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The Astrology Houses: The 6th House of Service & Health

If you’re new to astrology and need to start from the beginning, click here. If you don’t understand what the astrology houses are, click here. To learn more about the sign of Virgo, go here. To learn more about the planet Mercury, go here. To learn more about the earth element, go here.

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The Virgo House

Virgo the Virgin of Servitude, Health, Work, and Pets

The Sixth House – ruled by Mercury and Virgo

The Sixth House of Virgo:

The sixth house is mostly known as the house of health and service. In this house, we will most likely find our work ethic, our attitude toward serving and working for others, our physical and mental health, our pets or our connection with animals, our daily routines, and our ability to handle responsibility.

Some other things we may find in the sixth house is our general hygiene habits, diets, fitness, exercise, ability to handle crisis in health-related matters, habits and lifestyle patterns, tendencies toward OCD and perfectionism, our work environment and the types of work one may do, and it’s even possible that we may see our pets here as well.

The sixth house is often known as the Virgo house.


Because it is ruled by the sign of Virgo.

This means that someone who has many planets in the sixth house, (like me), or aspect-ing the sixth house will probably take on many Virgo qualities or characteristics. However, just because Virgo is naturally the ruler of the sixth house, doesn’t mean Virgo is the ruler of YOUR sixth house.

For example, Sagittarius rules my sixth house, so this means that my Virgo/Mercurian qualities are expressed in a Sagittarian way. Virgo enjoys information and Sagittarius is rather philosophical. Combining them means that I have a tendency toward big ideas and being rather idealistic, but I am also not lacking in knowledge, specifically spiritual knowledge. What I mean is, I’m enthusiastic about health-related topics, optimistic about work and serving others to the best of my abilities, and I love learning about and am passionate about animals. Because most of my planets fall into this house, I spend a good majority of my time focusing on ways to express this spiritual knowledge–like I’m doing right now!

If you do not have any planets in the sixth house, it does not mean that you are lacking in any of the qualities mentioned above. You could have many planets aspect-ing the sixth house, which is a bit more advanced astrology. If you’re sixth house is empty, for now, look to the sign that rules your sixth house and that will give you a better idea about your Virgo house.

What the Sixth House Means for You:

Aries/Mars: You’re a very hard-worker, but may become impatient with coworkers when they do not work as hard as you do. Although it is sometimes difficult for you to stay on top of exercise, it is important for you to feel fit and healthy. In your past, you may have had problems with authority or have been told you don’t listen to others very well and may do better working alone or being your own boss. It is likely that when you were growing up, you played many sports and at some point, joined the military, police force, or something similar in nature.

Taurus/Venus (For Venus, also look to Libra/Venus): You are a slow and steady worker; regardless, you are responsible and reliable and will get the job done well. With a tendency to be a bit lazy if not motivated, it may be hard for you to stick to your goals if you’re feeling uninspired. There’s a possibility that you meet your spouse or someone that you fall in love with in a work environment, or while one of you are at work. It is important that you actually enjoy your work. Otherwise, you will make many justifications as to why you refuse to go.

Gemini/Mercury (For Mercury, also check Virgo/Mercury): Being the type of person who needs constant stimulation of the mind, as well as having the need to busy your hands, work needs to be somewhat challenging for you. You’re not the type to sit in a desk and shuffle papers, unless those papers are very interesting. You’re easily anxious and even have a tendency of getting sick simply from issues with your nerves. Stressful situations make you cranky and it’s important that you ground as often as possible; especially considering you likely work two jobs most of the time.

Cancer/Moon: It is easy for you to become emotionally attached to your work, but you have a natural talent for soothing others or attending to the emotional needs of those in your work area. In fact, your job may be somehow related to healing of some kind. If you’re a leader, you’re a good one–although some people may try and dominate you or seem to lack respect for you, so don’t be afraid to be a little harder on those types. It could also be a possibility that you work with family or at home. There is an increased risk of developing abdominal or chest issues here, so be mindful.

Leo/Sun: No matter what line of work you do, you take pride in it. Your only downfall at work is that you need validation from your leaders to know that you’re doing a good job. It’s possible that you feel you aren’t recognized enough for your hard work. When/if this is the case, your health takes a hit, coincidentally. You could be some type of entertainer, like an actor, or any other role that requires you to be under a spotlight or within the public eye. Always lift heavy objects with your legs because you are prone to pulling muscles in your mid/lower back.

Virgo/Mercury (For Mercury, also check Gemini/Mercury): You’re very detail-oriented and may even be known as someone who has a hawk-eye; nothing gets passed you– especially at work. As practical as they come, your leaders may recognize you as someone they can always depend on. You’re very health-oriented and probably have a routine of eating quite healthy and making sure to never get too physically unfit, but if you do, you feel extreme guilt in being unfit. You may actually work in health care or do something that involves animals.

Libra/Venus (For Venus, also look to Taurus/Venus): No matter which position you are in at work, you still unconsciously try to bring peace and harmony into your environment. You’re quite agreeable and easy to work with and if you have a partner in your job, you’ll be much happier as well. Working alone or having a lot of drama in the workplace can weaken your immune system and cause depression. There’s a possibility that do or can work in the beauty industry, but an equal chance that you may work in law, or as some kind of realtor or home designer.

Scorpio/Pluto: You’re extremely dedicated to work and can even be overly-focused on work to the point of creating an unhealthy attachment to it. Obsession can make you chronically, however, and you may deal with infertility or reproductive issues. It is where you go to escape the hardships in your life. Often intense in the workplace, you do your best work when you work alone, especially if it involves some type of secretive or criminal work. Perhaps you work in the scientific community, do some type or research, or a type of investigative work.

Sagittarius/Jupiter: You’re super fun to work with, but you may lack taking responsibility at work and often get into trouble with your superiors. However, there’s also an equal chance that you overwork, if you enjoy your job, and often drink after your shift. In which case, you may begin having weight problems or issues with your liver or kidneys. You’re rather philosophical and often give advice at work. With a love for travelling and adventure, your work may involve exploration, like writing a travel blog. It’s also possible that you’re some type of teacher or professor.

Capricorn/Saturn: When it comes to work, you’re there to work and you’d really rather not waste your time. You’re practical and will work very hard, if it’s worth the money or gain in status. Quite dedicated to the work you do and loyal to your leaders, you can stay at a job for a long time, if you’re also treated well. If you go through a period without a job, you may fall into depression and stay home for too long, however. You’re likely into politics or law and may have a government job or own your own business. Pay attention to joint problems or issues with your teeth or skin.

Aquarius/Uranus: You’re quite a progressive person and you’re always thinking ahead, creating strategies or new ideas on how something can be improved or evolved. For this reason, you may do some unusual work or literally get paid to create. Fascinated by the minds of others, it’s easy for you to get along with groups and probably prefer teamwork rather than going solo. You may have some strange health issues, but it is likely all caused by your nerves or nervous system, in which you should ground and meditate to ease your suffering.

Pisces/Neptune: However your health is depends on the emotional ties you have with your job. A bit idealistic about the work you do, it may be a bit difficult for you to keep a job or you may frequently change jobs due to drama or emotional bonds being broken within your work environment. It’s not unlikely that you have been taken advantage of in the workplace and it’s difficult for you to take the lead when you’d rather make friends. When you find your niche, however, your physical and emotional health will improve. You could potentially work in metaphysics or do something spiritual.

From Within the Labyrinth,

With Love,

-Lakin <3

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