Meaning of fourth house of the D-9 Navamsha chart

Hari Om!

If you have been following this series of the houses of the D-9 Navamsha chart, then you would have understood by now that how you read the 9th divisional chart of your Vedic astrological birth chart, is very different from how you read the D-1 chart.

The 4th house of the D-9 ‘Navamsha‘ chart is like a snapshot of the native’s mind and personal satisfaction from walking the path of their ‘higher calling’ or ‘life philosophy’.

You see the D-9 may well represent a lot of the attributes of your life as they shall be ultimately in your life however it’s not really as simple as that.

A lot of astrologers say that ultimately we all become our Navamsha charts.

Well that may be true to an extent. It isn’t however, the complete story.

The complete story is that what version of ourselves’ we decide to finally embody depends a lot on our focus area in this lifetime.

In this respect, the D-9 chart is indicative both of one’s ‘bhaagya‘ i.e. fortune and ‘destiny’, as it is indicative of the individual’s experience of embodying his or her higher values and principles wrt their journey in this lifetime.

Additionally, it isn’t that you turn into your D-9. There is no ‘transmutation’ taking place here. The D-1 chart will retain its importance in your life even after you have turned 60.

Why is that?

That’s because most of your ‘dashas‘ and planetary time periods are calculated on the basis of your D-1 chart.

The D-1 chart, much like your ascendant, is the filter of experiences that will govern your soul’s journey in this lifetime.

It has a lot of importance and relevance when we come to the discussion of the points of life path, events, obstacles, help etc.

The D-9 chart is more about the individual one becomes when he or she begins to make the shift towards embodying more and more of one’s higher philosophy about life.

It’s the experience of turning into the individual who is following his ‘dharma’ in whichever way he or she understands.

To elucidate this point further, let me paint a picture for you.

The natural progression of life is like this:

  1. You learn (one way or another i.e. through own experiences or being taught.)
  2. You apply (once again, through a lack of opportunities or plenty, by working.)
  3. You grow (at this stage, you slowly begin to step back into your personal power and make conscious choices that enable you to live life the way you want)

The D-9 Navamsha chart is that chart which shows us what kind of an individual will you grow into and how will the process of that change be.

This is important because you see, a lot of people have great potential, great promise and yet they are never able to transform into and embrace the true extent and power of their gifts to claim their destiny and bhaagya.

So studying the planetary placements in the D-9 is what helps us decode all that. That’s why it is even said that “you turn into your D-9”. That is probably true only to an extent as well sooner or later we all turn into what we believe in. Right?

In that respect, the 4th house of the D-9 Navamsha chart refers to the level of satisfaction, fulfillment, comfort, stability and security that you will derive as a result of moving towards the execution of your life’s karma as you perceive reflects your highest ideals of living life.

So the more benefic influences you have here, the better the experience of transition.

Malefic planets here will point towards indications of ‘lack’ or insecurity at some level.

All in all however, planets placed here tie you deeply emotionally to your highest vision for life.

Malefic planets in difficult dignities in the 4th house of your Navamsha chart may well indicate that those values and ideals that dictate the choices you have made in life were probably instilled in you and through not very pleasant means.

An example of this can be a person born to a father who owned a few factories let’s say and has been instilling the values of working hard and creating locally into his son right from his childhood days.

Such a child will grow up not even considering imported products as an option but probably despising them since they “take away jobs” and “rob the local businessmen”.

Get me?

In the same way let’s say someone has Sun, Mars and Saturn in the 4th house of the Navamsha chart and let’s say with Saturn being retrograde.

Such an individual will probably realize very quickly that the values and ideals that were instilled into them as a child through conscious or unconscious mental conditioning on part of their caregivers.. doesn’t make them happy.

So much could have been the burden of this philosophy on this person that as they mature, their philosophy of life is deeply rooted in an attitude of “anything but that” i.e. any philosophy that is not the one that was deeply instilled into them and that they didn’t find any congruence with.

I hope you’re following me here since this is a bit tricky to understand.

It actually should be because with each divisional chart we are going very deep into the workings of the individual’s psyche. We live in times of oversimplification and reading the divisional charts is made out to be a lot more easy than it really is.

Now moving on..

When talking about the nodes placed in the 4th house of the D-9 Navamsha chart, one can say for sure that with respect to the level of security, comfort and safety that following in the direction of their higher philosophy will warrant, there will always be a certain level of detachment and karma that will need to be worked through.

For example, if you have the North node of the Moon ‘Rahu‘, placed in the 4th house of Navamsha chart, then we can say for sure that you feel a deep attachment and sense of purpose wrt living life according to a set of principles that you may or may not be fully expressing in your formative years.

It’s only in time that you begin to feel more and more drawn towards doing the things that help you deeply connect with your innermost feelings and then that further creates a chain reaction.

For example, that may require you to make a few swift changes; change your career, residence, relationships etc. and let go of things and people that you may previously have held dear to you.

Even then, since it is the energy of the North node in the 4th house after all, this inner peace and contentment will take a while to fully manifest.

Early on along your path, you may often find yourself scrambling for and lacking in the requisite resources and safety to execute your karma effectively.

In the same way, if you have let’s say the South node of the Moon, ‘Ketu‘ placed in the 4th house of the D-9 Navamsha chart, then it tells us that even though the necessary resources, safety net and inner clarity that you require for the execution and completion of your destiny shall be readily available to you, your real challenge will be about maximizing the impact of that.

In fact, people with the South node placed in the fourth house of the D-9 chart can often feel that if they are unable to execute and fulfill their highest aspirations and philosophical victories in life, there will be a part of themselves that will be left incomplete.

While in the D-1 chart, the South node Ketu placed in the 4th squarely points towards an adequate base but lack of satisfaction unless great progress is made on the outside.. in the D-9 chart, the same placement should be interpreted more from the perspective of the level of satisfaction you derive from aligning with your destiny.

So such a person may well stumble upon their destined path early on in life but realize only later that this is truly what is their higher purpose and fortune to pursue.

On the topic of malefic planets occupying the 4th house of the D-9 chart, it may often be so that the individual’s life path leading up to his or her destiny, leads them through a lot of physical manifestations of effort to keep things together and working.


Well Sun Saturn conjunction in the 4th house of the Navamsha chart may well indicate an individual who inherited their fortune and which required physical upkeep and efforts.

This can be as much a political career as it can be an estate, dealership, farm or factory.

Malefic planets often bind you to physical things and attach their responsibility with you. Benefic planets however allow you a greater freedom of movement and expression wrt all the things you wish to do or are even meant to do.

This is because benefic planets being more ‘sattvic‘ in nature have more to do with the transmission, execution and unfolding of sattva tatva that may well be in material form but usually exists beyond any specific material attachments.

When talking about the luminaries i.e. Sun and Moon, if either or both of them are placed in the 4th house of the Navamsha chart then irrespective of their dignity, it definitely shows a deep attachment on part of the native with choosing the path that is lead by a higher understanding of life.

Such an individual will be quick to grasp the responsibilities that come with bearing the mantle of responsibilities that come with pursuing a path unfolding from a deeper connect with their philosophy of life.

At a material level as well, either of the luminaries placed in the 4th house of Navamsha chart indicate a natural understanding about accumulating the necessary resources, security and safety that is required to proceed to the next level of your life.

Hope this helps.

Hari Om!

Published by Jay Kaushal

Jay Kaushal is a Writer, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach with double PGs in International Business Operation & Marketing. He has cross disciplinary expertise in the fields of Business, Wellness, 'Tantra', 'Vedic' Astrology, Personal Transformation and Leadership.

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