Death, especially when it pertains to astrology, is a very sticky subject. No one wants to think of it.. no one wants to talk of it.. no one wants to even acknowledge it half of the time.. but that doesn't mean that it's not still there (and still going to happen to each of us eventually).
I believe that many of us could benefit from a little more introspection and going face-to-face with our fear of death. Astrology is a wonderful tool that helps shed light on this taboo subject, while comforting us at the same time.
The 8th house is the house of death. It traditionally relates to other things as well, such as inheritance, sex and other people's money. But overall, the 8th house shows how we will die in this lifetime and any surrounding issues related to our deaths.
Look into your chart and find what sign your 8th house Cusp is in, and if there are any planets in the house. In order to prolong your life, take extra caution in the matters related to your 8th house cusp sign.
When your 8th house cusp is in;
Aries: It typically shows a death which will be related to fires, anger, speedy impulse (as in driving too fast or acting without thinking), blood illnesses/loss of blood, fights or disputes with other people which you may lose. Be extra careful in these areas. If you are anemic, pay extra attention to your health.
Taurus: Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, this usually shows a very peaceful passing; a bitter-sweet death. Could be related to your throat or neck, over-eating, diabetes, or some "earthy" way.. natural disasters, etc. These natives are usually quite old when they pass. These natives usually leave a legacy and their deaths make history.
Gemini: The highest majority of times pass by respiratory complications. Pneumonia, asphyxiation, blockage in the air-pipes, lung diseases, smoking, emphysema, lack of breath. Be extra careful looking after your lungs and breathing. Quit smoking if you are a smoker!
Cancer: At home. These natives typically pass at home, surrounded by loved ones, or even at the very same time as their parents or other family members. Could also be related to accidents in the home, food (obesity), breast illnesses/cancers, stomach issues. Take extra care of your breasts/stomach areas. Regular breast exams are encouraged, even for men.
Leo: Most often is related to the heart. Heart troubles, heart attacks. Or by over-estimating yourself (as in a fight or other risky venture). It could also be related to very grand, dramatic deaths; such as on TV, in front of a crowd/audience, or an otherwise bold way. Keep your heart in the best shape possible. Eat well, stay focused on getting cardio exercise often.
Virgo: Is usually related to health issues, intestinal problems or illnesses, bad 'germs' (such as the contagious flu). Or due to bad medicine / poisons. Stay on top of your health! Develop great hygiene, visit your doctors often and protect yourself from nervous tension that may cause intestinal/stomach upset. Be careful of medicines.
Libra: Often related to diabetes, lovers, sweets. Death, for these natives, will most likely be very peaceful, beautiful and even artistic. In sleep, at the same time as your spouse, or another easy, loving way. Smooth death which will come at a time when you are totally at peace.
Scorpio: Mysterious deaths, sexual deaths, possibly related to STD's. Hidden and quite often, these natives pass alone -- or rarely, at the hand of someone else. Possibly in war, or somehow during a sexual experience. It is usually quite intense and spiritually enlightening. Be extra careful in matters of sex. Get regular checkups of your reproductive organs. Protect yourself from sexual illnesses and refrain from provoking others.
Sagittarius: In a far away land, or while traveling. These natives typically do not pass away near their homes. They are very likely to grow old, and only pass away when their bodies are too tired to carry on. Could be while on a trip/vacations/overseas, could be related to foreigners, could be related to growths (such as tumors or even obesity). Carefree death that is usually quite easy. On a physical front, protect yourself from growths by dealing with stress and emotions quickly so that they do not build up. Be extra careful while traveling, driving, and the like.
Capricorn: Very often lives to see 80, 90 or even an older age! These people have the ability to live the very longest lives, if they take good care of themselves and keep working. Their bodies typically begin to go downhill after retirement, so the key to an exceptionally long life is to keep on working.. if not in a career, find other fulfilling "work" to keep yourself busy into old age (hobbies, volunteer work, care-taking for others, etc). Be careful of your knees and work-related stresses.
Aquarius: Unexpected, quick and usually painless. People with this placement typically pass very unexpectedly, tending to shock everyone around them. Bizarre accidents, or even related to their friends.. possibly at the same time as some of their friends, while with a friend, etc. Stay aware of your surroundings!
Pisces: Pisces 8th houses are usually the ones you find passing in their sleep. Watery-related deaths, drugs, alcohol, suicides, or liquid build-ups somewhere in the body are all related to Pisces. Death is usually an extremely spiritual happening to you, very peaceful, dreamy and even beautiful. Could also be because you sacrificed your life to "protect" someone. Be careful around water, and refrain from drugs and alcohol. Easy, spiritual death.
If you have any planets inside your 8th house, they can also be interpreted to show the surrounding issues related to your death in this lifetime. Planets will be explored in part 2.