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About the Sixth House
by Jennifer Holly MacDonald   
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Last edited: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Astrology represents many things in our society. Some people swear by it and some people think it's really stupid. Who's right? Who cares? Developing a life chart using the 'codes' of astrology is useful and beneficial if you take authority over the process.
Astrological and life charts are not about handing over control of your life to destiny or star charts, it's about creating your life as you want it to be, much the same way you create characters in a novel.
My articles on life charts and astrology are guideline articles that sum up the collective consciousness about astrology so we can use them as references as we journey. They are useful for meditation among other things.



Sixth House - Holy Code Life Chart

What kind of worker are you inclined to be? What physical environment best serves your needs? What physical conditions bring your personal best out in the open? What style do you use to support your own good health? Are you inclined to put others first and neglect your own needs?

These are all sixth house issues.

When you want to understand yourself better in the areas of personal health and well being, of daily practices that keep the flow of life going, chores, service to others and the responsibilities you take on in daily life, look to the sixth house conditions for answers.

This house also relates to personal mastery, and the overcoming of obstacles in producing the fruit of one's achievements.

It is in the sixth house that you ask yourself what motivates your perceptions of health, of service to self and others, how you fit into the community around you on a mundane, daily basis.

This house will provide cues to understanding what type of person you are in daily work environments with co-workers, employees and employers.

This is a house of habits, the area of life that indicates what you fall back on in terms of self programming, the 'automatic pilot' area of daily life. The key to maintaining self mastery is to be aware of your own tendencies in everything that you do on a minute to minute basis. This may sound difficult but it is the best way to enjoying a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This is simply present moment awareness.

For some people, the sixth house issues are interpreted as boring, mundane, the humdrum of daily life and the area where we deal most with our own limitations however the reality of the sixth house is this is the area of your life that you have the grand opportunity to be aware of every living moment. It is where you take the mystery out of your own personality and own it all. Nothing is hidden from you in this house.

The fruits of your labors will also manifest through your dedication to sixth house matters since this is where you do the work on a physical level. This is a house of chores where you practices the skills you learn and use them over and over again.

Your bond (or lack of) with pets is indicated here. When allowing animals into your life, a daily responsibility is created and this being will depend on you for quality of life. Look in the sixth house for clues as to whether or not you'd be good for animals. It's one thing to think kittens are cute and you really want one, it's quite another to make a commitment to one for the next 15 to 20+ years. This is an important part of the sixth house. If you like animals but can't swing a major commitment try fostering animals at your local shelter.

Although this house gives many indications about your work ethic and how you put that into practice, it isn't saying much about your life purpose or overall career goals. This house encompasses the qualities of practice and our individual style when dealing with work. The tenth house has more indications about what we wanted for ourselves in terms of big picture careers and life purpose. The sixth house narrows our vision down to small snapshots and not the big picture.

Some key points to remember in the sixth house:

  • Place of preparedness and focus.

  • Deals with the solid, physical world.

  • Physical reality.

  • Groundedness.

  • Daily responsibilities.

  • How you respond to your chosen responsibilities.


  • Basic life skills like eating, sleeping, working, chores.


  • What motivates you to work.


  • The place where honing your skills is brought forth into physical reality and used for everyday purposes.


  • How learning translates into action.


  • Taking charge and being responsible for what we have learned and what we know.


  • The results of our habitual patterns on the physical level.


  • Planets in the sixth house will indicate specific health challenges that need to be addressed.


  • How you are motivated to look after yourself which translates into how effective your are in serving others.


  • The details.


  • Mundane levels of doing.


  • Fact focused.


  • Who or what you are motivated to care for and how you extend yourself to others.


  • What type of people and situations you allow into your daily life.


  • Your choices when it comes to your outer appearance.

  • Practicalities.

  • What tools are available to you.

  • Perfecting the art of daily living.

  • Issues with dealing with authority in your life.

  • Attitudes towards serving others.

  • Attitudes towards how you allow others to serve you.

No planets in this house indicates more independence from the obligations of the collective society around you. You have less interference from others but also less collaboration.

The ruling planet of the sixth house is Mercury. When no other planets fall in the sixth house then energies of Mercury are very focused, independently, on the house in which it falls in your chart.

Key Points of studying your life chart are shown through astrological configuration, archetypal influence, Animal spirit guides, Arch Angels, Spiritual Mentors and Talismans (rocks, stones, physical objects).

The archetype that shows up in this house carries with it many messages about what is governing your decision making process when it comes to achieving your daily work and service goals. Archetypes are all about programming. The sixth house archetype is the program you run automatically when these particular issues are present in your life. Getting to know the specific conditions of your archetype in this house gives you a clear picture of how are are reacting to the issues presented here. You gain more power over your programming when you understand how it is functioning in your life. An archetype is a tool that is meant to be used by you, like the software on your computer. The more you know about how it works the better you can handle it's potential and use it to your benefit.

The animal spirit guide(s) that show up here are making efforts to show you what your natural instincts are in sixth house issues. They also support you to be true to yourself in these situations and not fall prey to other influences that don't support your well being. If you are feeling uncomfortable about the way in which you are dealing with daily life then look to your animal spirit guide(s) to get back on track. It (they) keep you focused and clear about your natural tendencies so that you are using your natural instincts, skills and talents to make the most of every moment. These are beings that help you get past your ego and back to the core of why you wanted to be here.

The Arch Angel that rules over this house is the companion that you turn to when you lose control of yourself and need intervention to get back to your real life. Call on this Arch Angel when you feel ill or disconnected from your personal truth and the functions of daily life. This doesn't have to be complicated, you don't even have to know it's name, just taking a moment to relax and asking “Sixth house Arch Angel, please help me now.' This will bring you the relief and guidance that you need.

The spiritual mentor is someone that you have admired in some way and want to reflect their qualities into your own lifestyle.

The astrological components are the basic conditions of your environment, conditions that you set up for yourself before coming into this life. This is the arena or the stage you set for yourself. Other people involved in your life have made agreements with you on this level, to play out this 'game' with you. How others perceive you and react to your presence comes up in the astrological map.

The talisman usually comes in the form of stones, gems, crystals but can be other physical objects. Not to be mistaken with things like a rabbit's foot that has no value and doesn't get programmed into a life chart. Body parts that are being used by others are not items for talisman use. A talisman causes no harm when acquiring which includes the cutting of trees or removing items from nature in a way that's harmful to the earth's natural environment. A talisman is programmed into your chart naturally and will take very little effort for you to acquire should you need it at some point. Talisman's are usually connected to your animal spirit guide in some way. For example, I have black kyanite in my sixth house which helps me to connect with my Raven animal guide who is present in my sixth house.

Written by:

Jennifer MacDonald


Psychic Developments

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