If you need to take a step back and think about life again, go to the ninth house in astrology. It will help you find the bigger picture and give you a deeper understanding. The ninth house in the natal chart is about two things: expansion and understanding.
It is the house of philosophy, wisdom, foreign travel, higher education—but how are they related to each other?
Keyword of the Ninth House in the Natal Chart
With that said, here’s a short list of the keywords of the ninth house in astrology:
- the higher self
- long-distance travel
- foreign cultures
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What is the Meaning of the 9th House in Astrology?
As you can see, the ninth house in the natal chart is complex and it has many meanings. But actually they are all very similar and all serve the same purpose: expansion. Incredible things happen in every aspect of life when you get out of your comfort zone—sounds cheesy, but it’s true.
First of all, the ninth house includes literally expanding your horizons. Spending some time (or even better, living for some time) abroad makes your world view completely shift. This house governs foreign countries and cultures.
Law is traditionally associated with the ninth house in astrology. This includes both laws of a country and your inner laws. Your ethics and principles are also shown through the ninth house in the natal chart. This house helps you develop an inner awareness that guides you through life.
Higher education is another ninth-house matter in astrology. This house describes your approach towards studying in general. It also includes self-education, however. The point is to accumulate knowledge, it’s not important how did you acquire it.
Sagittarius and Jupiter, the Explorer and the Wise
If you’ve stumbled upon this article, it’s likely you already know a bit about the zodiac sign Sagittarius in astrology (in a nutshell: Sagittarius is freedom-loving, open-minded and full of life). Sagittarius is the natural sign of this house because these qualities go hand in hand with the matters of the ninth house in astrology.
Every sign has a planetary ruler. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is no one else but majestic Jupiter, the planet of abundance, good fortune and growth. Did you know that Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System? This gas giant is all about expansion, and the ninth house and Sagittarius reflect this quality, too. They want to learn and have new experiences all the time!
The ninth house in the natal chart is a cadent house. Cadent houses include the 3rd, 6th, 9th and the 12th house in astrology. The common denominator here is service and learning. Planets in these houses act more on a mental level than in the physical world.
Higher Education and the Ninth House in Astrology
The ninth house governs higher education in the natal chart. The focal point here is expansion. Pursuing an education is a great way to broaden you perspective, plus it adds a solid base to your whole life.
It’s important to distinguish the third house learning and the ninth house learning. The third house governs elementary school and the concrete mind. On the other hand, the ninth house is about the abstract mind. The pieces of information you gather in the third house come to their place in the ninth. You are capable of processing much more complex data here.
One of the perks of going to college is that you get to make new friends. Meeting new people from various backgrounds helps you evolve and grow. Besides this, college is a place where you are bombarded with knowledge all the time—it’s clear why university is a matter of the ninth house in astrology.
An emphasized ninth house suggests that the person doesn’t just attend university, but they also might become a professor themselves. Several planets here suggest that the person has excellent researcher skills. They are able to see through chaos and find the big picture.
The sign on the cusp of the ninth house describes your approach to learning.
Looking for new ideas and new experiences? How about visiting some new countries?
Throughout history, universities were rare and you had to travel a long distance if you wanted to attend one. Hence the connection between universities, travel and the ninth house in astrology.
Acquiring knowledge about other places broadens your perspective, this is why foreign travel is part of the ninth house in astrology. Sagittarius, the natural sign of the ninth house loves freedom and wants to discover the world. The ninth house is just about that.
Everything related to long distance travel and foreign cultures is related to the ninth house in astrology. An emphasized ninth house suggests a lot of contact with foreigners. Maybe the chart holder will have a job in tourism or they will have to travel a lot. Working with foreign languages is also possible.
Man’s Search For Meaning
What do you believe in?
We are all on a continuous journey of discovering ourselves and understanding the world around us. In the eighth house, you went through some shocking and deep transformation. But it’s inevitable to think about why that happened. People have to find a meaning not to loose their faith.
The ninth house is the house of spirituality. The twelfth house in the natal chart is also a spiritual house, but it’s describes it from a different aspect. The ninth house is, on the other hand, definitely an upbeat and optimistic place. The spirituality of the ninth house is based on philosophy and tries to understand the bigger forces of the universe.
Jupiter is the planet of wisdom. Through the quest of the ninth house, you gain a deeper understanding. The sign on the cusp also shows how you can restore your faith.
The ninth house is the house of higher self. It describes your views and opinions on the world. In ideal case, however, they are not static but they change as you do. And if you choose to absorb new knowledge each day, you change a lot and quickly.
Over time, humans become wiser and wiser as they gain life experience. It’s normal to overwrite your opinion as you find some more pieces of the puzzles and the picture just looks different when you add them to it. This house shows your personal beliefs and philosophy.
People of religion are also represented by the ninth house. All nuns, priests, monks belong here. It’s important to note that religion as an institute and monasteries are part of the twelfth house in astrology.
The Ninth House in the Natal Chart: Jupiter and Luck
Jupiter is the planet of luck in astrology. Venus brings luck, too, but Jupiter is the BIG luck. (In the dictionary of astrology, Jupiter equals big.) The natural ruler of the ninth house, it’s interesting to think about how education and luck are connected.
To make one thing clear first, the ninth house isn’t exclusively about college education. It’s also about self-education, knowledge you acquire through books and experience on your own. The point here is expansion. Well, you have to admit that learning of any kind broadens your view significantly.
Jupiter also represents faith in astrology. Sagittarius (which is a fire sign by element) is endlessly optimistic and self-confident. Isn’t it interesting how luck and faith go hand in hand in astrology? You have to believe in yourself to achieve your goals, or to try at all.
8 thoughts on “The Ninth House in Astrology”
An article on natal Moon in the 9th house is missing. Perhaps an oversight?
Thanks for letting us know, it was in the wrong category. Moved to the Moon in Houses category.
Very good site, thank you very much.
I would like to read about Jupiter in the houses, but I haven’t found anything.
Hi, thank you for pointing this out, I have just added it to the menu. You can read about Jupiter in the houses here.
This was very in depth and eye opening. Thank you! I have Jupiter, Venus, Pluto and North node all in my 9th house via the sign of Scorpio. My life has been absolutely intense and very different from anyone i know…and i wouldn’t change a thing. I have certainly had incredible luck, which is even more heightened when i choose to live in a state of full surrender. I lost that for a few years, recently its been a huge gift to learn the art of unlearning- to return to that state of innocent wonder and surrender.
This site is very informative and i am enjoying it so far 😊 Do you have an article on mercury in the 9th house?
Hi, it’s here. Cool placement 🙂
I have recently started looking at Natal charts and astrology and I feel I am being pushed to do this. I have always been a bit sensitive although I have expanded my understanding over the last 10 years.
I have the Sun, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune in my 9th house. I am libra and the Moon is in Libra and just outside in the 8th house.
Lately I am getting a lot of information sent to me. People don’t really understand me.
This was great information that makes things start to connect in my mind more. I yearn to pass on more information to others although people either don’t understand me or don’t believe me. I feel a bit like a canary in a coal mine in a soundproof cupboard.