A birth chart or a zodiac or a Bhachakra which is 360 degrees is divided into 12 equal parts of 30 degrees each. These 12 parts are called 12 Rashis or Signs. As we all know earth rotates around its axis. Due to this rotation, the Rasis will ascend or rise on the eastern horizon and descend on the western horizon. When a person is born or an event has begun there will be a Rashi which is rising on the Eastern horizon at that exact moment.
The exact point or the degree of the Rashi/Sign that rises in the East while intersecting the horizon is considered the Lagna or the Ascendant. That particular Rashi forms the first house of the birth chart. Each house is also called a “Bhava”. So the 1st house or the Pratham Bhava is the Lagna Rashi.
The next Rashi which rises after the Lagna Rashi is considered the 2nd house and so on till the 12th Rashi emerges which forms the 12th house.
The 1st house or the Pratham Bhava indicates the origin or the start or the seeding stage whereas the 12th house is indicative of the end. It is in the 12th house where everything dissolves and returns to its place to start a new beginning in the cosmic universe and continues its journey towards Moksha.
Types of Birth Chart
There are 3 main types of birth charts being used in Vedic astrology in India for analyzation and prediction purposes. South Indian style horoscope, north Indian style horoscope, and the east Indian style horoscope.
Among these three, north Indian and the south Indian formats are the most commonly used ones. We have given a brief summary of the differences between the south Indian and the north Indian birth chart formats on this page.
The significance of Each House in the Birth Chart
As we mentioned earlier the horoscope which is the representation of the zodiac is 360º. This has been again divided into 12 parts of 30 degrees, each representing a house. Now let’s see what each of these houses in the birth chart, represent.
The 1st House (Pratham Bhava or Tanur Bhava)
- The first house of a horoscope is also called the Lagna or ascendant in Vedic astrology.
- This house is considered the most important house since it marks the beginning of the journey of the native.
- 1st house of the birth chart represents the self, the self-identity, character, personality, the main energy that triggers the beginning of a life or an event, the birth and early infancy and its condition, the physical body, and its health, strengths or weaknesses and its physical appearance.
- With regards to the human body, the first house represents the head area, hair, and brain. This house also indicates the public appearance of the person, sense of dharma (religion) and career opportunities.
The 2nd House (Dwitiya Bhava or Dhanur Bhava)
- The second house in the horoscope is also called the Dhanur bhava or the house of wealth.
- As the name suggests this house represents wealth and money.
- It also represents prosperity, finances, precious stones, treasury, bank and anything valuable or related to money. The matters related to family inheritance and childhood are predicted by the analysis of the second house.
- The second house also represents verbal communication, speech, and inner potential.
- The Dwitiya bhava also represents the type of food (both liquid and solid) the individual likes to eat, the manner in which he/she consumes food, etc.
- In our body, the 2nd house of the horoscope represents the face, mouth, throat, neck, thyroid gland, right eye, teeth, tongue, nose, nails.
The 3rd House (Brathri or Brathra Bhava)
- The third house of the Janma Kundali represents younger brothers and sisters.
- This is also the house of expression and communications
- The third house shows desires, courage, ambitions, motivations, constant movement or short trips in the individual’s life.
- The third house is also related to the glamour world and show business. It is also linked to writers, artists, media and journalists, internet and communication, orators etc.
- In the human body, it represents physical strength and things that are in the upper area like the upper chest area, lungs, upper airway, upper elbow, upper shoulder area, wrist etc.
The 4th House ( Matri/Matra Bhava or Sukha Bhava)
- The 4th house is also called the matra bhava or the sukha bhava.
- This house represents everything underneath, the inner aspects of the individual’s life.
- The 4th house represents the mother and motherhood.
- It also represents the mother Earth and mother nature.
- Home and vehicles in a person’s life can be seen through this house
- It also represents real estate, land, and cattle (in olden days).
- Inner feelings and emotions like love, devotion, mental peace etc. can be seen through the 4th house of the horoscope.
- This house also represents spirituality
- Physically it represents chest, breast, and heart
The 5th House (Santana Bhava)
- The 5th house in the birth chart is the house for children, the individual’s relationship with them and their overall growth.
- The fifth house also represents creativity in life, like writing, artistry etc.
- This house also shows Karma from the past life or Purva Punya and their ability for transforming into talents and blessings in this life.
- This is also the house that shows everything about the connection with your Ishta Devata or your favourite deity.
- The 5th house also relates to games, playing, gambling, investing etc.
- This is the house of love life, romantic encounters, and affairs.
- Physically it represents the upper abdomen, stomach, pancreas, liver, and pregnancies.
The 6th House (Shatru Bhava)
- This is the house of enemies in the birth chart.
- The sixth house also represents difficulties, miseries, debts, diseases, and hard work.
- Also shows one’s capacity to overcome difficulties and obstacles.
- Profession wise, the sixth house represents Policemen, athletes, military and every other job that requires you to overcome obstacles on a regular basis.
- The 6th house also shows you which part of your body may be more prone to diseases and pain.
- The 6th house of the birth chart shows the individual’s capacity to work hard to attain all worldly luxuries.
The 7th House (Kalatra Bhav or Jaya Bhav)
- This is the house which represents the spouse in the native’s life.
- The 7th house also relates to marriage and other types of partnerships as in the case of business partnerships.
- This house also shows the individuals commitment to relationships.
- A strong 7th house can strengthen client relationships and vice versa.
- Trading, commerce, traveling except for settling in a foreign country and foreign trade, all of these are represented by the 7th house.
The 8th House (Mrityu Bhava or Ayur Bhava)
- This is not considered a good house or an easy house.
- This house is also called a ‘randhra bhava’.
- This is the house of difficulties which also represents longevity(life span) of the person.
- This house is all about secrets, mysteries, and everything that’s hidden.
- The bad Karma in a person’s past life can be seen from the eighth house.
- The 8th house also represents the dark secrets in a person’s life.
- The 8th house is the house of sexual organs, sexual attraction, and sexual energies.
- A bad or an afflicted 8th house may result in a shorter life or a chronic disease.
- If the 8th house and the 8th house lord aren’t stronger in a horoscope, the person may experience depression, suffering, loss of loved ones, bankruptcy, imprisonments and crimes, drug and alcoholism.
- And the opposites are also true. If the 8th house is strong or is devoid of afflictions it will lead to a long, healthy and prosperous life provided other houses are also in balance.
- This house is against materialistic obsessions. But due to that attribute, this house is a good representative of spiritual awakening and Kundalini Shakti.
The 9th House ( Dharma Bhava)
- This house is all about good deeds or Karma.
- Righteousness, morality, justice are represented through this house.
- The ninth house also represents wisdom, relationship with the Guru, and higher knowledge
- Spiritual orientation, religiousness, pilgrimages, philosophical aspects can also be seen by analyzing the 9th house of the horoscope.
- This is also the house which represents one’s father and Guru or the master.
The 10th House (Karma Bhava)
- The 10th house is also called the ‘Karma Bhava’ or the ‘house of the profession’.
- This house indicates one’s primary job or the profession and career.
- Represents name, fame, prestige, honour, and recognition in our work.
- Also shows growth and status in society.
- Shows prosperity and security.
- Ambitions and goals.
The 11th house (Labha Bhava)
- This is called the house of gains or the ‘Labha Bhava’.
- The 11th house of the birth chart represents money and income.
- This house also shows possessions, abundance and the capacity to fulfill them
- Also shows friendships, social life, connections and networks with other people and elder siblings.
The 12th House (Vyaya Bhava)
- This is the house of loss or expenditure in the birth chart. This is the final house of the entire Zodiac and it is where one gets ready to let go of all the materialistic possessions.
- This house represents dissolution and the journey towards eternity.
- If the house is badly afflicted this might cause loss of materialistic possessions, depression and loneliness, imprisonments, chronic diseases, and hospitalizations and basically anything else that will cause one to be lonely. Also might cause severe addiction to drugs and sex.
- On the other hand, if things are going well for this house it will cause renunciation and Moksha. This is the house which shows liberation from the Maya of this world and unity with the creator.
- This house also represents monks, sages and basically anyone who has renounced his/her life in search of the eternal truth.
- Indicates Non Profit Organisations.
- This house also indicates the ability or inability to sleep well and enjoy sexual pleasures.
- Physically it represents the feet.