Sixth House

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6th house is called ‘Satru’ (enemies) Bhava, that is house of enemies. It denotes challenges from competitors or enemies, disease, medical or healing profession, debts, subordinates such as workers, service oriented jobs, food, restaurants, police, military. It governs digestive system, quarrels court and jobs done by hand, like typing.

Ruling Planet: Mars, Saturn

enemies, debts, diseases, worries, stomach, challenges, service, confidence, litigation, appetite, vices, obstacles, anxieties, wounds, intoxication, hospital, injury, pet animals, hygiene, borrowing, medical profession, daily job, bank drafts, preparation of food, care of the sick, fear, urinary trouble.

Description of the House

The sixth relates to disease and enmity. It is the house of enemies, shatru bhava, and indicates opposition, difficulties, and obstacles in life.

Because the sixth is a house of disease, planets here tend to cause physical disorders according to their nature, particularly relative to the digestive system. Influences here, like those to the Ascendant, are important for showing our physical constitution in life. Specifically, the sixth house represents the immune system. Unafflicted it provides a strong immune system, but unafflicted it makes us prey to many diseases.

The sixth is a house of injury and shows wounds and accidents. It is a house of power and impulse, and shows the negative effects of abuse of power, which may be directed against us or which may come through us. It shows our own martial prowess or that of our enemies, and the dangers that come from any use of force.

Malefics here, like the Sun, Saturn or Mars, are strong and show our ability to defeat our enemies, but they still tend to give health problems (unless they are without afflictions) and much struggle in life. As indicating enemies, the sixth indicates theft or litigation and can cause poverty. it shows where we should place our caution in life.

The sixth house relates to work and service, our capacity for karma yoga and for discipline and austerity. Well-placed planets here aid in our spiritual evolution. Benefics here make us service oriented, gentle, without enmity or self-negating. Yet planets in the sixth may also indicate overwork or cause subservience. The sixth is a house of effort and shows our capacity to do great labours. It also shows our relationship with foreigners or distant relatives.

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