In Vedic astrology, the 12 houses known as “Bhavas” are just like the 12 zodiac signs that create the basis for one’s life. Each of these houses is ruled by different signs. The Vedic birth chart or Kundli has 12 equal sections comprising each house. The zodiac begins counter-clockwise with the first house and goes around the other, forming a 360° angle.
Vedic astrologers use the houses to predict the future and lead our present in the best possible way. Each of these houses is connected to a certain set of traits. Each house represents or rules over multiple things in a person’s life.
12 Houses in Astrology
The 12 houses (Bhavas) in Vedic Astrology represent hundreds of things each. Hence, it only aims at pointing some important significations of each of the Bhavas. Below is the list of 12 houses in astrology with the short meaning and significance of each house.
- Vedic Name: Tanu Bhava
- Lord of the House: Mars
- Associated with: Aries
- Good for: Jupiter, Sun, Moon Mars Mercury
- Weak for: Venus and Saturn
The meaning of “Tanu” in astrology is “body”, thus it influences one’s individuality. The factors like looks, attractive features, physical features, and strengths are determined by this house. Many things about the individual can be ascertained through the first house.
- Vedic Name: Dhana Bhava or Kutumba Bhava
- Lord of the House: Jupiter
- Associated with: Taurus
- Good for: Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn
The meaning of “Dhana” in astrology is “wealth”, thus it mostly predicts wealth along with family, education, and speech. The areas represented by the second house also includes the nation’s wealth and related things like economic development and so on.
- Vedic Name: Buddhi Bhava
- Lord of the House: Saturn
- Associated with: Gemini
- Good for: Moon, Mars, Venus, and Saturn.
- Weak for: Mercury
The meaning of “Buddhi” in astrology is “intellect”, thus this house governs the mental attitude of a person and their ability to memorize. The areas represented by this house also includes journeys, brothers, sisters, neighbors, interests, habits, mental intelligence, and communication.
- Vedic Name: Bandhu Bhava
- Lord of the House: Moon
- Associated with: Cancer
- Good for: Mercury and Venus.
- Weak for: Mars and Saturn
The meaning of “Bandhu” in Sanskrit refers to “a friend”. Hence, this house is quite related to the domestic happiness of a person. Indeed, the 4th house is all about our connection and linkage with our primary source. The things that come under the influence of the 4th house are property, house, land, cattle, matters related to real estate, vehicles, and material possessions.
- Vedic Name: Putra Bhava
- Significator: Jupiter
- Associated with: Leo sign
- Good for: Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury
- Weak for: Saturn.
The astrological meaning of “Putra” is “son” in this sense, this house represents pleasure and romance. It also deals with reproductive health and all that we create, including our children. The simpleness or difficultness dealing with babies is also influenced by the 5th house. Even circumstances like conception, miscarriage, relationships with children are governed by this house.
- Vedic name: Ari Bhava or Shatru Bhava
- Lord of the house: Mercury
- Associated with: Virgo
- Good for: Mercury
- Weak for: Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Venus, and Saturn
“Ari” in astrology means ‘enemy’ and hence this house relates to enemies and difficulties that one might have in their lives. This house helps to predict facts and factors concerning illness such as what type of diseases we may contract, how long it might take to recover from illnesses, which of our body parts are more vulnerable to getting ill, the strength of our immune system, and so on.
- Vedic Name: Yuvati Bhava
- Significator: Venus
- Associated with: Libra
- Good for: Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn
- Weak for: Jupiter and Sun
The meaning of “Yuvati” in astrology is “lady”, hence it’s the house of your spouse/partner. It is also the house of all kinds of partnerships including business partnerships and it also deals with the darker side of our relationships or the partnerships we form.
- Vedic Name: Ayu Bhava
- Significator: Mars
- Associated with: Scorpio
- Good for: Jupiter & Sun
- Weak for: Moon, Mars, and Mercury.
The astrological meaning of “Ayu” is “longevity”. It is also known as the House of Reincarnation or Death. This house deals with death, longevity, and sudden events like the Lottery. The sudden losses or gains also fall under the realm of this house.
- Vedic Name: Dharma Bhava
- Significator: Jupiter
- Associated with: Sagittarius
- Good for: Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Mars
- Weak for: Mercury and Venus
“Dharma” in astrology represents “uprightness or good virtue”, thus this house determines one’s religious aptitude, ethics, higher learning & values, and spiritual tendency. It shows one’s religious beliefs and helps to predict whether the person believes in a religion or not if the person would stick to the conservative religious values or not and so forth.
- Vedic Name: Karma Bhava
- Lord of the house: Saturn
- Associated with: Capricorn
- Good for: Saturn and Mars
- Weak for: Jupiter, Sun, and Moon
“Karma” means “action” in astrology. Karma is best described as the law of cause and effect. The 10th house of astrology is indeed the house of career and deals with the kind of work or action we perform. This house helps to predict the profession, prestige, and reputation.
- Vedic Name: Labha Bhava
- Significator: Sun
- Associated with: Aquarius
- Good for: Rahu, Neptune
- Weak for: Moon
“Labha” in Vedic astrology means “gains”, thus the 11th house is seen as an auspicious house in astrology. It helps to predict if our aspirations and desires will get fulfilled or not. It’s a strong indicator of wealth and income, gain in name, fame, and money, and also plays a role in determining what brings profit to us.
- Vedic name: Vairagya Bhava
- Significator: Saturn
- Associated with: Pisces
- Good for: Jupiter, Sun, Mars, Venus, and Saturn
- Weak for: Moon and Mercury
The 1st house is about the beginning while the 12th house in Vedic astrology stands for the completion of the lifecycle, thus “Vairagya” stands for “ending”. It is also called the house of insensible, self- untying, and internment. A weak 12th house may give the endemic detachment from people like separation from their partner, parents, friends, and neighbors. Generally, it regularizes the immaterial things like intuitions, dreams, secrets, and emotions of a person.