The fourth house in astrology is a house that can seem quiet on the surface, but has a lot of emotional depth. It's the very core of any chart, and shows the foundation, the roots, and the basics.
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Fourth House Astrology & Your Natal Chart
Most astrology charts have 12 houses, and each rule different parts of life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and 12 houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at. Your natal houses each rule different parts of your life and personality.
The fourth house is naturally ruled by the Moon, ruler of emotion. The Moon ebbs and flows with emotion, and is a sensitive planet. It craves security and stability in order to flourish.
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Fourth House in Astrology: Internal Foundation
The fourth house is the very bottom of any chart, and in your natal chart, represents your internal foundation. This is the foundation for who you are as a person, as well as for your life.
What you need to have a strong foundation, and what can shake your foundation, can be seen via your fourth house.
Fourth House in Astrology: Home & Home Environment
The fourth house rules your home and home life, and can show what your ideal home and home life looks like, what you need from where you live, and how this environment is. This is the place you come home to in your natal chart.
There is a degree of comfort and familiarity to the fourth house because of this, and a craving for safety and security is strong.
Fourth House in Astrology: Family
The fourth house rules your family, both the family you're born into and the family you create, so those you think of as family. This is a part of our support system, and helps to create the safety and security needed.
It's believed that your parents are ruled by the 4th and 10th houses, with one ruling one parent and one ruling the other.
Fourth House in Astrology: Roots
Since the fourth house connects to family, the home, and the internal foundation, it also rules our roots. Where or how we put down roots, and what connects us in a grounded way. The fourth house can get us back to our roots, back to basics.
Fourth House in Astrology: Emotion
The fourth house is ruled by the Moon, so this house connects with emotion. It's virtually any and all emotions, and we can feel them intensely, but may keep them to ourselves.
The fourth house can be sad, angry, depressed, but also happy, inspired, and creative. There can be a surprising amount of creativity associated with this house.
Fourth House in Astrology: Early Life
With the fourth house connecting to our family, home, foundation, and roots, it's no surprise it also connects to our early life. The experiences of our early life and childhood, and what were the big themes we had to deal with.
This can leave an imprint on us for the rest of our lives, impacting our internal foundation and core selves.
Fourth House in Astrology: Instinct
There can also be a surprising amount of instinct associated with the fourth house in astrology. This house is so basic, so at our core, and so connected to emotion, that it intensifies intuition.
We may operate in an instinctive manner with the 4th house, and ebb and flow based on what our intuition tells us.
Where Your Fourth House Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign your fourth house falls in. The areas of life ruled by that sign are where your foundation is located, emotions and instinct are used, and your home and family lies. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your fourth house (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your fourth house falls in) as this can also connect to the 4th house energy.
If you have any natal planets in your fourth house, this can make the fourth house energy a lot stronger for you. That plane has an extra degree of emotion, intuition, and is a part of your foundation.
Transit (moving) planets touring your fourth house can bring some temporary energy for fourth house matters. It can be especially strong when it's transit Mars (bringing energy and amplifying aggression), transit Saturn (pushing down emotion), transit Uranus (causing unexpected outbursts), transit Pluto (bringing out intensity), or transit Chiron (focusing on healing emotional wounds).
Transit planets aspecting your natal 4th house ruler can stimulate fourth house energy as well, and conjunctions, square, and oppositions by transit Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, or Chiron can be especially challenging and require a lot of focus on your internal self.
A Strong Fourth House in Astrology
Some may have a super strong natal fourth house. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) in the 4th house
- your Sun, Moon, or Chiron in the 4th house
- your North or South Node in your 4th house
- your 1st house ruler in the 4th house
- your 4th house cusp or ruler anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars in the 4th house or ruling the 4th house
When you have a strong 4th house, your foundation may have extra challenges you need to work through, however once you do, you can be so strong internally that no one can take you down. It's getting to that point that's difficult.
Your home and family and early life were likely super important to your development, and you may harbor some old issues related to that. You may need to tackle them at the core to get rid of them.
Your intuition can be very strong, and you can be quite creative. But emotional mood swings may throw you off easily, and you have to get some control over your feelings.
Suggested Reading: The 4th House page for general interpretations; also the Empty 4th House article