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Fourth House

The Meaning and Use of Astrological Houses

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  • Fifth House
  • Sixth House
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  • Eighth House
  • Ninth House
  • Tenth House
  • Eleventh House
  • Twelfth House

Home and Family (Cancer is the natural ruler)

4th House of the ZodiacThe fourth house represents the challenges faced in developing your capacity for emotional closeness and a sense of security. Cancer influences any planet within the fourth house, marking a domestic influence. It is through this domestic influence that the house is seen as describing both your home, family and the kind of environment that makes you feel most comfortable.

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The fourth house takes our early childhood experiences and relates them back to our emotional foundation and subconscious self-image, representing to us the way we feel about ourselves. It is through this that our sense of belonging is established and our emotional capacity is defined.

The house is associated with unconditional love, nurturing, intuition and instincts, family, childhood roots and the desire to create a strong foundation of security within our lives.


Planets in the Fourth House


Sun in 4th House. It is difficult for one who has this position of the Sun to feel at home and comfortable anywhere. Inner restlessness and doubt often spoil things which otherwise might have been beautiful; especially in youth when the greatest demands are made. In the course of years however many difficulties with parents will find a solution through a more comprehending sympathy. Old age is apt to be quiet and “sunny”; the fruits of seed sown in a difficult youth will be gathered which will in a great measure compensate the native for all the old unhappiness and anxiety in his ‘own home”.

If the Sun makes strong harmonious aspects it indicates the obtaining of a fixed source of income usually out of the inheritance of one of the parents.

When afflicted the native has not enough energy to increase his own capital, but merely passively awaits the coming of his inheritance.

Moon in 4th House points to changing circumstances in life and changes of abode; further to a lively imagination, a sensitive nature and great attachment to parents and relatives.

When afflicted the position is not favorable to relations with the parents or their mutual relation.

The native’s education will suffer because of this and all through later life the lack of pleasant recollections of one’s youth will be felt and manifest in a certain despondency, a premature ripeness which even in youth takes away much that is childlike. Later on this results in lack of compassion, and excessive interest in his own affairs and circumstances.

Financial loss through theft and deceit, probably by most unlikely people, may occur with this Moon-position.

Mercury in 4th House. Well aspected this position gives a certain commercial spirit; the superintendence of the native’s own property, usually large inherited estates, will be profitable.

Commercial relations in other continents will also bring advantage; a new area of sale and new commercial goods will be found where others do not expect anything. Here the proverb holds true “the eye of the master makes the horse thrive”.

When afflicted no peace can be found anywhere, the person concerned moves hither and thither without being able to find what he seeks; and all kinds of difficulties in the domestic circle may be expected to arise from this cause.

Venus in 4th House is favorable to domestic affairs, childhood is upon the whole agreeable and fortunate, and the relations between the parents and the native are very pleasant. This course influences the whole life favorably; “old age” will be characteristically full of many precious memories.

When afflicted difficulties and disappointments in love affairs will occur; but though comparatively little return of affection is received, the native’s feelings regarding his object remain constant.

Mars in 4th House. Mars the planet of action in the house of “home” and parental surroundings, indicates that quite early the desire arises to leave the parental roof and go out into the wide world.

When afflicted it is probable that the home will be the scene of many “rows” due mostly to the passionate and rather masterful manner which Mars engenders. In this way the wish to escape originates, which may manifest as an impulsive running away from. This does not prevent that much store is set on intimate domesticity and when abroad the attractions of the same home which once was so willingly left will often be a favorite topic of conversation.

If however, as well as an affliction, a good aspect of Mars prevails, there is some hope that in the end good results may be reached – probably one of the parents (most likely the mother) will be favorably disposed towards the native’s ideas, and at the end of life he will be able to look back with satisfaction upon the work accomplished.

Jupiter in 4th House presupposes that the parents were well-to-do, even wealthy and that education began in a grand style. This position makes the relation to parents, and atmosphere in the domestic circle especially hearty and benevolent. It gives a deep, inner support, a spiritual prop which again and again helps the native to overcome all difficulties. Such a person will meet with much cooperation and respect in his native place.

When afflicted it will be better for him to settle somewhere else where one is less known, in order that he may at least feel more free. But it will be difficult for him to find lasting prosperity, because he takes things too lightly and cannot cut his coat according to his cloth. This leads to thoughtless and frivolous expenditure, which may result in danger of bankruptcy.

Saturn in 4th House makes the native careful, economical; anxious about his old age and therefore always endeavoring to increase the likelihood of lasting prosperity. Especially when afflicted the native is probably too much concentrated upon his own gain and advantage; he would do well to consider whether in the end the individual does not really benefit more virtually by the progress of the community than by augmenting his own means – may be to the detriment of that community – in order that in his old age he may become a miser or a hermit.

Here the management of money is in good hands, the native is also suited to being at the head of some institution or family. In his own parental home however, less pleasant things will occur to which probably is due the circumstance that to a great extent this character has to develop by itself. The father will probably be the “master of the house” in the fullest sense of the word and exact obedience not easy to fulfil. This will be especially evident in the choice of a calling and also in discussions about religion, etc. Yet time will prove that much might be learned from the father and that inwardly there is possibly greater agreement than was supposed in youth.

At the age of adolescence there will often be a gradual alienation from the parents. No wonder that the native seeks from others what could not be found at home. Difficulties will arise through over-sensitiveness, but yet one individual will probably be found to brighten his solitude by understanding and a cheerful attitude. And such a friend will be loved, made much of, adored in a way seldom seen.

It is also possible that illness or early death of one of the parents darkens his childhood.

He will probably harmonize particularly well with’ the mother which – in a man – is conducive to reverence for the entire sex. The parents will possibly often have differences of opinion about the education of their child. The tie with the mother will be particularly intimate and peaceful though an inner strength emanates from the father which arouses respect.

It is possible that the greatest progress, both spiritually and socially, may be expected in a foreign country and his native place will play but a small part in his development.

Uranus in 4th House presupposes no agreeable childhood. The native’s character is not well understood by the parents, his tastes and tendencies and shyness wrongly interpreted. A definite feeling for domesticity is lacking though he desires to mix with many and all kinds of people. Quite earl in life parents and the whole of the near environment will be in despair about the queer child and doubt his ever getting right. Owing to his many sudden crazes and whims the native is very rarely fit to found an establishment or home of his own. He is much more inclined and fit to live in a larger community of like-minded people than in a small family circle.

Neptune in 4th House gives great taste and liking for somewhat mystical art. The native will venerate old religious art treasures and precious articles, knowledge of which he likes to collect. At the same time he has a great inclination to imitate old customs as much as possible and to maintain them. A person with this position likes to dream in harmonious surroundings. Finally years are spent with imaginary friends. The passing to the beyond will be in a trance.

When afflicted narcotics will be taken and there is a possibility of poisoning.

The ruler of the fourth house when connected with the rising sign indicates closeness to matters of the home and in particular mother and the maternal lineage. The fourth sector also reflects educational achievements and if the planet is in dignity and well aspected, this heralds an illustrious educational characteristic to the birth chart.

As one of the pillars of the horoscope the fourth house has to do with wealth and social standing and therefore, depending on how strongly placed this fourth ruler is, it will determine the status and karma of the person. If this fourth ruler is afflicted then inherited wealth may be confiscated or earnings in the latter part of life may not be so favorable.

The fourth ruler in the second is an excellent combination for attaining wealth through matters of property and land. This also means that the properties of the family may be inherited and are considerably valuable, particularly if this ruler is in a good sign and aspected by good planets such as Venus, Jupiter or Mercury. There’s eloquence of speech but the afflicted fourth ruler here makes their speech bitter, cynical and unpleasant, to say the least.

Because the third sector, is a sector of movement and travel, the person may be unsettled residentially. If the fourth ruler is well dignified and fortified by aspect, then these changes will be profitable to the person, however traditional Vedic astrology implies that relationships with some relatives may not be so good, principally if this planet is badly afflicted and step-brothers or step-mother may cause trouble for them.

The angular placement of the fourth ruler here in its own sector is a very favorable influence generally on the horoscope and on the person’s life. He will have many comforts in life and is interested in improving him or herself educationally. The maternal relationship will also be cordial, especially if this planet is well aspected. Any affliction to this ruler indicates trouble over wealth and properties and depending on the strength of this planet, the latter part of life will either be good, or otherwise.

The ruler of this angular house in the fifth, a trinal house, is very auspicious and forecasts a powerful future for the person especially when the signs involved are friendly and the aspects positive. The person is charitable and spiritual by nature and has affection for children, not only born to him, but of others.

As this fifth house is the house of spiritual initiation and the fourth house has to do with education, the person may take interest in learning about the scriptures and the impact of mantra, yantra and tantra ( Hindu esoteric practices). Vedic astrology indicates acquisition of vehicles and other luxury items as a result of this placement, unless this planet is particularly afflicted.

This is not a particularly favorable position as an afflicted fourth ruler here can cause havoc for the person generally. The fourth house speaks much of the person’s internal happiness and being in the sixth house damages these prospects. It makes him ill tempered and selfish and also indicates a waste of both emotional and material resources. With respect to properties and investments, the person should be cautious as debts may arise due to the ill informed speculation he may make. This is a person who may never settle down.

The fourth ruler in an angle is a powerful testimony to a profitable life, particularly after marriage takes place. As the seventh house is the house of movement, travel and change, the person will also earn his livelihood through frequent journeys. The affliction of the fourth ruler in the seventh house causes dissatisfaction in married life though.

When the fourth ruler of personal contentment is found in the eighth house it becomes difficult for the person to achieve any lasting happiness and this is certain if the planet is badly afflicted and badly placed. One of the parents may actually die prematurely as a result and this is also not beneficial for one’s ethics and morals. The person may be highly sexed and finds it difficult to attain happiness in relationships. Property matters are a problem as the eighth sector is one of loss. Properties may be confiscated, lost or subjected to litigation.

The ruler of the angle in the ninth or best trine is an portent of good fortune and spiritual blessing for the individual. Because the ninth house reveals one’s past Karma, the individual is born with accumulated credits on this count. They are religious and honour their teachers and superiors and do well abroad if they choose to travel or reside there. As the ninth house is also the house of father, he can be a source of great happiness and support, unless of course an affliction occurs in which case the reverse will be found to be true.

The tenth place is a sector of professional recognition and the placement of the fourth ruler here, if well dignified, indicates a powerful personality and someone who will make his mark felt in the world. Because the fourth sector rules ones home and the tenth, one’s profession, there’s a direct link between work and home and the person may, at different stages of his professional life, choose to conduct his business from a home base.

Some Vedic astrologers are of the opinion that the medical and pharmaceutical professions are favored by this placement. When Saturn, the Nodes or other malefic planets aspect this fourth ruler in the tenth, the person experiences a fall from grace and his reputation may be tarnished.

The eleventh house being a profitable sector indicates the person gains financially from the family, and in particular the mother. If the eleventh house is a dual sign or the planet is a dual planet, the person may acquire two mothers or may be adopted. This may also be extended to include stepmothers as well. The person is lucky, rich and profitable in all his ventures if this fourth ruler is well placed and dignified. If there are adverse aspects to this planet, the person may be wasteful and suffer on account of friends and business associates.

This causes troubles in the person’s early upbringing and also danger to the mother, or at least illness and deprivation to her, particularly if we find this planetary ruler in poor placement or hard aspect. At some point the person might develop strong spiritual tendencies as the fourth and twelfth houses regulate the spiritual sphere of life. These are called Moksha sthanas or houses of emancipation.

The person may well reside in foreign countries or could at least have an interest in educating himself in foreign cultures or traditions. Depending on how badly afflicted this planet is, the persons life may possibly not go smoothly and there can be some severe Karma from a previous existence.

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