Transits to the Ninth House

12 03 2010

The ninth house is said to be a fire house. It is in this view, in harmony with the 1st and the 5th houses.

The 9th house is ruler of religion, law and belief or Faith. The long journeys that always slide into the list are there because often long journeys are what it takes in order to discover the greater truths in life. When Moses received the Ten Commandments he left Egypt and travelled on a seriously long journey through the desert and literally climbed a mountain in a completely alien land where God spoke to him. This was Mount Sinai.

Journeys and “holidays” are not the purpose of the 9th house. They are manifestations of a need for religion, for Truth, just as eating is a manifestation of hunger.

With the bearing that the 9th is a house of the self, being related by fire to the 1st and the 5th, then the conclusion to draw is that there is an element in religion and law which is solely about the self.

Religion gives individuals strength of character, wisdom, personal Faith and understanding, which is not to be gained from any other sort of reading or learning. Polytheistic religion, the religion of the ancient Greeks and Romans glorified and made sacred individual human forms and personalities to the point of perfection. In these religions one would look to a “super-being”, a perfect immortal version of the self. Those perfect versions would be role models, in a crude self-oriented interpretation. A worship of Mars the god of war would first ask for Mars´s help in order to be victorious, but later on it would be an identification of the self with the deity. The eventual outcome would be “I am like Mars” because I am victorious, and perhaps eventually even, “I am Mars, I am the glorious and undefeated, when I die I shall go back up to the stars because that is where I came from.”

It is interesting to view the fire houses as being images of the 1st house of self and body. The 5th is clearly the “lower self”, being placed below the horizon and being traditionally the house of pleasure and the house of children. What are children, but undeveloped, smaller versions of their parents. Our own parents though do not fall into the category of our higher self. The higher self is not the parent, but the gods, or God.

I tread on rocky ground while writing about the 9th house with regard to religion. Ancient religion is synonymous with Astrology. The gods were seen in the heavens as planets. Then there came Monotheistic religion which said that the planets were not to be talked about, the “gods” were brushed under the carpet. And now we live in an age in which the current prevailing belief system “Science” says that all talk of gods, or God, or extra-terrestrial beings is pure cultural produce from human imagination.

I don´t like being alone in the Universe though. I don´t like dying and becoming food for worms, thoughts like that are not conducive to my happiness. I live in a world in which God did give Moses the Ten Commandments on the summit of Mount Sinai, I live in a world also where the planets are “gods”, and are perfect beings when in their domicile in the heavens. Does this make me a “pick and mixer” with my religion? I think not. I accept things that fundamentally do not conflict with each other. There are four Archangels, and there are four stars named after Archangels in the sky. Those stars are the Angels.

Science cannot say categorically that there is no God, because by its own measurements it cannot disprove its existence. Moreover, scientists´wet dreams have for centuries included “the theory of everything”, they are quintessentially on a quest for God whether they know it or not.

My natal 9th ruler is a Libra Venus in the 1st house. I will go as far to say that my higher self is balanced. When I pray, I ask not for favour but for overall fairness, I ask for peace, harmony and happiness. If I were an ancient I would no doubt worship Mars and Jupiter for expansion and victory and power, but I would have Venus just above and in between them because that saying about “you can win all the wars you want but if you don´t have Venus´s love then there is no point”. I ask: What is my religion? What is my role model?

My god is not an ancient statue of a woman with her breasts showing. The formation of my higher self has been created through reading and listening to ancient texts. My interpretation is based on the rays of Venus in dignity, religious dreams that I have had involve perfect harmony, Adam and Eve in the garden, me and my Eve at judgement, everything that has formed my higher mind has been around give and receive, and even if I were a scientist, the idea that there could be life without harmony, that there could be protons without electrons would not register.

The nature of the 9th though is not about partnership or love. The ninth is the house of going beyond this imperfect world into a perfect realm. Dreams sometimes give us glimpses into that world. And in fact dreams are mentioned in religion as revelatory of that place.

Having not been to this place, I claim no expertise of it. Yet the dreams that revealed something of it to me contained timelessness, perfection of colour, and of feeling, glimpses of heaven. Though naturally the heaven that I saw was a Venusian perfection, sensual perhaps, the vision of the Garden of Eden, the feeling of enveloping love in the form of a mist where the ground ought to be, the feeling of a thousand of the softest feather pillows.

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One response

21 03 2016
mephistopoles

I agree with you that you are perhaps on rocky (shaky?) ground when you associate the 9th house with religion. Traditionally the 9th house is associated with religion, philosophy and the esoteric. As the opposite of the 3rd house which is associated with intellect, communication, lower-education, local environment (neighborhood, community), the 9th house is ‘beyond’ intellect (intuition, mentation) higher-education foreign cultures and environments.

Astrology as ‘religion’ for the ancients (so-called) sounds to me these days more like a modern interpretation of what astrology was for the ancients. Perhaps it was not ‘religion’ at least in the modern appreciation of that term at all since because of our Western European bias we are not sensitive to other equally or perhaps even more valid descriptions of astrology that are both non-Western European and archaic in contrast to ancient.

Of course there is not much in English concerning this idea. Though I suspect there is a great deal in Arabian, Islamic and Indian astrological literature which has not been interpreted into English concerning this notion.

What light I have been able to discover on this question has been shed slight though, in my estimation, it is by works like; “Hamlet’s Mill – An Essay Investigating The Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth” by Giorgio De Santillana & Hertha Von Dechend, “The Secret Of The Incas – Myth, Astronomy, and The War Against Time” by William Sullivan and
“The Science of the Dogon – Decoding the African Mystery Tradition” by Laird Scranton.

I suspect that perhaps these days there may be other material out there however even with the conveniences of modern technology limited resources preclude me from being able to say more with assurance.

Just to say the 9th house is so much more than just ‘religion’ is the sense you seem to using it in. (The works I mentioned themselves are examples in my opinion of 9th house scholarship).

Finally, Fire as signified by houses 1, 5 and 9 are indicative of Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable categories of circumstance and experience having to do with certain conceptualization of the ‘Self” (See the astrology of Marc Edmund Jones).

Of course I am not putting forth anything definitive, just something to augment, supplement and expand on what it is you present here.

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