The 12 Astrological Houses: 9th House of Philosophy

Posted on April 11, 2017
Updated on August 20, 2020

The 9th house of your astrology birth chart is referred to as the ‘house of philosophy,’ and it’s directly opposite the 3rd house, which deals with short travel, your neighborhood, and your early schooling. The 9th house pertains to travel to faraway places, your more distant environment, and your later education. It indicates how you’re likely to grow.

This area of your chart also reveals a lot about your philosophies on life and your attitudes towards different cultures. Like the 3rd house, it’s a house of communication. It is the house of writers, poets, and publishers. It’s where you explore your surroundings and push out your boundaries a bit.

The 9th house is ruled by Jupiter, and the Sun sign Sagittarius. Jupiter is known as ‘the great benefic,’ and there’s usually a pretty good vibe in the 9th house because of it. Its energy is forward moving and forward-thinking. It’s here where you explore the boundaries of your inner horizons. It’s a mutable house and belongs to the element of water.

The 9th House Deals With Communication

There’s more to communication than the spoken word. The 9th house rules all forms of writing, including literature, journalism, and publishing. We learn about the rest of the world by how we communicate with it and how it communicates with us. The education that we get from those exchanges has the potential to be more influential than any formal learning.

Believe it or not, this house also refers to mysticism and divination. If you think about it, that’s all a form of communication, too. Even your dreams are represented here, for that’s your unconscious mind communicating with you while you’re asleep.

The 9th House Reveals More About Education

While the 3rd house referred to your siblings, neighborhood, and immediate environment, the 9th house shows you your potential to grow. You know that there’s more to life than what you’ve experienced so far, and you want to taste it. The house on the cusp and the planets in the 9th house will provide great clues as to your desire to explore life and your mindset towards your intellectual process.

This is the area of your chart where you learn how to assimilate information that resonates with you and let go of the ideas and values you’ve outgrown. Whether you’re embracing something new or releasing something that’s old; either situation presents you with a new set of challenges and answers. The 9th house has a lot to say about how this unfolds.

Related Article: The 12 Astrological Houses: 8th House of Ritual and Rebirth

The 9th House Reveals Your Philosophies on Life

You’re reaching, growing, and educating yourself beyond your childhood influences, and this is the house where you learn to know yourself. You were influenced by others and your upbringing in all of the houses in the southern hemisphere of your chart. Once you get into the 7th house, you start to come out of yourself and learn more about the wider scheme of things.

The 9th house is where you’ll explore your philosophies and how you feel about the rituals of the 8th house. To learn more about yourself, you first have to learn how you respond to other influences from people and places who aren’t from your own background. This area of your chart deals with travel and exploring new concepts.

The 9th House Deals With Culture

While it’s quite possible that you’ll actually visit distant lands in order to learn about their customs and culture, in today’s world you don’t have to do that. The internet has made the world very small and it’s convenient to communicate with and learn about people from all over the world through online activities and shared media.

People from other walks of life may find their way into your home office via your computer or through your smartphone very easily. Anything to do with import and export business is reflected here too because of this house’s association with communication and travel.


The ‘house of philosophies’ indicates ho much you will grow in your understanding of yourself and the world and its diverse cultures. In your ninth house, will also learn more about communication through writing, dreams, or even a talent for divination.

The next house you need to learn about is the 10th house, the ‘house of social status.’ It will give you clues to how successful you will be in your career and your standing in society. It can give you a lot of insight into how high you will rise in life.

Related Article: The 12 Astrological Houses: 7th House of Partnerships

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Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I’ve spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to… Learn More About The Author »

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