Own Your Visions: Delineating the Third House
This is Part II in a series on the Third House. To read to my introductory essay, click here.
Before each client session, I have a ritual. I take a spoonful of honey and pour it on the earth behind my house, muttering prayers for the Cowlitz and Clackamas ancestors and the land spirits that still live there. Inside, I light a stick of incense for whatever planet or entity wishes to come forward. I spray myself with Venus water to ensure balance and connection, then I take at least a few moments for silence before I delve into the flow.
Before each creative practice, I have a ritual. Outside, in my backyard, I plant a chair under the sun. I say hello to my violets, motherwort, rose, yarrow. I brush my fingers over their leaves and praise them for their new growth. Then I listen to music while staring off into space until something tells me it’s time to go inside and begin my work. I don’t know what it will be until my outside time is finished.
I want you to pay attention not to why and what I’m doing but how. You see, Venus rules my Third House of rituals and from the flowers to the relationship-building, you can see her presence quite clearly. But knowing this also clarifies that these Venusian components are key to my ritual practice.
A few weeks ago, I posted my first installment on my series on the Third House. This week, we will return with an intention of beginning to approach delineating this house to help figure out what a sustainable, creative routine looks like for you. Of course, booking a reading with an astrologer is the best way to get to the heart of the matter, but beginning to look at your chart yourself is a great place to start re-enchanting your life.
First Step: Look at your Third House.
Is there anything there? If you’re just beginning, focus on the 7 traditional planets at first. Whatever house a planet is in shows what area of life it focuses its energies on. It’s like an actor playing a role in that part of your life. Mars in the third? One may find energy, struggle, and opposition through communication and within local environments. It’s like having a warrior in your neighborhood. The moon there? One’s sense of comfort and security arises from one’s connection to intuition and the ability to hone new skills. Maternal figures may support your ritual practice.
Any planets there also show you what kind of energy or lessons you may encounter when engaging with building a ritual. In Vedic astrology, planets are called “grahas,” the sanskrit word for “grasping” or “seizing”. Remember that planets act like knots, or places of great energy that require our action to disentangle. Having planets here doesn’t necessarily mean this area of life will come easily, just that there will be much activity here that shapes you and requires growth.
You also want to look to which signs any planets in the third rules, and which house(s) those signs rule. Any houses ruled by a 3h planet will tell you which parts of your life find their manifestation tied up in Third House matters.
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