6th House Zen: Practicing For Success

The House of Servant
6th house planets are like zen apprentices practicing to be a master someday. The idea is that service leads to personal growth, and continuous service leads to excellence.

Whereas 10th house may include the glorious experience of career success and public achievement, 6th house activity is more humble in nature, such as:

  • Management of daily tasks
  • Learning how to cooperate with others
  • Working to serve customers or a boss
  • Practicing to improve oneself or one’s performance (e.g. a musician practicing his instrument or a martial artist practicing his forms.)

If you have a planet or two in your natal 6th house, it may be useful to consider your daily work as a “practice” that can make you grow. By faithfully meeting the challenges of daily life, you could be making yourself ready for a new level of development in your career or relationships.

Planets in 6th House: Training to Serve
The condition of your natal 6th house can represent the kind of attitude you might have about daily work and service, as well as the manner of your growth. Whatever planet you have in the 6th house will be your strength that allows you to succeed, after you have some years of practice under your belt.

Here are some examples:

  • Sun or Moon in the 6th house: Identity or emotional needs are tied to your daily work, so much so that you may begin to define yourself through your work (or service). This can lead to excellent quality of work, which is energizing. If out of balance, this could lead to exhaustion through self defeating perfectionism. Look to the Sun or Moon’s sign to see what quality will become your strength later on.
  • Venus in the 6th house: Developing relationship skills through daily work. This may also suggest a pleasant or aesthetically-oriented work environment.
  • Mars in the 6th house: Building strength, courage and competence through daily work (practice.) There could be fights or problematic relationships at work due to clash of egos.
  • Saturn in the 6th house: Developing responsibility and authority through daily work. By working with integrity, more responsibility can be entrusted to you later on.
  • Uranus in the 6th house: Development of individuality through daily work. Progressive co-workers. Possible feeling of alienation at work. Unique ideas or style could become the asset later on.
  • Neptune in the 6th house: Possible feeling of victimization or sacrifice during daily work. Compassionate understanding may develop as time goes on. Another possibility is that creativity reigns in the workplace.
  • Pluto in the 6th house: Development of a deeper perspective through daily work. Possible power struggle in workplace, having to do with controls and intense emotions. There may be a deeply significant reason for wanting to serve others.

The planets in 6th house represents the qualities that you’re developing through daily work and service. Next time you have a difficult day, consider what qualities might be being developed through this challenge. Is there a consistency to the pattern of work challenges? (i.e. do you always have a problem about similar things? Can you do something to change it?)

Do you have a planet in the 6th house? What role does it play in your daily work? How important has it been for your success so far?

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Hi Hiroki,
    I enjoy your website, thanks for sharing your insights :-) I have Pluto retrograde in the sixth but close to the cusp of the 7th. I am an elementary teacher and I wonder how Pluto can help me? Sometimes I have power struggles with students, other times I think I can help them psychologically, but I am not sure, is this on the right track?

    • Hi Lilah, thank you for commenting. Pluto on the 7th house cusp suggests a potential to transform others, so this is an important placement for your work as a teacher. I think you’re on the right track!

  2. I also have only Lilith in Aquarius in the 6th house…with Chiron in Pisces, Taurus MC, North Node in Gemini. After a series of huge life upheavals, I find myself unemployed (not my choice) and even after re-training in a new field I am having great difficulty securing a job (any job). It *feels like* I’m going to spend the rest of my life doing domestic chores for my relatives, despite having a Virgo stellium (including Sun and Mercury), moon in Aquarius, Jupiter in Gemini, air GT, etc, etc…all those smarts and no place to use them! I’m trying to keep a positive attitude but there’s definitely some fear creeping in.

    In an effort to allay some of those fears and stave off boredom I’ve taken to reading about astrology and that’s how I came across the idea of Lilith; so, I too, would like to read anything you have to say about the dark moon’s effects. Thank you very much for your site – I find it very interesting and informative.

    • Hello Missy,

      I’m not an expert on Lilith – but for work related development you look for Midheaven and the MC ruler in transit and solar arc. 6th house is more about the kind of people you like to work with, or the kind of work environment you tend to prefer. In your case I’d look at more of the Midheaven related events rather than the 6th house.

      • Thank you so very much – I will look into that right away (a Virgo with no job is a sad sight indeed)!

        An aside: I read your post on Plutonian tradition in Japan and wondered if you had seen the film “Departures”, a film about a man who becomes a traditional Japanese mortician. Lovely film (although perhaps not the best viewing if you are recently bereaved). Here’s the Wiki entry:

        Thanks again for your direction – it’s very much appreciated!

        • Thanks Missy,

          Haven’t seen the film, but looks interesting!

          • Hi:

            Thanks again for the info before; I have finally gotten around to creating the chart with progressions and solar arc. I wanted to study a bit more so I would be able to interpret what I found and then I got sidetracked by serial killers, lol. :0)

            It turns out that Solar Arc MC is at 0 Cancer with natal Jupiter at 28 Gemini and progressed Jupiter at 01 Cancer. SA Jupiter is at 17 Leo. (Natal MC is at 11 Taurus)

            I’m wondering if there is another interpretation for Jupiter other than “luck”. In some ways the interpretation of “luck” has proven true: I won an award in the academic program I was in and there was a public awards ceremony. The whole thing was a big surprise as I wasn’t even aware that there were achievement awards available.

            However, even winning an award has not opened any doors for me job-wise which I find strange and frustrating. I’m wondering too, now, whether the benefits of Jupiter might sometimes be outweighed by the presence of Saturn which in progression continues to oppose my 2nd house and SA Saturn which is approaching my natal MC.

            Anyway, thanks very much again. :0) I still continue to enjoy your site very much. The clarity and conciseness of your writing is very refreshing.

  3. I have Mars conj North Node in the 6th. And Virgo rising…the mundane is my biggest challenge and teacher despite other areas of my character wanting mystical/other worldly experiences. I have Saturn conj MC in the 10th as well and so seem trapped in service jobs and not realising my potential career wise.

  4. Anonymous says

    I have Jupiter :-)

  5. Hiroki Niizato says

    Hi Michele,

    Yes, teaching would be important for you.

    I'll think about Lilith…

  6. Hiroki Niizato says


    Thank you for sharing your experience with Chiron in 6th! Much appreciated…

    • Hi Hiroki – I wanted to add that I’ve since learned my 6th house Chiron sits at my Neptune/Mars (far) midpoint. This makes sense to me now that I’ve begun working with “energy”. In my natal chart, my Neptune in Scorpio (cusp of 2nd/3rd) and retrograde Gemini Mars (9th) are quincunx. Everything points towards using my hands and words to heal.

      Hope you read this, as it’s exactly a year later, to the day!

      • Hi LB,

        Thanks for the update! Mars/Neptune midpoint is the focus of inspired action, so having Chiron here definitely feels right for your healing profession.

  7. Hiroki Niizato says


    Chiron, the wounded healer, has a natural affinity with 6th or 8th house; it primarily has to do with helping others heal.

  8. Hiroki Niizato says


    Lilith isn't a planetary body – it's a point (like the Lunar Node.) Points do not symbolize a part of us, and thus do not grow and change.

    Rather it's more likely that Lilith points at the 6th house (service and daily work) as a possible area of focus for you in order to connect with more emotional energy.

  9. Moon in Sag. in the 6th
    If I don't LOVE what I do, I just move on, not lasting long. My heart was into teaching dance and preschool so I stayed in those two professions for a LONNNGG time!

    Sag., good for coaching/teaching… makes sense and with Pisces in the 10th, I knew I was in the right AVOCATIONS! (note I didn't call 'em vocations, they were indeed callings!)

    'Anonymous' inspires the following request: If you haven't already, could you write about Lilith? I'm trying to learn all I can about her! If you have already discussed it in a previous post, point me to it.

  10. Hi Hiroki – I have Chiron (in Aquarius) in the 6th opposite Uranus in the 12th. Chiron is very connected in my chart and giving service to others has been a large part of my life; at various times, people have depended on me for their well being.

    I’m best at providing practical solutions to problems and am interested in a holistic, proactive approach to good health which includes attention to nutrition and fitness as well as meeting basic health care needs. I’m also one of those people who notices (and does something about) the little things, such as how when cars block the sidewalk, the disabled and elderly are unable to safely navigate their way around; many give up and become prisoners in their own homes. Or how technological advances have left many out of the loop, socially isolated.

    As I go about my day, I’m mindful and diligent, although I realize I cannot consistently count on others to act similarly. I’ve come to accept this as part of the nature of this placement. And like Chiron, I carry the archetypical wound which may never truly heal, the result of a physical condition suffered during my Chiron Return. People keep telling me I’m a healer, but at this point I’m not sure how those energies will play out in my life. I’m still exploring. For now, I just try to make a difference in small yet practical ways (Virgo rising).

  11. Hm, I have Chiron. . .

  12. Anonymous says

    I have Lilith in Aquarius as only planetary body the 6th house, but I'm pretty clueless about what that might mean. Any ideas?

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