Our subconscious and hidden nature. It is the house of loss, liberation, isolation and decrease. Wastage of energy is observed here. Foreign journeys. Isolated through sorrow or peace.
Seed Principle: Where we must let go of things and learn to be alone. Following the house of ambition and increase is the house of loss. Everything is temporary in life, it will change and we will lose everything eventually. It is through the twelfth house that we lose things and must remain with the only thing that can never be taken away. The twelfth house exists before the first houses, the physical body and its movement and therefore also refers to states of being not contingent on our form or choice. The dream state, in utero state, between lives, in prison, meditation are all states of existence where our physical activity is curtailed or negated.
The body part associated with the twelfth house is the feet and ankles. It is the feet upon which we stand, that touches the Earth, the source of our body and life on earth. As such our entire life on Earth is the result of our past lives and karmic choices. Our entire existence is dependent upon these hidden, mysterious forces and the need to let go of it all.
Twelfth House People: A person in a dream or a fantasy person, a ghost, a baby in utero, a prisoner, someone incapacitated (like in a hospital).
Activities: Sleeping, dreaming, meditating, escaping from “reality“, taking drugs, watching TV, traveling to a foreign country
Environment: Foreign countries, hospitals, Ashrams, opium dens / crack houses, the bardo (between lives), on vacation
Planetary Indicators: Saturn as the indicator of solitude, stillness and letting go of things and Ketu, the part of us that is not of this world are related to the 12th house. Rahu is also connected to the 12th house as he has to do with foreign things.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Happiness General Explanation:
The 12th house is one of the most mysterious to talk about or think about, because we are so rarely presents to its truth. Meaning, the dream state is not exactly an active were intentional state of mind or awareness. The in between life state is another example, as is the in utero state. The twelfth house exists before our physical identity, autonomy and presence.
It is a place of rejuvenation, associated with cocooning and a rebirth/metamorphosis process. All of this sounds interesting, but the way we usually experience the twelfth house in real terms, in the life we’re living, is through loss. If not lost directly, then letting go of things either willingly or due to inattention, apathy, neglect, etc. For instance, if the Sun, the indicator of general vitality and health, we may have a hard time holding onto those things if he goes to the twelfth house.
It is the last house of “liberation“, showing where it eventually we will be liberated of everything – we will lose everything. “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die”, is sort of the motto of the twelfth house. Liberation sounds great, but as soon as we start losing things it feels painful.
Evolutionary Principle: “From the highly stimulated, lustful and ruthless quest to succeed to the typical give-and-take ambition / disappointment cycle of growth, to a path of dignified service through the realization that individual achievements are ultimately fruitless is the evolutionary process of the eleventh house”
The effects of planets in the twelfth house:
The Sun in the twelfth house shows a lot of hidden power, and desire to eliminate the deepest recesses of self. This is a good placement for people to spend time in ashram’s or other spiritual communities in foreign countries. But this “self negation” may also be an expression of a weak self-image, lack of self-confidence and confusion about the necessary self identity needed for self knowledge in the world.
The Moon in the twelfth house shows in mind and heart deeply immersed in the metaphysical, and one looking for escape from the many emotional burdens of the world. It may be difficult to have or maintain close family connections as emotional entanglements may feel quite draining. There’s a deep need to develop emotional self-sufficiency rather than dependence. Excessive daydreaming, fantasizing can be seen. Yet, there will be a rich and creative dream life.
Mars in the twelfth house shows difficulty and confusion around courage, discipline and personal strength. When the field overmatched in life situations that demands competition or self-defense. A deeper will, more introspective approach to self empowerment will be needed to, one related to meditation and self inquiry. There may be disturbed sleeping patterns, where heroic battles are fought in the dream state that were avoided in the waking state.
Mercury in the twelfth house shows confusion with details and speech. This leads to frustration and miscommunications. However, internal activities related to Mercury, such as writing in general introspection, could be quite developed. An individual may waste a lot of time with and energy on stimulating, yet unproductive interests. Unhealthy escapism, especially through entertainment, can be shown.
Jupiter in the twelfth house shows a sense of meaning will be derived from metaphysics and abstractions. And inner expansion toward illuminating past lives, deep and dark secrets will be important. There may be an emphasis placed on foreign teachings, teachers and philosophies. One may be an excellent teacher of these metaphysical subjects as well, illuminating these important sciences and connections for others.
Venus in the twelfth house shows a lot of hidden desires and potential for escapism into sensual pleasures, including sex. This could be highly creative process for the native with Venus in the twelfth house, but could also be a slippery slope to wasting time and frittering away the higher promise of Venus in the twelfth house. This can be a highly devotional placement, one where the beauty of love takes on a sublime nature. Beautiful dreams and daydreaming is also a part of this placement.
Saturn in the twelfth house makes one focused and determined to explore the deeper mysteries in life. Yet, there may be a lot of insecurity due to material loss. Saturn likes structure, and the twelfth house dilutes it. Learning to flow gracefully with loss and live in uncertainty without fear is a big part of this placement.
Rahu in the twelfth house can be prone to high levels of escapism, perhaps alcohol and drugs will be involved. This placement shows there will be introspection revolving around letting go of materiality, past lives, etc. This will make for a very metaphysical “mind”, but these concepts need to be experiential, not just intellectual – and Rahu tends to make a lot of mistakes, gaining experience slowly. The easiest way to experience the twelfth house realm is through some chemical that lowers our conscious mind.
Ketu in the twelfth house is one of the most spiritual placements in astrology. Taken with the indicator of the twelfth house, the part of us truly not of this world, just like the twelfth house. With this placement, there will be a natural introspection and awareness of something much deeper hidden behind the curtain/the veil of illusion. This awareness will compel a deep introspection, rather than undermine the external, material life we are living – which is what happens when other planets are in the twelfth house.
Overview of Houses 9-12
Houses nine through 12 provide a structure for the evolution of our higher sensibilities, and eventually power desire to transcend the earth, physical plane entirely. The ninth House connects us with higher truths and teachings, giving us hope and inspiration. This leads to the potential that our highest value in life will be those teachings and will shape our impact on the world, in the tenth house. Based on that capacity to impact and that reputation, we have ambitions, desires and goals in the eleventh house. Ultimately we come to a point of futility with the world and our external goals, realizing the need to let go of it all at some point, the twelfth house of loss and liberation.
A self evolving/self-correcting process leads forward from the ninth House, but also backwards from houses 12 through nine. The ninth House begins with the teachings of our family, in particular those of our father and his influence. Based on his teachings we have a certain amount of power to act and sense of confidence and responsibility in our young life. This leads us to have certain ambitions, but eventually those things create disappointments in the twelfth house. These disappointments compel us to align ourselves with other communities and ambitions (the eleventh house). These different communities were operate on certain values and principles and have a certain amount of impact in the tenth house. Then we evaluate the merit of those teachings in the ninth house and compare them to our philosophical paradigm of life.
This evolutionary process of houses nine through 12 continues throughout our life, as we unfold deeper and deeper levels of universal connection. Based on this level of universal connection, we interact with others through houses five through eight.
Seed Principle: Our highest ambitions for the world, including wanting to save it, are shown from this last Kama house. It reveals what we desire in the highest sense. As our capacity to impact changes and grows (tenth house), so does our ambitions (eleventh house). It is here that the soul is becoming universalized and our individual desires are revealed to be empty.
The body part associated with the eleventh house is the shins, existing between two flexible joints as a straight and solid bone. The eleventh house exists between the tenth and the 12 houses, two places of enormous change. The eleventh house is the enduring, universal nature of the world, and our need to stand tall in that, amidst the great pressures of life (tenth house) and ultimate transformations (12th house).
Eleventh house people: Public figures and public servants, politicians, celebrities, famous people, highly successful and/or wealthy people, highly ambitious and motivated people.
Activities: Accumulating and money, winning, affecting large groups of people, saving the world, and
Environment: The community, the world stage, a large gathering with people in “your clan”, like at Church, a convention, a rally.
Objects: Lottery tickets, yachts, big things, anything in excess, Planetary Indicators: Jupiter (large things, hopes) and Saturn (enduring things and ideas) are the planetary indicators of the 11th house.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Happiness General Explanation:
Through associations with large groups of people we compare ourselves, compelled to either serve them or defeat them depending on our level of awareness.
Until our highest desires are fulfilled, we keep incarnating from form. You will eleventh house is the place where our highest individual and collective inspirations are becoming universalized. This the eleventh house underscores the hope/disappointment cycle. If a cycle that teaches us the nature of everything we imagine our life will be like “… One day”. We all hold out the dream of “… One day”, and how great things will be. But this is just a way to avoid the moment we are living in the present. That one day arrives, and it’s not what we thought. We are still stuck with herself. And yet, so much stress and effort put forth to arrive. This hope and eventual disappointment with the world teaches us the nature of something beyond our individual accomplishments and hopes, our collective duties and responsibilities. In this way the eleventh house is also the highest house of service, where our individual effort and energy is put forth toward something bigger than ourselves, something more long-lasting than what our limited time.
Evolutionary Principle: “From the highly stimulated, lustful and ruthless quest to succeed to the typical give-and-take ambition / disappointment cycle of growth, to a path of dignified service through the realization that individual achievements are ultimately fruitless is the evolutionary process of the eleventh house”
The effects of planets in the eleventh house:
The Sun in the eleventh house shows a lot of ambition and enthusiasm for our worldly goals. Public service and politics are to careers often seen. One must be careful about excessive ego, however. Because the Sun is so oriented toward individuality, and the eleventh house is so oriented toward the collective (at least eventually), there can be an unwillingness to transform our personal ambitions into collective ones with the Sun in the eleventh.
The Moon in the eleventh house is a mindset oriented toward service and emotional restlessness. The Moon once connection, and in this case connection is often through large groups and communities. However, there may be a week self-image and confusion about what makes us peaceful in our own heart. The Moon rises wisdom from the fourth house, the place deepest inner heart. Whereas the eleventh house is very public and oriented toward others.
Mars in the eleventh house shows up a lot of passion and enthusiasm toward fulfilling our worldly goals. One loves to compete and will often be a winner with this placement. However, it is often more competitive than graceful and higher lessons of service may be hard to come by. Mars is similar to the Sun in clarifying our individuality. There may be resistance to the collective goals year.
Mercury in the eleventh house brings the realm of skills and intelligence into the public sphere where all can benefit. The flexibility and curiosity of Mercury allows for the higher qualities of the eleventh house to come through. Mercury is also not really interested in power and ambition, preferring to enjoy the world. Eleventh house Mercury can make a great spokesman for larger themes and success as an orator.
Jupiter and the eleventh house show an extremely high level of idealism, hope and love of higher causes. However, Jupiter in the eleventh house also brings high levels of disappointment, as the world can never satisfy Jupiter’s true nature, the great ruler of the sky. Yet, a person with this placement will try to do the highest good and will often be aligned with social causes that are idealistic and for the betterment of humanity.
Venus in the eleventh house shows a lot of romantic disappointments and high expectations in relationships. There’s often disappointment with people in general shown by this placement. However, once understood, a deeper level of service, surrender and devotion comes forward. There’s often interested in causes that benefit women, children or animals and the desire to make the world a beautiful place and one with more manners and delicacy.
Saturn in the eleventh house shows one who has made peace with the nature of time, the wins and losses and the ups and downs of the world. Although this awareness may be the result of a lack of confidence in themselves or being disappointed by authority, etc. There’s a lot of creative power with this placement, as the typical “hope/disappointment” cycle is not so active with Saturn. Practical and determined effort leads to a deep awareness and the potential for being of great service.
Rahu in the eleventh house shows a lot of ambition and desire to succeed. There may be a very stimulated nature and a very competitive one. But also a great desire to serve things higher than themselves, such as art and culture, will be seen. This often makes for a lot of popularity, as Rahu morphs into whichever role best serves the personal seen through the eyes of the collective.
Ketu in the eleventh house often has a strong aversion to large groups or things that would bolster our public standing. The idea of conformity and fitting in in order to be accepted by the culture, somewhat abhorrence to dictate to eleventh house person. This may hold them back considerably if they wish to make an impact in the world. However, when more evolved a person’s natural people skills and understanding of service, culture, etc. may lead to big things.
Seed Principle: The power of our reputation and influence. This is conferred to us from others and gives us the ability to impact the world. Our willingness to take responsibility and capacity to handle pressure is shown here.
The body part associated with tenth house is the knee and front of the thigh. This part of the body shows both support and constant motion. These things together allow us to handle pressure and move/adapt to what comes our way as well. Yet, it is very fragile and complicated part of the body. One wrong move can undo the entire structure.
Tenth house people: Your boss, the president, your father (as an authority with power), leaders, powerful people.
Activities: Leading, doing your job/duty, meeting your obligations regardless of how you feel about them, handling public pressure, delegating tasks to others, giving a presentation, enduring public discord/disgrace.
Environment: The workplace, the public eye, the government, places of business and finance, banks, the center of attention.
Objects: Your desk/office, your reputation, status symbols, assets, the praise or censure of others.
Planetary Indicators: The Sun and Saturn are the main planetary indicators for the 10th house. They are the main indicators of responsibility and handling pressure. The Sun takes responsibility because of all of the good we can accomplish with our power. Saturn takes responsibility to avoid difficulty in the future by building a powerful structure that will withstand the pressure of time.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Happiness General Explanation:
As following the Dharma Bhava, the tenth house will show the capacity of our teachings to affect the world. As the last artha house, the tenth house shows how our values can make a difference, and how we would like them to. It does not always translate into the career.
The tenth house is called the “karma house“. As karma literally translates into action, many see the tenth house as a house of action. Actually though, karma is the aggregate results of our past actions and how they are framing/of limiting the present. Karma, as we experience it, is something that has come to us in the present moment. It has been conferred upon us from the universe itself. Similar is the tenth house.
We have a certain amount of power to affect the world, based on our reputation and, our standing and the aggregate result of how much we have learned in life will and how much we think we deserve, etc. the penthouse shows our capacity to handle pressure and responsibility and our willingness to step into our highest duties, which should be based on our highest teachings if we are to be fulfilled.
Evolutionary Principle: “From excessive attachment to our status and reputation to a typical cycle of worldly achievement and pride in our accomplishments to our highest values oriented toward humility and service is the evolutionary process of the tenth house”
The effects of planets in the tenth house:
The Sun in the tenth house brings a high capacity for duty, responsibility and handling pressure. If we are to make an impact, we need to be able to stand consistent, in our principles and indoor the jealousies and unpleasantness that comes with power. The Sun gives enormous potential in these areas.
The Moon in the tenth house shows emotional wavering undercutting our capacity for we will highest capacities. The Moon is not the part of us that wants to handle pressure, be responsible, etc. The Moon wants to feel good, and much of the work in the penthouse doesn’t necessarily feel good. Who we are beyond how we feel is the nature of the tenth house.
Mars the tenth house shows a lot of enthusiasm for making a difference, a big difference. There can be a lot of ambition with this placement however. One may squander their opportunities due to impatience. But Mars is willing to face the unpleasantness required to accomplish our goals. Often a person is very successful in their career with this placement. Hopefully it is also connected to something meaningful in our life, not just something they want to win.
Mercury in the tenth house brings a person’s skills into the area of life where they want to accomplish the most. There’s often good people skills aligned with higher goals and purposes shown by this placement. Also, one is able to adjust and be flexible to the changing tides of culture, conversation and anything else, as they try to make their mark.
Jupiter in the tenth house shows a person to be an excellent teacher and guide. A sense of righteousness and higher teachings will enhance the person’s reputation and sense of duty. This person is a natural leader, inspired and hopeful and ready to do what is best for all concerned when the chips are down. Their sense of vision and personal sacrifice gives others confidence in them, enhancing their reputation and status.
Venus in the tenth house shows a person’s reputation and standing in the world is related to things that are creative, artistic and even tied to their physical looks or sex appeal. There will be good manners and a gentle nature in dealing with people that helps persons excel in their career and helps them make their mark in the world. However, there may be an aversion to hard work and the desire for things to be enjoyable, that subverts their long-term intentions, making them unreliable and hurting their reputation over time.
Saturn in the tenth house is excellent for slow and steady, long-term gains and accomplishments. This placement brings a natural capacity to make a commitment to things, and be careful making wrong decisions that derail our course. Success in life occurs through repetition and going deeper into core values. Saturn supports all of these processes, but may make a person hesitant to adjust or be inflexible.
Rahu in the tenth house may show a person hypnotized by the idea of fame or popularity. There may be of sessions over making a mark in the world, regardless of how this market is made. A person may jump from one thing to the next, looking more for power, status and reputation, rather than any value in the duties being performed. There may also be high levels of greed with this placement. When more evolved, the person naturally senses what steps to take to increase their power and fulfill their goals.
Ketu in the tenth house often makes one have aversions to responsibility and duty. They understand the power game, and it holds little appeal to them. They may also be very critical of others in positions of authority, pointing out their flaws, but be secretly envious themselves. In those more developed, these skills with power and authority propel a person to great heights and may show enormous skill dealing with people, navigating responsibilities, etc.
Shows our highest principles operating in the world, shaping our life events, or their inability to do so.
Seed Principle: Our capacity to be open to the flow of God’s grace. Luck, wealth, spiritual values and teachers are all a part of God’s grace flowing into our lives. Our ability to recognize a good teaching (or not) is shown from this house.
The body part associated with the ninth house is the buttocks and back of the thigh muscles. It is our buttocks that allow human beings to run long distances, in order to reach the goal, same as the ninth house. It is our personal philosophies and teachings that connect us with the higher truths of life, the goals of life.
Ninth house people: The ninth house has to do with a sense of meaning, purpose and philosophy. Teachers, priests, lawyers, advisors, gurus and experts of any sort are related to the ninth house. Father.
Activities: Teaching, leading seminars, learning from teachers, discussing philosophy, preaching, leading others toward truth and righteousness. Chanting mantras, making sacred offerings are all ninth house activities.
Environment: Classroom, church, ashram, courtroom, yajna (sacred / ceremonial fire), any learning /sacred environment or situation and the authority/reverence it implies.
Objects: Pulpit, podium, chalkboard/whiteboard, sacred objects such as conch shells, incense, flowers used for worship..
Planetary Indicators: Jupiter is the indicator of ninth house activities as he shows a sense of righteousness, meaning and purpose.
Guna / Lesson: Universal Knowledge General Explanation:
As the third Dharma house it shows how our highest Dharma not only informs our life but those around us. Our highest principles shaping our world and those we influence is the ninth house.
The level of truth that comes through the ninth house is not personal, or related to other people or our own emotions. The relationship we have with the continuum of lifetimes, higher ethical values is the nature of the ninth house. It comes after the eighth house, the place where we must face our mortality and realize we have no control. The painful awareness, and even terror, of the eighth house compels us to seek the highest answers to the most deep and disturbing questions.
Difficulties in the ninth house or with the ninth house ruler in an astrology chart shows a perverted sense of meaning. For instance, terrorism and spiritual renunciation are both related to the ninth house. Both of them show a certain action based on a sense of righteousness. It’s best to think of the ninth house as our sense of meaning and that which gives us hope to continue another day. The deepest crises of the ninth house lead to things such as suicide or total despondency, when we have no answer or no hope.
Evolutionary Principle: “From a place of philosophical orthodoxy, to having tolerance for all religious paths and man-made laws to the pursuit of answering life’s ultimate questions is the evolutionary process of the ninth house”
The effects of planets in the ninth house:
The Sun in the ninth house often brings a religious nature, or at the very least a very philosophical one. The Sun brings a lot of consistent clarity and power into our philosophies. One could be a great teacher or religious figure with such placement. Also, an emphasis on fatherhood will be seen.
The Moon in the ninth house brings a mindset and psychology of teaching and goodness. One will naturally gravitate towards things that are philosophical and will usually learn quickly a sense of right and wrong. Usually there is a prevailing sense of hope that things will turn out for the better with this placement.
Mars in the ninth house shows a person willing to fight, and even die, for their principles. This may make for a militant spiritual figure or it may make for a more peaceful spiritual warrior. There may be strong opinions that subvert a more tolerant philosophy, however. If powerful, a person will put their teachings into practice, not just think about them or talk about them/argue about them.
Mercury in the ninth house can make for an excellent orator and teacher. Also, this placement almost insures tolerance for all religions and faiths. A person may be more of a talker and preacher than a doer, however. This is also a very creative placement, especially for writing or other types of communication.
Jupiter in the ninth house brings the highest potential for good ethics, conduct, morals and principles to shape our life. A person will easily recognize a good teaching with this placement. Usually there will be good luck with teachers, not only finding them but in being one themselves. All things considered, this placement would be seen as a great blessing.
Venus in the ninth house shows a very service oriented and creative approach to spirituality and personal philosophy. There may be a quality of sensuality or beauty seen here as well. This placement would make an excellent marriage counselor or teacher who helps others integrate their worldly life and their spiritual life.
Saturn in the ninth house shows person who will concentrate a lot of their attention on understanding the higher truths in life. Often this makes one more religious than spiritual. A personal philosophy based on the “dignity of the common man” is often seen. A recognition of our failures as part of the growth process brings a lot of maturity. This is also a good wealth placement, showing the person will work hard to accumulate wealth.
Rahu in the ninth house shows a being is gathering a lot of information about higher teachings in this lifetime. Often they will move from one teaching to the next, confusing authentic wisdom for their disconnected ideas. One easily mistakes “ideas about spirituality” for the genuine article, leading to battles with teachers and the potential for confusion. When more developed, especially with its ruler, Rahu in the ninth can make for powerful mystical understanding and abilities.
Ketu in the ninth house shows someone who feels confident and even a bit used up, in the religious realm. They feel it’s more important to gather personal experience and test religious teachers and teachings. They will naturally be philosophical, religious and maybe even spiritual. Yet, it may be something that lies dormant in their life, interrupting their authentic experience with actual teachers and gurus who can help them finish the karma of Ketu in the ninth.
Seed Principle: Transforming our insecurities into strengths. Parashara calls this Bhava the “cavity or flaw.” It is where we are faced with our mortality and endings, our insecurities in the face of another and our neediness and fears. The changes we undergo through the eighth house compel us to look more deeply into the hidden parts of our self and explore life.
The body part associated with the eighth house is the genitals, the private parts, as the eighth house is where we feel the most vulnerable and exposed. Yet, it is these organs that create life itself. In many ways, the life we are creating emanates from the depth of our fear and insecurities, and the capacity to transform them into strengths.
Eighth house people: Those we are afraid of losing. Those we fear in general. A killer. Those we can’t control. The astrologer. The hypnotist. The therapist. The insurance agent.
Activities: Strengthening our insecurities and facing life’s deeper mysteries are the eighth house. Hypnotherapy, counseling, exorcism, transformative work of any type is related to the eighth house. Death.
Environment: Mortuary, graveyard, Bankruptcy Court, disaster zone, dungeon, dark place. the counselor, psychic or astrologers office.
Objects: Weapons and other dangerous things, Tarot cards, astrology charts. Insurance policies. Inheritance.
Planetary Indicators: Saturn is the indicator of the eighth house because he shows loss and the need to take things seriously and be careful.
Guna / Lesson: Emotional Liberation General Explanation:
The hidden, shocking, scandalous, deceptive and unexpected events in life come through the eighth house. It’s related to endings, weakness and our deepest fears. It is the second liberation house and shows where we seek freedom through another person and also freedom from the influence of other people in general.
This is a deeply creative house if we have the courage to face its issues. Eighth house trouble will relieve us of our attachments one way or the other, either painfully or with ease. A person’s deepest mistakes and darkest secrets can be seen here. Ultimately how we handle the eighth house shows how much we grow in life – how much we mature – and how much our personal philosophy will be informed by wisdom and insight.
In many ways this house is the repository of our maturity around other people. It shows our maturity around death and losing them. It shows our maturity around relationships and shadow issues that arise, such as jealousy, fear. It shows how we respond to these vulnerabilities as well. For instance – deceit, lying and treachery, murder and many of the darker parts of our psyche have their seed origin in the eighth house.
For many of us, our deepest illusions come through other people, the seventh house. Those illusions are shattered in the eighth house. Remaining childish at this stage can be very costly.
Exactly how will you respond when the illusions of partnerships wear off or the illusion of other people “saving you” wears off? That question is answered in the 8th house.
“From avoidance, denial and efforts to control our fears to the emotional chaos, mistakes and obsessions we have over them, to a measured and realistic exploration that leads to penetrating wisdom and insight is the Evolutionary process of the eighth house.”
The effects of planets in the eighth house:
The Sun in the eighth house shows there will be a lot of concentrated effort on exploring life’s deeper mysteries. This makes for a lot of interest in occult pursuits, and understanding the nature of the mind and psychology. Modalities such as hypnotherapy and other sorts of deep, exploratory work can be shown. There’s a great capacity to be a healer with this placement.
The Moon in the eighth house tends to bring a lot of psychological fears into the mind of the native. Sudden and unexpected losses are often hardest for the Moon, the place where we feel the most easily hurt and the most vulnerable to begin with. Often there is a difficult relationship with the mother with these natives, and an expectation of fear and chaos with intimacy. However, these difficulties often compel an individual to have a deep interest in the occult and are often healers, astrologers, etc.
Mars in the eighth house can be one of the most dangerous placements, as Mars is reckless and the eighth house is where mistakes may have dire consequences. The person must be very careful with this placement and learn to slow down. Beyond that, a lot of energy will be marshaled toward strengthening our emotional weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Martial arts, sports and competition is often seen with this placement.
Mercury in the eighth house can make for a penetrating thinker and writer especially. The flexible nature of Mercury can support the transformation of the eighth house. In general, Mercury is a planet of transformation and change, and so is the eighth house. Yet, the 8th house is painful transformation and Mercury is about flexibility and transformative ease. Self-expression is very important in this case.
Jupiter in the eighth house truly rises to the occasion, bringing good values, morals and conduct into this place of fear. The eighth house leads us to philosophies and a deeper probing nature, Jupiter is the planet of philosophy. A person with eighth house Jupiter has the potential to be a great teacher and guide in occult matters.
Venus in the eighth house is often more problematic than not. In particular, the potential for sexual abuse and for our desires to come at a very high price, is possible. The desires of Venus lead us into mistakes generally, and eighth house consequences are high and often painful. When evolved, this can lead to a very loving and service oriented placement, or a sexual healer (for example), but the desires must be managed.
Saturn in the eighth house brings a careful, cautious nature into this dangerous area of life. Of course, in this sense, Saturn is quite good for helping us avoid problems. Additionally, the eighth house is going to challenge us and scare us, and Saturn is the planet of our fears. Making this a fearful placement. However, Saturn is also about being practical, real and accepting what is. This is a big part of the eight house, making peace with the way things are, rather than remaining immature about what we hoped, what we want, etc. The painful realities of life are really not that painful, once we make peace with them. This is Saturn’s nature.
Rahu in the eighth house can be a dangerous placement. Similar to Mars, Rahu is where we act with haste and in an unthinking way. In the eighth house this can lead to major disasters and consequences. One needs to be careful and slow down with Rahu in the eighth house, especially when distressed. However, there will be an obsession over hidden, occult areas of life with this placement. Thus, there will be quite a lot of metaphysical interest shown.
Ketu in the eighth house shows one withdrawing from the chaos and danger of life, preferring a more stable, material existence. Often there was a chaotic childhood or past. There’s an awareness of the fragility of life, yet more interest in cultivating stability and structure.
Overview of Houses 5-8
Houses five through eight provide a structure for the evolution of our emotional self, mainly in relationship to others. The highest truth of our relationship with others and our creative self comes through the fifth house of children and creativity. This produces a lot of work and requires the intensive efforts of the six house. Based on our willingness to serve those things we love we may fulfill the highest desires of the seventh house in relationships and business. Those deep desires and entanglements with others results in our fears, insecurities, jealousies and losses of the eighth house, which also leads to the next phase of growth, universalizing our consciousness.
A self evolving/self-correcting process leads forward from houses five through eight, but also backwards from houses and eight through five. The things we love the most (fifth House) create the most work and require the most sacrifice and effort (six house). Our willingness to do that work connects us with the people we desire (seventh House). The intense mutual needs of these seventh house interactions awaken our deepest fears, vulnerabilities and stresses of the eighth house. Faced with such fear and vulnerability, makes us question and hesitate before getting involved with others (seventh house). This hesitation forces us to be more careful in battle and more willing to serve rather than win (seventh house). This willingness to serve evokes a higher sense of who we are in relation to others, and showing us all to be children of God (5th house).
This evolutionary process of five through eight continues throughout our life, as we unfold deeper and deeper levels of awareness with our emotions and others.
Based on this level of awareness with others, we interact in a more universal way, beyond just our emotional desires (houses 1-4) and what we want with individuals (houses 5-9) in houses nine through twelve.
As opposite the ascendant, it shows intense interactions where there is mutual benefit and mutual need.
Seed Principle: Where we learn to compromise. Marriage partners and business associates are relationships where we enter into agreements with others. In them we must negotiate and play fairly and give up some of what we want in order to get something better. Our sense of Self is at its lowest and our desires are high in this second Kama house, thus we learn the value of compromise through the seventh house.
The body part associated with the seventh house is the sacrum/lower pelvic area. It is this part of the body where the sacred and the profane mix effortlessly. It contains the colon, where waste product is excreted. It also contains the sacrum, which is the seat of the kundalini and the higher conscious potential of human beings.
Seventh house people: Romantic partners and other people we are in partnership with are seventh house connections. The strong needs and desires we want to fulfill with another, and the needs they want to fulfill with us, are related to the seventh house.
Activities: Sexual relations. Business negotiations. Diplomacy. Enjoyable conversations with others. Debates. Respecting others’ points of view. Tolerance.
Environment: The bedroom. the boardroom. The meeting room. Objects: the bed, all beauty enhancers like make-up, perfume, fake breasts, a nice car, sex toys, romantic props like candles, soft lighting, power lunches Planetary Indicators: Venus is the strongest indicator of seventh house things. Venus is the energy that governs adult relationships, showing how we must navigate situations where mutual needs and desires are negotiated and at stake.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Happiness General Explanation:
The high desire nature of the seventh house is the glue that keeps us returning time and time again to face the opposite parts of ourselves represented by a romantic partner, and others in general.
The seventh house is the furthest thing from us astrologically and in many ways represents our least integrated qualities – the things that feel the most unnatural to us. Coming face-to-face with our opposite, yet wanting to fulfill our desires creates a bond that is not as easy to break as others. The desires of the seventh house are not necessarily sexual or romantic, they are also related to business and any situation where two people have an equal investment in each other.
The fallacy of romantic relationships, for example, is the idea that they are based on “selfless love“. This is not the case at all. Selfless love comes from the parent/child relationship. That teaches us selfless love, as we want nothing from the child. Yet, the seventh house relationships are agreements we cannot overlook. Is shows our needs and desires (Kama with individuals), or the needs and desires of those we are involved with. To satisfy our needs at their expense (or vice-versa) would destabilize the mutual goal we are working toward. The seventh house is the house where we begin to work on themes bigger than ourselves and our own personal happiness. Even the fifth house of children, is a place of “personal” creativity and love.
The seventh house is also a death house, (maraka) an area where we can expend / waste our energy and have a lot of attachment. Yet few things feel more rewarding to bring about personal growth as quickly as seventh house matters. For most, our desires and entanglements with other people are the strongest and most concentrated. It is where most of our energy is spent.
Evolutionary Process: “From self-gratification through sexual desire and stimulation to the push and pull of self-willed romantic struggles to a detached compromise with others is the Evolutionary process of the seventh house.”
The effects of planets in the seventh house:
The Sun in the seventh house tends to show a preoccupation with our personal confidence, often at the expense of the compromise necessary for success in seventh house matters. However, wherever the sun goes will be illuminated. The Sun in the seventh person will put a lot of importance on relationships, but will often need to be the center of attention in them, making the lesson difficult. This may be good for career however.
The Moon in the seventh house shows enormous potential for compromise with partners and others in general. However, this is also a placement where maintaining healthy boundaries is greatly undermined. This person will usually give too much and then feel victimized. This person will certainly be popular, but may always feel like they’re getting the short end of the stick.
Mars in the seventh house will express excessive individuality, and likely always be trying to “improve” the partner or partnership. The nature of Mars is to destroy what is making us weak. “Destroying the weaknesses” in our partner is not what generally brings relationship happiness. Similar to the Sun, this may be good for business and career, however.
Mercury in the seventh house shows good communication with others in general. However, for romantic relationships this can be problematic, as the person will not want to be serious and committed. Mercury likes enjoyment more than hard work, commitment, consistency. Over time, as the person gains life experience, this could be quite beneficial for partnerships though.
Jupiter in the seventh house tends to make a person too optimistic and hopeful about others, and therefore disappointed, in romantic partners. In business, this makes one aim high, but may also bring excessive idealism into business matters. This person will often be seen as a teacher in their relationships with others (or feel the need to teach their partners, trying to elevate them to an unreal projection standard). More equanimity is needed.
Venus in the seventh house and the person will have a lot of romantic desires and longings. They will want a beautiful partner, and want to please them immensely. However, there may be a shallow, vain quality in the undeveloped. This sort of “addicted to love” syndrome is definitely possible with this placement.
Saturn in the seventh gives healthy boundaries and the willingness to commit in relationships. Although it might not always feel good to the person, they will learn a lot in their romantic relationships and be some of the most loyal and good partners in the zodiac. There may be attraction to older partners or ones more mature in some way or another. Or, they may be the elder later in life to a younger partner.
Rahu in the seventh house shows a strong compulsion to be connected with others. There may be a sort of “chameleon-like” quality to the person’s nature. Rahu in the seventh may attach himself to others, based on the undeveloped parts of themselves. Once the obsession is over, they move on. When more mature, there’s great adaptability to the partner’s needs, but still the potential for painful loss of identity.
Ketu in the seventh house and the person tends to be very critical of partners and partnerships, preferring solitude and the freedom to explore themselves without being defined by others or needing to please them. There may be a lot of criticism of others with the Ketu in the seventh placement. Eventually, maturity shows these criticisms to be a projection of their own imperfections, and parts of themselves they’re trying to complete.
Vedic Astrology: Seventh House – Relational Happiness
Seed Principle: The drudgery of life and what we must do to maintain the things we want is the main principle of the sixth house. Managing our daily routines and sacrificing our momentary happiness for something more worthwhile is the deeper lesson. As the 2nd Artha house, it shows the work and effort we must expend if we are to manifest the things we want.
The body part associated with the sixth house is the intestines. The busy work of extracting and distributing the proper nutrients from our food to the different cells in our body comes from the intestines. It takes a lot of the body’s energy and is known in Ayurveda to be key in our overall health and illness.
Sixth house people: Competitors, those who want some of what we have or who have some of what we want. The bill collector. Distant relatives. Our employees. Those beings we control, including pets.
Activities: Paying bills. Performing menial, unrewarding tasks (whatever that means to the individual). Spending money (non investments). Dieting. Sacrificing happiness in the moment for something bigger (service). Fighting and arguing.
Environment: Accountants’ office, on your knees in the bathroom cleaning the toilet, bathtub and sink. The doctor’s office. Veterinarian office. Service oriented jobs.
Planetary Indicators: Saturn and Mars are the main indicators of the sixth house. Saturn indicates menial tasks we must perform. Mars indicates competitors and unpleasantness we must overcome.
Guna / Lesson: Relational Values General Explanation:
The love and creativity of the fifth house produces many things that we want. Yet, those things require our attention and maintenance day to day. The child we produce in the fifth house brings a lot of work that we must do in the sixth house. Difficulties happen in the sixth house once we start to resent the work we must do in order to maintain the things we have. Those resentments will produce strong opinions, likes and dislikes, etc. It is then we start to make enemies, accumulate debts, health problems, etc. Surmounting the drudgery of and the willingness to do what it takes without the expectation of enjoyment is the highest aim of the sixth house. The things we love the most create the most work. We must be willing to serve the thing we want to grow, rather than resent all the work it takes.
In this way, when the thing we love the most is liberation in truth, the sixth house becomes a great house of service and Karma Yoga.
But there is a lot of ego attachment with sixth house activities because they protect us, especially our physical health. Problems occur with sixth house matters because we want to enjoy everything in life and there is no enjoyment of 6th house matters. It is best to see these tasks as adding value (artha) to the things we love (5th house), then simply perform those duties in service to those aims with no expectation of happiness.
The power of love to expand us beyond our own personal fulfillment or likes and dislikes gets tested in the sixth house, the realm of unpleasantness and servitude. We love that child, but we don’t love changing diapers. We love creating art, but it takes work, money and sacrifice. We would all love to make a living pursuing our hearts desire, but there’s a lot of competition, sacrifice and training involved. When we handle these things with grace, we flourish. When we don’t, we fail ourselves, lose to our enemies, and may bring about disease and health problems as a result. .
Evolutionary Process: “From the neglect of or attachment to our daily physical routines to struggling and battling against others and the hard work we must do to a dignified resignation to serve the higher causes in our life is the Evolutionary process of the sixth house.”
The effects of planets in the sixth house:
The Sun in the sixth house often brings sluggish digestion and may show power struggles with authority figures. In a higher sense, it can show a strong capacity for sacrifice, service and the willingness to face unpleasantness without being overwhelmed.
The Moon in the sixth house shows a difficult mental and emotional outlook. There may be an emotional expectation that life is difficult. This can lead to a lack of enthusiasm, which brings neglect and the tendency to avoid people and situations. However, once understood there may be a high capacity for selfless service here.
Mars in the sixth house is good for surmounting difficulties and defeating enemies. But it may make one very competitive, creating a lot of conflict, with high levels of attachment each victory. Once transformed, a person may work tirelessly to overcome their own personal setbacks and weaknesses, and help others do the same.
Mercury in the sixth house can be very good for organizational skills and keeping all the many details straight. The sixth house has to do with unpleasantness, Mercury is one of the best planets for facing difficulties, as he is neutral and adjustable.
Jupiter in the sixth house often brings high levels of grace that allows us to learn from our mistakes and enemies, and even guide them to higher principles. However, Jupiter is the planet of higher teachings is often bogged down in unpleasantness, unable to expand in the sixth house, unable to rise up.
Venus in the sixth house shows a person will do their best to handle unpleasant situations with grace and care. This includes the enemies produced by such unpleasant circumstances. However, one may be overwhelmed by difficulty, and avoid situations, people and areas of life where they need to compete. They may compensate through indulgence, leading to poor health, etc.
Saturn in the sixth house shows a person will be determined to surmount difficulties and will not give up until the lessons are learned. There may be sluggish digestion, especially gas or lower intestinal problems. Health problems in general may lead to great healing and transformation.
Rahu in the sixth house shows a person will be very engaged in the world of struggles and take it upon themselves to improve through their own efforts. There may be a lot of battles fought and many enemies accumulated. Eventually this may lead to high levels of self-healing and service, but not without many fights and difficulties along the way.
Ketu in the sixth house shows one who would rather avoid the unpleasant circumstances in life, preferring to relax and surrender into the larger, universal themes. There’s likely conditioning around unpleasant circumstances. Although there is skill in managing them, there is little reward.
Vedic Astrology: Sixth House – Creative Sacrifice – Video
Seed Principle: The expansive, creative power of love. Each of us is unique and will expand creatively in different ways. Through the function of our unique nature we can have children, become educated, do spiritual practices and develop the discrimination to discern the real from the unreal. As a Dharmic house the 5th house shows our desire to evolve creatively to fulfill our destiny.
The body part associated with the fifth house is the stomach, that place in the body where we are nourished, fed and from which we create everything. Feeling full, creative and content with life is the fifth house as shown by this body part.
Fifth house people: Children, students, creative partners, romantic partners, artists, stock brokers, others we really love and admire and can’t stop thinking of. The fifth house is growth of all sorts and the power of what we love the most to expand us.
Activities: When we are expressing our hearts desire, we are acting through the fifth house. Teaching or learning what we love, creating art, tolerating others, courting the one we love, piano lessons, giving an astrology reading or healing session are all examples of fifth house activities.
Environment: The Classroom, the recording studio, the floor of the stock exchange (where we grow our money), a child’s music recital.
Objects: Things that help us grow and connect to our hearts desire would include sacred books, prayer beads, musical instruments, art supplies, religious statues.
Planetary Indicators: Jupiter is the main indicator of the fifth house as Jupiter shows things that grow and expand us. Jupiter shows the generous, gracious nature we step into when connected to the things we love the most.
Guna / Lesson: Emotional Intelligence General Explanation:
The fifth house shows the things we love the most. For many of us that means our children and the things we create based on the love we have for them. The pursuit and interaction of fifth house matters directly follows the level of peace in our heart and capacity for happiness (fourth house). As the second dharma house it shows the power of true love to expand us and teach us that we are more than just an individual. The third house interests we explore becomes knowledge in the fifth house . Any subject we explore authentically through devotion leads to the source of all knowledge and connects us to the universal being itself.
The deepest principle of the fifth house shows how we are always creating something based on our hearts desire. The fifth house shows that thing we can’t stop thinking about. For many of us it’s our children. But it may also be our art or our spiritual teacher or perhaps the darker side of our nature. If we love our darkness and/or story of failure above everything else, that’s what we will create. Yet, perhaps the most fulfilling things in life are related to the fifth house. We become gracious and expanded through the power of love and that which inspires our heart to greatness. Children, romantic partners, works of art and creativity are all ways that our individual mind connects with the creative life force in the fifth house, the place of our deepest intelligence.
Evolutionary Process: “From material creativity through wealth and children to emotional creativity through romance or artistic pursuits to spiritual creativity, leading to discrimination and intelligence is the Evolutionary process of the fifth house.”
The effects of planets in the fifth house:
The Sun in the fifth house illuminates the creative mind with loads of passion. It shows one who explores their hearts desire and seeks fulfillment in things uplifting end of enduring value. May show creative assistance from the father or government.
The Moon in the fifth house shows great powers of intuition and the love of learning and knowledge. This is one of the most creative placements, as the moon is the planet of creativity. There’s also a highly romantic nature with the fifth house Moon.
Mars in the fifth house shows a love of competition, perhaps martial arts or other source of physical disciplines. In the highest sense you may see a person who is an excellent Yogi or yoga teacher, or perhaps a good mathematician or architect.
Mercury in the fifth house brings excellent communication skills. One may excel in foreign languages and this place and would certainly make for a skilled writer. Skill with musical instruments, detailed work such as needlepoint or performing detailed tasks would be seen.
Jupiter in the fifth house makes for an excellent teacher and one who is a natural guide. Metaphysical study such as astrology would hold interest if other factors supported. This is also an excellent placement for career, wealth and speculation.
Venus in the fifth house would make for a great artist, or at least one who appreciates the arts. Musical ability and skill with color would come naturally. A great fondness for children, perhaps teaching them would be shown. A great fondness for women and things that are soft and feminine is shown.
Saturn in the fifth house brings a love of things practical, old and reliable. When they collect antiques or have a fondness for nostalgia. One will be determined to see their creations through to the end. Children may be deprived, or not bring much joy.
Rahu in the fifth house makes a person pursue their creations at the expense of all else. In fact, there’s a relentless individualism that can be disruptive. There is often a lack of harmony and a rebellious, militant creative style that is off-putting and perhaps even offensive to others. The sort of art that “romanticizes the darkness” but may lack the genuine article itself.
Ketu in the fifth house may deprive children or creative gifts entirely. Yet, there’ll often be high levels of intelligence and discrimination. Instead, creative gifts and personal intellect will be sublimated toward something for the collective, greater good, rather than personal fulfillment.
Seed Principle: The fourth house shows our emotional strength and our the need and capacity for peace. Outer happiness and success is nothing but a reflection of our level of inner peace. The fourth house is the sensitive nature in our heart, where we are easily wounded and of which we are always protective. It’s where we feel personally vulnerable. It is the realm of innocent feeling.
The body part associated with fourth house is the chest and breasts. This is the heart region in our body, which also contains our lungs. The heart and lungs are our connection to the life force itself. The blood and breath of our existence. Similar is the fourth house. It is our personal connection to the depths of our being and the fertile field of consciousness itself, the creative principle of our mind.
4th house people: Mother and other nurturers. Those who take care of us, and who comfort us and/or those we comfort and nurture have to do with the fourth house. This may include pets.
Activities: Things we do to calm our emotional state were connect with others emotionally. These things may include meditation, serving food, cooking, going to therapy, watching television (escapism).
Environment: Our Home, the kitchen, a restaurant, a spa, a counselor’s office, the living room, any place where we are taken care of and/or escape to try to feel good.
Objects: Our house, our car, our furniture, television, other things that give comfort and relaxation.
Planetary Indicators: The Moon is indicative of the fourth house because it shows our emotional environment based on what we have received. Our defense mechanisms, vulnerabilities and he deepest part of our psyche is here. The fourth house shows our need to feel peaceful and settled. These things are related to the Moon.
Guna / Lesson: Personal peace General Explanation:
When there is pain in our heart, we don’t know what to do to feel better. We may try to cover this feeling with external stimulation (third House). But eventually, we have to face our feelings and ultimately these feelings compel us to change the activities that are emotionally disturbing to us.
The Fourth house is important because it shows what is anchoring us emotionally. It shows the deep roots from which everything grows in our life. Astronomically it is the place directly below us, the deepest point in the chart. Our life. Our emotions anchor everything and those things show the need to retreat from the world and personal desire to get freedom from it. The stimulation, interests and activity of the third house leads to the fourth house, the level of peace and fulfillment we have in our heart. As the first “Moksha” house, it is where we as an individual wish to be peaceful, clear in our mind and get away from the activity and stimulation of the world.
Although we may forget, our true nature is not stimulated or active. It is peaceful and at rest all the time. A place of rest and rejuvenation related to places of sanctuary, like our home, our car, and ultimately our inner self and heart, all have fourth house connections.
The fourth house is the repository of everything that began with the first group of houses. Our identity (first House), values (second House) and our interests (third House) lead to an inner environment that feels a certain way. The deeper, feeling nature of the fourth house is what we would call our “intuition”. But it is often experienced as the emotions, which is this feeling nature, mixed with our desires, interests and the stimulation of the world. Trying to calm our emotions and return to a state of peace is the work of the fourth house.
The quality of nurturing we have received from our childhood has a lot to do with this area of life. Of course, as we experience more and more, the specter of the past fades away. But we read the quality of mothers love and emotional safety from the fourth house as well.
“From a state of emotional self-absorption, to the desire to nurture and feed others emotionally, to the capacity to merge with cosmic love is the Evolutionary process of the fourth house”.
The effects of planets in the fourth house:
The Sun in the fourth house brings a lot of personal emphasis on emotional peace and comfort and pursuing things that feel good. There may be many hidden ambitions below the surface, resulting in frustrations and jealousy of those more accomplished. There’s a strong emphasis on nurturing others and family.
The Moon in the fourth house brings a high capacity for stable emotions. One will trust their heart and intuition with this placement. A strong need to nurture others is seen. It is likely one had a strong maternal presence in childhood. There will be a tendency to reflect on things and “check-in” with their feelings before acting.
Mars in the fourth house brings quite a lot of emotional restlessness. One may feel they need to defend themselves with this placement. There may be jealousy and a sense of feeling picked on. However, there can also be a lot of emotional growth and destroying of emotional weakness with this placement.
Mercury in the fourth house brings a lot of emotional activity. It will be difficult for the heart to settle with this placement. Mistaking thoughts for feelings will be likely. Too many interests and too many words may drain the emotional batteries. But a playful nature will also exist in the ability to adjust and adapt to hurt feelings.
Jupiter in the fourth house shows the heart is invigorated and expanded by teachings, religion and metaphysics. A deeply philosophical heart and a gracious nature will be present. But there may be a tendency to exaggerate the emotions and try to “rise above” difficult feelings with others.
Venus in the fourth house shows trust that the heart will lead to beauty and connection. A strong devotional nature will be seen and a love of ease and comfort and compromise with others will bring joy and satisfaction. Excessive compromise may be a tendency, especially in romantic relationships, which may feel abusive at times.
Saturn in the fourth house shows some heaviness in the heart and likely abusive authority in childhood. The individual was pressured emotionally and may avoid deep psychological and emotional entanglements throughout life. Fear of making emotional mistakes, guilt. Yet, the individual may have a strong capacity for solitude, meditation and stillness with such a placement.
Rahu in the fourth house shows an urgency to develop emotional peace. Immaturity and irresponsibility may exist. The individual may wish to escape into themselves and demand that others understand their every emotional whim. This could be a highly emotionally psychic placement however. There may not be good emotional boundaries.
Ketu in the fourth house shows the difficulty experiencing the emotions in the present moment. One may have been burdened in childhood with the heavy emotions of others, or ridiculed for their own.
Overview of Houses 1-4
Houses one through four provide a structure for the evolution of our personal self by first giving us a physical body, present and identity (first House). This presence and identity gather certain things, develop certain habits based on what we find most meaningful and valuable (second House). From that point of strength, stability and value, new interests and ideas are explored with deeper levels of courage and self will being expressed (third house). These ideas and interests create an emotional environment which leads to the intuitive source of self (fourth House).
A self evolving/self-correcting process leads forward from houses one through four, but also backward from houses four through one. Activities and interests that disturbed the fragile emotional/intuitive environment (fourth House) to lead to change in our interests (third House), which lead to change our values, how we spend our money, what we keep around us (second House), which leads to a change in where we take our physical body, where we focus our presence, and ultimately who we are based on our actions.
This evolutionary process of houses one through four continues throughout our life, as we unfold deeper and deeper levels of self-awareness. Based on this level of self-awareness, we interact with others through houses five through eight.
Seed Principle: The things that feed us through the senses and form our values (second house) then become the source of our individual, self-willed actions and interests through the third house. Here our curious, individualized mind competes over ideas and develops strength personal ingenuity and courage.
The body part associated with third house is the neck arms shoulders and hands. This is the area of life where we are flexible and make adjustments. We turn her our head from side to side and look around here. Then based on that we reach out into the world to grasp something for ourselves or to experiment and play with in order to develop our skills. This is the nature of the third house.
Third house people include siblings, coworkers and other individual peers. For instance a fellow manager. A fellow student in the same class. It is with these people we test our ideas, compete with, and determine who is an ally and who may be an enemy.
Activities: Writing, athletics, games, fun and stimulating activities, pursuing our personal desires. The third house has to do with the initial stages of learning, (upadesa) where our curiosity pulls us into something new, novel and exciting. We have many interests, and many people we learn with along the way.
Environment: Places where we have fun in pursuit of things we enjoy for ourselves, regardless of what anyone thinks of it. A workshop, a casino, Boudoir, athletic field, classroom, bar, any place where you are having a raucous, good time
Objects: Computer, pen, video game console, weights (for weight lifting), karaoke machine, most electronic gadgets are third house in nature.
Planetary Indicators: Mercury and Mars or the main planetary indicators of the third house. Mercury has to do with curiosity and communication. Mars has to do with competition and aggression.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Happiness General Explanation:
As the expression of our personal desires, the first “Kama” house – it shows the things we really enjoy doing, regardless of what anyone thinks of it. There is a certain raucous, animalistic / sibling energy to it. Healthy arguments (or unhealthy arguments) are a part of this area of life. Yet there is a stimulated, challenging, excitable and unpredictable quality to the third house.
Our values (second house) lead us to explore certain interests. There will be things we like to do based on the values we have. But also, as we grow and develop there will be new interests and things to explore. The third house is the first Kama house, the place where we pursue our individual interests above all else.
Here our curious, individualized mind competes over ideas and tries things for itself, including things it knows may be “wrong”. In the third house we want to know for our self. We are developing ingenuity and courage, including the courage to act and think independently and challenge authority. We must act with self will as an individual in order to establish boundaries, grow and flourish, test our beliefs and experiment. Yet the third house is very limited. There is no grace flowing there, no higher wisdom beyond satisfying the desires of the moment. There is only so much we are able to accomplish by our own individual efforts. It takes God’s grace to make all actions complete.
The third house is the most egoistic house in the astrology chart. Essentially, it is the house of ego and where we are establishing a healthy one. Understanding the nature of our separate self has a lot to do with understanding the deeper lessons of the third house.
The ego is the agency through which our separate, corporeal existence here on Earth must operate and function. We need to protect ourselves, both physically and intellectually. We need courage and intelligence to move through the world and to figure things out for ourselves. Yet, if that is an end in itself, rather than a means to an end, there will be immense suffering.
The third house gets us involved with certain types of people, competitors and those whom we test ourselves against. This is why the third house is related to siblings. Our siblings, and other equals are those whom we must battle and compete against. The courage, intelligence and experimentation of the third house allow our values and value system to evolve to a point beyond the entrenched habits of the past and our childhood. It is the courage and self will of the third house and its relentless independence that gives us the confidence to take care of ourselves in the world. But this is also the place of personal selfishness, lust and aggression.
“From an amoral and stimulated posture, to battling and competing with others in order to fulfill our desires, to the courage to pursue and experience the truth is the Evolutionary process of the third house.
The effects of planets in the third house:
The Sun in the third house brings a personal focus on interests, self-will, sports and competition. There may be conflicts with authority, especially the father or government and a lot of ego in this placement. Self educated and highly skilled, also attached to the fruits of their actions.
Moon in the third house brings a lot of emotional attachment to desires. The emotional mind will be very stimulated and restless. Yet, they will have a lot of changing interests and many friends associated with those stimulated pursuits.
Mars the third house brings courage, strength and vitality to pursue interests with passion. There may be arguing with siblings and other peers and in general. A love of sports and competition is seen and enthusiasm for self growth and surmounting physical challenges. There may be ruthlessness.
Mercury the third house shows a skilled communicator. An interest in languages, writing and communication could be seen. Although high intelligence and skill level is likely, moving from one thing to the next may be a problem. Cooperation among peers comes naturally.
Jupiter and the third house show a leader among peers. There will be a rational mind which looks for deeper understanding to the deep questions in life. A restless, searching and philosophical nature will be seen. On may battle over religion and philosophies.
Venus in the third house shows interest in art, creativity, relationships and beauty. Excessive sensual stimulation must be watched however. May feel overwhelmed by competition and unable to stand up and fight for themselves. May be confused about when to hold ground and went to compromise.
Saturn in the third house shows an interest in traditional teachings, conservative and practical methods. Yet, one may resist change and be slow to adapt to new circumstances. One may lack courage, fearing conflict and embarrassment. May have friends who are older.
Rahu in the third house gives potential for high intelligence through experimentation and play. The native will challenge teachers and authority figures. They will mistake information for wisdom and embarrass themselves by arguing without having all the facts.
Ketu in the third house, and one will have established a mastery of skills and information, yet they doubt themselves. Instead, they will seek a teacher, one who takes them beyond the world of personal interests, personal power and details.
Seed Principle: The physical body (first house) needs to be fed and wants to feel good about itself. The actions of the physical body have results in the second house. Money, speech, physical enjoyment through the senses, close friends are all related to the second house. They are an expression of what we value the most.
The body part associated with the Second house is the face, the sense organs and in particular the mouth. What goes into our mouth and what comes out of our mouth is directly correlated to our level of self-esteem. For instance, our diet generally improves as our sense of self-worth improves. We realize we get so much more out of life and can contribute so much more when our diet and routines improve. Also, we realize what comes out of our mouth, our words, have the potential to add value and meaning to our life and to the lives of others.
2nd house people: Our family and close personal friends are second house people, those closest to us. These people also affirm our values and are a reflection of them. As our values change, evolve and sometimes outgrow the values of our past, blood family members may fall by the wayside and an alternative family grows – one we have chosen in this lifetime.
Activities: Activities that give us pleasure in the moment and that make us feel connected. Eating, talking, socializing with relatives and friends are second house activities.
Environment: Our home or any place where we feel at home, like the local bar where we feel safe or the spiritual center or our cubicle at work that we have decorated and “made our own“.
Objects: Clothes, things we collect and like to have around us. Actually, possessions themselves are related to the second house. But specifically things that reflect our values and give us a sense of connection and even identity.
Planetary Indicators: Venus has the most to do with the second house. Venus is indicative of our values and what we value the most. Venus also has to do with our senses and shows how the promise of pleasure begins the entire cycle of value, values, respect and how those things translate into wealth.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Artha (Value) General Explanation:
As this is the first “Artha” house, our personal values, these are the things and the things we want next to us. As our values evolve so do the things we feed our self. Not just food through our mouth, but what we consume on all levels is an expression of the second house – our value system, which leads to what we are becoming. How valued we feel has a lot to do with how much we think we deserve and has a big impact on our capacity to earn a good living. Our need to grow in wealth and what we value the most is shown here.
We have many preferences, habits, and routines that are an expression of our identity, both who we think we are and how we feel about ourselves. We will literally put our body and our identity in an environment, both internal and external. Internally we have a sense of self-worth, we have values and we will derive a certain meaning from them. Externally those things will be seen in our home, our friends and family, clothes and other things we hold dear to us.
The second house is a real bedrock of our existence. It is the stability and structure through which we live our life. The second house also has to do with our past conditioning. It has to do with the deep bonds of family and personal commitments we have made that do not change quickly. In many ways it shows the cumulative result of the things we have made a personal commitment to and the deep grooves they have left in our life and our immediate environment. We are hesitant to let others into our environment, to see us that deeply, because rejection of us on that level makes us question our very identity.
The second house is where we see the issue of self-worth playing out in someone’s life. Based on how we feel about ourselves, we ask for a certain wage from our job and expect a certain level of self-respect from others. This level of self-respect will also be a standard we express through our speech, our diet, our manner of dress. As our identity evolves, these things will change. When we are younger, we inherit the values of our childhood. Our identity and values are an expression of how we were raised. But as we get older, and our truthful self becomes more clear to us, our values change and the choices they imply also change.
Many of these choices will involve what we consume, what we buy, what we eat. As was noted, our body (first house) needs sustenance, comfort and a place to abide (second House).
Evolutionary process of the second house:
“From a value system based on material wealth, to values based on social pressures and other people, to the realization that true stability and our most vital asset is wisdom, is the Evolutionary process of the second house.”
The effects of planets in the second house:
The Sun in the second house native ties a lot of their identity to values, wealth, family and other stable structures of the world. There’s likely a lot of attention placed on material wealth. The native may even be greedy and clannish in their behavior, taking care of their own. They may be a smoker.
The Moon in the second house shows a wavering value system. These natives may often feel at the whim of their family members or what others say about them. There may be inconsistent speech and habits, even food addictions or problems. Yet, they are quite adaptable and may be quite successful as a result.
Mars in the second house makes for some aggressive speech and a tendency to argue over values and principles. There may be battles and conflicts especially with family members or very close friends as their emerging sense of self-worth evolves. They may work hard and earn a high salary in their career. Smoking is an issue.
Mercury in the second house makes for a skilled speaker and one who easily adapts to family life and domestic situations. This native may also be an excellent writer (especially if the second house is a female sign). This person will value a multitude of cultures, perhaps master many languages and adapt a value system based on humor and tolerance.
Jupiter in the second house often creates a religious person and one whose sense of self-worth comes from higher, philosophical principles. Yet, there may be disagreements with family members over personal philosophies and religions. They may tend to exaggerate their words, and be a little untrustworthy as a result.
Venus in the second house can easily produce wealth, comfort and support. A world of beauty and order, not to mention creativity would be the most valued and precious to this native. There would likely be very polite manners and sweet speech. Yet, there may also be excessive sensual indulgence as the second house rules the mouth. They may bend their values to suit others.
Saturn in the second house shows a premium would be placed on conservative values. There is a tendency to be overwhelmed by family responsibilities and difficulty getting loose from them. Hard work and determined effort would grow their income over time. Yet they may work in a profession that does not bring satisfaction.
Rahu in the second house will bring obsessions over developing our own paradigm of value. Often this is a placement of greed and excess accumulation, but not enjoyment. Also, there could be eating disorders, substance abuse and inconsistent speech (especially lying).
Ketu in the second house often shows a dissatisfaction with the values in which they were raised. Confusion about their own self-worth and excessive criticism of themselves and others by extension.
Seed Principle: The first house is the physical body and its expression into the world. The appearance, prominent personality traits and attributes, our general approach to life and how we express our self are all seen from the first house – the first “Dharma” house.
The body part of the first house has to do with the top of the head, which is the source of inspiration. We are meant to follow our own unique, individual course through life and establish our own personal authority based on what is highest and closest to God.
1st house people: You are the 1st house person. Also, relationship partners are a mirror reflection to you, showing clarity through contrast.
Activities: All activities that occur in the present moment, which may include everything, if we are present to it. The first house shows the nature of all activities.
Environment: Wherever we find ourselves currently is the environment of the first house.
Objects: Our body and anything in our immediate environment, now.
Planetary Indicators: The Sun and ruling planet (the 1st house ruler) are the planets related to the 1st house. Mercury and Jupiter have directional strength in the 1st house as they allow us to most easily gain wisdom (Jupiter) and adjust (Mercury) to first house experiences.
Guna / Lesson: Personal Intelligence General Explanation:
The truth of our experiences to be the greatest teacher in life is what makes the first house a dharma house. The first house establishes a physical body and presence.
The physical body is the only part of us that is present at all times. Every spiritual tradition knows, the keys to the kingdom of heaven are to be in the present. It is the constant chattering of the mind, the projection of emotions from the past into the future, that takes us away from the “reality” – which exists in every moment.
That presence begins with being present in the body. Our body (which includes our mind) contains cumulative power and wisdom of the entire universe. It is the nexus of wisdom around which everything else revolves. It is the anchor of our existence, taking care of enormously complex processes all the time.
From digesting our food, to pumping our blood, to continuously breathing. This is why all spiritual traditions in one way or another, emphasize spiritual practices based on being present to the genius of the body.
Everything that we will become will happen as a matter of our real-time experiences through the body/mind/nervous system. The truth of who we are is actually the truth of what we have experienced through the matrix of the mind/body complex. We may have a lot of ideas about who we are, but the truth of who we are and what we really know can be seen directly by what we have experienced. We have incarnated in a world of matter and form, our body is that form. It establishes our present life circumstances, based on the cumulative results of our past karmas. These circumstances frame our free will, our actions in the present, through the body, in real time. The first house is a house of Dharma, because it shows the matrix through which we must process, learn and grow. That matrix is the physical body itself, and all that implies.
Based on the body and physiology we have, a truthful identity develops. This identity should not be confused with the “ego“, our sense of separateness. The identity of the first house, is not the separate/willful identity of the ego (that is the third house). I want to repeat that again, because this is at odds with what is normally said.
The first house is not the ego, it is that truthful, beautiful Self you spend your entire life trying to access and express. It is that one and only gift to the universe that is “you“. This is also the “rising sign“. It relates directly to the eastern horizon at the moment of birth, as the Earth was turning. The traits of this sign give us our truthful identity in this lifetime (the Sun gives us our “non-embodied” truthful identity). It is from the first house that we come to know the most important qualities of any individual, and their main orientations in life.
“From glorifying the physical body and its power, to expressing a strong, unique personality and identity toward others, to seeing oneself as a creature of spirit, not of form or emotion is the evolutionary process of the first house.”
The effects of planets in the first house: Sun in the first house gives strong vitality and a healthy level of self-confidence. However, it may also bring an overbearing nature and excessive ego.
The Moon in the first house brings a gentle, approachable nature. Often there is a large round face and large eyes. Yet, a person may act with inconsistency and lack confidence. They may spend too much time trying to please others and connect with others.
Mars in the first house natives often feel pushy and aggressive. They need to slow down and work on patience. Yet, there will be a lot of enthusiasm and passion for life. They will usually be quite competitive.
Mercury in the first house gives a very curious and experimental approach to life. There will usually be balanced and even features and attractiveness. The native will adjust easily to life circumstances, but may also speak too much and be scattered.
Jupiter in the first house will often make someone tall or perhaps heavy. There is usually optimism and hope and the person will often raise their eyes to the sky when they speak. They will be philosophical, but may also be over optimistic, overlooking important details.
Venus in the first house makes for attractiveness and usually lovely eyes and often curly hair. There will be pleasant manners and likability. But there may also be laziness, excessive compromise and perhaps sensual indulgence.
Saturn in the first house often makes one tall and thin. There may be crooked or prominent teeth. The native may hesitate and be overcome by past mistakes. There will often be a sunken or sullen nature, dark circles under the eyes and a sort of grouchy surface nature.
Rahu in the first house makes for an native who is learning to be alone in this lifetime. This leads to eccentric and unpredictable behavior. This person feels like an outcast, but may make enormous progress in self-knowledge as a result. They will always be in search of a core identity beneath the many roles they must play.
Ketu in the first house and the native is often aware of every flaw in their character. They may be humble, even anonymous, preferring to blend in to the crowd. Yet there will be a quiet composure about these natives and a concentration of energy.
Vedic Astrology: The First House – Personal Intelligence