Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual

Bhavat bhavam is an important concept in analysing houses. I have written about one way of looking at it in this earlier post. It means ‘house of the house’, ie to analyse a house, you also need to check the power of the house placed that same number of houses away from it. A house may have the potential but this bhavat bhavam house provides the opportunities for the potential to be realised. If the house under scrutiny is a house of turmoil, then the bhavat bhavam for this house will reduce the effects of the turmoil in life. And if the house concerned is an auspicious house then the power of the bhavat bhavam house will accentuate the beneficial effects.

These are the bhavat bhavam houses for the 12 houses of the horoscope.

  • 1st house – the ascendant has no Bhavat bhavam house
  • 2nd house – 3rd house (counted second from the 2nd house)
  • 3rd house – 5th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 4th house – 7th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 5th house – 9th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 6th house – 11th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 7th house – 1st house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 8th house – 3rd house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 9th house – 5th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 10th house – 7th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 11th house – 9th house is the bhavat bhavam
  • 12th house – 11th house (this is counted twelfth from the 12th house)

If you notice the Bhavat bhavam houses are all the odd houses of the chart. Every odd house is the bhavat bhavam for two other houses which are in an axis. The odd houses are related to the expression of the personality outwards, towards the others. These houses are the way you pull in the stimuli from the outer world and how you respond to these stimuli. These houses generally look outwards from the personality, ‘extro-spective’ and are more inclusive. This doesn’t mean that the even houses are less important than the odd houses. It just means that they have different orientations and functions. The even houses are more directed inwards, towards the home, the family, the self and the inner self. Here you are more introspective and more exclusive. The energies generated here are pushed inwards as you analyse the events occurring around you with reference to your individual self.

Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual

Now let’s check out the ‘house of the house’ using the trikon concept. The Dharma trikon is the 1st 5th 9th houses. The Artha trikon houses are the 2nd 6th 10th. The Kama trikon is the 3rd 7th 11th houses. The Moksh trikon is the 4th 8th 12th houses. The houses belonging to the Dharma and Kama trikon subtly influence the other houses in the chart through bhavat bhavam. The houses which are the foundation and the houses which are the desires/actions are the odd houses. And the houses which are linked to your secret self, your inner life, those things which have real meaning for the individual you are the even houses of the horoscope.

The ascendant house has no other house influencing it. This is a subtle reminder that the 1st house is the all important house which is the essence of the entire personality. If the 1st house is powerful enough, then just this one factor can elevate the quality of the entire horoscope significantly. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam only for the 7th house. So for the 7th house to give its results effectively, the 1st house has to be strong. Obviously, 7th house is the second most important house of the chart. The 7th house is used to determine the significant partnerships, time of death etc. But now the 7th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 4th and 10th house. Ie the 4th and 10th houses can give their promised results only if the 7th house is powerful enough. And the 1st, 4th, 7th 10th are the pillars of the chart, kendra houses. So you see how the power of the 1st house subtly influences these pillars of your horoscope.

The houses placed in the 7/7 axis, ie opposite to each other have the same bhavat bhavam house and this is quite an important way of looking at the axis as a whole.

Then the 3rd house is the bhavat bhavam for the 2nd and 8th houses. The 2/8 axis is linked to your personal assets and how you use them, change them, evolve them through sudden opportunities. Your ability to navigate through these sudden changes is a function of your personal boldness and risk taking abilities, ie the 3rd house. The 2nd house gives the timing of death and the 8th house is the situation of death, so the bhavat bhavam the 3rd house is the desire for life, the courage to live. A powerful 3rd house will help actualise the positive potential of the 2/8 axis and reduce the inauspicious fruits of the 2/8 axis.

The 5th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 3rd and 9th houses. The 3/9 axis is how you create multiple options in life and also choose between them. The 9th house signifies universal philosophy. So in the 3/9 axis, you first create multiples and then synthesise then back to the singular. Here you try to understand rational logic as well as deep philosophy. The bhavat bhavam for both the 3rd and 9th houses is the 5th house. The 5th house is your personal genius, intelligence, creative actions, self confidence and self-ego. A auspicious 5th house will help you make better use of the power of the 3/9 axis.

The 7th house as we saw earlier is the bhavat bhavam for the 4/10 axis. The security and comforts that you are born with and the work that you would like to perform in this life. Both these houses are the kendra houses, pillars of the chart. The 7th house is one-one relationships which is the basic foundation of both the home and the society. A powerful 7th house ensures that you are successful on the home and the work fronts both.

The 9th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 5th and the 11th houses. The 5th house represents your self confidence, genius and your personal channel for divine inspiration. The 11th house is how you interact with the greater society and your gain from your personal creativity. To convert the promise of the 5/11 axis to reality, a powerful  9th house is necessary. This would mean that you would have the necessary life philosophy, luck, blessings from the Guru, help from your peers/patrons and your own auspicious benefits from your past lives to push the agenda of the 5/11 axis.

The 11th house is the bhavat bhavam for the 6th and 12th houses. The 11th house is the ‘house of gains’, but then what is gain? The 6th house is about the deepest understanding of your personal karma imbalance, it is a very serious house. The 11th house can reduce the harshness of the 6th house and help you work out your karma in a gentler manner. The 12th house is the final culmination via meditative states, you have rebalanced the karma and have gained something very Real. The 11th house can reduce the losses signified by the 12th house and increase its positive qualities. This is the real gain which is signified by the 11th house. So if the 11th house is powerful you will be able to use the 6/12 axis in the real sense and increase your awareness levels.

The entire chart is interlinked. You cannot see one house in isolation and neither does one placement make a reading. There are patterns within patterns and influences from unlikely places. So if you get charts where the promise of a house is denied or reduced, then do check out the power of its corresponding Bhavat bhavam house. This is very useful concept in Jyotish and helps in analysing the power of the chart to convert the potential to the actual.


Bhavat bhavam, convert the potential into the actual