About the Fourth HouseJuly 1, 2009
What is the 4th House?
In Astrology, we will be speaking in terms of “Houses” and “Signs”. There are 12 Houses in astrology, just as there are 12 signs. Houses are simply categories of all the things that concern us in human life such as money, children, sex, health, longevity, etc. Each House controls a different category. In the House 3 Makeover, we covered siblings, courage and creativity. Now, House 4 covers primarily happiness, material possessions such as home, property, and fixed assets; as well as education and mother.Signs on the other hand are filters that color how the Houses and planets behave. This newsletter will cover the sign of Cancer, which is considered the natural 4th House of the Zodiac. That means that the sign of Cancer naturally colors things in line with the qualities of the 4th House, i.e. mother, home, happiness, vehicles, education, land and property.
General Characteristics of the 4th House
The Fourth House is known as the “House of Home and Heart”. It is one of the moksha houses, a house of spiritual liberation, and holds our private thoughts and feelings. It is the lowest point in the chart, below the horizon, and so is an indicator of those things unseen and on land. Therefore the 4th house is an indicator for land and property, as well as vehicles. A strong 4th house for example, could indicate good home and cars. It is the home of mother, mind and matter, so happiness and relationship with the mother is indicated here. It is also a house of education, though there are different views as to what level of education. Generally, it is viewed as higher education, from high school to college level, as well as spiritual education, since it is a moksha house. It is the most sensitive point in the chart and so indicates our deeper psychological nature. It also represents the masses and our relationship to the public. Physically, it is the chest and heart regions. The Moon, as ruler of the natural 4th house of Cancer, is the karaka, or indicator of the 4th house.Moon as Indicator for the 4th House
The Moon is associated with manas, the mind and emotions. This watery planet represents the sensitivity of the human mind as well as Mother and motherhood. The Moon therefore influences fertility, conception and childbirth. As with all the planets, the Moonâ€™s influence and characteristics can be understood on both the material and spiritual planes of existence. So physical fertility as well as spiritual fertility can be understood from the 4th house and Moon. Even though it rules Cancer, the Moon is exalted in Taurus, i.e. the most positive, beneficial aspects of the Moon come forth the more.
Characteristics of Cancer, the Natural 4th House
Planets Placed in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer
Mercury in Cancer
Venus in Cancer
Mars in Cancer
Jupiter in Cancer
Saturn in Cancer
Rahu in Cancer
Ketu in Cancer