Meaning of the houses
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sky and the zodiac are divided in 12 sections of 30 degrees
called the 12 zodiac signs or 12 constellations, also called
the 12 “Rashis”
Due to the rotation of the earth on its axis, the Rashis will
ascend (rise) on the sky on the eastern horizon of the earth,
becoming visible in the sky, and descend on the western horizon
to become invisible again in relationship with a specific
location in the earth
At the moment of birth of a person or of the beginning of
an event, one of those Rashis will be rising on the eastern
The exact point or degree of the Sign that is rising, which
intersects the horizon is called the ascendant or Lagna, and
that whole sign is considered as the first house.
The following Rashi to rise after that is the 2nd house, and
so on, corresponding each of the consecutive Rashis to the
consecutive 12 houses called “Bhavas”.
This is the most commonly house system used in Vedic astrology,
called the “equal sign” house system, even though
there are also other house systems used for specific situations,
like the “equal bhava” house or the “Sripati”
system, not discussed here.
Each house corresponds to a specific dimension of experience,
a specific area of life.
From the 1st house representing the beginning, the origin,
the sprouting of a seed, to the 12th or last house, representing
the end, the dissolution, the return to the source for a new
beginning, the 12 houses represent the whole cycle of life
and the different levels of experiences that the individual
Understanding the relationship between the inherent energy
of each rashi and its correspondence to a specific house,
plus the influence of the planets on those houses and their
interrelationship, is the basis of the chart interpretation.
Meaning of the houses
The 1st house, (Tanur Bhava)
The first house is also called the Lagna or ascendant.
It is the Sign or constellation (and the specific degree within
that constellation) that is rising at the eastern horizon
at a specific time and location on the earth.
Is considered the most important house since it marks the
beginning, the origin, the motivational impulse, the contact
between the sky and the earth.
The ascendant actually represents the position of the earth
in referent to the sky at a particular moment.
Also by determine the ascendant; all the other houses are
determined at the same time, relating the Signs or Rashis
with the various houses or areas of life.
The 1st house represents: the Self, the self identity, character,
personality, the main energy that impulses the starting of
a life or an event, the beginning, the birth and early infancy
and its condition, the physical body and its health, strengths
or weaknesses and its physical appearance.
The condition and strength of the first house and its ruling
planet is a very important factor for the general health and
vitality of the individual.
Within the physical body, it specifically it represents the
area of the head, including heir and brain.
It also shows important personality trends and how the individual
projects himself on a public level, the public appearance.
The Sign and the planets placed or aspecting this house as
well as the planet ruling the 1st house and the house it is
placed on also has an important effect on the personality,
sense of dharma and career propensities.
The 2nd house, (Dhana bhava)
This house is related to the wealth and prosperity. It represents
money, prosperity, accounts, finances, precious and valuable
objects like jewels or similar, banks, and treasury.
It also represents the mouth and food, the way we eat and
drink and what kind of foods one likes, speech, languages
and the capacity for verbal communication, the family, family
inheritance, money of the family and childhood.
Physically it represents the face, mouth, throat, neck and
thyroid gland, right eye, teeth, tongue, nose, nails.
It also shows inner potentials.
3rd house, (Bratri Bhava)
This house represents desires, impulses, courage, ambitions,
motivations, constant movement or short trips, bothers and
sisters (mainly younger) and close friends.
It is also the house of expression and communications and
is related to artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers,
journalists, the show business, the media and internet.
Physically represents physical strength, the upper limbs,
arms, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and the upper chest,
lungs and upper breath passages.
The 4th house, (matri bhava or sukha bhava)
The fourth house represents what is underneath, the earth.
It represents the inner life, the mother, motherhood, the
earth and Mother Nature, the home, the education, property
like houses, land, cattle, real estate and vehicles.
It also relates to the emotions, inner intimate feelings and
Physically represents the chest area, breast, milk and the
Spiritually it is the house of devotion or Bhakti, love, emotional
and mental peace and wellbeing
The 5th house, (putra bhava)
This house represents the capacity to have children, the relationship
with them and their wellbeing.
It also represents the capacity to be creative on a mental
level, creative ideas, creative intelligence or buddhi, writing
and artistic creativity.
It is an auspicious house related with the “Purva punya”
or past good karmas or merits and how they can manifest in
talents and blessings in this life.
It is a house of dharma, related with the sense of righteousness,
justice, wisdom, education, the process of learning, studying
and teaching, educational institutions, books, writers, libraries,
sacred scriptures and Mantras.
Spiritually, it is an important house to determine the “Ishta
Devata” or the deity or form of God that the person
has a natural connection with, coming from past life worship
and natural mental tendencies.
That house is also related with the capacity to play, games,
child-like nature, sports, entertainment and the romanticism
in love relationships, recreation or what we like to do.
It also relates with good luck, fortune in speculation, gambling
Physically it represents the upper part of the abdomen, the
stomach, liver, pancreas, and pregnancies.
The 6th house, (shatru bhava)
This is called the house of difficulties, enemies, debts,
obstacles, diseases, hard work and servitude.
It also shows the capacity to overcome those obstacles and
diseases and the capacity to win over enemies, so it is usually
related with doctors and healers, military, policeman, athletes
and physical strength, capacity to do big effort and hard
Usually the placement of the ruler of the 6th house and planets
placed on the 6th house will show the more difficult areas
of life, areas where there may be more opposition and need
to do a big effort, and also the parts of the body that can
be more prone to diseases, injuries and pains. More specifically
it is related to the digestive system and the immune system.
Spiritually it relates with Karma Yoga or selfless service
and also to the capacity to do a constant and steady effort,
necessary for Sadhana or spiritual practices, self discipline
It is also an important “Artha” house representing
the capacity to work hard to attain the material goals.
The 7th house, (kalatra bhava)
This house relates mainly with marriage, the spouse and other
important relationships and partnerships.
The 7th house is the opposite of the ascendant. Therefore
it represents what the individual is looking to complement
him/herself. Opposites attract.
The 7th house represents the “other person” the
opposite but complementary to the self.
All maters related to the marriage, sexuality and important
partnerships in life are seen in this house.
It is a “Kama” house, related with the sexual
desires and passions, and the desire or impulse to have committed
This house is also related with trade, commerce, business
partners and client kind of relationships, and it also represents
traveling and locations other than the one the individual
is placed and foreign trade.
The 8th house, (ayur bhava or mrityu bhava)
This house represents death and longevity.
It is a difficult house, related with obstruction to the flow
of life, material prosperity and mental wellbeing.
It represents the hidden, unknown, mysterious and dark areas
of life and the bad or difficult karmas. It also represents
the sexual organs and sexual energy, sexual magnetism or attraction.
If this house is afflicted it can lead to a short life span
or chronic diseases, suffering, tragedies, fear, mental depression,
anguish, loss of dear objects or people, financial bankruptcy,
crimes, imprisonment or other forms of punishment, sexual
aberrations, influence from low astral entities, drug addictions,
alcoholism or other forms of mental and physical degradation.
On the other hand, if this house is strong and well disposed,
it can bring the opposite results, meaning: long life, destruction
of enemies and difficulties, knowledge of the mind and its
hidden potentials, knowledge of psychology, mathematics and
sciences, awakening of psychic powers and paranormal faculties,
intuition, knowledge of secrets, esoterical knowledge like
astrology and tantra, proficiency in Yoga and the control
of the mind and the astral body and attainment of Moksha or
This house represents the “Kundalini” power.
According to the Yogic scriptures, if this energy flows downwards
it takes the person to slavery or hell, if it flows upwards,
it takes the person to heaven and the attainment of spiritual
illumination or liberation from all suffering.
Planets placed on the 8th house and the houses they rule tend
to suffer and be areas of difficulties, unless those planets
are strong, like in their exaltation or own sign, when they
can bring good results.
It is basically a difficult house for the material aspects
of life, since it represents the withdrawal of the energy
from the material plane, but because of that, it has also
an important role in the spiritual awakening and evolution.
This house relates to intense transformation and purification
of the old bad karma, which is so necessary for the spiritual
awakening, even though the process is usually painful.
Physically it represents the “private parts” the
external genital organs and the area of the anus.
The 9th house, (Dharma bhava)
This is the house of dharma, righteousness, doing good actions,
good karma, justice, moral and ethics, wisdom, higher learning,
higher values, philosophy, religion, spirituality, the Guru
and the relationship with him/her, interest in teaching and
This is considered the most auspicious house or the house
of good luck.
Good luck is the result of following Dharma or right actions
in the past.
Therefore planets placed in this house and the houses they
rule will tend to flourish and manifest their best qualities,
unless they are debilitated or severely afflicted.
The planet ruling the 9th house is also a benefic planet which
will bless the house it is placed or aspecting, if it is not
The 9th house is the main house to assess the spiritual inclinations
of a person, their philosophical values, spiritual path, religious
approach, and the main dharma or mission in life, the kind
of path that will be conducing to the greatest benefit or
It is also related with pilgrimages, successful travels for
spiritual reasons and connections with foreigners.
The 10th house, (karma bhava)
This house represents our actions and main work in this life.
It is the house where we can assess matters related to the
success or failure in career, natural vocation and talents,
name, fame, prestige, honor and recognition in our work.
It represents the position and power that a person has in
the society, related with his work achievements.
The 10th house is the highest position in the sky at the moment
of birth, so it represents our direction and goals in life,
the personal mission or work that we are supposed to do in
Is an “Artha” house, related with prosperity and
The 10th house is considered the strongest “Kendra”
or angular house, being an important “pillar”
in supporting the strength of the chart as a whole.
Planets placed on the 10th house tend to be very important,
strong and externally visible and manifested in the life of
a person, and tend to make the person ambitious, out-going
and achievement oriented.
The nature of those planes and the house they rule will be
important influential factors to determine the career and
profession a person does in life.
The 11th house, (labha bhava)
This is called the house of Gain.
It is a “Kama” house, related with the aspirations
and desires and the capacity to fulfill them.
It relates with abundance, money, income and possession of
the desired objects.
Planets placed in the 11th house tend to give good results
and the houses they rule prosper and develop their potentials.
Planets in this house and the connection they make with other
houses show the means of income of the native, their main
way to make money or gain, and can also be an important factor
in determine the profession and work of a person, together
with the 10th house and the ascendant.
It is also related with the social environment of the person,
groups of people, the close friends and siblings, mainly the
The 12th house, (vyaya bhava)
This is called the house of loss, detachment, letting go,
surrender and renouncing.
It is the last of the houses, so, it represents the endings,
the dissolution, the moment when the individuality is lost
and everything returns back to the source.
It represents isolation, seclusion, and liberation from the
It represents what we have to detach from in this life and
our main source of expenses or material loss.
If this house and its ruler are afflicted it can cause material
loss, separation, feeling of loneliness, depression, mental
sorrow, isolation, imprisonment, hospitalization, addictions,
lack of success in undertakings, loss of dear objects and
On the other hand, this is the most important house from the
spiritual point of view.
It is the house of “Moksha” or attainment of liberation
from the cycle of births and deaths, pain and material attachments,
to return to the source where the soul came from, the God
This house represents the opposite to materialism. It is the
moment when the material dissolves and returns to the origin,
the spirit, the pure consciousness.
This house is related with monks, people who search for God
and enlightenment, the capacity to detach from the material
illusion to become one with the divine.
It relates to non-profit organizations, actions done without
any expectations for material reward, charity, giving, generosity,
desire to be in secluded places out of the worldly noise,
ashrams and monasteries, places of prayer and meditation,
spiritual and mystical experiences.
This house is related to “loosing oneself”, loosing
the individuality or the “ego” to find the oneness
But if this house is severely afflicted and there are other
indications of weakness of the mind in the chart, it can lead
a person to desire to loose his ego and personality trough
unhealthy and un-spiritual methods like addiction to alcohol,
drugs, sex, being subjugated or enslaved by other people,
loss of will power and weakness of personality.
Planets placed on the 12th house tend to loose their strength
and capacity to express their energy in the material level,
even though they can be vary favorable for the spiritual practices
or for success in foreign countries.
Important planets like the Ascendant lord, the Moon or the
sun on the 12th house can bring a sense of dissatisfaction
with life, a feeling that something is missing or a sense
of not belonging to, which can create a feeling if loneliness
or isolation, but this is also a strong call to search for
the real source of happiness, which is on the Divine.
It really shows an advanced Soul who is ready to move into
a higher spiritual realization. Once established on a spiritual
path and finding inner peace, they can also be successful
in other activities of life.
If those planets represent people, like parents, children,
spouse, etcetera, their placement on the 12th house will tend
to create a separation or loss of them or will indicate that
this people may have some personal difficulties.
This house is also relates with the “bed conforts”
so it is related with the capacity to sleep well or not, and
the sexual enjoyments or difficulties.
The 12th house also represents exile, far away places, foreign
countries, foreign people, long distance travel, foreign trade,
imports-exports, tourism, travel agencies and like;
places of isolation and seclusion, like hospitals, jails,
monasteries, living in the nature, out of the noise of the
cities, are also ruled by the 12th house.
Physically it represents the feet.
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