Houses of the Zodiac – Third House

The Third House – Environment and Communication (Gemini is the natural ruler)

The third house represents transition, change and adaptation. It is through this house that we are challenged and encouraged to come to terms with our personal experiences and use them to better understand the world at large. Emotions and communication is amplified within the third house, with the idea of community playing an integral role in what the third house represents. “Community” means neighbors, siblings, short journeys, letters, education, dexterity, research and all kinds of communication.

Planets in the third house influence our nervous energy, rational thought, memory and the way in which we respond to a new environment. The house is associated with brothers and sisters, hand-eye coordination, connecting with others, learning and our greater conscious.

Ruler of the Third House in different Houses

Ruler of the Third House in the first house

Having the planet of courage associated with the first house makes the individual strong willed and sometimes intellectually proud. Their siblings may be strongly connected to them throughout life and many journeys are indicated as well. A well dignified planet heralds strong leanings towards writing and other communication skills. If afflicted, journeys, relationships, siblings and neighbors and communication will be blemished.

Ruler of the Third House in the second house

This placement is considered covetous as the person may be interested in acquiring the wealth and resources of others. They are not considered legitimate or honorable in their attitude. This can however give income through educational opportunities, music and other creative pursuits. The affliction or poor placement of this planet can cause trouble and disagreements with family members. This may give the loss of a sibling at some stage if both Mars and the third ruler are badly affected.

Ruler of the Third House in the third house

This placement indicates an individual of great prowess, strength and capacity to go after their dreams in an undaunted way. This gives unite a few siblings, and depending on the strength of Mars will indicate how many survive. Should the rulers of the eighth and twelfth combine in this sector some tragedy may befall brothers or sisters. Generally this is a situation of happiness and success for the individual

Ruler of the Third House in the fourth house

This position connects the mind and home affairs and the person may therefore travel to many diverse areas and reside there from time to time. This also imbues them with high intelligence if well placed as the fourth sector has much to do with educational matters. It is said that the individual attracts mean spirited people as partners and this also includes marital signification. A weak Mars and an afflicted third ruler in the fourth create problems and obstacles in the acquisition of property.

Ruler of the Third House in the fifth house

The mind of the person is prone to all sorts of amusements, sports and intellectual enjoyments. This is not however a particularly good placement for the children of the individual as this creates problems in their own life. Depending on the condition of the finance rulers, this house will either bring benefits or losses to the individual which could indeed be speculative in some respects.

Ruler of the Third House in the sixth house

The ( sixth, eighth and twelfth houses ) ruler in another dusthana brings benefits through what is known as Vipareet (counteraction of the negative), especially if associated with other rulers of the sixth, eighth or twelfth. This ensures success for the individual, however, the third ruler here results in competitiveness, if not all out opposition with siblings and family members. The character becomes well to do but does not experience happiness on account of his family. This position also points to a military career for one of the brothers or sisters.

Ruler of the Third House in the seventh house

The third ruler in the seventh house creates many ups and downs in marriage, romance and where sexual behavior is concerned. This can also indicate the coming together of the individual with their soul mate due to journeys. Vedic scholars also stipulate that if this third ruler is afflicted there can be some problems associated with government authorities and other professional superiors.

Ruler of the Third House in the eighth house

The third ruler in the eighth weakens a malefic ruler that benefits the individual. This creates an opportunity for wealth and benefits through the dead. An afflicted third ruler will involve the person in litigation and at times legal matters gets the better of them. This placement is not good for the longevity of younger siblings and being the ruler of life, in the eighth house of death, can also signal danger to the longevity and health of the individual himself.

Ruler of the Third House in the ninth house

This placement produces uncertainty in journeys but also gains through philosophy, study and other intellectual pursuits. The ninth house is the sector of the father and guru or spiritual preceptor in Vedic astrology and is not considered a positive omen for the father himself who may be dishonest. If the third ruler is well dignified the sudden and unforeseen changes in one’s life may actually work beneficially for them.

Ruler of the Third House in the tenth house

This placement of the third ruler can indicate a powerful rise professionally, wealth and much success for the individual but wedded life and personal relationships may not be as favorable. If Venus and the ruler of the seventh are badly afflicted in the horoscope this is all the more certain. The third ruler governs the activities of one’s mind. Therefore, the person becomes a workaholic and gives undue weight to their working life. Problems in sustaining a high professional status arise if the third ruler is badly afflicted, debilitated or aspected unfavorably by other planets.

Ruler of the Third House in the eleventh house

The individual puts forward much effort to attain financial ends but struggles, especially if planets like Saturn and Rahu ( North Node ) are in an unfavorable association. The eleventh house is the house of profit so the person works hard with only modest results – way short of what was initially anticipated. The Vedas indicate that health troubles will arise and this is more likely if the Ascendant rulers and rulers of the eighth house are also afflicted.

Ruler of the Third House in the twelfth house

An individual having the third ruler in the twelfth suffers at the hand of siblings due to his good nature and compassion. As the twelfth house is the house of expenditure, the third ruler indicates that money is spent and debts by these family members are not repaid. There’s however a spiritual leaning as the twelfth house is a moksha sthana (sector of spiritual emancipation). The person is attracted to the idea of seclusion and monastic life later in life.


Houses of the Zodiac – Third House.

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