SECRETS OF THE THIRD HOUSE PART 2 : The Primal Mind of Sex and Aggression and Mental Stress.

The third house is connected to the reptilian brain and governs our core sexual drives and aggressive impulses in the primal mind.  The natural third sign of the zodiac is Gemini which in Sanskrit comes out as Mithuna which means copulation.  The third house is a very creative house of play in its higher octave  but in its lower state it can move us to unconscious sexual desire and aggressive energy  than can run our life.  Its primary karaka or signifier is Mars and with Mars comes wild sexual and aggression.

(See Part 1 if you missed it:

The third house is often put in the neutral category of creating minor problems or growth or talked about in terms of siblings but it is still a very difficult house. In the Varga charts you do not want planets in the 3rd house as it spoils them and the periods connected to them.  I wonder if the ancients failed to talk about the third house  significantly or clearly because  sex and violence are taboo subjects and at the same time they are also such primal and natural urges of our society.  Think about what sells in Hollywood and you get a sense of why creativity, sex, violence, writing and artistic expression are so connected in the third house.

The third house is connected amusement, adventure and play. It is  connected to the natural sign of Gemini, represents how  we communicate and but is very connected to artistic expression and the arts.It represents the joy of our adolescent youth ready to go on short journey in quest of sexual conquest and adventure.  You do not want Mars in the 3rd house because it will create too much Martian adventure energy for violence or sexual conquest.  Jupiter falls out of favor here and is the most weakly placed planet and is considered Marana Karaka Sthana  Jupiter in the 3rd house moves out of dharma and its natural quest for higher wisdom and is falls into sexual play, laziness and lack of motivation.

The third house is also a house of longevity as it is 8th from the 8th. If you use up too much sexual energy from the compulsion of Venus and Mars, we reduce our vitality and weaken our immune system.   If the 3rd house is connected to the 1st and the 8th house through associations, it can create suicidal tendencies as emotional events can shake the core of our primal mind.

Like Gemini, the natural 3rd sign, the 3rd house is also connected to Mercury and the ability to make deep intellectual discoveries. The Martian spirit of adventure can also more into the joy of intellectual research.  I have a lot of Gemini energy in my chart and my deepest sense of adventure would be to look for the mystery books in the Graduate stacks of the Indiana University Library.  With my writing and teaching, I still have this great joy and sense of adventure in pursuing new knowledge in quest of Self-realization. That most comes through the constellation of Orion (Mrigashira in the Vedic system) which straddles Taurus and Gemini in its spiritual questing nature.  If your profession is connected to the 3rd house (lord of the 10th in the 3rd or lord of the 3rd in the 10th or other associations, you may be drawn to science and engineering  research exploration because of the intellectual and inquiring mind and sense of intellectual adventure that the 3rd house brings.

You do not want benefics in the 3rd house because the 3rd house is about fighting and standing up for your territory. Put Venus, Jupiter or the Moon or Mercury  here and you will be too nice toward your noisy neighbors or fail to stand your ground in the school yards but you may have a great love of the arts, be a great writer, be friendly, love learning and be compassionate toward your enemies.  There is always a bright side if you look but if low in dignity by sign, these placements may make you naïve about people who threaten you.

The third house is a kama house of pleasure and desire.  In the D-9 or Navamsha chart it will reveal a great deal about your sexual energy and in the D-3 (connected to the 3rd house)  or Drekkana chart it will also reveal information about your sexual energies.  Moon and Venus her will make you passionate while Mars will make you too aggressive with sexual conquest.  Rahu will be obsessed with sexual energy unless it has dignity in Virgo. Ketu here will be indifferent toward sex as it is a monk by nature.  Malefics in your natal chart between the 3rd and 9th house axis may lead to breaks on marriage during their dashas.

Part 3 on Mental Stress and Other Factor coming next week.

Special thanks to Komilla Sutton and Zoran Radosavljevic and Colonel Kumar for their insights on this house.

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