Secrets of the 3rd House: Primal Energies

The 3rd house is connected to the reptilian brain that 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 3rd 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 aggression.  It is also 12th from the 4th house of the mind so it has more unconscious mental energies.  It is connected to the lst, 2nd  and 3rd chakras which gives it core level survival, reproductive and fighting for ones territory with power in the 3rd chakra.

The 3rd 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 to the third house.

The 3rd house is connected to amusement, adventure, and play. It is connected to the natural sign of Gemini, representing how we communicate and is very connected to artistic expression and the arts. It represents the joy of our adolescent youth ready to go on short journeys 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 weakest 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 instead falls into sexual play, laziness, and lack of motivation.

The 3rd 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. There can be a Martian spirit of adventure in the 3rd, which can also move into the joy of intellectual research. (I have a lot of Gemini energy in my chart and my deepest sense of adventure in Graduate school was to look for that one exciting book 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 the quest of self-realization. That 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 and 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, the Moon, or Mercury here and you will be too nice toward your noisy neighbors or fail to stand your ground in the schoolyards 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 3rd 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 here will make you passionate while Mars will make you too aggressive with sexual conquests. 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 in marriage during their dashas.

With Mars as the natural karaka, the third house is about fighting and competition and aggression. The more malefics you have in the 3rd house, the more battles you will initiate. The more benefics you have in the 3rd house, the more attacks you will receive and you will want to run away.

Disease from the 3rd house is not past karma but created from karma in this lifetime. The third house can be seen as an armor of protection. It is your immune system and survival skills and rules the thymus gland, which creates T-cells that fight illness.

Secrets of the 3rd House and Past Lives

The 3rd house brings in strong desires from past lives in to the chart because it is 8th from the 8th. Put both Mars and Venus here and you may have too much primal, unconscious, and uncontrollable energy that may get you into trouble. It may bring deep karmic challenges with marriage if the 7th and 3rd houses are connected. It may be important for timing sexual initiation in a woman’s chart and connected to marriage and consummation of the relationship. If there is a connection between the 7th and the 3rd house, there may be a karmic connection for marriage from a past life. I have this in my chart and my wife and I both remember being married together in the Italian Renaissance when I was the stable boy and she was the lady’s seamstress.

The darker energies of Mars can easily come out here bringing impulsiveness, force, future, anger, passion, rage, and mental confusion. The frustrated quest for happiness (12th from the 4th house of happiness) may lead one to think that sexual conquest and adventure will quiet that energy and lead to calming it, but Mars is difficult to tame, like a wild horse let out of the stable and can cause more problems than good.

By nature, the 3rd house carries our fighting energy because of the deep connection to Mars. The remedy is always Mercury/Gemini, which needs to move into friendship rather than fight. Mars is unhappy in the 4th house of home and domestic tranquility. Mars needs to get out and flex its muscles and prove his manliness in the 3rd house – 12 houses away.

If we channel our 3rd house energy away from sexual conquest into artistic expression, we can move the energy up to create great art. Connect Moon to the 3rd house and it can bring joy in singing and poetry. Connect the Sun to the 3rd house and spiritual reading and playing musical instruments may develop. Put Venus here then painting and dance may erupt, and Mercury here will become a creative writer.  End of Part 2.

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