The 5th house in astrology is one of the dharma houses. Dharma in Hinduism means upholding the responsibilities. The 5th house is the result of your past karmic actions. The good deeds done in the previous births will bear fruits in the present life. However, the rewards are presented at the cost of some responsibility. As the 5th house is related to past births, there will be a huge accumulation of memory. Our brain is a supercomputer. Each and every event or impression will be stored in this supercomputer and these are called experiences. Based on these experiences, intelligence or intuition is developed.
Nothing is higher than dharma. Dharma is implemented for the development of beings. The term ‘dharma’ comes from dharanam, which means - maintenance, sustenance. Therefore, dharma sustains creatures.
--Lord Krishna in Mahabharata
Areas Represented by the 5th House
5th house is one of the dharma trikona houses and very prominent in Vedic astrology. 5th house rules over stored up past karma, intellect, children, pleasure, creativity, learning, mantra vidya, ishta devata (personal deity), love, romance, dating, hobbies, entertainment, speculation, gambling, prizes, luck, legitimate/illegitimate affairs, popularity, fame, art, music, painting, premarital relationships, Intelligence, memory, knowledge, learning, teaching, advisory, writing, music, intuition, tantra, research, skills, betting, lottery
5th House in Vedic Astrology
The 5th house is termed as ‘Purva Punya Sthana’ in Vedic Astrology, that means the fortune from the past births.
The 5th house is one of the dharma houses. Dharma in Hinduism means upholding cosmic law and order, which includes duties, virtues, conduct, laws. Dharma enables one to be striving to do the right thing, be good, be virtuous, earn religious merit, and be helpful to others. Dharma houses are the result of your past karmic actions. The good deeds done in the previous births will bear fruits in the present life. There is a saying - with great power comes great responsibility. You may get power and position because of your good deeds. But it comes at a cost of some responsibilities. You may become a king, but you have responsibilities towards the welfare of your people. You are made a king not to enjoy life but to serve people. When you are not acting upon your responsibilities, you are again falling into the trap of the karmic cycle.
The lords of the dharma triangle (1-5-9) are always friendly planets and complement the ascendant. Generally, they are termed as the most beneficial houses in astrology. Dasa periods of these planets are most favorable to the native. Also, when dharma rulers placed together in a chart creates a strong raja yoga.
Role of the 5th House in Astrology
When we say ‘Purva Punya’, It relates to past life samskaras (values). Samskaras are subtle impressions of past actions. It will correspond with the 5th house of the zodiac sign Leo (Simha), whose lord is Sun. The Sun burns and produces light and heat. It is the basis for producing life on earth. It is the force behind us which gives impetus and motivation. Sun is the natural atmakaraka. There is no death for the soul, only the body perishes once life gets completed. You will get another life form in the next birth. However, sanskaras are accumulated in every birth and attached to the soul. In astrology, the 5th house shows our past life impressions, thereby creating a link to our past. These sum total of values create one’s personal identity. And 5th from 5th house (i.e. 9th house) is the result of past life like luck, prosperity, success, etc. If the 5th house/lord is well-positioned then we can say that there is a smooth transfer from previous birth.
The 5th House Shows Intelligence
Intelligence, intuition all comes under the ambit of the 5th house. As the 5th house is related to past births, there will be a huge accumulation of memory. Our brain is a supercomputer. Each and every event or impression will be stored in this supercomputer and these are called experiences. Based on these experiences, intelligence or intuition is developed. Today we are in a world of artificial intelligence. Based on past data, computers are programmed to act intelligently and work on reasoning, planning, learning, problem-solving through algorithms. This is exactly how the 5th house works. And it depends on which planets influence the most on the 5th house to determine how the native will use his intelligence.
5th House in Astrology Denotes Creativity
The 5th house represents creativity and self-expression. The passion and artistic expression blossoms in this house and helps expand one’s identity. All art forms - music, painting, acting, writing, etc finds an expression in the 5th house. The fulfillment of this creativity happens in the 3rd house (11th to 5th house). The 5th house only gives knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, and willingness to take risks in order to pursue the passion.
5th House Represents Education and Learning
The 5th house is also related to education and learning. This education relates to wisdom and intellect. It represents higher studies with getting expertise in the field of your interest. It includes research and career-oriented studies. We should not make the mistake of equating the 5th house with acquiring mere degree certificates. It is not about obtaining the degree certificates. It is more to do with getting mastery in any particular field.
The 5th House in Astrology Talks About Children
The 5th house also represents everything about children. Possibility of children, conception, miscarriage, the behavior of children, relationship with them, and overall life is seen from the 5th house. Children are again the process of creation. As it is the 11th house (gain) from the 7th house (spouse), children are gained because of the union with the spouse.
Again the 5th house is a part of dharma trikona along with the 9th house. As the 9th house represents father, you will inherit the traits from father. And later you will transfer it to your children through the 5th house. It is your dharma or responsibility to inculcate the samskaras from the father. And again you have a responsibility to transfer this legacy to your children.
5th House is About Pleasures and Fulfilments
The 5th house relates to pleasure and fulfillment. The experience of pleasure is associated with satisfying the needs of the self. Pleasure can be of two types, they are sensory (or bodily pleasure) and higher pleasure. Sensory pleasures are related to the senses and it includes eating, sleeping, playing, observing beauty, music, arts, sexual acts, etc. These all come under the 5th house domain. Higher pleasures like spiritual and intellectual are influenced by the 9th house. Pleasure can be gained from many sources. It depends on which planet is influencing the 5th house. If there is a positive influence of Venus, then pleasure-seeking would be through art, music, dance, painting, etc. If it is Jupiter, then pleasure-seeking would be through wisdom, knowledge, teaching, preaching, etc. If it is Mercury, then it might be writing, talking, learning languages, communication, etc.
5th House in Astrology Indicate Speculations
5th house also represents speculation and investments and overall investment prosperity. It shows your willingness to take risks in financial matters. Speculation covers stocks, shares, commodities, property, casinos, and other similar areas. The 5th house gives intuitive nature and intelligence, which will help in taking quick financial decisions. Gambling and speculation are perceived to be the easiest and quickest way of making wealth with little effort. We know that the 5th and 9th houses are related to past life karmas. When there is a balance of good karma, it will be translated into luck and success. Hence it will help in gaining easy money without much effort. Also, the 5th house is 7th from the 11th house of gains and desires. So there will be a direct impact of the 11th house on the 5th house. However, when there is a problem in the 5th house, the native could lose fortune through speculation. Gambling does not necessarily involve monetary value. It could be done just as fun, pastime, or entertainment. Therefore playing card games, puzzles, dice, racing all are significations of the 5th house.
5th House Signify Mantra and Ishta Devata
The 5th house is also associated with mantras and spiritual initiation. It is also the house of your ishta devata - your personal and favorite deity - who will guide, protect, and take care of you all the time. It also represents yantras. Yantras are mathematical symbols or diagrams. Generally, they are used in worshipping deities and planetary lords and also in tantric acts. When it is energized and worshiped daily, it will create a positive influence around.
Negative Side of the 5th House
On the negative side, it shows a fall from the higher status, as it is the 8th house from the 10th house. The 5th house is related to past life actions. When it is afflicted and its ruler is connected to the 10th house, it can create hurdles in the profession.
Significator (Karaka) for the 5th House
Jupiter is the significator for the 5th House, which provides wisdom and knowledge The significator is like the judge, who approves the case. Therefore, Jupiter in the chart should be checked in order to judge the 5th house.
Body Parts and Diseases Related to the 5th House
Body parts represented by this house are stomach, liver, gallbladder, diaphragm, spinal cord, womb, intestine, backbone. When the fifth house or its lord gets afflicted by conjunction/aspect, it will create disturbance in the areas represented by this house. The possible diseases caused by the 5th house are infection in the intestine, problems in the stomach region, the lower part of the heart, womb, complications in pregnancy, menstrual cycle, expansion of the diaphragm, problems in the stomach region.
The 5th House in Mundane Astrology
In Mundane astrology, the 5th house stands for Educational institutions, education ministry, children, stock exchanges, classrooms, agricultural produce, recording studios, amusement parks, theaters, music halls, racing, betting, public investments, speculators, sporting events, creativity among people, scandals.
Planets in the Fifth House
Planets in the 5th house and placement of its lord show the source of intelligence. Each planet will have its own effect on the fifth house. The problem comes when the conflict of energy happens. When planets with opposing energies come together, it will affect the native. For example, enemy planets like Sun-Saturn, Mercury-Mars, etc can create many problems. These planets placed together in the fifth house usually create many ups and downs in money matters. Also, it is not good to have 6th, 8th, or 12th lords in this house. They can create a lot of hurdles in the areas represented by them.