The ascendant (or first house) represents the identity and the 2nd house will provide the resources to sustain and maintain that identity. Now the 3rd house in astrology deals with the utilization of these resources to complement one’s identity. It provides intelligence and desires in effectively utilizing those resources. For example, one may have a good, nice speaking voice. But it has to be effectively used in communication, which is the subject matter of the third house. The 3rd house is an important house because it allows you to assess your true condition. It gives information about your environment, strengths, and weaknesses.
Areas Represented by the 3rd House
The third house rules over communication, intellect, siblings, short journey, courage, longevity, will power, self-efforts, determination, hobbies, writing skills, transportation, movement, sports, strength, Youthful, Energy.
3rd House in Vedic Astrology
In Vedic Astrology, the 3rd house is called ‘sahaja bhava’or ‘parakrama bhava’. In sanskrit, ‘sahaja; means original, hereditary, spontaneous, and ‘parakrama’ means courage, valor, and prowess. This is one important house because it is the source of inspiration. All the factors related to basic survival originates from the 3rd house.
The 3rd house is considered as a mild malefic house and Vedic astrology terms the 3rd house as ‘upachaya house’ or house of growth. Even malefic planets in this house turn beneficial for the native. The 3rd house is associated with the Gemini sign in the zodiac which is ruled by Mercury.
It is the first of ‘kama trikona’ or trine of desires (other houses being 7th and 11th house). 3rd is the seed of the desire which motivates to do the action. The 7th house is where one acts upon in fulfilling those desires. It may be through partnerships or other means. And 11thouse house is where the fulfillment of larger desire takes place.
Role of the 3rd House in Astrology
3rd House is about Lower Mind
The third house is the house of the lower mind, which works in physical reality with facts and logic. It represents our way of thinking and reasoning. It speaks about how you express yourself or how you react to each of the situations. This reaction will finally lead to decision making. Or in other words, it shows how one thinks, speaks, writes, or take decisions in different scenarios. 3rd house is also logical and creative intelligence, which assists the 5th house. Therefore, all sorts of creative things like singing, writing, dance, arts, other hobbies - which gives real enjoyment - come under the 3rd house.
On the negative side, it also signifies materialistic desires, lust, aggression, cravings. It will induce the mind to be engaged in unhealthy activities. When the mind is not satisfied with circumstances, you tend to create shortcut routes to fulfill those pleasures, like smoking, drinking alcohol, or drugs.
3rd House Stands for Communication
Communication is represented by the 3rd house in astrology. Your ability to communicate and interact in any form - verbal, written, sign language, coded language - all part of this house. It also shows your inner dialogue - how you speak to yourself. All kinds of language come under this house. A language is a tool of communication, which helps in transferring information, feelings, messages with others through verbal or non-verbal fashion. Non-verbal communication sometimes becomes more powerful than verbal communication. A painter communicates through his painting, a sculptor through sculpture, a singer through singing etc.
All the equipment related to communication like telephone, mobile, tv, radio, letter, newspaper are all matters of the 3rd house. So, when a third house/lord is connected to a career, then the person may become a journalist, blogger, language specialist, editor, speaker, research fellow, blogger, marketing expert, language teacher, coding specialist.
3rd House deals with Self-efforts and Courage
The third house also denotes self-efforts. It is the house of raw will power and ambition to succeed. It shows whether one is able to exert will power, courage, and determination to face any obstacles in life. Winning and losing depends on how you look at problems. For example, when problems strike in life, some people breaks down and give up. But some will learn new skill sets and start afresh. For some people, obstacles and problems serve as lessons to correct the path. A strong third house provides power and energy to fight any adversaries.
3rd House talks about Siblings and Childhood friends
It deals with siblings, especially younger ones, and signifies their nature and mentality. It tells you about relationships not only with brothers/sisters but also with immediate family members and also with neighbors and friends. They are contacts you interacted with regularly in childhood and they had an immense influence on your psyche. These people may become your friends or competitors or even enemies.
3rd House deals with Transportation and short travels
It is also the house of transportation. It represents short journeys and local trips. It shows the traveling interest of the person. If it is well connected, the native may be fond of traveling. Again, depending on the type of planets associated with this house will tell exactly what kind of travel one is interested in.
Significator (Karaka) for the 3rd House
Mars is the significator for the 3rd House, which provides courage and will power. The significator is like the judge, who approves the case. Therefore, Mars in the chart should be checked in order to judge the 3rd house.
Body Parts and Diseases Related to the 3rd House
Body parts represented by this house are neck, throat, right ear, shoulders, arms, nervous system, lungs. When the third 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 3rd house are throat problems, throat cancer, vertigo, communication problems, stammering, deafness, shoulder problems, cervical spondylosis (wear and tear of the spinal disk in the neck region)
The 3rd House in Mundane Astrology
The 3rd house in mundane astrology represents communication systems, tourism, railways, traffic, the transport system of the country, postal department, courier service, telephones, books, social media, newspapers, press, libraries, electronic equipment, stocks and shares, the confidence of the general public, warheads.
Planets in the Third House
Planets in the third house and placement of its lord show what kind of resources one will have at his disposal. Each planet will have its own effect on the 3rd 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 3rd house usually create many ups and downs in the life of the person.