LESSON 04 – Meanings of the Planetary Houses

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All the different areas of life are distributed among the 12 houses and each house influences certain matters. In order to denote which area of the life is being focused on, we look to these houses for their particular significations as follows:

Meanings of the Planetary Houses


First house: (Lagna)

First house: (Lagna) – Adya, Kalpa, Janma (birth),physical body, physical features, living or livelihood, character, personality,individuality, temperament, color, general constitution, health, vitality,vigor, tendencies, struggle for life, success/ failures, fortune/misfortune,honor, dignity, well being, head and upper part of the body, gain and profit of younger brother, patrimony of mother, higher studies, heirs, death, income,overall happiness, self respect, ego, purchase of house, land, property, vehicles.

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the first house or the planets situated in the Lagna with more then 4 points, the results will be linked to fourth and eighth house matters. Students are requested to check out this statement as well as any further statements given below in red italic letters. This thought may be new for most of us. Check this with the known results of a chart familiar to you.) 

Second house

Second house: Wealth, food, right eye, face, speech,family, relatives, auspicious matters, property, money and money matters, bonds and securities belonging to native, bank balances, grandfather, grand mother,wife, children, ability to express the thoughts, marriage, description of the partner, memory, imaginations, acquisition of a house, vehicles, foreign relations, short trips, authority, success of the children, childbirth. 

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the second house or the planets situated in the second house with more then 4 points, the results will be linked to fifth and/or ninth house matters)  

Third house

Third house: Courage, ear/hearing, firmness, heroism,mother (NOTE: In standard Vedic, the mother is represented by the 4th house while in this system, the mother is represented by the 3rd house.), brothers and sisters, bad thoughts, mental strength, mental inclinations (for study), assistance from others, acquisition of bank loans,correspondence,       21 means of communications,religion, acquisition of authority, start of a new adventure, short trips,writing books, publications, change in residence, contracts, agreements,success in selection in an interview/ election.

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the third house, or the planets situated in the third house with more than 4 points, the results will be linked to sixth and/or tenth house matters.)

Fourth house: House, home, residence, land, relations,vehicle, happiness, water, learning, Dara (wife), marriage, acquisition of loan, garden, crops, agriculture, Vedic and secret text etc. ( NOTE: In standard Vedic, the mother is represented by the 4th house. In this system, the mother is represented by the 3rd house.)

(Note: In the sub period of the lord or the planets situated in the fourth house with more then 4 points, the results will be linked to seventh and/ or eleventh house matters.)  

Fifth house

Fifth house: House of crown, tax, intellect, children, belly, Vedic Knowledge, traditional laws, previous deeds, partnership, diseases, Long journey, etc.

(Note: In the sub period of the lord or the planets situated in the fifth house with more than 4 points, the results will be linked up to eighth and/or twelfth house matters.

Sixth house

Sixth house:  Debt,arms, wounds, disease, enemies, assistants, jealousy, fear, danger, loans,status in society, sickness, health, earnings by underhanded dealings, luck factor, short journeys, court matters, advocates, disputes, work and service,employees, subordinates, servants, faithfulness of the subordinates, pet animals, tenants, sanitation, herbs. It is an important house to find out about earnings, competition etc. 

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the sixth house or the planets situated in the sixth house with more than 4 points, the results will be linked up to the ninth,and/or lagna house matters.)  

Seventh house

Seventh house: Desire, life partner (husband or wife),business partner, love, passion, house of union, daily routine work, fixed assets, Acquisition of authority, increments, higher post, etc, accidents(NOTE: In standard Vedic, accidents are represented by the 8thhouse. In this system, they are represented by the 7th).

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the seventh house or the planets situated in the seventh with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to tenth and/ or second house matters.)

Eighth house

Eighth house: Life, Longevity, defeat, insult, sorrow, scandal, bribes, death, obstacles, mystery, misery, delay, imprisonment, theft, robbery, income derived through life partner, etc

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the eighth house or the planets situated in the eighth with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to eleventh and/or third house matters.)

Ninth house

Ninth house: Father, guru, teacher, worship, luck, Dharma, faith, grand son, fortune, wisdom, post graduation, religious and philosophical beliefs, prosperity, long journey, acquisition of landed property etc.

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the ninth house or the planets situated in the ninth with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to twelfth and/ or fourth house matters.)

Tenth house

Tenth house: Livelihood, authority, honor, work, commerce, trade, business, success, position, command, quality, children, status. It is also known as the apex of the horoscope, respect, ambition, etc.

(Note: In the sub period of the lord of the tenth house or the planets situated in the tenth with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to lagna and/ or fifth house matters.)

Eleventh house

Eleventh house: Profit, gain, income, desire, wealth, acquisition, fulfillment of desire, trusts, profit and pleasure, wishes, etc.

(Note:  In the sub period of the lord of the eleventh house or the planets situated in the eleventh with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to second and/ or sixth house matters.)

Twelfth house

Twelfth house: Bondage, loss, bed comforts, Moksha,long journeys, foreign relations, expenditures, divine worship, loss, misery etc.

(Note:  In the sub period of the lord of the twelfth house or the planets situated in the twelfth with more then 4 points, the results will be linked up to third and/ or seventh house matters.)

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On the next page is a Summary Table that easily  illustrates these notes. If, for example, a person has an AQUARIUS ascendant and is going through a MARS – SATURN dasa, the sub period lord of the Lagna, SATURN, would now be linked up to the 4th and/or the 8th house. During this time period, events revolving around either/ both of these house matters will be in play. This is also true for any planets residing in the Lagna that have more than 4 bindus or points in their individual bhinnashtaka vargas. They will also be linked up to these houses as well.

figure 1 – SUMMARY TABLE FOR NOTES

General concepts:

The results of any house are dependent upon the correct interpretations of the following things:

  1. The strengths, aspects, conjunctions and placements of the lord of the   house.
  • The natural qualities of the house, its lord, the planets situated in it, and the aspects on the house.
  • The strength of the house itself.
  • Yogas influencing the house, its lord etc.
  • Exaltations or debilitations of the lord.
  • Conditions of the lord (whether favourable or adverse).
  • Condition of the aspected house lord under consideration.
  • Same thing applies in the Navamsa chart.
  • The age, position, status and sex of the person.

All of the above points are required to be properly weighed before any results can be concluded. The results are generally predicted on the above basis only. 

Now the question arises as to how accurate of a result do we get from the above concepts? Much depends of course on the accuracy of the interpretive skills of the astrologer. It is always easy to look back in hindsight and find the answer after the fact, but in order to be able to accurately predict an event or give the probable dates for an event, applying these same laws with skill and precision takes much practice.  

It is said that the result of a timed event is experienced in either the major, the sub period or the sub-sub period of the:

  1. Lord of the house
  2. Planets aspecting the house
  3. Planets posited in the house
  4. Planets aspecting the lord of the house
  5. Planets in association with the lord of the house.     

All of the above statements do not prove to be correct in any case other than at random. Hardly a single event of the life can be predicted when using the above method. These laws cannot be proven universally in all cases.

In the following chapter, we will discuss how to use the Upachaya method in order to show its importance in correctly assessing the timing of different events and how all these houses interact with each other to enable us to arrive at a valid and intelligent conclusion.