Home, Mother, Real Estate, Your Roots, Endings
What It Means
The safety of our familiar surroundings…that is the concern of the fourth house. This is the house that defines the
conditions of our closest, most intimate surroundings.
This is where we go when we go
The fourth house is the second of the strong angular houses. It sits at the bottom of the chart,
anchoring the sphere that rises above it. It is the foundation of the entire chart, the bedrock that provides the
strength and solidity to carry the weight of the structure overhead.
Traditionally, the fourth house is the house of real estate and family,
specifically, your mother. In recent
years, many astrologers prefer to think of it as the nurturing parent rather
than the mother. They might be
right. I don’t know.
I think the fourth house describes your
relationship with your mother, whatever it is. You
sprang from her body, whether she wanted you to or not.
There is a physical connection with
her that is only with her. If the
nurturing we all need is not there with your mother, finding comfort in the deep
roots of who you really are is much more of a struggle.
But that is still the foundation you
have to build upon in this lifetime.
The sign on the cusp, the planets that reside there, and the aspects they make
to other planets in the chart all define what kind of things are in your
personal space…extravagant or sparing, solitude or commotion, harmony or
discord. Maybe you don’t even have a
physical home, but you still have your “stuff”.
Go to any big city and you will see homeless people wandering the streets
with their shopping carts filled with precious possessions.
The fourth house is also said to define the conditions at the end of life.
When all of the walls decay and fall
away, it’s the foundation that remains.