The 3rd house of a natal chart is a cadent one, traditionally ruled by Gemini and its ruling planet Mercury. It is considered to be the house of intellect and of all low-level knowledge that a native obtains in his life. In addition, it rules brothers, sisters, and relatives, while also everyone else that is close to the native such as neighbors. Communication, transport, and skills are also represented in this specific part of the natal chart.
Having Mercury as its ruling planet, the third house is responsible for communication. Thus, the house includes both the actions the individual does to communicate and the devices he uses. Telephones, letters, small walks to see a friend nearby are all subjects of the 3rd house. The TV, radios, and newspapers are also a vital part of it. Transportation is another subject represented in this area of the zodiac, and so do short travels in nearby places.
When a person has malefic planets present in the house, or strong adverse aspects falling on them, there can be frequent problems in communication and transportation. Broken telephones, emails that never get sent, car repair issues or general discomfort through communicating with close to the native people will occur. On the opposite hand, when beneficial planets are present, or when the aspects to residing planets are good, one can take the best out of all the issues belonging to the 3rd house.
Special skills of speech or hands are to be seen here too; a good painter, sculptor, chef or mechanic will frequently have planets occupying the house. Also, childhood years education and efforts towards knowledge, and generally channeling of information through the native’s mind.
The third house regulates primary education (until high school) and sets the basis of knowledge, which afterward is shown from the house that lays exactly opposite, the 9th one. The house also rules the routine behaviors in the nearby society. From how you behave when you go to the nearby store, to how you greet your neighbor and so on. It is our eyes and ears, our perception organs of feeling the reality that surrounds us. Observing which planets are located in the house can help us understand through what type of filters we are perceiving reality.
As already mentioned, it rules low-level communication and conversation, and so gossiping, chatting and small-talk are definitely also represented here. Needs and desires to be informed are expressed through this cadent house, while also a lot of issues concerning the usage of the internet are to be observed here. It can make someone a blogger, an information junkie, a lover of foreign languages or a person that just likes a good joke.
You can read more about the planets located in the 3rd house in the series of articles that we already started publishing, to understand how each planet functions when present inside of it.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.