The Fifth House: The House of Pleasure

The fifth House is often referred to as The House of Pleasure.  It includes topics such as children, romance and creativity. In astrology, it governs the realm of pleasure, fun, entertainment, children and creativity. The pleasure is oftentimes the result of a creative act.  This house can also be associated with and gambling or affairs.

The Ruler: Sun and Leo

The fifth house is ruled by the astrological sign of Leo and the Sun. This house concerns the heart which symbolizes our life force and vitality. The fifth house’s ruler of Leo is a fixed fire sign that defines our creative energies and appetites. It can be through creation or procreation.  It represents our zest for life and what we like to do for fun.

It is in the fifth house that we find some vices as well, like gambling, overindulgence, sexual affairs and promiscuity. The fifth house pertains to romance and casual flings, as opposed to the seventh house of more long-term committed partnerships and marriages.

Planetary Aspects

The planetary activity in the fifth house helps to shape and define the nature of how we spend or use our down time and recreation. We look here to see how and where we seek out pleasure. This is the house of fun, entertainment and games, and in turn will reveal how big a part that pleasure plays in our life.

For example, having Saturn in the fifth house can indicate a person who isn’t about pleasure seeking and can be very responsible about how they enjoy themselves. This person may use caution and moderation with regards to their intake of food and alcohol. They are likely to be more mindful of their actions and look to avoid hazards and problems associated with the use of mind-altering recreational substances. They are also more likely to use caution while engaging in engagements with intimate partners.


Children are a source of pleasure, so your children or working with children in general are seen here.  This is where we see various types of play, games and things children like to do a great deal of.

Personal Identity

In the fifth house, a sense of identity is extended upon through activities from which we derive a feeling of being loved and creatively fulfilled. This house reveals how we differentiate ourselves from others through creative means of expression, music, feelings or art. The contents of our heart is given expression through the form of a poem, a novel, an illustration, a song or musical piece. This house encompasses each of the arts and all forms of drama.

We look to the fifth house to find emotional displays and performances that move others in a meaningful and exciting way. Anything in which we put our personal stamp on or signature of authenticity upon is under the topics of this house.

Fifth House Energy

People who have a very activated fifth house are more likely to have an artistic flair or temperament, and a strong compulsion to express themselves and be creative. They may also display a youthful, childlike spirit that carries with them throughout their lives.

Too much energy in the fifth house, however, can engender a personality of someone that avoids responsibility and wants to have fun without the possible concern for consequences.

Such a person may have an overactive and unrestrained libido that can get them into trouble. They are led by their passion and may have a “you only live once” attitude. Here, their aim may be to soak up as many thrills and excitement opportunities as possible.


A person with their natal Venus in the fifth house is more inclined to fall in and out of love easily and is strongly compelled by physical attraction more than a mental connection. They are bound to be drawn in by just romance and may delight in the experience of falling in love over and over again…often with many different people.

This person is likely to be highly inspired by romance and love, which are themes they will often explore in their art, music and writing. The process of seducing and sweeping someone off of their feet or the act of having others do this to them, is something that excites them greatly.

This of course, is largely impacted by what aspects Venus and any other adjacent planets are forming here…as well as where the fifth house’s ruler and where the Sun is placed.


Having Mars in the fifth house can make someone very assertive and somewhat prone to risk taking, possibly provocative, but also exciting. This person, being driven, chases after their next adrenaline rush. They are often passionate and creative.  For them, life is a canvas and the way they live and experience it is their artwork. They thrive on instincts and uncertainty, and desire to be bold in going after all that what they want.


Having Mercury in the fifth house Mercury can engender a personality that has a taste for games and activities that are mentally stimulating. Language and communication is their playground and creative workshop. Mercury in the fifth house is sure to foster a person who is a creative writer. Puzzles are their pleasure, and they have a knack for fun and witty banter.


Having a moon in the fifth house would indicate someone with a poetic and sensual mind. They have an emotional need for creative outlets and to receive admiration and validation for their creativity.


In general, it is in the fifth house that we create an extension of ourselves and then watch it grow.  We find our pleasures, games and hobbies here. Life is more than just being or doing.  It includes finding…finding the pleasure in the acts in which we engage in.

Interested in the different houses of astrology? Check out our post about the 2nd house of astrology here. You can also check out some of our videos here.

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