Each house has layers of meaning, depending on what you need from that experience, and what you’re ready to comprehend.
The fact that there are layers of meaning can be extremely confusing to beginners or die-hard believers in the way things “ought” to be (those who have assigned one basic meaning to a house and intend to stick with it no matter how wrong they are, or how complicated life experience proves to be).
Once you have formed a definite opinion about something, of course, your mind has begun to atrophy, and atrophying is not the essence of the 3/9 axis, where thoughts are fluid and inspire exploration and pondering concepts that give rise to deeper wisdom.
This problem is important, because we’ve come out of the 8th house experience, wherein we were asked to explore our emotional depths. Now we’re in the 9th, where we begin to have to do something with everything we’ve learned so far. The question is, what? How deep did you go in the 8th?
How much do you have to bring with you to the 9th house experience, where you now have to start to interpret 8th house depths into higher-order cognitive skills that will help you find your way? The principle of Tao, grasshopper, is not for the unconscious Fool, but for those who seek wisdom with sincerity.
On one level, this is the house of your path in life. In Latin, back when Latin was still a living language, the motto for this house was “iter,” or the journey, the road, the direction you’re taking. The idea behind this house and the experiences it represents is to broaden your mind; everything that represents having your mind opened can be found in this house, including philosophy and higher education (even if all you’re doing is parroting back what someone else said; in my opinion, thinking for yourself—critical thinking—more properly belongs to the 11th house, but I digress).
It would be best to keep in mind that one of the reasons there are so many meanings for houses is that civilisations have been coming up with meanings for a very long time and layering them on.
Astrology, as with all history, has become archaeological; we spend most of our time digging through layers to get to meaning, forgetting all the while that meaning lies where we locate it, not in some “original” thought—unless that’s what we want it to mean.
In other words, if you want the 9th to be “about” journeys, it will be. At this time in human history, I believe your chart can be yours. It’s not fixed in time, the notion of what destiny means is up for grabs, and everything about our characters we used to believe was fated, has been shown to be mostly related to DNA and environmental forces at work on our brain cells.
Where does this leave you in relationship to your natal chart—or any chart, for that matter? I like to think that we consciously choose to study astrology these days, that it isn’t forced upon us by the dictates of society (as it would have been for those born in the Renaissance, for example); therefore, we can use the chart to do whatever we like. What I like is to focus on the 9th house as the house that points to the beginnings of enlightenment, something the 9th house is, traditionally, more than capable of, since it’s considered the house of philosophy.
On the first part of the journey, to paraphrase the band America, we began as the Fool. We didn’t know where we were going, we were simply stepping off the cliff. Along the way, we’ve learned a few lessons, though, and now we know we need to check our compass and get a course setting, because it’s when we hit the 9th house experience that we begin to realise, wait, this isn’t working (or, it is, and we’d better continue, but with more consciousness of our purpose). The real question becomes, how will you know when you get ‘there’? What clues, what signs, exist, at the moment of enlightenment?
As you know by now, if you’ve followed along on my quest, I am in love with Alan Parsons Project, because they have a song for almost any question and/or existential situation I find myself in, when I’m perusing a subject from the depths of my 9th house philosophical armchair, so listen (not much of a video, but the music is the point):
They ask profound questions for those seeking the truth, because verily, our eyes are blinded by ignorance most of the time:
Who knows where the world may turn us, only a fool would say
Who knows what the fates may have in store
Follow the light of truth as far as our eyes can see
How should we know where that may be?
Antoni Gaudi was a seeker on a seemingly endless quest, and had a stellium in the 9th. Those who tilt at windmills or are looking for the divine frequently seem to have planets in the 9th, and all are seekers after truth and wisdom. For those who are interested in knowing more about Antoni Gaudí, you’ll find a discussion of his architectural style, and how he’s a ‘magician of architecture’ in the youtube link below.
Yes, it’s in Catalan; I don’t care if you can’t understand it. We’re in the 9th house! Learn a new language! Broaden your experiences! Soon enough we’ll be in the 10th, and there will be a test in front of the entire class, and you’d better shine!
More about sacred numbers, here and about ancient Chaldea, here. And here are some Tarot images I hope you will enjoy on your journey.
- The 1st house: To be, or not to be, that is the question (beyondthestarsastrology.wordpress.com)
- The 3rd house: If I only had a brain! (beyondthestarsastrology.wordpress.com)
- The 4th house: Planting the seeds of what is to come (beyondthestarsastrology.wordpress.com)
- The 8th House: Standing on the threshold of a new reality (beyondthestarsastrology.wordpress.com)
- The 6th house: I live to serve you, master (beyondthestarsastrology.wordpress.com)