“Bhavat Bhavam”, literally meaning ‘house of the house’ is another useful but lesser used concept in astrology. If you have been read my earlier post on how to analyse a house completely, this concept will be easy to understand. Basically for deeply examining every aspect of the house you are interested in, you redraw the horoscope with this house as the ‘first house’ (you need to first understand the point number 7 of my earlier post). Bhavat bhavam is one component of this analysis.
So what is the use of this ‘house of the house’?
An example, the 5th house is the house of higher education, children, divine intelligence, creativity, centerstage etc. In its detailed analysis, the fifth house counted from the 5th house i.e. the 9th house represents the ‘creativity’ of ‘creativity’. So to get a complete picture of the results possible from the 5th we need to see the power of the 9th house too. All aspects of the personality are interlinked, and some more than others. The position of the 9th house will add power to fulfilling the potential of the 5th. If there are planets placed in the 9th, it becomes even more important to examine this ‘house of the house’ for the 5th house results. If for example you have a well-placed Rahu in the 5th house, and an exalted Venus in the 9th. You will want to know more about deep esoteric subjects, your creativity will involve taking risks in ‘tantrik’ subjects and finally as bhavat bhavam contains an exalted Venus, he will grant success to the over-reaching behaviours of Rahu in the matters of the 5th house.
Now applying the Bhavat bhava principle, let’s find the ‘house of the house’ for every house of the chart.
For the 1st house – first house counted from 1st house is the 1st house
For the 2nd house – second house counted from 2nd house is the 3rd house
For the 3rd house – third house counted from 3rd house is the 5th house
For the 4th house – fourth house counted from 4th house is the 7th house
For the 5th house- fifth house counted from 5th house is the 9th house
For the 6th house – sixth house counted from 6th house is the 11th house
For the 7th house – seventh house counted from 7th house is the 1st house
For the 8th house – eighth house counted from 8th house is the 3rd house
For the 9th house – ninth house counted from 9th house is the 5th house
For the 10th house – tenth house counted from 10th house is the 7th house
For the 11th house – eleventh house counted from 11th house is the 9th house
For the 12th house – twelfth house counted from 12th house is the 11th house
The houses 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 are bhavat bhavam for other houses. Here the aspects of your personality link deeply with each other across houses.
1st house obviously indicates your own personality but is also the bhavat bhavam for the 7th house so also indicates the partner in a deeper way. Thus the importance of your parterships, spouses and the ideas you are wedded to! These are very completely linked to your own personality. If you get a complementary ally in every aspect of your life you can achieve even greater heights. It is a misconception that this 7th house represents just the husband /wife. It represents your mirror, the idea, person, the alliance, the partnership, the contract, the deity, the sadhana which balances your personality. So look into the deeper spiritual, emotional and psychological cues rather than the limited physical values when you are analysing charts.
3rd house shows the siblings, neighbourhood, trades, communication, boldness in life, confidence etc, as a matter of routine. But it is the bhavat bhavam for the 2nd house and the 8th house too. It adds to your resources, treasures and your share in the family assets. It naturally shows your extended family and cousins too. Finally it shows your courage and confidence in matters related to the transformations indicated by the 8th. The secret ways that you benefit from the processes operating even at the moment of physical death (will write a full post on this 8th from 8th later). Having a good placement in the 3rd house elevates the quality of the chart.
5th house is the house of creativity, divine inspiration and intelligence. But it is also the bhavat bhavam for 3rd and 9th house. The 3rd house is the house of trade, confidence, boldness and intelligence of communication (parakrama). So the 5th shows the deep confidence which one develops when one practices boldness as a matter of routine. 3rd is the house of practical knowledge which you use in daily life. When you do your practice regularly you develop an intelligent confidence in your self. This practice can be anything from being a car-mechanic to a spiritual aspirant. 9th house now is your ancestors, peers, patrons and paternal figures. These elders are the foundation of your life in one way or the other and the 5th house either will add more power to their influence on you or allow you to be a foundation to others, e.g. children are a function of the 5th.
7th house indicates partnerships, balance etc. This is the bhavat bhavam for the 4th house which indicates security, comfort, emotions etc. It is also linked to the 10th house. Strong planets here allow you to experience the aspects of your life indicated by the 4th and 10th. In Indian traditions the husband/wife is chosen from the same traditional cultural ethos which is depicted by the 4th. A better synergy between these 2 houses will naturally contribute to a better emotional stability and environment in the home. Now the 10th is basically the position in the society that you enjoy by your own efforts. If your business, partnerships and your personal life is doing well, it will directly contribute to your position in the society.
9th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 5th and 11th houses. The auspiciousness of the 9th is the ‘creativity of the creativity’ of the 5th house. Similarly the 9th house adds to the luck and the sources of gain represented by the 11th. The 9th is all your seniors, the ones who have been there before you, paternal figures, peers, teachers, ancestors and those things which help you build your foundation in life. If these are strong in your chart, naturally they will strengthen your 11th house too.
11th house is all the sources of gain, luck, like minded groups we cultivate etc and is the bhavat bhavam for the 6th and 12th houses. Sixth from 6th means that it represents the dissolution of debts, enemies, diseases, servitude and losses. Thus this adds to your gains. And counted from 12th also means it is the ‘dissolution of dissolution’. Strong planets placed in the 11th counter the negative effects of the 6th and 12th houses of turmoil, 2 of the 3 dushamsthana. Hence we consider the 11th house very important in analysing horoscopes. A good benefic like Jupiter placed here elevates the quality of the horoscope granting protection from several in life.
This was a brief post on using the fine nuances of astrological enquiry in extracting the maximum information for your chart. We all knew that having a strong 3rd house and a strong 11th house is important, it provides a buffer against life’s problems, but now you know the exact reason why! They are buffers against the 3 dushamasthana.
Jyotish is endless and deciphering your own self using its light is very rewarding.