Cancer Element: Water
Area of Consciousness Personal
through the experience of continuity
in House 4
Sun in House 4 indicates that during the course of the current lifetime,
consciousness is to become more self-aware. The concern of the fourth
house people is their inner reality and the circumstances that have gone
into making them who they are..
born with the Sun in H4 rarely have any great desire for acclaim or
worldly success; instead they tend to favour a home - based life, which
affords them much time for reflection.
the Sun is in H4, it is common to find other inner planets also in H4 and
the Moon in one of the houses of Universal consciousness, indicating that
the past life experience has been group orientated and lacking the terms
of reference which make possible an understanding of personal development.
In the 4th House a person is given the opportunity to understand how the
emotional nature of the individual is formed from his past: through
experiences which can be remembered and those which are locked in the
unconscious; through personal experience and through the collective
experience of his race. Many 4th House people are drawn to psychotherapy
as a means of accessing and processing what is in the unconscious and they
have already awareness of the importance of the emotional level in
understanding human motivation. The closer the Sun to the I.C the more
activated is the channel of communication between the personal and the
collective unconscious, and the stronger the sense of continuity and
attachment to the culture of birth. People with the Sun in the 4th House
are likely to view the mother as the most influential parent, regardless
of whether the experience of her was positive or negative. Home life - the
responsibility of the mother - is perceived by a 4th House person as the
environment, which will either make or mar the individual. Yet, whilst a
person with the Sun in H4 places such a high value upon home life, this
placement does not automatically confer the ability to create or sustain
the desired environment. This will come only after a person has an
understanding of his own emotional nature and of any sabota≠ging tendencies.
4th House experience by its nature is easier for a woman to handle than
for a man who tends to look to a partner to create and run the home and
thereby relinquishes a considerable amount of control of this
person with the Sun in H4 views his home as an extension and a reflection
of himself, and it is notable that a 4th House person will frequently seek
to move home after a major period of inner change or after a break-through
in self-understanding: it is as if the existing four walls no longer
represent a comfortable fit. Fourth House people who are constantly on the
move may well be relying upon a change of residence to put right what they
sense to be out of kilter in their lives, in which case they are probably
evad≠ing the need to look at self.
chosen by 4th House people include psychotherapy, social work, mental
health nursing, and all sectors of the industry, which has grown up around
in the 4th House with the Sun increases inward-looking ness of the
disposition and creates a reality, which is greatly influenced by the
emotional states and by the example and experience of the mother who may
be of an anxious or highly strung disposition.
people with this combination in H4 the need to feel secure is of paramount
importance. A personís level of awareness will determine whether he will
rely upon bricks and mortar to provide the sense of security or whether he
will create a centre within himself by means of self understanding.
Mercury is in H4 and the Sun in H3 then the past is perceived as a factor
of great importance in the conditioning process at work, on both the
individual and his society, and in order to understand either, a person
with this combination will look to their history.
Mercury is in H4 and the Sun in H5 then the form which a personís
creativity takes will be heavily influenced by, and in all probability
designed to impart, psychological insight. This combination produces
authors, poets and fine artists. It is also evident in the charts of
therapists and healers who seek to use both their own creativity and that
of their clients in order to bring about healing at the emotional level.
of the placement of the Sun, a person with Mercury in H4 is closely
identified with the perspectives and preconceptions of the culture into
which he is born and has difficulty adapting to those of other societies.
Loneliness and a sense of alienation are frequently the result of long
periods spent abroad.
in the 4th House confers a love of home and, unless afflicted by the outer
planets, indicates a happy childhood and a loving relationship with the
mother. Even if Venus is afflicted, an affectionate view of the maternal
role and home life is likely to mark a personís development.
in the 4th House facilitates the process of becoming reconciled to all
that has been: it carries a promise of inner peace, especially in a
personís mature years, and creates affection for the country of birth.
Venus in the 4th House a person tends to be lucky in property matters pro≠vided
he remains on his native soil.
in the 4th House frequently signifies tension in the child hood, the
result in all probability of a difficult relationship with an emotionally
volatile mother. The early circumstances, however, are likely to give a
person an awareness of the importance of the nurturing environment to a
personís subsequent emotional development and create an interest in
psychology generally. This placement of Mars is common in the charts of
people who become psychologists or who undertake intensive therapy or
courses in self-awareness. People with Mars in H4 who do embark upon
self-discovery will usually give it precedence over everything else in
their lives. There is a tendency for Mars in H4 to manifest difficulties
in real estate matters and accidents around the home.
in the 4th House tends to signify a loving and liberal childhood in which
the motherís trusting attitude plays a significant part. This placement
of Jupiter inclines a person towards spiritual methods of self-discovery
rather than psychological and gives an aptitude for meditation, qualities
often shared with the mother. Like Venus, Jupiter makes a person feel very
much a part of the culture and the history of the country of his birth,
and bodes well for property matters provided he does not move overseas.
in the 4th House gives a cold and austere childhood. With this placement a
person tends to experience the mother as inhibited and puritanical; home
life in consequence is cheerless. Saturn in H4 is found in charts, which
indicate that emotional immaturity in past lives has incurred karma: the
reaction to emotional charged situations having been irresponsible,
child-like and lacking restraint. People with Saturn in H4 usually wish to
leave behind their childhood and everything associated with it as soon as
possible. They rarely have much affection for the country of birth.
with Saturn in the 4th House begin adult life feeling uncomfortable with
self-examination and usually with little awareness of the extent of their
inhibitedness. Although their future happiness depends upon a willingness
to examine the legacy of their childhoods, their inhibitions enable them
to develop the emotional control lacking in previous incarnations.
Understanding the emotional self is the challenge presented by Saturn in
H4, which may or may not be accepted. The price of not looking within
tends to be loneliness, domestic disharmony and a lack of emotional fulfilment.
Those who do accept the challenge tend to favour the psychological, rather
than the spiritual route to self-discovery and appear to be particularly
receptive to psychoanalysis.
4th House placement of Saturn tends to manifest delays and disappointments
in connection with property. It is notable that people with Saturn in H4
experience more than an average amount of difficulty in disposing of
in the 4th House indicates that there is a developmental need to be freed
up from childlike emotional patterns and from a need to be nurtured in
particular. This frequently means that a dependency upon the mother has to
be broken. With Uranus in H4 a person usually experiences domestic
disharmony in his childhood. If it is the father who is responsible (it is
common for the father to have a drink problem when Uranus is in H4), then the mother is likely to prove unequal to the task
of counteracting the fatherís influence with the result that the child
becomes estranged from both parents and leaves home to escape the
is not uncommon for people with Uranus in H4 to embrace an unusual or eccentric lifestyle in the name of
the matter of property, atmosphere and location will usually take
precedence over financial considerations and there may be a principled
aversion to property ownership. People with Uranus in H4 tend to be
dismissive of the received wisdom about security and like to feel that
they have no special attachment to the country of birth.
to the I.C, Uranus confers
considerable psychic ability and a special gift for divination.
Neptune in the 4th House a person seeks
to make his home a sanctuary and the centre of his life. With this
placement there tends to be great sensitivity to environments and
locations and a propensity to Ďfall in loveí with certain properties
which become central to the efforts to create the ideal home. Not
infrequently, because sentiment has prevailed over economic sense, people
with Neptune in H4 find themselves in conside≠rable financial difficulty
over a property.
person with Neptune in H4 usually feels himself to be very much a part of
the history and culture of the country of his birth and is disinclined to
leave it for any length of time. Even the spiritual quests of people with
Neptune in H4 rarely take them too far away from the traditions of their
own culture. This placement confers a ready aptitude for contemplation and
meditation; and when Neptune is close to the I.C, clairvoyant abilities.
Pluto in the 4th House, the soul, over many lifetimes, is learning
emotional awareness and self-sufficiency by means of a process which
involves reducing dependence upon outer forms of security, particularly
that provided by the mother and the home.
with Pluto in the 4th House usually confront situations which make them
grow up early and yet the nature of the circumstances designed to develop
independence in a person, varies considerably, depending upon which other
planets are in H4 with Pluto.
Venus or Jupiter is with Pluto, then the parents are likely to be loving
to the child but committed to making him independent early in life. Mars
or Uranus in H4 with Pluto nearly always indicate some trauma with parents
which involves drink, drugs or violence, as do the circumstances produced
by Pluto alone. When Saturn is with Pluto in H4 the parentsí emotional
inhibitions prevent them from doing anything more than look after the
childís physical needs. The combination of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto
tends to produce exces≠sively liberal parents who thrust freedom upon the
a person deals with the challenges brought by Pluto in H4 will depend very
much upon the level of development. The childhood circumstances may take a
person the rest of his life to come to terms with, or they may equip him
with a sound understanding that he and he alone is responsible for his own
happiness and emotional well-being.
Pluto in the 4th House, a personís life tends to be made up of a number
of distinct phases or watersheds, and it is not uncommon for the Plutonian
to quit a property and even a country in order to bring a phase of his
life to a close.
Moon in the 4th House indicates that past life experiences, centred upon
the home and the mother have provided an opportunity to begin the process of opening
up emotionally by creating awareness of a need for love, nurturing and
maternal guidance. A person with the Moon in the 4th House is usually born
into a close-knit family and, regardless of sex, has an especially close
relationship with the mother. The relationship with the mother has
enormous significance for the childís emotional development: accustomed
to her unconditional love, he tends to grow up very much an emotional
consumer. Demanding and self-absorbed, he usually has much to learn about
the giving of love and may be reluctant to take the responsibilities of
being either a partner or a parent. For as long as the mother is alive,
she remains the principal claimant of his affections and he may be aware
of a strong psychic bond between them. If outer planets are present in H4
with the Moon then the mother is likely to be instrumental in creating the
conditions, frequently traumatic, which are required to move a person on
from the security of home-centred life, which the past life experience has
made familiar to the soul and which has now served its purpose.
area of life, the Sun, by its sign and house position, is identified as
being the one into which a person must move in order to continue his
development. When the Moon is in H4 he will first ensure that he has a
secure home base from which to project. He tends to leave the family home
only when he is able to afford to set up a home of his own. As a person
with the Moon in H4 identifies property with security and he is usually an
The matter of whether and when the 4th House denotes the mother or
the father (and conversely, whether the 10th House denotes the father or
the mother) has long been an area of controversy in Western astrology. The
view taken throughout this work is that regardless of the sex of the
native, the 4th House at all times denotes the mother and the home, (and
the 10th House the father and the career). Whilst it is unquestionably the
case that the outer planets use the agency of the father to bring about
the necessary developmental conditions, the essential significance of the
exper≠ience is that the security and nurturance provided by the home (the
province of the mother) is
withdrawn in order that a person may learn to provide for himself. For
people born in 1960s, when Uranus and Pluto were in conjunction, this
lesson is likely to be earned through difficult and often traumatic circum≠stances.
our contemporary societies the experiences brought into a personís life
by the inner planets working through the 4th House are easier,
unquestionably, for a woman to handle. For a man an emphasised 4th House
will produce tendencies which are considered unmasculine. Women with an
emphasised 10th House face a comparable difficulty although one, which the
thinking of the last thirty years has done much to ease. Notions of sexual
equality have yet to extend in any meaningful way to men with an
emphasised 4th House.