Horoscope Houses in Astrology
Welcome to Horoscope Houses in Astrology, a series on the twelve houses of your birth chart, and their meaning. This time the Ninth House of your natal chart (personal horoscope) is in focus. Of course, the houses have the same meaning no matter if we are looking at your public predictions (your zodiac sign) or your private predictions. If you are a Premium Member and have your own birth chart from me, though, you’ll get the most from what you’re about to read.
A really simple way to know yourself at a glance is to find which zodiac signs dominate. Which house (or slice of the wheel) has the most factors?
Horoscope Houses in Astrology – The Ninth House
The Ninth House of your horoscope is ruled by Sagittarius and Jupiter. It describes travel and travel in the mind. Real journeys and intellectual, educational, academic or spiritual journeys.
The Ninth House can show emigration. Globalisation. Export. Import. Foreign languages. Vast distances and vast subjects too, like history, sociology, quantum mechanics or literature.
The Ninth House is relative to your own experience and age. Transits here will show up on whatever level you are ready for them. If you are only nine years old, it may be your family’s trip to the Pacific Islands and your new best friend, who comes from a completely different world to you – and lends you her books. If you are approaching retirement, and already a graduate, it may be time to teach, voluntarily, in another part of the world.
If you have been a lifelong sceptic whose career has been based on science, a transit of Uranus, the planet of revolution, in your Ninth House may see you become a born-again Christian. Beliefs of all kinds belong to the Ninth House and your personal philosophy or faith in something or someone greater than yourself, is a measure of this area of your chart. Islam, Afghanistan and Iraq may seem like Ninth House ‘foreign’ areas of belief and culture for an American living in New York who does not believe in God. For a true believer living in Kabul, it is the American who seems foreign.
So many university or college subjects involve drawing heavily on foreign discoveries and names, visiting professors or foreign exchange students that inevitably, learning about the world means some kind of cultural exchange.
Less ambitiously, if you never leave the small town where you were born, the arrival of a migrant from another part of your country and his/her impact on your life – perhaps educating you – can feel as seismic as emigrating might, for a person leaving Britain for Canada.
As I’m sure you can see, the Ninth House depends on time, money, opportunity and a willingness to travel or move more ambitiously.
The planets, asteroids, angles or Nodes in the Ninth House will reveal your attitude towards foreign people and places, and foreign ideas. If you have Mars in Sagittarius in the Ninth House, for example, you may be rather pushy, occasionally aggressive, impatient or combative as a traveller and may well be the kind of person who gets into religious arguments with foreign people. If you have Venus in Sagittarius in the Ninth House then your sexual relationships with people from different backgrounds, with unfamiliar accents, language and beliefs will expand your horizons – even if the marriage or affair is extremely complicated.
Writing in Horoscope Symbols (Whitford Press 1981) Robert Hand notes the connection of the Ninth House not only with the higher mind, long journeys, philosophy and religion – but also the law. As we discussed at the International Astrology Conference in Melbourne in January 2018, law brings in questions about what is legal, permitted or banned in different countries and one will find the laws of the land in the United Arab Emirates very different to those in London. Often, such laws do in fact stem from what is considered to be ethical, moral or ‘right’ – this in turn derives from what people believe. Their religious faith, or even their embrace of non-religious philosophies like feminism and so on. Hand also says “Long journeys place one in an unfamiliar situation and hence expand one’s consciousness.”
This last point is important because I have known at least one reader experience the Ninth House (he has Neptune in Sagittarius in the Ninth House) as a series of trips on Magic Mushrooms over a summer of experimentation. He claims these experiences expanded his awareness of the way life works. Of course – were he to have taken these in a country which bans drug use – he would soon be in trouble with the law.
It is reading the individual horoscope factors in the Ninth House and seeing the aspects, or patterns, they make that can help you step back from yourself and your life to understand what is going on – and who you are. Who you potentially are, too.