I can still recall the moment when I first discovered that I have my Sun, Mars, Mercury and North Node in the 8th house of death.
Oh great! Does that mean I'm not going to last very long in the mortal realm?
Well, not necessarily, because other keywords for the 8th house include: 'regeneration', 'transformation', 'sexuality' and 'taboo subjects'.
Fabulous! Is something really traumatic going to happen to me and either I live through it or drop off the face of the Earth?
I guess in hindsight, I've had my dark moments in life, but as a beginner, those keywords only served to freak me out.
When I first began to read charts for friends, I remember feeling rather apprehensive about the 8th house. Those keywords are a start (along with 'shared resources', 'investments', 'inheritance'). But how do you make them practical (and not so scary)?
When I share my chart with other astrologers, they often comment on my packed 8th house, 'You have a lot of depth in your character', 'You tend to attract trauma into your life so you should become a counsellor,' 'You need to get light from other people.'
In my experience, I found that those with a prominent 8th house tend to get moments of deep depression where they may contemplate death or have extremely dark thoughts about others or themselves. Or they just love to analyse people and find out what makes them tick. Naturally, the sign on the 8th house cusp is also an important factor to consider, but so far, I've found that people with a prominent 8th house is unlikely to be naive - even if they appear to be so on the surface.
What's your take on the 8th house?