About the Fifth HouseAugust 4, 2009
God, Grace, Children and Higher IntelligenceWhat is the 5th House?
In the House 4 Makeover, we covered happiness, heart and mother. Now, House 5 covers primarily your relationship to God, intelligence, children, spiritual learning and destiny, as well as writing, business undertakings and past life merits.
Signs on the other hand are filters that color how the Houses and planets behave. This newsletter will cover the sign of Leo, which is considered the natural 5th House of the Zodiac. That means that the sign of Leo naturally colors things in line with the qualities of the 5th House.
Let us begin by covering the general characteristics of the 5th house and what they influence in your life. Then in the 2nd week, we show you how to examine your own chart (and others) and find which planets are influencing your 5th house. As we progress through the final 2 weeks, you will be guided through a powerful meditation and transformation workshop that will enable you to empower your relationship with God in the manner you desire. Your own personal 5th House is the subject of the next newsletter.
General Characteristics of the 5th House
The Fifth House is known as the house of Grace. It is one of the dharma houses, a house of destiny. A strong 5th house indicates strong character and judgment (the discernment from keen, clear intelligence), happiness from good children, and spiritual learnedness. It is the house of poorva punya, ‘past life credit’, from righteous (dharmic) acts of merit accumulated from past lives. It is the house of mantra, use and skill with spiritual practice, as well as higher education accomplishment (degrees).
Because it is the third house from the third house, it shares some of the qualities or significators of the third house, such as creativity and writing. Whereas the third house is seen as favoring writing of articles, the fifth house favors writing of books and production of other literary works such as poetry. And while the third house favors personal creativity and raw talents, the fifth house expresses these through creation of new life, i.e. of conception and children, as well as metaphysical or spiritual conception, i.e. grace from God.
Since the fifth house represents the instrumentation of creativity, it signifies musical instruments. Spiritually, this would be signified by mantra and skill in recitation of mantra. For these reasons, it is considered a highly auspicious house. Also, it is the ninth house from the ninth house, another dharma house that is most auspicious.
Two planets in particular have a strong relationship with the 5th house: the Sun and Jupiter. These are discussed more below.
Characteristics of Leo, the Natural 5th House
Leo is a fire sign, representing purification, penance and creativity, all significations of the 5th house. Because nothing can be restricted in the flow of creation, no planet is debilitated in the sign of Leo. Nor is any planet exalted here.
Sun, Lord of Leo
Jupiter as Karaka, Signification, for the 5th House
Jupiter is associated with God, spiritual knowledge, children (especially sons), the husband, spiritual preceptor and good luck. The Sanskrit word for Jupiter is Guru, the word also for teacher. The most benefic of planets, Jupiter is very expansive and gracious, the great Teacher, desiring to lead all to the paths of righteousness (dharma). He is the container and bestower of sacred wisdom. All of Jupiter’s qualities grace and color the meaning of the fifth house. He is, according to esteemed Vedic Astrologer, B. Behari, “the Grantor of God’s Benediction”. Grace is indicated from the placement of Jupiter. Jupiter in the 5th house is considered very auspicious.
Planets Placed in Leo
Sun in Leo
Moon in Leo
Mercury in Leo
Venus in Leo
Mars in Leo
Jupiter in Leo
Saturn in Leo
Rahu in Leo
Ketu in Leo