In Vedic Astrology, there are 12 houses, and each of these houses has its significance. Read on to learn about the significance of astrological houses & how they are connected to the different problems in your life.
Life is full of uncertainty and unpredictable moments. Sometimes it offers you a bundle of great joy and happiness. Other times, you are clueless about the end of the darkest period in your life. Vedic Astrology helps you understand the meaning of different houses in your horoscope and why you go through a certain phase in your life.
The first house in the chart is the crux of the entire horoscope. It represents the self, and the exact position where life begins.
The second house represents your childhood, the quality of life as a child and care and nurturing you received and the teachings you imbibed.
For example, Venus in Taurus in second house is in its own sign, which depicts an interest in arts, music, dance, literature - all of which could have been prominent while growing up, along with hobbies such as collecting gemstones instead of postcards, or the natural instinct to stay close to nature or traits can be interpreted by the sign/ planet placed in this house. It also depicts your way of expression and speech which would have the qualities of the house and planet placed in it.
The third house represents your mental courage, communications, strength, boldness, short travels, relations other than your parents such as siblings, neighbors, and acquaintances.
The fourth house is the house of conveyance, the house you live in, the house you build, your mother, your general happiness, your relationship with family, with women, or all motherly figures such as aunts, mother-in-law, female teachers & mentors, your daughter, grandmother, and so on.
The next phase of your life from here is education. The quality of education you receive, your interests in certain subjects, level of creativity and how it expresses itself and speculations can be traced from this house. Recreation even during school can be placed through this house alone.
For e.g., Aries in this house, or house lord in a particular chart, means that a person could be into sports and athletic in nature. Mercury in this house would signify someone with analytical abilities. Scorpio in this house would show research abilities and interest in Chemistry, Biology or Psychology.
In the divisional charts, it indicates your first child. Love affairs and its ability to turn into a successful union can be derived from this house. Your artistic qualities and skills can be seen from this house, especially in the latter half of your life.
The 6th house is an important house. This house shows your enemies, the part of your life you struggle with, diseases, debts, competition, maternal relative and your relationship with them, and government jobs.
E.g.: Mars placed here would mean issues with power dynamics. Similarly, Venus placed here would translate into issues with your own Venusian qualities.
The seventh house in your birth chart is situated at the juncture of your life with equal number of houses on either sides. This depicts your life where you start your phase of adulthood, and your basic education is completed. This is the part where partnerships take place, whether it is professional partnerships post education or your personal partnerships.
This house is prominent to depict all kinds of partnerships that you will form through life, and your expectations regarding them.
This house can be interpreted in different ways as well. It is also known as the ‘Makara’ or the destroyer, but then, this is also the house of your possibilities, of conception of the second child in other divisional charts.
The eight house is another important house that one should be careful of. It is the house of longevity, accidents, spontaneity and sudden changes along with transformations. This house naturally belongs to the sign of Scorpio, which carries transformational energy. This house indicates issues and events related to your longevity and the diseases you could get.
The 9th house is the house of your ‘luck-quotient’. It is also known as the house of ‘dharma’. It shares a trine relationship with your house of self and house of education.
E.g.: Rahu is the most benefic planet placed here. It may depict a person who pursues higher education or wishes to pursue higher education in a foreign land, or learns from travelling in foreign places, or wishes to study in order to work in a foreign land. It may be the factor which leads you to work in a foreign land of your choice, which enhances your learning as well. It also enhances your luck quotient for clearing interviews and examinations, leading to higher knowledge or pursuits of the same kind.
10th House is your house of profession in your birth chart.
The placement of Saturn in this house reflects efforts made by Self. Saturn means discipline and hard-work which nobody else can do for you. Saturn will guide you here, which means you would be dependent on Self and will be a self-made individual.
The placement of Venus or any feminine planet would mean help from a woman, mother, or working in an area which is Venusian in nature - banking, business, arts, etc.
The Placement of Jupiter would depict getting to the position with the help of powerful mentors and intellectuals, or working in a capacity of mentorship - guru, teachers, etc.
The placement of Sun would mean someone who gets into a profession or works in any capacity due to the help form father or a father figure.
The eleventh house in the birth chart represents one of the 5 evil houses. However, it is also the house of friends, gains, profits, elder siblings, and wish fulfilment.
The 12th house is a beautiful house to trace a lot of life events from and can be looked into with a lot of depth. It is the last house in your chart. This is the house of letting go after living an entire life. This can be interpreted as the need to let go of assets, or letting go of materialism to gain higher consciousness.
This is also the house of secret enemies. Looking at the planets in the divisional charts and birth chart, one can trace a lot about your past life and karmic bonds.
In a birth chart, every house has a particular sign in it. The lord (planet) of the sign governs that specific house in a horoscope. The placement/conjunction/aspect of any house, and the ruling master determines the fate of the house and its consequence.
One can refer to the houses and lords of the signs in the list above. One can find the astrological reason why a person is going through certain phases or problems in life from these houses.
In any birth chart, the 12 astrological houses are classified into four categories.
The trikona refers to the houses which aspect each other and form the pursuit of wisdom, intelligence and growth in a person’s chart. These are 1st house (house of Self), 5th house (house of education) and 9th house (house of dharma), thereby making the trikona or triangle which helps a person gain education, balance within Self, consciousness, wisdom and philosophical bend in life.
The kendra houses are the four houses which depict the 4 most important areas of life. These are 1st house (house of Self), 4th house (family and home), 7th house (partnerships, such as marriage), and 10th house (profession). Most of the beautiful and auspicious conjunctions/yogas (and some inauspicious conjunctions) are formed in the Kendras which impact the overall quality and prospects in life. The planets placed in these houses are said to be the results of past karmas and direct the life led in this one.
The 5 houses considered as dusht sthans or evil houses are 6th, 8th and 12th whose results can be seen upon 3rd & 11th thereby bringing them under the impact of these dusht sthans.
The cumulation of these 3 houses represent risky affair, hidden works and unethical deeds whose results are seen in the two houses as mentioned above.
The 2nd and the 7th houses are known as Marakas. The planets placed here are traced to check influences from past life. Malefics present in these houses show negative impact upon partnerships and relations. These planets require deep study in each chart to come to a final conclusion.
Trikona houses are regarded as ascension to higher consciousness, growth and self-journey towards the positive. When these come in contact through aspects with Kendras, they are considered as catalysts and benefics. Therefore, an association of trikona and kendra are considered auspicious.
However, the association or aspect of the Dusht Sthans with Kendras are considered malefics as these negative house placements can affect the auspiciousness and positivity of kendra houses.
For any problem concerning partnership or your marriage, an astrologer will look deeply into the 7th house and the lord and analyze the issues it is most prone to as per planetary movements.
The placement of the planets and lord in the 7th house will explain key details that concern your marriage. If the house lord is posited in Kendra or Trikona, it will be favorable for the native. However, in association with any evil house or their lord, there can be threats to the prospects of your marriage.
The association of an evil house with the 10th house and its lord would create trouble in the marital paradise.
For those facing job-related issues in their professional life, a Vedic expert would closely look into the 10th house and its lord for a better understanding of the obstacles or unnecessary hurdles you are going through.
The placement/conjunction/aspect (PCA) of different planets in the 10th house along with the lord or the master of the tenth house would give accurate predictions of the trouble in your profession or career.
For the students who find it difficult to concentrate on their studies or are not getting desired success, an astrologer could help understand the reasons for it through a detailed study of the 5th house and 9th house and their association with any evil house or the lords.