For us northern hemisphere folks, summer is upon us and it's the season of summer fun. The 5th house is the house of fun, and governs what we enjoy in our lives. What exactly you enjoy is determined by the sign on the cusp and any planets in the house. These are from the 5th house page:
The 5th House in the Signs
5th House in Aries
You need lots of physical activity in your free time, and prefer hobbies that keep you physically active. You enjoy your hobbies immensely, and need plenty of time to dedicate to them. You may prefer hobbies that you can pursue alone, without the help of anyone. In love, you like to take charge. You can be short-tempered with children, lacking patience, and your own children can be high energy and willful.
5th House in Taurus
You have an appreciation for beauty, and prefer hobbies that stimulate your senses. Free time for you can consist of just lounging around and being lazy. In love, you require lots of affection, and want someone to dote on you. You can spoil your children, give them lots of material items, but have a hard time dealing with them if they turn out to be very different from you.
5th House in Gemini
You prefer intellectual hobbies, ones where you can utilize your mind, especially in creative ways. In love, you like variety, and will date around before you decide to settle down with anyone. You need love to be fun, light, and carefree. You can bring out the intellectual potential in your children, and they can have sharp, active minds, need variety, and have many interests.
5th House in Cancer
You’re not one for light-hearted affairs, and prefer hobbies that are comfortable, comforting, or domestic, like cooking or knitting. You can have a secret creative side to you though, and can find it easier to express yourself through creative ventures. In love, you’re quite emotional, and need to learn how to manage that before you have a healthy relationship. You’re protective of your children, and nurture and support them.
5th House in Leo
You need hobbies that allow you to express yourself, especially in creative ways. You can closely identify with your hobbies and your creative side. In love, you can be dramatic and affectionate, and need constant attention from your partner. You’re romantic and want love to be like in the movies. You adore your children, and encourage them to be the best that they can be.
5th House in Virgo
You don’t do things on a whim, and prefer quiet hobbies and activities. You do a lot of planning before you let yourself have any fun, and prefer hobbies that use up some of your mental energy. In love, you’re picky, and don’t want to settle for anything less than your perfect mate. You take a logical, analytical approach to dating. You can be too critical of your children, and need to be more understanding.
5th House in Libra
You prefer hobbies where you can do things with other people. You may be creative, but you need other people to tell you that you’re talented in order for you to think that about yourself. You try to strike a balance between work and play. In love, you need someone who is charming and polite, but you can have a hard time choosing someone. You’re fair with your children, and try to understand them as well as you can.
5th House in Scorpio
You’re interested in getting to the heart of subjects and people, and prefer hobbies where you can do research and figure out mysteries. Science can be of interest. Whatever your hobbies are, you can get obsessed with them at times. In love, too often you want to change your partner, and are overly emotional or possessive. You need a cooler head. You’re protective of your children, but can have a hard time letting them go.
5th House in Sagittarius
You love fun, and need to have time in your life for your hobbies and to do whatever you want. You’re someone that everyone wants to spend free time with because it’s going to be a grand adventure. In love, you don’t take it too seriously and can be hard to pin down. You want to roam free for a while. You treat your children with respect and understanding, but can spoil them at times.
5th House in Capricorn
You can view your free time as simply more time for you to get work done. You don’t let yourself have fun as much as you should. Letting loose is difficult for you when young. Your creative side may not come out until you’re older. In love, you’re practical and take your time, not wanting to rush into anything and knowing you don’t need to. You’re strict with your children, but you can also teach them a lot.
5th House in Aquarius
Your hobbies tend to be unusual in some way, and you do things that are radically different from everyone else. You’re up for experimentation, and willing to try almost anything once. In love, you like to keep it casual for a while, preferring friendship first, and aren’t much of a conventional romantic. You let your children be independent and original, and they may be rebels.
5th House in Pisces
You need hobbies that allow you to fully express your creativity, but it can be difficult for you to figure out what you should do. You need to remove any blocks and let yourself go. In love, you can have a hard time figuring out what you want, and be attracted to people who need to be saved or who will save you. You’re willing to do whatever it takes for your children, but you can sacrifice too much.
Natal Planets in the 5th House
Natal Sun in the 5th house
With your natal Sun in the 5th house, expressing yourself in some way is of the utmost importance to you. If you don’t feel as though you’re truly expressing yourself, you feel stifled and unhappy. You want to be seen and heard, and to get attention from others, so you’re drawn to the spotlight, and can go into the arts, especially theater, film, or sports. You tend to have a happy personality and you’re so pleasant to be around that you’re always surrounded by people. You like being social, having many acquaintances you can spend time with, and love going to parties, out to dinner or shopping, and having fun. You also want to have and be loved in your life, and that can drive you in many ways.
Natal Moon in the 5th House
This can be a highly creative placement. The Fifth House loves to create things, and with the Moon here, it becomes an emotional need to create. This usually manifests as artistic creativity, and many actors, singers, artists, and the like have Fifth House Moons or prominent Fifth Houses. Hobbies can be central, and you need a certain amount of time to be able to pursue your own interests, otherwise you won’t be a happy camper. Expressing yourself is something that you feel you absolutely have to do or you’ll just burst apart, and there may be times where you’re quite the drama queen. A Fifth House Moon is also usually good with children, though you may become attached in unhealthy ways. You’re also very emotional in romantic relationships, and can become attached to romantic partners quickly, so be sure to choose people wisely before you really get involved. There’s nothing wrong with being friends first, though some of you may have a hard time not being in a relationship, being “in love with love.” You can also be easily influenced by other people, so you may need to learn to be more discriminating. Those with very difficultly aspected Moons may have to watch for problems with gambling and negative risk-taking.
Natal Mercury in the 5th House
With your natal Mercury in the 5th house, you can be a lively communicator. You have a great sense of humor, and are a fun person to be around. This is an excellent position for a comedian, impersonator, or actor. You can also be good at lying, and don’t see it as a negative thing. You can also make a good writer or speaker with your flair for words. If you have children, you want them to be intellectually talented. In love, you’re attracted to people who have strong intellectual abilities and connect with you mentally. Mercury is a dual planet, so this can show being attracted to or in love with two people at once. You can also play the field, or be drawn to people younger than yourself.
Natal Venus in the 5th House
With your natal Venus in your 5th house, love is important to you, and you crave attention and affection. You always have a crush on someone, and your approach is light and playful. The kid in you is always ready to play. You find pleasure in indulging your senses, and you’re attracted to the arts, and may be quite creative yourself. You may be a little too dramatic at times in love, but it’s an attempt to get more attention. With your charm, they’ll give you plenty, so you don’t need to go overboard. You tend to be good with kids, and you give lots of affection to your children.
Natal Mars in the 5th House
With your natal Mars in your 5th house, you’re a highly creative person and have a lot of energy for your hobbies, and you may have a lot of hobbies. You may love sports or have athletic ability. You can be child-like at times, competitive, and have a lively personality, always wanting to perform for people. You could be inclined towards show business because of that. Love and romance are important for you, and you’re always trying to have more of it in your life. If you have children, they can have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, a little Mars energy.
Natal Jupiter in the 5th House
With your natal Jupiter in your 5th house, you’re likely very creative, and focused on your hobbies and the things that you enjoy. You want to do what you want, when you want, and aren’t a fan of responsibility. You can date a lot since the 5th house rules love and romance, and believe that you’re in love all of the time, falling in and out of love many times, and not taking it all that seriously. The 5th house also rules children, so you could have many children, be like a parent to many children, or have children that display Sagittarius traits.
Natal Saturn in the 5th House
With your natal Saturn in your 5th house, you have a hard time having fun or being spontaneous. You’re not a party animal. Something holds you back and stops you from having the kind of fun that you’d like to have. Once you remove that block, you can learn to let loose and enjoy yourself. Until then, you’re serious and all about work. You can have a dud of a love life, not being all that romantic, and don’t like dating too much. You have more conservative views when it comes to dating, and just need to find someone who feels the same way, and who doesn’t mind your serious nature. The 5th house rules children, so for some, this could mean having children who are Saturn-like (serious, responsible, mature, or restricted), having difficulty having children, or having them later in life.
Natal Uranus in the 5th House
With your natal Uranus in your 5th house, you’re creative and like to do things your own way. Change comes easy for you, and it’s almost inspirational. The 5th house rules love, and you can date unusual people, have unusual relationships, start relationships fast and end them just as quickly, and be attracted to original people. You need a certain amount of freedom in love, otherwise you’ll run away when you feel stifled. You’re charming and can attract many suitors, though you can keep them at a distance emotionally. Your hobbies may be unconventional, and you go into everything you try with enthusiasm. If you have children, they can be unusual, original, innovative, or rebellious.
Natal Neptune in the 5th House
With your natal Neptune in your 5th house, you’re creative and artistic, and are easily inspired. You want to express yourself creatively or through the arts, and this is a good placement for an artist, musician, or actor. You’re a compassionate person when it comes to children, and can care for them. When it comes to love, you’re romantic and dreamy, having a perfect version of what you want in your mind, and that may have a hard time translating into real life. You may have trouble seeing romantic partners for who they really are, and fall for people who are no good for you, who tear you down, or who you need to save. You need to lower your expectations and not bring so much chaos into your love life.
Natal Pluto in the 5th House
With your natal Pluto in your 5th house, you’re a highly creative person and put a lot of time and energy into your creative pursuits, as long as you don’t let fear hold you back. You’re passionate and intense in love, and tend to be attracted to powerful people, but need to be careful of being trapped in love relationships that have unhealthy power and control issues. You can be jealous in love, making you possessive. You don’t take matters of the heart lightly. You can also be passionate about having children.
If you have no planets in your 5th house, that doesn't mean you're a fuddy-duddy or will never have fun. It just means you have less in the way of you having fun when you want to, and you manifest the sign on the cusp more purely.
When your 5th house is activated in transit, you can enjoy life more, spend more time on your hobbies, and take more time for fun. This can be seen with a transit planet touring through your 5th house (though not so much with Saturn!), a transit aspect to the 5th house cusp, or a transit aspect to the 5th house ruler, or to a planet in the 5th house.
Progressions can trigger fun times as well, just like transit planets can, by going through your 5th house or making aspects.