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About the Ninth House

The Ninth House: Your Father, Spirituality and Compassion

What is the 9th House?
In the House 8 Makeover, we covered transformations, obstacles, longevity and legacy. Now, House 9 covers primarily your compassion and grace, and other 9th house indicators such as spiritual teachers and learning, relationship with your father, luck, dharma (truth), personal values, purity of mind and soul, law, justice, and past life merits.

Signs, on the other, hand are filters that color how the Houses and Planets behave. This newsletter will cover the sign of Sagittarius, which is considered the natural 9th House of the Zodiac. That means that the sign of Sagittarius naturally colors things in line with the qualities of the 9th House.

Let us begin by covering the general significations of the 9th House and what they influence in your life. Then in the 2nd week, we show you how to examine your own chart (and others) and find which Planets are influencing your 9th House. As we progress through the final 2 weeks, you will be guided through a powerful meditation and transformation workshop that will enable you to improve your capacity for compassion and increase your receptivity to grace. Your own personal 9th House is the subject of the next newsletter.

General Characteristics of the 9th House
The Ninth House is known as the House of “Compassion & Grace”. It is the last dharma house and indeed is known as the House of Dharma. It is considered the most auspicious house in the chart, as the culmination of dharma, bringing the ‘grace of the guru’ into play. Being 5th from the 5th House, it is also recognized as a house of poorva punya, past life credit for good karma. It is the house where yearning for Truth, knowledge of the laws of the universe and seeking for one’s true nature and purpose in life become activated. It is a house of power, prestige, honor and influence. The form and manner of your spiritual path is indicated by the quality of the 9th House. The 9th House contains energy for efforts directed toward self-discovery.

The 9th House can bring sudden gains and turns of fortune. It is a house of philosophy, religion, medicine, politics and law. It is the House of higher learning and teaching in the quest for secrets of the universe. The 9th House signifies devotion to God, devotion to one’s personal deity. The 9th House indicates our spiritual and ethical disposition, our sense of righteousness in self and the world. It gives our ability to use our gifts and grace for the betterment of all. If gifts are not wisely used, this House can cause us to suffer their withdrawal from our benefit.

The father’s nature is indicated from the 9th House. Physically, it is associated with the hips and thighs.

Characteristics of Sagittarius, the Natural 9th House
Sagittarius, Dhanu, is the 9th Sign in the Zodiac, a fire Sign, and the natural 9th House. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, giving its qualities to the 9th House as well. Sagittarius is the archer in the form of a centaur (half-man, half-horse) drawing a bow pointed toward the sky. Sagittarius is focusing meticulously and aiming high toward a target for success. As a leader, he is the general. Sagittarius represents the union of mind and heart when actualized through devotion to the Source of Divine Love.

Following the 8th sign of death, the 9th sign is a sign of the future. Sagittarius is a prophet, highly intuitive, and an optimist, seeing the better future that lies ahead. Sagittarians can be high energy, high-strung, outspoken, domineering and exceedingly independent, rebelling against any hint of restraint. Friends are of high stature and helpful in advancement. If afflicted, Sagittarians can be faultfinding and harsh in their words, striking knowingly at the vulnerabilities of others. They are often very charitable, sometimes to a fault. A Sagittarius native will often have dual careers.

Sagittarians have a hearty constitution and enjoy sports and outdoor activities. Over activity can cause weakness to the lungs, bronchial, ears and throat, as well as joints. Enjoyers of life, they can tend to over indulgence.

Jupiter as the Ruler & Indicator of the 9th House
Jupiter is the most benefic, generous Planet. He is the Planet of Dharma, holding our innermost values and principles that define our actions. He is the inner guiding light of truth. The Sanskrit word for Jupiter is Guru which is also the word for teacher. Jupiter is very expansive and gracious, the great Teacher, desiring to lead all to the paths of righteousness (dharma). He is the container and bestowed of sacred wisdom. Jupiter is the Planet of divine intelligence and, as such, he indicates our personal capacity for knowing, experiencing and living cosmic intelligence.

In Jupiter’s capacity as signification of dharma, he becomes karaka for the 9th House. Higher values, principles, meritorious deeds – the charges of dharma, are part of 9th House promises. Jupiter is associated with higher or spiritual knowledge, children (especially sons), the husband, spiritual preceptor, minister to kings, money and good luck. All of Jupiter’s qualities grace and color the meaning of the 9th House. Grace is indicated from the placement and condition of Jupiter. Jupiter becomes exalted in Cancer and debilitated in Capricorn.

Sun as the Indicator of the 9th House
As the planetary karaka for the 9th House, Surya, the Sun brings its higher nature to bear. In its capacity as karaka for the father, it represents spiritual authority and the kinds of values and authority that governs our lives. Ultimately, the Sun takes us beyond individual identity to be the Divine Light.

The Sun represents the soul, the primeval fire that lies within all of life. It is the life force of the universe. The Sun is the male aspect of God that is the silent witness. The Sun represents courage, physical strength and stamina, the father, king, high status, traveling, mental purity, fire, anger, hostility, leadership, physician, enlightenment.

Planets Placed in Sagittarius
No Planet is exalted in Sagittarius, nor are any debilitated.

Remember that when assessing a chart, multiple factors must be taken into consideration. No one effect, such as planetary position in a sign or house, will be the sole indicator of fortunes and influences. In general, one must assess the strength of the House, its indicator, and its lord and occupants, as well as other planetary influences and the Dasha and Bukti you are running. The following are general indications for when a particular planet is posited in the sign of Sagittarius.

Sun in Sagittarius
Wealthy, highly respected, popular, devout, stubborn, happy, musical, bent towards science, religion, philosophy, honest, sincere, prophecy. Trustworthy, hopeful. Willing to change travel or change residence to help career. If afflicted, rebellious and domineering.

Moon in Sagittarius
Highly active, athletic, fond of travel, inclination for mysticism, acuity for philosophy, spiritual literature, music, poetry. Enthusiastic, straightforward, very loyal. Natural inclination toward astrology or other meditative arts. Multiple occupations or changes occupations. Good for public service, law or service of God.

Mercury in Sagittarius
Sincere, generous, aptitude for and author of books of science, medicine, and literature. Very active, changeable, enjoys travel. Diplomatic, cunning, respected. Can also be successful in careers related to education.

Venus in Sagittarius
Lover of beauty and refinement, intuitive with mystical nature. Does well in Sagittarian-type occupations, such as church or literary pursuits, something using higher faculties of the mind. Good wealth and conjugal happiness.

Mars in Sagittarius
Unorthodox views, rigid beliefs, may switch religions or philosophies, brave, fearless, impervious to opinions of others. Finds some way to be a soldier for a good cause. Inspiring to others. Earns through partnership. Statesman, fun-loving with good wit.

Jupiter in Sagittarius
In its own sign, this placement gives the best qualities of Jupiter. Good humor, kindness, noble minded, wealthy, influential, handsome, trustworthy, charitable, strong executive ability, artistic qualities, eloquent, open-minded, and lover of justice and compassion. Good friends. Will live in good houses, travel to holy spots.

Saturn in Sagittarius
Can bring prominence in religious or political arenas. Multiple occupations and/or change in occupations. Occupations reflect Sagittarian interests. Wealth comes later in life. Good ability to organize large scale events or projects. If afflicted, cunning with pretense of generosity.

Now that we have understood some of the characteristics of 8th House, the sign of Scorpio, and the planets that it favors, test your knowledge with the quiz below!

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