🙂
    I really enjoy your articles.
    Please keep writing!

    • Susannah Meel August 12, 2017 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you so much for reading! 🙂 I am very glad you like my articles!

  • Claudia July 8, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    A great article. Thank you!

  • Collette June 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Love This Info… So Grateful

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