Mercury and Venus in the Sixth House
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The sixth house, like the sixth sign Virgo, represents the last personal stage in development, and is thus a critical one. The self-adjustment we undergo here determines our ability to relate to others on an equal footing (seventh house), and, by its success or failure, unites us with or separates us from others. This is the house of work and health or the lack of either, hygiene and nutrition, service, servants and servitude, daily routine, employment by others, and small animals and pets. Whereas fifth house activities are done for their own sake, sixth house work is done out of necessity or in support of other, more self-expressive activities. When our work becomes an end in itself, however, or we lose track of its purpose, it becomes pointless, and the result can be physical or psychological illness. The issue with planets in the sixth house is to remember what the purpose of our work is, where is it’s joy? Without this knowledge, life isn’t worth living.
Astronomically speaking, the sixth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the western horizon (see above picture) occupied by planets in the two hours after they set.
With Mercury in the sixth house, sickness or ill-health can be the result of incorrect patterns of thought . You worry too much about your own body and your general state of health. Let the body's natural wisdom take care of your body, and put your attention on helping others. Service to or work with those less fortunate than yourself, particularly in health related matters, is fulfilling and centering for you. If Mercury is also in a mutable or cardinal sign, there's probably a lot of movement and desire for change in your work. Your mind is analytical, detailed and discriminating. An expert at quality control, you can spot the bad apples every time. Since the sixth house is the house of health, Mercury in this position is more susceptible to ailments than in other houses. If a sixth house Mercury is afflicted (Mercury in hard aspect to Mars, Jupiter [less important], Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto; or, less importantly, in Pisces, Sagittarius or Leo), its sign can indicate the part of the body that may be adversely affected. Please skip the next paragraph and continue reading.
Venus in your sixth house brings gain and benefits through work and co-workers. You bring harmony to and have success and popularity in your place of employment, and are a good mediator, arbitrator, or representative of women. You're caring, service oriented, and your critical faculties are excellent. You should go easy on starches and sugar, however, and if your sixth house Venus is afflicted (Venus in Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn, or in hard aspect to Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto) be careful of eating and drinking too much. The sign of an afflicted sixth house Venus indicates the part of the body that may be adversely affected.
meant to assist you in diagnosing ailments that you may already have or, if
your Mercury or Venus is afflicted (see above), that you are more prone to; and not to
suggest that any of these ailments are things you necessarily will get. An
afflicted Mercury or Venus in the sixth
system, the lymphatic system (including the spleen in that regard), or the pineal gland.
If Mercury or Venus is within 10° of the descendant (seventh house cusp), then it is conjunct the descendant and much of the foregoing interpretation starts to become weaker. If either planet is in the sixth house AND within 4° or 5° of the descendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the seventh house, and its influence will be felt in the seventh as well as in the sixth house. The closer a sixth house planet is to the descendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the seventh house; when less than 3° from the descendant, a sixth house Mercury or Venus expresses itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the seventh house.
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