Sign on the 3rd House: Interpretations
Example: If you see the sign of Aries beginning the third house, then you can say that Aries is on the third house cusp of your chart. Note: in the diagram at right, the star shows the cusp or start of the third house. This is where you will typically see the sign glyph.
Third House: Communications, Studies, Commuting, Personal Interests, Mental Interests, Mental Outlook.
Aries on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Aries on the third house, you need plenty of movement and stimulation. You are direct and can quickly become frustrated with subtlety or hesitation. You tend to get to the point quickly and can be somewhat impatient (and impulsive) with words and movements. Your ideas are inventive. You want to be the first to know something, and you won’t take instruction! This sometimes points to being an only child or sibling rivalry. Look to Mars for more information, as Mars is the ruler of the third house in this case.
Taurus on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Taurus on the third house, there is a distinctly deliberate quality to your speech, thoughts, or communications, in general. You can be slow to form an opinion and then slow to change your mind once decided! You prefer to think things through and don’t appreciate being rushed to make decisions. Your early environment or education may have focused very much on the practical side of things. You use your common sense and you prefer to express yourself simply. Your sense of humor is well-developed. You tend to play it safe with information. You seek out comfort in your daily affairs, and you can be quite loyal to your routines.
Gemini on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Gemini on the third house, you are clever, facile, versatile, and adaptable. You may seem to require a lot of mental stimulation, often flitting from one subject, book, game, diversion, or topic to the next, sometimes not completing what you’re doing or going into any one thing in depth. Mercury’s placement and aspects will refine the communications and mental interests as well as the general attitude or outlook. For example, while this sign position can point to fluency in communications, if Mercury is challenged, for example, self-expression is likely to be challenged as well.
Cancer on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Cancer on the third house, you seek a good emotional rapport with others in conversations, and you have special flair and warmth in your writing or speaking. You prefer to listen to your feelings and instincts before drawing conclusions, and to communicate carefully and sensitively. You were likely very affected by your early environment, education, and family relationships, especially siblings. You are sentimental with a long memory and might hold long-term friendships from childhood. Often people with this position have a parental style of relationship with a sibling. You have a busy daily life with fluctuating interests. The ruler of Cancer, the Moon, gives further information about your communication style.
Leo on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Leo on the third house, you take pride in your early life, family, or siblings, and you’re also proud of your intelligence, knowledge, and reasoning ability. You communicate with warmth, special flair, and enthusiasm. You tend to enjoy connecting, sharing ideas, running errands, and taking small or short trips. You can be quite opinionated and stubborn with your ideas. You are an interesting storyteller and conversationalist. You are open in your communications, needing for them to be genuine and heartfelt. Your ideas are creative and your self-expression is special or unique. The Sun as the ruler of Leo will also rule your third house, and its position by sign, house, and aspect reveals more information about your communication style, as well as some refinement.
Virgo on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Virgo on the third house, you have an analytical, critical, and logical mindset. You can be a “doubting Thomas” as you are usually skeptical of new information, but you’re also quite open-minded and adaptable, appearing more critical than you probably are at heart–it’s more of a mental thing than a heart thing. You are very observant with an eye for detail as well as for what needs fixing–a true problem solver! You are a fact-finder, and many with this position seem to be an encyclopedia of knowledge. You can sometimes become so lost in details, however, that you let others form the conclusions or do the big-picture thinking. You are a sensible, practical thinker and communicator. You can be quite a busy bee, sometimes fretting over family or siblings. You prefer to be organized, precise, and efficient, and although sure of your intelligence in many ways, you often prefer not to be assertive or pushy. Your daily routines are important to you, and you are a planner.
Libra on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Libra on the third house, you communicate charmingly and with diplomacy. You’re excellent at networking, and you are particularly balanced in your communications, which convey your strong sense of fair play and understanding of the many sides to a situation. Communication is an art form with this position! You aim to please and win over through your words and gestures. You might run errands or gather information for someone you love, or you could meet a companion or partner through your errands and daily affairs. You have a strong sense of your audience when you communicate. You are often the mediator in your family and especially with siblings if you have them. You might enjoy errands, short trips, meetings, and contacts more than most others. An old schoolmate could be a partner for some with this position. Venus in your chart will give you more clues. The moves of Venus through the houses of your chart and her condition by aspect can give you good clues as to how your message is received and the fruitfulness of your connections.
Scorpio on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Scorpio on the third house, you are extremely perceptive and resourceful. This position can be rather studious although not always with school subjects. There is a strong desire to research, investigate, and analyze matters — to get to the bottom of things — and some disdain for superficial knowledge or conversation. You can be sarcastic and satirical. This position is not as communicative or “connected” as other signs on the third house, as it prefers a meaningful conversation or pursuit to a frivolous one, but is highly intelligent. You tend to need to feel out a situation before drawing a conclusion–facts alone are not enough.
Sagittarius on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Sagittarius on the third house, you are fair and generous with others. This position lends a philosophic or enthusiastic bent to your communications and thoughts. You seek spontaneity so that daily routines for you are rarely truly routine! The same is true of your studies–you prefer an exploratory approach over a step-by-step methodology to learning. You seek meaning over frivolity. You are less interested in doing the groundwork or gathering the facts and details than you are in making sense out of what’s already been gathered, tying things together, or promoting ideas and sharing them. You can make an excellent guide or teacher. You are happy to explore and discover your environment, treating small trips as adventures.
Capricorn on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Capricorn on the third house, you take a practical approach to gaining knowledge, learning, and communications. You’re resourceful and quick to consider how to use knowledge or a situation to your advantage. This is one sign of a business mind. You look at facts and learning for how useful they seem to you. This position sometimes indicates a strict, responsible, or mature early environment. You are careful in your self-expression. You may examine what you wrote well before sending or finalizing. You can be on the secretive side or quite guarded with what you communicate. At times, you may come over as harsh or contrite in your communications.
Aquarius on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Aquarius on the third house, you’re given to having sudden revelations and original insights. You can quite enjoy shocking or surprising others with your ideas. Generally, you enjoy connecting with people, but you need to move about and make connections on your own terms, as you hate anything that seems forced or superficial. Your siblings are like friends or friends like siblings. You’re fascinated by science, technology, advancement, and causes. You like to be on top of trends, or better yet, ahead of them! You hold unconventional or progressive ideas or you’re drawn to them. Your early environment or education likely encouraged originality and inspiration but may have been disorganized or disorderly. Your nerves may lead to abrupt words that you don’t necessarily mean. You’re frequently distracted by new ideas and can have difficulties disciplining the mind. This is also because you find it difficult to think in routine situations–you very much need to answer to your inspiration, not happy with forced, rigid, or overly structured learning situations.
Pisces on the 3rd House Cusp
With the sign of Pisces on the third house, you are not always detail-oriented since you prefer to have overall faith in your knowledge or in facts. You may very well despise labels and could seem a little secretive at times as a result. You seek inspiration, and you can also frequently inspire others with your ideas and attitude. Creative writing can be one of your talents. You’re often daydreaming, and you may very well idealize your early life, classmates, and siblings. You have excellent vision, quickly seeing the big picture and the many sides to any given situation, allowing you to solve problems in a holistic way, often much more easily than others. However, this can lead to some indecision. As well, in early life, you can have troubles communicating or describing your vision. Because you see so much, words often fail you. You are an intriguing person with a unique and somewhat unusual perception, viewpoints, and sense of humor.
Continue reading for the additional houses below by clicking on the house’s corresponding number. Example, click on 6 for the sixth house sign interpretations.