As we enter the realms of the Sixth House, ruled by Virgo and Mercury (and some include Chiron), I offer by way of introduction these comments from astrologer Molly Hall, who calls this the House of Daily Refinement. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the shadow sign of this House, which some astrologers feel is rather significant. ~ Beth
Life Themes of the Sixth House:
Efficiency, health, purpose, daily rhythm, duties, purification, refinement, work life, discipline
by Molly Hall
The concerns of the Sixth House are of how to manage the daily doings. It may look like serious business, but at the end of the day, what goes on in the Sixth House, determines how productive you feel. Did you use your time and resources well? Did you find a rhythm of work that felt satisfying? How can you refine your day? These are Sixth House questions that are influenced by planets and transits moving through it.
This House governs the working life, and what kinds of situations you’re drawn to. A dynamic Sixth House (with Sun or Mars) animates your working life, and makes it a huge part of your identity.
A Sixth House full of challenges (Saturn, Pluto or difficult aspects) makes it hard to find jobs, get along with co-workers, or find any kind of daily discipline. Venus in the Sixth House gives you an easy rapport with others at work, making it feel like a party. The sign on the Sixth House cusp further directs the atmosphere of work that suits you best.
Besides the tasks related to work, the Sixth House is about the daily hours and how you fill them. This includes things like exercising, volunteering and hobbies you cultivate.
A well-rounded Sixth House has all the ingredients for mental-spiritual-physical balance. Virgo’s influence means the day’s unfolding is constantly refined, to make the most of what you’ve got. The details matter, and small changes add up, on the path to the ideal.
The Sixth House defines health, which is often an outcome of how the rhythm of the day is managed. It’s also the sphere of purification, through diet, spiritual practice, natural remedies and detoxing.
The way you deal with physical limitations comes up in this House.
It’s the House of the hard slog, the patient perseverance that eventually leads to an inner sense of accomplishment. The Sixth House inherits Virgo’s restless need to juggle the parts to find wholeness, and the self-critical journey that can both harm and heal.