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The sixth house of 12 houses of astrology

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The 6th House

The 12 houses can be subdivided into four groups. The strongest group is the angular houses (first, fourth, 7th and 10th houses) that fall counterclockwise away from the horizontal and vertical angles in the above model. The second strongest are the succedent houses (the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th). And the weakest group is the cadent houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th) immediately clockwise of the angles; the sixth house is one of these. Cadent houses are mental in nature and less fertile or productive than the angular or succedent houses. As the last house in each of the four quadrants they are related to the dispersal of the energies initiated and consolidated in the preceding angular and succedent house in that quadrant.

The sixth house, like the sixth sign Virgo, represents the last personal stage in development, and is thus a critical one. The self-adjustment we undergo here determines our ability to relate to others on an equal footing (seventh house), and, by its success or failure, unites us with or separates us from others. This is the house of work and health or the lack of either, hygiene and nutrition, service, servants and servitude, daily routine, employment by others, and small animals and pets. Whereas fifth house activities are done for their own sake, sixth house work is done out of necessity or in support of other, more self-expressive activities. When our work becomes an end in itself, however, or we lose track of its purpose, it becomes pointless, and the result can be physical or psychological illness. The issue with planets in the sixth house is to remember what the purpose of our work is, where is itís joy? Without this knowledge, life isnít worth living.

Bob Dylan has four planets (Sun, Jupiter, Uranus and Venus) in the sixth house and the Moon on the dark side of the sixth, while Hector Berlioz had a five-planet stellium in the sixth! Other distinguished individuals who have or had an accentuated sixth house (both the Sun and the natural ruler of the sixth Mercury in the sixth house) are/were Muhammad Ali, Kenneth Branagh, Joyce Brothers, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Glen Campbell, Joseph Campbell, Richard A. Clark, E. E. Cummings, Willem Dafoe, Richard Dreyfuss, Enrico Fermi, Ava Gardner, Ursula Le Guin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Donald and Harry Mills, Joe Namath, George Patton, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Dan Rather, Robert Redford, Carl Sagan, Martin Sheen, Steven Spielberg, Mark Spitz, Ben Stiller, Paul Valery, Serena Williams and Walter Winchell.

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 sixth house, then notice the house it occupies. The house the sixth-house ruler is in holds experiences to help you satisfy your work, health, food and nutritional needs (sixth house). That's what the sixth-house ruler is doing in the house it occupies: gaining experience to fill the needs of the house it rules. The sixth-house ruler's aspects and sign show its ease or difficulty in fulfilling those sixth house needs. These principles are true of every house ruler and every planet. Oppositions between the rulers or occupants of the sixth and the twelfth houses can highlight a conflict between serving yourself and serving others. This can manifest as finding the correct balance between your own growth and self-adjustment and being free enough to serve others where you have healed or completed yourself.

Astronomically speaking, the sixth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the western horizon (see above picture) occupied by planets in the two hours after they set.

This Sixth House of Astrology Houses page and much of this 600-page website are excerpted from the personalized Fine Art Book You and the Universe.

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