The 3rd House: Communication

The 3rd House resides in the Northeast hemisphere of a natal chart, forming Quadrant 1 together with the 1st house and the 2nd house, which symbolises self-development. A natal chart with a lot of planets in Quadrant 1 can suggest that the native’s life work is to focus on self-development.

Also known as the House of Communication, the 3rd house is a natural Gemini house and it is ruled by Mercury. Your thought process and immediate environment are also governed by the 3rd house. The sign of the house shows the way you communicate and think, and the planets in the house show additional planetary influences on your communication style and early life. An empty 3rd house simply means there are no natal planetary influences, look at the transits, especially the outer planets (Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus) for potential activations.

Depending on the house system you use, you may have two zodiac signs occupying the house at the same time, in this case, we will look at the sign that is on the cusp (the start of the house, usually left-hand side) of the house.

Meaning of the 3rd house through the signs

Understanding the relationship between the 3rd house and the sign on its cusp can reveal some fundamental insights into your communication style. Astrology is complex and this is just one small piece of the puzzle, to see a bigger picture, there are many other factors that need to be put into consideration. The descriptions also to your natal mercury sign placement.

Aries on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Aries

Having impulsive Aries as the sign ruler of your 3rd house indicates that when it comes to communication, you don’t beat around the bush and like to get straight to the point, with Aries’s cardinal fire energy, it can suggest a lack of diplomacy or tact, when you have something to say, all you care about is to say what’s on your mind, sometimes without putting other people’s feelings into consideration, it can come across blunt and can cause unnecessary problems just for the sake of getting the upper hand through words.

Taurus on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Taurus

With Taurus on the cups of your 3rd house, words equal currency, you are careful with your choice of words and the way you bring them across, you have a sensual, pleasant voice that can potentially make your delivery more effective. You may enjoy reading erotic literature and a little dirty talking in the bedroom. You are rooted in logic and your own perspectives, perhaps too much so, it can be very hard to debate you out of your beliefs once they are formed, the world is evolving faster than ever, it doesn’t hurt to keep an open mind.

Gemini on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Gemini

With Gemini on the cusps of your third house, you have superb communication skills and an active mind, stories and information are your brain food, you love mental stimulation and talking to different people is like a brain massage to you. You speak fast and can change the course of the discussion just as fast. As Gemini is an air sign, you may rely heavily on your intellect when it comes to communication, don’t forget to balance the heart and the mind.

Cancer on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Cancer

With Cancer on the cusps of the third house, emotions and intuition come before logic in your thoughts and communication,  you may have the tendency to take what other people say to heart or have an emotional attachment to it: you may be triggered easily by negative comments, and on the other hand, you grow fondly of the people who show compassion and empathy when they communicate with you. The use of words of affirmation is your love language, you have a subconscious desire to show your affection through acts like teaching and storytelling.

Leo on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Leo

With Leo on the cusp of your third house, or your natal Mercury in Leo, you are a born public speaker, naturally, you are passionate and confident when you communicate in front of a group, you know how to inspire others and it makes you a persuasive speaker. Better yet, you have fun doing so. On the flip side, with Leo in this position, it can indicate an inflated ego as people are seemingly absorbed by you when you speak, you should make the effort to follow through with your speech with actions. Just remember that there are more to leadership than good communication skills.

Virgo on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Virgo

This placement indicates a talent in writing and making speeches, Virgo is organised, logical and very thorough in research, you go out of the way to ensure every little detail you presents are correct and you have the ability to craft your findings into a piece of neat writing. At the same time, doing things on the fly may not be your forte as you feel like you need to gather all as many details as possible before moving forward. Since Virgo is prone to perfectionism, it also suggests that you can come across as critical. More noticeable to those around you than yourself, you may make comments here and there subconsciously, criticising the way people do things or try to offer help when it is not necessary, it helps to know that it’s ok not to be perfect as long as there is progress.

Libra on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Libra

With libra on the cusp of your third house, you seek harmony in your immediate environment, you are likely the first outsider to step forward attempting to resolve a dispute in a social environment. You are fair-minded, have a light-hearted and diplomatic approach in your day to day communication. Innately, you hate getting into conflicts with others yourself and may go too far to please everybody. You want everyone to get along — which is almost impossible. You can risk being step on when toxic people realise you will do everything to avoid conflicts. Just know that most people accept life isn’t always pleasant and most likely have less of a problem than Librans when it comes to disagreement and dispute.

Scorpio on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Scorpio

With Scorpio on the cusp of your 3rd house, you are on a never-ending mission to learn all there is about everyone you cross paths with and every story they tell. You are drawn to the “truth” and are not afraid of what you may encounter along the way. You have a knack for figuring out what’s at the root of any problem or situation. Your observation skill is akin to a surveillance camera, you can see every nuance, it is very hard for anyone to lie to your face.  You are naturally sceptical, which can be a turn off to those who are actually without an ulterior motive, you may risk turning away trustworthy people. Although you seem to know everything about everyone, they know very little of you since you rarely talk about yourself (giving people power over you).

Sagittarius on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Sagittarius

Mercury in Sagittarius is all about knowledge and thoughts expansion, you have a thirst for exciting and big ideas, preferably learn while being on the move. Details are not your utmost concern. You love philosophical discussions and debates, it’s very important to learn about constructive communication. You can be blunt while conveying your ideas and beliefs, be sure you dig deep enough to get the facts about the beliefs that attract you. Learning how to listen is going to be a quest on your road to self-development.

Capricorn on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Capricorn

Capricorn is all about mastery and success, while your ideas or speech may be slow to take form, they are rooted in a solid foundation. You don’t like small talk or colourful words, you choose your words carefully, perhaps you only talk when it is necessary, because of that you may come across a little stiff and conventional. You also do not enjoy processing too much information in a short period of time. You may be involved in politics or the public sector. You don’t like being caught off guard. When it comes to others, you might come across as harsh and judgemental, and you become quickly irritated when they don’t seem to understand what you’re saying.

Aquarius on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Aquarius 

With Aquarius on the cusps of your 3rd house, you are witty and may have a pocket full of fun facts or less known ideas, and that alone makes you an interesting person to talk to. Since Aquarius is an air sign, your thought process is quick and your mind sharp. Technology and philosophical topics are appealing to you, and you are attracted to anything that promises humanity’s growth and advancement . You have your own style of communication that makes you stand out. You’re a sucker for jokes and anything that makes others laugh.

Pisces on 3rd House Cusp / Natal Mercury in Pisces

In your interactions with others, you are usually ambiguous and vague. Confusion and misunderstanding that might arise from your vague communication will be resolved if you learn to explain yourself more clearly. At times, your sensitive nature makes you an easy target. To more practical people (like Capricorn and Aries), your goals may appear overly ethereal and idealistic, missing the specifics steps or a solid game plan that make them seem more feasible. Your vision, on the other hand, is exceptional, and since you are able to pick up all of the nuances in your interactions, you have a sharp intuition.



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