The fifth house is often overlooked in astrology in favor of the heavier or more “important” houses like the seventh or tenth. But to me, this is a mistake. Fifth house topics like fun and creativity are what make life worth living!
The 5th house takes its meaning from being the joy of Venus. Venus, the fairer benefic, deals with pleasure, art, and fertility in all forms. So the 5th house represents the way we give and receive pleasure, the way we express our creativity, and most of all, the way we have fun!
To figure out how that works for you, look to the sign on your 5th house cusp. For example, Virgo is on my 5th house cusp. I often say that the most fun I ever had was writing my thesis, surrounded by what amounted to a fort made of hundreds of books and notecards. I express my creativity through writing, and I express joy and affection through words. All pretty Virgo, right?
While there are lots of other factors to consider, such as planets in the 5th and the condition of the planet ruling the sign on the 5th house cusp, just getting to know the sign can go a long way. So what does the sign on your 5th house cusp mean? Here are just a few phrases to get you started:
Aries Rising/Leo 5th house: You’re natural when it comes to fun! You know all about play. Sports, games, art – you can do it all. You are driven to create things the world has never seen. You have a big heart and an infectious joy that draws in everyone around you.
Taurus Rising/Virgo 5th house: Fun and creativity comes through words and writing. You’re selective and discerning about what brings pleasure. Analysis and deep thought are part of the way you engage with pleasure (taking notes while reading a favorite book, pointing out plot holes in movies, etc). You receive joy from being around animals.
Gemini Rising/Libra 5th house: You believe in beauty and art for their own sake. You always have more fun with a buddy than alone. You were the kid of the playground who made sure no one was left out. You’re great at brainstorming and creating with a partner. You have a special knack for creating harmony everywhere you go.
Cancer Rising/Scorpio 5th house: For you, creativity has to reflect the depths of your soul. You probably have notebooks full of poetry and sketchbooks hidden away from prying eyes. You have fun by taking calculated risks. You get pleasure from immersing yourself in games, books, and hobbies.
Leo Rising/Sagittarius 5th house: Fun for you happens through travel, learning, and expanding horizons. You’re always ready to jump on a horse and ride off in search of the next great adventure. Your creativity is inspired by how big and magical the world really is. Nothing is better than staying up all night talking about life. Pleasure comes from new ideas.
Virgo Rising/Capricorn 5th house: You’re a master at combining form and function. You love testing your limits and capabilities through fun and games. You more than anyone tend to draw real pleasure from accomplishment. “Work hard, play hard” is your motto. Dark humor is your specialty.
Libra Rising/Aquarius 5th house: You are always innovating and creating in service of a better world. You delight in unusual hobbies and inventions. Festivals, flash mobs, and fun in groups are all in your wheelhouse. You express creativity through world-building. You gain pleasure from bold ideas.
Scorpio Rising/Pisces 5th house: You love nothing more than allowing yourself to be swept away in music and beauty. You excel at creating art that reflects the interconnectedness of it all. Pleasure comes from losing yourself in the moment. You are a master at dissolving boundaries to experience all life has to offer.
Sagittarius Rising/Aries 5th house: You’re an adrenaline junkie, delighting in fast cars and roller coasters. You push every limit. You express your independent voice and stand out from the herd. Solo hikes and vacations are your secret joy. You’re dedicated to making art on your own terms. You are extremely kinetic and excel at expressing creativity through movement.
Capricorn Rising/Taurus 5th house: You obtain equal joy from simple pleasures and great luxury. You above all have mastered creatively expressing the beauty of the natural world. You understand the importance of giving and receiving pleasure for its own sake. You mostly only cut loose only when there are loyal, trustworthy people around. You receive pleasure through tactile experiences.
Aquarius Rising/Gemini 5th house: You have fun through talking, wordplay, and witty repartee. You receive joy and pleasure from being out among people and being social. Trivia nights, book clubs, and mystery dinner theater are all your speed. You express creativity through words and have a special skill at creating characters.
Pisces Rising/Cancer 5th house: You receive genuine pleasure from nurturing others and watching them blossom. You thoroughly enjoy domestic hobbies like knitting, baking, or scrapbooking. You understand the joy in nostalgia. You have a loony sense of humor and are a giant goofball once you’re comfortable.
These ideas are just the beginning! Take a look at the sign of your 5th house and tell us what fun and pleasure mean to you!