The Houses: 9th House of Philosophy & Travel

The Sagittarius House

Ruled by Jupiter


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The 9th house, otherwise known as the Sagittarius house, is the house of philosophy, the higher self, higher wisdom, adventures, long distance travel, living one’s truth, speaking authentically, knowing what’s important after certain experiences, understanding multiple cultures, moving or visiting overseas, understanding other religions, spirituality, and interactions with people of different backgrounds.

It is also internationalization, education and higher academic achievements, one’s morals and ethics, higher mental explorations, oneness, globalization, distant relatives and other foreigners, personal attitudes and viewpoints being integrated by what’s been learned or understood of the world, and other communications and attempts at understanding and having empathy for what’s different.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and Jupiter is the planet of expansion, luck, growth, philosophy, optimism, and higher wisdom and learning. Having many planets in the 9th house would mean that one likely is from a family or background of more than one culture or religion, that one has traveled or moved frequently at some point in their life, will marry someone of a different background, or has plans to travel and learn about other peoples.


Look at your chart for both the sign ruling your ninth house, and if there are any planets that are in your ninth house as well.

There are different definitions for Taurus, Libra, and Venus; as well as Virgo, Gemini, and Mercury, because they share a planet, but they are quite different. If Mercury or Venus falls in your ninth house, your definition is at the bottom of the page.

Use the example chart either to the right or below as an example. In the example chart, this person has Sagittarius ruling their ninth house, but also house the planet Mercury falling into it.

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The Ninth House

Your personal 9th house placements

Aries/Mars: This person likely has a kind of primitive and sexual, yet spiritual and wise use and need to learn and explore the world. They are blessed with very high amounts of energy, but can sometimes be too headstrong and naïve at the same time. For this person, there is never an end in sight to making new memories, but this can sometimes mean losing sight of what is important and sometimes even totally missing the point of why they even made the choice to go on any such adventure in the first place. One should allow themselves to also be influenced by emotions as much as ambition.

Taurus: This placement can sometimes make someone a bit dogmatic in their beliefs. Because of this, they can have a stubborn attitude towards others and take on a somewhat judgmental disposition, assuming that they’re correct in their theories and can refrain from listening and learning about other’s perspectives. It is very important for this placement to seek out new philosophies and understandings, instead of keeping everything at a mundane or impersonal level. Having a focus on harmony, this person may even miss out on spiritual opportunities because of their fear of any disruption.

Gemini: Although this placement can be spiritual and have profound experiences throughout life, they still continue to think logically and will almost always reason everything out instead of feeling things out. It’s important for them to see things with their own eyes before putting faith into anything, seeking proof for everything, so they generally don’t have a lot of actual faith. Being a natural sociologist, however, they make rather good therapists and psychologists. They’re super into psychology and the inner workings of the human mind, but often keep a detached point of view.

Cancer/Moon: These people are rather dreamy individuals who can be quite the visionaries. They believe that good and small deeds can change the universe. They’re the type that will tell you to “pay it forward” if they are able to extend a hand in some way. The only issue, however, is that within their spiritual beliefs, it’s rather difficult for them to stay focused on only one thing at a time because their eyes for the universe are so large. Sometimes a bit absent-minded, they can be forgetful and silly, but they’re definitely not stupid! This placement is happiest when they can help out, while being creative at the same time.

Leo/Sun: No matter what this person is into, they always have this burning desire to broaden their horizons and grow in every venture they have their hands in. There is also a tendency here to lead. Even if they are new to whatever group they’re in, they’ll almost immediately (even without having awareness of this) have a deep feeling of need to work toward being at the top. This person is very informed, challenging to social norms, and demonstrative. A bit overly-confident, they can seem bossy and loud from the sidelines. Their intentions are good and they are often left feeling misunderstood because of these innocent, yet bold traits.

Virgo: This person believes that if they continue to work as hard as they can at achieving their dreams and going for their goals, they’ll eventually reach perfection in any and all desired pursuits of interest. They only support philosophical laws of humility, morality, not being selfish, and refuse to support anything that doesn’t follow modesty. The downside to this, however, is that whatever religions and/or spiritualities they don’t follow, they seem to have a problem with and can often nitpick them and even form an extreme and bias opinion and judgement of them. This person needs to remain either open-minded or detached for the sake of other’s feelings.

Libra: This person has a strong opinion about equality, but may actually be afraid to speak up about it in front of the “wrong” company. Extremely open to culture and religion, this is a person who is very agreeable in other’s lands and homes, but can also be so passive in their own morals that they’ll stay quiet to a point of discomfort. One thing is for certain and that is that this person believes in peace and fairness for all. It’s possible that one is even a great diplomat for cultures, is bi- or multi-racial, or from a family that is several races, cultures, or religious backgrounds.

Scorpio/Pluto: Whatever religious affairs this person is involved in, they are intense. It’s possible that this person is practically married to their religious beliefs, perhaps even grew up with them and will allows follows them (such as a commitment to a cult), but if not, they may be so wrapped up in their beliefs that they make a huge move and even leave their family to pursue these religious affairs. This person goes through highly transformative experiences and may heavily believe that sex is a powerful tool. This placement is the role of a dominatrix or one who travels for sex or sexual empowerment.

Sagittarius/Jupiter: This is the Sagittarius house, so both Sagittarius and Jupiter feel at home in this house. This person is highly philosophical and probably possesses a lot of wisdom that comes directly from the collective consciousness. Most likely feeling as though they are here for a specific purpose, this person is probably quite comfortable travelling and being around different groups of people, where they can share their optimism and ideals freely. They may have a blog or write journal publications or invests much of their time sharing stories of the world and their travel discoveries.

Capricorn/Saturn: Although the person who has this placement is very methodical and philosophical, it may not be public knowledge. In fact, they may rarely ever share their deep, inner thoughts about reality with hardly anyone because this person is untrusting of others and not super confident in these “private” ponderings. They’re actually reserved on what they’re unsure of and prefer talking about things that they think they KNOW instead. The problem with not discussing or debating what may or may not be true (depending on who you ask), is that it leaves a lot of room for overthinking and becoming self-critical.

Aquarius/Uranus: As Uranus and Aquarius is the sign and planet of all things a bit odd, quirky, and eccentric, this placement gives us a person who’s beliefs do not necessarily line up with everyone else’s. Having their own set of principles, this person is someone who goes their own way, thinks for themselves, and doesn’t need to be led by anyone else or come up with a belief system based on another’s to be confident on what they feel is divine wisdom. This person rarely seeks validation from anyone, but will gladly converse with whoever is interested in their point of view on the topic.

Pisces/Neptune: This person’s life (my own placement) is usually filled with mystical experiences that other’s may not understand or even believe. This placement makes a person who goes through life unconsciously seeking answers to big questions and they’re usually filled with tons of knowledge and wisdom. The downfall here, however, is that this can sometimes make such a person seem distracted from mundane, but necessary tasks. Once they realize how behind they are in reality, they get very overwhelmed suddenly. Nonetheless, this placement gifts psychic ability and profound, otherworldly experiences that generally can’t be explained to just anyone.

Mercury: This is a very common placement for writers, journalists, professors, researchers, and the like. The reasons for this career choice for this person is because throughout life, they are constantly seeking new information and have a deep “need to know” within any subject that they feel they aren’t proficient, if not mastered, in. Charming and well-read, this person can spend hours debating and chatting about different rules, cultures, foods, etc. And most people highly enjoy their conversations because they seem to always walk away from them having learned something new.

Venus: It is very common for this person to either fall in love with someone while they’re travelling or someone from another culture/country OR for this person to be a love-child of two parents who are from very, very different walks of life– giving this person a love for the world and all of it’s inhabitants and a love for travelling and learning about other peoples. Freedom-loving and highly independent by nature, Venus in the 9th house gets along with the majority of people quite well because they truly take the time to understand others from a different background. The only complication here is being in love with someone who is potentially at a very far distance.

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