The planets in the fourth house of the horoscope can give us information about our roots, where we come from, our childhood, our relationships with parents, and what awaits us at the end of life.
Looking at the planets in the fourth house, we can learn about the family situation in which we grew up. The fourth house is also known as immum coeli or the IC.
The planets in the 4th house:
The Sun in 4th house
Your home life is essential to you and family matters can dominate your life. You need a stable home and a sense of belonging to a family. You can attract people to your home and can make it a centre of activity. You have a keen awareness of your past and ancestry.
Although you are attached to your family, as you get older, you may also get a strong urge to leave your family home and start a home of your own. You are likely to profit from purchases of lands, houses, and property. Your vitality is increased when you spend time at home with your family members. There is also a tendency to own a home, become a landlord or a landlady and generally be in charge of the home environment.
In Karmic Astrology, the Sun in one of the parental houses suggests that the present life father was also the father of the native in the past incarnation.
The Moon in the 4th house
The Moon in the 4th house suggests that your place of residence is continuously changing. It can be that growing up you often moved home, your house was always in a phase of renovation or that your family members are often visited. Whatever the situation, it’s likely that as a consequence of that, your home life doesn’t feel secure. As a grown-up, you may learn to adjust positively to the regular changes in your home life, or you may experience a continuous feeling of uncertainty. You may have a great hope to live by the water, and this may give you a feeling of deep comfort. You gain security and emotional safety through spending time in your home with family members.
In Karmic Astrology, the Moon in one of the parental houses suggests that the present life mother was also the mother of the native in the past life.
Mercury in the 4th house
Home for you is a place where you exchange ideas and information with other family members. You are flexible with your living arrangements. It may originate from living in different homes during childhood. Mercury here makes one learn much in the home environment. People with this placement often times come from an intellectual background, where communication and exchange of information played an important role. Home-schooling or boarding school attendance is also common.
In Karmic astrology Mercury in one of the parental houses suggests that one of the present life parents was a sibling or a friend in the past life and karma connected to this placement is related to communication.
Venus in the 4th house
You want the relationships in your home to be harmonious as you generally have a strong desire to create a beautiful home environment. You feel an emotional bond with your parents and the place of your upbringing. Venus here creates many nice childhood memories. People with this placement usually enjoy hosting social events in their home, as this helps them to experience the joy of feeling appreciated by others.
In Karmic astrology Venus in one of the parental houses suggests that one of the present life parents was the native’s lover in the previous incarnation.
Mars in the 4th house
You seek action in your domestic environment. You may find it challenging to sit in one place, as you are not a home type. While other family members want to relax, you, on the other hand, want to get things going. You, or a family relative, may have been aggressive in your home during your childhood. You enjoy engaging in heated conversations with other household members. You regain strength, life motivation and courage by spending time in your home environment and with your family. Your ability for assertion and accomplishment is linked to your ability to express your feelings and emotions.
In Karmic Astrology Mars in one of the parental houses suggests that one of the present life parents was the native’s enemy in the previous incarnation and the karma connected is to violence and aggression.
Jupiter in the 4th house
Family plays an enormous role in your life, and you are likely to experience great happiness in this area. Often, people with this placement experienced loving parents and grew up in a nicely decorated comfortable home. Your family’s happiness is essential to you. It affects your well being when things do not go well in your home.
People with this placement can attract positive opportunities and experiences if they expand their understanding of their ancestry and their roots. At the same time this can give them inner security and safety.
In Karmic Astrology Jupiter in one of the parental houses suggests that one of the present life parents was the native’s teacher in the previous incarnation. This is especially relevant if Jupiter is placed in Sagittarius, Pisces or one of the air signs.
Saturn in the 4th house
Your home and family life are vital to you. However, there can be problems achieving domestic harmony and security. You may encounter difficulties in your place of birth. These can be relieved by moving to another location or country. There may be some challenges in your relationship with one or both of your parents. Saturn in the 4th house is also associated with taking on some of the parental responsibilities, during childhood as a result of the absence of the father figure or alternatively, the native might care for their parents in old age.
Furthermore, it is fundamental for people with this placement to establish a solid home foundation in order to achieve emotional security and inner safety.
In Karmic Astrology Saturn in one of the parental houses suggests that the present life father was also the native’s father in the previous incarnation and the karma connected to this placement will be characterised by Saturn’s sign placement. If for instance Saturn is in Capricorn, then the parenting style could have been too controlling and too strict and in this lifetime the father should teach the child discipline that creates boundaries, but at the same time helps to develop personal autonomy.
Uranus in the 4th house
You are defined by a continuous need for change in both emotional and family life. You need freedom in your home environment. You may face unexpected changes in the family environment, also many removals or repairs. It is difficult for you to find something secure and stable in yourself that you can refer to in times of crisis. You break ties with the past, and you may not have the need to put roots down anywhere.
Uranus in the 4th house creates a rebellious behaviour towards the members of the family. Emotional freedom is essential for people with this placement independence.
In Karmic Astrology Uranus in one of the parental houses suggests the incarnating soul with this placement knows that life is likely to be full of change and chaos. This placement also implies that past life parenting style was unreliable and ineffective as a result of unstable parent and inconsistent discipline.
Neptune in the 4th house
You may find it difficult to put down roots. There may be uncertainty concerning your family history or ancestry. Challenges with one of the parents are possible. Perhaps there could have been substance abuse or alcoholism in the family during upbringing. If possible, you should try to live near water, as this can be calming and comforting.
People with this placement often dream about a family they never head. This can result in a feeling of dissatisfaction. The key here is to let go of the expectations and accept that they might not always meet your expectations.
In Karmic Astrology Neptune in one of the parental houses suggests the incarnating soul with this placement is likely to over idealise one of the parents, who were likely unable to meet the child’s emotional needs. It is also possible that most likely the father figure in the past life was either absent of escaped from reality into illness or drinking.
Natal Pluto in the 4th house
Power struggles in the home and with family members are possible. The father’s influence, in particular, is likely to be felt in one way or another throughout life. You encounter the challenge for personal transformation in the home environment. An early life relocation to a place that is very distinct from the place of birth is possible with this placement.
In Karmic Astrology Pluto in one of the parental houses suggests intense and traumatic experiences that wounded the incarnating soul on a deep level.
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Justyna Rossy D.M. Astrol, STA Diph, based in the UK is an astrological consultant and a writer specializing in natal, vocational and predictive astrology. Justyna was certified with merit from the Mayo School of Astrology in London, and has high knowledge of both modern and classical implications of a chart interpretation. Justyna’s passion is exploring the mysteries of life using the ancient symbolic wisdom behind the time, date and place of birth in order to help others achieve their most magnificent and greatest potential.