This is Part 3 in our series of articles on the Secret of the Third House from our new book due out by Oct. 15th:


Planets in the 3rd house will show how much mental rest is needed to restore energy and resist stress.  Because the 3rd house is 12th from the 4th house of the mind, it shows how much we need to retreat and rest in order to overcome stress.  This can be studied from the moon chart or from the natal rising sign and may help with vacation time planning but some planets place here usually do not practically allow enough time for vacation.  Sun in the third house needs 6 months to recuperate while Saturn needs a whole year and Rahu 8 months and Ketu 3 months. Most of us do not have the luxury to take that much time off.

The moon can recharge in the 3rd house with a 48 minute cat-nap so it can move through stress more quickly.  Mars needs a day or max. 7 days and Jupiter needs a month and Venus 2 weeks and Mercury 2 months.

If you have weak planets in the 3rd house by lack of dignity or connected to malefic energies, planets in the 3rd house may be come a source of mental troubles and depression and headaches.    Venus or Jupiter in the 3rd house will create mental tension from women or spouses.   Saturn in the 3rd house will create excessive mental tension around work and Mars in the 3rd house will create excessive tensions from fighting with sibling or neighbors.  Planets debilitated in the 3rd house may create such anguish that you may sense that that signification for that planet  is actually killing you.   Put Rahu here which is said to be “good” in the 3rd house and you may be plagued by unethical and unscrupulous people.  Afflicted moon here may create constant worry from work.   Again, planets need to be afflicted or weak to cause mental distress.

The remedy may be to strengthen the 3rd lord to eliminate the stress.  If Venus owns the 3rd house and is weak and afflicted the spending more time with women and artistic creativity  or going to a movie may release tensions.  If Jupiter owns the 3rd house, you may need to teach or visit your spiritual place of worship or find a Guru.

Having the 1st lord afflicted in the 3rd house may lead to excessive beating up of oneself and causing one’s own problems through bad judgment and this may lead to  depression. If the lagna lord is strong and well-placed, it will not be an issue.

The rule is that you want malefics in the third house because you need some aggression to fight your enemies but so often they cause trouble there also because there is usually some affliction.  Still we need malefics in the 3rd house to support drive and courage to get us through our challenges.   Benefics in the 3rd house may support family life and friendship.  Jupiter in the 3rd house needs a Guru to initiate it and get it on the spiritual path or it will fall to much party energy. Malefics in the 3rd house in a woman’s chart may lead to a divorce (dharma of marriage is hurt)  and 9th from a male chart may do the same.

Third house is a minor dustana because is 8th from the 8th so it brings past negative karma. The 3rd house blocks the 11th house of gains so it may yield a sense of scarcity and force struggle and sweat to get something done.

Third House and Secret of the Elements

If water planets like the Moon or Venus are in the 3rd house,  there will be a deficit of fire element in the chart and the person will lack initiative and courage and organizational strength.  If Saturn or Rahu (air planets) are in the 3rd house there will be a shortage of water element in the chart and marriage and family may suffer. If Mars or Sun or Ketu are in the 3rd house, there will be a shortage of earth element and financial instability will not be there and there will be problems with learning and problems with acute disease or dangers from operations.  If Mercury is in the 3rd house then there will be a shortage of air element ruling strength, physical and mental endurance and responsibility.


Remedies for the 3rd house require bringing in the 2nd house ie food and family and money.  Sometimes you have to bring in the values of the afflicted planets in that house:

If you have Jupiter in the 3rd,  bring sweets and support teachers  and support your father.

If you have Moon in the 3rd house, do something for mother or family.

If you have Saturn in the 3rd house, support elders in your family.

If you have Mars in the 3rd, support brother or veterans in your family.

If you have Venus in the 3rd, take yogurt or sour things and support women or wives.

Special thanks to Bill Levacy,  Komilla Sutton and Zoran Radosavljevic  and Sanjay Rath for their insights on this house.

This is excerpt from our new book, Looking Up the Magician’s Sleeve which has over 60 pages on secrets of the house.  Pre-order the e-publish book today for 15.95 at:

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