The Ninth House
The Ninth House
your relationship with the divine
your relationship with the divine
In the 9th house the mundane knowledge (facts about everyday life, neighborhood gossip) gathered by the Moon in the 3rd house (the house opposite the 9th house) is lifted to the level of philosophical understanding about the larger world. It’s modern association is with the image of the travelling philosopher and therefore long-distance travel to learn about foreign lands, people, the world as God's creation.
Sun in the 9th house creates individuals whose sense of identity is linked to feeling part of the global community. The key phrases are "discovering the world" and "feeling at home in foreign lands". Becoming more and more cosmopolitan is what they focus their lives on. They are drawn to far-away places, foreign cultures, philosophies, traditions and lifestyles. The more they can explore the world, the better they feel about themselves. The more international experiences they gain, the better they feel about their growth as an individual. Being narrow-minded or having only a limited experience confined to your most immediate circle looks like a life wasted to them. People with this placement feel good about themselves when they can live lives within which they can expand their worldview.
Travelling is an important part of that. Reading too. When they can't travel physically, they travel mentally by reading or talking to people from different backgrounds.
They like travelling mentally - exploring new ideas and concepts. And when they spend a significant amount of their time doing that (accumulating knowledge of the larger world) they often end up working as university professors, philosophy leaders, motivational speakers, news writers and bloggers. They are always in search of a venue where they can put forward their ideas but also be exposed to new ideas. Their ideal life is a mixture of the spiritual, the creative, the philosophical, the religious and the adventurous.
A Moon in the 9th house ties the person’s sense of emotional balance to experiences that illuminate the richness of life. This person needs to feel free, especially free to travel or to, in some other way, second-handedly experience other cultures. Explorers at heart, they love learning new things and expanding their worldview. Externally, they may not travel that much but they get a sense of security from feeling a part of the global community in some way. Ideas and conversations feed their soul. They get a sense of security from people who feel comfortable in foreign countries, who have travelled a lot and have many homes around the world.
They are attracted to Jupiterian people, so people who have travelled a lot, foreigners, eccentric people with broad knowledge of the world. With the Moon in this house, there is always a yearning to explore other places and that often creates the sensation that somewhere else life is better, somewhere life is more exciting, life is richer, not in material sense, but in the sense that somewhere else there is more food for the soul. This can be the challenge with this placement.
Eventually, this openness to the world and this exposure to vast varieties of information and ideas creates individuals who are very creative and unique.
Mercury, the planet of communication, in the house of cosmopolitanism amplifies the curiosity and love for learning thereby creating a person who loves creating intellectual outputs in written or verbal forms. Mercury here is more about intellectual travel than physical travel. The focus is more on mental concepts. A lot of what has been learned will be broadcasted out to others either through teaching, public speaking or public writing (for magazines and blogs).
Mercury here also suggest that flexibility is brought within the realm of worldly affairs. These people have confidence that whatever situation life throws at them, they will be able to navigate it through expansion, for example by talking to as many people as possible, or importing ideas and solutions from other areas of life.
When it comes to information and research, Mercury places a strong emphasis on factual information and statistics, which makes it a very beneficial placement for detailed research as opposed to research that intends to grasp the overall picture. Fact-checking is on focus. This placement of Mercury prompts one to be the eternal wanderer, the permanent student of life and to never get tired of experiencing new things.
Venus in the 9th house brings love for exploring foreign ideas, particularly those related to art and luxury. International income streams might also be suggested with this placement. A person with this placement might find their financial success and romantic success abroad. Foreign lovers and international marriages are commonplace.
Travelling to places that are famous for their beauty and arts is preferred over visiting places famous for war or destruction.
Venus here brings balance and acceptance in foreign business partnership and relations with foreign cultures. Venus is associated with diplomacy so when in the house of international affairs she can indicate a career in diplomacy or as a cultural attaché.
Mars in the 9th house brings the will of the individual, their desire to assert themselves and conquer something in the realm of international affairs - classic placement for people in the military or people who are passionate about spreading ideas to foreign lands (missionaries).
Wherever Mars falls in our chart, that’s where we really need to be active because if we find no outlet the pressure cooker will explode. The energy needs an outlet and a victory. If these can’t be found, if the person can't configure his or her life in a way that this Mars can express itself constructively, they become argumentative and create conflicts for the sake of fighting.
Jupiter in the 9th house amplifies the significations of the 9th house. People with this placement are often professors, judges or religious leaders, philosophers or writers of philosophy books. They love travelling regardless of the destination. People with this placement are likely to be the people who take the flight to nowhere (you pay for the plane to circle around the country and land at the same airport). There is an intense wanderlust.
Religious ideas are very important to these people and they are often in some way involved with religious communities, institutions or temples. They are also often involved in publishing - they might be published authors themselves or they might own a publishing house.
Jupiter in this house expands the interest in universalism so there is an attempt to cast a net wide open and see what gets captured and then explore it.
Saturn in the 9th house brings rigidity to the house of cosmopolitanism. Foreign ideas are met with mistrust. The potential for their success is questioned. Anything that has not been tried and tested by time and traditions is suspicious and to be avoided. To Saturn, giving new ideas a try seems irresponsible. The freedom to roam the world that this house is associated with seem to Saturn as a lack of discipline, a worldview that is too loose, allowing for too much chaos and unnecessary endeavors to take up valuable resources.
The 9th house is a place that embraces the world’s diversity. Saturn is a symbol of conservatism. New ideas annoy and distract. This could be a placement for military generals or other high-ranking defense personnel where the disciplined, serious, mature Saturn meets the world at large on its own terms.
Uranus is about innovation. The 9th house is about exploration of the unknown. Uranus loves to be here. It creates individuals who love exploring innovative ideas, less-known ideas, progressive ideas that go against the mainstream understandings of society.
Someone with this placement probably learned everything about veganism long before it was a popular movement. They are the first to explain to their friends what cryptocurrencies are. They are the first to try new natural ingredients and believe in the potential of technology to transform humanity for the better.
Uranus is also about freedom and that includes freedom from holding on too firmly to a doctrine or ideology. These people find it within themselves to accept all viewpoint which might make them seem non-committal, as if they don't strictly subscribe to any set of beliefs. Refusal to join one camp is common with this placement - the 9th house is about connecting people, not dividing them.
Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury and it is about higher intelligence so these people will have a detached, intellectual style and will never stop searching for answers.
Neptune in the 9th house creates individuals who love to explore the world through their intuition and feelings. They are interested in discovering the world spiritually and through their intuition, not through the written word or through facts. It’s not about learning what other places are like, it’s about feeling out those other places to see how they feel. It's not about opening up your mind to understand the ideas of a foreign place, its about opening up your heart to understand the energies.
These people are very likely to travel to spiritual places abroad. The 9th house is about exploring the unknown, and Neptune is about, among other things, fogginess and lack of clear judgement so Neptune here can make the individual susceptible to some sort of fraud with regard to foreign trips or they might have some overly idealized vision about a country or a culture that doesn't correspond to reality.
Pluto in the 9th house suggests that these people will be very passionate about their views of the world. And it also suggests that at some point in their lives they will undergo a transformation and let go of many of their old beliefs and adopt new ideals. A change in religions or political affiliation or nationality can be suggested with this placement.
There may also be a desire to travel to far-away places that are known for Plutonian things such as intense emotions, war and destruction, places of death, nuclear bombings, museums dedicated to colonial tortures etc. Places, known for their regenerative energies, are also Plutonian destinations.
Pluto here can also indicate that this person will undergo a deep transformation while abroad for a long period (ex. studying abroad).