6th House in Astrology: Work, Health and Small Animals




In the 6th House, the desire to create, to materialize, gives us the belief that there are no limits to the expression of our “I.”

Our journey through the Houses continues, and we arrive at House 6.

We are barely in House 1. At House 2, we discover that we are unique. In House 3, we externalize our personality. In House 4, we discover our identity. In House 5, we reveal ourselves to the world.

After the need for self-expression in House 5, where our “I” needs to stand out, shine, and be recognized, we come to House 6. Here, we no longer believe that we are “everything,” but we still believe that we can be or do anything.

Everything is within our reach. The desire to create and materialize gives us the belief that there are no limits to expressing our “I.”

Sixth house

  • Sphere - Service, health, and small animals
  • Planet - Mercury
  • Sign - Virgo
  • Element - Earth
  • Quality - Mutable
  • Polarity - Female
  • Position - Cadent
  • Physiology - Intestines and abdomen
  • Places - Hospitals, workplace
  • Color - Dark brown
  • Key Words - work, service, employment, coworkers, efficiency, occupations, vocation, daily routine, health, and small animals

6th House - Our Vocation is to Be Ourselves

In the 6th House, we think about the need to return to Earth. Gradually, we go out to meet others. It is time to remember our natural limits and the inevitability of defining who we are better.

At this stage, we realize that our real value is not outside of us, in the recognition we find in others, but within us. Every day, we practice our inner nature and who we are (with ourselves and others). Our vocation is to be ourselves.

The 6th House raises the following question: although the expression of creativity (object of House 5 ) is necessary and fundamental for developing the personality, do we do it intelligently? The time has come to think if our wishes are realistic and if what we do also considers the interests of others.

The 6th House represents another ladder in the evolution of personality. It’s great to want to create, but do we do it with a purpose? Or is it just to satisfy our ego, turning out to be redundant and intrusive?

The 6th House invites us to make this inner reflection: what are our priorities? Are we making good use of our power and capabilities? Do we know how to recognize the true nature of our personality and the limits of our humanity?

The 6th House shows us how we can develop who we are and makes us unique. If we don’t know each other, we act against our nature. We are frustrated, stressed, and feel bad. They are the emotions that tell us that something is not correct.

Alerts indicate the need to rethink options and, perhaps, change the direction of our life. That adjustment may be necessary to find the desired harmony.

The 6th House explores how our “being” relates to the outside world and integrates the experiences it provides. It is expressed through work and how our minds and feelings adapt to stimuli and the reality of everything external to us.

Although we all submit to worldly tasks, from which there is no escape, there is a sense of mission that we create for ourselves.

The Sixth House tells us how our most profound “I” finds that fragile balance point and adjusts to what comes from the outside and that it can have some impact on who we are and what we want for ourselves.

House 6 - Work and Employment

Our relationship with work can be more or less favorable. For some people, careers are a priority, and it is in this field that they are fulfilled.

Others go to work every day because that is how they make a living. In any case, the routine inherent in the performance of a profession allows us to structure our day today.

It forces you to make plans, review priorities, and make decisions. In social terms, this collective workforce makes it evolve and allows it to do new things.

The alignment of the planets and signs in the 6th House suggests the occupations for which we can present a greater natural inclination, according to the talents recognized by Astrology for each of the signs and the type of planetary energies present in the birth chart.

Mars and Aries, for example, suggest independent personalities who prefer to work on their own and pursue professions such as car drivers, insurance agents, or psychologists.

Sol and Leo show a talent for professions where they can exercise authority, such as judge, teacher, manager, or lawyer.

Venus and Libra, in turn, can extend the passion for aesthetics to the professional field in occupations such as interior decoration, fashion, or design. In the description of each sign, you can find other information on this topic.

But, in addition to describing talents and possible career opportunities, the positions of the planets and signs in the 6th House also suggest an attitude toward work.

It is not just what we do but the way we do it. Some astrological personalities are more independent and happy when they have the power of decision ( Aries, Taurus, Leo ), while others do not need leadership positions ( Capricorn, Pisces ).

On the other hand, the 6th House shows us how we are at work: dominant or subservient, fair or inattentive to the needs of others, impartial, or we play according to the side that benefits us the most.

Of course, as in all aspects of Astrology, it is not about making value judgments or pointing the finger but about self-knowledge.

We can reflect and change by recognizing some personality traits that we do not objectively identify with (or that we are not aware of). Adjust our actions to our way of being.

House 6 - Relationships and Environment

The 6th House serves as preparation for the relationships we will establish in the 7th House by describing how we relate to who we serve and who serves us. Humility and work are the qualities that stand out the most here.

The way we use our time and the kind of environment that makes us happy is another facet of this House. The planets and signs that line up in this House show what we value most in our home and workplace.

While Mars, for example, has enough energy and resourcefulness to tidy up the House, Neptune can easily get distracted by details and end the day with just about everything to do.

6th House and Health

Health is another concern of House 6. Work and health are often linked. Having an occupation is an essential part of building our personality. The professional activity provides personal evolution, recognition, and utility.

If, on the one hand, overwork negatively affects health, its absence makes us indifferent and lazy. Lack of employment deprives us of a source of livelihood and a sense of worth and purpose.

The 6th House encourages us to keep our bodies and minds healthy. The harmony between emotions and physical health allows us to carry out the tasks we take care of every day and live in peace.

The 6th House also values technical skills. After all, your domain allows us to perform our work competently. At the same time, good performance is reflected in better career opportunities, increased learning, better monetary compensation, and a decent standard of living.

House 6 and the Little Animals

Many people adopt pets and find great comfort and friendship in their presence. In some cases, their relationship with them is so strong that they take care of and dedicate a lot of time and effort to their well-being. Small animals also appear in House 6.

For some people, pets are faithful companions that alleviate loneliness and a sense of worthlessness. For those with a solid connection to their pets, death and loss can be a very traumatic experience and trigger a host of less desirable psychological consequences.

Beginning of a New Stage of Personal Growth

Until now, the purpose of our journey through the Astrological Houses has been to get to know ourselves. Understand who we are, what is important to us and our fulfillment, how we treat and see other people who are important to us, and how we put our talents to use. Starting in the 7th House, we will join the others.

The 12 Houses in Astrology

  • House 1 - Individual Identity (the “I”)
  • House 2 - Money, Earnings, and Possessions
  • House 3 - Mind, Environment, and Brothers
  • House 4 - Home
  • House 5 - Creative Self-Expression, Hobbies, and Fun
  • House 6 - Work, Health, and Small Animals
  • House 7 - Couple and Marriage
  • House 8 - Sex, Death, and Birth
  • House 9 - Philosophy and Adventure
  • House 10 - Career and Social Statutes
  • House 11 - Friends and Community
  • House 12 - Spirituality and Subconscious