The houses in Vedic astrology have the same basic meanings as in the Western system, with a few important variations. Generally, the houses follow the analogy of the signs.
The first house has a meaning like the first sign Aries, and shows the head, the ego and the self-sense in life. The second house corresponds to the second sign Taurus and relates to the gathering and holding of personal and material resources. The third house resembles the third sign Gemini and governs curiosity and research. The fourth house, like the fourth sign Cancer relates to the mother, home and emotional happiness. The fifth, like the fifth sign Leo, relates to our soul nature and creative intelligence. The sixth, like the sixth sign Virgo, relates to health and disease, work and service.
The seventh, like the seventh sign Libra, indicates relationship and partnership. The eighth, like the eighth sign Scorpio, shows sex, death, the occult, vice and the hidden side of life. The ninth, like the ninth sign Sagittarius, shows our religious, philosophical or ethical principles or opinions. The tenth, like the tenth sign Capricorn, indicates our public status in life and our achievement in the material world. The eleventh, like the eleventh sign Aquarius, refers to our aspirations and goals, as well as intelligence and friendship. The twelfth, like the twelfth sign Pisces, shows our subconscious and our hidden emotional nature.
The Vedic system departs more from this analogy than its western counterpart, though neither follows it rigidly. This is particularly true for its interpretation of the third and eleventh houses. The meaning of the houses cannot simply follow the signs as it is dividing up a different kind of space. The signs show a cosmic division (sidereally) or solar (tropically), whereas the houses show one that is earthly.
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