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The Fourth House: About You

DateJuly 9, 2009

How to Interpret Your Own Fourth House

Summary of the Steps: It’s Easy!
In order to help you understand the nature of your Home and Heart karma, we will walk you through a few steps. First you will learn what Sign is your 4th House and how that sign affects your happiness, home, education and cars. Then, we will get more specific in accessing your 4th House by examining the planets placed in that house, and also where the “ruler” of your Fourth 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 4th House sign is. To do this:

  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your 2nd House with the number 2 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 4th House is, read the description for the sign that rules your 4th house of “Home & Heart”. This description offers you general inclinations you will have due to this sign ruling your 4th 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 material possession, mother and heart karma.

It is important to keep in mind that there are many factors which influence your chart, your karma/dharma 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.


Fourth House Ruling Planet “Home & Heart” Nature
Aries Mars Mars rules both the 4th and the 11th house, making it a malefic planet for Capricorn rising, this can bring difficulty from the mother. They will have strong desire nature and can acquire wealth and property, possibly from the mother.
Taurus Venus Their home is very esthetically pleasing with an artistic flair. They are very artistic and love to travel, which is displayed in the home. Their parents are highly social and charming. They have a strong desire for knowledge and educational degrees with a love for beauty.
Gemini Mercury They will favor a partner who is cultured and well educated. They come from a family educationally accomplished (esp. mother and maternal lineage).
Cancer Moon Since the Moon owns Cancer and is the karaka for the 4th house, it becomes a “double signification”, bolstering the positive values of the 4th house. This person can be very nurturing and create a very comfortable, nurturing home and home life.
Leo Sun Emotionally sensitive nature, as well as sensitive siblings (since the Moon owns the 3rd house of siblings). A strong-willed mother (Sun’s influence) and the potential for good success in real estate if the Sun is well placed.
Virgo Mercury There is a love of family and a strong connection to the mother, since Mercury owns both the 1st and 4th house (self and mother), and home and material possessions is influenced by the mother. Money can come through mother as well.
Libra Venus Venus ruler ship brings love of luxury and beauty in the home. Gains, such as wealth and real estate, can come through the mother (since Venus also owns the 11th house of gains).
Scorpio Mars A strong pursuit of educational degrees (strong because Mars also rules the 9th house of higher learning). May become property owners.
Sagittarius Jupiter Strong interest/connection to the mother’s lineage. Male native will pursue a partner who resembles his mother.
Capricorn Saturn A strong sense of power and purpose, as Saturn also rules the 5th house (making for a Raja Yoga). Able to live simply. Maternal side can be Saturnine – reserved, undemonstrative.
Aquarius Saturn Strong emotional nature, desire for truth and higher knowledge (with Moon ruling 9th house of dharma).
Pisces Jupiter Strong connection to the mother and a love for the home – a ‘homebody’. A happy, optimistic heart. Gracious home space.


Once you have identified which sign is your fourth house, the next step in understanding aspects of your material possessions and heart 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 4th House and note any planets in that sign. Then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 4th House to see how it affects your ability to acquire house and property; as well as the nature of your home life.


Planet in the 4th House General Effect If 4th House is afflicted…
Sun Success in foreign countries and after middle age, good reputation, sharp mind Lack of home comforts, friends, land and home; heart ailments, quarrelsome.
Moon Happy, well-educated, sensuous, good relations with mother and friends. Unhappy home life, unhappy/unhappiness with mother.
Mars Brave, courageous heart, good technologies in the home. Quarrels in the home, coarse nature.
Mercury Very scholarly, wise, prosperous in physical comforts (vehicles and homes), good friends. Bookish, likes to play tricks.
Jupiter Wisdom, happy, good material comforts and wealth, good mother, charitable giver, great spiritual advancement. If your 4th House is Aries or Capricorn, Jupiter here could bring losses or debts as it is also Lord of your 12th House of Loss (Pisces or Sagittarius).
Venus Attractive, esthetically pleasing home, clothes and vehicles, good looking, affectionate, affectionate mother, musical, domestic happiness. Boastful, vain.
Saturn Wise, wealthy, favorable for meditation and spiritual attainment, capability of austerity, success in foreign places. Sickly in early childhood, disconnection or breaks from mother, phlegm diseases
Rahu Proficient in foreign languages. Few friends, fraudulent, errant behavior.
Ketu Sudden reversals and changes in life circumstances Live far from birthplace, propensity for deep spiritual practices. Malicious speech, deprived of maternal happiness and properties.


To help you determine whether your money house will tend to have the negative, afflicted influence mentioned above, check in the following chart. If your 4th House sign has an “enemy” planet in it, then you will have more proclivities to the negative effects. Rahu and Ketu are not listed as they are generally considered unfavorable for all signs.

For example, let us say that your 4th house is Cancer and you have Venus in your 4th house (Cancer). Then you would look below and see that Venus is generally considered an enemy while in Cancer. Therefore, you would have a greater tendency to manifest the afflicted condition listed above.

4th House Sign Friend Neutral Enemy
Aries Mercury Saturn Venus Sun Mercury Moon Jupiter
Taurus Mars Saturn Sun Venus Mercury Jupiter Moon
Gemini Moon Mars Jupiter Sun Mercury Saturn Venus
Cancer Jupiter Mars Sun Moon Saturn Mercury Venus
Leo Mercury Saturn Mars Sun Venus Moon Jupiter
Virgo Venus Moon Mercury Jupiter Mars Sun Saturn
Libra Moon Mars Jupiter Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
Scorpio Sun Mars Jupiter Moon Saturn Mercury Venus
Sagittarius Venus Saturn Sun Mercury Jupiter Moon Mars
Capricorn Mars Venus Mercury Saturn Moon Jupiter Sun
Aquarius Sun Moon Jupiter Saturn Mars Mercury Venus
Pisces Mars Moon Jupiter Moon Saturn Venus Mercury


The final step in understanding your personal 4th house is to examine where your 4th 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 4th House placed? For instance, you may find that you have a Leo 4th House. Leo’s ruling planet is the Sun. The Chart Report would show you in which House your Sun is placed. Perhaps your Sun is in your 12th House.

The placement of your 4th House planetary ruler will tell you how your home and emotional karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 4th House planet is the Sun and it is placed in your 12th House (loss and enlightenment) of Aquarius, you may experience a loss of home, happiness or mother. If you are on a spiritual path, it could indicate a heart’s desire for enlightenment. Below are the indications of each House:


Planet that rules the 4th House is in your… How your Heart & Home Karma are shaped
1st House Well-educated, happiness from mother, virtuous
2nd House Owns good property (could inherit through maternal grandfather), happiness through family, courageous
3rd House Generous, talented, courageous, possible difficulty with step-family
4th House Prosperous property owner, attachment to spouse, devoted nature, religious heart, happy, serious.
5th House Enjoys material comforts, mother comes from a good family, good vehicles, loves God, loved and respected by others.
6th House Loss of mother or maternal comforts (mother sickly), fulfillment through service to others.
7th House Good karma for land and houses, generally happy.
8th House Inherited property, obstacles to happiness, loss of properties, low parental support, desire for transformation or underhandedness.
9th House Virtuous and well-loved, good home comforts, devoted heart, desire to do good deeds.
10th House Extroverted personality, happiness in/through career, possible career in real estate, enjoys may material comforts.
11th House Generous, self-made, fortunate mother, good for success in buying and selling real estate.
12th House Without own home, loss of mother, desire for enlightenment.


By means of another example, if your Fourth House is Gemini, then your planetary ruler is Mercury. When you look at your chart, you see that Mercury is placed in your 7th House of Virgo. Therefore, in this lifetime, your primary 4th house karma will be to gain land and happiness through partnerships.

At this point, you now have an understanding of:

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

This will give you a good basic comprehension of which signs and planets are influencing your home, education, and heart. If you have 2 or more planets in your 4th 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 Material Possessions, Land, Heart and Mother Karmas Become Active
Accumulation of fixed assets and home life are always present as a strong desire for most of us. But there are times when the lessons and opportunities for growth in these areas are most pronounced. To see if you are in a period especially influencing your 4th 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 Fourth House or in the Fourth House, this will be a time of increased focus on material possessions and personal values. If the planet is good for you, look for an expansion of personal contentment and home affairs. If it is bad, then there can be, for example, domestic upheaval (e.g. moving) or problems with the mother during this time.

4th House Remedies
What Can I do About my 4th House Afflictions? There are several options to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your fourth 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 4th house affairs can be found on the Personal Transformation Video for Level 4.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your newfound analysis. First, to strengthen your fourth house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your fourth 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 Propriate a Planet
You can propitiate a planet on the day of your 4th house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 4th 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 fourth house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 4th House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

Take our Fourth House Quiz now >>

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