The 4th house in astrology is all about seeking happiness. When it is externally motivated, it will lead to a materialistic path. When there is inner happiness/bliss, it will lead to enlightenment and liberation. The ascendant (or first house) is about identity and the 2nd house will provide the resources and values to sustain and maintain that identity. Third house deals with the utilization of these resources to complement one’s identity. The end result after successfully utilizing those resources is the subject matter of the 4th house.
Areas Represented by the 4th House
The areas represented by the 4th house are education, vehicles, mother, happiness, mind, property, real estate, home comfort, heart, emotions, nourishment at home, agriculture land, birthplace, heart, feelings, peace of mind, romantic, intuitiveness, receptive, psyche, domestic, protective, home-loving, cattle, immovable property, sleep.
Role of the 4th House in Astrology
The 4th house represents the inner world and shows your feminine side of personality. The mind, thoughts, feelings, and emotions are all linked to this house. The deep-rooted feelings and emotions reside in this house in the subconscious mind. Whenever you experience any emotional pain, these hidden emotions come out in the form of tears. For example, when you watch an emotional scene in a movie or hear sentimental stories from others, you will become emotional. Because these experiences somewhere get connected with your past.
4th house in Vedic Astrology
4th house is the first of ‘moksha trikona’ or spiritual triangle. The trinal energy of the 4th, 8th, and 12th houses together form this spiritual triangle. For a materialistic soul, this trine is a bit of a challenge. But for a spiritual soul, these moksha houses are the doorway for liberation. To experience liberation, one has to be free from all the materialistic attachments. The highest form of attachment is the attachment with the body/self. Also, you will be attached to people, surroundings, and worldly pleasures. When you detach yourself from the self and worldly pleasures, the process of liberation becomes easy. Then you will be free from the cycle of birth and death.
4th house is about your Roots
4h house is in the invisible half of the zodiac and it is a hidden house. 4th house is about the inner core of who you are. It is about your roots and origin. It talks about your inner personality or the emotional side of you. It shows what kind of qualities have come from within or from the roots, which have created your personality. It will also show any deep-rooted fears, doubts, and uncertainties settled in the subconscious mind. These characteristics which are absorbed in childhood - both positive and negative - would impact your decision making abilities in the future.
4th house represents Happiness and Peace of Mind
It is the house of happiness/unhappiness. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment. One of the quests of human beings is to find happiness and all through life we do everything to find that happiness. When will you be really happy? Generally, we think one will be happy when one achieves success, status, money, house, car, good family, or any other material things. These things do give happiness but they don’t give lasting happiness. When it is externally motivated, it will lead to a materialistic path.
But there are few people who seek happiness internally. It doesn’t matter whether they have a house/car etc. They just see the divinity within and be happy internally with gratitude, empathy, compassion. This will open up the path of liberation. This is the reason why the 4th house is also the basic house of moksha or liberation. Therefore, we can know from the condition of the fourth house, whether one is seeking material happiness or spiritual happiness.
4th house talks about Mother
4th house is related to the mother and mother’s health, nature, status. Not only the biological mother but anyone who takes care of us is shown from this house. The fourth house is about feelings and emotions which will be generally inherited from the mother's side. It tells you about how someone is protected and nurtured by their mother. The nurturing we received in childhood will influence in many ways in the later part of life. Based on the condition of this house, one can tell about the relationship with the mother. When there are problems in this house, one will not get the attention of the mother in childhood. If it is severely afflicted, they may live away from their mother early in childhood.
Education and Learning is to be seen from the 4th House
The fourth house is related to early education, schooling. It is also the house of common sense. 4th house represents not necessarily a career-oriented education. It is more to do with the process of acquiring knowledge, values, skills, beliefs, and habits. Even learning through mother’s storytelling activities comes under this house. That is the reason, it is referred to as the house of basic education. Because this will shape our future. As the 4th house also decides mental strength and memory power, learning and storing that information becomes part of it. Concentration plays a big role in learning anything. When the mind is restless, it will become difficult to grasp anything. So when the 4th house is positively influenced, the student will be gifted with interest in learning and good memory power. The 5th and 9th houses specifically contribute to career-oriented education.
4th house is all about Home Environment
All home and property-related matters are seen in the 4th house. A home is a place where we feel secure and comfortable. We can know from the fourth house, whether one has the possibility of owning a house or not. It also shows the kind of environment one lives in. One may live in a small house in a crowded place in a constrained environment and another may live in a beautiful, royal house. It all depends on the house lord and the planets associated with this house. Any disputes related to the property are also shown here.
The 4th House denotes Vehicles
The 4th house also represents vehicles. Your luck in terms of owning a vehicle and the kind of vehicles you own are identified from the 4th house. On the negative side, accidents related to vehicles can also be seen.
Significator (Karaka) for the 4th House
Moon is the significator for the 4th House. The significator is like the judge, who approves the case. The Moon represents the mind and emotions. Balancing of emotions is very essential to work on the 4th house. Therefore, the Moon in the chart should be checked in order to judge the 4th house.
Body Parts and Diseases Related to the 4th House
Body parts represented by this house are chest, heart, breasts, lungs, breast milk. When the fourth 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 4th house are heart problems, lung diseases, pneumonia, respiratory problems, bronchitis, softening of ribs, breast cancer, heart attack.
The 4th House in Mundane Astrology
The 4th house in mundane astrology represents mother earth, agriculture, crops, mining, education of masses, transport system, real estate, hotels, buildings, natural resources, minerals, properties, schools & educational institutions, public buildings, rivers, weather conditions.
Planets in the Fourth House
Planets in the 4th house and placement of its lord show the source of finance. Each planet will have its own effect on the fourth 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 fourth house usually create disturbance in life. Also, it is not good to have 6th, 8th, or 12th lords in this house.