Sign on the 4th House: Interpretations
Example: If you see the sign of Aries beginning the fourth house, then you can say that Aries is on the fourth house cusp of your chart. Note: in the diagram at right, the star shows the cusp or start of the fourth house. This is where you will typically see the sign glyph.
Fourth House: Home, Family, Support System, Base, Personal Life
The fourth house is often associated with a parent, more often with the mother or most nurturing or present parent, and sometimes with a parent of the opposite gender. It’s also associated with later life, old age, or end of life.
Aries on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Aries on the fourth house, you might often take the lead on the home front, or you need to be active with family, at home, or with domestic activities. You do your best to avoid showing that you’re vulnerable, and you might quickly rebuff others’ attempts to nurture you. You take care of yourself! This sometimes points to a parental influence that was strong or projected a brave or independent front, or an early family life that encouraged independence and individualism. You’re likely to be quite active in later life.
Taurus on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Taurus on the fourth house, you seek out an especially comfortable, predictable, easy, and secure family or home life. Unless other factors in the chart strongly support it, you’re unlikely to want to move or uproot very often. You have a traditional streak when it comes to family or domestic activities. You’re loyal to family and loved ones, as well as to domestic routines. You will expend significant energy toward making your home life secure and comfortable, and you love beautiful but functional surroundings. You especially value peace, harmony, calm, and predictability in the home atmosphere. You’re also inclined to seek a comfortable and serene later life.
Gemini on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Gemini on the fourth house, you need mental stimulation in your domestic life. You can place a strong emphasis on learning, intelligence, and communication with family, or your childhood encouraged these things to a large degree. You are inclined to make frequent residence changes or small changes in the home. Otherwise, you could feel rather confined or stifled–variety in your domestic world is important to you. This position can point to some inner restlessness. Your family or home life is busy–in some cases, the home is quite a hub of activity or filled with interesting things, nooks, and crannies. Your old age or later life is likely to be similarly busy and mentally active.
Cancer on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Cancer on the fourth house, home and family matters are emphasized. The need for comfort and safety is powerful. You are highly sentimental. The family may be close-knit. You are particularly protective of your loved ones and self-protective as well. The home is often considered an emotional retreat from the harsher elements of the world. You can be less inclined than others to have non-family over for too long since you need time to yourself or with family. The Moon’s aspects and placement will give further clues as to how harmonious or turbulent the home life may be.
Leo on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Leo on the fourth house, this is where you want to shine. You are proud of and creative around your home. You express power and take charge most comfortably with family and at home. In fact, you may very well feel or know that you are the most qualified person to oversee or manage the home or family. Your strong personality tends to dominate the home environment. You invest a lot of your time, energy, and money into your home. You need a home life that’s comfortable, rich, and warm. The Sun’s position by sign, house, and aspect can show further information about your connection to home and family.
Virgo on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Virgo on the fourth house, you seem to need an intellectually fulfilling, communicative, and light home base. You may very well work from home or spend a lot of time busy with home matters. You may easily adopt a service-oriented role in the family. You may feel quite duty-bound to loved ones. You certainly believe in helping and fixing things for loved ones. You may have a striking similarity to a particular parent. You seek to feel whole through the home, but there is often a scattered feeling to the home or family life in youth and a tendency to focus on the details and parts instead of the big picture. You’re likely to grow into a more studious person as you age.
Libra on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Libra on the fourth house, you are especially accommodating with family and might often take on the role of mediator. You seek, more than most, peace, balance, and harmony on the home front, but you are not always good at leaving well enough alone such that there can be some disruption as you attempt to come to this balance. When it comes to home and family, you’re inclined to consult with others and you’re not always quick to make executive decisions or take the lead in these areas of life. You can be especially attached to one particular parent who you might idealize. You seek a home that is artistically balanced and it can be a beautiful place or a refuge.
Scorpio on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Scorpio on the fourth house, your feelings for family and home life are strong, and there may be some tendency to be secretive or protective of your domestic world. You’re also likely to have a strong attachment to your roots and childhood. You, more than most, need quiet time to detox and retreat, perhaps a private den or space to yourself to replenish. This position does have some loner qualities, although your nature is friendly. A parental figure or influence may have been very psychological, perceptive, private, or intense. You may deal with a somewhat persistent fear of losing everything or of having the rug pulled under you as a result. Later in life, you’re more likely to branch out, take the lead, and realize your full potential.
Sagittarius on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Sagittarius on the fourth house, you’re likely an optimist at heart. You’re able to draw upon deep stores of faith. Your early life may have emphasized faith, thought, the power of the mind, and belief. The family life may be especially spirited, although in some cases, this position leads to a feeling that the world is your home–“home is where you hang your hat” philosophy. Others with this position settle far away from the original home. You can be somewhat restless, seeking out a spacious and/or well-lit home, or possibly always looking for something bigger and better. You need to feel free in your home and family life. You can be quite spiritual in later life, or you become increasingly more confident and faithful. Many with this position travel quite a bit in the final third of their lives. Certainly, you greatly value living an interesting rather than ordinary or mundane life.
Capricorn on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Capricorn on the fourth house, you have a traditional or play-it-safe side to you when it comes to home and family. You may not stray far from the values or habits of your childhood, or you have an obvious similarity to a parent or parental figure. You can be rather traditional or disciplined and responsible for your family. You may very take on a rather responsible role in your domestic world, whether this came naturally or you were required to be mature or needed to grow up fast in your childhood. You have a strong need for security and safety. You can be very particular, organized, or orderly in your home environment, regardless of how you are in other areas of life. Or, there is a work-from-home theme or a serious or conservative quality to your domestic world. The responsibilities of parents or the childhood home may fall to you. The emphasis is on discipline and loyalty. In fact, establishing a solid home base is very important to you, not only in your personal life but with any project you take on. You can have a rather deep fear of not being needed, and you could feel that you always seem to be the one to take care of yourself and others. You can go to great lengths to avoid showing others your vulnerability, however.
Aquarius on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Aquarius on the fourth house, you aim to do things a little differently with home and family. You don’t want to feel stuck, confined, or ordinary, doing the same old things and not truly living. As such, you strive to be free from traditions or roles and childhood conditioning. You may be the one in the family to go a different way, for example, and you can be quite stubborn about doing things your way! You may see your upbringing or a particular parent or parental figure–or your family itself–as unusual, unpredictable, inconsistent, or unique. Your childhood may have been different or it seemed to encourage your uniqueness whether directly or indirectly. You can come into your own more and more as you age. You’re likely to create a home life that is different or unique in its own right, and you may open your home to friends or it can be filled with unique, distinctive, or avant-garde things. Your routines can be far from routine! The position of Uranus in the natal chart by sign, house, and aspect can give more clues as to the personality and attitude toward the home life, family, and developing a home base.
Pisces on the 4th House Cusp (IC or Innum Coeli Sign)
With the sign of Pisces on the fourth house, you need a place to retreat, replenish, and escape, and your home or a place in it (such as a den) can be special for this. You also need the freedom to come and go, as you don’t like to feel tied down. You can be quite spiritual, open-minded, and naturally inclusive — uncomfortable with the idea of sticking only with who and what you know best. You can be motivated by a sense of destiny, preferring to have faith in life and people. You may have been considered the sensitive child in your family home. You may idealize your childhood or a particular parental figure. You tend to set up a home that is artistic, harmonious, and resembles a retreat, or you enjoy unusual and distinctive things that decorate your home. Many with this position choose to live near water or a pool. For some with this position, there was a feeling of being disconnected in early life, and this can motivate many things you do as you grow. You should watch for taking on too much care-taking of others, and/or for drifting away because you feel overwhelmed.
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