Yes, you read that correctly.
I can be sort of a Grinch. I’m not into Christmas at all and I’d rather be listening to anything else but Christmas music at the moment. But I do like this time of year.
The reason for that is that the sun is transiting my third house — it actually entered that sector of my chart while I was writing this post. My natal sun and natal Mercury both reside in the third house, so it feels like home to me. I also have a big third house: more than thirty-eight degrees! I’m going to be feeling good through January.
Of course, there are a few other things that affect my mood during the holiday season. Sometimes the Cancer full moon aligns closely with other factors in my chart, making me temporarily grouchy during the holiday season. I already work part-time in retail and I don’t need any help from the cosmos to be any grouchier or any Grinchier: stupid holiday shoppers already make me grouchy enough. This year’s Cancer full moon occurs a few days before Christmas, so I should be on my best behavior by the time I have to spend a whole day with my family.
Other than that, though, I usually feel on top of my game as winter begins. The dark days don’t usually begin to get to me until mid-January when the sun moves into my fourth house.
I did just read an interesting article on astro.com by Dana Gerhardt regarding the third house. This passage in particular resonated with me:
“When you cease to wonder about what’s strange in your day-to-day world, when you lose your willingness to taste new words and imitate without self-consciousness, when you forego the thrill of acquiring new masteries, however small, you will lose the vast richness of this house. The issue here is not what we learn so much as that we learn.”
This is one of those things that convinces me that Placidus houses are a far more accurate system when interpreting birth charts. If I used whole sign houses, my natal sun would be in the fourth house. A passage like the one above that describes the essence of my character would no longer apply to me. I definitely am a third-house being: one who wonders all the time. That’s why I feel so comfortable during this most wonder-ful time of the year. Not only is my sense of wonder highlighted, but also appreciated by others who understand that I can be that guy who is a Jack-of-all-trades and a master of them all.
Anyway, I’m feeling energized and alive. I’ve gotta get off my ass and do something. I’ve got more than five weeks of this ahead of me and I don’t want to waste a second of it!