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The Ninth House

The 12 houses can be subdivided into four groups. The strongest group is the angular houses (first, fourth, 7th and 10th houses) that fall counterclockwise away from the horizontal and vertical angles in the above model. The second strongest are the succedent houses (the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th). And the weakest group is the cadent houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th) immediately clockwise of the angles; the ninth house is one of these. Cadent houses are mental in nature and less fertile or productive than the angular or succedent houses. As the last house in each of the four quadrants they are related to the dispersal of the energies initiated and consolidated in the preceding angular and succedent house in that quadrant.

The ninth house is where we search for truth: experiences that broaden the mind and help us form our philosophy of life. Here we expand our consciousness, synthesize meaning from facts and experience, adjust personal attitudes to collective ideas, and understand how things are integrated into systems. This house rules higher education, religious and ethical understanding, spiritual visions, in-laws, long journeys, law and the higher courts. Here is what remains of the purification that took place in the eighth house: its seed or essence. "Religion" comes from the Latin "re-," back + "ligare," to bind, hence, "to bind back," and thus refers to all things that last or endure, such as the truth. Many planets in the ninth are usually an indication of being unwilling to accept the conventional limits within which we were raised.

Distinguished individuals who have or had an accentuated ninth house (both the Sun and the natural ruler of the ninth Jupiter in the ninth) are/were Maya Angelou, David Brewster, Garth Brooks, Don Eisele, Allison Janney, Kirk Kerkorian, Frank Lorenzo, Ricky Nelson, Carlo Ponti, Wilhelm Roentgen, Roy Rogers, Bret Saberhagen and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

A planet is said to rule a house when it is the ruler of the sign on the cusp or beginning of that house. Using this concept, locate the ruler of your ninth house, then notice the house it occupies. The house the ninth-house ruler is in holds experiences that can help you to develop and shape your philosophy and support your needs in higher education, spiritual truth, and travel (ninth house). That's what the ninth-house ruler is doing in the house it occupies: gaining experience to fill the needs of the house it rules. The ninth-house ruler's aspects and sign show its ease or difficulty in fulfilling those ninth house needs. These principles are true of every house ruler and every planet. Oppositions between the rulers or occupants of the ninth and the third houses may highlight finding a balance or bridge between your spiritual understanding and your rational knowledge, or between your philosophy of life and the facts you know.

Astronomically speaking, the ninth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky clockwise from the midheaven (see model on this page) occupied by planets two hours after they culminate.

This Ninth House of Astrology Houses page and much of this 600-page website are excerpted from the personalized Fine Art Book You and the Universe.

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