The 4th House

About the 4th House

When planets are in the Fourth House, you can’t actually see them from where you’re standing, because they are overhead on the other side of the planet; since it’s opposite the South of the chart, we call it the North.  

But as the “bottom of the sky,” it represents your roots, your lineage and heritage. You ancestors and family traditions too. Your lands and estate. In other words, the place from which you spring forth.

In a modern sense, it might also be your deep unconscious and genetic legacy.

4th House Astrology Keywords

People: Your family, your parents (traditionally the father), your ancestors

Places: Your ancestral home, your homeland

Things: The past, your heritage, your ancestors, your roots, childhood environment, parental influence, deep-rooted influences, hidden treasures, genetic legacy, endings, death

Modern & Hellenistic Astrology’s Planetary and Zodiac Correlations

There is often confusion as you go deeper into the symbolism of the Astrological houses for there are a plethora of approaches to interpreting them. Modern Astrologers commonly refer to the “Natural House System” as opposed to the ancient Hellenistic Astrological approach of using what are called the “Planetary Joys”. To learn more about the nuances and details of the Twelve Astrological Houses click here.

Natural House (Modern): Moon

Natural House Zodiac Sign (Modern): Cancer

Planetary Joy (Hellenistic): None

Ancient name (Hellenistic): Subterranean

Mode/Quadrant: Angular (first)

Sample Questions Answered by the 4th House

  • How do I feel grounded?
  • How do I view the past?
  • What is my relationship to my ancestors? (or to my family)
  • Where do I feel I belong?


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