The Fourth House (The Moon)

Mother and Child
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The Fourth House holds your family album, and the stories you tell about growing up.  Whether it was an idyllic childhood or a nightmare you barely survived, you take these experiences with you.

The Fourth House is that atmosphere that shaped you.  It might be the traditions of a particular region, like mine is the South.  Or maybe your earliest identity was one of being a minority, or on the move (as military families are).  You may have felt like the outsider.

It's also how you felt in the Home -- whether it was a cozy one where you felt safe or had a mood of constant drama that had you on edge.

Planets and aspects to the Fourth House tell the story of those beginnings, and how you re-create Home as you grow older.  

I've noticed, for example, of Uranus is here, especially if aspecting the Moon, that speaks of an unsettled childhood.  Other planets here, like Saturn, hint at a domineering parent or a cold, unloving environment.  

Your Moon sign and placement, along with aspects, can be helpful in looking at Home, together with the features of your own Fourth House.  

No Place Like Home

The Fourth House is the life arena of home and those that dwell there with you. It shows the influences of early family and a sense of roots that go way back in time.

It’s the base of the Deep Self, the one that emerged from a long line of ancestors, whether they’re known consciously or not. This house is how we integrate all we know about where we’ve come from, to create a sense of where Home is.

It’s the house of earliest nurturing, going back to the womb. Planets here influence how that care was perceived, and whether there was a sense of shelter or not.

Mother or Father

This House is ruled by the Moon, which is always associated with Mother in the chart.  

It’s the House of emotional retreat and the private comfort given by those we consider family. This house is often associated with Mother, but if your primary caretaker was Dad, that mothering experience in your memory would have a male face.

Also, traditional astrology assigned the Father to this House, so a thoughtful chart reading is needed to determine which parent fits here.

Who do you call when you're in a real ordeal?  

The Nest

Later in life, this house guides the particular way we seek retreat. It’s about the sanctuary of home as a place to coax out and soothe the innermost part of the Self. Being the house of Cancer, it’s how we create a shell to protect us from the elements. In the real world, that means the buying and selling of a home, and things like renovation.

This House is about how we react to, and reflect (Moon) what’s totally beyond our control. That’s our family of origin, and the cultural heritage we emerge from. It guides what we do with that heritage. Creativity in this house might inspire a story or visual art that comes from that sense of personal roots. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to resolve those given family factors, with who we sense we really are as an entity apart. That’s why the fourth house is full of gifts and challenges that lead to the deepest kind of questioning and soul growth.

House of:

Cancer and the Moon

Life Themes

mothering, ancestry, home base, family history, the womb, past lives, the unconscious, safe shelter, self-care, sanctuary, establishing a home, buying and selling homes