The 4th House in Astrology
The 4th house rules your home, family, and foundation. It can rule your home itself structurally, like the kind of home you like and the place or area you'd like to live, as well as the environment within the home. The sign on the cusp and planets within the house show your family environment as a child as well as the one you create as an adult. The 4th house is on as axis with the 10th house (the exact opposite house), and is called the Imum Coeli or IC for short. Both houses rules your parents, with the 4th house ruling one parent and the 10th house ruling the other. This axis is also a very spiritual axis, and the 4th house shows the spiritual foundation upon which you build. Cancer and the Moon rule the 4th house, and this house is an angular house.
The 4th House in the Signs
Natal Planets in the 4th House
Transit Planets in the 4th House
The 4th House in the Signs
4th House in Aries
You have energy and drive to deal with your family and family matters. You’re the one who takes charge, assumes the leadership role, and is active in family affairs. You may be too forceful though, and that results in fights over what you want. You have to learn to listen to your family, and be willing to compromise when needed. You can become more energetic as you age, and have a youthful persona in your later years, always on the go and needing lots of physical activity.
4th House in Taurus
You need security with your family and home. You need a home that looks good and is of value. You want to find a place to call home, something that’s large and gives you plenty of space, and where you can connect with nature. You like to give material items to your family, buying them lots of gifts, and splurging on them. You can become more at ease with yourself as you get older, calm down more, and want more peace in your later years.
4th House in Gemini
You may not spend very long in one place, always moving around, though it might not be very far. It can be difficult for you to have any real bonds with a family, whether it’s with your actual family or the family you try to create as you get older. You may spend lots of time with them, but not form a real bond. As you get older, your mind gets stronger, and you can pursue intellectual ventures with greater ease.
4th House in Cancer
You feel protective of your family, and need some roots. Your family is important to you, and you absorb much of your home environment into your personality. You like to maintain family traditions, and you try to maintain your relationships with your family members no matter what. As you get older, you need a place to call home, to put down roots and settle down.
4th House in Leo
You want to be proud of your home and family, showing them off to other people, and have a home that’s lavish and worthy of a magazine cover. You can shine at home, be the star at home and with your family, and entertain well in your home or with your family. You can gain more confidence through having a nice home and good family. You can be more dramatic as you get older, full of flair and spunk.
4th House in Virgo
You maintain structure and order in your home, may be a neat freak, and are always organized. Without structure and order, you don’t feel comfortable in your home. You can be overly critical of your home and family, and if they don’t live up to your standards of perfectionism, you can be too hard on them. You’re more easygoing in your younger years, and manifest the earthy and intellectual aspects of Virgo as you get older.
4th House in Libra
You need a home that’s pleasant and beautiful, and require peace and harmony with your family. If there’s too much chaos, you don’t feel settled in your soul. You need to strike a balance with your home and family and the rest of your life. You can make compromises easily with your family, and may be the mediator. As you get older, you become more charming and graceful, and can use your home as a place that grounds you.
4th House in Scorpio
You’re private about family matters, keeping the affairs of your family to yourself. If anyone attacks your family, you’re there immediately to defend them, and are very protective and loyal. You may be a dominant personality in your family, or try to force what you want on them. You can create a home that’s luxurious and a place for you to escape to as you get older.
4th House in Sagittarius
You want a large home with enough space for everyone to breathe. You want only the best for your family, and try to do the right thing with them. Family is important to you, and you strive to have the strongest ties you can. As you get older, you can expand your life in new ways, are more gregarious, and you can attain more material, intellectual, and spiritual wealth.
4th House in Capricorn
You feel responsible for your family, and assume a lot of the responsibilities. You’re traditional in the way you envision your family to be and your home to be managed, practical with family affairs, and are the one managing everyone. You may not develop a strong family life until later in life, and as you get older, you can be more responsible, mature, and develop a strong foundation.
4th House in Aquarius
You don’t want a traditional home life. You may move often or change your home regularly in some way. You home life may not have been very stable when young, and you had to deal with family strife. You likely don’t have a strong emotional tie to your family, or have a place you think of as home. You become more innovative, original, and open as you get older, and want an interesting life.
4th House in Pisces
Your home and family life has a direct impact on you and how you feel about yourself. There’s a strong emotional bond with your family or your home, and you need support and stability. Your home needs to be a safe place for you. You may be a bit unrealistic with your family, not seeing them as they really are. As you get older, you become more compassionate and imaginative.
Natal Planets in the 4th House
Natal Sun in the 4th house
With your natal Sun in the 4th house, you funnel everything into your home and family life. If that’s going well, you feel great, and if it’s not, you feel like you’re a bad person. Those of you from difficult homes with difficult childhoods had a harder time dealing with it, and as adults, you work extra hard to create a nice home. Your family is very important to you, and you’ll protect them at all costs. Having a solid foundation for your life is also important to you, and you’ll work at it for a long time. You want to get your life set up first before you work on the rest. You tend to look at things long-term, not looking for shortcuts, and as a result, you get better as you get older.
Natal Moon in the 4th House
The home and family are of utmost importance to you. For some of you, your childhood was wonderfully secure, and your family is everything; for others, it was the pits, and the effect your family had on you was scarring. Either way, your family tends to have a profound effect on you. You want your home to be a happy place, and you want to have a strong familial core. Intimate relationships are significant, and you don’t go for casual relationships/acquaintances. You need nurturing relationships, and you may always be looking for someone to take care of you. As you get older, you’ll need to learn to support yourself, because if you don’t, it’ll hinder you from emotional development. You can be very sentimental, and have strong ties to the past – just be sure you don’t get stuck in the past. Some of you may move a lot, always feeling restless in your home environment, thinking that the restlessness is outward and all you need is a change of residence, but it’s likely an internal thing that needs to be worked on. Once you find where you feel your place is, then you’ll probably stay a long time.
Natal Mercury in the 4th House
With your natal Mercury in the 4th house, you can have a hard time being open to new ideas, thoughts, projects, or ways of doing things. You like to stick to conventional methods. You have a long memory, especially if Mercury is in an earth or water sign and in the 4th house. You tend to view things through the scope of your own life rather than being objective. You like to engage with your family members, and want your home to be an active place where you can exchange ideas. You may have a strong interest in your family history and the stories that are passed down. History in general could be of interest to you, and you like to study the past.
Natal Venus in the 4th House
With your natal Venus in your 4th house, you want your home to be as attractive as possible. You like things that appear luxurious, and design your home so that it’s aesthetically pleasing, but you tend to go with things that are traditional and might love pieces that have been passed down in your family. This makes you feel comfortable at home, and comfort is key for you. Your family is important to you, and you want a good family connection to feel secure and safe. In love, you want someone who’s supportive and reliable, and you need to watch for being too clingy.
Natal Mars in the 4th House
With your natal Mars in your 4th house, you’ll defend your family to the end. Anyone who wants to attack them will have to deal with you first. You can be passive-aggressive when you get angry, and when wounded, it goes deep for you. While very emotional, you can shy away from being open about that, and it leads to all sorts of issues. You likely have a lively family that loves to debate, or one full of strife. You can take great pride in your home, and like to tackle home improvement projects. At home, you’re the leader of the clan.
Natal Jupiter in the 4th House
With your natal Jupiter in your 4th house, you want a life of comfort and leisure. Hard work and getting your hands dirty probably isn’t your thing. People take care of you, so you don’t usually need to worry about taking care of yourself anyway. You may be more active as you get older. You want a home that’s spacious and airy, and when you have a happy home, you feel happy. You can be a nurturer and give a lot to others, but have to make sure you don’t lose yourself in the process. You can make decisions using your gut, and it rarely steers you in the wrong direction.
Natal Saturn in the 4th House
With your natal Saturn in your 4th house, you may have a hard time expressing a mothering attitude. You don’t know how to nurture other people, most likely because you didn’t get that yourself growing up. Some of you may try to go to the extreme, and nurture too much to make up for it. You have to learn how to be encouraging and supportive of the people that you care about, and how to open up about your feelings. It doesn’t have to be something that you hate or that’s uncomfortable for you. Over time, you get used to it.
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Natal Uranus in the 4th House
With your natal Uranus in your 4th house, your home life can be erratic. You may move a lot, always feeling restless and needing a change after a period of time, or you moved a lot as a child. There may not have been a lot of nurturing and encouragement in your childhood, and you can have a hard time being nurturing as an adult. It’s not that you don’t care, you just need a certain amount of space, and that can make you come across as cold. You have to find different ways of showing support and encouraging others, and work on being more reliable. You could also form an unconventional home and family life.
Natal Neptune in the 4th House
With your natal Neptune in your 4th house, growing up was likely hard to do in your home as a kid. Your parents likely weren’t the strong parental figures they should have been for some reason. As a result, you learn that family isn’t just your blood relation, and create a family out of the people you encounter and grow close to in life. Responsibility can be too much for you to handle at times, and you run away. Conversely, you can be a mother figure to others and try to win people over through your nurturing nature. You have to make sure you don’t let people walk all over you because you’re desperate for love.
Natal Pluto in the 4th House
With your natal Pluto in your 4th house, you tend to keep the most important parts of yourself hidden away from everyone else. Your home life growing up could have had too many secrets, events that caused guilt, or situations that make you avoid change now. You have to learn to open up and release the guilt, shame, or fears that you took on from your childhood. As an adult, you’re quite protective of your family, and may be fiercely patriotic.
Transit Planets in the 4th House
Transit Sun in the 4th House
With the transit Sun in your 4th house, your focus is on your home and family. You may do something new to your home to spruce it up, buy or sell a home, move, or fix something. You could do more with your family, spending more time with them than working or being social, and can have family outings or get-togethers at home. You want to feel as though you have a solid home base, a place that’s comfortable and where you feel secure, and that you’re connected to your family. You can work on building up your inner foundation and getting in touch with your emotions. It’s also good for planning long-term projects.
Transit Moon in the 4th House
With the Moon going through your Fourth House, these few days are well spent doing some inspection of the self. Evaluate your roots, your inner foundation, and how well those have been cultivated and what changes, if any, need to be made to strengthen them. Grounding yourself and planting your feet firmly in the earth is positive, especially to increase your sense of security which may need a boost at this point. Understanding your intimate relationships, especially your familial ones, can be achieved now. Being nurturing to yourself and others comes easily, and you may want to just stay at home the days of this transit, spending time alone with your thoughts or with loved ones. You may feel more private, keeping things to yourself and remaining quiet. Memories can be stronger, and you may use them to understand your subconscious mind better. Something could come up with your home or family that causes emotional upheaval. Don’t become needy or avoid people too much during this time.
Transit Mercury in the 4th House
With transit Mercury in your 4th house, your mind is clouded by your emotions, and you make your decisions based on what you’re feeling. Your mind isn’t as quick as usual. You have an easier time communicating with your family, or with those you consider your family and are most comfortable with. You can come up with your best ideas when you’re bouncing ideas off of relatives, or when you’re at home. You think more clearly at home, and in environments that are familiar. If you’re in a new environment, you could draw a blank and have a hard time focusing, so you might want to have important meetings and discussions in places you know well.
Transit Venus in the 4th House
When transit Venus is in your 4th house, romance is what you’re after, not some fling. You’re more prone to watch an old romantic movie and weep. You want to feel safe because you feel more sensitive, so someone who comes across as protective and loyal may be what you’d like. A family member could introduce you to someone, and you could meet someone who works with homes in some way (like an interior designer, carpenter, or architect), is a caregiver, family counselor, or nurse. While Venus is in the 4th house, if it makes an easy aspect to the Sun (if you’re looking for a male) or Moon (if you’re looking for a female), that can be a trigger for meeting someone. You may try to improve the appearance of your home, wanting to live in a nice place, and can buy new items for your home. You can also have an easier time dealing with your relatives.
Transit Mars in the 4th House
When transit Mars is in your 4th house, you’re driven to be more comfortable and crave familiarity. You don’t care much for trying new things now, preferring to stick to what you know and have done before. You’re less social and want to spend more time at home or with your family. You can defend your family, but also argue with them more. Your family may require more attention from you for some reason. You can work on your home at this time, or try to buy, sell, or move. If transit Uranus is also in the 4th house, it can happen unexpectedly or suddenly. You can also be more subjective, having a harder time seeing things outside of your own perspective, and are less open to other people.
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Transit Jupiter in the 4th House
When transit Jupiter is in your 4th house, you could have the opportunity to expand your home in some way. Perhaps you put on an addition or knock down walls to make it feel more expansive. You want to have more freedom of movement at home, which is why you feel the need for a bigger place. You could buy a new place, or begin investing in real estate. You enjoy being at home now more than in the past, and enjoy spending time with your family, or at least try to improve your familial relations. A new member of the family could appear during this transit. You can also focus on strengthening your inner foundation, the very basic part of your that you build yourself on, and try to bring more stability into your life through that. You want to ensure that you have security that will last for a long time, and that you don’t have to worry about things falling apart anytime soon. You can also be more encouraging and supportive of your loved ones during this transit.
Transit Saturn in the 4th House
When transit Saturn is in your 4th house, you work on strengthening your home base, your family, and your inner foundation. You could clean up your home, remodel, or move, though none of those things will likely go smoothly and some blocks/delays occur. You can focus on issues with your family and try to work through them to strengthen the ties you have with them. You may decide to cut ties with a family member, recognizing that the relationship can’t be saved. You can take on more responsibility with your family, trying to help them as best as you can. You may feel like you’re too restricted in your life as this transit begins, and have to deal with whatever issues are causing that restriction. This is a good time to tackle your inner foundation and try to make it stronger, more solid, and something durable that will sustain you for some time.
Transit Uranus in the 4th House
When transit Uranus is in your 4th house, you can experience plenty of change at home during this transit. You may begin many new home improvement projects but not finish any of them. You can experience all sorts of unusual problems occur in your home. While Uranus is in this house, when Mars is also going through it, it can signal a sudden or unexpected move. You may change your ties to your family, and what your view of family is. You don’t care to be what they tried to make you be anymore. Changes may occur within your family.
Transit Neptune in the 4th House
When transit Neptune is in your 4th house, you may feel a gap widening between you and your family members, especially if you feel like you need to explore yourself more and figure out who you are. Conversely, you can put yourself aside and care for a family member if needed, but you give yourself up in the process. You may not see your family as they really are, seeing them as better than they behave. Watch for water issues in the home. You may always live near water during this transit, or in an area tied to water somehow.
Transit Pluto in the 4th House
When transit Pluto is in your 4th house, you can make changes to your home through moving or making renovations. Even if you don’t want to fix anything up in a house, you’ll likely encounter issues that force you to make changes. You can also experience issues with your family. If you have anything that’s been building up between you and other family members, it can come bursting out now. You can transform the relationship you have with your family.
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