I’m not sure why the eighth house gives people pause. It might be because it is associated with Scorpio, a sign with an undeserved reputation for being dark and troublesome. There is nothing better or worse about the eighth house than any of the other houses.
Scorpio, and the eighth house it rules, often put us in a position of having to deal with the basic underpinnings of life – birth, death and transformation. It makes sense the financial matters related to the eighth house include taxes and money we inherit from people who have died. Death and taxes are usually included in the list of what is inevitable.
Those who have planets in the eighth house, particularly personal planets like the Sun and Moon, may end up facing more than a few hard truths over the course of their lives. They often learn early wanting something desperately doesn’t mean you are going to get it. Pluto, ruler of Scorpio and the eighth house, makes sure we learn the pitfalls of unfounded expectations and assumptions. How those personal planets in the eighth house are aspected determines how we learn those lessons. Hard aspects such the square and opposition from an outer planet usually mean the lessons will be unavoidable. Trines and sextiles give one a somewhat easier time of it. It is rather like aspects to Pluto . . . it doesn’t matter what they are, the sting is still there.
A strong eighth house has some real benefits including the ability to heal one’s self, an interest in good financial management, a willingness to tackle making a will and other paperwork associated with the end of life as well as being willing to dig deep to find the truth. Being able to acknowledge our dark side and learn to accept it without judgment is another valuable aspect of an active eighth house.
Most eighth house types spend a great deal of time thinking about security, both emotional and financial which are often inextricably intertwined. At some point in their lives, they discover how fragile that security can be if it is based outside themselves. It is our relationship with ourselves where the foundation for what passes for security is found.
Something else those with strong eighth houses share with Scorpio types is undergoing at least one, if not more, major transformative experience in their lives. Typically we figure this out using hind sight because we’re too busy surviving when those events are occurring.
If you have a loaded eighth house, be thankful rather than worried. After all, it gives you an edge when handling all those tough issues that make others wince! Take it from someone who has Scorpio Rising and a strong Pluto presence in her chart.