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Sahaja Bhava – The 3rd house of Vedic Astrology

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The third house (bhava) in astrology is the house of communications, especially communication done in writing. In writing one expresses one’s thoughts, concepts, opinions, ideas, information, data, facts, observations, or any combination thereof. It is the domain where conversation happens. The conversation usually takes place with people around us, including our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends. Therefore, this house also signifies others whom we have frequent contact with.

The conversation also happens internally; a dialogue with ourselves. It is the narrative of our consciousness. The third house is the story we tell ourselves of the concepts and opinions we have formed through our life experience. Therefore, it is the house of bravery, the boldness of the spirit and the power of our will. The third house determines the amount of valiance and will-power we have: it takes an act of courage to convince ourselves we can do and become anything in life. Each time we use our will-power to achieve a goal in life, we additionally strengthen the third house.

The third house is a Kama house, along with the 7th and 11th houses. (Read about the Four Purushartas here). Kama houses are the domain in life in which we have the opportunity to fulfill our desires. These desires are usually connected with other people and are desires that are acquired rather promptly. Everything related to the third house is transitory and requires effort and action. Thus, Mars is the Karaka for the 3rd house. This factor is opposed to the desires of the eleventh house, which are the long-term and extensive goals in our lives, such as buying a home or a long-term investment prospect. Other examples of short-term desires connected with the third house are buying our morning coffee, reading the morning paper, and having a good lunch and chat with our friends.

It is the bhava related to the sharing of information. Gossip, chit-chat, news, school-report, journalism, publishing, meetings, announcements, reviews, critiques, magazines, and messages are all connected to this house. It is a very intellectual house very much corresponding with the sign of Gemini. It is the kind of intellect related to quick analysis and fast results, as opposed to the eighth house which is the house of research and more in-depth scientific study, getting to the foundation and root of the scientific inquiry.

The third house is also an artistic and creative bhava. It is the 11th house from the 5th, thus making it the house of gains for 5th house matters. Our hands, represented by the 3rd house, brings to life the creative genius of the 5th house. The struggle of the work and intense hours of concentration and dedication to bring about the work of art of the 5th house could not be done without the help of the 3rd house. Therefore, the ability to focus and concentrate while working is another 3rd house designation. It requires will-power and perseverance to achieve a high level of concentration and skill. Here we can again see why the 3rd house is considered a mild dusthana house. The process of hard work itself is a bit challenging and may be frustrating at times. But dusthana houses are the irritants that produce the pearls. The catalysts of the dusthana houses are necessary to polish our mental and spiritual character and are the stepping stones for acquiring the touchstones of greatness.

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Monica is a Vedic Astrologer since 2009. She has a B.A. in Psychology. Her deep passion for the spiritual and occult side of life has led her on a path to go deeper into the mysteries of life, and to seek the underlying causes of phenomena and events. This is what led her down the path of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). She began by studying Western Astrology first, but it still was not enough. After about three months of studying Western Astrology she came across a book by James Braha on Western Astrology, but the back cover said he actually practiced Hindu Astrology. She became curious about this different astrology she had never heard about and immediately called him and ordered his books. He sent her her chart to study alongside her new Hindu (Vedic) Astrology books. The fateful day upon receiving the book titled, "Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer"she became so absorbed on Vedic Astrology, that she never looked back. It explained circumstances in her life which could not be explained by Western Astrology alone. She practices the Parashara System, and stays with the traditional seven ancient planets. She has studied personally with Punditji Mahesh Shastriji of mypanchang.com, Dennis Flaherty's correspondence course, tutoring with Penny Farrow, courses by James Kelleher, and finally through hours of individual study from a set of about 40 sundry books on Vedic Astrology purchased from Dennis Flaherty a week after having received James Braha's books (back in 2009). She will always consider herself a life-long student of Jyotish, considering how vast and deep this knowledge is. She continues to learn through the courses given by James Kelleher, a wonderful Jyotish Guruji!

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