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The Fifth House

The 12 houses can be subdivided into four groups: the angular houses (1st, fourth, 7th and 10th) that fall counterclockwise away from the horizontal and vertical  angles in the above model; the succedent houses (2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th) that follow them; and the remaining four cadent houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th) immediately clockwise of the angles. The angular houses are by far the strongest group. The second strongest group is the succedent houses and the fifth house is one of them. The succedent houses are involved with your desires and your emotional nature and have a stable or fixed nature similar to the fixed signs of the same ordinal numbers.

The fifth house shows our needs in love and where we release fourth house energies and emotions. The more emotional we are, the greater the need for constructive channels of expression. All forms of self-expression, anything we create or do purely for its own sake, children of the mind and the body, love affairs (insofar as they represent fun and self-expression) or their lack, theater, dramatics, hobbies, speculation, play and amusement, are all indicated by this house. The more planets we have in the fifth, the more abundant the energy we have to release, with perhaps some disinterest in receiving the same from others. This is also the house of hidden karma resulting from the misuse of the will or love principle in past lives.

A planet is said to rule a house when it is the ruler of the sign on the cusp or beginning of that house. Using this concept, locate the ruler of your fifth house, then notice the house it occupies. The house the fifth-house ruler is in holds experiences to help you have fun, express yourself creatively, fill your needs in love, and to have or be with children (fifth house). That's what the fifth-house ruler is doing in the house it occupies: gaining experience to fill the needs of the house it rules. The fifth-house ruler's aspects and sign show its ease or difficulty in fulfilling those fifth house needs. These principles are true of every house ruler and every planet. In this case, oppositions between the rulers or occupants of the fifth and the eleventh houses may be asking for better discrimination between sexual relationships and friendships.

Ringo Starr has five planets in the fifth house with four of them in Leo, the house and sign of creative self-expression. Other celebrities born with an emphasized fifth house (both the Sun and Mars in the fifth) are/were Ralph Bellamy, Sarah Bernhardt, Derek Clayton, Marlene Dietrich, Pierre Doukan, Keith Emerson, Friedrich Engels, Larry Flynt, George Foreman, Lorne Greene, Jim Harbaugh, Jacky Ickx, Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Henri Matisse, Joseph Plateau, Gentleman Jim Reeves, Charlie and Crai Reid, Marty Robbins and Donna Summer.

Astronomically speaking, the fifth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky midway between the western horizon and the nadir (see above picture) occupied by planets two to four hours after they set.

This Fifth House of astrology houses page and much of this 600-page resource website are taken from the personalized, fine art astrology book You and the Universe.

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