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The Sixth House: About you

DateSeptember 7, 2009

How to Interpret Your Own Sixth House

Summary of the Steps: It’s Easy!
In order to help you understand the nature of your 6th House karma, we will walk you through a few steps. First you will learn what Sign is your 6th House and how that sign affects your ability to overcome or dissolve enmity, debts, and litigation and improve your health and healing capability. Then, we will get more specific in accessing your 6th House by examining the planets placed in that house, and also where the “ruler” of your Sixth 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 6th House sign is. To do this:

  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your 6th House with the number 6 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 6th House is, please read the description for the sign that rules your 6th house of “Health, Enemies, Debt & Litigation”. This description offers you general inclinations you will have due to this sign ruling your 6th 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 6th house karma.

It is important to keep in mind that there are many factors which influence your chart including condition of the planet ruling a house, condition of planets in a house, and what Dasha (planetary) period you are currently running. These will be covered in the following steps.

Once you have identified which sign is your sixth house, the next step in understanding aspects of your Health, Enemies, Debt & Litigation 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 6th House and note any planets in that sign, then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 6th House to see how they affect your 6th house indicators. You will learn some general strengths as well as some things you must guard against.

Planet in the 6th House General Effect Negative Effect
Sun Strong, healthy. Conquers adversaries, bold, untraditional, powerful, wealthy, strong digestion, strong sex drive, position of authority, strong executive ability. Interest in overseas travel. Can incur debt from friends and/or government, spouse’s health weak.
Moon Humble mind. Refined, intelligent. Has spiritual interests. Does well to assist others. If in the sign of Cancer or Taurus, the individual is very generous and enjoys many luxuries. Many enemies, unhappiness or ill health during childhood, abdominal disorders, slow digestion, indolent, short-tempered, arrogant, troubled mind (pessimism).
Mars Determined. Strong, overcomes enemies, high sex drive, strong appetite and digestion, a leader, powerful, political success. Good at athletics and debate. Can do well far away from place of birth. Likes rural settings, so good to get out in nature. Vulnerable to blood diseases, oversexed, impedes conception of children, heavy expenditures. Can be demanding, overbearing.
Mercury Absorbed. Focused on work. Very skilled, especially with writing, research, or computers. Has interest in law and religion. Respected, executive ability, strong ability to conquer opponents. (If favorably influenced.) Enjoys privacy and is ok to live alone. Gives support to humanitarian work. Sharp, even harsh speech, interrupted education, argumentative, easily angered, sickly. Must beware of pride and showing off.
Jupiter Generally healthy. Witty, intelligent, conquers adversaries, renown, status through spouse, jovial, witty. Enjoys travel. Usually not a large number of children. Lacking in vitality, disrespected. Must watch out for conceit and starting quarrels. Must learn prudence with money.
Venus Reliable. Impressive. Without enemies or conquers them easily, well informed. (If Venus is strong in the chart.). May travel for education. Especially may travel to tropical/foreign places. Philanderer, infamous, unhappy, poor, loose morals. May have a weak partner. Must watch expenses with house and car.
Saturn May have skills in several fields. Service oriented. Overcomes enemies (if Saturn is strong in the chart), clever, attractive, big appetite. May work overseas or in area of properties (construction, rentals) Stubborn, sickly, prone to sex diseases (over sexed), in debt, few children. Must control pride.
Rahu A fighter. Conquers adversaries (though often oppressed by them), wealth, long-lived, latter part of life more favorable. Increases physical and mental stamina over time, and victory of struggles and strife. Can bring great transformation if spiritualizes experiences (e.g. struggles and strife). May have success with import/export commerce. Vulnerable to anal and venereal disease, adultery. Must restrain tendency toward gossip.
Ketu Often a strong person in their family. Wise. Learned, conquers foes, good health, generous. As with Rahu, Ketu here can bring great transformation if spiritualizes experiences (e.g. struggles and strife). Good intuition. Can travel or live overseas with ease. Usually gets their way over time. Adultery, licentious. May have some health issues with eyes or teeth.


To help you determine whether your 6th house will tend to have the negative influence mentioned above, check in the following chart. If your 6th 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.

6th 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


For example, if your 6th House sign from Step 1 is Aquarius and you have Saturn placed in Aquarius, then you will tend to manifest the more positive effects.

The final step in understanding your personal 6th house is to examine where your 6th 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 6th House placed? For instance, you may find that you have a Sagittarius 6th House. Sagittarius’ ruling planet is Jupiter. The Chart Report would show you in which House your Jupiter is placed. Perhaps your Jupiter is in your 9th House.

The placement of your 6th House planetary ruler will tell you how Health, Enemies, Debt & Litigation karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 6th House planet is Jupiter and placed in your 9th House (“Compassion & Grace”) of Aquarius, you may express your spiritual yearnings through service to others; as well as luck (9th house) in overcoming adversaries.

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 6th House is in your … How your Health, Enemies, Debt & Litigation Karma are Shaped
1st House Good protector. Ability in the healing arts, service-oriented, could bring weak health. Does well serving a cause (for example, army/medicine/religion). Will prevail in conflicts. Good stamina. Must not go into debt.
2nd House Prosperity comes from service. Livelihood through healing professions, service to others through much effort, speech difficulties, can lose money through adversaries. Unstable family life. Must be careful to maintain dental health. Must watch diet. Lessons of perseverance.
3rd House Fulfillment of ambitions through great perseverance. Enmity with brothers, loss of courage. Skilled with hands. Great determination. May have conflicts with neighbors. Needs adventure.
4th House Defense oriented. Strategic. Mother has ill health and/or difficult relationship with mother, breaks in education. Vulnerable to lungs or heart ailments. May move a great deal. Quick learner. Defeats enemies through intelligence.
5th House Affectionate and protective. A diminishing over time of negative 6th house effects. A favorable placement. Must maintain discipline with their prayers or duties.
6th House Warrior. Great ability to overcome adversaries, competitors, favorable relationships with employees. Some talent in medicine. May visit foreign lands. Must not get run down.
7th House Dynamic. Intense. Difficulties and/or loss in marriage, unhealthy spouse, spouse can be involved in healing arts. Vulnerability in sex organs. Can create business deals.
8th House May get money from lawsuits or inheritance. Strong ability as healer and/or health problems (chronic not acute), can cause difficulties for others. Must avoid bad company so as to prevent others taking advantage. Especially must resolve jealousy through learning to be supportive toward others.
9th House Father can be in healing profession and/or difficulty (enmity) with father. Strong health. Overcomes adversaries, serves others as part of spiritual path. Must bring ethics to bear on work. Must work on etiquette with teachers.
10th House Strongest placement for profession in healing, come to success after much struggle and effort. Can experience many troubles from adversaries, competitors. Has high standards and must work on purifying self. Does well to consistently save money for the proverbial “rainy day.”
11th House Earlier in life can be deceived by friends and others in business ventures. Later success in speculative/entrepreneurial ventures. Daring and generous. Good immune system. Defeats enemies over time. Must develop and maintain positive outlook.
12th House Employees can bring losses, sometimes works hard for little gain. Interest in liberation but must not go into debt for spiritual pursuits. In long run, resolves problems. Passionate, but cannot give way to recklessness. Should focus on enlightenment of others to avoid frustration.


By means of another example, if your Sixth 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 Pisces. Therefore, in this lifetime, your primary 6h house karma can be to learn to discern the character of friends and associates, as they may turn out to be adversaries. Also gains (11th house) through hard work and service.

At this point, you now have an understanding of:

  1. What sign rules your 6th House;
  2. What planets, if any, are in your 6th house;
  3. What planet rules your 6th house;
  4. In which house your ruling 6th house planet is placed in your chart.

This will give you a good basic comprehension of which signs and planets are influencing your health, enemies, debt & litigation. If you have 2 or more planets in your 6th 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 Health, Enemies, Debt & Litigation Karmas Become Active
Health, harmony, and lack of debt are on-going concerns for most of us. But there are times when the lessons and opportunities for growth in these areas are most pronounced, or when karmas become particularly activated. To see if you are in a period especially influencing your 6th 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 Sixth House or in the Sixth House, this will be a time of increased focus on 6th house conditions. If the planet is good for you, look for gains through self-efforts, favorable outcomes in legal issues and winning over adversaries. If it is unfavorable, then there can be, for example, difficulty disharmony with co-workers, excessive debt and higher possibility for accidents.

6th House Remedies
What Can I do About my 6th House Afflictions? There are several options to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your sixth 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 6th house affairs can be found on the Personal Transformation Video for Level 6.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your newfound analysis. First, to strengthen your sixth house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your sixth 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 6th house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 6th 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 sixth house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 6th House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

Take our Sixth House Quiz now >>

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