The 9th house of a natal chart is a cadent one and is ruled by Sagittarius and planet Jupiter. As it is located near the zenith of the sky during the moment of one’s birth, it is an open gate towards the sky; thus it is referred as the house of Philosophy and Higher Knowledge. Due to Jupiter’s expanding abilities, the house governs most things that have to do with expansion, whether it is knowledge, traveling or the spreading of ideas.
More particularly, all philosophical pursuits of a native fall under the rulership of this house. No matter if his researches follow a school of education or he is just broadening his mind himself, all the accumulated knowledge and the gnosis that comes after its digestion are matters of the 9th house. While the 3rd house is responsible for concrete information and learning, the 9th house rules more abstract ways of thinking. The 3rd house rules what we learn, the ninth one is responsible for what we afterward do with the information that we have learned; of how we structure our own belief system, of the conscious awareness and insights that we can reach through our observations and filtering of received information. Here resides the big picture of the world around us that we are able to see, and our thoughts about it. As Jupiter is the planet of Luck, the condition of the house can show us how random events of our reality can have an influence on us.
The 9th house rules writing and publishing, and people that have stelliums of planets (or even one important planet residing in the house) will in some moment of their life offer their ideas towards the masses. The house can show whether the people will receive and accept the writer’s writings, and many times the financial success (or failure) that will follow the publishing attempts.
Higher education is also a matter of the 9th house; university degrees, master degrees and Ph.D.’s are easy to be foreseen through the presence and condition of planets that reside in this house. Here one can observe whether he will attend higher studies if he will finish them or they will be delayed, while also if he will pass towards the next level; that of teaching. People with a lot of planets well placed and strongly aspected are very prominent to have a career in teaching masses and becoming professors.
Another thing ruled by the 9th house is distant travels and even relocation to foreign countries. The life-changing experiences of feeling and understanding a foreign culture, religion, language or social structure, the blending of our behavior with another, distant one, and our permanent change through the reaction that this new knowledge has upon us. Foreign countries and people, working or living or loving abroad and everything international fall under the spell of the 9th house. Import/export business is also another area related to this diurnal house.
Furthermore, the 9th house is ruling the second spouse of the native. We already have seen that the first one is ruled by the 7th house, and in case there is a third one she is falling under the influence of the 11th one. Many times it appears that a second marriage is a lot better than the first one; this is because the second spouse is being searched by different criteria- and the 9th house is a lot more objective in his filters. The native seeks someone with whom he can connect philosophically and on a higher level; these are the traits that the 9th house imposes in his search for a soulmate. In addition, the 9th house rules the native’s third child, his grandchildren, and his in-law relatives. From our body, the house is associated with the thighs and the buttocks.
Another area ruled by the ninth house is the law; advocates, jury and all people that work in the law department are to be observed through it, as long as our connection with them. When there are benefic planets present in the house law will be in favor of us, while the presence of “malefics” might bring legal trouble. The house can also show if the native will follow a career in law, as most people who choose such a job have at least one very important planet in the 9th house.
In addition, the house is ruling religion and all the people involved in it. Priests, gurus, spiritual people will appear through it in our lives, and so the condition and presence of planets will determine what kind of effect they will have on our reality. The planets residing in the house also can show what spiritual path we will follow, as they become filters of our perception of the Universe, God or gods, or even our denial of a higher existence. Spiritual renunciation is also related to the ninth house, and when there are difficult transits to the house or planets inside, we might be losing faith in existence of something higher, or even in the meaning of our own existence. On the contrary, when a positive transit takes place, we experience profound life-changing spiritual events that can give us an entirely new meaning of existence. Here is where our ideas expand into our own God, even if we do not accept something higher than our material world and selves. Our God can even be just our purpose of living, our goals, and higher hopes. And, of course, the 9th is the house that creates people of religion; the presence of planets there will at least make you a very strong spiritual figure that other people will follow as a mentor, if not opening for you a path into the structured system of a religion. Or a cult.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.