Houses of Astrology – 3rd House


Keywords are always a good thing when learning anything new or, in coming to understand or explain something you intuitively know. The 3rd house in Astrology has the phrase: I think – therefore I am. It’s all about awareness, positive or negative thinking for this is the house of the conscious mind and you have a four minute window of opportunity (more about this concept later in another article). Planets or aspects to the 3rd bring all of the above (and more) into focus. The sign on the cusp (or, more precisely the element of the sign) will give you an idea as to how think. For example a Fire sign on the cusp of the 3rd would ‘think’ differently than a Water sign. Also, the sign on the cusp will tell you how you ‘hear’ information from the world around you, from your environment.

This house also shows your relationship with siblings (not the actual people) but your relationship with them. Any planets here (particularly Saturn) offer information about whether brothers and sisters are close or at a distance. Short distance travel is also shown by this house (sometimes even the preference or mode of transport) for example: Fire signs prefer road travel. Earth signs prefer rail. Air signs obviously prefer (or fear) air travel and the Water signs have a preference for water journeys. Formal education (or the lack thereof) is shown here therefore questions of schooling (particularly primary) will come to the surface. Look to the sign on the cusp and any planets here to understand your early formative’ years.

How we think about ourselves and the world in which we live is constantly changing by the people we meet, the newspapers we read, the television programmes we watch (all of which is ‘ruled’ by the 3rd house). Keeping in mind that we are constantly creating an image of ourselves (good or bad) according to what we focus our mind upon. Even the people you meet at the bus stop can change your thinking dramatically or, when you’re on a ‘short trip’ the stimulus from a different environment can alter your thinking as can reading a good or uplifting book (taking a short trip into your mind). Even an idea shared on a blog site such as Twitter can alter your thinking and who was it that said “change your thinking and you change your life”?

Take a look at your own chart for even if there are no planets in the 3rd the sign on the cusp will nevertheless give you some idea as to all of the above (and more) if you look for the ruler of the cusp on your chart. Let me explain: If Virgo was the ‘ruler’ of your 3rd house you would look at your chart to see where Mercury (the ruler of Virgo) was placed. This will help you understand how you think, what you think about, and your relationship with the environment in which you live (remembering the mind is an ‘environment’).

This is the house of the conscious mind and it is here that you look for or, examine all closely related factors in your life, look for connections. Explore your skills, your talents and your common sense (or lack thereof). The sign on the cusp or planets contained in this house will tell you how organized or disorganized you are. Or, if you take a closer look you’ll discover ways (from the sign on the cusp or planets contained here) to become better organized. This is using Astrology for your empowerment for each and every new of us needs some sort of organization, structure or routine in our daily lives for remember this house rules the everyday, the local, the neighborhood, the people you meet on the street, in the shops and how you communicate with them. In talking about this keyword, how they (or how you perceive them to) communicate with you…

When any planet transits this house and the Sun does so every year at the same time (roughly three months after your birthday) it’s time to gather facts, to plan ahead and communicate your ideas to your best advantage. It’s time to be flexible, to negotiate and discuss your ideas for the road ahead. The signs in order from Aries to Pisces can help you understand whether you are positive (assertive) or negative (passive) in your thinking. Aries is considered positive with Taurus negative, Gemini positive with Cancer negative and so on around the signs. This is not to say that they’re positive or negative in the accepted sense but their style of thinking.

Until we explore the next house – “happy house hunting”

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