In the 2nd house, our personality found security and identification in its surroundings, associating itself with the things that we possess.
In the 3rd house, the personality finds its way outwards and is finally able to express itself through proper communication. This is where we become able to understand surrounding events through logic, identifying them and giving them names.
The 3rd house is where we find the rational, concrete mind that operates through reason, and this is why conditions of this house describe our experience with early school and our relationship with the concept of learning basic knowledge with concrete application. In this house, we’ll also find information regarding our siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, neighbours and short travels; this is our immediate environment, through which we may transit freely and rapidly.
Because this house is so related to learning and absorbing surrounding information, conditions of this house describe what we find interesting in the world; this is where our curiosity is.
Sun in the 3rd house: a talkative child is picked up at school from their first day there; their eyes are happily sparkling with knowledge; their mind is in rapidly expansion. People with this placement become known for their intelligence, curiosity and way with words. This Sun’s blessings generally produce an individual able to transit easily through many of life’s departments, demonstrating great interest for what other people have to teach them. The mind is clear and is always establishing intellectual connections with its surroundings.
Moon in the 3rd house: a crying student confesses their feelings to a colleague; they talk profusely and skillfully. Books, notebooks, exercise sheets and pens gather around. The airy mind is dripping in emotional waters, symbolizing a clear, logic understanding of the emotional realm that rules relationships between people. Feelings become lightweight and change rather rapidly according to one’s relationship to one’s immediate surroundings. The mind is always active with constant rise and fall of enormous waves and must communicate its feelings to alleviate so much pressure.
Mercury in the 3rd house: a child runs joyfully, surrounded by their siblings, trees and the fresh breeze of spring; glistening written words hatch from all things. Outstanding talent with words; a symbol of a mind that is extremely receptive to new information, skilfully weaving strings of new knowledge from every experience. People with this placement are great at talking to all kinds of people, easily expressing their own points of view and interpreting those of others. This is mind that operates with multiple perspectives and is able to perceive the multitude of ways in which a situation can be handled.
Venus in the 3rd house: after travelling for two hours, a group of friends enjoys the sunshine by the beach while listening to pop music on a radio; colourful drops of ice cream paint the hot sand. Easy-going, witty and talkative, the individual with this placement is usually attracted to intelligent and versatile people who talk skilfully. There’s a great curiosity for other people’s worlds and knowledge. Relationships tend to be flexible and lighthearted.
Mars in the 3rd house: siblings are fighting in the living room, but the conflict is verbal; words cut like the bloody edges of a sword. The mind is infused with passion and competition, and is thus energized by violent surges of energy. People with this placement are passionate about an active mind like their own and their sense of conquest is activated whenever they are in touch with learning. The mind is usually restless.
Jupiter in the 3rd house: a professor is contemplated by a room filled with students; they’re waiting for their enormous knowledge to be generously offered. Jupiter’s blessings produce an individual that loves learning and communicating, and does so quite skilfully. The mind is usually embedded in a faithful and happy perspective of the world as a whole, and thoughts tend to sparkle with moral beauty and justice. Talkative and confident, people with this placement are usually great at receiving and providing knowledge.
Saturn in the 3rd house: a student considers their exam sheet, taking a deep breath; slow and steady, they go through one question at a time until all of them are perfectly answered. A symbol of great concentration and focus, people with Saturn in the 3rd are generally fearful of their own mental abilities; they don’t think themselves as smart or skilful enough and are usually shy, keeping their brilliant ideas in a bird cage until later in life, when they learn to master the beauty of their own mind.
Uranus in the 3rd house: a traveler quietly sits with their forehead against the window of a bus; the blurred, dark landscape runs quickly through their eyes while their mind explodes in sudden realizations. This is the symbol of a bright mind that works in a unique way. This is someone whose thoughts establish unusual and unexpected connections between things, shedding light onto obscure subjects. Communication tends to be erratic and somehow astonishing, maybe revealing scenes from a far away future.
Neptune in the 3rd house: a sleepy child reads a story book when a whole world draws itself from the printed words; castles rise from violet clouds; magical creatures reveal themselves from between the lines. Neptune’s blessings dissolve the logical barriers of the mind, creating a lively and fantastic imagination. The mental realm becomes receptive to surrounding energies and all things unseen find their way into enchanted ideas. Thoughts are dreamy and don’t really have a structured form, so they’re constantly being distorted and dissipating.
Pluto in the 3rd house: a wanderer enters a long lost library; shelves and shelves of ancient knowledge repeat themselves until they fade on a darkest horizon. Blessed by Pluto, people with this placement experience their immediate surroundings through symbols, interpreting other people’s hidden intentions and feelings. Maybe with obsessive thoughts, this is probably someone who carefully analyzes any incoming information; they experience an essential truth within their own minds and search for it in all knowledge they’re exposed to.
Please have in mind that these are very basic interpretations and that the chart and the individual’s life should be considered as a whole for more accurate interpretations.
Detail from Alois Hans Schram’s “Springtime with friends”; 1890.