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The Fifth House: About You

DateAugust 10, 2009

How to Interpret Your Own Fifth House

Summary of the Steps: It’s Easy!
In order to help you understand the nature of your relationship with God, Intelligence & Children, we will walk you through a few steps. First you will learn what Sign is your 5th House and how that sign affects your creativity, children, learning and other 5th house indicators, such as romance, intelligence, destiny, business speculations, politics and mantras. Then, we will get more specific in accessing your 5th House by examining the planets placed in that house, and also where the “ruler” of your Fifth House is placed. This will all be very easy to do. Finally, we will test your knowledge with a Quiz using Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

First, you need to know what your 5th House sign is. To do this:

  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your 5th House with the number 5 in the box. The blue letters in the same box indicate the Sign. For your reference the abbreviated sign names are listed below.
Symbol Sign Name
Ar Aries
Ta Taurus
Ge Gemini
Ca Cancer
Le Leo
Vi Virgo
Li Libra
Sc Scorpio
Sg Sagittarius
Cp Capricorn
Aq Aquarius
Pi Pisces


Now that you know which sign your 5th House is, read the description for the sign that rules your 5th house of “God, Intelligence & Children”. This description offers you general inclinations you will have due to this sign ruling your 5th House. As you read the description, also make note of the Ruling Planet. We will use this in Step 4 to better understand the specifics of your 5th house karma.

It is important to keep in mind that there are many factors which influence your chart, your karma and your life, including condition of the planet ruling a house, condition of planets in a house, and what dasha (planetary) period you are currently running. The ruling planet indicates qualities of mind and general nature of destiny.


Fifth House Ruling Planet “God, Intelligence & Children” Nature
Aries Mars This person will have a passionate nature with a tendency of the mind to search for deeper, spiritual meaning in life since Mars also rules the 12th house of final moksha or enlightenment. Can also bring difficulty with children, with the 12th house as a house of loss.
Taurus Venus Venus is Raj Yoga Karaka (owner of a Trine [1,3,5 houses] and owner of a Kendra house [1,4,7,9 houses]), so is very powerful for Capricorn native who has Taurus ruling the 5th house. They are highly creative, charming, artistic and possessing grace.
Gemini Mercury Deep thinker (Mercury influence), with a keen intellectual curiosity for research and possibly occult knowledge (both 8th house qualities, as Mercury rules the 8th also).
Cancer Moon Fondness for children and a moon like qualities of the mind: nurturing, caring.
Leo Sun The Sun brings its male influence to bear with a propensity towards male offspring. A strong, sharp mind and ‘kingly’ leadership potentiality.
Virgo Mercury Perceptions, keen intelligence especially related to creative ways to make money (since Mercury also owns the 2nd house of finances).
Libra Venus Since Venus is the best planet for a Gemini native, a Taurus 5th house brings great creativity and refined taste. Brings beautiful children, a sensual nature (Venus is also Lord of the 12th house) and a love of romance.
Scorpio Mars Mars is Raj Yoga Karaka, so is the most powerful planet for Cancer. As ruler of the 5th house, it gives the person keen intelligence with a strong motivation to succeed (Mars as Lord of the 10th). The Mars effect can also lend towards selfishness and brashness, a bit of a rough edge with a zest for life.
Sagittarius Jupiter A curious mind, seeking deeper knowledge (Jupiter the planet of knowledge also ruling the 8th house). Can bring difficulty with children.
Capricorn Saturn Children may be delayed or limited. More conservative mind, utilizes structures for creating.
Aquarius Saturn A strong sense of purpose and inner power, with Saturn being Raj Yoga Karaka for the Libra native. Children delayed or limited. Keen pursuit of higher knowledge.
Pisces Jupiter Since Jupiter also rules the 2nd house, it is a Dhana (wealth) planet for Scorpio native, bringing great potentiality for wealth accumulation. This can come through children, as Lord of the 5th house.


Once you have identified which sign is your fifth house, the next step in understanding aspects of your God, Intelligence & Children house is to know which planets most directly influence it and modify its nature.

To do this, run the “Chart Report” on Astroved. Examine your 5th House and note any planets in that sign, then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 5th House to see how they affect your 5th house indicators.


Planet in the 5th House General Effect If Afflicted
Sun Intelligent, wise, loves fine arts, tactful, keen discernment. Few children, disturbed mind, difficulty for the firstborn, especially if a son, troubles for the father.
Moon Blessed with children (especially daughters), handsome spouse, high political office, good wealth and learning. Breaks in education, shrewd, showy, cowardly.
Mars Ambitious, persevering, bold, decisive Unprincipled, wicked, difficult relationships, unhappy, without children.
Mercury Prominence through learning, skilled in mantra (ministerial ability and office), skilled administrator and executive, many offspring, happy. Vain, combative.
Jupiter Wise, learned, a minister (or similar), renowned, wealthy virtuous, pure-hearted, strong leader. Difficulty with sons.
Venus Good material comforts, good looking, favors children, high status, intelligent, well mannered.
Saturn Overcomes enemies, if Lord of 9th or 10th, can favor political success, ability to focus on mantra. Troubled mind, fickle, unhappy, little or no children.
Rahu Compassionate, polite. Few or no children, narrow-minded, easily angered, phobias, abdominal problems.
Ketu Past life value for moksha, remembrance of mantra practice. Phobias, including water, lack of learning and children, abdominal disease.


To help you determine whether your 5th house will tend to have the negative influence mentioned above, check in the following chart. If your 5th House sign has an “enemy” planet in it, then you will have more proclivity to the negative effects. Rahu and Ketu are not listed as they are generally considered unfavorable for all signs.


5th House Sign Friend Neutral Enemy
Aries Jupiter Sun Mars Moon Saturn Mercury Venus
Taurus Mercury Sun Saturn Venus Jupiter Moon Mars
Gemini Saturn Mercury Venus Moon Jupiter Mars Sun
Cancer Jupiter Mars Moon Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
Leo Jupiter Mars Sun Moon Saturn Mercury Venus
Virgo Venus Mercury Saturn Sun Jupiter Mars Moon
Libra Saturn Mercury Venus Moon Jupiter Sun Mars
Scorpio Jupiter Sun Moon Mars Saturn Mercury Venus
Sagittarius Jupiter Sun Mars Moon Mercury Saturn Venus
Capricorn Venus Mercury Saturn Moon Jupiter Sun Mars
Aquarius Venus Saturn Jupiter Mercury Moon Mars Sun
Pisces Mars Moon Jupiter Saturn Venus Mercury Sun


The final step in understanding your personal 5th house is to examine where your 5th house’s Planetary Ruler is placed in your chart and what that means for you. Remember, the Planetary Ruler can be found in the chart in Step 2.

Now, look again at your Chart Report. What sign is your planetary ruler of your 5th House placed? For instance, you may find that you have a Libra 5th House. Libra’s ruling planet is Venus. The Chart Report would show you in which House your Venus is placed. Perhaps your Venus is in your 9th House.

The placement of your 5th House planetary ruler will tell you how your God, Intelligence & Children karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 5th House planet is Venus and placed in your 9th House (“Compassion & Grace”) of Aquarius, you may express life service through beautiful poetry or fine arts.

Keep in mind that as the planets have a range of values, so do placement of planets in the houses. Below are some indications of each House:

Planet that rules the 5th House is in your… How your God, Intelligence & Children Karma are Shaped
1st House An “old soul”, natural wisdom, fortune through stock market and other speculative activities, shrewd.
2nd House Money gained through speculative ventures, gift for communicating, teaching and writing, sharing knowledge from education, musical and good progeny.
3rd House Risk-taker, courageous, good relations with younger siblings, backbiter, potential for artistic talents (performing, fine arts, writing) from past lives.
4th House Spiritual or religious preceptor, benefits from mother, may follow ancestral vocation, fulfillment through spiritual practices (yoga, mantra). Abundant property and vehicles.
5th House Strong destiny. May know early in life your destiny. Virtuous, favorable for higher education and children, as well as speculative ventures.
6th House Knowledge/learning of the healing arts (can be from past life accomplishments), also child may have healing abilities, sickly child, enmity with child/children or children face many obstacles.
7th House High destiny life partner, partner (spouse) is virtuous, well educated and spiritually inclined. Speculative gains through partnerships, goodness to others, happiness with children.
8th House Study/great interest in metaphysics, though may not be formal education and degrees. Loss of money through speculation, short-tempered, difficult for progeny.
9th House Excellent “past life credit” bringing things easily, high status, writes books, father is strong influence and highly respected, enhances all benefic qualities of the 5th house. Lover of music and poetry.
10th House Fame in career which is destiny-driven, virtuous deeds, career related to 5th house interests – children, spiritual teaching etc.
11th House Excellent placement for entrepreneurial success, influential friends, favors writing books, wealth, favorable associations with children.
12th House Can lose money through speculation, excellent for spiritual pursuits and accomplishment, learning from/in foreign lands/spiritual cultures.


By means of another example, if your Fifth House is Libra, then your planetary ruler is Venus. When you look at your chart, you see that Venus is placed in your 11th House of Aries. Therefore, in this lifetime, your primary 5h house karma can be to fulfill destiny and receive gains (11th house) through teaching.

At this point, you now have an understanding of:

  1. What sign rules your 5th House;
  2. What planets, if any, are in your 5th house;
  3. What planet rules your 5th house;
  4. In which house your ruling 5th house planet is placed in your chart.

This will give you a good basic comprehension of which signs and planets are influencing your intellect, children and character. If you have 2 or more planets in your 5th House, look to which of the planets are weak and causing you difficulties based on the descriptions of the planets above. Then remedy that planet!

When God, Intelligence, Children, Destiny, Learning and Mantra Karmas Become Active
Relationship with God, right use of intellect and spiritual practice are generally an on-going value for most of us. But there are times when the lessons and opportunities for growth in these areas are most pronounced, or when past life credits becomes particularly activated. To see if you are in a period especially influencing your 5th house issues, run your “Planetary Influence” report in Astroved for free. This report will tell you your “major” and “minor” planetary period, called Dasha (major) and Bukti (minor). If your major or minor planet is either the Ruler of your Fifth House or in the Fifth House, this will be a time of increased focus on 5th house conditions. If the planet is good for you, look for an expansion of creativity and spiritual gain. If it is unfavorable, then there can be, for example, difficulty with your children, blocks to studying, and/or romantic troubles.

5th House Remedies
What Can I do About my 5th House Afflictions? There are several options to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your fifth house.

There are secret mantras to help appease a planet that is destined to cause you problems. The powerful and secret mantra to improve your 5th house affairs can be found on the Personal Transformation Video for Month 5.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your newfound analysis. First, to strengthen your fifth house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your fifth house. The mantras for each house can be found on the Astroved site. Astroved is unique in that it also offers “Virtual Poojas” that combine Mantra and Visual depictions of the planets. This is another powerful way to win the grace of a planet that is not in your favor. Click here to try a virtual pooja now for free.

Alternative Ways to Propitiate a Planet
You can propitiate a planet on the day of your 5th house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 5th House (i.e. Aries or Scorpio), then on Tuesday, the day ruled by Mars, you can try fasting during daylight hours, but eat before sunrise and after sundown or remain vegetarian the entire day.

Depending upon the level of the affliction that planet is causing you, you can perform a fire ritual (called a homa or yagna) or pooja. Please see Astroved > Remedies > Planetary >Fire Rituals for more information.

Astrologer Consultation:
Let our astrologers sending you their recommendations for your personalized remedy for your fifth house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 5th House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

Take our Fifth House Quiz now >>

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