The 3rd House

About the 3rd House

In the ancient sense, Third House was the House of the Moon.

It contains everything familiar to you. Brothers and sisters of course, but also the people you see around the neighborhood, or the coworkers you see every day. It’s also your habits and routines, and the places you visit on a regular basis – short trips to school or work or the grocery store. Basically, it’s your comfort zone.

The Moon was also associated with writing, and bringing the messages of the other planets down to earth, so the 3rd house contained those things too.

3rd House Astrology Keywords

People: Your siblings, your relatives that you see often, your neighbors

Places: Your neighborhood, places that are familiar to you

Things: Information, media, vehicles, documents, what is familiar, what one is conscious of, communication, writing, learning, teaching, primary skills education, day-to-day habits and routines, immediate environment, short-distance travel

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” 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): Mercury

Natural House Zodiac Sign (Modern): Gemini

Planetary Joy (Hellenistic): Moon

Ancient name (Hellenistic): House of the Moon/Goddess 

Mode/Quadrant: Cadent (last)

Sample Questions Answered by the 3rd House

  • What is familiar to me?
  • Where am I most in my comfort zone?
  • What are my siblings like?
  • What kind of coworkers do I enjoy?
  • How do I communicate and connect with others?
  • What and how do I want to learn?


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