What Is The 6th House In Astrology? Meaning Of Each Planet & Zodiac Sign Placement

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The 12 houses of astrology define central themes in your life, with each house ruling over a different area of life.

What is the 6th house in astrology?

Ruled by the Virgo zodiac sign and planet Mercury, the 6th house in astrology is associated with health and well-being, daily routines, and the duties you're responsible for.

The planets placed in the sixth house in your natal chart as well as the zodiac sign your 6th house is in sheds light on how you approach these elements of your life.

You can find out your house placements using a free birth chart calculator. House placements are one of the most unique aspects of your natal chart. You'll need to know not only your date and place of birth, but also as close to your exact time of birth as possible as house placements change zodiac signs often.

The biggest lesson the 6th house teaches is for you to follow the ways of living in good health.

When you are faced with difficult situations in relation to your health, you have to face each obstacle head-on.

The 6th house in astrology emphasizes good habits and good scheduling.

You cannot ignore your health thinking that it will just go away. It won't.

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You need to sleep on a regular basis, eat at certain times that work best for you, have patience, and be responsible for your own health.

The 6th house also impacts your mental health.

You need routine periods of relaxation to give you a chance to recharge and recoup.

When you take a moment to relax and let go of the stress of the day, you give yourself the chance to heal.

Some big points for you to remember in relation to the 6th house is that you need to set time aside to self-heal, reduce stress, heal your body, and give it proper nutrition.

Fun fact, many nurses have planets that live in the 6th house because they are nurturers. That's why they are drawn to the medical field.

The 6th house plays a great role for each planet when they are in the 6th house and they impact each zodiac sign in their own way.

Planets in the 6th house meaning

Sun or Moon in the 6th house

When the Sun is in the 6th house, you tend to be perfectionistic when it comes to your daily routines. You take your work very seriously which often has positive outcomes, but you also have to be wary of overworking yourself. You have to work on investing your time and emotions in the right way so that you don't become emotionally drained.

The Moon also deals with emotions but on a more intimate level. You may often deal with job anxiety and, thanks to Virgo's influence on this house, may even have a touch of hypochondria. It's important for you to strive for a very easy breezy emotional life. You need to keep things light and keep the little things from getting on your nerves.

Venus in the 6th house

Venus in the 6th house usually leads to positive relationships with coworkers.

When Venus is in the 6th house, the universe is telling you to work on prioritizing a healthy relationship.

Mercury in the 6th house

With Mercury in the 6th house, you are very observant. You are good at figuring out solutions to solve problems and fix situations.

One drawback of having Mercury in the 6th house is your analytical mind is often hyperactive, which can lead to stress, depression, and burnout.

Mars in the 6th house

Mars deals a lot with confrontation, and it's important that when you are in any situation where you are agitated, you breathe.

You must figure out a better way to handle the situation without anger.

Saturn in the 6th house

People with Saturn in the 6th house are self-disciplined hard workers. You can be sure that you will see success in life, though it may come slower than you desire.

As Saturn is a karmic planet, those with this placement should focus on taking care of their bodies and providing service to others.

Pluto in the 6th house

Pluto is the planet of rebirth but one that's also associated with negative energy. Those with this planet in the 6th house may face power struggles in their work environment and tend to work themselves to the point of burnout.

Jupiter in the 6th house

Jupiter is the sign of luck and abundance, so those with natal Jupiter in the 6th house will see a lot of success at work, such as frequent promotions and salary increases. 

As the 6th house also rules health, you will likely see an abundance of good health as well, though it's important to pay attention to what you put into your body to avoid overindulgence in unhealthy habits.

Uranus in the 6th house

Uranus, the planet of uniqueness, is pushing you to find your freedom in life when it's in the 6th house. It's important for you to find your independence and stand out from the crowd, which is key to your success in life.

Neptune in the 6th house

Neptune is the planet of intuition, compassion, and ideals. While these are positive traits, they can also cause an existentialist crisis. When Neptune is in the 6th house, this can translate to difficulties staying organized and setting healthy boundaries. 

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6th house meaning in each zodiac sign

6th house in Aries

You are a very hardworking, dedicated person.

You take the route of most resistance and you try your best to power through anything that comes your way. This can also impact your health because you go all-in when you have to make changes to your health regimen.

Something that will be helpful for you is to carry a planner or a schedule. Maybe even set alarms or reminders on your phone to remind you to take care of yourself at specific times. I know Fitbit has reminders you can set to go move every so often or take a 5-minute breathing session!

You just have to find what works best for you.

6th house in Taurus

You have to find a balance. You cannot be all work and no play or relaxation.

Take some time to relax and unwind after work and give yourself a chance to just be.

Taking some time for yourself will make your long days so much more bearable and you won't find yourself so overwhelmed all the time.

6th house in Gemini

You may be tired of your regular routine, so it's time to change it up a little bit.

Make it more interesting. It will be so much easier if you really like something, then you will not find it tedious to get up and go to work every day.

You have to find a way to reignite your passion.

6th house in Cancer

You have a deep emotional connection with everything you do and it may take a toll on your body after a while.

This is because when you overexert yourself constantly into what you are working on and are overstressed, then you easily become overwhelmed and your emotions are thrown off.

You have to take time and relax. Find happiness in the mundane and take care of yourself.

These activities can include but are not limited to cleaning, cooking dinner, yoga, breathing, meditation, or any other stress-relieving activity.

6th house in Leo

Pure excitement and happiness are going to make your health so much brighter.

When you are happy, it is natural for your body to pick up on these good feelings and make them normal.

What you have to be aware of is that you don't want to get to the point where you are only successful when you are happy.

Because when stressful situations arise, you don't want to shut down and start having stress-related health issues.

6th house in Virgo

You are the ruler of the 6th house, so that makes it a very powerful time for you when you are in the 6th house.

You will find that you have to pay close attention to your exercise, habits, and nutrition.

This is because, when you are stressed, you can start having digestive issues, such as indigestion.

6th house in Libra

You really need to figure out how to balance yourself and avoid spreading yourself too thin. It's time to start delegating and letting other people in so that you can take some time to take care of yourself.

6th house in Scorpio

You are a very hardworking person and are obsessed with doing the best you can.

You also like to be in charge of things. You do not like it when things start to spiral out of your control.

You want to have power all of the time. There is no giving up for you.

6th house in Sagittarius

You have to be careful that you don't drown yourself in your work.

You have to take some time for yourself to relax and care for yourself. Being obsessed with work is not going to get you anywhere.

It's important for you to figure out and develop the best health program for you that fits well with your life.

6th house in Capricorn

Routines help you out a lot. You are also really on top of your health concerns.

You are very disciplined and you like spending time caring for yourself.

You definitely do not have a hard time setting aside work from home life. But, when you are frustrated with something, you have to relax and let it go because it's not good to stress over things for your health.

6th house in Aquarius

You need to take all your energy and use it for your benefit.

Take on tasks that benefit you physically and start paying attention to your diet and exercise habits.

You have such a creative mind that you need to find a way to make the time you have set aside fun.

6th house in Pisces

You may be a bit emotional but you do enjoy everything you set your mind to.

You love what you do so that helps you handle all the stress you may be feeling.

Try to handle things as they come because you don't want to get in an anxiety spiral where you cannot figure a way out.

So, take the time for you to really focus on your health because you have to be at your best to take care of others who may not be at their best.

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