The darker side of the 3rd house

The 3rd house is a rather typical house, it can become rather malefic with severe repercussions on the entire personality if it chooses to. It is a Upachaya house and is often a shadowy house.

The 3rd house in some Jyotish texts is considered as a house of turmoil/dushamsthan along with the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. It can definitely cause turmoil in the chart! I have observed that in the current age that we live in, this 3rd house can be quite useful (unless it is heavily damaged by malefics). We live in the age of Mercury, dominated by communication on a global scale, it is a superficial world, where we often act, need to act, fast and decisively. If this house is moderately influenced by malefics it can actually be an asset, as it gives a rough sort of courage and boldness, which is perhaps required today.

The third house is naturally ruled by Mercury with Gemini being the third sign of the zodiac. And where Mercury is, you can expect typical problems, mental thought patterns, ability to concentrate, willingness to act, stability of the mind, the way you think, desire to learn/study. The chest and the respiratory system. And because it rules the hands it is the first step to action! Hands are the most important tools you have, you touch, manipulate, use, push, pull, love with your hands. Your hands are how you act. Mercury, the impressionable adolescent of astrology here chooses to think and act.

The darker side of the 3rd house

The basic birth chart will give the manifested reality and the 9th divisional chart/Navamsha gives the potential, evaluate both to get a true picture. You can build the picture using the keywords of the planet and the house together.

First the worst case scenario, most often seen in criminals. Now if this house is influenced by malefics alone, it can cause immeasurable harm. The Sun, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu or Mars if let loose here, without any support from the benefics Jupiter or Venus can wreck Mercury. Such a person can suffer physical damage often from miscalculation of risks while in action, e.g. while driving, in short journeys, while playing games, etc. Damage, delay, frustration in education, obstacles in work, emotional damage often projected as cruel and unstable behaviour. Physical deformity like arms amputated from birth. If the influencing malefics are of a similar nature then there is a tendency for self harm or early death either by suicide, accident or even as a punishment! If the influencing malefics are of dissimilar natures then the personality can be violent, crooked, criminal and heartless.

If the Moon gets caught here, under the influence of malefics, then it can result in mental problems, depression, and psychiatric problems.

One of the worst placements in the chart would be a Ketu in the 3rd. This single planet here can cause havoc, especially if he is aspected by malefics and not by benefics. Even in transit such a lone Ketu can cause severe problems here. Mental restlessness, frustration, exiles, detentions, imprisonment, diseases of the chest and lungs etc. A Ketu in the 3rd would mean a Rahu in the 9th, which will impact the ‘foundations’ of your life. The help from the ancestors, peers and patrons will not be forthcoming. Also the deep philosophy that one lives his life by will be tainted by Rahu’s typical over-reaching, fake, acquisitive, greedy behaviour.

Saturn here will create a hesitant, overly cautious, cowardly personality who is scared to take initiatives in his life. He will also impact the intelligence, creativity and connection to the divine (aspect on 5th house), constrain the 9th house and give a negative impact on the entire personality and his environment by his aspect on the 1st house. Saturn+Ketu gives a violent criminal personality.

A Mars alone in the 3rd will create outbursts of uncontrolled force, death in accidents, injuries by sharp weapons, bloodshed, crimes of passion and temper, action without regard to consequences. A Mars aspected by benefics can create revolutionaries, brave, fiery, analytical military leader with a great sense of strategy and personal integrity. But Mars with other malefics can cause problems. Mars+Rahu will give brain/mental related problems at some point of life. A Mars+Rahu or Mars+Saturn can typically deny marriage or cause infertility. Especially if such a Mars is in a fiery sign then his effects will be more intense.

A Sun in the 3rd if poised to give bad results can give criminals who are ultimately executed by the government. Sun is also creativity, so such persons may be genius, artists, scientists, etc whose lives often take a tragic fatal turn. e.g. Ketu+Sun typically can give death by hanging, in fire or by poisons.

However you will rarely see such heavily afflicted charts in your regular life, these are the anti-social elements, oddly eccentric individuals whose career is generally cut short by death or isolation. A heavily afflicted 3rd house does not allow the native to roam at large for long. (A rather morbid study would be to analyse the charts of people who either committed suicide or were executed.)

If malefics are placed singly with/aspected by benefics in the 3rd house they can give good results. There would of course be conflicts in life, some delays and hindrances. This house belongs to the impressionable Mercury so he allows all the resident planets their expression initially in a juvenile manner. Thus its results improve with age as the planets and the houses mature. The best part is that here a good influence from Venus/Jupiter can counter-balance the malefic influences if any.

However in my opinion, the best option for the 3rd house is, it remains vacant and/or aspected by benefics.

 

The darker side of the 3rd house

(There was a question on the 3rd house being a dushamsthan and a upachhaya house etc, hope this post was of some help)

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

Am getting more questions related to mental problems like depression, suicidal thoughts, not fitting into the society and wanting to remain apart. It is rather worrying to see young men and women getting such emotional lows for no good reason. I have written on addictions and on psychiatric issues.

There are cycles in human society. During one ancient period, invasions were a regular feature, so I guess Mars was more important then, being alert, going with an army to kill, or being able to defend one’s home and village were important life skills. But in this cycle, my and your lives are dominated by communication, you wake up to a Whatsapp msg and sleep with your Facebook. If you don’t get enough likes on your posts, you feel uneasy and if someone writes something critical about the post, the whole day goes in depression! You read other’s thoughts, people whom you have never even met, and these posts affect you more than they logically should. You pore over every comma, full-stop and try to find meanings in every tiny word.

But then if your mom scolds you for eating junk food, you don’t even look at her. If your teachers ask you to switch off your mobiles in class, you allege ‘freedom of expression’ and get that teacher scolded from the principal. You do not value real in-depth knowledge, much less wisdom. The social structure has changed, your home has become the like-minded group of your Internet, not the physical solidity of the 4-walls. You now derive your emotional security and happiness from the virtual world. You let your these virtual groups define your personality. You find pleasure in the ephemeral, get bored and then search for new topics to pleasure you, till you feel jaded. And you value this virtual temporary stuff more than the real solid long-lasting stuff that was once the foundation of the society.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

So you see, from the paragraph above, if you have paid attention to the keywords baby-steps for the horoscope, there is a lot you can analyse. In our world today the following have gained more importance,

Mercury – He is the agent of all sorts of communications, databases, number-crunching, juvenile chit-chat, nit-picking and details. He is a superficial adolescent spending time with same-age groups chattering, gossiping. Now attention spans even getting shorter, maturity getting lower and nervous excitement higher.

He is rapidly becoming the foremost planet of our times, so let us see what is his take on the matters of mental health. Examine just this one all-important placement, the 3rd house from the birth mercury sign. This is the place where your thoughts tangle and complicate and play with themselves till they cause mental stress. Thoughts here repeat in never-ending loops, which is not good for normal analytical reasoning. The sign, house and planet in this 3rd from mercury demand mental attention and energy. Distracted, depressed and compulsive thinking is seen from here.

Any planet placed in this 3rd from Mercury causes mental chatter. So pay special attention to this mental-energy draining location when evaluating mental stress. These planets, house, sign give their other effects in life as always, and some of these may be excellent but as far as mental processes are concerned they disrupt. Eg Saturn placed here, will give mental oppression, hard mental work, bitterness, negativity, oppression and depression. eg. Moon placed here will color every thought looping into your brain with emotion, creating anxiety, worry, fear of emotional loneliness, of losing mental/emotional stability and loss of comfort.

If this house is vacant, it is better as the mind functions without pre-conceived bias. This problem of ‘sticky’ feelings/opinions is less severe. This house has the past karma of faulty mental processes from past lives which has to be experienced and completed.

Back to analysing our current time-cycle.

Saturn – the solid hierarchical social structure as defined by Capricorn is moving more to the quick-changing similar-minded group structure as defined by Aquarius (part owned by Rahu). The more exotic is good, the more rules flouted the better, everyone making profits even better. Rahu is at his ambitious best, wanting to jump upwards, till he over-reaches and falls on his face.

Moon – the mind, which loves to flit from subject to subject. With the Internet, there is no dearth of subjects, the mind is in a whirlpool, of messages, likes, pings and hashtags, that it is getting dizzy not quite knowing where to look. Mind needs comfort and emotional security/stability, but here it gets nothing of that sort. Nothing to anchor itself in these shifting sands of the virtual world. There was a time when a mother or father meant security and love, but now these relations have stopped existing. The mind has lost its roots.

Mars – He is the vitality of the personality, but he seems to be failing in a strange way. You rarely see a person being a vital male or a female brimming with the force of his/her personality. Misshapen, fat, ill and worse, mentally weak, is what this current population is moving onto. Reproduction is also being affected, with assisted reproductive technologies and overall weaker children being born.

Jupiter – No one really bothers with his gift of deep wisdom and knowledge. Very few genuine teachers and equally few deserving students. Jupiter finds himself trumped by Mercury for the time being!

Sun – He is the source of divine intelligence and the creativity associated with it. But now creativity also seems to have been warped. From the elegance of Elvis’s songs in the past to Miley of the recent times, perhaps for a comparison?

Venus – He is capable of giving you Moksh, the final esoteric wisdom if you can transcend his pleasure-able tests. But in this world of instant gratification and zero patience, you fall in his traps of girl/boy-friends, addictions, make-up, fad-diets and superficial beauty.

Rahu – the world is abound with risky ambitions, the scale of which has gone global. Rahu’s nature is to over-extend and eventually fail. If in the past your business failed, only your close groups would know about it and you would get over it quite quickly too. Now the entire world will know about it and your past failures will be online for ever haunting you.

Ketu – Now we all are dissociated from the real world! I guess this says it all. A bit more about Ketu, the embodiment of dissociation, the agent of separation, detachment, and despair. These are the ‘pure’ results which will be of course modified as per other factors, planets, aspects, sign and house.

  • Ketu in Aries or Scorpio – appears physically passive with intermittent spurts of unpredictable aggression and violent activity. Typical passive-aggressive behaviour.
  • Ketu in Taurus or Libra – gets into escapist behaviours. Is physically active and gets into several aimless relationships with weird persons. Destruction of money, wealth and relations.
  • Ketu in Gemini or Virgo – mental confusion, anxious speech, aimless chatter, wrong analysis, querulous arguments. Interferes into the lives of others and cannot be trusted.
  • Ketu in Cancer – psychic, nervous, painfully insecure, over-sensitive, terrified of abandonment, dependant on care-givers. Prefers to remain in isolation and scared of death, loss, travel, water, in-fact scared of life.
  • Ketu in Leo – Is a joker in the guise of a king, a nutcase. Meaningless self-promotion and self-righteousness. Can get wildly excited at times and then easily offended.
  • Ketu in Capricorn or Aquarius – extremely detached. If aspects permit may get final Moksha! Normally passive with no motivation and zero interest in society and life. Wears depressing colors, may stop eating, is utterly disinterested.
  • Ketu in Sagittarius or Pisces – carries the load of global human despair. Wants to ‘help’ humans, takes to travelling to ‘help’ large scale humanitarian problems. Ineffectual and a hidden escapist.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

This time-cycle is replete with challenges and at the foremost are the challenges posed by Mercury, the agent of thought and analysis. So if you feel despondent and depressed, open your horoscope and analyse everything to do with Mercury. Try to analyse how Mercury links up with Ketu/South node and the rest of the planetary forces. Think yourself back to yourself.

We can analyse everything if we can learn to break it down to components. Astrology, Tarot, Runes, any divination tool is about this. These tools empower, they tell you what you have sub-consciously chosen, and then give you the option to change your wish again this time by conscious efforts. These conscious efforts mean consciously working with energy, with your Self! You yourself are conscious energy.

Remember you are never helpless, you always have a choice. Your conscious Will can and does intervene. You just have to intend the Change.

 

 

 

Psychiatric problems, an astrological perspective

“I hate my birthday, and I wish I was never born!”, this is something quite familiar in today’s over-stressed young men and women. If some boyfriend says this we either scoff it off and drag him to a pub to cheer him up. Or we say, our this girlfriend is always the drama queen and this is so just being her (rolling our eyes!). But sometimes this intensity of feeling has its source in the charts and then things can be very different. Its important to be able to differenciate when it is just drama and when it is, in fact, deep seated trauma.

We will be discussing mental health so we will be analysing the normal basic horoscope with the ascendant as the first house, this is called the D-1. But we will also focus on the Moon Chart. It is the same as the birth horoscope but just the houses are shifted so the birth moon sign is counted as the first house. If you analyse such horoscopes of mentally unstable persons you will find certain common themes.

Psychiatric problems, an astrological perspective

Now the birth moon is the main indicator of mental and emotional strength. The house that he is posted in, the owner of the moon sign, the planets he is with and aspected by all contribute to the mental health. A moon placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th automatically puts him under pressure. The 6th is the house of details, arguments, debts, enemies, over-analysis, servitude, diseases. The 8th is forceful transformative changes to the identity, trauma, accidents, death, surgeries, fiery energies and secrets. And the 12th is the increase of the astral at the expense of the material, depths of the sub-conscious, sleep, dreams, imagination, insanity. Thus the moon here is pre-disposed to nervousness. If he is associated with any planet here the damage is more. The energies of these houses generally never give positive results, so in a chart with these moon placements do be very careful in analysis. eg. Jupiter and Moon in 12th in a clients chart caused her to have delusions, vivid imaginations bordering on insanity and finally led to her death by internal haemorrhage. Moon (liquid blood), Jupiter (expansion) 12th house (unknowable spaces).

When you analyse the moon chart, do look out for the 6th from moon and the 8th from moon. These houses and their results can severely cripple the mind. The 6th house will create matters which will be felt as emotionally unbalanced, unfair, mismatched and exploitative. The agents of this house will always been seen as adversaries, criticisers, betrayers and accusers. This 6th house is always difficult because Mercury (natural 6th in the zodiac is Virgo ruled by Mercury) behaves like a typical adolescent, habitually arguing, nit-picking, playing the victim, blaming others and having unbalanced relationships creating deep emotional conflict. See the emotional issues related to breaking of promises and disappointed expectations from the 6th from the moon.

Now the 8th from Moon covers all the events of catastrophic emotional changes. The triggers are from the 6th and the timing is seen from the lords of 2nd and 7th. These will include hidden threats to emotional security which will suddenly become active. Depending on the other aspects the actual event may vary, eg. Rahu will induce very visible volatile unpredictable self-destructive behaviour accompanied by a feeling of internal terror.

(If you have the exact birth time available, you can calculate the Divisional Navamsha D-9 chart, and analyse just the moon sign from here. The D-9 has been discussed in detail here. It is a valuable indicator of the astral you which is eventually reflected as the physical you of the D-1. But if the birth time is off by even 1 minute do not use the divisional charts they will mislead.)

Psychiatric problems, an astrological perspective

Next indicator, Cancer ruled by the Moon is the natural 4th house of the Zodiac and linked to emotional security and comfort. Thus do check out the position of Cancer, this sign has a subtle effect on mental health where-ever it may be placed in the chart. So always analyse its placement, the planets in and aspecting it. I know a chart where Cancer ascendant with Mars, the individual has typical ‘Mars fire drowned in Cancer‘ mood swings, can be quite maternal at times but also tends to control his friends and family relations using emotions as a weapon.

The 4th house also contributes to mental security and emotional comforts. But do be careful when analysing planetary influences. If you have a Saturn placed here it will restrict all emotional expressions, you wont ever get emotional soothing but you wont trip off the other end of depression, because Saturn will constrict it all. So keep in mind the essential nature of the planets when you analyse.

Even more, mental instability and attachment to self-destructive thought patterns is a form of addiction. I have written a full post on addiction hereAddiction is another step down the slippery slope to depression. A person can get addicted to toxic self-sadistic thought patterns and in a twisted way start to enjoy them and even find them comforting. A Moon in 6th house client loves being the ‘victim’, he is psychologically addicted to his experience of abandonment by the mother, he loves to rehearse and reiterate his grief. It is difficult to disconnect from this thought pattern because he himself is not aware of it. Ultimately help was in the form of Classical homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies.

Now the 3rd house always determines the general mental health. Matters of emotional firmness, stability, boldness, communication and clarity of mind is seen from here, especially the emotional attitude and the emotional context of all communication. Courage to Communicate! Your personal courage (3rd house) to fight your own internal secret destructive forces (8th from the 8th house) is again the 3rd. In most mentally disturbed individuals things start going downhill when he cannot speak out on what is bothering him. And he often has no one who he trusts (friends/cousins/brothers) to tell his worries to either. Both these are in the domain of the 3rd house counted from the ascendant for the physical environment and also the 3rd from the moon sign for the emotional context.

Psychiatric problems, an astrological perspective

Do check out the position of Mercury also. A harsh Saturn will shut him up, a magnanimous Jupiter will let him expand, both might trigger mental issues depending on the placement. Mercury is your thought processes, style of analysis, expectations from interactions, daily relations with family, work-mates etc and their responses. No communication (Saturn), anxiety, non-stop chatter (Moon), dominate by talk (Mars) and loops of talking to yourself in your head are all dysfunctional Mercury.

The 6th from Mercury can give insights on what will be those events which will trigger the Mercury into losing his balance and the 8th from, will be the effect of this event on the personality. Again Mercury is the analytical brain and the ability to think coherently.

So to determine the emotional stability of a chart these are the main indicators

  1. Birth Moon sign and house – overall emotional state
  2. The birth Mercury – the ability to think coherently
  3. The 6th from birth moon – sources of challenges to the emotional stability
  4. The 8th from the birth moon – the result of these emotional challenges
  5. The 3rd from the birth moon and ascendant too – the mental strength and the physical environment to deal with these challenges