There are certain ways to analyse education and learning in a horoscope. And there is quite a lot of confusion about this too. You will get lots clients asking about their educational prospects.
There are several types of training, skill development, apprenticeship, teaching, learning and studying activities are all called ‘Education’. These are all very different activities, each with a different purpose so we need to distinguish between them. They cannot all be clumped under a generic “education”.
The earliest brush you have with ‘education’ is in the 4th house. Here your ‘Moon’, your mother and maternal figures, transfer to you all the cultural ethos of your society. The traditions and social mores that you will live your life by are the domain of the 4th house. Your mother is actually your first teacher, schooling you for meaningful social interactions within your parent culture.
Then you have your school-going phase. This lower education is also a function of the 4th house. You are being taught the basics of reading, writing, maths, geography and history. This is more a phase of getting literate than getting educated. The teachers are also more ‘maternal’ and supportive in nature. So lower education is also indicated by the 4th house.
Then there is the practical aspect of ‘education’. Training and learning skills. These are the domain of Mercury of the 3rd house. Here you are taught to use the skills you are given. This is superficial information, enough to get you active and working. Here we get teamwork, workshops, seminars, presentations, group studies and discussions. Short term trainings. And then some University courses also train you for taking up specific jobs in the professional arena. You get your diploma, licence to practice in the society. This would also be a function of the 3rd house. Example, you are practically taught how to make money, but not the philosophy of money and its role in the society! Practical hands-on education which you can apply in your daily life and society.
Then we come to higher education. This is the 5th house. Here you are taught how to lead, to express yourself and your creativity. Performing arts, music, dance, theatre related stuff. To write and publish. Learning to lead in a political, military, spiritual etc scenario is the 5th house. Earlier Universities were places for scholarship and deep learning. But in the present times they are more often places which teach you how to express yourself to the maximum possible. To make money and to lead in the society. This is the 5th house.
Now for some clients in the research field, the 8th house is all about research oriented stuff where the students explore the unknown, often secluded in their laboratories, using ‘arcane’ knowledge and searching for new ways to use these newly discovered energies. So if you want to be a scientist this 8th house will be in the spotlight.
Now Wisdom! Wisdom requires contemplation. This ‘education’ is a long time affair, it can even be for a life-time. It is immersive. Often one-one. The student is required to reflect, contemplate and think through what is being taught to him. Add his own experience and thought process so that he can deeply understand. This is the domain of the 9th house. The student learns philosophy and the deep theories about life and living. This is Jupiter’s domain. The 9th is not about practical applications but about understanding, it is pure academics! The Guru teaching his disciples is also the 9th. Here the students inquire into the nature of the self, and the divine.
And a quick note on the ones who will be teaching. For being a good teacher of whichever type of ‘education’ as above that specific house will need to be strong. Example a teacher of philosophy will need a strong 9th house. A teacher teaching garage work and mechanics will need a good 3rd house. But for all teachers a strong 3rd house is essential, this allows the activities of explaining, communicating and interacting which are essential components of the act of teaching.
Also for the student, he needs to have a level of intelligence, memory and understanding. This would be a function of the ascendant lord, the ‘airy’ signs and their power to give results, then of course Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Moon etc depending on which type of education he is looking for!
So if you get a client asking about his education, ask first what kind of ‘education’ is he talking about. Each is a different aspect of the chart!