There is an interesting concept in Vedic astrology that can help us to understand the nature of thehouses, called bhavat bhavam. It means "house from the house", and it refers to the method of countingthe same number of houses from any house as that house is from the 1st house. In Jyotish, everything isanchored around the 1st house or Lagna. The whole chart is born from the 1st house and returns to it.The bhavat bhavam house is like a secondary house for the house in question, and it shares some of itsmeaning. Here are the bhavat bhavam houses for each house:3rd house is bhavat bhavam for the 2nd house (2nd from 2nd)3rd house is also bhavat bhavam for the 8th house (8th from 8th)The 3rd house is traditionally a house of siblings, but is also a house vital energy, curiosity, and desire. Itis essentially the house of our ego selves. It shows where we want to put our energy and resources, whatwe want to learn how to do, and the struggles we need to go through in order to gain those new skills. Inthis way it relates to learning skills, sports, artistic abilities, competition, travel, and recreational activities.It is a secondary 2nd house because it shows what we want to do with our wealth, the struggles we gothrough to gain wealth, and how we relate to our siblings and peers (2nd house being a house of familyand friends). It is a secondary 8th house because it leads to change, disruption, and struggle (mostly dueto the ego's need to fight against something).11th house is bhavat bhavam for the 12th house (12th from 12th)11th house is also bhavat bhavam for the 6th house (6th from 6th)The 11th house is traditionally a house of gains. It can also be related to large groups, organizations, andco-workers, because those are the people we have to deal with in order to make gains in society. The11th house is also an ego-based house, where we seek to acquire something through our own actions,namely rewards, titles, and money. The 11th house is a secondary 12th house because in order to gainsomething we always have to give something. The 12th house is a house of expense, while the 11thhouse is a house of investment. The 11th house is a secondary 6th house because there is always someobstacle involved in making gains. It can also be a house of excess that can lead to accidents or healthconcerns, which are also reflections of the 6th house.The 5th house is bhavat bhavam for the 3rd house (3rd from 3rd)The 5th house is also bhavat bhavam for the 9th house (9th from 9th)The 5th house is a house of creativity, which can be expressed as children but also as our own uniquegifts and intelligence that naturally comes through us. The 5th house shows the thing that we are meantto do, what comes naturally to us. It is a secondary 3rd house because it can also be about the ego self,although more of the healthy ego self. The 5th house is a very personal house, showing our own personalmode of self-expression. It is also about learning and gaining knowledge, but while the 3rd house is aboutlearning by practice and repetition, the 5th house is about gaining true knowledge and wisdom. The 5thhouse is a secondary 9th house because it is a reflection of our true life purpose and our spiritual calling.The 9th house is bhavat bhavam for the 11th house (11th from 11th)The 9th house is also bhavat bhavam for the 5th house (5th from 5th)The 9th house is a house of spirituality, good fortune, life purpose, and how our purpose fits in with thegreater laws of society. It is related to the father or teacher, as traditionally these were the parental figuresthat guided one's path in life. The 9th house is a secondary 11th house because it shows good fortunethat can lead to gains in life. It also shows the direction we are aiming for in life, our aspirations anddreams, and so it reflects the theme of making gains. The 9th house is a secondary 5th house because itis about our life purpose, which is always related to our true gifts and talents, our self-expression, as wellas our own innate nature. There is also a teacher/student connection between the 5th & 9th houses, thetwo houses of dharma besides the 1st house.