Third house in astrology: The third of the astrology houses, or the House of Communication, describes your family, everyday trips, and self-expression. It is a cadent house which determines your perception and organization of information around you. The third house also covers siblings, neighborhoods, local travel, libraries, schools, teachers and community affairs. (Ruled by Gemini) 4TH HOUSE: The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, and thus, rules the “foundation” of all things. On the other hand, Justin’s Sun and Moon fell in Britney’s 5th and 3rd houses, which are more outgoing houses. The fifth house has much to do with ego and identity, as it is a fire house, the house of Leo. The third house is another outgoing, active house. It is the house of Gemini, and has a social and mental quality to it. 11 hours ago  As Annabel Gat, astrologer and author of The Astrology of Love & Sex: A Modern Compatibility Guide, previously told Refinery29, “What’s really great about astrology is. The third house of your horoscope rules all forms of statement and transport. The style and manner of communications, neighbours, siblings and other relatives such as aunts, uncles, and cousins are represented by the third house.


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The 12 Houses of astrology are arranged on a circle-shaped chart, or wheel.

Do not confuse the wheel of Houses with the zodiac wheel. They are 2 different wheels.

  1. The zodiac wheel is based on the sun’s apparent yearly rotation about our Earth, along the ecliptic.
  2. The wheel of Houses is based on our Earth’s 24-hour rotation about its own axis.

The 2 wheels join together at points derived by calculations involving your exact birth time and astronomical birth coordinates.

Then, the planets are described in 2 ways: as being in a zodiac sign, and also as being in a House.

For example, two people may both have a Libra Sun sign, but one may have the Libra Sun in his 12th House, while the other may have his Libra Sun in his 1st house. This could make for two very different types of people.

(Another reason why the popular daily Sun Sign Horoscopes are a bunch of silliness: they are written assuming everyone has their Sun in the 1st House.)

The 12 Houses of astrology are symbolic of the all the departments that make up human life. The planets and zodiac signs will manifest themselves most strongly in the sphere of life represented by the House in which they fall on your chart (and also in the House which they rule; more on House Rulerships below).

Remember, the houses are not “energies” like the elements or planets, nor do they color the expression of energies like the zodiac signs do. The houses are WHERE these energies are most likely to manifest. The houses are the fields of experience, not the experience themselves.

Notice how the order of the Houses follows the developmental path of a human’s life, from the original impulse of individual being (1st house), to learning what is “mine” and how to use what one owns (2nd house), to learning how to communicate within the limitations set by our environment (3rd house), etc. The following description of the Houses are short and topical, directed at beginners.

The most important houses are the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses. These are called the 'angular houses' because their cusps coincide with the 4 special angles: ascendant, I.C., descendant, and M.C. Planets in the angular houses will influence you the most.

The first House is the House of self. This includes self-awareness, the physical body, personality, appearance, personal views on life, self-identity, self-image, early environment, and beginnings; how we initiate, how we’re impulsive. Any planets in this house will greatly influence your personality and how others perceive you.

The second House refers to your own money and possessions, what you value, your hidden talents, sense of self-worth, self-esteem (how you value yourself, instead of describing your personality as in the 1st House). Possessions include anything a person owns (except the house/home which is ruled by the 4th House): cars, furniture, clothing, moveable property, investments and securities, etc. The 2nd house specifies how you gain and spend your own money (as opposed to other's money in the 8th house), your attitude towards wealth and material possessions, and your potential for accumulating it/them.

The third House is that of communication, which by extension includes one's immediate environment: siblings, neighbors, short journeys, and all forms of transportation. The 3rd house also includes the intellect, the lower mind (details and small bits of information as opposed to the higher mind in 9th house), thinking patterns, and early education (before college). Communication includes messages, deliveries, gossip, phone calls, visits, reading and writing.

The fourth House refers to the home and everything associated with it (both the childhood home & the current home): family, land, personal foundations (inner emotional security), your roots. Astrologers are divided over whether this house is associated with one's mother or father. What is clear is that a person's upbringing is associated with this House.

On a deeper level, the 4th house is the base of consciousness or the center of our concrete existence. See how the cusp of the 4th house is the I.C., the lowest point on the chart, representative of things below the surface of Earth. Due to that, the 4th house was believed to rule the conditions at the end of life, and graves. As the root or base of your real self, the 4th house rules where you go when you 'die' but also where you came from. For those who believe in reincarnation, the 4th house would give clues to your karmic lesson for this lifetime. It shows what karmic baggage you brought with you into this life. Even if you don't believe in reincarnation, you're likely to be surprised by what you find in your 4th house for it may move your soul.

Any planets in the 4th house affect your home life, your emotions, your subconscious, and possibly your relationship with your parents.

The fifth House refers to children, creativity, and the pursuit of pleasure. This includes personal interests, love affairs, sports, hobbies, speculation, risk-taking, teaching, drama, creative self-expression, love given, gambling. The 5th house is all about you being yourself and enjoying it.

Romance, dating, love affairs, and sexual relationships are ruled by this 5th house, yet marriage is assigned to the 7th. Why? Because, until very recently, marriage was not entered into for pleasure, for love, nor for personal fulfillment. Marriage was hardly even entered into by choice, but rather for the purpose of raising kids to preserve the values of a particular culture or religion. And these marriages were most often arranged according to class and financial status, a partnership befitting the 7th house.

Nowadays, it's common to marry for love. To avoid confusion, remember: affairs of the heart are in the 5th house, but cooperative partnerships are in the domain of the 7th house.

The sixth House refers to daily work, service, diet, health and physical sickness, physical ability to work, employees. This includes volunteer labor, civil service work, caretaking, and mundane daily tasks. The 6th house really involves the quality of your work, the quality of the jobs you perform, as opposed to an actual career (career is represented by the 10th house). Daily mundane tasks include personal hygiene and our method of responding to everyday crises.

The seventh House is sometimes referred to as the House of marriage, but it encompasses all one-to-one relationships: marriage, business partnerships, contracts, cooperative relationships, and also divorce, separation, quarrels, open enemies, and law suits.

The difference between the love affairs of the 5th House and love relationships of the 7th is that the 7th House refers to more permanently binding relationships, whereas the 5th House refers to affairs that may be temporary. When the 5th House affair progresses into a serious relationship, we can say that the relationship has 'moved into the 7th House.'

7th house relationships are about cooperation and sharing, and they generally serve some functional purpose in the larger social community (i.e. a marriage). This is different from a 5th house love affair, whose only qualification is 'butterflies in the stomach.'

The 7th house includes the way you relate to those closest to you. Planets in this house will influence your manner of relating. They also give clues to issues that arise in your relationships.

Simply put, the 8th house is the polar opposite of the 2nd house. Whereas the 2nd rules your own individual possessions, the 8th house rules what a relationship owns (joint finances).


The 8th House is one of the most misunderstood Houses. This is probably because the things represented by the 8th House seem to have nothing in common with each other, or they seem to be negative. This House governs death, regeneration, taxes, inheritances, wills & legacies, sex (the actual act of sex), latent occult ability, joint resources, your partner’s money and possessions, spouse's money, bankruptcy, losses, personal sacrifices, alimony, clairvoyance.

On a positive note, this House is about transformation and healing. But transformation and healing require some type of death, loss, or injury first. This House rules those processes and things by which we transform and become more powerful. Yes, this includes the act of sex.

The ninth House refers to philosophy, religion, law, learning, higher education (as opposed to early education by the 3rd House), ethics, morals, long journeys, travel, foreign countries and interests, spiritual urges, dreams, visions, higher mind, ideas, understanding and wisdom, books, publishing, ceremonies, and rituals. This is the House of big thoughts and big ideas.

9th house 'understanding' is more complex than 3rd house 'knowledge'. The act of 'knowing' belongs to the 3rd house because it implies simply the direct contact of a person with something in his environment. Understanding involves the synthesis of known data.

While the 3rd house refers to an individual's need to understand his close and personal environment, the 9th house is an area in which one seeks to discover the significance of larger fields of social existence which one may not experience directly but which his mind may explore through the use of analogy, generalization and abstraction. The 3rd and 9th houses symbolize the 2 polarities of the human mind, the concrete and the abstract.

In summary, the 9th house includes experiences that we encounter when we search for the meaning of things. Whatever expands your field of activity or the scope of your mind – long journeys, contact with other cultures, great dreams, and even experiences with fortunetellers.

The tenth House is the House of status, honor, community power, prestige, reputation, and professional career. In our society, this includes financial success, but only as it relates to community power and prestige. It's not about gaining 'material stuff' as it is in the 2nd house. The 10th house wants success for the sake of honor and social status.

This house includes social foundations (as opposed to personal home foundations in the 4th), recognition, personal achievements, social responsibilities, sense of duty, authority figures, politicians. This House encompasses the most public areas of one's life, and the career that you grow into, as opposed to daily work and odd jobs ruled by the 6th House.

As with the 4th House, astrologers are divided over whether the 10th House rules one's mother or father. Those that say the 4th House rules the mother, say the 10th House rules the father, and vice versa. What is clear is that the 4th House rules the nurturing, home-body parent, while the 10th House rules the public, success-focused parent (the parent who 'wears the pants').

As with the other angular houses, any planets in this house are very important. Planets in the 10th house, the sign on the cusp of the 10th house, and its ruling planet will greatly influence your career and your general reputation in public.

The eleventh House is the House of community, large groups, and friends. It refers to memberships, hopes, goals, ambitions, wishes, social groups, associations, humanitarian interests. It also refers to self-realization, liberty, legislation and regulation.

This is probably the most misunderstood house of all. The twelfth House refers to the subconscious, the hidden self that exists apart from our physical everyday reality. This includes the unconscious mind, subconscious memory, subconscious habit patterns from the past, mental illness, karmic debts, self-deception, escapism, spiritual realization, limitations, frustration, and ultimately our self-undoing.

On a physical, material level, the 12th house includes things that take us away from everyday life: institutions (such as hospitals, prisons, government offices), places of confinement, secrets, secret relationships, hidden enemies, and self-sacrifice for others. It also refers to sorrow, tribulations, widowhood, grief, funerals, exile, seclusion, bribery, subversion, murder, suicide, kidnapping, and endings.

For those who believe, the 12th house is also considered to refer to the collective unconscious of all humanity.

“Natural” Houses of the Planets & Signs

Each planet and zodiac sign is naturally associated with a House, the House that most corresponds to its archetype. The planet, then, is said to be the “Natural Ruler” of that House, or more often, it’s said to be “at home” in that House.

The House/planet associations were adjusted with the discoveries of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The following table lists the current House rulers, along with the traditional rulers. The traditional rulers are still considered to be co-rulers of that House (along with the new planet that rules the House).

Note: in your own birth chart, the rulers of your houses are determined by the signs that fall on the cusps of your houses. However, the natural rulers, listed here, give a subtle influence.

Table of Natural Ruling Planets of Each House

HouseKeywordsZodiac SignNatural RulerTraditional Ruler
1stself, life, body Aries Mars
2ndpossessions, money, material circumstances, livelihood Taurus Venus
3rdlocal movement, short journeys, communication, school, siblings Gemini Mercury
4thhome, family, roots, parent Cancer Moon
5thcreativity, children, romance, entertainment Leo Sun
6thhealth, service, work, routine Virgo Mercury
7thpartners, marriage, open enemies Libra Venus
8thsex, death, inheritances, other’s money, loss Scorpio Pluto Mars
9th travel, higher education, religion, spirituality, law Sagittarius Jupiter
10thcareer, social position, dominant parent Capricorn Saturn
11thfriendships, associations, aspirations Aquarius Uranus Saturn
12thhidden matters, the unconscious, clandestine relationships, secret enemies, seclusion PiscesNeptune Jupiter

Take Note: The qualities of the zodiac signs are not exactly the same as those of the Houses which they are associated with. There are subtle differences between the qualities of the signs and Houses. More on the zodiac signs later; but first, learn about the star players, the Planets. See Lesson 5-The Planets.

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With this entry we continue on our journey of the lord of the Midheaven in the various houses in astrology. You can check the previous articles here => First House Second House

This article series will give you some interesting information you can use to find a much more suitable career choice (if you are unhappy with your current one or if you are just starting out) and improving your social and material status!

Here’s my process of analyzing the best career potential in the natal chart:

  1. Take a look at your natal chart. If you do not have one already, here are the detailed instructions how to create one FREE of charge! => Astrology Career Guidance (DIY Astrology Free Career Report)
  2. Check which zodiac sign is placed on the cusp of your Midheaven (also known as MH or Medium Coeli or MC);
  3. Check the ruler of your Midheaven and in which house it is placed.

If you are not sure what to look for, here is a nifty list of the signs and their rulers:

  • Mars is the ruler of Aries (♂) and a natural governor of the first house (the Ascendant);
  • Venus is the ruler of Taurus (♀) and a natural governor of the second house;
  • Mercury is the ruler of Gemini (☿) and a natural governor of the third house
  • Moon is the ruler of Cancer (☽) and a natural governor of the fourth house
  • Sun is the ruler of Leo (☉)and a natural governor of the fifth house;
  • Mercury is the ruler of Virgo (☿) and a natural governor of the sixth house;
  • Venus is the ruler of Libra (♀) and a natural governor of the seventh house;
  • Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio (♇) and a natural governor of the eighth house;
  • Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius (♃) and a natural governor of the ninth house;
  • Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn (♄) and a natural governor of the tenth house;
  • Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius (♅) and a natural governor of the eleventh house;
  • Neptune is the ruler of Pisces (♆) and a natural governor of the twelfth house.

Here’s an example, if Pisces is on the cusp of your Midheaven (the tenth house), you have to check the position of Neptune in your natal chart and the house it is placed in. In the picture below you will see how Neptune (lord of the 10th house) is placed in the third house in the birth chart (which is also our topic today).

What is Midheaven in astrology and how it can help us with our career?

The Medium Coeli point in astrology is also called Midheaven (a.k.a. MC or MH) and it is the highest point in our natal charts. It can show our highest expression and our best potential for success. The Medium Coeli’s natural zodiac sign is Capricorn and its lord is Saturn (usually considered to be the strongest malefic planet in the zodiac). This means that our tenth astrological house is related to the typical traits of the Capricorn sign, its ruler (Saturn), and the areas it governs – honor, career choices and work environment, our drive and ambition, our social status, and highest achievements

Moreover, tenth house is astrology signifies one of the parents who is considered to be the head of the family (usually that’s the father) and everything connected to our reputation, our ambition for achievements and a better social status, entrepreneurship and business, our employers, and the government.

The tenth house is also where we can see our professional potential and our best career choices which may help us achieve a better material status, and the reputation we gain over the years (especially in the work place and in society in general).

Note that our Medium Coeli’s natural lord is Saturn, and in most cases, we can express and develop ourselves in the areas of the tenth house after the age of 30 when we experience our first Saturn revolution). You can read more on this topic HERE.

So, if you are about to make a huge career change into something more suitable personally to you, read below and see if you resonate with the information given, and whether it relates to your passions and natural talents! Your intuition is your best guidance!

What does the Midheaven lord in third house in astrology mean?

Before we continue, you can start by checking the zodiac sign which is at the cusp of your Midheaven and read the information related to this position. All the articles on this topic are right HERE.

So, today’s focus is the tenth astrological house’s ruler “siting” in the third house of the natal chart. What does that mean and how it relates to the person’s career choices and professional development?

Leo weekly horoscope daniel dowd. To achieve this, we need to take a look at the 3rd astrological house – its characteristics and the area of our lives which it governs.

The third house in astrology is represented by Gemini and is naturally ruled by Mercury. What does that mean?

When we look at the 3rd house we have to think of the areas of:

Communication – how we communicate with others, how we speak and write, what language and words we use, our ability to communicate with the environment and with other people;

Siblings – the third house is the house of our brothers and sisters and our relationship with them;

Traveling – this house shows our ability to travel to short distances as opposed to the 9th house where we see long-distance trips, traveling, studying or living abroad;

Mindset – Mercury and Gemini represent our mentality and intellect – how we think, our ability to absorb and understand new concepts, and also – our adaptability to new circumstances;

Education – the third house is where we see our education – this is our primary and rudimentary knowledge, as opposed (again) to the ninth house where we find our college and university degrees.

Business – the third astrological house is also linked to all kinds of entrepreneurial endeavors since Mercury is a fast-moving planet which represents adaptability, mobility, and freedom. All of these are connected to business and self-employment, especially if the area of the company is related to communication, technology, writing, and traveling.

Hands – Gemini governs our hands and our ability to use them, so the third house is where we see all kinds of technologies which require the use of our limbs like mechanical work and writing.

How can we connect these areas to the tenth house? How does that influence our natural abilities and our best career choices?

Well, it is quite obvious – if you have your tenth house lord in the third house, you may be more inclined to work in any type of area where communication is a key component! This is a great placement for writers, public speakers, teachers (especially in primary school), copywriters, lecturers, public relations specialists, online content creators, sales people and marketers, media specialists, news reporters, all jobs and professions dealing data and information, etc.

Tenth house ruler in the third house could also signify an inclination for being an entrepreneur where you need to exert adaptability and fast thinking (especially if this is a form of a local venue in your own neighborhood). This is especially true if you have a joint business with your siblings.

This astrological placement can also give you the drive to be mobile in every sense of the word – having a desk job may not be the best option if you have a strong need for change and a variety of experiences. So, a travelling agent, a sales representative or simply a being a driver (something as simple as being a taxi driver where you can show your mastery in communication can give you immense satisfaction!) are all suitable professions for you!

Think about all the professions that require the extensive use of our hands such as being a mechanic, a craftsman, or a conductor (especially if there are lots of planets in watery sign which are connected to music).

Acting can also be a good career choice for those with their Midheaven lord in the 3rd house since this is another type of communication – playing a role is a form of connecting the audience to certain life issues, experiences, and ideas. That’s especially true if Leo is at the cusp of the tenth house and the Sun is placed in the third house.

What Is The Third House In Astrology

Third House In Capricorn

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To me, this system is a wonderful holistic combination of classic astrology, the I Ching system, genetics, Quantum Physics, Spirituality, the law of attraction and the art of manifesting, etc.

But do not worry if this sounds like too much – this system is not just some theory which describes your unique personality just for the sake of curiosity! Human design is a highly practical knowledge for making the best decisions in all areas – all kinds of relationships we have (with our spouses, business associates, colleagues, friends, relatives etc.), personal and company finances, professional career development, eating and sleeping habits, how to manage our physical and mental energy,love etc. It is absolutely astonishing what Human Design can do for you!

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