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Mercury and Venus in 9th House

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         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.

         With Mercury in your ninth house you have the mind of a philosopher or priest, but you may be impractical and lack depth and concentration. Though drawn to study and teaching, your mind is intuitive and moved by your dreams, visions, and ideas of the future (what is lasting, true, or essential). You need to expand your mental horizons through higher education and/or travel, and, if Mercury is afflicted, would do better to live away from your in-laws.

         With Venus in your ninth house you’ll benefit from your travels, higher education, and probably your in-laws. Chances are you'll be far from your birthplace when you've grown up, and will do better there as well. You may marry someone from a foreign country, or at least someone who in some way is distant from the culture in which you grew up. You have a love of truth, philosophy, spiritual matters, and in general the synthesis of knowledge and disparate facts into wisdom.

         Famous people with Venus in the ninth house are/were Jessica Alba, Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Briditte Bardot, Leonard Bernstein, Victor Borge, David Bowie, James Brolin, Charles Bronson, Lord Byron, Cesar Chavez, Deepak Chopra, Van Cliburn, Jane Curtin, Matt Damon, Kirk Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Harrison Ford, David Frost, Jerry Garcia, Daryl Hannah, Franz Joseph Haydn, Buddy Holly, Helen Hunt, Peggy Lee, Jack London, Bela Lugosi, Thomas Mann, Chico Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Joe Montana, Friedrich Nietzsche, Odetta, Sean Penn, Bonnie Raitt, Ram Dass, The Rock, Meg Ryan, Marquis de Sade, Soupy Sales, Harry S. Truman, Rudolph Valentino, Esther Williams and James Woods.

         If Mercury or Venus is within 10° of the midheaven it is conjunct the tenth house cusp and much of the above interpretation starts to become weaker. If either planet is in the ninth house AND within 4° or 5° of the midheaven, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the tenth house, and it influence will be felt in the tenth as well as in the ninth house. The closer a ninth house planet is to the tenth house cusp, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the tenth house; when less than 3° from the midheaven, a ninth house Mercury or Venus expresses itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the tenth house.

         Astronomically speaking, the ninth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky clockwise from the Midheaven (see above picture) occupied by planets two hours after they culminate.

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



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