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Fourth House Of Astrology-  What Is It?

In Astrology, the fourth House refers to the home and everything associated with it (both the childhood home & the current home):  family, land, personal foundations (inner emotional security), your roots. Astrologers are divided over whether this house is associated with one’s mother or father. What is clear is that a person’s upbringing is associated with this House.

On a deeper level, the 4th house is the base of consciousness or the center of our concrete existence. See how the cusp of the 4th house is the I.C., the lowest point on the chart, representative of things below the surface of Earth. Due to that, the 4th house was believed to rule the conditions at the end of life, and graves. As the root or base of your real self, the 4th house rules where you go when you “die” but also where you came from. For those who believe in reincarnation, the 4th house would give clues to your karmic lesson for this lifetime. It shows what karmic baggage you brought with you into this life. Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, you’re likely to be surprised by what you find in your 4th house for it may move your soul.

Any planets in the 4th house affect your home life, your emotions, your subconscious, and possibly your relationship with your parents.


House Ruler: Moon
Position: Angular
Keyword: Family

Cusp Of 4th House – Imum Coeli (IC) or

Indicates the cusp of the Fourth House. As the base of operations of the personality this house is quite important, because without a place to stand emotionally, the personality cannot function.

Word Summary of home and family life  according to your 4th House Sign Cusp:

  • Aries – Active
  • Taurus – Secure
  • Gemini – Playful
  • Cancer – Loving
  • Leo – Pompous
  • Virgo – Strict
  • Libra – Harmonious
  • Scorpio – Tense
  • Sagittarius – Detached
  • Capricorn – Committed
  • Aquarius – Unconventional
  • Pisces – Devoted

Word Summary of your home and family life if you have a planet in your 4th House:

  • Sun – Solid
  • Moon – Emotional
  • Mercury – Communicative
  • Venus – Benevolent
  • Mars – Provoking
  • Jupiter – Enriched
  • Saturn – Controlled
  • Uranus – Enlightened
  • Neptune – Amazed
  • Pluto – Transformed

What Body Parts Are Related To The Fourth House Of Astrology?

The 4th House gives information about the heart area of the body which includes chest, lungs and heart. It tells about health problems such as heart problems, lung diseases a person might get concerned with. A weak fourth house will indicate these problems or diseases.

Planets In The Fourth House

The planet which mainly affects the fourth house astrology is Moon. The Moon rules Cancer and the 4th House. When it comes to the fourth house, it controls a lot of emotions, family, home comfort,  resources, values and habits. Following is what different planets bring to the second house of astrology:-

Sun In 4th House

The Sun brings a lot of effect on emotional peace, comfort and things that feel good. Hidden ambitions can cause frustration and problem in family. 

All of this is most likely to be focused upon, and affected by, your home and background. So your roots are very significant in determining what you make of life. You can either get buried in them or use them as a base from which to launch yourself. If there are negative qualities in your early home life, this will dog your progress more than is usual, so it is not until the latter part of life that you begin to prosper.

Even then, this would entail your coming to terms with blocks created in childhood. Your father has a lot to do with all this, for his character has affected you in more ways than you possibly care to admit. Your career or reputation may well involve being the proprietor/owner of some form of establishment or foundation, or simply that you work at or from home. Whatever the case, making a deliberate effort to get away from the home and family scene occasionally is very therapeutic because you can become so bound up in it as to lose your sense of vitality and individuality.

Moon In 4th House

The Moon brings a high capacity of stable emotions. It helps in conquering emotional disturbances and help in maintaining peace im family. It also provides the ability to check emotions before acting on a situation. Whatever your feelings or needs, you instinctively know how to protect and feed them. In fact, you are a natural homemaker. You exude a home-from-home, hearthside familiar atmosphere. This fosters all domestic and catering talents, be it on a professional or amateur basis. You also have a closeness to Nature. A feel for flora and fauna is in your blood and you could have green fingers. You can, however, be overly attached to your roots – never leaving the region, or even home, you were born in. Your mother imprinted herself on you in a very strong way, which could be positive or negative. You can be deeply moody, but good at not letting anyone know. You spend a great deal of your time, hiding out at home, so it must be cozy and warm. Design choices are heavily influenced by your mother.

Mercury In 4th House

Mercury brings a welcomed light and an unbiased, slightly loving feelings toward others. These mental qualities of yours were strongly influenced by your early home life and racial, cultural or national background so your mind can be somewhat buried in your roots as it treads well-established, but possibly habit-ridden paths. As a reaction to this, you might rebel against them, moving about from place to place in a need to find your own mind, or attracting a domestic or family set-up where you’re continually having to assert your individual attitude. You like to surround yourself with books and bits and pieces of interest because they give you a sense of security. Another interest in roots, and the security which they provide, may well involve subjects like geology, archaeology, ecology, genealogy, etc but, at the bottom of all this is your father, who was probably an intellectual type and not easy to get to know emotionally. This would have fed your mind but frustrated your feelings. In other words, what you’re really digging for is your father’s soul – because it is the route to your own.

Venus In 4th House

Venus bring beauty and connection of hearts. It brings feelings of love and affection between individuals. It brings emotional comfort and ease.

These senses most readily find expression in your private or home life so it’s more than likely that your interior decor is tasteful and your flair for this might be employed on a professional level. Romance too is more happily pursued in the home or family environment, where there is more likely to be a warm atmosphere and no unwelcome intrusions. Your father and background are the wellspring of your sense of grace and charm and in times of stress you retreat to regenerate in your nest of pleasingly familiar surroundings.

Mars In 4th House

Mars brings a lot of emotional distress and restlessness. It may be due to some mistake realizations.

These powers of self-assertion are somewhat unconscious, buried either by having had the actions of others overwhelm you in some way, or else it has simply never occurred to you that you had a right to get what you wanted. Your father’s influence or your early sexual experiences could have contributed to, or been, the cause of this. Whatever or whoever it was could well be causing you to feel very angry, but probably unconsciously.

Left to itself, this anger could give rise to domestic strife or, at its most extreme, fires or accidents in the home. So sooner or later you have, or have had, to get out from under – possibly as a result of some emotional upheaval – and strike out for what you want and what you believe in. Such angry feelings can be released temporarily through energetic housework.

Jupiter In 4th House

Jupiter helps in rising above difficult situations such as emotional distress, physical pain, and family issues.

You have inherited this brand of faith and philosophy. This means that it is in your blood and so therefore you are not that conscious of it; it is just there. At some stage it may well be necessary for you to become more aware of the nature of this inheritance because either it’s a negative faith and is doing you no good, or, it’s positive and you’re not making the most of it.

Your father’s beliefs, or lack of them, have a lot to do with all this. A sign of your innate faith or luck can be seen in your domestic affairs and where you live. Your abode may well be large, mobile or involve human growth activities.

Saturn In 4th House

Saturn brings heaviness in the heart. This heaviness can be due to some fears, mistakes or guilt. 

These lessons and necessities focus mainly upon your home or inner life and the sense of order that was laid down during your early years – especially by your father. If that sense was absent or restrictive, you may now go around with an inner feeling that something is missing or not good enough and then come to depend upon having very stable domestic security to compensate for this.

But in the long run of course it doesn’t, because it’s a want of something emotional rather than something material. In other words, at some stage, you will have to reaffirm that sense of belonging which was not forthcoming in childhood. At the other extreme, your early life might have been highly structured in a supportive way, thus giving you an inner sense of being in the right place at the right time.

Uranus In 4th House

Uranus brings some unwelcomed emotional pain during childhood such as child abuse.

Your urge for change and awakening is most likely to manifest itself as upheavals or something out of the ordinary on your domestic scene, in your background, or in your relationship with your father. With regard to these situations, you find that you have to adopt an unconventional or even breakaway attitude. You may at times experience feelings of being uprooted or of being rootless. Your father might appear to have disowned you.

The intention behind this, or any other such feeling of being disinherited, is that you re-establish your right to be here on your own, more consciously conceived, terms. You may find that all of this entails moving home more than average, or of occasional chaos within the home and family. In your home itself, you like to have freedom of movement and not be too tied to it. This is one reason why you may like effort-saving electronic gadgetry. Your home is a testament to the uniqueness of your lifestyle

Neptune In 4th House

Neptune bring emotional suffering due to family members.

For you, such sensitivity and yearning for some ideal focuses upon your home life and family background. It is most likely that you experience this as remembering things in the past as being idyllic. The streets or fields of your childhood have a rosy veil cast across them. Indeed, such childhood dreams are true, even if only because of the way you perceived life in those innocent times.

Actually, this is the whole sentiment underlying Neptune here: that life is as sweet and as secure as you make it. The negative value here is, of course, one of glossing over the less pleasant or even harsh experiences of early life. This has the effect of making you feel rather rootless because, through denying past pain, you are still denying a part of yourself. So, you have to go into that pain and then re-emerge cleansed with a far clearer sense of ‘Paradise Lost’; this in turn enables you to go about regaining your ‘Paradise’, thereby imbuing your own home with a hauntingly familiar quality.

This is very important to you and creates a haven for others too. It also has something to do with your psychic sensitivity to the Earth and Nature’s forces. Without doing this ‘regaining’, as with the weeds at the bottom of a pond, you can be trapped in the past, or in the self-contained nature of your family and particularly the relationship with your father, who may have been a vague, weak or unavailable figure. Positively though, he could be a great example of selflessness and compassion.

Pluto In 4th House

Pluto brings some struggles in the life of a person. These struggles can cause emotional imbalances and pain.

Your area of power and transformation is your home, family and roots generally. If you’re comfortable with your family or racial background, then you truly have deep roots and a firm sense of belonging. If, however, there are shadows cast across the path that leads back into your past, then they could haunt you with feelings of statelessness and a profound inner loneliness.

Either the positive or negative qualities will be in evidence in your domestic situation. Someone in your life (most likely your father) went about in the time of your childhood in a similarly soul-torn state, but as a child you took it personally and now you feel that the ground could open up and swallow you if you don’t keep yourself very much to yourself.

If you’re to prevent what amounts to self-isolation from dominating your life – or someone from still dominating your domestic scene with a heavy presence (and that could be yourself!) – then it is imperative that you exorcise such a ghost. To do this you must delve and dig into your past history until you’ve found what’s obsessing you (and what you cannot forgive in yourself or someone else) and then actually forgive them.

Once you’ve accomplished this, you will at last feel that you have a power-base, a home that is your castle – because it will have been built on the only foundation that will satisfy you: a deep feeling of being here on planet Earth.