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The Houses, Temples of the Sky - by Deborah Houlding  

The Ninth House

Main Rulerships:
Long distance travel, voyages and journeys that take us to an unfamiliar environment. Overseas, foreign countries and distant places. Foreigners, pilgrims and explorers.
Places and situations where we seek guidance and wisdom from others. Where we reach out into the unknown in search of widening our knowledge and understanding.
Dreams, visions, inspired thoughts, divination, astrology, mysticism, philosophy, beliefs; the desire to unite with something greater than oneself. Religion and clergy of any kind. Affairs of the church.
Books, learning, wisdom, scholarships, university, and all forms of higher education. Ramesey notes: "all manner of students, such as astrologers, physitians, lawyers, and all students of other good learning altogether" ([AR], bk2. p.108)
Scholars and practitioners of law are attributed to the 9th house and confusion often exists as to whether lawyers and those who enforce the law should be associated with this house or the 10th. In the sense that the 9th house represents guidance and advice from those more knowledgeable than ourselves, lawyers, counsellors and advisors generally fall under the principles of the 9th house when they act in an advisory capacity. Law, as a means of enforcing a ruling over others, however, belongs to the 10th house, which is the house of authority and rulership. Hence lawyers and solicitors are attributed to the 9th, whereas judges and magistrates are attributed to the 10th. If a matter of law is being considered with respect to a ruling, the decision or outcome should be judged from the 10th house.

In Horary Astrology:
As above applied to the querent. The spouse's brothers or sisters (3rd from 7th); grandchildren (5th from 5th).

In Mundane Astrology:
Religion, the Church and all institutions dealing with religious or spiritual matters. If afflicted, the 9th house can represent unsavoury cults and dogmatic religious organisations.
Foreign affairs and the foreign office; international law, world conferences; the United Nations. Shipping, sea traffic and long distance journeys generally, whether connected with passengers or commerce. Airlines.
The publishing industry, long distance and international communications. Universities, colleges, all places of higher learning or specialist study; professors, philosophical and scientific institutions and publications. The Law society.

In lawsuits or conflicts:
As above for whoever initiates the action. In lawsuits, lawyers that serve the prosecution or initiator; writs and communications that affect the defendant. In warcharts, propaganda issued by the side against which action was initiated.

In Medical Matters:
The buttocks, hips and thighs.

In Commerce:
Written reports, deeds, contracts affecting the seller or the person you trade with. Legal advice for the buyer.

Light green

Cadent, masculine, diurnal. The trine aspect to the ascendant and association with the Sun helps to alleviate the more negative associations of cadency.


Associated Planets:
The Sun rejoices in the 9th.
Sagittarius and Jupiter are cosignificators. Lilly remarks: "for if Jupiter be herein placed it naturally signifies a devout man in his religion, or one modestly given; I have oft observed when the Dragon's Tail [south node] or Mars or Saturn hath been unfortunately placed in this house, the querent hath been little better than an atheist or desperate sectarist" ([CA], p.55).

Deus ('God'). The House of Religion.

12 ESE 3 NNE 6 WNW 9 SSW
2 ENE 5 NNW 8 WSW 11 SSE

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© Deborah Houlding, 1996; Extracted from the 1st edition of The Houses: Temples of the Sky - now available in a revised, expanded edition

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