Ninth House people are never contented, as such. It would be cruel to try and coax them into a state they’d see as more akin to complacency. Restlessness and perpetual yearning are unavoidable side-effects of mind expansion. And that’s their Zen. It’s probably also their neuroplasticity. For people with different temperaments, 9th Housers are hard to handle.
It’s not just the automatic expansion of every subject or their epic-length exploratory monologues, it’s that they intellectualize feelings. They don’t mean to be dismissive; they scan for context and then that distracts them into talking about mythology or the self-determinist movement.
The Ninth House is traditionally the house of the “higher mind” – people with the Sun, Moon, and/or a plethora of planets in the 9th*, can’t function without a high concept. It’s also the sector associated with long journeys, education, religion, foreign countries, as well as – more historically – prophecy and gods.**
Ninth House People Can’t Function Without A High Concept
But knowledge itself is their religion. In the days when the houses were initially conceived, a religious vocation was usually the only way you could study. And, in many cultures, you could not encounter ideas different from those in your circle without visiting far-flung lands. You can see how it all came together. Nomadic or sedentary, Ninth House people relentlessly broaden their minds.
Knowledge is like the 5th element to them. They remember when they got woke to it – an incredibly influential teacher, an epiphany while reading or the thrill of realizing that they can build a body of wisdom. In their mind, they are map-makers. They’re seekers, not scholars. If they rack up academic credentials or awards for discoveries, it’s an unintended consequence of their quest.
But most modern education is not made for Ninth House people. Rigid curriculums and the ‘because that’s what’s in the textbook’ style of teaching horrify them. When truth and wisdom are a magical presence in your life, seeing it debauched on a daily basis is a stress event. Some espouse de-schooling society, others are totally self-taught. The school of the 9th House imagination is a palatial library, with gardens for when you want to stroll, think, or discuss.
Knowledge Is Their 5th Element
They’re idealists but uncomfortable lending their cogency to a specific cause. You can’t be an intellectual pioneer if people would accuse you of being compromised the second you tried to change your mind or question something. And even less so if your revenue is reliant on looking busy while you specifically avoid investigating something promising.
You know that syndrome where something is reported as fact or incontrovertible and then it’s repeated ad infinitum without question? That’s like a bat-signal to Ninth House people: they will find the source and ascertain its validity. It’s amazing how widespread this is. Beliefs or systems attributed to ‘ancient lore’ but when you look properly it was written in one book from the Seventies.
The real story threads beneath layers of propaganda, secrets, and mistranslations. If you’ve got the Sun, Moon, or more than one planet in the 9th, you can’t be casual about learning. It inspires genius PhDs on niche topics, life-altering lectures, teaching or research, and lightning bolts of truth in a society that rewards docile compliance to fad-info. No matter what field they’re in – science, the arts, politics, tech – they question every single assumption.
The Real Story Threads Beneath Layers Of Propaganda
Ninth House people also big up every personal challenge or rite of passage. It’s not to be dramatic or ego-centric. Finding a broader perspective on their menopause (like Tori Amos), divorce, Covid-19 (David Byrne’s Reasons To Be Cheerful), or job loss is how they deal with things and generally, their journey illuminates many other people. The Ninth Houser makes sure of it. If they’re creatives, their work reflects their deeper journey.
Even if they don’t work or do anything officially ‘brainy.’ they’re your natural-philosopher friend, an avid reader, or the person who’s always got a research project on. If you want a panoramic perspective to a problem, ask a 9th Houser. Want to get rid of one in a hurry? Be doctrinaire.
*Ninth House People Definition: Anything at all in the 9th House counts – Sun, Moon, Mars, etc – but the more presence there, the more the oomph. Tori Amos – mentioned above – has the Sun, Uranus, and Venus in the 9th. David Byrne has Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and the Sun in the 9th. Annoyingly, lots of people who seem like they’d be big-time 9th Housers – Louis Theroux, Octavia Butler – don’t have their birth time on record.
** In the 15th Century, the Ninth House was said to be ‘God’ and the Third House ‘Goddess.’
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