In astrology, we have something called empty houses. When people first hear about "empty houses", they often get worried that it means something bad. But, actually, it's pretty good! Every house in astrology rules a different part of your life and personality, and the 4th house rules your home, family, and foundation. So what does it mean when you have an empty 4th house?
What is an empty house?
A standard astrological chart has 10 planets and 12 houses. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, houses, and other bodies in the Zodiac at the moment you were born from the location you were born at.
A house that has no natal planets in it is considered an empty house. There are 10 planets and 12 houses, so everyone has at least 2 empty (usually 3-4).
It's believed that when a house has no planets in it, you actually have less baggage to work through, less challenges to deal with. No planet there means you're not giving it as much conscious attention because it just flows more easily and naturally without you having to put in so much effort. Empty houses are seen as areas you've already mastered (in past lives or early in this life).
What is the 4th house?
The 4th house is the house of home, family, and foundation, and corresponds to your Imum Coeli or Nadir sign. It's the very bottom of any chart, showing your core self and internal foundation.
Normally, any planets in this house would be a very important part of your home and family life, your upbringing, and your core self. They may dominate this part of your life. But with no planets in the 4th house, you have an empty 4th house, and the energy is largely focused on the sign the 4th house falls in.
An Empty 4th House:
When you see you have an empty 4th house, you may worry it means you'll never really have a home or family, and never have a strong foundation, but really, it's reverse! An empty 4th house allows you to manifest the energy of the sign of your 4th house more purely, and that can be the strong energy for your home and family life and internal foundation.
An empty 4th house can mean you have a solid connection with your family and parents, and are comfortable with growing a solid support system. You can get and give support more easily, and nurturing yourself and others can come more easily to you. You may come back to your roots quite often, and feel very connected to them.
Your internal foundation can be rock solid, and you may seem like someone who has such a solid core that it's difficult to shake you. You can be confident and comfortable with your core self, and this can help you throughout your life.
With the 4th house being the bottom of the chart, you may also be someone who is comfortable with doing things from the ground up, and you may get in on many projects and ventures at the very beginning of them. You can build them to be solid and secure at their core so they have a better chance of thriving.
When it might be a challenge:
The Lunar Nodes (points in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic; are spiritual/karmic in nature) or Chiron (ruler of wounds and healing) in the 4th house may bring some issues that you need to work through. Neither are considered planets so they aren't figured into the empty house rule (same for the thousands of asteroids out there), but their energy can be pretty strong.
With your North Node in the 4th house, you may not feel very comfortable with the 4th house energy, and need to work on manifesting the energy properly. You have to learn over time how to get and give support, develop a solid home and family life, and strengthen yourself internally. This may also be the case if your Moon (natural ruler of the 4th house) is in your North Node sign.
With your South Node in the 4th house, you may be a little too comfortable with this energy, and can be overly emotional and subjective, especially when upset. You may rely too much on others and need to learn to be more self-sufficient, otherwise this holds you back in life. This may also be the case if your Moon is in your South Node sign.
With your Chiron in the 4th house, you may have some deep emotional wounds related to your family or upbringing, and this can hold you back when young. As you work on healing, you can become very strong emotionally, and be more nurturing of others and help them with their own emotional healing. This may also be the case if your Moon is conjunct (aligned with) Chiron.
If the 4th house cusp is anaretic (at 29 degrees), or if the 4th house ruler or the Moon is anaretic, this could also bring some challenges you need to work through. With the anaretic degree, we tend to either play it up too much or not at all, so moderation and balance is needed.
The 4th house ruler or Moon intercepted (contained in another house), a singleton (only planet in an element, quality, or house type), conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto (if not any of them), or part of a challenging aspect configuration (like the apex planet of a t-square) can also bring some challenges, though this may not be as strong.
Any of this present can indicate there are some issues with your empty 4th house so it's not quite so easy for you, but it's often still going to be less difficult than if you have planets there.
Suggested Reading: Empty Houses in Astrology
Today's article comes from guest, Tirra-Omilade Hargrow! She's a spiritual guide, life coach, certified hypnotherapist, and twice initiated as a priestess into African and goddess spiritual traditions. Get started with the spiritual new year this Leo Season with this article, and then go grab her Leo Season class!
One thing is for sure: 2020 and 2021 have been tough years for many people. Our lives were upended and transformed in ways that we never imagined, allowing us to release aspects and scenarios that were limiting us. On the flip side, we all are moving in new directions seeking more balance, harmony, peace, and joy.
Astrology provides a solution to help us find our confidence, creativity, and inspiration in this new world. An excellent way to reset your energy and recommit to your goals and intentions is by celebrating Leo season, which is the astrological, spiritual new year.
What does that mean?
How Leo Season is the Spiritual New Year
According to ancient astrology, Leo season is when the spirits who lead and guide the world, I call them the Ancestors of the World, meet to set the agenda for the next year.
As a result, Leo season is highly spiritual, inspirational, and power-packed. All humans can access this energy and use it for their own lives.
Leo energy is known for what makes you unique, creativity, being center stage, and joy. It can indicate what you pride yourself on, how you are a pillar, and where your source of courage comes from.
All of these qualities and characteristics are important to tap into regularly. However, it is vital to harness Leo's energy at this pivotal juncture in history to maximize positive results and stay on course for having a successful year.
How to succeed with your dreams during Leo Season:
Many people have dreams and goals but don't make an effort to manifest them because they are afraid to shine and stand out. They know they have unique gifts and talents, but maybe they have been discouraged from using them or are scared to do so.
If you are one of these people, it is essential to understand that success will come as a result of you doing the following:
How to Infuse Your Life With Leo Energy for Leo Season:
Infusing your life with powerful energy during Leo season will help you stay open to the inner leader and source of inspiration within you.
Additionally, because Leo is a fixed sign, when you consciously work with this energy, you will find you are committed, loyal and immovable when it comes to manifesting your dreams and goals.
What are ways to do this? First, tap into what we know about Leo, such as wearing the colors of Leo and working with Leo's number, which is 1.
Second, create rituals that open your inner confidence, make you comfortable with being center-stage, and honor what makes you special and unique.
Ways to anchor your inner lioness or lion are by wearing the color gold, golden jewelry, or anything that has the Sun on it since the Sun rules Leo. Another way to open up Leo's energy is by eating golden-colored foods and doing something creative such as dancing or painting.
As a goddess-centered lifestyle devotee, I love rituals. You can use small practices throughout Leo season to increase your confidence, inspiration, and motivation and celebrate and commit to using your gifts and talents.
Suggested rituals include:
Celebrating Leo as the Astrological Spiritual New Year is a great way to bring inspiration and motivation as we move into the later part of the year. Mindfully working with this energy will help you powerfully infuse your spirit to increase your likelihood of success in your yearly goals and intentions.
At the least, have fun, be creative and make a list of how you are proud of yourself thus far this year.
Enjoy Leo Season!
Suggested Reading: Using Astrology to Understand Your Inner Oshun Goddess
About the Guest Author: