About the Third HouseJune 1, 2009
What is the 3rd House?
There are two kinds of 3rd Houses referred to in Vedic Astrology. The natural 3rd House and ones own personal 3rd House. We will begin by covering the natural 3rd House in Astrology which is Gemini and also the areas that the 3rd House controls. Ones own personal 3rd House is the subject of the next newsletter.General Characteristics of the 3rd House
Regardless of whether it is Gemini (the natural 3rd House) or your personal 3rd House, the 3rd House represents specific areas in your life. The Third House is known as the “House of Siblings”. It signifies your capacity to get along with others and physical strength. It also reveals your general attitudes in dealing with risk – whether you act boldly or with caution. The 3rd house also rules the ears, arms, hands and nervous systems.
The third house is also called an “Upachaya” or “Growing” House (along with the 6th, 10th and 11th Houses). This means that while experiences could be tough in the beginning, they do get better over time. Thus having difficult planetary placements in the 3rd house can cause problems early on, but they have the potential to be transmuted into a positive. For instance, having Mars (which is considered a malefic planet) in your third House, may indicate intense activity, sibling rivalry and a combative attitude. But because it is in the 3rd House, this intense martian energy gives you the potential to turn it to something positive. For example, this intense energy may make you work out harder and increase your athletic ability, thus giving you a very fit, healthy body.
Each of the signs, when it is the 3rd House of a chart, brings a unique quality to the “House of Siblings”; it will color the way that one approaches others, one’s attitudes toward risk and creativity. Further, a planet that is placed in the 3rd House or “expecting” the third house will greatly alter their interpersonal skills and the way they react to situations. By means of an example, Gemini, the natural 3rd House, is examined in detail below.Characteristics of Gemini, the Natural 3rd House
Gemini is the natural 3rd house, coming after Aries and Taurus in the zodiac. Gemini is symbolized by the twins, or an embracing couple. This sign, the only one including two individuals, represents communication and the thinking mind.
Gemini’s ruling planet is Mercury. As such, Gemini is bestowed with Mercurial qualities – love of learning, quick witted, genial, and joyous. The dark side of Gemini is that they can be too cunning – losing the faith of others, or be irresponsible – changing their minds, not finishing things, bluffing their way.
If your birth chart shows Gemini as your 3rd house, you are likely to be engaging in mental pursuits. This person would make a good diplomat as they will be an excellent communicator and will be able to intuit what others want to hear.
Planets Placed in Gemini
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Gemini
Mercury in Gemini
Venus in Gemini
Mars in Gemini
Jupiter in Gemini
Saturn in Gemini
Rahu in Gemini
Ketu in Gemini
Now that we have understood some of the characteristics of 3rd House, the sign of Gemini, and the planets that it favors, test your knowledge with the quiz below!