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The Third House: About You

DateJune 8, 2009

How to Interpret Your Own Third House

Summary of the Steps: It’s Easy!
The planets govern how you perceive the opportunities and events in your life. The 3rd House in particular governs your creativity, courage and siblings. In this second newsletter we will guide you through a few simple steps to reveal which planets affect your astrological 3rd House and risk taking ability. You will discover which sign is your 3rd House, which planets are placed in that house, and also where the “ruler” of your Third House is placed. Finally, we will test your knowledge with a Quiz using Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

First, you need to know what your 3rd House sign is. To do this:

  1. Log into Astroved
  2. Run the “Chart Report”
  3. On the chart, it will indicate your 3rd House with the number 3 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 3rd House is, read the description for this sign as it relates to risk taking. The description will describe the general inclinations you will have due to this sign ruling your 3rd 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 creativity and risk-taking karma.

Third House Positive Trait Negative Trait Ruling Planet Personality Description
Aries Dynamic Domineering Mars This placement makes one a risk-taker and an innate resistance to authority. The rebellious nature of an Aries third house will create conflicts with associates and in the pursuit of their desires.
Taurus Patient Stubborn Venus Taurus as the third house is about transforming desires into reality. First the desire is made pure. However, the follow-through and risk-taking ability is wishy-washy and irregular.
Gemini Adaptable Restless Mercury Very rational intellect leading to great problem solving skills. This placements give an intellectual competitiveness. While you play fair and abide by the rules, you like have a self-interested pursuit of your desires.
Cancer Nurturing Moody Moon With Cancer in the 3rd House, you prefer the easy way rather than exerting yourself or forcing the issues. Oftentimes this placement indicates gives way to pessimism which leads to non-risk taking and unfulfilled desires.
Leo Dramatic Proud Sun Leo in the 3rd House will make ones skills and talents highly individualized. You will also be self-willed in fulfilling your desires with an intense focus on the things that are of interest to you. Your bold determination may alienate you from others.
Virgo Exacting Critical Mercury Good listeners and curious nature. While you make excellent explorers and are endowed with the cleverness required to fulfill your desires, you approach opportunities in an indirect or secretive way.
Libra Diplomatic Indecisive Venus This person is proud of their talents with a knack for showing-off. Libra in the 3rd House is good for artistic or acting pursuits. While somewhat self-centered in your interests, you approach opportunities with diplomacy and courage which furthers things along.
Scorpio Intense and Secretive Perverse Mars This person will be aggressive and risk-taking in their approach to opportunities. The results are often less than desired as it will not turn out helpful for yourself or others. However, through these lessons, you ego will be purified and spiritual well-being enhanced.
Sagittarius Direct Hot-headed and Excessive Jupiter Jupiter in the third house will give one a peaceful, rather than forceful nature. While your desire may be selfish towards those whom you are interested in and opportunities to further yourself, you will not be unscrupulous in fulfilling those desires.
Capricorn Businesslike Inhibited Saturn This placement is not good for risk-taking or creativity. Saturn in the third house makes one insecure, both in ego and emotionally. This creates a neediness around the individual giving way to an overly controlling attitude.
Aquarius Independent Opinionated Saturn This placement will give you a precise intellect and approach to which you are attached and rigid. You will pass on risky opportunities unless they exactly coincide with your rigid point of view. There will be little short-term benefit from any risk taken, but in the long-term, there could be a pay-off.
Pisces Introspective Ungrounded Jupiter A Pisces third house will make ones intellect to lean toward the spiritual. In the materialistic world, this often leads to meekness in one’s ability to take risks.


Once you have identified which sign is your third house, the next step in controlling aspects of your creativity and risk-taking 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 3rd House and note any planets in that sign, then read the descriptions for each planet that you have in your 3rd House to see how they affect your creativity, siblings and courage.

Planet in the 3rd House General Effect Negative Effect
Sun Power and courage. Appearance of power, but it is an empty show to hide weakness.
Moon Very artistic and talented with great, catchy enthusiasm. Too emotional and fickle.
Mars Very courageous and adventurous. A leader in artistic endeavors. Younger brother may have difficulty.
Mercury Passionate and artistic. Mental unsteadiness, difficulty for younger brother or sister.
Jupiter Creative visionary; great film director. While positive and talented, artistic work fails.
Venus Risk-taking, fun-loving, charming and into beautiful surroundings. Unfulfilled desires leading to disappointments.
Saturn Not strong in creativity or risk-taking ability unless they can overcome shyness and rigidity. Not a good placement for younger siblings.
Rahu Very powerful position. Can lead to great fame. Brings controversy and trouble for younger brothers or sisters.
Ketu Wildly and mystically imaginative. Can create some mental imbalance.


To help you determine whether the planets placed in your 3rd house will tend to have the negative influence mentioned above, check in the following chart. If your 3rd 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. Rahu can bring tremendous benefit though when placed in the 3rd House.

3rd House Sign Friend Neutral Enemy
Aries Jupiter Sun Mars Moon Saturn Venus Mercury
Taurus Mercury Saturn Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mars
Gemini Saturn Venus Mercury 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 Mercury Saturn Venus Moon Jupiter Sun Mars
Scorpio Jupiter Sun Moon Mars Saturn Mercury Venus
Sagittarius Mars Sun Jupiter Moon Mercury Saturn Venus
Capricorn Venus Mercury Saturn Moon Mars Jupiter Sun
Aquarius Venus Saturn Jupiter Mercury Moon Mars
Pisces Mars Moon Jupiter Saturn Venus Mercury Sun

The final step in understanding your personal 3rd house is to examine where your 3rd 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 3rd House placed? For instance, you may find that you have a Taurus 3rd House. Taurus’ ruling planet is Venus. The Chart Report would show you which House your Venus is placed. Perhaps your Venus is in your 10th House.

The placement of your 3rd House planetary ruler will tell you how your creativity and risk-taking karma will be experienced by you in this lifetime. So, in our example, if your ruling 3rd House planet is Venus and it is placed in your 10th House of Aquarius, you will have strong career motivations and your siblings may be involved in your career. Below are the indications of each House:


Plant that rules the 3rd House is in your … How your Money Karma will Come to You
1st House Success on your own without help. Courage and adventurous. Some natural artistic talents.
2nd House Through discipline and courage, money will come to you. It will take some effort.
3rd House Skilled in the arts. Very enthusiastic and courageous.
4th House Success in achieving personal happiness and comforts. Risk-taking is best in real-estate, cars and mother-related matters.
5th House Good for speculative investments and entrepreneurial work. Grace and destiny direct your efforts.
6th House Great for the healing arts, but your siblings may have health issues. Strong and creative in competitive situations.
7th House Partnerships with siblings. Passionate love affairs.
8th House An interest in mysticism and/or sensuality. Caution in acting upon desires. Strained relationship with siblings.
9th House Impulsive decision making. Courage and adventurous in far-away travels or travels with a guru or father-figure.
10th House Strong motivation and career in the arts. Your sibling may be involved in your career.
11th House Success and profit through entrepreneurial pursuits and risk-taking. You surround yourself with people who can help you manifest.
12th House Lack of courage, success takes a lot of effort. Excellent placement for personal transformation and spiritual attainment.


By means of another example, if your Second House is Gemini, then your planetary ruler is Mercury. When you look at your chart, you see that Mercury is placed in your 12th House of Taurus. Therefore, in this lifetime, your primary money karma will be to loose money and material comforts.

At this point, you now have an understanding of:

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

This will give you a good basic comprehension of which signs and planets are influencing your courage, creativity and siblings. If you have 2 or more planets in your 3rd 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 Creativity, Courage, Sibling Karmas Become Active
There are certain times when 3rd House issues demand most of our attention, whether negative or positive. To see if your 3rd House is “active” right now 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 Third House or in the Third House, this will be a time increased focus on creativity, courage and siblings for you.

3rd House Remedies
What Can I do About my 3rd House Afflictions? There are several option to remedy ill effects of the planets affecting your third house.

There are secretive mantras to help appease a planet that is destined to cause you problems. The powerful and secretive mantra to improve your courage can be found on the Video tape “Risk-taking” which is included in the Level 2 program.

There are also planetary remedies you can do based upon your new found analysis. First, to strengthen your third house, you can chant the mantra of the planet that rules your third 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 Propriety a Planet
You can propitiate a planet on the day of your 3rd house ruler. For instance if Mars is the ruler of your 3rd 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 third house. See our specials page for details.

In order to give a concrete example of 3rd House analysis, take the quiz below based on Oprah Winfrey’s chart.

Take our Third House Quiz now >>

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