The Sixth House
The Sixth House
positive and negative service to others
The 6th house is one of the unluckiest houses in astrology. Due to its location, it has no access to the energy of the 1st house. It is a place associated with service to others, or slaving for other people, or wasting your health on performing ungrateful work. In ancient astrology, this house was known as the house of slavery and the house of war. The connection between the two is that in times of military conflict, people from all sorts of life were called in to serve. In modern interpretation, this is also the house of co-workers and the daily grind. Related to that lifestyle are also all sorts of health issues that a person can develop because of the hard, ungrateful work they have to perform for others.
The Sun in the 6th house ties one's sense of identity to the practical value they can bring to other people. "If I can be useful to someone in the practical sense, then I feel accomplished and worthy. For me, that's how existence makes sense."
In their early years, people with this placement put a lot of effort into gaining some expertise and mastering some skill because intuitively, they feel that offering that skill as help to someone else will bring them happiness. They are proud to have something practical to offer to the world. The area that they have chosen to advance in is a field they strive to learn inside-out. No stone is left unturned, no detail is too small to be examined.
Sun in the 6th house people identify with their level of expertise. They also have a strong drive for continuous self-improvement, sometimes this perfectionism is carried out till exhaustion.
The 6th house is also associated with our health. The Sun is our vitality, so Sun in the 6th house people usually enjoy good health even in old age. The dilemma with this placement is to maintain a balance between serving others and taking care of your own physical body.
People with Moon in the 6th house have their emotional stability linked to their health and routine. Maintaining a clean house, ironing the laundry, and folding your clothes, cooking your own food, all these activities help maintain the structure of life within which other (arguably more substantial) things take place. Sixth house Moons find solace and comfort in knowing that the practical basics of life are taken care of. Practical matters carry life from one day to another and as such they provide the backbone of our world just the way they provide the backbone of our mental stability.
People with this placement have a sensitive mind-body connection. If their mental state is unbalanced or they are unhappy, it will affect their physical health. And the reverse, if they have to skip a meal or eat unusual food, these inconveniences will impact their mental health.
Moon in the 6th house takes that need for serving others to the realm of emotions. The Moon’s intuition is used to help and heal others. There is a heightened sensitivity to the energies around. The way they serve others through the Moon is that they project an image of emotional stability and offer compassion and understanding to others. Sometimes these people overextend themselves and this could cause health problems. If 6th house Suns focus on perfecting, 6th house Moons focus on healing.
Mercury in the sixth house applies itself to perfecting practical skills. Mastering the ins and outs of something, usually something that is done with the hands because Mercury rules over the hands. Mercury here amplifies analytical problem-solving skills to find practical solutions.
Mercury is associated with ideas and the 6th house is associated with practicalities so this combo suggests that people who have Mercury here and this Mercury is strong in their chart will know how to translate airy ideas into practical tasks that can be accomplished step by step. Mercury is about clarity and that includes clarity of the mind in terms of how to proceed to materialize some metaphysical idea into a tangible outcome. Complicated tasks are dissected to their workable parts with ease.
The 6th house deals with details and Mercury is an energy of mental fidgeting so people with this placement could be prone to neuroticism and stressing over small matters. Meditation and a stable daily routine can help offset that.
Venus in the sixth house brings aesthetics to the realm of daily routine and health. This combinations makes for an expert in healthy eating, self-care and beauty regimes. Venus has an attachment to quality so high-quality food, high-quality cosmetics are on focus. It is likely that these people’s philosophy about food, exercise and self-care is centered around balance and mixing and matching ingredients in a way as to ensure equilibrium within the body.
The 6th house is also associated with chores which Venus will know how to maximize the pleasure of. If the kitchen has to be cleaned, that can be done with a cute, pinky brush or in stylish cleaning clothes. If the food needs to be stored in the fridge, it could be stored in a fancy container. That sort of little improvements that make daily tasks somewhat Instagramable are typical of this placement.
Mars in the 6th house brings determination to the realm of small tasks. The 6th house is about the smaller, workable parts of larger undertakings. It is about that ungrateful work that provides the framework for all else to happen. Mars here will galvanize this focus and the need for perfection will be taken to extremes. If this person is in the position of employee, the result is an extremely dedicated worker. If the person is in the position of manager, they can be overly hard on their employees if these employees don't match their level of performance and energy.
Mars's determination makes people with this placement seem assertive and even aggressive at times. Displaying too much dominance and competitiveness in the realm of co-worker relationships can backfire. With Mars’s stamina applied to hard work, the results that these people bring can be exceptional. Their stamina is unmatched.
With regard to health, Mars here can make the person overly strict with their diet or training regime. They are more prone to overdoing it and getting hurt, bruised or cut. They will most likely be fit but accidents can also be suggested.
Jupiter in the 6th house suggests good health and success with co-workers. The person may be vegan or vegetarian or adhere to some cultural or religious health regime. New home decluttering philosophies may also be adopted. Training practices that have foreign flavor such as ancient martial arts also appeal to the cosmopolitan nature of Jupiter.
Jupiter is the planet of grand vision, and the 6th house is not its favorite place. The 6th house deals with small daily tasks and how they maintain the flow of life, Jupiter is bored here and wishes he could expand the scope of his life. In this house, Jupiter focuses on humanitarian pursuits. Its innate altruism is revealed by the demands of the 6th house. Helping others with knowledge and wisdom, volunteering abroad are common.
Saturn is the planet of discipline and mature hard-working attitude to life. In the 6th house, these qualities are applied to daily tasks and routines thus amplifying the elements of dedication to accurate execution of workable tasks. This makes up for a great employee who sets the bar high for themselves and aims to deliver even beyond expectations.
The downside of it is that their mental and physical health may suffer from this continuous exertion. With hard aspects or hit by challenging transits, a diet regime that is too restrictive or too deficient in nutrients can be indicated. With this placement a serious planet meets a serious house. What to others might seem like ungrateful small tasks feel just fine to people with this placement because Saturn has a good relationship with tasks that feel like drudgery. Saturn doesn't care if a task is ungrateful because it does everything that it does with view of the final result (the final product; the end of the process). The present can be sacrificed in the name of the future. For these people hard work is a normal part of life and a s a result they might be susceptible to being exploited by employers.
Uranus in the 6th house brings eccentricity and innovation to health and daily tasks. Innovative diets and alternative lifestyles are typical with this placement. Interest in all sorts of herbs and plants (or frequency-based healing) that can improve health and self-care is strong. Making your own home-made facial creams or body-scrubs as well.
The 6th house is about helping others so Uranus here is happy to offer unusual solutions. It is not a placement that sits well with emotional support but quirky interesting ideas that can upgrade your life are bountiful.
These people are the pioneers of bio-tech products. Uranus rules over technology, and in the house of health, this makes the individual eager to push the boundaries of what is possible in this realm. There is a strong faith in the power of technology to improve our lives.
The 6th house has a 9-to-5 feeling to it, and Uranus here is always looking for ways to make these boring tasks more pleasant by introducing ways to optimize this process. This is how Uranus gets to be itself by bringing innovation to drudgery processes.
Overall, Uranus doesn't feel good in this house, and if no outlet, such as those mentioned above, is provided, people with this placement can become agitated and neurotic because Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. So mental agitation may reach critical levels if a healthy outlet isn't found.
Neptune is idealistic and in the house of service to others it can give its altruism a free reign. This placement creates people who love helping, particularly on an emotional and spiritual level. Offering endless acceptance, having compassion and the ability to empathies with people in all sorts of life situations gives them the ability to heal others.
Neptune rules over the nervous system, and in the house of the physical body, it creates people with a strong connection between the mind and the body. The focus is on mental health and how a healthy mind can give you a happy life. Walks in the park, spending time in nature, listening to the sound of a stream, doing sound baths etc. help maintain a positive outlook on life. Sensitivity to colds and allergies are also common place.
With regard to daily routine tasks, Neptune does not like that. Mindless routine terrifies him and he prefers to pursue more spiritual undertakings. Helping that does not take the shape of a strict routine is preferred. Neptune blurs the boundaries between the mind and the body.
The 6th house deals with service and serving others, a role that Pluto strongly dislikes. Pluto is very sensitive to the power balance of any situation, and being in an inferior position is unbearable to this planetary energy.
The key is to do something of service to society but be able to do it on your own terms, possibly while also being your own boss. The key is to focus on the task at hand and its importance in the world at large and not be allowed to get dragged into workplace power struggles.
The 6th house requires discipline and dedication to the task and Pluto is good at that. With its laser focus it can deal with any task, small and boring or big and exiting, with ease.
Pluto rules over obsessions and the 6th house is about routine. Obsession and routine are about the same thing - habit and repetition. As the planet of intensity, Pluto here is given to excesses in food and exercising regimes. Particularly when they are under a lot of stress or if there is some other disbalance in their lives, people with this placement may knowingly or not being to torture their bodies with foods, drugs or heavy exercising regimes.